2022 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.

Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.

Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. In this role he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.

Originally from Hyderabad, India, Nadella lives in Bellevue, Washington. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Nadella serves on the board of trustees to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and his alma mater the University of Chicago, as well as the Starbucks board of directors. He is married and has three children.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft

Carol Dweck

Psychologist & Stanford Professor
Dr. Dweck’s research has demonstrated the critical role of mindsets in achievement and has led to successful interventions to foster learning. This research has been used by schools, businesses, and sports organizations around the world.

Dr. Dweck has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences and has won 12 different lifetime achievement awards for her research. She addressed the United Nations on the eve of their new global development agenda and has advised governments on educational and economic policies.

Her best-selling book Mindset, translated into over 40 languages, brought her research to the wider public.

Psychologist & Stanford Professor

2022 Keynote Speakers

Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.

Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.

Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. In this role he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.

Originally from Hyderabad, India, Nadella lives in Bellevue, Washington. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Nadella serves on the board of trustees to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and his alma mater the University of Chicago, as well as the Starbucks board of directors. He is married and has three children.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft

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Carol Dweck

Psychologist & Stanford Professor
Dr. Dweck’s research has demonstrated the critical role of mindsets in achievement and has led to successful interventions to foster learning. This research has been used by schools, businesses, and sports organizations around the world.

Dr. Dweck has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences and has won 12 different lifetime achievement awards for her research. She addressed the United Nations on the eve of their new global development agenda and has advised governments on educational and economic policies.

Her best-selling book Mindset, translated into over 40 languages, brought her research to the wider public.

Psychologist & Stanford Professor

2022 Conference Speakers

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Chike Aguh

On January 20, 2021, Chike Aguh (Chee-kay Ah-Goo) was sworn in as Chief Innovation Officer (CInO) at the United States Department of Labor, appointed by President Joe Biden. Reporting to the Deputy Secretary and also serving as the Senior Advisor for Delivery, he leads efforts to use innovative technologies, partnerships, and practices to protect and invest in the American worker.

Previously, Chike was the inaugural Head of Economic Mobility Pathways at the Education Design Lab where he launched the Community College Growth Engine Fund, an innovative multimillion dollar effort turning community colleges into bridges to careers in high growth fields for thousands. He has been a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights Policy where he focused on the future of work and racial equity, Venture Partner at Maryland-based New Markets Venture Partners where he focused on workforce technologies, member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Future of Work Taskforce, Lecturer at Columbia University, and guest speaker at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.  

Additionally, Chike has worked as an education policy official in America’s largest school system, 2nd grade teacher and Teach For America corps member, Fulbright Scholar in Thailand researching education and skills, director of corporate strategy and performance technologies at Education Advisory Board (EAB), CEO of a national social enterprise, which helped connect 500,000 low-income Americans to affordable internet and digital skills, and Senior Principal and Future of Work Lead at the McChrystal Group, a business advisory firm founded by Gen. (ret.) Stanley McChrystal.  

Chike holds degrees from Tufts University (B.A.), Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M), Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA), and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (MBA). He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar; past Council on Foreign Relations term member; 40 under 40 honoree from Wharton and the Washington Business Journal; and former board member of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board.

Additionally, he has served as an advisory board member for Teach For America-DC Region, board member for Baltimore’s Code in the Schools; past Advisory Board Chair of the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund; and former appointee of the Prince George’s County Executive to the County’s Commission on Fathers, Men and Boys. Chike, his wife, and their son proudly call Prince George’s County, MD home.

2020 Harvard Carr Center Technology and Human Rights Fellow, Current Chief Innovation Officer at the US Department of Labor

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Nick Bloom

Nick Bloom is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He has been researching working from home for almost 20 years. He has been heavily involved with policy, including meeting President Obama, and speaking in the 2014 Working Families Summit. He gave a 2017 TedX talk on working from home, has consulted with 100s of CEOs and managers, and has been covered extensively in national and international media.

Stanford Economics Professor

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Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth is co-founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit that uses psychological science to help children thrive. She is also the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change for Good Initiative. Angela was a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and has advised the White House, World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Angela has received many awards for her contributions to K-12 education, including a Beyond Z Award from the KIPP Foundation, and her TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a #1 New York Times best seller.

The Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at The University of Pennsylvania, Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics, Author of Grit, and CEO of Character Lab

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Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter and the author of Smarter Faster Better, about the science of productivity and The Power of Habit, about the science of habit formation in our lives, companies, and societies.

Pulitzer Prize Winner, NYT and New Yorker Reporter, NYT Bestselling Author of Smarter, Faster, Better and The Power of Habit

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Allison Gabriel

Dr. Allison Gabriel is the McClelland Professor of Management and Organizations and University Distinguished Scholar in the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. An organizational psychologist, she studies the ways we can promote thriving and well-being at work. Most recently, her focus has been on the intersection of work and women’s health, focusing on experiences linked with the journey of motherhood. She has received early career awards from the Academy of Management and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology for her scholarly contributions, in addition to being recognized by Poets & Quants as a top undergraduate business school professor. She hopes her research—often capturing her own personal challenges with motherhood, work-life balance, and wellness—can help others flourish.

McClelland Professor of Management and Organizations and University Distinguished Scholar in the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management

Adam Grant

Adam Grant

Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist and a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune‘s 40 under 40. He is the author of four New York Times bestselling books that have sold over two million copies and been translated into 35 languages: Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves. Adam hosts WorkLife, a TED original podcast. His TED talks have been viewed more than 20 million times. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, Bridgewater, and the Gates Foundation, and he serves on the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon. He is a former magician and junior Olympic springboard diver.

The Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management at The Wharton School, Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics, New York Times Bestselling Author, and Host of the TED podcast WorkLife

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Andrea Jones-Rooy

Andrea Jones-Rooy, Ph.D. (they/them) is a professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the NYU Center for Data Science, where they developed and teach their popular flagship course, Data Science for Everyone, as well as advanced courses on Natural Language Processing (NLP). Before coming to NYU, they founded the interdisciplinary major in quantitative social science at NYU Shanghai, taught at Carnegie Mellon University, and earned a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on complex systems at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Andrea is also a research consultant, coach, and keynote speaker for Global Fortune 500s and tech companies on how to more thoughtfully use data science to measure talent, performance, and the (dreaded, IMHO) “potential”. In their spare time, they are an internationally touring standup comedian and circus performer, host of the podcast Majoring in Everything (on YouTube and all the podcast spots), and host of the WORLD’S GREATEST one-person comedy- and circus-accented data science show, the Data Science Spectacular (premiering March 1 at NYC’s Caveat theater and online via livestream).

Visiting Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, NYU Center for Data Science

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Charlotte Lockhart

Charlotte Lockhart is a business advocate, investor, and philanthropist with more than 25 years’ experience in multiple industries locally and overseas.

As CEO for the 4 Day Week Global campaign she works promoting internationally the benefits of a productivity-focused and reduced-hour workplace. Through this, she is on the board of the  Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University and the advisory boards of the US campaign and the Ireland campaign for the 4 Day Week.

Since a diagnosis with Stage 4 breast cancer, Charlotte has become very focused on changing the way we work today to a better, more inclusive experience for everyone.

In their spare time Charlotte and Andrew enjoy working in their vineyard business on Waiheke and spending time with family.

Founder and CEO, The 4 Day Week

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Tsedal Neeley

Tsedal Neeley (@tsedal) is the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Research Strategy at the Harvard Business School. Recognized as one of the 100 people transforming business who are innovating, sparking trends, and tackling global challenges by Business Insider, her work focuses on how leaders can scale their organizations by developing and implementing global and digital strategies. She regularly advises top leaders who are embarking on virtual work and large scale-change that involves global expansion, digital transformation, and becoming more agile.

Harvard Business School Professor, Author of Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere

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Anne Helen Petersen

Anne Helen Petersen writes the newsletter Culture Study, and is the author of four books, most recently Out of the Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working From Home (co-written with Charlie Warzel) and Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation. She received her Ph.D. in media studies from the University of Texas, and was formerly a senior culture writer at BuzzFeed News. She lives on an island off the coast of Washington state.

Writer at Substack, Co-Author of Out of The Office

Dan Pink

Dan Pink

Daniel H. Pink is the author of seven books, including the forthcoming The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward (Riverhead, 2022).

His other books include the New York Times bestsellers When and A Whole New Mind — as well as the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have won multiple awards, have been translated into 42 languages, and have sold millions of copies around the world.

He lives in Washington, DC, with his family.

Seven-time #1 NYT Bestselling Author of Drive, A Whole New MindWhen, and The Power of Regret (forthcoming February 2022)

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Dan Price

Dan Price founded Gravity Payments when he was just 19 years old. His mission was–and is– to help hard-working small business owners stay competitive against larger corporations by making credit card processing transparent, fair, and easy. Today, nearly 20,000 independent businesses across all 50 states trust Gravity as their processor.

Dan captured national attention in 2015 when he decided to raise the company’s minimum salary to $70,000 a year. Although he’s been criticized for what some consider his radical policies on pay and equality, Dan believes businesses have enormous power to promote social good, regardless of what industry they’re in, by serving communities instead of shareholders and putting people over profits. His leadership has earned him many awards, most notably Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Entrepreneur of 2014” and the 2010 SBA “National Young Entrepreneur of the Year,” awarded to him by President Obama. He lives in Seattle and is the author of Worth It: How a Million-Dollar Pay Cut and a $70,000 Minimum Wage Revealed a Better Way of Doing Business, published in 2020.

Founder and CEO, Gravity Payments

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Maya Shankar

Maya Shankar is a cognitive scientist and the creator, Executive Producer, and host of the podcast, A Slight Change of Plans, which Apple recently awarded as the Best Show of the Year 2021. Maya was a Senior Advisor in the Obama White House, where she founded and served as Chair of the White House Behavioral Science Team. She also served as the first Behavioral Science Advisor to the United Nations under Ban Ki-moon, and as a core member of Pete Buttigieg’s debate preparation team during his 2020 presidential run. Maya has a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience from Stanford, a Ph.D. from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, and a B.A. from Yale. She’s been profiled by The New Yorker and been the featured guest on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Freakonomics,” and “Hidden Brain.” She’s a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music’s pre-college program, where she was a private violin student of Itzhak Perlman.

Senior Director of Behavioral Economics at Google and Creator, Host and Executive Producer of “A Slight Change of Plans” at Pushkin Industries

Past Speakers

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Byron Auguste

2016 Speaker

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Mary Barra

2018 Speaker

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Shane Battier

2015 Speaker

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Elisa Villanueva Beard

2017 Speaker

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Laszlo Bock

2021 Speaker

Managing Director and Co-Founder, Opportunity@Work
Former Deputy Director, White House National Economic Council

Chairman and CEO, General Motors Company

Two-time NBA Champion
Vice President, Basketball Development and Analytics, Miami Heat

CEO, Teach for America

CEO and Co-Founder, Humu
Former SVP of People Ops, Google

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Edith W. Cooper

2014 Speaker

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Ray Dalio

2021 Speaker

Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth

2021 Speaker

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Cathy Engelbert 

2019 Speaker

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Allyson Felix

2019 Speaker

Former Executive Vice President and Global Head of Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs

Founder, Chairman, and Co-Chief Investment
Officer of Bridgewater Associates

Faculty Co-Director, Wharton People Analytics
Founder, Character Lab
New York Times Bestselling Author of Grit

WNBA Commissioner
Former CEO, Deloitte

Olympic Gold Medalist, Track and Field

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Malcolm Gladwell

2017 Speaker

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Geoff Garrett

2016 Speaker

2018_previous_speakers_tony_hsieh

In remembrance of our friend,

Tony Hsieh

2016 Speaker

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Daniel Kahneman

2016 Speaker

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Katie Ledecky

2021 Speaker

New Yorker staff writer, New York Times Bestselling Author of David and GoliathOutliers, Blink, and The Tipping Point

Dean of the USC Marshall School of Business 

Former Zappos CEO & Visionary, 1973-2020

Nobel Prize Winner
Pioneer of Behavior Economics

7-time Olympic Gold Medalist

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Laura Liswood

2017 Speaker

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Giorgia Lupi

2018 Speaker

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Jonathan McBride

2018 Speaker

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DJ Patil

2018 Speaker

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Daniel Pink

2016 Speaker

Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders

Partner at Pentagram
Co-Founder, Board member at Accurat
Author of Dear Data

Managing Director and Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity, BlackRock
Former Director, US Presidential Personnel Office

Former Chief Data Scientist, the US Office of Science and Technology Policy

Seven-time #1 NYT Bestselling Author of Drive, A
Whole New Mind, When, and The Power of Regret (forthcoming February 2022)

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Adam Silver

2017 Speaker

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Kara Swisher

2021 Speaker

Richard Thaler

Richard Thaler

2019 Speaker

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Abby Wambach

2016 Speaker

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Brian Welle

2018 Speaker

Commisioner, NBA

Co-Founder and Editor-at-Large, Recode
Producer and Host, Recode Decode and Pivot podcasts
New York Times Contributor

Nobel Prize Winner
Leading economist
New York Times Bestselling Author of Nudge

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Soccer
FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion

Director of People Analytics, Google

Past Speakers

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Byron Auguste

2016 Speaker

Managing Director and Co-Founder, Opportunity@Work
Former Deputy Director, White House National Economic Council

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Mary Barra

2018 Speaker

Chairman and CEO, General Motors Company

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Shane Battier

2015 Speaker

Two-time NBA Champion
Vice President, Basketball Development and Analytics, Miami Heat

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Elisa Villanueva Beard

2017 Speaker

CEO, Teach for America

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Laszlo Bock

2021 Speaker

CEO and Co-Founder, Humu
Former SVP of People Ops, Google

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Edith W. Cooper

2014 Speaker

Former Executive Vice President and Global Head of Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs

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Ray Dalio

2021 Speaker

Founder, Chairman, and Co-Chief Investment
Officer of Bridgewater Associates

Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth

2021 Speaker

Faculty Co-Director, Wharton People Analytics
Founder, Character Lab
New York Times Bestselling Author of Grit

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Cathy Engelbert 

2019 Speaker

WNBA Commissioner
Former CEO, Deloitte

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Allyson Felix

2019 Speaker

Olympic Gold Medalist, Track and Field

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Malcolm Gladwell

2017 Speaker

New Yorker staff writer, New York Times Bestselling Author of David and GoliathOutliers, Blink, and The Tipping Point

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Geoff Garrett

2019 Speaker

Dean of the USC Marshall School of Business 

2018_previous_speakers_tony_hsieh

In remembrance of our friend,

Tony Hsieh

2016 Speaker

Former Zappos CEO & Visionary, 1973-2020

2018_previous_speakers_daniel_kahneman

Daniel Kahneman

2016 Speaker

Nobel Prize Winner
Pioneer of Behavior Economics

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Katie Ledecky

2021 Speaker

7-time Olympic Gold Medalist

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Laura Liswood

2017 Speaker

Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders

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Giorgia Lupi

2018 Speaker

Partner at Pentagram
Co-Founder, Board member at Accurat
Author of Dear Data

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Jonathan McBride

2018 Speaker

Managing Director and Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity, BlackRock
Former Director, US Presidential Personnel Office

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DJ Patil

2018 Speaker

Former Chief Data Scientist, the US Office of Science and Technology Policy

2018_previous_speakers_daniel_pink

Daniel Pink

2016 Speaker

Seven-time #1 NYT Bestselling Author of Drive, A
Whole New Mind, When, and The Power of Regret

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Adam Silver

2017 Speaker

Commisioner, NBA

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Kara Swisher

2021 Speaker

Co-Founder and Editor-at-Large, Recode
Producer and Host, Recode Decode and Pivot podcasts
New York Times Contributor

Richard Thaler

Richard Thaler

2019 Speaker

Nobel Prize Winner
Leading economist
New York Times Bestselling Author of Nudge

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Abby Wambach

2016 Speaker

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Soccer
FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion

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Brian Welle

2018 Speaker

Director of People Analytics, Google