Pass the Mic

Looking to make your next business event more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming? There’s no better place to start than with your speakers. We’ve hand-picked a few who may fly under the radar in the speaker circuit but raise the bar in making events more diverse — and way more interesting.

Janet Sperstad

Sperstad, CMP, is the director of the Meeting and Event Management Program at Madison College and educates business events industry strategists on creating more brain-friendly experiences.

August 20, 2019

Leah Weiss

Weiss, Ph.D., teaches students how to be more compassionate leaders, including those at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where Weiss has taught “Leading With Mindfulness and Compassion.”

August 16, 2019

Rachel Carlton Abrams

Abrams, aka Doctor Rachel, is a board-certified family and integrative medicine physician and holistic health expert who — when not seeing patients — teaches classes and workshops, consults, and speaks to groups on a wide range of health issues.

August 15, 2019

Barbara Seymour Giordano

Giordano specializes in the power of storytelling. A speaker herself, she also advises executives, entrepreneurs, and TED presenters on crafting and delivering stories.

August 14, 2019

Heather E. McGowan

McGowan works with university presidents and C-Suite executives to prepare graduates and workers for jobs that do not yet exist. The frequent keynote speaker is a Forbes contributor and serves on the advisory board for Sparks & Honey, a culture-focused agency that “helps global organizations understand and take advantage of accelerating change.”

August 13, 2019

Lisa Kay Solomon

Solomon, a thought leader in design innovation, is the designer in residence at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (“d. School”). She is also founding chair of transformational practices and leadership at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University, which describes itself as a global learning and innovation community.

August 12, 2019

Nilofer Merchant

Merchant, a former executive in the tech industry, worked for companies including Apple and now strives to reinvent work.

August 10, 2019

Gail Lowney Alofsin

Alofsin, a frequent speaker on topics including work-life integration and leadership, is president of AMP! Authentic Measurable Performance and an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island.

August 8, 2019

John Maclean

Maclean, an athlete, suffered a severe spinal injury when hit by a truck in 1988 while training for a triathlon. As a wheelchair athlete he went on to swim the English Channel and also participate in triathlons (including the Ironman) and Paralympic games.

August 3, 2019

David Stewart

David Stewart helms Ageist. It’s a media company that is out to redefine life after 50 by highlighting the vibrancy, influence, and contributions of people in that age group.

August 1, 2019

Nora Tobin

Tobin is the health and wellness partner for Marriott International’s Luxury Brands, a role that includes creation of fitness programs and wellness retreats and collaboration on healthy meals and breaks for meetings.

July 31, 2019

Kelly McGonigal

A health psychologist, McGonigal focuses on understanding the mind-body connection and works to translate academic research into practical strategies for health, happiness, and success.

July 20, 2019

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