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.

Bridget Brennan

Brennan heads Female Factor, a consulting firm that helps companies market and sell to women. She’s also the author of the best-selling book Why She Buys: The New Strategy for Reaching the World’s Most Powerful Consumers. As one of the world’s foremost experts on female consumers, Brennan is a frequent guest lecturer at business schools and major companies around the world.

October 1, 2018

Denise Lee Yohn

Yohn is a go-to expert on brand leadership for national media outlets, an in-demand speaker and consultant, and a writer.

October 1, 2018

Bernadette Smith

Smith is the founder and president of the Equality Institute, which allows businesses to serve their LGBTQ customers and colleagues more effectively through unconscious-bias training.

October 1, 2018

Samantha Ettus

An inspirational work/life expert and entrepreneur, Ettus aims to motivate women to achieve their greatest potential. She is the best-selling author of five books including The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction and makes frequent TV appearances.

October 1, 2018

Kristy Tillman

A former designer at IDEO, Tillman is known for looking for ways to push design and integrate best design practices across digital and print.

October 1, 2018

Leigh Stringer

A workplace strategy expert and researcher, Stringer works for EYP, an architecture, engineering, and building technology firm. She is the author of two bestselling books including The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees — and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line.

October 1, 2018

Clara Shih

A former Microsoft engineer, Shih worked at Google and Salesforce.com before developing the first social-business application for Facebook, called Faceforce. Hearsay Social is an enterprise social-marketing tool used by  JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and Allstate, among others.  She’s a frequent keynote speaker on the topic of social media.

October 1, 2018

Rachel Godsil

Director of research and cofounder of the Perception Institute, Godsil regularly conducts workshops on the role of implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat in key fields, such as education, criminal justice, and health care.

October 1, 2018

Michelle Gielan

Gielan, the author of Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change, studies the link between happiness and success.

October 1, 2018

Sara Ross

Ross, who describes herself as a “vitality advocate,” expanded her SARAjROSS + Co. Consulting firm with research arm BrainAMPED, which develops, tests, and curates strategies to transform how people work and live.

October 1, 2018

Karen Baker

Baker, of 7Concepts design consultancy, specializes in digital marketing, design research, strategic planning, engagement, and experiential marketing.

October 1, 2018

Julianne Kanzaki

Kanzaki is a self-described “wellness architect” who received a master’s degree in public health from Loma Linda University and has more than a decade of experience working as a clinical dietitian.

October 1, 2018