2020 Speakers

Kindra Hall

Kindra Hall

President and Chief Storytelling Officer, Steller Collective

Kindra is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers trusted by global brands to deliver presentations and trainings that inspire teams and individuals to better communicate the value of their company, their products and their individuality through strategic storytelling. She was a National Champion storyteller (yes, they have those), a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Network and has her master’s degree in communications where she conducted original research studying the role of storytelling in defining and revealing organizational culture. Kindra is a former Director of Marketing and VP of Sales. She is a contributing editor to SUCCESS Magazine and was guest faculty at the Harvard Medical School. Her book, Stories that Stick: How Storytelling can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences and Transform Your Business debuted at #2 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List and Forbes claimed “the compelling new book….may be the most valuable business book you read." Kindra’s message spans all industries and her clients include Facebook, Hilton Hotels, Tyson Foods, Target and Berkshire Hathaway and many others.

Sally Helgesen

Sally Helgesen

Women's Leadership Expert & Best-Selling Author

Sally Helgesen is a best-selling author, speaker and leadership coach, cited in Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership. For the last thirty years, her mission has been to help women leaders around the world recognize, articulate and act on their greatest strengths. She also works with senior teams seeking to build more inclusive cultures. Sally’s most recent book, How Women Rise, co-authored with coaching legend Marshall Goldsmith, became the top-selling title in its field within a week of publication. It explores the specific habits most likely to get in women’s way as they seek advancement. And it offers powerful practices to help women realize their full potential. Sally’s previous books include The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership, hailed as a classic and continuously in print since 1990, and The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work, which explores how women’s strategic insights can strengthen their careers and their organizations. The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations, published in 1995, was cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership of all time and credited with bringing the language of inclusion into business.

Wendy McManus

Wendy McManus

Executive Leadership Coach and Founder, Connect 2 Potential

Wendy McManus knows that thriving teams are the key to stellar results. As a Leadership Coach, she draws out the true genius in each of her produce industry clients, helping them become more confident, capable leaders of their own thriving teams. Through her group coaching initiative, the Thriving Leaders Project, Wendy guides participants through a deep exploration of the inner game of personal leadership and the outer game of leading others. Wendy’s clients expand their self-awareness and build more authentic relationships with their co-workers, leading to stronger business outcomes. Wendy brings her extensive experience, including 17 years of success as a leader in produce marketing, to her work as an Executive Leadership Coach. She is doing the work she was born to do and loving every minute of it!

Lisa Nichols

Lisa Nichols

Founder and CEO, Motivating the Masses, Inc.

Lisa Nichols is one of the world’s most-requested motivational speakers, as well as a media personality and corporate CEO whose global platform has reached nearly 80 million people. From a struggling single mom on public assistance to a millionaire entrepreneur, Lisa’s courage and determination has inspired fans worldwide and helped countless audiences breakthrough, to discover their own untapped talents and infinite potential. A noted media personality who has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, The Dr. Phil Show, The Steve Harvey Show, and Extra – just to name a few. Lisa is also a best-selling author. Her 7th book ABUNDANCE NOW, was published in 2016 by HarperCollins. In ABUNDANCE NOW, Lisa continues her journey with her fans, providing a clear and practical blueprint for personal success, drawn directly from the life experiences of its beloved author. ABUNDANCE NOW is the follow-up to Lisa’s New York Times Best Seller, NO MATTER WHAT.

Marilyn Sherman

Marilyn Sherman

Front-Row Leadership Expert & Hall of Fame Speaker

Hall of Fame speaker Marilyn Sherman knows how to engage an audience. For the last 25 years she has worked with high performing teams and leaders teaching them how to get out of their comfort zone and live and lead from the front-row. She is the author of four books that help people navigate their business and personal lives to the front-row. She has a long list of corporate and association clients like Coca-Cola, Marriott, the US Postal Service, and the International Association of Hospitality & Finance Professionals. She is also the only speaker to have been hired by the Women’s Foodservice Forum to speak at their Leadership Conference for 12 years in a row. She is a graduate of Washington State University and has used her years of experience as a crisis management counselor and corporate trainer to motivate and inspire her audiences today. In 2018 she was inducted into the National Speaker’s Association Speaker Hall of Fame. She is one of only 185 people worldwide who hold this designation.

Laurie Ulrich

Laurie Ulrich

Learning Experience Designer, Produce Marketing Association

Laurie Ann Ulrich is a trainer, author, and instructional designer with more than 30 books published and 30,000+ students trained – in college classrooms and corporate conference rooms throughout the US. She’s currently PMA’s Learning Experience Designer, developing educational content to support their members and their mission – to grow a healthier world. Laurie also continues to teach online courses to help people around the world build their business skills and gain confidence in their abilities.