Featured Speakers

Emily Chang

Emily Chang is the author of the bestseller Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley and anchor of Bloomberg Technology, a live daily show about technology, innovation, and the future of business at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET. She is also the host of Studio 1.0, an in-depth interview show, where she speaks to influencers in tech and media. While Bloomberg Technology covers news of the day, Studio 1.0 brings newsmakers to life in long-form. Before joining Bloomberg, Emily was an international correspondent for CNN based in Beijing and London. She has won five regional Emmy awards for her reporting. She is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children.

Susan Scott

Susan Scott, CEO & Founder of Fierce. Susan Scott is a bestselling author and leadership development architect who has enabled top executives worldwide to engage in vibrant dialogue with one another, their employees, and their customers for two decades. She is a recognized thought leader in the global business and education communities, and recipient of the 2008 Stevie award for Entrepreneur of the Year. Susan and her company are committed to large-scale and individual transformation through the principles set forth in Susan’s books and her company’s customized corporate training programs.

For 13 years, Susan ran think tanks for CEOs and designed and delivered training to peers working with CEOs in 18 countries. In 2002, Fierce Conversations—Achieving Success at Work and in Life, One Conversation at a Time, was published in four countries and, shortly thereafter, listed on the Wall Street Journal and UPI bestseller lists, and was one of USA TODAY’s top 40 business books of 2002. Her much-anticipated second book, Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative to the Worst “Best” Practices of Business Today, was published in 2009; in its debut week, the book was listed on the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times bestseller lists.

Sharon Steed

Sharon Steed is a corporate empathy and communications consultant as well as an international keynote speaker. Sharon is a subject matter expert on communicating with empathy. She has spoken at companies on improving team communication and collaboration and at tech conferences on vulnerability as an asset; and she’s given a TEDx talk on empowering insecurities. A lifelong stutterer, she uses her speech impediment to teach both what empathy is and how to be empathetic. Sharon’s course Communicating With Empathy is available on both LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com. She lives in Pittsburgh.

Katie Tynan

Katy Tynan is a bestselling author and an internationally recognized expert on the evolution of work. In a world where 70 percent of employees are disengaged, she helps organizations ditch out-of-date management practices and create an inspiring, engaging culture. Throughout her 20-year career in IT and operations consulting, Katy has advised hundreds of organizations on how to find innovative solutions that leverage technology and human capital for competitive advantage. She has been part of multiple successful startups, including Winphoria Networks (acquired by Motorola in 2003) and Thrive Networks (acquired by Staples in 2007). Katy is managing director of Liteskip Consulting Group, a talent strategy consulting firm located in Boston. She is the author of the ATD Press book How Did I Not See This Coming? A New Manager’s Guide to Avoiding Total Disaster and Survive Your Promotion! The 90 Day Success Plan for New Managers.

Wendy Walsh

Dr. Wendy Walsh is a popular Los Angeles radio host on iHeartRadio and a psychology professor.

After immigrating from Canada in 1988, Walsh began her career in journalism as a local news anchor in Los Angeles. Her 20-year television career included stints as host of Warner Bros. nationally syndicated show EXTRA, West Coast correspondent for NBC's Today Show, and CNN's human behavior expert. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as co-host of the Dr. Phil spin-off, The Doctors.

She became Doctor Wendy Walsh in 2006 after earning a midlife PhD in clinical psychology. She is particularly interested in the science of relationships, evolutionary psychology, and Attachment Theory—the theory that looks at why and how we bond with romantic partners, our children, animals, and even things.

Dr. Walsh has written three books about relationships and is a frequent television expert on all kinds of relationships, from those between world leaders to our most intimate connections. She teaches at California State University Channel Islands and her lectures include gender dynamics, models of love, and the impact of technology on human behavior.

In 2017, Walsh was named one of Time magazine's Persons of the Year as a Silence Breaker. Her voice helped pave the way for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.