Keynote Speakers

8:35 - 9:25
Opening Keynote

Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Managing Director & Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Wall Street powerhouse, accomplished singer, and inspiring author, Carla Harris is product of her own good advice. In her high-energy, empowering style, she kicks off today's program explaining the battle-tested strategies that she used to launch and sustain her own successful career in the old boys' club of international finance. Whether you're just starting out, striving for a promotion, or looking for an altogether new direction, Harris has pearls of wisdom to share about moving forward, recovering from setbacks, and thriving through change.

11:25 - 12:15
Morning Keynote

Geena Davis, Founder & Chair, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Academy Award-winning Actor

As an award-winning actor and now as an activist, Geena Davis has made a career of pushing boundaries. The latest challenge she has taken on is nothing less than to eliminate rampant gender inequality in the media, particularly in entertainment for younger children. In her impassioned keynote presentation, Davis brings 20 years of research and firsthand experience to her call for a more balanced and accurate representation of the roles that females play in today's world.

1:30 - 2:20
Afternoon Plenary Session - Reimagining Equality

Anita Hill, Senior Advisor To the Provost, Brandeis University
Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women's Studies, Heller Graduate School of Policy and Management

Anita Hill was catapulted to fame - and infamy - in 1991 when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Although many viewers initially did not believe her, the tide of public opinion eventually turned in her favor and essentially brought tolerance for sexual harassment to an end. On this 25th anniversary of the Thomas hearings, Hill takes the stage to reflect on the legacy of her momentous testimony and how men's and women's rights in the workplace have and have not changed since then.

4:20 - 5:20
Closing Keynote:

America Ferrera, Actor, Producer, Activist

Moderator: Joyce Kulhawik, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist

Actor, producer, and activist America Ferrera has managed to pack a lot into her 31 years. In addition to an impressive list of stage, film, and TV credits, the award-winning star of Ugly Betty and Superstore has emerged as an outspoken leader against stereotype casting in Hollywood and as a tireless advocate for the political involvement of Latino youth. In this lively conversation with Joyce Kulhawik, Ferrera talks about turning her talents to stories that depict people as they really are and to causes that inspire her deepest convictions.