Speakers Bureau

Peter Heller

New York Times Bestselling Author

Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The Painter and The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and a longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

BOOKS: The Dog Stars (Knopf), The Painter (Knopf), Celine (Knopf)

Michele Sullivan is the President of Caterpillar Foundation, the philanthropy arm of heavy equipment giant Caterpillar Corporation that has contributed over 685 million dollars worldwide to alleviate poverty. She has been named as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in U.S. Philanthropy and has served as a U.S. delegate to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. Born a little person who had to endure many years of orthopedic surgeries and other challenges, Michele speaks regularly on the topics of equality, resilience, and empowerment. In October 2016, Michele spoke at the TEDWomen Conference in San Francisco where she shared her personal story and how she has coped with her lifelong condition.

As Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen, Ann repositioned the iconic fashion and beauty brand into prominence as the most relevant voice for its 13 million readers. She led the magazine to number-one for teen readers on every platform, with innovative content surrounding the most important issues facing young women today. A key architect in shaping the national conversation about and for millennial women, Ann has been named by Forbes one of the “Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors” in the country. Today, she offers companies and millennials insights into how young women in this country are changing what it means to be successful.

BOOKS: The Big Life (Rodale Books)

Chris Bailey

International Bestselling Author

When Chris Bailey graduated University, he received two full-time job offers, but declined them both to dedicate a full year of his life to exploring his passion: productivity. He documented his experiments in productivity on what became a popular blog, ALifeofProductivity.com, and later a book, The Productivity Project. Bailey’s work has received national and international media attention from outlets like The New York Times, Lifehacker, Fast Company, New York Magazine, CBC, CTV, and many more. TED Talks organization has said that he “might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet”.

BOOKS: The Productivity Project (Crown Business)

Morra Aarons-Mele

Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of the award-winning social impact agency Women Online, hosts the podcast Hiding in the Bathroom, and created the influencer network the Mission List. She was founding political director of BlogHer.com, and has written for the Harvard Business Review, HuffPost, MomsRising, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Guardian. She has lectured at the Yale Women’s Campaign School, the Harvard Kennedy School, and at the World Economic Forum for Young Global Leaders. Aarons-Mele is a graduate of Brown University and the Harvard Kennedy School.

BOOKS: Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home) (Dey Street Books)

Sam Wasson

New York Times Bestselling Author

Sam Wasson is the bestselling author of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman, which became a New York and Los Angeles Times Bestseller, and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times and Publishers Weekly, among others.

Wasson’s Fosse won the Los Angeles Book Festival’s Prize for Best Biography of the Year, The George Freedley Grand Jury Prize, and was shortlisted for The Marfield Prize, the National Award for Arts Writing.

Sam has served as a consultant for The Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA Film, and is a visiting professor of Film at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Wasson has appeared globally, from the 92nd Street Y in New York to Toronto’s Bell Lightbox Theater to the Rome International Film Festival, and has been a featured guest on CNN, BBC, Fox, ABC, and NPR.

BOOKS: Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. (Harper Perennial), Fosse (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Improv Nation (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

William Rempel is an investigative journalist and author, whose 36-year career at the Los Angeles Times produced groundbreaking reports on Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda before 9/11 and extensive coverage of supertanker safety flaws years before the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. He co-authored exclusive reports detailing secret U.S. arms deals with Iran, tracking tons of explosives smuggled to terrorist camps in Libya, and documenting sales and leases of Ukrainian cargo planes to Colombian drug lords. Bill is the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award, a Gerald Loeb Award, and has most recently served as a story consultant for the Netflix series Narcos. His latest book is The Gambler: How Penniless Dropout Kirk Kerkorian Became the Greatest Deal Maker in Capitalist History.

BOOKS: At the Devil’s Table: The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel (Random House), The Gambler: How Penniless Dropout Kirk Kerkorian Became the Greatest Deal Maker in Capitalist History (HarperCollins)

Rajeev Peshawaria

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Currently the CEO of the ICLIF Leadership & Governance Centre based in Asia, the author of Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders (Simon & Schuster 2011), and a regular writer for Forbes, Peshawaria has extensive global experience in leadership development with a particular focus on uncovering personal and organizational “Leadership Energy.” He has been Chief Learning Officer of both Coca-Cola and Morgan Stanley, and has formerly held senior positions at American Express and Goldman Sachs. At Goldman, Rajeev helped found Pine Street – the firm’s acclaimed leadership academy – and headed Pine Street for Europe and Asia. He has been widely featured in international media platforms such as Bloomberg TV & radio, National Public Radio (NPR), Harvard Business Review, CNBC, Fast Company, and many more.

BOOKS: Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders (Simon & Schuster), Open Source Leadership: Reinventing Management When There’s No More Business as Usual (McGraw-Hill Education)

Ginny Gilder paved the way for women and rowing at large during the Title IX era. She holds a silver medal from the 1984 Olympics in LA and a bronze medal from the 1983 World Championships. During her freshman year at Yale, she participated in the now-famous Women’s Crew “Strip-in” to protest the lack of equal facilities for female athletes. Gilder currently serves as the CEO of boutique investment advisory, Gilder Office for Growth, and is an owner of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm.

BOOKS: Course Correction (Beacon Press)

Susan Peirce Thompson

New York Times Bestselling Author

Dr. Thompson is the New York Times bestselling author of Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free. She is a NISOD Excellence Award winner for outstanding contributions and leadership, and a tenured professor of psychology at Monroe Community College where she teaches courses in Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Eating, Body Image, and Wellness.

In 2015, Dr. Thompson helped found the Institute for Sustainable Weight Loss, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to conduct and disseminate research on the science of effective and sustainable weight loss. She is also the founder and CEO of Bright Line Eating Solutions, LLC, dedicated to creating a world in which anyone, anywhere who is truly ready to lose excess weight and keep it off long-term, will have a road-map that ensures their success.

BOOKS: Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free (Hay House)

Tracy McCubbin is a decluttering and organizational expert who has spent the last decade decluttering over 1,200 homes around the country. Her company dClutterfly has been named “Best in Nest” by DailyCandy and has received the Super Service Award from Angie’s List for five years. She is a regularly featured expert on KTLA Morning Show, KABC, KCAL9, and Good Day Sacramento and has been featured in Real Simple, Women’s Day, ShopSmart, and more. In addition, Tracy is the proud Co-Executive Director of OneKid OneWorld, a non-profit building strong educational foundations for children in impoverished communities throughout Kenya and Central America. She is at work on a book tentatively entitled What’s Under The Clutter.

BOOKS: The Clutter Code (Forthcoming)

Douglas Kennedy

International Bestselling Author

Douglas Kennedy is the author of twelve novels, including the international bestsellers The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness, Leaving the World, and The Moment. More than 14 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide and his work has been translated into 22 languages. An internationally sought after speaker, Kennedy is currently working on his thirteenth novel.

BOOKS: The Moment (Atria Books), The Blue Hour (Atria Books), The Pursuit Of Happiness (Atria Books), and more.

Nicola Kraus

New York Times Bestselling Author

Nicola Kraus is the co-author of numerous bestsellers, including The Nanny Diaries, Citizen Girl, Nanny Returns, and Dedication. She has also written for Paramount and Sony Pictures. In addition to her creative work, she is a founder of The Finished Thought, a creative consulting firm that helps aspiring authors in the fiction and nonfiction world turn their ideas into books.

BOOKS: The Nanny Diaries (St. Martin’s Press), How To Be A Grown Up (Atria Books), Nanny Returns (Atria Books), and more.

David Bodanis is the bestselling author of THE SECRET HOUSE and E=MC2, which was turned into a PBS documentary and a Southbank Award-winning ballet at Sadler’s Wells. David also wrote ELECTRIC UNIVERSE, which won the Royal Society Science Book of the Year Prize, and PASSIONATE MINDS, a BBC Book of the Week. His newest work, EINSTEIN’S GREATEST MISTAKE, will be published in October 2016.

David has worked for the Royal Dutch Shell Scenario Prediction unit and the World Economic Forum. He has been a popular speaker at TED conferences and at Davos. His work has been published in the Financial Times, the Guardian, and the New York Times, and has appeared on Newsnight, Start the Week, and other programs.

BOOKS: Einstein’s Greatest Mistake (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), E=MC2 (Berkley Publishing Group), and more.

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett is professor and James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. She teaches courses in economic development and urban policy and planning. She is the author of The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City and Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity. Currid-Halkett’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Salon, The Economist, and The New Yorker, among others. Her forthcoming book, The Sum of Small Things: Culture and Consumption in the 21st Century, will be published in Spring 2017.

BOOKS: The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class (Forthcoming from Princeton University Press; Spring 2017), Starstruck (Faber & Faber), The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City (Princeton University Press)

Lisen Stromberg is the acting COO of the 3% Movement, committed to changing the ratio of women in leadership in the advertising industry. Through her consulting business, PrismWork, Lisen and her team partner with companies, leaders, and advocates, to ensure women and Millennials thrive in the workplace.

Her book, Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career, reveals how trailblazing women have disrupted the traditional career paradigm to achieve their personal and professional goals and how forward-thinking companies can create workplaces that enable women (and Millennials) to thrive.

Lisen has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, and an M.F.A. from Mills College.

BOOKS: Work Pause Thrive (BenBella)

Andy Swann leads the development and delivery of people-focused transition management for organizations undergoing change at BDG Architecture + Design in the UK. He is also the founder of Simple Better Human, a creative organization development consultancy which specializes in allowing employees to thrive so that organizations can, too. He runs the All About People conference and speaks around the world on the benefits or taking a more human approach to organizational development.

BOOKS: The Human Workplace: People-Centred Organizational Development (Kogan Page)

Richard Cohen is the former publishing director of Hutchinson and Hodder & Stoughton and the author of Chasing the Sun, By the Sword, and How To Write Like Tolstoy. Works he has edited have gone on to win the Pulitzer, Booker, and Whitebread/Costa prizes, and more than twenty have been #1 bestsellers. Among the authors he has edited are John le Carre, Jeffery Archer, Jean Auel, William Trevor, Kingsley Amis, and Fay Weldon. Among non-fiction authors with whom he has worked are A. Alvarez, Richard Holmes, V.S. Pritchett (Anton Chekhov), Madeleine Albright, Rudy Guliani, and Vanessa Redgrave. Five times U.K. national saber champion, Cohen was selected for the British Olympic fencing team in 1972, 1976, 1980, and 1984.

BOOKS: How To Write Like Tolstoy (Random House), By The Sword (Modern Library), Chasing The Sun (Random House)

Randi built the Beyond Mom Community for the thousands of women like herself who are discovering that motherhood is the beginning of a new phase of life for themselves—as women, as entrepreneurs, as thinkers and do-ers, not just as moms.

A former yoga instructor and acting CEO, Randi is passionate about guiding women to realize their entrepreneurial visions.

BOOK: Going Beyond Mom: How to Activate Your Mind, Body & Business After Baby (Skyhorse)