Speakers

Anthony Onesto
Founder, Ella Adventures, LLC
A business leader with more than 18 years of strategy, product, recruiting, and human resources experience, Onesto is currently serving as GM Americas for SmartUp, a micro-learning, and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing solution. He is also the creator and executive producer of Ella the Engineer, a cartoon and comic book focused on encouraging young girls to pursue careers in STEAM fields and The Commuter Horror Show – a weekly comedic cartoon that illustrates the horror of daily commuting in New York City.

Trisha Prabhu
Innovator and social entrepreneur
Prabhu is a 16-year-old entrepreneur, advocate, and inventor of ReThink – an effective way to stop cyberbullying. Her research has found that with “ReThink”, adolescents change their mind 93% of the time and decide not to post an offensive message. Her various honors and awards include the 2014 Global Finalist at the Google Science Fair, the 2016 Aristotle Award at MIT INSPIRE, and the 2016 Illinois High School Innovator Award. She is currently attending Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois.

Kaki King
Musician
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist Kaki King has released 8 albums over the past 13 years. She has performed multiple world tours, and has presented her work in a variety of prestigious arts centers, including the Kennedy Center, MoMA, LACMA and The Met. She has created music for numerous film and TV soundtracks, including “August Rush” and Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild”, for which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score.

Haile Thomas
Youth health advocate and chef
Thomas is 16 years old, a youth health activist, international motivational speaker, teen vegan chef, and the youngest Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach in the country. She is also, the founder and CEO of the HAPPY Organization established in 2012. HAPPY (Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth) was established to address the need for free and/or low cost nutrition and culinary education for young people in underserved and at-risk communities. HAPPY programs are offered in schools, community groups, through summer camps and community events.

Annie Dean and Anna Auerbach
Cofounders and Co Chief Executive Officers, Werk
Dean and Auerbach recognized that women could not  possibly “do it all” or “have it all” in work environments that were not designed for their success. In 2016, they launched Werk, a marketplace of career-building, flexible work opportunities for ambitious women from top companies. Werk utilizes technology so women can achieve ambitious goals on a schedule that works for them, and help companies gain a competitive advantage by advancing gender diversity goals.

Katie Hnida
Football player and motivational speaker
Hnida is an American football player who became the first woman to score in an NCAA Division I-A game, college football’s highest level. She accomplished this as placekicker for the University of New Mexico Lobos on August 30, 2003. Her jersey from her time at University of New Mexico is on display at the College Football Hall of Fame.

 

Danielle Kayembe
Business leader and social impact advisor
Kayembe is dedicated to empowering women through her global work in business and social impact, meditation and executive coaching practice, and public speaking engagements. She is dedicated to generating creative solutions to women’s issues, with a particular focus on the intersection of entrepreneurship, social impact, technology, and Africa. Her innovative initiatives – including Tour of Tech: Lagos and GreyFire Impact – effectively bring new ideas, skills, and technologies to underserved areas in Africa.

Sarah Barrios
Singer-songwriter
Barrios was one of the top five finalists in the Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter V Competition, selected out of over 14,000 entries. She has also received the 2014 Best New Act of the Year Award at The New England Music Awards, and was nominated Best Female Performer of the Year in 2015.

 

 

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