The Womens Summit

Friday, March 14, 2014
2014 Keynotes
Carley Roney

Carley Roney is co-founder and chief content officer of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), formerly The Knot Inc., a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy, and everything in between. After the nightmare of planning her own wedding, Roney and her partners founded The Knot in 1996. As pioneers in the emerging medium known as the Internet, they quickly took the wedding world by storm with a fresh voice, stylish ideas, and up-to-date advice for modern nearly-weds. Today, The Knot Wedding Network (also encompassing the leading gift registry website reaches nearly every U.S. bride annually with premium multimedia content offerings.

Roney also created The Nest, The Blush, and The Bump brands for young couples and first-time parents. She frequently appears on television shows such as Today, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Live! With Kelly, and she is the author of more than a dozen popular books. Her syndicated advice column "Ask Carley" appears in newspapers nationwide. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband (and co-founder) and three children.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis, a classically trained, award-winning actor, has conquered every medium from stage to television to film. From her Tony Award-winning performances in King Hedley II and Fences to her Academy Award-nominated performances in The Help and Doubt, Davis has burst through barriers to become one of the most accomplished and celebrated actors today. Her portrayal of Aibileen Clark in The Help earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics’ Choice Award, Golden Globe, and British Academy Film Award.

Rising out of “the absolute epitome of poverty,” Davis fell in love with theater early in high school as a form of escape. She attended the Young People’s School of the Performing Arts and The Julliard School. In 1996, she earned roles on Broadway, television, and in film.

Davis is passionate about ensuring that “women of color are part of the narrative,” on all artistic platforms. This commitment resulted in her being named “one of the most influential people of 2012” by TIME Magazine.

Carey Lohrenz

Leadership expert Carey Lohrenz is the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown combat-ready missions worldwide at Mach 2 – twice the speed of sound. She is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

Lohrenz’s fascinating experiences operating in one of the world's most challenging locations – an aircraft carrier – make her uniquely qualified to speak about the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors, and overcoming obstacles – the same challenges found in businesses and organizations. The all-male environment of fighter aviation has also provided her with insight and a credible platform on women’s leadership issues.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where she was a varsity rower at the pre-Olympic level, Lohrenz attended the U.S. Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School before starting flight training and her naval career. She is currently pursuing an MBA in strategic leadership.

2014 Power Plenary Speaker

Marie Pasinski, M.D.

Marie Pasinski, M.D., graduated from Harvard Medical School and serves on the faculty as a neurology instructor. She is a board certified member of the American Academy of Neurology and a staff neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her special interests include brain health, dementia prevention, and the protective effects of exercise, diet, mental stimulation and socialization on the brain. She believes that by optimizing the brain’s remarkable ability to redesign itself, a healthier, more vibrant brain can be achieved at any age.

Dr. Pasinski has been featured as an expert commentator for The Today Show, Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s World Magazine, and numerous other media outlets.  A frequent guest speaker at conferences and symposia, she writes a health blog for The Huffington Post and is the author of Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Boost Your Brain Power!