The Womens Summit

2016 Keynotes

Sheila Heen

Sheila Heen is a founder of Triad Consulting Group, a leading global corporate education and communication consultant firm.

Her wide range of corporate clients include companies such as Unilever and the Federal Reserve Bank, as well as numerous family businesses. She often helps executive teams work through conflict, repair working relationships, and make sound decisions. In the public sector, she has provided training to organizations including the Obama White House.

Heen has spent the last 20 years with the Harvard Negotiation Project, developing negotiation theory and practice and specializing in particularly difficult negotiations. She is the co-author of two New York Times bestsellers: Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, and Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When It’s Off-Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered, and Frankly, You’re Not in the Mood).

She has been featured on a wide variety of television and radio programs ranging from Oprah to Fox News.

Heen is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, and Harvard Law School, where she is a lecturer on law.


Carla Hall

Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC’s The Chew, alongside restaurateurs and Iron Chef America stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly, and health and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz. In 2015, The Chew team won their first Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Hosts.

Hall may best be known as a contestant and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef. She is the owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, an artisanal cookie company. Up next, she will open her first restaurant, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, in Brooklyn, NY, featuring her famous hot chicken recipe.

In 2012, she published her first cookbook, Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You, followed by Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World in 2014.

Hall received a degree in accounting from Howard University, but traveling through Europe inspired a new career path. She completed her culinary training at L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland, worked as a sous chef at the Henley Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., and served as executive chef at both The State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club.


Heather Abbott

In 2013, Heather Abbott was watching the Boston Marathon at the finish line when she was struck by shrapnel from the second of two bombs, severely injuring her left foot. With the help of other amputees and the support of thousands around the country, Abbott made the difficult decision to live her life as an amputee. Her recovery was a journey through pain, anger, optimism, challenge, and resilience.

Through insurance and donations, Abbott was given four different prosthetic legs to accommodate her busy lifestyle. Just months after the bombing, she was living independently and resuming the activities she loves, including paddle boarding and running.

Determined to help other victims of limb loss, Abbott became a certified Peer Counselor for the American Amputee Coalition and started the Heather Abbott Foundation to help provide customized prostheses to amputees.

In 2014-2105, she received the Orthopedic Association’s Spirit of an Active Lifestyle Award, an honorary degree from Framingham State University, and the Stonehill College President’s Excellence Award. She was named a 2015 Providence Business News Woman to Watch.

2016 Power Plenary Speaker

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM

Dr. Pamela Peeke is a nationally renowned physician, scientist, and expert in preventive and integrative medicine. A Pew Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism, she is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland, and Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Sports Medicine.

The author of three New York Times bestsellers, Peeke’s pioneering work in the prevention and treatment of addictive eating has been profiled in national media. She was chief nutrition and fitness correspondent for Discovery Health TV, and was featured in its National Body Challenge series.

As the first senior research fellow at the National Institutes of Health Office of Complementary Medicine, she helped establish the scientific foundation for the research and development of investigations involving stress, nutrition, and fitness.

Dr. Peeke is featured in the National Institutes of Health’s “Changing Face of Medicine” exhibit on the history of women physicians at the National Library of Medicine. She has been named one of America’s top physicians by the Consumers Research Council of America. She is a member of the National Senior Games Foundation and is a Senior Games triathlete.