The Womens Summit

Friday, March 13, 2015
2015 Keynotes
Sallie L. Krawcheck

Sallie L. Krawcheck, who has been called “The Last Honest Analyst” by Fortune Magazine, is the chair of Ellevate*, a global professional woman’s network with thousands of women across industries worldwide. Ellevate Asset Management has partnered with Pax World on the Pax Ellevate Global Woman’s Index Fund, the first and only mutual fund of its kind, investing in the 400 top-rated companies in the world for advancing women.  These businesses are united in the recognition that investing in women is simply smart business.

Krawcheck has a track record for turning around and innovating to drive growth in a number of wealth management businesses. She is past president of Global Wealth & Investment Management for Bank of America, the largest wealth management business in the world at $2.2 trillion in client balances, and was previously the chief executive officer and chairman for Citi Global Wealth Management.

Krawcheck was recently named #9 on Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People 2014” list and one of “10 Up and Coming Leaders to Watch” by Entrepreneur Magazine. She has been listed among Forbes’ and Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” in business and U.S. Banker’s top “Woman to Watch.”

*formerly 85 Broads

Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb, co-host of the fourth hour of NBC’s TODAY alongside Kathie Lee Gifford, has also been a Dateline NBC correspondent since 1998. She has covered a wide variety of domestic and international stories across all NBC News platforms including: the aftermath and one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, the War on Terror in Afghanistan, and the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia.

From 2004 to 2008, she served as the host of the weekly syndicated series Your Total Health. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Kotb has been part of several initiatives to raise awareness of the disease. She is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee, and Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives.

The four-time Emmy Award nominee has been honored with two Gracie Awards, the prestigious Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, National Headliner Award, and Edward R. Murrow Award.

Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins is co-founder of Inspire52, the fastest-growing news and entertainment website for women by women; a legal analyst; a CNN contributor; and an award-winning syndicated talk-radio host. In the media, she provides in-your-face opinions, compelling arguments, and entertaining commentary on hot breaking news topics. In the real world, she’s one of the top motivational speakers in America and an expert on strategic thinking, leadership, and productivity.

Stop Saying You’re Fine, her best-selling book on managing change and increasing productivity, has been translated into four languages. Her TED Talk on the Brain and Motivation has had more than a half-million views. She has shared the stage with Donald Trump, Barbara Walters, and countless TED thought leaders.

Robbins began her career as a public defender in New York City. After stints on DuPont’s corporate litigation team and management roles in several successful technology startups, she went on to launch an executive coaching firm, working with clients such as Google, Johnson & Johnson, and Apple.

2015 Power Plenary Speaker

Charlotte Stallings

Charlotte Stallings is president and chief operating officer of Getting Smart LLC. A personal finance expert and motivational speaker, she offers strategies for getting a handle on money and making better financial decisions.

She grew up in housing projects and went on to become vice president of investment strategies at Ameriprise Financial (formerly American Express). Stallings developed a national initiative to provide investment and financial planning advice geared specifically to women and served as the firm’s national spokesperson on issues related to women and investing. She was previously an account manager at American Express TRS.

She has made appearances on CNN and other national and regional media outlets.  She is a weekly in-studio guest on Houston’s FOX26 Your Money segment. In 2010, she was named one of the Top 25 Women of Houston.

Stallings is the author of I Wish Someone Had Told Me: Financial Lessons Learned the Hard Way (2012).