Mary Kelly, Ph.D.
Author, Leadership Expert
Mary Kelly is an internationally renowned economist, author, and speaker on the topics of leadership, productivity, communication, and improving profit growth. Her numerous books include the award-winning bestseller, Master Your World: 10 Dog-Inspired Leadership Lessons to Improve Productivity, Profits, and Communication.
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Kelly, a Mensa member, spent more than 20 years on active duty in intelligence and logistics, training more than 40,000 military and civilian personnel before retiring from the U.S. Navy as a Commander. Through her work in college teaching and in the military, for which she was recognized with top awards, she discovered the need to make the principles of leadership and communication available to all types of organizations.
Today, Kelly works with business owners, CEOs, managers, and team leaders to create happy work environments even in the most stressful situations. She believes great leadership sets expectations and boosts morale, encouraging people to perform better at their jobs.
She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Greenwich University.
Leymah Gbowee, a 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, and women’s rights advocate, is founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She founded the Liberian Reconciliation Initiative and co-founded the Women Peace and Security Network Africa. She is a founding member of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding. Currently a Distinguished Activist-in-Residence at Union Theological Seminary, she travels internationally to advocate for human rights, peace, and security.
Gbowee’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace – which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 – is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the award-winning documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Her 2012 TED Talk, “Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls,” has been viewed by more than 1 million people.
She has been profiled in The New York Times Op-Docs series by filmmaker Errol Morris, who called Gbowee a “modern day Joan of Arc.”
Academy Award-Winner, Advocate For Gender Equality In Media
Geena Davis, one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, earned a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of the first female U.S. president in Commander in Chief. She received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in The Accidental Tourist, was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Thelma & Louise, and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for A League of Their Own. She is currently a series regular in 20th Century Fox’s The Exorcist.
A world-class athlete and Mensa member, Davis is a tireless advocate of women and girls. She is founder and chair of the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in Information and Communication Technology for the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union, is an official partner of U.N. Women, and chairs the California Commission on the Status of Women. She recently launched the successful Bentonville Film Festival in support of women and diversity in the entertainment industry.
Davis holds a B.A. in Drama from Boston University and three honorary degrees.
2017 Power Plenary Speaker
Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC™, FDN
Health Expert, Entrepreneur, Author
Debi Silber is the President/CEO of Lifestyle Fitness, Inc. and founder of www.DebiSilber.com, is a recognized health, weight loss, fitness, wellness, lifestyle, and personal development expert. As a speaker, consultant, and the author of two books, including A Pocket Full of Mojo: 365 Proven Strategies to Create Your Ultimate Body, Mind, Image, and Lifestyle, Silber has led and inspired thousands of people to transform into their personal and professional best. As a working mom with four kids, six dogs, and a husband of 25+ years, Silber understands the unique demands of busy professionals.
A contributor to FOX, CBS, The Dr. Oz show, TEDx, The Huffington Post, Self, Health, Working Mother, Forbes, Psychology Today, WebMD, and more, Silber regularly speaks at association meetings, corporate events, conferences, universities, and women’s leadership retreats, offering simple solutions that create lasting change physically, emotionally, and psychologically.
In addition to being an award-winning and highly credentialed health expert, Silber is the creator of The Mojo Fuel line of healthy nutrition bars and shakes.