Nely Galán, a self-made media mogul and the former President of Entertainment for Telemundo, was the first Latina to head a major television network. The Emmy-award winning producer, who has owned and operated her own media company since 1994, helped launch 10 groundbreaking television channels in Latin America and produced more than 700 episodes of programming across all genres in English and Spanish.
A Cuban immigrant who achieved success on her own terms, Galán now teaches women of all ages and backgrounds to become entrepreneurs. Inspired by the revolution in entrepreneurship led by multicultural women, she wrote SELF MADE: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way, a 2016 New York Times bestseller. The HBO documentary The Latino List featured her as one of the most influential voices in the Latino community.
Galán founded The Adelante Movement (Let’s get going! in Spanish), a nonprofit that trains and empowers entrepreneurial Latinas and women of all backgrounds. Founder and president of Santa Clara LLC, a real estate development and investment company, she is also a board member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
Galán holds a master’s degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Jennifer Hyman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rent the Runway, a nearly $1 billion company that is disrupting the fashion industry by introducing clothing rental as a utility in women’s lives. With more than six million members and hundreds of designer brands, the company’s 1,100 employees comprise more than 60 percent female and 70 percent minority members.
Hyman has been named one of the “12 Most Disruptive Names in Business,” by Forbes, one of the “Most Powerful Female Entrepreneurs” by Fortune, and one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company. Rent the Runway has been recognized as one of the “25 Most Disruptive Brands” by Forbes and one of the “10 Most Innovative Fashion Companies” by Fast Company.
Passionate about diversifying entrepreneurship, Hyman invests in and advises a diverse group of startups throughout the country. In 2015, she co-founded the Rent the Runway Foundation to help female entrepreneurs build scalable, high-growth companies.
Hyman was previously the Director of Business Development at IMG. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Brigid Schulte is Founding Director of The Good Life Initiative at the nonpartisan think tank, New America, and serves as Director of the Better Life Lab, working to transform policy, practice, and culture so that people and families have the opportunity to live their best lives at work and at home. She speaks worldwide on redesigning work cultures, reimagining gender roles for a fairer division of labor and opportunity, and recapturing the value of leisure.
Schulte is the author of The New York Times bestseller Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time , named a Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year by The Washington Post and NPR, and a 2014 Good Reads Finalist for Best Business Book.
A member of The Washington Post team that won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize, she writes widely for publications including Slate, TIME, Forbes, The Guardian, and others, and is a frequent television and radio guest.
Schulte holds an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
2018 Power Plenary Speaker
Jody Urquhart is passionate about spreading the message of the importance of fun and meaningful work. A motivational speaker for more than 16 years, she has coached, facilitated, and consulted for thousands of top organizations across the United States and Canada including Merck, Pfizer, the U.S. Army, Sysco, and IBM Canada. Urquhart inspires and connects with her audiences through a humorous delivery she developed as a former stand-up comedian.
She is the author of the bestseller All Work & No Say… Ho Hum, Another Day, which provides managers with new approaches and techniques for fostering professional satisfaction, encouraging employee development, and building organizational unity. She is the author of the syndicated column The Joy of Work.
Urquhart is a featured guest speaker for the GE Healthcare Tip-TV program, which is broadcast in more than 2,600 healthcare facilities. Her insights and expertise earned her a Bronze Award for Excellence in Programming at the 29th Annual Telly Awards.
She holds a business degree from the University of Calgary.