2024 keynote Speakers

MARIANa Atencio

Mariana Atencio took the world by storm in 2017 when her TEDx talk on authenticity "What makes YOU special?" went viral. To date, it has over 22 million views and has been translated into 13 languages. Her book, Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real, was an Amazon Best Seller and selected by Audible and AppleBooks.

In the last decade, Mariana worked at Univision and NBC News as an anchor and reporter, and has since founded GoLike, a media company named among the 100 most powerful Latina businesses in the U.S. She has quickly become one of the most sought-after virtual speakers and secured global events, keynotes and partnerships with Microsoft, YouTube, Spotify, Deloitte, Pepsi, Clinique, AT&T, McDonald’s, UBS, Procter & Gamble, Citi Private Bank, Airbnb, LinkedIn, the World Health Organization and the United Nations, among others.

Mariana is featured in the award-winning HBO series "Habla Now" as one of the leaders defining the Latinx Experience in the U.S. Her work has been honored with a Peabody, a Gracie Award, Columbia University’s “First Decade Award” and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Presidential Award. She is a spokesperson for the American Latino Museum in Washington, D.C. and a 2020 fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Amy Gallo

Amy Gallo is a workplace expert who writes and speaks about effective communication, interpersonal dynamics, gender, difficult conversations, and feedback. She is the best-selling author of Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People) and the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict, as well as hundreds of articles for Harvard Business Review

For the past four years, Amy has co-hosted HBR’s popular Women at Work podcast, which examines the struggles and successes of women in the workplace. She is frequently sought out by media outlets for her perspective on workplace dynamics, conflict, and difficult conversations. Her advice has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Marketplace, as well as on NPR, WNYC, the BBC, and ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Amy is an acclaimed speaker, who has delivered keynotes and workshops at hundreds of companies and conferences, including SXSW (Featured Speaker), the Conferences for Women, the World Economic Forum, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, Adobe, and the American Chambers of Commerce in Finland and Sweden. In 2019, she delivered a talk at TEDxBroadway about the positive benefits of conflict.

Lynn perry wooten, mba, phd

Lynn Perry Wooten, a seasoned academic and an expert on organizational development and transformation, became the ninth president of Simmons University on July 1, 2020. She is the first African American to lead the university.

Specializing in crisis leadership, diversity and inclusion, and positive leadership—organizational behavior that reveals and nurtures the highest level of human potential—Dr. Wooten is an innovative leader and prolific author and presenter whose research has informed her work in the classroom and as an administrator. She first joined a university faculty in 1994 and has served in administrative roles since 2008. Dr. Wooten came to Simmons from Cornell University, where she was the David J. Nolan Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.

Dr. Wooten also has had a robust clinical practice, providing leadership development, education, and training for a wide variety of companies and institutions, from the Kellogg Foundation to Harvard University’s Kennedy School to Google.

With leadership at the core of her work, Dr. Wooten’s research has ranged from an NIH-funded investigation of how leadership can positively alleviate health disparities to leading in a crisis and managing workforce diversity. She is co-author of the Wall Street Journal best-selling book Arrive and Thrive: 7 Impactful Practices for Women Navigating Leadership and The Prepared Leader, along with two previous books, Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity Building and Inclusion (2016) and Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis (2010). Sharing her work at nearly 60 symposia and conferences, she also is the author of nearly 30 journal articles and more than 15 book chapters, as well as managerial monographs and numerous teaching cases.

2024 BREAKOUT Speakers

Paula Caproni, PhD

Lecturer of Management and Organizations, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
Professional Development Coach and Author

Paula J. Caproni is a faculty member in the Management and Organizations Department at the Ross School of Business at theUniversity of Michigan. Professor Caproni received her MBA from the University of Massachusetts and her Ph.D. inOrganizational Behavior from Yale University.

She has presented her research at several conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Her article, “Work Life Balance: You Can’t Get There From Here” received the McGregor Award by the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.


Using Ethical Influence: Lessons from the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Clarissa Love

Senior Vice President of People and Culture, Start Early

Clarissa brings more than 15 years of experience on DEIB issues within academia, community, and non-profit sectors. Previously, she served as the diversity, equity and inclusion consultant at Michigan Medicine’s Office for Health, Equity, and Inclusion. In this role, she developed a DEIB strategic plan that created opportunities for individual growth and development, enhanced team culture and strengthened networks to build internal and external community equity. She currently leads DEIB, Facilities, and People and culture team at Start Early, a non-profit committed to closing the opportunity gap for children 0-5.


Healing Engaged Leadership: Leading in Times of Turmoil and Political Unrest

Dave mayer, PHD

John H. Mitchell Professor in Business Ethics
Professor of Management and Organizations
Chair of Management & Organizations, University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Dave Mayer, PhD is the John H. Mitchell Professor of Business Ethics and Chair of the Management and Organizations Area at the Ross School of Business at the University Michigan. An award-winning researcher and highly rated and sought after teacher and speaker, he is an expert on helping people and organizations lead ethically, inclusively, and positively. 

Dave earned his BA in psychology from the University of California, Davis and Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Maryland in 2004. He has published over 60 articles and book chapters including over 30 articles in leading refereed management and psychology journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology. 


Leading with Values

Helen Kang Morgan, MD

Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Learning Health Sciences,
University of Michigan Medical School

Helen Kang Morgan is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan. She serves as the Associate Chair of Faculty Development and Faculty Life for the OBGYN department and has focused on gender and parenting considerations as a Wellness Faculty Associate for Michigan Medicine. At the University of Michigan Medical School Medical School, she led efforts to create specialty-specific Residency Preparation Courses for all medical students, and this has been a graduation requirement since 2019. She is completing a two-year term as Chair of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) Undergraduate Medical Education Committee and serves on the APGO Board of Directors. Since 2020, she has served as a Co-Investigator and Program Evaluation Lead for the $1.7 million AMA Reimagining Residency Grant for APGO Right Resident, Right Program, Ready Day One. Her scholarly work focused on the transition to residency and faculty development, and she has over 90 peer-reviewed publications. 


Defining and Redefining your Career Success

Darlene R. Slaughter, MS

 Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority 

Darlene R. Slaughter is a visionary with a passion to remove barriers and provide equal opportunities for all.  As the first appointed Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Darlene will support leading a culture of engagement, innovation, accountability, trust, and diversity and inclusion for the 13,000 employees. 

Prior to joining WMATA, Darlene served as the Chief Diversity Officer for March of Dimes; United Way Worldwide; Linkage Institute for Leading Diversity and Inclusion; and led an integrated strategy to utilize and support the talents of the employees as Fannie Mae’s Chief Diversity Officer. 

Darlene’s work as a leader and in Diversity continues to be recognized. She has received many awards and honors, including Diversity Woman Media Elite 100; SAVOY’s Top 100 Influential Women in Corporate America, Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching, Black Enterprises’ Top Executives in Diversity, and Heart & Soul’s Women of Substance in Finance, in addition to grace the cover of Inclusion Magazine. Darlene served on Twitter’s ICD Council, American University President’s Diversity Council and Alumni Board, and Springboard Foundation for Disability. She is a fellow and board member at Simmons University Inclusive Leadership Institute and a board member of the Social Capital Academy at Fullerton University in California.


Harnessing the Power of Emotional Intelligence and Psychological Safety

Klementina (Tina) X. Sula, MA, MPP

Lecturer, Program in International and Comparative Studies

Klementina (Tina) Sula teaches networking to students in the Program in International and Comparative Studies at the University of Michigan. She helps learners articulate and activate their life's purpose so they can achieve their goals and aspirations. She is also philanthropic advisor and fundraiser, currently with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. She has also worked at Henry Ford Health and the University of Michigan in various development roles. Other experiences include working for the US Embassy in Khyiv, Ukraine, the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the Club de Madrid in Madrid, Spain, and for the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. 

This past year, working with the University of Michigan’s Center for Academic Innovation, she launched a free online course on Coursera called How to Network: Leading Yourself to Lead Others to make the content she shares in her residential course available to a global audience. 


How to Network: Leading Yourself to Lead Others


Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization Development, Eastern Michigan University Founder and CEO, Sensei Change Associates, LLC

Diana J. Wong, PhD is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization Development at Eastern Michigan University and founder of Sensei Change Associates, LLC, a consulting practice that supports strategic change for leading organizations. Her life purpose is to contribute towards rebalancing the inequities of our world through creative designs for transformational change. Her portfolio of practices include strategic planning, organizational culture change for implementing strategies, training and development for competencies to enable change, and executive coaching to facilitate crucial pivots of grow.


Leadership by Design with Vision and Purpose

Madelyn Yucht, MBA

Founder and CEO, Summit Executive Advisory Group

Madelyn Yucht is an entrepreneur, business consultant and master executive coach with over 25 years of experience working with senior leaders and senior teams to advance their ability to achieve optimal performance. Her work spans domestic and international, public, private and non-profit sectors.

As a hands-on entrepreneur, having grown and sold three businesses, Madelyn offers distinctive insight helping senior leaders see themselves clearly, understand their impact, and act in a manner that generates a thriving organization. After working with thousands of leaders in hundreds of organizations, Madelyn focuses on top of the house leadership because of their exponential impact on an organization. If senior leaders are high functioning individually and collectively, organizations thrive. Conversely, when senior leaders behave badly, are missing important expertise/skills, or are unable to work together constructively, results are adversely impacted and organizations falter.

Madelyn’s distinctive expertise includes: organizational change, the formation and management of strategic alliances and joint ventures, negotiation, conflict management, decision making, strategic planning, organizational development, project management, TQM (Total Quality Management), and communication. Additionally, she is certified and experienced in a broad suite of leadership assessments including 360 feedback instruments, the Hogan personality suite, Myers Briggs, DISC, etc., used to deepen leaders and team awareness.


How to Foster and Enhance Your Coachability


mariana atencio

Moderator & Keynote Speaker

Carla M. Granger, MBA

Assistant Dean of Administration
Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine

Carla Granger is the Assistant Dean for Administration at the Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine, where she works collaboratively with the Dean to provide strategic operational expertise and direction for the school.  Carla was formerly the Senior Administrator for the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University where she had oversight for various clinical and administrative departments, including the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, medical education, admissions, student life, and the Division of Anatomy. Carla was a member of the Rudi Ansbacher Advancing Women in Academic Medicine Leadership Scholars Program beginning in Fall 2000.

Dana Habers, MPH

Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Pharmacy Services for U-M Health

Prepared with a Masters in Public Health from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and an Economics degree from Grand Valley State University, Dana Habers has served as a leader in health care for over 20 years. Her contributions are fueled by a passion for multidisciplinary teamwork to drive the well-being of our patients.  Dana joined U of M Health in 2016 as Chief Department Administrator for Radiology, and in late 2020 she led efforts to deploy Covid-19 vaccinations and therapeutics to our communities. Her role now spans Pharmacy and the new Office of Innovation, where she’s leading the development of products, services, and business models that enable our missions and solve strategic gaps.

Elisabeth I. Heath, MD, FACP

Associate Center Director, Translational Sciences
Karmanos Cancer Institute

Dr. Heath serves as the Associate Center Director of Translational Sciences, leads the Genitourinary Oncology Multidisciplinary Team at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, and is professor of Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine.  As the Patricia C. and E. Jan Hartmann Endowed Chair for Prostate Cancer Research, she is focused on conducting clinical and translational research trials in Phase I and genitourinary oncology with critical attention to the area of health disparity, particularly with regard to the poor accrual of minority patients to prostate cancer clinical trials. 

Mary Martin, MPA, FACHE

Chief Operating Officer
Duke University Hospital

Mary currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Duke University Hospital, the academic flagship hospital of Duke Health System. Overseeing 15,000 staff and 1000 beds, Mary served as the incident commander for Duke’s COVID response, which became the model for the state of North Carolina and beyond. In the post-pandemic era, Mary has been instrumental in leading the operational efficiency and financial turnaround for both the hospital and larger system. Mary serves as the Executive Sponsor of the Duke Moms affinity group which fosters collaboration among working moms at Duke.  She also serves on the board of the Triangle Chapter of the American Red Cross, the UP Marquette Health System Board and is a sought after speaker on hospital operations.

Aruna V. Sarma, PhD

Assistant Dean, Research Faculty
University of Michigan Medical School

Dr. Sarma is the James E. Montie Collegiate Research Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is an Epidemiologist with a long career of research in the impact of diabetes on urological complications with over 200 peer-reviewed publications. She has also for the last 2 years served as the Assistant Dean for Research Faculty at Michigan Medicine.

Lynn Perry Wooten, MBA, PhD

President of Simmons University & Keynote Speaker