Gail Becker is Chair of Canada, Latin America and the U.S. Western Region for Edelman Communications, the world's largest public relations firm with 63 offices and more than 4,200 employees worldwide, as well as affiliates in more than 30 cities.
Gail joined Edelman as General Manager of the Los Angeles office, which she led for seven years and served as Western Region President for more than eight. Throughout her tenure, she has served as strategic counsel on a broad range of clients including Warner Bros., Starbucks, Microsoft, Norton, Activision, MPAA and The Recording Academy/Grammys.
She joined Edelman after serving as Vice President of Communications at Warner Home Entertainment. Prior to joining Warner, she received a political appointment in the first Clinton administration to serve as Director of Communications for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Donna Shalala. She also served on the national press staff for President Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential campaign.
Gail began her career as an on-air broadcast journalist in local news and then as a correspondent in Washington, D.C. She has a degree in political science from the University of California Los Angeles and a master's degree in journalism from
Gail currently serves as Chair of Edelman's Global Women's Executive Network (GWEN) where she is responsible for overseeing the company's effort to increase the number of women at the senior most levels. She served on the board of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and was featured in the book, "Hire Me, Hollywood!"
Gail has directed a short documentary film, "A Journey with Purpose". It follows her young son's trip to Auschwitz with his grandfather, who was a prisoner for four years. The film is part of Facing History, www.facinghistory.org
, a non-profit organization that provides supplemental learning materials to schools around the world to combat racism, anti-Semitism and prejudice, and nurturing democracy through education.
Colette Carlson, founder of Speak Your Truth, Inc. used to be a big fat liar. Literally! How did she go from emotional coward and the Pizza Delivery's favorite customer to #1 sales producer for sales legends Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, featured in Success and Working Mother Magazines, maintaining a 50 lb. weight loss, opening for Suze Orman in a crowd of 3500 women, and inspiring audiences as far away as South Africa?
Colette shares her success strategies and encourages others to Think It! Speak It! Live It! With an M.A. in human behavior, a successful business, teenage daughters, and a wicked sense of humor, Colette provides a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor. Whether she is speaking to Accenture, Boeing, Cisco, Microsoft, Hospitals, National Associations, Healthy Woman Programs, or Women's Business Conferences, Colette applies her core message of aligning your thoughts, words, actions to tools and takeaways that create authentic long-lasting results.
Stress Less and Laugh More as you step into the Truth Booth with Colette. Then visit her at www.SpeakYourTruth.com
and improve your Communication Skills, Work-Life Balance, Sales, Leadership, Assertiveness, Negotiationall wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.
Christine Cashen delivers a fast-paced, hilarious program with useful content that makes her a sought after speaker worldwide. For more than 14 years, she has jazzed an amazing variety of audiences. Christine is an authority on sparking innovative ideas, handling conflict, reducing stress and energizing employees.
Before hitting the speaking scene, Christine was a university admissions officer, corporate trainer and broadcaster. Christine holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication and a Masters Degree in Adult Education. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). CSP is an earned designation awarded by the National Speakers Association and the International Federation for Professional Speakers. It is the speaking profession's international measure of speaking experience and skill. Fewer than 10% of the speakers on the planet hold this designation.
Audiences respond to Christine's humor and down-to-earth approach. Whether talking about her "hottie engineer" husband, her pet peeves or growing up in an Italian/Irish household, audiences always relate to her experiences, struggles and lessons.
Christine was featured as a creativity expert in HOW Designs at Work magazine and is co-author of the book Mission Possible, Volume Eight. She developed the A Dynamic Speaker series of learning resources: Get What You Want With What You've Got DVD, Why Can't Everybody Just Get Along CD and Got Humor video. Her new book, The Good Stuff, really is good stuff! Christine lives in Dallas with her husband, their two children and Murphy, the chocolate lab.
Robin and Andrea McBride: Founders and Co-CEOs of eco.love Wines
Sisters Robin and Andrea McBride were raised on separate continents not knowing of each others existence, thinking they were only children Robin in the United States and Andrea in New Zealand. They met for the first time in 1999 and connected instantly through their shared passions for wine and sustainability.
Robin McBride began her career in corporate America before joining forces with her sister Andrea to create Lineage Imports in 2005. Today Robin is the President and COO of Lineage Imports, co-CEO of eco.love Wines, Board Member and Communications Director for Global Majority, and proud mother of three.
Andrea McBride learned firsthand the art of grape farming from her uncle growing up in New Zealand. She moved to the United States to study International Relations with a concentration in Global Business at The University of Southern California and in 2005 became the CEO of Lineage Imports. She is also a Director at St Lukes Estates a grape farming company in Marlborough, New Zealand and is the co-founder and co-CEO of eco.love Wines.
It was Andrea and Robin's passion and clear vision that made eco.love Wines come to life in 2010 as the first wine company to be founded by African American sisters, to launch on a digital platform, and to be made in the first carboNZero Cert™ Winery in the world. The brand launched online using a completely digital platform in November 2010 and gained national distribution within its first year.
"It's our vision to be the leading provider of premier sustainable wines that enrich celebration of life, beauty and optimism for the betterment of humankind." Robin and Andrea McBride
As Vice President Business and Technology for Boyd Gaming, Paula Eylar oversees a number of critical business functions, including energy management and sustainability, E-commerce, hotel on-line contract negotiations, and other hotel-related projects.
A 20-year veteran of the gaming and hospitality industry, Paula began her career in hotel operations with Embassy Suites. After briefly serving in a management position at Boyd Gaming, Paula held positions at Harrah's Entertainment, Bally's Las Vegas and the Rio. She rejoined Boyd Gaming in 1999 and was promoted to Vice President Internal Audit in May 2003. Before being named to her current position in April 2009, Paula served as Vice President Technology & Systems, with oversight of the Company's IT, slot revenue management, hotel yield management, database analysis and E-commerce departments.
Paula holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
A 2006 graduate of Leadership Las Vegas and a past UNLV Hotel Alumni board member, Paula currently sits on the UNLV International Hotel Advisory Board to the Dean, and is actively involved with Leadership Las Vegas. Paula is also a past president and board member of the Las Vegas Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, and past treasurer and board member for the Jewish Family Service Agency. She has also been active with various other non-profit organizations serving the Las Vegas Valley, including United Way, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and WeekEnd Hunger.
Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman
Carolyn G. Goodman became the Mayor of the City of Las Vegas in 2011, succeeding her husband in the only known instance in the United States of a spouse succeeding another.
Mayor Goodman has proven her deep commitment to the community and continues to be devoted to the highest quality of life for all southern Nevadans through her energy, efforts and dedication.
Celebrating their 50th year of marriage in 2012, Mayor Goodman and her husband moved to Las Vegas from Philadelphia in 1964 as her husband was pursuing a legal career. Initially, Mayor Goodman worked in the hotel industry and thereafter for the Department of Labor. Thereafter, while her husband traveled the country building a criminal law career, Carolyn raised their four children while simultaneously earning a master's degree in counseling at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
In the Las Vegas community, Mayor Goodman is well-known for founding The Meadows School—Nevada's first nonprofit, nonsectarian, independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grades—in 1984 where she was the principal manager until 2010. During her tenure as President, she did not draw a salary.
Mayor Goodman is highly recognized including an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is a Sarah D. Barder Fellow at The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.
Mayor Goodman and her husband have four children, who are prominent professionals in medicine, law and business, along with six grandchildren.
Phyllis A. James is Executive Vice President, Special Counsel for Litigation and Chief Diversity Officer for MGM Resorts International. In this capacity she is responsible for management and supervision of Company litigation, including the coordination of outside litigation counsel. Ms. James is Chief Diversity Officer with responsibility for oversight of MGM Resorts' Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, as well as the Company's philanthropy programs and Diversity and Community Affairs Department. She also serves as a board member of, and special advisor and counselor to MGM Grand Detroit, LLC. Ms. James joined MGM Resorts in March 2002 as Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel.
Prior to joining MGM Resorts, Ms. James served with Mayor Dennis W. Archer as Corporation (General) Counsel and Law Director of a department of approximately 100 lawyers for the City of Detroit. She also practiced with the San Francisco-based law firm of Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro before her position with the City of Detroit.
Throughout her career she has been active in bar and civic affairs including work with the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, and the Bar Associations of San Francisco and Detroit. In 2010 she was recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Southern Nevada Chapter, with the Women of Distinction Award in Gaming, Hospitality and Convention Services.
Ms. James graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History and Literature from Harvard/Radcliffe College and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Cindy Kiser Murphey
Cynthia Kiser Murphey is President and Chief Operating Officer for New York-New York. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations at the property. In addition to New York-New York, she is responsible for MGM Resorts International's Corporate Benefits' programs, including extensive community and state involvement in quality and wellness improvement initiatives.
Before assuming her current position, Kiser Murphey was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for MGM Resorts International. In this role, she supported a team of Human Resources professionals. She was a guiding force in the development of the company's comprehensive wellness and disease prevention program, the negotiation of labor agreements and the fostering of joint labor management cooperative relationships as well as the implementation of diversity initiatives and culture-building people programs.
Kiser Murphey joined the Company in 1989 as part of the Human Resources opening team for The Mirage. She then joined the MGM Grand opening team in 1992 and managed all Human Resources activities related to the property's opening. Kiser Murphey was instrumental in the creation of an in-house corporate university and an on-site child development center as well as the design of an unmatched benefits package.
Kiser Murphey is involved in a number of charitable and professional organizations. She currently serves as Chairperson for the State of Nevada Academy of Health, Chairperson for the Health Services Coalition of Southern Nevada, a Trustee for the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union Health and Welfare Fund. She also has served on the State of Nevada Governor's Commission on Medical Education, Research and Training.
Kiser Murphey earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where she has served on the faculty as a part-time professor. In addition, she was named UNLV's "Alumna of the Year" in 2008.
Dr. Beverly Kaye
Dr. Beverly Kaye, Founder and Co-CEO of Career Systems International, is the author of Up Is Not The Only Way and co-author of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay, the Wall Street Journal best-selling book, co-authored with Sharon Jordan-Evans. Her firm, Career Systems International, has worked with most of the Fortune 500™ and continues to invent, create and design systems and strategies in development, engagement & retention. Her new book Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go will be published in September 2012.
Gail J. McGovern
Gail J. McGovern joined the American Red Cross as president and CEO on April 8, 2008, and has taken a strong leadership role at the nation's leading emergency response and blood services organization.
McGovern has invigorated the $3.3 billion organization by leading efforts to achieve financial stability and streamline Red Cross operations across the country. Under her direction, the Red Cross eliminated its operating deficit in 2009 and has since maintained a balanced budget. McGovern has also initiated extensive modernization projects at the Red Cross, including an overhaul of its IT systems, a nationwide expansion of Red Cross health and safety instruction, and the growth of the organization's social media presence.
McGovern has overseen the American Red Cross response to multiple high-profile disasters, including the Haiti earthquake, Japan earthquake and tsunami, and the record-breaking tornadoes, floods and wildfires that affected the U.S. in 2011.
On March 10, 2011, she was appointed as one of 10 members on the President's Management Advisory Board and serves as the only nonprofit leader on this White House panel.
Prior to joining the Red Cross, McGovern was a faculty member at the Harvard Business School and served as president of Fidelity Personal Investments, a unit of Fidelity Investments. She was also executive vice president for the Consumer Markets Division at AT&T, responsible for AT&T's $26 billion residential long-distance service and largest business unit.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Columbia University, and has since been recognized as alumna of the year from both universities.
McGovern is currently a member of the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins University and the board of directors of DTE Energy.
McGovern was recognized by Fortune magazine in 2000 and 2001 as one of the top 50 most powerful women in corporate America.
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Maritza is Vice Chairman and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Legislative Affairs, Quality & Risk. Maritza has spent her entire career at Deloitte in a variety of positions. Most recently, she was Managing Partner of Leadership Development & Succession as well as Managing Partner for Deloitte University, a significant strategic investment in the learning and development strategy of our Firm reporting to the CEO. Prior to that, Maritza was the Regional Managing Partner for Deloitte LLP's Southeast Region where she also lead and was an architect of our strategy to grow Deloitte's Federal Practice which today is a large business of the Firm. In addition to her role as the Southeast Regional Managing Partner, Maritza also served as Managing Partner Regions, overseeing all the US Regions of Deloitte. Prior to this, she held various leadership positions in the Firm, including Deputy Managing Partner for Healthcare, Partner-in-Charge of Audit for the South Florida Office. Maritza currently serves as Advisory Partner for a variety of clients in multiple industries including Capital One, FDIC, Towers Watson, Lennar, HHS, Wellcare and a number of others.
Maritza served two terms on Deloitte's Board of Directors between 2002 and 2009. During her Board tenure she served as Chairman of the Succession Committee, Chairman of the Finance & Audit Committee and as a member of the Partner Earnings & Benefits Committee and Board Governance Committee.
Maritza is deeply committed to civic involvement. She serves on the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is Past-Treasurer of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Past-Chairman of Goodwill Industries of Greater Washington and is a member of the Board of the Economic Club of Washington DC.
James J. Murren
Jim Murren was named Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International in December 2008, leading a company of 62,000 employees that provides world class hospitality and entertainment experiences through its 15 properties located in Las Vegas and Reno, NV, Michigan, Mississippi and Illinois. He joined MGM in 1998 after spending more than a decade on Wall Street where he was regarded as a leading analyst in the restaurant, hotel and gaming industries. His arrival at MGM coincided with a dramatic period of growth including the addition of the Mirage and Mandalay Bay groups to the company's portfolio.
He is the visionary behind CityCenter, the unprecedented urban resort destination that opened on the Las Vegas Strip in 2009 featuring its centerpiece, ARIA Resort & Casino. CityCenter is the world's largest "green" development at a development cost of $8.5B. Using cutting-edge solutions, CityCenter is demonstrating that sustainability is additive to an enhanced guest experience.
He is a leader in the area of corporate responsibility for which the Company is a recognized leader. An Art History and Urban Studies major, he is a graduate of Trinity College and has balanced a substantial professional life with a profound commitment to service to the community. With his wife, Heather Hay Murren, he was a founder of Nevada's official cancer research and treatment center, Nevada Cancer Institute, where he is a member of its Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institute, Vice Chair of the American Gaming Association. He is also an active supporter of Trinity College, The Johns Hopkins University, and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas.
Gail Perry Mason
Detroiter Gail Perry-Mason is well known in the securities industry where she has climbed the corporate ladder from receptionist to Senior Director-Investments of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Gail serves non-profit organizations, churches, individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in their effort to achieve long term financial goals with a holistic approach as a financial coach. Recently Alternatives for Girls, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Bank of America honored Gail as Community Leader and Role Model among other numerous awards. She is a sought after national speaker for many corporations, government agencies, and labor unions, religious groups, non-profits, youth organizations, women's groups, high schools and universities and is also a national best selling author and keeps a packed schedule. In addition she writes a regular column in Heart & Soul and Grace Magazine and has appeared on all the local stations as well as Fox Business, MSNBC, CNN, and NPR as financial expert. Gail sits on numerous Non-Profit Boards of Directors and enjoys serving the community. She founded and directed the first Youth Investment Club in the country that was incorporated through the NAIC along with the original Money Camp for Teens called Money Matters. The Money Matters program has instructed over 6000 youth in the Detroit-Metro area and has mentored over 25 young women who are now professionals in the financial industry. Her motto is Lift as you climb. She currently has a program in the Detroit Public Schools that includes teaching financial literacy and starting a business that would further expose our youth to the world of finance. Gail realizes in order to save our youth we must serve them first and in order to lead our youth we must love them first.
A native Nevadan, Mrs. Kathleen Sandoval has dedicated her career to improving the lives of others. Her career has included work as a speech language pathologist with a focus on traumatic brain surgery, and as a rehabilitation program director for extended care facilities.
Today, an important part of Mrs. Sandoval's life centers on her work as a program director with the Nevada Children's Cabinet. As the FYI (Family and Youth Intervention) Program Director at the Children's Cabinet, Mrs. Sandoval works closely with children and youth to reduce school truancy, evaluate mental health issues, support homeless, runaway and abused children and prevent family violence.
As First Lady, Mrs. Sandoval works to advance awareness of children's mental health issues. She is currently a member of Advisory Board for Nevada Child Seekers in Las Vegas and was formerly a member of the State Marriage and Family Therapy Board and the advisory board for National Safe Place. She is a frequent speaker at national programs and conferences.
The First Lady obtained her Bachelor's Degree from Cal State Long Beach in speech pathology and audiology and psychology. She also holds a Master's Degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and completed her thesis on the whole language approach for speech language pathology. Mrs. Sandoval has been married to Governor Brian Sandoval since 1990. They have three children.
Gwendolyn F Turner
Gwendolyn Turner is the founder of Princeton Proper, an advisory firm focused on Business Development, Supply Chain Strategy and Small Business Leadership for Women Owned Businesses. As one of the leading experts on the art of maximizing business opportunities through corporate supply chains, Gwendolyn advises business owners on corporate practices that help improve their supply chain effectiveness. She also works with corporate clients to improve their supplier diversity, external affairs and corporate reputation with women customers, suppliers and employees globally.
She pioneered the corporate world as a pharmaceutical executive leading an award winning Women's Business Development Program at Pfizer, Inc. Over her career she has been responsible for international teams focused on creating small business development programs in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and South Africa. She created distinguished corporate programs by advising business owners on how to navigate corporate procurement and supply chain programs. She also served as Pfizer's corporate strategist on corporate reputation and external relations with Women Owned Businesses globally. She was responsible for over $1 billion globally in procurement from Small Business owners. Gwendolyn has held supply chain leadership positions at Pfizer, Kellogg Company and Kraft Foods.
Gwendolyn has served as a speaker at Tuck School of Business, Women's Business Enterprise National Council, Institute for Supply Management, Crains New York, Women's Presidents Educational Organization, The World Bank and Institute for a Competitive Inner City.
Named one of The Network Journals' 40 under 40, she is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is the Immediate Past Chairperson of the Women's President's Educational Organization, an organization focuses on the certification and development of Women Owned Businesses in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Washington DC. Gwendolyn is also the Chairperson of the Howard University Center for Entrepreneurship, a center focused on cultivating the visions of future entrepreneurs.
Gwendolyn lives in Central New Jersey with her husband Rick M. Turner, Esq. and two year old son Asa.
Renee West is President and Chief Operating Officer of Excalibur and Luxor. In this role, she is responsible for all operations at both Las Vegas Strip resorts.
Previously, Ms. West served as President of Mandalay Bay and THEhotel. In 2005, Ms. West became the first woman in history to be named president of a major Las Vegas Strip resort when she was named President of Excalibur. In that role, Ms. West was responsible for all property operations as well as a series of major capital improvements at one of the city's most iconic and best-known destinations.
Prior to joining Excalibur, Ms. West served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Primm Valley Casino Resorts, where she managed a trio of gaming properties located south of Las Vegas at the California/Nevada state line. At Primm, she improved property EBITDA and implemented a number of industry-leading programs, including development of the industry's first full-service on-site housing community and the creation of an award-winning employee transportation program.
Known for her ability to strategically align operations, instill a united vision at all rank levels and improve profitability, Ms. West has enjoyed an extensive career in the hospitality industry. She has held senior positions with Caesars Palace and Station Casinos and provided organizational strategy design for a number of other organizations.
Ms. West serves on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is a trustee on the board for the Culinary Training Academy. Chief among her many certifications and degrees is an honorary doctorate from Southern Utah University.
As co-author of the best-selling In an Instant, Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family's journey to recovery following her husband Bob's roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing together on national television and radio since the February 2007 publication of their book, the couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans, as well as the millions of Americans who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction.
They have founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation (ReMind.org) to assist wounded service members and their families receive the long-term care that they need and help them successfully reintegrate into their communities.
Woodruff is a contributing reporter for "CBS This Morning," reporting on a variety of home, current events and family related topics. Her best-selling book "Perfectly Imperfect A Life in Progress," will be followed by her first novel, "Those We Love Most" which will be published in September 2012.
A freelance writer, Woodruff has penned numerous personal articles about her family and parenting that have run in such high-profile magazines as Ladies Home Journal, Health, Redbook, Country Living and Parade.
In addition to freelance writing, Woodruff ran her own public relations and marketing consulting business for 16 years. Before that, she was senior vice president of public relations firm Porter Novelli.
At present, Woodruff lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and four children.