Featured Speakers

Rachel Simmons
New York Times bestselling author and co-founder, Girls Leadership Institute

Rachel Simmons is the author of Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives, and the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl. As an educator, Rachel teaches girls and women skills to build their resilience, amplify their voices, and own their courage so that they—and their relationships—live with integrity and health.

The cofounder of national nonprofit Girls Leadership, she is an experienced curriculum writer and educator. She is currently the leadership development specialist at the Wurtele Center for Leadership at Smith College, and is Girls Research Scholar in Residence at The Hewitt School in New York. Rachel has served as a national spokesperson for the Always #LikeAGirl and Keds Brave Life Project campaigns, and consults nationally on women’s professional development.

Rachel was the host of the PBS television special, “A Girl’s Life,” and her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Atlantic, Slate, and The New York Times. Rachel is a regular contributor to Good Morning America and appears often in the national media. Odd Girl Out was adapted into a highly acclaimed Lifetime television movie. Rachel lives in Western Massachusetts with her daughter.

Tiffany Dufu
Author and Chief Leadership Officer, Levo

Named to Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Tiffany Dufu is Co-Founder and CEO of THE CRU, and a consultant to Fortune 500 companies. She was a launch team member to Lean In and served as Chief Leadership Officer to Levo, the fastest growing millennial professional network. Former President of The White House Project, she’s been featured in The New York Times, ESSENCE, O, The Oprah Magazine, and on NPR.

Tiffany is an expert on how to cultivate the mindsets, abilities and skills necessary for girls’ and women’s success and on how to create he has spoken to over 40,000 in the past six years on premier stages including Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit, TEDWomen and MAKERS.



Alicia Menendez

Alicia Menendez
Commentator and Host, "Come Here and Say That"

Alicia Menendez is a journalist and multimedia storyteller. Named “Broadcast Journalism's New Gladiator” by Elle, a “Content Queen” by Marie Claire, and “Ms. Millennial” by The Washington Post, Alicia has quickly become a force in American media.

Alicia joined Fusion Media Group in 2013, a joint venture between Univision and ABC, in its inaugural year, as the host of a nightly news and pop culture show, “Alicia Menendez Tonight,” which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award and honored with a Gracie Award for “Outstanding Talk Show.” In addition to her nightly show, Alicia produced and hosted a one-hour primetime special, Generation in Crisis, for which she traveled to El Salvador, Rwanda, and a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. During the 2016 Presidential election, Alicia co-moderated the Iowa Brown and Black Forum, pressing Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders on issues of importance to Latino and African-American communities, and co-anchored Fusion’s coverage of the Republican and Democratic nominating conventions, as well as Election Night.

Alicia has also contributed reporting to ABC’s “Nightline” and “World News Tonight” as well as ABC’s Emmy-nominated 2014 Election Night coverage, and shared her spirited take on current events on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” “The View,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” and “This Week with George Stephanopolous.”

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