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Keynote & Breakout Speaker

Deborah RiegelDeborah Riegel 


Deborah combines her expertise in cognitive, behavioral and social psychology, public speaking, and coaching to help leaders and teams achieve personal and professional success. She started her career at age 17, when she won the U.S. National Championship in public speaking as a high school senior and was immediately recruited to coach on presentation and communication skills at colleges and corporations.


Deborah is an instructor of Management Communication at the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. She also serves as a Visiting Professor of Executive Communications at the Beijing International MBA Program at Peking University, China, where she prepares senior leaders from around the world to communicate more effectively in a growing global marketplace.

Deborah’s clients range from the American Bar Association, American Express, Bloomberg, and Kraft Foods to Google, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Pfizer and The United States Army. She has been a featured expert and a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Inc., The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and American Express OPEN Small Business Forum. Deborah is the co-author of “Overcoming Overthinking: 36 Ways to Tame Anxiety for Work, School, and Life”. Deborah is also the writer and on-screen expert for Udemy’s 52-week Business Communication course, covering Public Speaking, Giving and Receiving Feedback, Navigating Conflict and Difficult Conversations, and Communicating with Impact and Influence.


Deborah brings her warmth and wit to every engagement, as she knows that humor reduces people’s resistance to change. Deborah believes that the most successful leaders are those who balance professional credibility with personal authenticity, combining their deep expertise with transparency about where they need to grow. She and her husband Michael are the proud parents of teenage twins, Jacob and Sophie, and their rescue dog Nash.


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Executive Panelist

Rina Bansal

Bio coming soon.

Executive Panelist

Stephanie Conners

Bio coming soon. 

Executive Panelist

Melinda S. Hancock, CPA, FHFMA

Bio coming soon. 

Breakout Speaker

Melisa Sherry

Melissa Sherry is the Director of Population Health Innovation and Transformation at Johns Hopkins HealthCare in Baltimore, Maryland. In this role, she works both internationally and domestically to design, deliver, monitor, and evaluate population health management strategies that address the social and behavioral determinants of health through improved alignment between communities, healthcare payers, and the healthcare delivery system. Dr. Sherry specializes in translating available population health data into meaningful and actionable strategies to reduce costs, improve health outcomes, and improve patient satisfaction, with a focus on long-term sustainability.

Dr. Sherry has over 10 years of experience working on population health management and public health strengthening initiatives, both domestically and internationally, including work in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe. Dr. Sherry has worked with organizations such as the World Health Organization, Jhpiego, and Johns Hopkins University on initiatives to strengthen healthcare systems and improve population health, and has authored numerous manuscripts and book chapters on topics related to strengthening population health through community engagement, cross sector partnerships and creating evidence for action.

Dr. Sherry holds a Masters in Public Health degree with a focus on Health Systems, a Certificate in Global Health, and a PhD from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH).

Breakout Speaker

Katherine Spinney 

In 5th grade, I got my first job delivering newspapers. Since then I have held dozens of positions from ice cream scooper to nonprofit executive, from rural North Carolina to inner-city Baltimore to a seaside naval town in South Korea. Throughout all the different jobs in all the different fields in all the different cities across the world, the story has been the same- great leaders make for great working environments; poor leaders do not.

After 20 years in direct service, including a decade in management, it is now my great pleasure to support leaders and organizations in fulfilling their missions through an intentional and proven combination of training and coaching. This combination strengthens leadership to strengthen the teams they serve by increasing staff productivity, retention and impact. Work can and should be a place where we learn and grow while doing what we do best to contribute to our own vision of the greater good. It would be my true privilege to help you get there.