Sessions & Speakers

Speaker updates occur frequently and are subject to change.  Check back often!


Opening Keynote #MeToo with Tarana Burke
Marylou Yam – President, Notre Dame of Maryland University
Tarana Burke – #MeToo Founder and Activist

Roxane Gay in Conversation with Tressie McMillan Cottom

Trailblazing Women of Baltimore
Sheela Murthy – Founder, Murthy Law Firm
Deb Tillett – President/Executive Director at Emerging Technology Centers
Jamie McDonald – Founder, Generosity Inc.
Leana Wen – Health Commissioner, City of Baltimore

Food Entrepreneurs of Baltimore
Carrie Podles – Owner, Alexander’s Tavern
Jasmine Norton – Founder, The Urban Oyster
Nikki Marks-McGowan – Co-Owner, Share Kitchen of Baltimore

How to Get Elected
Nykidra Robinson – Founder, Black Girls Vote
Krish Vignarajah – Candidate, MD State Governor
Angela Angel – Member, Maryland House of Delegates

Menopause Café
Discussion Group    
Red Hot Mamas

Self Care for Women of Color
Discussion Group
Hope Gilchrist – Counselor, MA, LCPC
Dr. Kizzy Pitrell – Counseling Psychologist

Sex Positive Café
Discussion Group
Vanessa Geffrard – Founder, VagEsteem

Feminism Then and Now
Discussion Group
Brittany Oliver – Founding Director, Not Without Black Women
Betty G. Robinson – Community Organizer and Activist

Death and Grief Café
Discussion Group
Wakoh Hickey – Professor, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Friendship for Millenials
Discussion Group
Brittany Wight – Founder, Society of Excellent Women

Global Activism for Girls (ages 8-12)
Jacquelyn Bullock – Director, Education Partnerships for

Conquering the Confidence Gap – Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Mischa Toland – Founder, Girls as CEOs
Brittany Oliver  – Founding Director, Not Without Black Women

WOW Bites
Anna Fowlkes – Independent HIV Prevention Advocate and Spokesperson

Shantell Roberts – Founder & Executive Director, Touching Young Lives, Incorporated and the Portable Alternative Crib Initiative

Christina Brickwedde – Ambassador, Hike Like A Woman

Jennifer Folayan – Creator, B’more Aloha

Money: Understanding Planning, Risk and Reward
Bonnie Stein – President and CEO, Jemma Financial

Ain’t I A Sister Too?
Adar Ayira – Senior Leadership, Associated Black Charities

Scary Mommy – Jill Smokler
India Gary Martin – Founder, Leadership for Execs
Jill Smokler – Founder, Scary Mommy

How We Can Raise Our Sons to Be Good Men
Dr. Michael Kaufman – Co-founder, The White Ribbon Project

Fun with Chemistry
Dr. Kate Biberdorf – Professor, University of Texas – Austin

Global Activism
Nicholas Dippel – Field Based Recruiter, Peace Corps
Tausi Suedi MPH – Co-founder, Childbirth Survival International

Factuality the Game
Natalie Gillard – Creator, Factuality the Game