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Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Amy Cuddy


Amy Cuddy is a Harvard Business School professor who studies how we perceive and are influenced by other people and vice versa. Researching social judgements, emotions, nonverbal behaviors, and hormones, Amy explains to audiences the role these variables play in shaping our emotions, intentions, and behaviors in business and society.

Her work on power posing — brief, nonverbal expressions of competence and power — has won praise worldwide. Her TED talk, “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are”, posted in October 2012, has been streamed over 7 million times and is already one of the all-time most viewed talks on the TED site. choses it as one of 15 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life. The Guardian calls it one of 20 Online Talks That Could Change Your Life.  Amy’s work has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, MSNBC and in Fast Company, Harvard Magazine, Wired, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and even as the theme of a Dilbert and Betty comic strips.


Amy holds a PhD in Psychology from Princeton University and BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado. Prior to joining HBS, she was an Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  At Harvard, Amy teaches MBA, executive education, and doctoral courses on influence & persuasion, leadership, and decision making. She is also a classically trained (and still practicing) ballet dancer, which informs her research on nonverbal communication.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Farai Chideya


Farai Chideya brings the human experience to life in all media forms.  Her ability to see around corners has led her to consistently engage in new technologies (she launched her first blog, Pop and Politics, in 1995) and cover topics well before they became mainstream (her 1999 book The Color of Our Future saw the evolution towards a "majority-minority" America long before it made the cover of Time Magazine).

In the past, she has been an Award-winning reporter for Newsweek magazine; a political analyst for CNN; a reporter and guest host for ABC News; and a host for NPR.  All the while she has produced digital content and both nonfiction and fiction books.  She is a graduate of Harvard University, and returned there as a Spring 2012 fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.  


After a career which led her through adventures such as flying on Air Force Once; being stalked by the secret police in Zimbabwe; and covering every U.S. election since 1996, Chideya has become truly her own media, consulting, and entrepreneurial brand.  She is currently a contributor to New York Public Radio, and a frequent guest on cable channels including MSNBC.  She is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University's Arther L. Carter Journalism Institute, where she teaches radio.  She recently completed a co-authored book on women in the technology industry and is finishing a new book, "The Right Work," advising Americans how to proactively deal with job volatility and the shift from linear to episodic careers.  The book also covers how to optimize for personal and family health and well-being no matter what career you choose.  Chideya also serves as an advisor to several nonprofits and for-profit startups.