Workplace Summit Speakers


KEYNOTES of the Workplace Summit

ASHTON APPLEWHITE is a leading voice in an emerging movement dedicated to dismantling ageism and making age a criterion for diversity. The author of This Chair Rocks and a TED2017 mainstage speaker, she reveals the untapped possibilities of late life—in our communities, at work, and in ourselves. Her manifesto is so popular that Macmillan launched its brand new imprint with it in 2019. In her candid talks—as she does on her blog, This Chair Rocks, and her Q&A Tumblr, Yo, Is This Ageist?—she debunks our culture’s most pervasive myths about getting older. With her funny, straight-talking approach, audiences realize the often-overlooked benefits of advanced age, championing the need for greater age-based diversity in the workplace and our institutions. In 2018, Applewhite was named a member of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ 100 list. In 2016, she joined the PBS site Next Avenue’s annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year. She has been recognized by The New York Times, the New Yorker, NPR, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She has written for Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, and The Guardian. @thischairrocks

SETH GODIN is the author of nineteen books that have been best-sellers around the world, and have been translated into more than thirty five languages. He’s also the founder of the altMBA and The Marketing Seminar, online workshops that have transformed the work of thousands of people. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip and Purple Cow. His latest book, This Is Marketing, was an instant best-seller around the world. In addition to his writing and speaking, Godin has founded several companies, including Yoyodyne and Squidoo. His blog, (which you can find by typing “seth” into Google), is one of the most popular in the world. In 2018, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame. More than ten thousand people have taken his powerful workshops, including altMBA and The Marketing Seminar. @thisissethsblog

VERNĀ MYERS is an inclusion strategist, cultural innovator, thought leader, and social commentator. A Harvard-trained lawyer and founder of The Vernā Myers Company, Myers was recently made VP, inclusion strategy at Netflix. In this newly created role, she will help devise and implement strategies that integrate cultural diversity, inclusion and equity into all aspects of Netflix’s operations worldwide. Myers is the author of Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing and What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People. Her inspiring TED talk, “How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them,” has been viewed almost three million times. @vernamyers

EMCEES of the Workplace Summit

DENISE COX is VP of Cisco Customer Experience Centers in the Americas. She leads an organization of more than three thousand people who deliver effortless support, architecture, and implementation services throughout the region. Prior to this, Cox was a VP in Cisco technical services, where her team helped customers and partners consume technology, mitigate risk, and transform their operations. With more than twenty years as a services and support executive, she is passionate about customer success. She sees services as a differentiator that can drive product sales and customer loyalty. Cox specializes in a proactive and preemptive approach that helps customers avoid downtime. Before joining Cisco in 2016, she spent more than a decade at NetApp. A First North Carolina Leadership board member, Cox is a frequent speaker at women in technology events, including Grace Hopper, Simmons Leadership Conference, and Watermark. She earned an MS in information technology and a BA in communication. @cisco

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