Leadercast Women 2019 Speakers - Meridian Tech
Kate Delaney
Emmy Award-Winning Journalist and Host, The Kate Delaney Show

Kate Delaney is an Emmy award-winning journalist and speaker who has interviewed more than 15,000 people, including U.S. presidents, top CEOs and Hall of Fame athletes. As a woman hosting a successful, highly rated radio talk show, Kate became a pioneer in broadcasting. She currently hosts The Kate Delaney Show, which reaches 3 million people. She’s the author of three popular books and serves on the advisory board of the Dallas Network Bar.

Kendra Scott
Jewelry Designer and Founder, Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott is the founder, CEO and designer of jewelry brand Kendra Scott. Based in Austin, Texas, Kendra leads on the foundation of three core pillars: Family, Fashion and Philanthropy. Kendra’s commitment to innovation, quality and detail has grown her company, which started in 2002 with only $500, to a billion-dollar business. The Kendra Scott company has donated more than $25 million to local, national and international causes since 2010.

Susan Packard
Co-Founder of Scripps Networks Interactive and Former COO, HGTV

Susan Packard is co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) and former chief operating officer of HGTV. She enabled HGTV to become one of the fastest-growing cable networks in television history. Susan was the second employee of SNI, whose portfolio includes HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Great American Country and the Travel Channel. She helped build the company to a market value of more than $14 billion.

Francesca Gino
Researcher and Professor, Harvard Business School

Francesca Gino is an award-winning researcher and teacher, and a tenured professor at Harvard Business School. Her consulting and speaking clients include Bacardi, Akamai, Disney, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Novartis, P&G, and branches of the U.S. military. Francesca has been honored as one of the world’s Top 40 Business Professors Under 40 and one of the world’s Top 50 Management Thinkers by Poets & Quants.

Glennon Doyle
Best-Selling Author, Activist, Speaker and Founder, Together Rising

Glennon Doyle is the New York Times best-selling author of Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior. She is an activist, speaker and founder of Together Rising, which has raised more than $11 million for women, families and children in crisis. Glennon is also the creator of Momastery.com, where millions of readers meet each week to experience her shameless and hilarious essays about family, faith, mental health, addiction, recovery and connection.

Deshauna Barber
Captain, U.S. Army Reserve and Miss USA 2016

Captain Deshauna Barber is a logistics commander in the U.S. Army Reserve. In 2016, Deshauna became the first Miss USA to currently serve in the U.S. military. She spent her year-long reign partnering with the USO, Smile Train, Best Buddies, Operation Homefront and other organizations. She is passionate about advocating for survivors of child sexual abuse and for soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Priya Parker
Author and Founder, Thrive Labs

Priya Parker is a master facilitator, strategic advisor, and acclaimed author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters. Priya has spent 15 years helping leaders and communities have complicated conversations about community, identity and vision at moments of transition. Trained in the field of conflict resolution, Parker has worked on race relations and peace processes in the U.S., Middle East, southern Africa, and India.

Laura Ling
Award-Winning Journalist and TV Host

Laura Ling is an award-winning journalist and TV and web host who exposes the world to critical global issues. She is the host of Conquered on Z Living Network, and is the director of development for Discovery Digital Networks. In March 2009, while reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women, Laura and her colleague were imprisoned for 140 days by North Korean soldiers along the China-North Korea border.

Luvvie Ajayi
Best-Selling Author, Speaker and Digital Strategist

Luvvie Ajayi is an award-winning author, speaker and digital strategist thriving at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. She is the author of instant New York Times best-seller I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual. Luvvie covers all things pop culture at AwesomelyLuvvie.com and on her podcast, Rants and Randomness. She is committed to using her voice for pop culture critique and gender and racial justice.