Gloria Steinem is a best-selling author, spokesperson on women’s issues and feminism, journalist, editor, lecturer, and co-founder of Ms. Magazine and the Women’s Media Center. She was one of the most prominent activists of second-wave feminism. Today, she continues to travel the world as an organizer and lecturer.





Susan Lyne has been the Chief Executive Officer of AOL Brand Group since February 2013. Before joining AOL, Ms. Lyne served as the Chair of Gilt Group Inc., an online fashion and luxury brand retailer beginning in September 2010 and served as Gilt Groupe’s Chief Executive Officer beginning in September 2008. She has also served as President, CEO, and director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. and in various positions at the Walt Disney Company.



Kat Cole is the president of Cinnabon, Inc. where she is in charge of leading, evolving and building the team and multi-channel brand. Ms. Cole is also a member of the leadership team within Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands Inc. At the age of 19, Kat dropped out of college, advanced to various management and leadership positions, and at the age of 26, became a Vice President at Hooters making her one of the youngest executives in the hospitality industry. She later completed her MBA at Georgia State University. Her personal story, business approach and perspective on leadership has been the subject of feature articles in Wall Street Journal, Forbes,  Fortune, CNN, and many other business and trade publications. 

Therese Tucker started BlackLine in 2001 when she decided to merge her two talents and passions, technology and finance, into a successful business endeavor.  Therese was the sole initial investor in the company – a true entrepreneur! Her passion, persistence and effort paid off with BlackLine ranking as high as No. 15 on the annual list of the ‘50 Fastest’ Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America, as reported in The Wall St. Journal.  BlackLine also has been named to Software Magazine’s prestigious annual list of the 500 largest software and service providers in the world three years in a row and to the Inc. 500/500 for the past six years, joining the ranks of Microsoft andPatagonia. Therese was honored last year with a ‘2013 Enterprising Women of the Year Award’ from Enterprising Women magazine. 

Lynn Povichis an award-winning journalist who has spent more than 40 years in the news business. She worked at Newsweek for 25 years and was one of 46 women who sued the magazine for sex discrimination, the first women in the media to sue. Her book on that landmark lawsuit, The Good Girls Revolt, was published by PublicAffairs in September 2012 and issued in paperback September 2013. Povich has received numerous honors, including a 1976 Matrix Award from Women in Communications for Exceptional Achievement in Magazines and the 2006 Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from Women in Periodical Publishing.  


Cameron Russell has worked as model for the last eleven years for clients like Prada, Calvin Klein, Vogue and Elle. She uses this unique background to bring alternative content and culture to the mainstream. In 2013 Cameron founded Space-Made, an art lab that practices radical creative placemaking and publishes Interrupt Magazine, an experiment in community story-telling with a focus on youth marginalized and misrepresented by mainstream media. Find her on twitter@cameroncrussell.


Donna Kalajian Lagani is senior vice president, publishing director and chief revenue officer of U.S. Cosmopolitan.  Kalajian Lagani joined the brand in 1995 and was immediately appointed senior vice president by the Board of Directors of the Hearst Corporation. Under Kalajian Lagani’s leadership, Cosmopolitan has immortalized the mantra ‘fun fearless female.’  The title continues to hold its place as the biggest young women’s media brand in the world, reaching over 20 million readers per month. Prior to joining Cosmopolitan, Kalajian Lagani was vice president and publisher of Ladies’ Home Journalsince 1989 and was the first female to serve as publisher in the magazine’s 112-year history. Kalajian Lagani is a graduate and active alumna of Penn State University where she earned a degree in business and finance.


Nathalie Molina Niño is spearheading the creation of Entrepreneurship@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership studies of Barnard College at Columbia University.  A business consultant and playwright, Molina Niño is a consummate intra & entrepreneur who launched her first tech startup at the age of 20. She was involved in launching and growing a multinational business with Lionbridge (NASDAQ: LIOX) into a nearly $100M operation within 6 years.  Prior to her role as a full-time playwriting student at Columbia University and Athena advisor, Nathalie spent 14+ years advising industry leaders in both the for- and non-profit sector ranging from multinationals (Disney, Microsoft, MTV, The Discovery Channel, Mattel), early stage startups (Cranium, Onvia) and non-profits (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Affairs Council, Seattle International Film Festival, Hedgebrook). She is passionate about supporting women entrepreneurs and believes that the single most important skill in business is storytelling.