sheila johnson  

Sheila Johnson to Keynote Kickoff Luncheon, Tuesday, June 22 at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel in the Key Ballroom at 12:00 p.m.

Sheila C. Johnson is an entrepreneur and philanthropist whose accomplishments span the arenas of hospitality, sports, TV/film, the arts, education and humanitarian causes.

Ms. Johnson is CEO of Salamander Hospitality, LLC, a company she founded in 2005. She oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties including Woodlands Inn, in Summerville, SC, Innisbrook, a 72-hole Golf & Spa Resort in Innisbrook, FL, and the much-anticipated Salamander Resort & Spa, currently being constructed in Middleburg, VA.


As President & Managing Partner of the WNBA's Washington Mystics, and a partner in Lincoln Holdings, LLC, Ms. Johnson is the first African-American woman to have a stake in three professional sports teams, including the Washington Wizards (NBA) and the Washington Capitals (NHL). She is also a TV pioneer, having been a founding partner of BET (Black Entertainment Television) and the creator of the award-winning program Teen Summit. Currently, Ms. Johnson is producing films with a humanitarian message. Her latest is The Other City, about the HIV/AIDS crisis in Washington DC.

In 2006 Ms. Johnson was named global ambassador for CARE, a leading aid organization fighting global poverty by empowering women. Ms. Johnson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of Parsons The New School for Design in New York. A fervent supporter of the arts and education, President Obama appointed her to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and she sits on the boards of Americans for the Arts, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Tiger Woods Foundation, the University of Virginia Curry School of Education, Howard University and the University of Illinois Foundation.

An accomplished violinist, Ms. Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Illinois, as well as honorary degrees from numerous other institutions. She lives in Middleburg, VA, is married to the Honorable William T. Newman, Jr. and has two children.


Suzy Welch  

Suzy Welch to Keynote Business Fair Breakfast, Wednesday, June 23, at the Baltimore Convention Center in the 4th Level Ballroom at 8:00 a.m.


(Note: Photography by Diane Feingold)


Suzy Welch is a best-selling author, popular television commentator, and noted business journalist.


Her New York Times bestselling book , 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea, presents a powerful decision-making strategy for success at work and in parenting, love and friendship. 10-10-10 became an instant success and is now published in 29 countries worldwide, and an updated version has been released in paperback. In addition, she is a contributor for ABC's Good Morning America, and has been widely featured in major media outlets including The Today Show and Time Magazine.


Together with her husband Jack Welch, Suzy is also co-author of the #1 international bestseller Winning, its companion volume, Winning: The Answers, and The Welch Way, a weekly column on business and career challenges which appeared in BusinessWeek magazine from 2005-2009 and was published in 45 major newspapers across the globe by The New York Times Syndicate. In 2010, the Welches launched an online MBA program through Chancellor University.


On her own, Suzy has written extensively about work-life balance and other cultural issues for publications ranging from O, The Oprah Magazine to The Wall Street Journal. In addition, her candid and incisive commentary has made her a popular commentator on television programs including Good Morning America, The View, Morning Joe, Your World With Neil Cavuto, and Power Lunch.


Born in Portland, Oregon, Suzy received her BA from Harvard University in 1981 and then joined The Miami Herald as a reporter. She left daily journalism to attend Harvard Business School, where she graduated as a Baker Scholar in 1988. Suzy joined the Harvard Business Review in 1995 and was named editor-in-chief in 2001. During her tenure at HBR, Suzy was the author of numerous articles on leadership, change, creativity and organizational behavior, as well as the contributor to several books on management.


Suzy is the mother of 4 children and lives in New York City. She serves on the board of several non-profit organizations in the fields of education and homelessness.



Robin Roberts to Keynote Conference Luncheon, Thursday, June 24 at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel in the Key Balltroom at 12:00 p.m.


Robin Roberts is anchor of ABC's Good Morning America. Under her leadership, the broadcast has won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning program.


When not traveling around the country or the world covering breaking news events, Roberts is at GMA's studio in Times Square conducting interviews with a diverse group of newsmakers. Her headline-making interviews include: President Barack Obama; First Lady Michelle Obama; actor Sidney Poitier; basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on his battle with leukemia; and Lisa Niemi on the loss of her beloved husband, Patrick Swayze.


Roberts has also done extensive reporting around the globe. She traveled to the Middle East with former First Lady Laura Bush, who was on a mission to raise awareness about breast cancer in the Muslim world; to Africa with former President Bill Clinton for a first-hand look at the AIDS crisis in that part of the world; and to Mexico, where she scaled the Mayan Pyramids as part of GMA's “The New 7 Wonders of the World�series.


Roberts also broadcast live from inside the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta in October 2009. It was the first time television cameras were permitted inside the CDC's special command center tracking the H1N1 "swine flu" virus.


In November 2009, Roberts hosted her first primetime special, In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: Bright Lights. Big Stars. All Access Nashville. The special took Roberts to Nashville, where she interviewed some of country music's biggest stars. She followed that with another primetime hour featuring an exclusive interview with Janet Jackson, the performer's first since the death of her brother, Michael.


In February 2009, Roberts made her red carpet debut as co-host of the ABC Television Network's Oscar pre-show, reporting live from the 81st annual Academy Awards with fashion expert Tim Gunn.


Roberts played an active role in ABC News' coverage of the 2008 presidential race. She interviewed the candidates and a wide-range of political newsmakers for GMA; traveled to Des Moines, Iowa to moderate a town hall debate with then-candidate Hillary Clinton; and reported live from Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day. Roberts was the first journalist to interview President Barack Obama after he was sworn in as President. Roberts also traveled the country by train with the GMA team as part of the network's ambitious 50 States in 50 Days initiative in September 2008.


In August 2005, Roberts found her personal and professional lives collide when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast �a part of the country Roberts called home for most of her life. In the days following, Roberts traveled to the hurricane zone and reported live amid the devastation of the storm. She also launched GMA Gets It Done, a year-long effort to rebuild Roberts' hometown of Pass Christian, Mississippi. Roberts has returned to the Gulf Coast numerous times in the ensuing years to update viewers on how residents and businesses in the region are recovering post-Katrina.


Roberts was named co-anchor of Good Moring America in May 2005. She began contributing to the morning program in June 1995 and has worked in broadcasting for more than 20 years.


From 1990 to 2005, Roberts was a contributor to ESPN, where she was one of the network's most versatile commentators. Her assignments there included hosting SportsCenter and contributing to NFL PrimeTime.


Prior to her work at ESPN, Roberts was a sports reporter and anchor at WAGA-TV in Atlanta. She was also a morning personality on WVEE-FM, Atlanta's top-rated morning show. From 1986 to 1988, Roberts served as sports anchor and reporter for WSMV-TV in Nashville, TN where she won the "Nashville Scene" Sportscaster of the Year Award in 1987. She also worked as a sports anchor and reporter at WLOX-TV in Biloxi, MS from 1984 to 1986 and WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, MS from 1983 to 1984. Roberts began her broadcasting career while in college at WHMD/WFPR Radio in Hammond, LA where she was the sports director. Roberts also served as a special assignment sports reporter for KSLU-FM in 1982.


In 1983, Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She was a standout performer on the women's basketball team, ending her career as the school's all-time leading scorer (1,446 points) and rebounder (1,034). Roberts is one of only three Lady Lions to score 1,000 career points and grab 1,000 career rebounds. During her senior season, she averaged a career high 15.2 points per game.


In 2001, Roberts was named a “Louisiana Legend�by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. She was also named to the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Advisory Board in January of 1998, a select group which includes Henry Kissinger, William Simon, Christine Whitman and Lamar Hunt. Previously, Roberts received the 1993 Excellence in Sports Journalism Award for Broadcast Media, given by the Northeastern University Center for the Study of Sport in Society and the School of Journalism. She was also awarded a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Television Award of Merit in 1990 as the best woman sports commentator on television.


In January 1991, Roberts was appointed to the Women’s Sports Foundation Advisory Board. Roberts was awarded the 1992 Women at Work Broadcast Journalism Award for her contributions to the image of working women on television and for expanding career options for women in broadcast journalism. In 1994, she was inducted in the Women’s Institute on Sport and Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame. She is also active as a speaker for charity and civic functions.


In addition to covering world events, Robin has shared her personal experiences with Good Morning America audiences around the country. In July 2007, she announced that she had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and was undergoing treatment. Her courageous and public battle has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including: The Susan G. Komen Foundation; The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program; and Gilda's Club, a non-profit organization founded by the late Joel Siegel.


Since her diagnosis Robin has become an outspoken advocate for breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection. In March 2007, Hyperion Books published her first book, From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By which was a New York Times bestseller. An updated version, From The Heart: Eight Rules To Live By, was released in October 2008 with an additional chapter on her experience with breast cancer.


Roberts is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and has worked to aid rebuilding efforts there after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Robin Roberts is exclusively represented by IMG Speakers for speaking engagements.


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