Keynote Speakers

Linda M. Gadsby

Linda M. Gadsby is vice president and deputy general counsel at Scholastic Inc., the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. She has been with the company since 1997. In her current role, Linda advises the company’s Management Executive Team members regularly, is responsible for handling all labor and employment law matters, serves as the primary attorney for the company’s Education, Book Fairs, and National Service Organization divisions, handles the company’s immigration and employee benefits law areas, and serves on the company’s Administrative Committee. Linda values giving back to her community, especially in support of youth, education, and women. She is a member of numerous community service organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, The Links, Inc., and Jack and Jill of America, Inc.. Linda is also an active alumni leader at her alma maters: Cornell University, where she serves on the Board of Trustees, NYU School of Law, where she is on the Board of the NYU Law Alumni Association and Co-Chair of the Awards Committee, and Stuyvesant High School, where she is one of the founding members of the Stuyvesant High School Black Alumni Diversity Initiative. Linda has been widely honored for her professional achievements and community service by the Consulate General of Barbados in New York, Chambers USA, NYU School of Law, Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Young Barbadian Professionals Society, Savoy Magazine, The Network Journal, and Diversity MBA Magazine. Read More

Keynote Speakers

Danielle Niles

Danielle Niles is the Meteorologist for CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV Morning (4:30AM-7AM) News with co-anchors Kate Merrill and Chris McKinnon. A native of Weymouth, MA, Niles joined WBZ-TV News from New England Cable News where she spent five years as weekday morning meteorologist. Before that, Niles was a forecaster at Weather Services International in Andover, MA where she provided forecasts for private companies.

Niles is a 2006 cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Lowell where she earned her bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science, and was captain of the women’s varsity soccer team. She then went on to earn a master’s degree in meteorology at Florida State University.


2018 Speakers

Lorna Boucher

Lorna Boucher is managing director and chief marketing officer of Instinet Holdings Inc., the innovative equity trading arm of the Nomura Group. She serves on Instinet's executive committee, the global firm's most senior management organization.

Lorna has always ... Read More

Francine Crystal

Francine Crystal is president of Crystal Clear Consulting. She is an insightful coach, a seasoned Organization Development Consultant and a valued strategic thought partner to leaders throughout higher education and social benefit organizations. She draws on 30 years of work experience and a ... Read More

Dana Henry

Dana Henry is currently director of the Organizational Development & Learning Solutions business unit at the UMass Donahue Institute.

She has more than 25 years of experience focused on the design, development and implementation of competency-based leadership ... Read More

Kande McDonald

Kande McDonald is vice president of Crystal Clear Consulting. Kande is an executive coach, trainer and facilitator with over 20 years' experience working in social benefit organizations and higher education, on staff and as an external consultant. She has developed unconventional approaches to ... Read More

Emmy Monticelli

Emmy is a professional certified leadership coach, facilitator and speaker with more than 20 years of management and learning and development experience. She works with organizations to integrate customized learning and coaching solutions that develop leaders, teams and employees, resulting in ... Read More