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Brenda Darden Wilkerson Previews the AnitaB.org Grace Hopper Celebration 2022
Brenda Darden Wilkerson is a committed champion for creating more inclusive technology, for both those who work in it and those who use it. As the President and CEO of AnitaB.org, the leading organization for women and non-binary people in technology, she talks with Jeanne in this special episode of Fearless Authenticity about the highlights of their biggest event of the year, Grace Hopper Celebration. This September 20-23, GHC 22 will be in-person for the first time in three years, along with a hybrid option to attend virtually... and she announces the reopening of registration to allow as many people as possible to attend!
Brenda also shares with Jeanne her vision for all the ways AnitaB.org and GHC 22 are supporting technologists in achieving their goals, discovering opportunities, and finding community. Along with all the biggest names from the tech world speaking and sharing their wisdom in person and virtually, Brenda says that it's the attendees who are the stars who make Grace Hopper Celebration so special... she believes that "people need to be seen" and that will happen for all at GHC 22!
Brenda Darden Wilkerson is an advocate for access, opportunity, and social justice for underrepresented communities in technology. She currently serves as the President and CEO of AnitaB.org, an organization that connects, inspires, and strives for greater equality for women technologists in business, academia, and government. She founded the original Computer Science for All program, building computer science classes into the curriculum for every student in the Chicago Public Schools, and serving as the inspiration for the Obama administration’s national CS For All initiatives.
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Discover Your Social Legacy and Become More Intentional, More Human in Your Life with McCann Worldgroup, China CEO Emily Chang
Emily Chang wants to be a positive force for change in the world. The McCann Worldgroup, China CEO has already set a practical, yet powerful plan in motion with her book “The Spare Room.” She shares with Jeanne what inspired her to start the “Social Legacy” movement, how it works, and why it leads to stronger leaders and just better humans; why she believes we should integrate work and family instead of trying to find a balance, and how doing so changed her life 3-dimensionally; why you should always say yes when somebody offers you help; and why she wants her epitaph to read "I died empty."
Emily Chang is a true change-maker, having catalyzed a turnaround for McCann Worldgroup, China in just over a year. She has always positioned creativity and innovation at the center of her business strategy. When working as the CMO for Starbucks China, Emily was responsible for marketing, sales, loyalty, customer engagement, and the digital ecosystem. Her teams were credited with tripling digital tender across stores, helping open the Starbucks Shanghai Roastery, and launching the brand’s delivery program. Before joining Starbucks, Emily was Chief Commercial Officer for InterContinental Hotels Group, Greater China. Prior to IHG, she worked for a combined 15 years at Procter & Gamble and Apple. In 2022, she was awarded “Women to Watch Greater China” by Campaign Asia, one of the most prestigious awards in the marketing and advertising industry. Emily sits on the board of SOS Children’s Villages, and is the author of the best-selling book “The Spare Room,” also the topic of her first TEDx Talk. She is married and has a daughter, along with a dog and a pygmy hedgehog.
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You Can’t Buy Cool with Successful Self-Made Entrepreneur and CEO of Sovereign Brands Brett Berish
“If anybody’s gonna ‘F’ this up, I want it to be me. You gotta trust your gut.” Sovereign Brands CEO Brett Berish is all about going with your gut feeling on things. He came to understand that after a lot of failure. But he says everything to him now is about failing and learning from it. He says it’s a powerful thing! He shares with Jeanne how he built his brand of innovative and unique wine and spirits by being true to himself; why sometimes not having a plan is a good plan; why being uncomfortable makes you work harder; why you can’t care about anybody else and find your fearless authenticity; and why he believes you can’t buy cool.
About Brett: Brett Berish is the President & CEO of Sovereign Brands, a family-owned, international wine & spirits company headquartered in New York. Brett and his company have developed some of the world’s hottest brands, including the smash-hit Luc Belaire line of French sparkling wines, Bumbu, a craft rum from Barbados, as well as McQueen and the Violet Fog, a small-batch gin from Brazil, and Sovereign’s newest release, Villon. Brett’s past brands include Armand de Brignac (“Ace of Spades”) Champagne and D’Ussé Cognac. Brett has been profiled by Forbes, Crain’s Chicago Business, and Market Watch, among others, and was recently recognized by Goldman Sachs as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at the Goldman Sachs Builders + Innovators Summit. He has also been invited to speak on popular radio shows including The Breakfast Club and Young Money Radio. Brett’s self-made success has informed his company’s values, culture & celebrity partnerships, culminating in Sovereign’s prolific marketing campaign “Self Made Tastes Better”, which includes interviews hosted by Brett with some of the world’s biggest celebrities – all of whom are also confirmed fans of Sovereign’s brands.
Write It Down & Run With It with Successful Real Estate Broker, House-Flipping Expert, and Author Page Turner
Get ready for 30 minutes of mic-drop moments from HGTV’s “Fix My Flip” host Page Turner. The self-made real estate broker and house-flipping expert is on a mission to help you seize your greatest opportunities. Her efforts come from her own regrets of not capitalizing on some big prospects early in her life. She shares with Jeanne what obstacles held her back; what she has learned about how to be successful; the three words that rule her life and career; how she visualizes her goals for greatness; and why being tired isn’t a bad thing.
Page is a self-starter and successful entrepreneur; she’s been a real estate broker, flipper and investor for two decades, and a published author (The G.O. Life on amazon.com). She’s the founder of EGAP Real Estate and Do the Work, Inc. and a vision strategist. In addition to being the host of HGTV’s "Fix My Flip,” she also serves as an executive producer on the series which she wrote and developed. She served as a guest judge on the 3rd season of the HGTV competition show, "Rock The Block.” Page has a huge personality, is extremely inspirational, sensationally entertaining and is inspired by inspiring others. She’s originally from Los Angeles. As a single mom to three girls, Page solely supported her daughters (including twins) through private school and top universities all without child support and through the recession! She has a heart for single moms and is also available to encourage and provide blueprints to success.
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It’s Always a Lovely Day with Chicago Sportscasting Legend Kenny McReynolds
There is absolutely no stopping Kenny McReynolds. He will not quit. The Chicago sportscasting legend has had 45 operations, numerous bouts with cancer, and even died (according to Kenny) and was brought back to life in 2017. He shares with Jeanne what drives him to never give up, the song he plays each morning to celebrate the day ahead; why he’s always giving back; why he will never forgive former President Jimmy Carter for boycotting the Olympic Games in 1980; and the words of wisdom he learned from Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton.
He’s a multiple award-winning sportscaster, known for doing one-on-one interviews with the biggest names in sports, entertainment and politics. They include Michael Jordan, Andre Dawson, former President Barack Obama, Carl Weathers, and the last three mayors of Chicago: Richard M. Daley, Rahm Emanuel, and Lori Lightfoot. He started working in broadcasting in 1979 at WVON and WBMX radio. He’s currently the sports director at WCIU-TV and hosts “Sports Edition.” He’s won five Emmys, and was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, CPS Basketball Hall of Fame, and the State of Illinois Hall of Fame.
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Al Roker Heckles Me: Laughing at Myself and Always Learning with SVP & CCO of Conagra Brands Jon Harris
“We’re only as good as the friends that we keep.” Words to live by from Conagra SVP and CCO Jon Harris. His friends are his prized possessions so he nurtures those relationships and takes care of his people. But it’s not only his friends who benefit from his generosity and grace – he’s learned over the years that you have to be kind to everyone because you never know what battles they’re fighting inside. He shares with Jeanne what three words he would tell his 18-year-old self; what you should ALWAYS assume about people; the three big things the pandemic taught him about life; how his father’s mental illness shaped his outlook pretty early; and why the TODAY Show’s Al Roker heckles him on a weekly basis.
Jon Harris is Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for Conagra Brands. He is responsible for the strategic development, direction and implementation of corporate communication and reputation management programs across the organization. Jon also oversees the Conagra Brands Foundation, as well as corporate giving efforts. Jon joined Conagra Brands, formerly known as ConAgra Foods, in August 2015. Jon previously oversaw marketing and business communications for many top corporate brands, including Hillshire, Sara Lee, Pepsi, and Bally Total Fitness. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Rutgers University and is an adjunct professor for PR & Marketing at the University of Chicago's Graham School.
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