Plenary Speakers


Opening Plenary Speaker

From Biases to Strengths
Suzanne Barakat, M.D.

We all have implicit biases, but what happens when they drive hatred, leading to bullying – or worse, crime? Learn how in the aftermath of tragedy, Dr. Suzanne Barakat nurtured alliances and created a foundation that continues to strengthen and empower her community to face–and hopefully prevent–further adversity.

Suzanne Barakat, M.D., was born and raised in North Carolina and attended UNC Chapel Hill for undergrad and medical school. She completed her residency training in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at UCSF San Francisco General Hospital. She is a practicing physician in Oakland, CA, and is passionate about women’s health, mental health, global health, and social justice. A doting older sister to Deah, Suzanne became a prominent public voice against the rising tide of Islamophobia in the aftermath of a personal tragedy in February 2015.

We are honored to have Dr. Barakat, board chair of Our Three Winners Foundation, as the opening speaker. The plenary session will be held Friday, September 28, at 9:30 AM.


Closing Plenary Speaker

Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less
Featuring Tiffany Dufu

Tiffany Dufu shares her hilarious and painful journey from being the queen of domesticity to not knowing her kids’ shoe sizes today. She offers new insight on why the leadership movement has stalled. This inspiring and practical talk offers actionable advice on how to clarify what matters most and prioritize your to do lists so you can flourish at work and in life.

Tiffany is a catalyst-at-large in the world of women’s leadership and the author of Drop the Ball, a memoir and manifesto that shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go. Tiffany is also founder and CEO of The Cru, a peer coaching service for women looking to accelerate their personal and professional growth.