Morning & Afternoon Speakers

Below is our exciting lineup of speakers for our 2016 conference!

We would like to express our sincere gratitude and our highest appreciation for the following speakers who made our 2015 conference such an amazing and memorable event:

Kathy McAfee - Emcee

Known as America’s Marketing Motivator, Kathy McAfee has instructed thousands of professionals on how to maximize their talents for the greatest impact on their careers and corporate environments. Her laser-focused coaching, keynote speaking and robust presentation skills training programs empower emerging and established career professionals, and organizations to expand their influence and move people to action. A graduate of Stanford University and author of two books, Networking Ahead for Business, and Stop Global Boring, Kathy’s award-winning blog motivates today’s workers to realize their full potential. A resilient woman with a positive, fighting spirit, Kathy holds a second degree black belt in Taekwondo, and is an ovarian cancer survivor. Learn more about Kathy at

Robin Fox

Laugh until you cry with the “relatable” and unrelentingly funny Robin Fox. Robin calls herself “the mother of all comedians” and pulls from her experiences as a full-time mom and family woman to create a knockout act that speaks to the audience, parents and non-parents alike. Robin touches on topics such as her 30-year marriage, her children, her aging parents, and life in suburbia. She leaves her audience in hysterics with conversation on the daily life of raising kids in today’s day and age! Robin gives her thoughts on everything life has to offer and will leave you in stitches.

Currently appearing on NickMom in Nickelodeon’s stand-up comedy special called “NickMom Night Out,” Robin quickly rose through the comedy ranks and can be seen performing at some of the top comedy clubs and venues throughout NYC and the northeast.  Robin’s talent was quickly noticed as she distinguished herself at several comedy competitions. Robin is the 2012 Grand Winner of the Ladies of Laughter Competition and the winner of the 2010 Gilda's Club Laugh-Off. She was Philadelphia's Funniest -1st runner up, Bud Light’s Ladies of Laughter, at the finals for The Laugh Off at Caroline's, and Baltimore's funniest. She can be heard on rotation on XM, Sirius Satellite Radio and she has been a guest several times on WOR's Joey Reynold's show.

Carol Wallace

Cooper-Atkins Corporation, under the direction of Carol P. Wallace as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, is a leading manufacturer of temperature, time, and humidity instruments for Global Food Service, Healthcare, HVAC/R, Industrial and OEM markets. Prior to joining Cooper-Atkins Corporation in 1991 as Director of Planning, Ms. Wallace spent 12 years in the manufacturing field. She is a graduate of Middlebury (VT) College.

Cindi Bigelow

Cindi Bigelow is the 3rd generation President and CEO of family-owned Bigelow Tea, the US market leader of specialty teas that produces over 1.7 billion tea bags annually. She holds a BS degree from Boston College, an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, and Honorary Doctorates from Fairfield University and the University of New Haven. Socially- and community-minded, she frequently makes appearances speaking to students and industry leaders, sharing insights on business ethics and career development, and has received numerous awards for her years of community service. Favorite pastimes include being with her children, skiing, tennis, yoga and drinking lots of tea.

Rhona Free

Rhona C. Free, Ph.D., became the ninth President of the University of Saint Joseph in July, 2015. She came to USJ from Eastern Connecticut State University, where she was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Free taught Economics for 25 years before becoming an administrator, and has held the rank of full professor since 1993. In 2001, she received Eastern’s Distinguished Faculty Member Award. In 2004, she was recognized as the Council for Advancement and Support of Education/Carnegie Foundation National Professor of the Year from Master’s Granting Institutions. Her research has focused on gender and racial/ethnic earnings differences, collective bargaining and occupational health and safety, and innovative teaching methods. Rhona Free holds a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College, and earned both her master’s and doctoral degrees in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Jill Hummel

Jill Hummel is the President of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In this role she is responsible for Anthem’s operations, including sales and underwriting, managing external relationships with key stakeholders including customers, providers, elected officials and policy makers and guiding Anthem’s efforts to transform health care with trusted and caring solutions, improving quality and affordability for Connecticut residents.

Prior to assuming her current role, Ms. Hummel held the position of Vice President of Payment Innovation for Anthem, Inc., parent company of Anthem. In this position she was accountable for developing provider payment and delivery models that reward and support improvements in health care quality, patient safety, health outcomes, health status and access, while reducing the unnecessary cost associated with today’s fragmented health care system. Her team also supported the design of Anthem’s complementary transparency programs that make cost and quality information available to physicians and their patients.

Terry Walters

Terry is the best-selling cookbook author of 'CLEAN FOOD, CLEAN START', and most recently, 'EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL'. She is a James Beard Foundation Award finalist and recipient of the Nautilus Gold and Silver Book Awards. She is an educator, speaker, consultant, clean food chef and advocate for healthy change in the way we eat and live. Terry blogs at Eat Clean Live Well.