Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers

General Sessions Deep Dives

General Sessions

Soledad O'Brien

Soledad O'Brien

Monday, February 24

Keynote Address »

Soledad O’Brien is a reporter, editor and the host of the Sunday morning syndicated political show “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.” O’Brien has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting by telling the stories behind the most important issues, people and events of the day.

Through the power of storytelling, Soledad O’Brien brings a fresh perspective on diverse and contemporary issues to foster change. She gives voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series, “Black in America” and “Latino in America.” O’Brien is also a contributing editor for “PBS News Hour” and a correspondent for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” A prominent philanthropist, O’Brien is the founder of PowHERful, a foundation that provides college tuition and expenses as well as mentoring for young women.

With a measured ability to make often-divisive issues such as race relations, social inequality and mass incarceration accessible to all, she moves audiences to delve deeper into the headlines that shape our lives, outlooks and daily interactions. On stage, O’Brien draws from her life and career to stimulate thoughtful conversation about the roles we each play within our communities and organizations, leaving audiences with memorable takeaways on the power of individuals and companies to make meaningful and lasting change.

Vinh Giang

Vinh Giang

Tuesday, February 25

Leadership Awards Luncheon »

Vinh Giang is an award-winning magician, entrepreneur and speaker. While in his twenties, Giang left his degree in commerce and law to become a magic teacher. His online platform, 52Kards, now serves more than 800,000 students worldwide, earning him the award of Top Young Entrepreneur in Australia. Additionally, he is the CEO of Luminary Productions, which produces exceptional video for individuals and companies all around the globe.

Giang has spent the last 15 years mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication, helping thousands of professionals worldwide learn these skills. Drawing parallels between the world of business and magic, Giang relays relays profound messages about the key principles of success to empower others to reach their full potential in business and life.

Lisa Damour

Lisa Damour, Ph.D.

Wednesday, February 26

NBOA Breakfast »

Lisa Damour, Ph.D., writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times and is a regular contributor at CBS News. She serves as a senior advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and as the executive director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls. Damour maintains a private psychotherapy practice and consults and speaks internationally.

Damour has written numerous academic papers, chapters and books related to education and child development and is the author of two New York Times best sellers: “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood” and “Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.”

A Denver native, Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and then worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has held fellowships from Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and from the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation. Damour draws on years of clinical experience and the latest research to provide sound, practical guidance to girls as well as to their parents, teachers, and advocates.