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Keynote speakers

Liz Fosslien + Mollie West Duffy

Authors & Consultants

Liz + Mollie

Liz and Mollie are the co-authors of the Wall Street Journal best-selling book No Hard Feelings. Their work has been featured by TED, NPR, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and The Economist. Liz leads Content at the HR tech startup Humu, where she helps leaders and their teams take small steps towards profound improvement. Mollie leads Organizational Development at RALLY, and was previously an Organizational Design Lead at global innovation firm IDEO. Liz and Mollie are currently working on a second book about what we can learn from uncomfortable emotions in life and work.

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Dr. C. Nicole Mason

President & CEO

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Recently named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, Dr. C. Nicole Mason is the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Having stepped into the role in November 2019, Dr. Mason is the youngest person currently leading one of the major inside-the-Beltway think tanks in Washington, D.C., and one of the few women of color to do so. She succeeded noted economist and MacArthur Fellow Heidi Hartmann, the Institute’s founding CEO.

An expert on pay equity, at the start of the pandemic, she coined the term she-cession to describe the disproportionate impact of the employment and income losses on women. Dr. Mason is the author of Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America (St. Martin’s Press) and has written hundreds of articles on women, poverty, and economic security. Her writing and commentary have been featured in the New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, the Washington Post, Marie Claire, the Progressive, ESSENCE, Bustle, BIG THINK, Miami Herald, Democracy Now, and numerous NPR affiliates, among others.

For the past two decades, Dr. Mason has spearheaded research on issues relating to economic security, poverty, women’s issues, and entitlement reforms; policy formation and political participation among women, communities of color, and racial equity. Prior to IWPR, Dr. Mason was the executive director of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the nation’s only research and policy center focused on women of color at a nationally ranked school of public administration. She is also an inaugural Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C.


Joe Burton

Founder & CEO


Joe Burton is Whil’s Founder and CEO. He’s an entrepreneur in scientific wellbeing, former president of Headspace, and spent 15 years as a global COO in public companies. Joe is a thought leader in mental wellbeing, alumnus of Harvard Business School, and author of Creating Mindful Leaders. He’s worked in over 50 countries and travels the world speaking on resilience, emotional intelligence, sustainable high performance, and mindfulness as a competitive advantage.