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Celebrity Speakers

The event includes a panel discussion featuring successful women from entertainment, sports, media, and business sharing their stories, ideas and leadership tips. This inspirational and thought-provoking panel will take place on Sunday, September 18 on the Main Stage. Don’t miss it.

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2022 Celebrity Speakers

Allyson Witherspoon
VP and Chief Marketing Officer

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Allyson Witherspoon

Allyson Witherspoon is vice president and Chief Marketing Officer, Nissan U.S. She was appointed to this position in November 2020. In this role, Witherspoon is responsible for marketing communications and media, data innovation and customer experience, enhancing brand value, customer trust and insights, and brand and product marketing. Most recently, Witherspoon was vice president, Marketing Communications and Media. She was responsible for marketing communications and media, and model line/product marketing with a focus on revenue growth and profit generation for the Nissan brand and its dealer network.Witherspoon brings 20 years of automotive marketing experience working in a number of senior roles with, and on behalf of, automotive OEMs. Prior to her appointment with Nissan and INFINITI, Witherspoon served as the global business director for Volvo in Amsterdam, Netherlands, adding to her marketing agency experience that included leading accounts for two other automakers.

Mace Curran

Michelle Curran led an impressive career as a Fighter Pilot during her 13 years on active duty in the United States Air Force. From 2019-2021, she flew as the only female pilot for the Air Force Thunderbirds and performed for millions across the country and internationally. Michelle was also named the Distinguished Alumna of the Year by the University of St. Thomas in 2021. She has been featured on several well-known media platforms, including The Kelly Clarkson Show, CBS Evening News, and Glamour. As the Lead Solo for the Thunderbirds, Michelle realized the flying was cool, but the best part was inspiring others to overcome their fears and pursue their dreams. Since transitioning out of the military, she has founded her company and is committed to empowering men and women of all ages to overcome obstacles and the fear of failure. She has inspired thousands through her passion for breaking barriers and setting the example of what can be accomplished through handwork.

MACE CURRAN
Fighter Pilot and Air Force Thunderbird

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KIRA KOSARIN
Musician

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Kira Kosarin

Kira Kosarin is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose classic lyricism, rich musicality, and vulnerability immediately sets her aside from the rest of the pack. It’s no surprise she’s amassed nearly 40 million fans across platforms, with no plans of slowing down any time soon. Known as a versatile musician, internet sensation, and 4x Kids’ Choice Awards nominee (and winner), Kira Kosarin is, as TeenVogue put it, “a real-life superhero”. After wrapping on her hit TV show The Thundermans, Kira returned her focus to her childhood dream: being an artist and has since released several projects met with critical acclaim.

Chari Hawkins

Chari is currently one of the leading track & field athletes in her discipline. In 2022 Chari secured the American National Championship pentathlon title and competed at the World Championships in Belgrade. Serbia. She represented Team USA in the heptathlon at the 2019 World Championship in Doha. Qatar. and became the British Outdoor Champion in 2018 while studying at the University of Bath in England. Chari competes in the seven heptathlon events; 100-meter hurdles. high jump. shot put. 200 meters. long jump. javelin and 800 meters. Originally from Rexburg Idaho. the San Diego resident is a five-time All American competing in college for Utah State University. Off the track. Chari is an advocate of mental health and wellness and offers mental strength coaching to her community through her "30 days with Chari" mental strength program. She also produces workout and inspirational videos on all her social media channels to give back to her community.

CHARI HAWKINS Top Track & Field Athlete

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JODIE SWEETIN
Actress

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Jodie Sweetin

Actress, producer, host, author and activist Jodie Sweetin garnered the love of millions in her role as Stephanie Tanner on ABC’s long-running, hugely popular sitcom “Full House,” and the widely popular Netflix spinoff “Fuller House”. She will be starring in two upcoming holiday films — “Merry Swissmas” on Lifetime and “A Cozy Christmas Inn” on the Hallmark Channel. She previously pulled double duty as co-Executive Producer and star in the rom-com Just Swipe and just wrapped production on “Craft Me a Romance” which will be out later this year where she once again stars and serves as co-Executive Producer. She was also seen toughing it out in the jungles of Panama on the celebrity driven CBS reality series “Beyond the Edge” and simultaneously competing in the Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America Celebrity Edition: That’s So 90s.” Jodie also co-hosts the popular parenting podcast “Never Thought I’d Say This,” which is currently in its fifth season. In addition, Jodie is a favorite guest among most talk shows, becoming a recurring guest co-host on “The Talk” and E!’s “Daily Pop” regularly. She is a published author of her memoir UnSweetined and outspoken activist in multiple areas, advocating for true political and societal changes including Women's issues, BIPOC support, AAPI violence prevention and awareness, Climate Change, the Unhoused populations, LGBTQ+ equality and Progressive Financial Policies.

Stephanie “missharvey” Harvey

A five-time world champion in competitive Counter-Strike, and longtime female pro-gaming icon, Stephanie "missharvey" Harvey is now a Director at Counter Logic Gaming. Formerly a game designer for Ubisoft Montreal, Stephanie dedicates much of her time raising awareness for healthy gaming habits, gender equality, and combating online toxicity. Stephanie is the founder of ÉLEVEY - a digital citizenship brand, and runs an esports production company. She is also currently working with the International Olympic Committee esports group, is a spokesperson for DreamHack Montreal and has her own web series on RDS Jeux Vidéo, “Vie de Pro”. Her 19 years in esports and 7 years as a developer awarded her a Forbes 30 under 30, BBC 100 women and the title of Canada’s Smartest Person Season 3 on CBC. Stéphanie recently won Big Brother Celebrités Season 2 in Canada.

Stephanie “missharvey” Harvey
Professional Gamer

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