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 24 on the Main Stage. Don’t miss it.
2023 Celebrity Speakers
Loren Gray consistently defies expectations. Beyond the surface of a staggering social media imprint (85
million-plus total followers and counting), the Philadelphia-born and Los Angeles-based disruptor has
established herself as a confident and uncompromising singer and songwriter, dynamic personality, and
successful entrepreneur. Clear compassion, generosity, and emotional acuity underline her presence
online. She connects to Gen-Z directly—while never holding back and remaining undeniably honest.
As a kid, she discovered a myriad of artists through her parents. Unassumingly, Loren emerged as the most followed person on Musical.ly and has amassed over 55 million followers and billions of views on TikTok, earning her the title of “The Original Queen of TikTok” from Forbes. Beyond popular collaborations with Saweetie, Lost Kings, and TELYkast in addition to an appearance in music videos by Taylor Swift and Kim Petras, she garnered nominations at the Teen Choice Awards and iHeartRadio Music Awards. Moreover, major brands such as Revlon and NBC tapped her for collaborations. Saying “Fuck off” to a major label deal, she took control of her destiny. Now, she opens up like never before on her independent full-length debut album, Guilty. Taking control of her vision with indisputable confidence and openness, Loren fosters an unwavering connection with all who come across her.
Jill Ellis is the President of San Diego Wave FC. A U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer and the winningest head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team - leading the United States to back-to-back FIFA World Cup Championships. Following her success as a coach, including being named a two-time FIFA World Coach of the Year, Ellis has led the Wave to breaking records. In its inaugural season in 2022, the Wave set the NWSL regular-season and playoff attendance records, while also being expansion team in league history to make the NWSL Playoffs. This season, the club is on pace to break the single-game attendance record set in 2017 by the Portland Thorns. The Wave currently sit in first place in the 2023 league standings and play their home matches at the brand-new Snapdragon Stadium.
Chari Hawkins one of the leading heptathletes in her field, recently placing 8th overall at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, and second overall for the United States. In 2022, Chari became the US National Pentathlon Champion with a gold medal performance at the USATF Indoor Championships in Spokane, Washington. Originally from Rexburg, Idaho, the San Diego resident is a five-time All-American. She represented Team USA in the heptathlon at the 2019 World Championships and became British Outdoor Champion in 2018 while studying at the University of Bath, England. Chari competes in the seven heptathlon events; 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meters, long jump, javelin and 800 meters.
Off the track, Chari is an advocate of mental health, wellness and body positivity and produces workout and inspirational videos on her social channels. She is coming off of the 2023 World Championships and has been featured in POPSUGAR, People, Yahoo Sports, Fox 5 San Diego, and Footwear News to name a few.
EMUHLEET is a Mental Health Nurse by Day and a Professional gamer by night. She's played CSGO for 15 years, earning 5 world championships, and lifted 4 international VALORANT trophies with her all-women's team. In her spare time she is an Analyst for VALORANT Challengers North Americas, and a content creator.
Maj Lauren B. Edwards
Maj Lauren B. Edwards is a U-28A CoPilot and Assistant Director of Operations for the 318th Special Operations Squadron located at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. She leads daily operations for the 92-person flying squadron, manages and executes a $6.4M flying hour program comprised of 2,000 sorties and 10,000 flight hours. Maj Edwards duties also include supervising 5 shops and 15 Airmen developing processes for squadron facilities, communications, security, mobility, and aircrew flight equipment. Additionally, she executes global special operations and dynamic targeting missions in the $18M U-28A.
Maj Edwards entered the Air Force in 2012 after receiving her commission from The United States Air Force Academy where she completed her undergraduate degree in Operations Research with a minor in Spanish. She started her career as an honor graduate from Operations Research/Systems Analyst Military Operations Course and served as an Operations Research Analyst for four years while also earning a Masters of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University. Maj Edwards went on to earn her pilot wings in 2017 from Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. During her career she also has served as a Precision-Guided Munitions Weapons and Tactics Analyst, an assistant flight commander, an executive officer, a flight commander, an Assistant Director of Operations, and the Wing Director of Inspections and Readiness.
Maj Edwards is a previous MC-130H Aircraft Commander with over 300 combat hours during multiple deployments in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, and 1,000 flight hours in five different aircraft.
Cynthia Herrera is the Chief Executive Officer at SUN BUM, one of the fastest-growing sun care brands on the market, headquartered in Encinitas CA. She has been with Sun Bum since 2019. With 30 years of experience in fast-moving consumer goods companies, she combines a rich background in sales and global marketing with a deep commitment to nurturing culture and building high-performing teams.
Prior to Sun Bum, Cynthia spent over 20 years with SC Johnson, one of the world’s leading, family-led, global manufacturers of household and professional products. At SC Johnson, she held numerous leadership roles in sales and marketing. In 2022 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from her Alma Mater, Western Michigan University and in 2017 she was recognized by Working Mother’s Magazine as Working Mother of the Year.
Cynthia is a member of the Western Michigan University Food Marketing Advisory board and a board member of San Diego Sports Innovators (SDSI), a not-for-profit organization of like-minded individuals who appreciate businesses built from passion for a lifestyle. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1993. Cynthia is also a mother to 2 young daughters and is passionate about ensuring they know the opportunities for them are unlimited
Monica Medellin is a filmmaker dedicated to expanding narratives around women and people of color in sports through media, including ahead-of-the-trend film, TV, and branded content.
Monica is the creator and executive producer of Surf Girls Hawai’i on Prime Video.
Since 2018, she has directed, produced, filmed and edited content for companies including Nike, The Olympics, Amazon, McDonald’s, Disney, Red Bull, Vans, Patagonia, Women’s Health, Togethxr, and Hello Sunshine, and for nonprofit organizations including the ACLU and Color of Change. Her work has also been featured by Elle Magazine, the Washington Post, Shondaland, LA Magazine, the Huffington Post, VICE, and during the first Women’s March on Washington in 2017.
The recent LA28 Olympics commercial she worked on is shortlisted for an AICP award for best existing footage, which includes underwater cinematography shot by Monica. Her 2021 film series Surf Girls: Kaikaina features five young native Hawaiian surfers on the cusp of their professional surfing careers, and includes Carissa Moore, who later that year became surfing’s first-ever Olympic Gold Medalist.
Her first film Water Warrior was featured by Shondaland and selected by the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, International Ocean Film Festival, Patagonia Film Festival and Save the Waves Film Festival.
Born and raised in Santa Monica, CA, Monica first began filming surf and skate videos on her family camcorder at a young age. In 2017, Monica co-founded a creative collective called The Gnar Gnar Honeys, who were on a mission to fill the gap of female representation in action sports content. The Gnar Gnar Honeys began organically as a group of friends shooting themselves skating and surfing on the weekends. It later evolved into a production company which Monica owned and operated, producing branded content for companies in the action sports space and establishing Monica as a leading female filmmaker of color in the action sports industry.
Monica has worked at the World Surf League, producing video content around professional surfers for its global audiences and, as a video producer at Define American, a non-profit media and culture organization named to Fast Company’s most innovative companies in the world for film and TV. Previously, she worked at the Los Angeles Times and Univision. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. Monica is passionate about making the art of filmmaking more accessible to women and people of color. She has spoken about filmmaking and representation in sports at Google, USC, Chapman University, and Brentwood High School in Los Angeles.