Thursday, October 19, 2017 | New Orleans, Louisiana USA
The Women’s Fresh Perspectives leadership breakfast provides industry members with an opportunity to build meaningful relationships and gain career insights from our inspirational guest speaker. During this seated breakfast, a mix of industry newcomers and seasoned veterans will enjoy the opportunity to exchange ideas and information, and walk away ready for the challenges of the weekend.
2017 Motivational Speakers
News Anchor, Good Morning America
Amy has traveled around the world to cover major news events, from the terrorist bombings in Belgium, to the Orlando mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. Her extensive interview history of newsmakers, dignitaries and celebrities includes Gretchen Carlson, Hulk Hogan, Monica Lewinsky, Teresa Giudice and Malala Yousafzai. Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Amy grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and then moved to Atlanta, Georgia before high school. She attended the University of Georgia where she graduated with honors and a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She currently resides in New York City with her husband, two daughters and is also the stepmom to three wonderful boys.
Shannon Huffman Polson
Author, Speaker, Adventurer, Veteran
Shannon knows leadership. In 1993, she became one of the first women to fly attack helicopters in the US Army. An honor graduate at the Army’s flight school and officer basic courses, she was assigned as the only woman officer in an attack aviation regiment of 120 pilots at only 23 years old. Over eight years in uniform she commanded two attack helicopter platoons and an Apache line company. Shannon knows courage, too. At 19, she became the youngest woman to climb Denali. And she knows corporate motivation, Shannon was selected for the high potential group at Microsoft after managing through a volatile turnaround while maintaining some of the division’s highest health ratings. No wonder Shannon has been recognized with the Woman of Valor Award.
Kevin Coupe has been a working writer all his professional life. For the past two decades, he’s been bringing a wealth of experience, sharp storytelling skills, provocative and contextual insights, unique worldview and serious levity about the world of business and consumers to audiences everywhere. He has supervised a winery tasting room (happily), run two marathons (slowly), driven a race car (badly), learned to box (painfully) and acted in a major (but obscure) motion picture. With his book, “Retail Rules! 52 Ways To Achieve Retail Success,” he gives advice on management, marketing, customers, and operations from his unique view of the world of retail. For almost 16 years, he’s had his own website/blog – MorningNewsBeat.com where he provides “business news in context, and analysis with attitude” to some 35,000 worldwide subscribers. Kevin also is an adjunct faculty member of Portland State University’s Center for Retail Leadership in Oregon, where he has been teaching a summer marketing course for five years.