Keynote Speaker

Anna QuindlenAnna Quindlen
Author, Journalist, Social Critic

Bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and social critic Anna Quindlen balances the political with the personal, painting a more realistic picture of modern life by placing national affairs side by side with people’s daily lives. Millions of readers have followed her astute perspectives on today’s issues, from family, work, and education to health care, philanthropy, and social justice.

Twelve of Quindlen’s books, including seven of her novels, have appeared on The New York Times Best Sellers list. One True Thing became a feature film starring Renee Zellweger and Meryl Streep, and Black and Blue was made into TV movies. Her book, A Short Guide to A Happy Life, sold well over one million copies.

Her latest New York Times Best Seller, Miller’s Valley, debuted at #6. “[Miller’s Valley] is overwhelmingly moving,” said The New York Times. “Quindlen makes her characters so richly alive, so believable, that it’s impossible not to feel every doubt and dream they harbor, or share every tragedy that befalls them.”

Quindlen’s memoir on aging, Lots Of Candles, Plenty Of Cake debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Her follow-up NYT best seller, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, debuted at #3.

One of the top “100 Outstanding Journalists in the United States of the Last 100 Years,” Quindlen began her career at age 18 as a copy girl. She spent three years as a reporter for The New York Post before moving to The New York Times in 1977. Working her way up The Times’ masthead, Quindlen wrote the “About New York” column, served as deputy metropolitan editor, and created the weekly “Life in the 30’s” column.

In 1990, Quindlen became the third woman in The New York Times’ history to write for its influential Op-Ed page. Her nationally syndicated column “Public and Private” won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992, and then, Quindlen wrote the “Last Word” column for Newsweek for 10 years.

Quindlen serves on the Board of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and is an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow. The Child Welfare League of America established "The Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism on Behalf of Children and Families.” She holds honorary degrees from more than 20 colleges and universities.


Daneil Goleman, PhDDaniel Goleman, PhD
Author, Psychologist, Science Journalist

Psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus Daniel Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business. The Wall Street Journal ranked him one of the 10 most influential business thinkers.

His 2014 bestseller, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, argues that leadership that gets results demands a triple focus: on our ourselves; on others, for our relationships; and on the outer forces that shape organizations and society. Dr. Goleman's "The Focused Leader" won the 2013 HBR McKinsey Award, given each year for the best article in Harvard Business Review.

In his latest book, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World, Dr. Goleman — who was personally selected by the Dalai Lama — combines the Dalai Lama’s key teachings, empirical evidence, and true accounts of people putting his lessons into practice, offers readers practical applications for making the world a better place.

Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times best sellers list for a year-and-a-half. Named one of the 25 "Most Influential Business Management Books" by TIME, it has been translated into 40 languages. HBR called emotional intelligence (EI) “a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea.” His follow-up, Working With Emotional Intelligence, outlined the importance of EI in professional settings.

The groundbreaking Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, which Goleman co-wrote with Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee, unveiled scientific evidence proving that a leader’s emotional competencies have an enormous impact on an organization’s bottom line. His more recent books include Social Intelligence: The New Science of Social Relationships, Ecological Intelligence, and What Makes a Leader, a collection of articles from HBR, LinkedIn, and other business journals.

Goleman’s work on the brain and behavioral science was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize and recognized with the Washburn Award and Lifetime Career Award from the American Psychological Association. A former science journalist for The New York Times, he was named to the 2011 and 2013 Thinkers50 and a top business guru by Accenture Institute for Strategic Change. His article “What Makes a Leader?” remains the most requested reprint in the history of Harvard Business Review.

Kenneth I. Shine. MDKenneth I. Shine, MD
Professor of Medicine, Dell Medical School
Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs (ret.)
The University of Texas System

Kenneth I. Shine, MD, is Special Advisor to the Chancellor, University of Texas System. He is currently overseeing the development of a new medical school in South Texas as well as one in Austin. Prior to his role as Special Advisor, Dr. Shine served as Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs. In that capacity he was responsible for the six U. T. System health initiatives and their aggregate operating budget of almost $8.4 billion. He has led system wide initiatives in clinical effectiveness, patient safety, and public health, as well as efforts to transform medical education. He was President of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) [previously known as the Institute of Medicine (IOM)], from 1992-2002. Under Dr. Shine's leadership, the NAM played an important and visible role in addressing key issues in medicine and healthcare. NAM reports on quality of care and patient safety, heightened national awareness of these issues. Dr. Shine served as President of the American Heart Association in 1985-86.

As founding Director of the RAND Center for Domestic and International Health Security, Dr. Shine led the Center's efforts to make health a central component of U.S. foreign policy and guide the Center's evolving research agenda. Dr. Shine is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. Before becoming president of the IOM, he was Dean and Provost for Medical Sciences at UCLA.