Plenary Speakers

Cecilia Munoz

Cecilia Munoz

Cecilia Muñoz served for eight years on President Obama’s senior staff, first as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, then as Director of the Domestic Policy Council, making her the first Hispanic person to serve in the role. She is now the Vice President for Public Interest Technology and Local Initiatives at New America and a Senior Fellow at Results for America, a nonprofit that advances the use of data and evidence in policy making. Considered Washington’s leading expert on immigration policy, Muñoz was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship in 2000 for her work on immigration and civil rights. She serves on the Boards of the Open Society, MacArthur and Kresge Foundations, as well as the nonprofit Protect Democracy Project.

Ms. Muñoz is the author of More than Ready: Be Strong and Be you....and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise, an offering of advice and inspiration to women of color who are no longer willing to be invisible or left behind. Full of invaluable lessons about working through fear, facing down detractors, and leading with kindness, she provides the thoughtful insight and tactical tools to be successful-without compromising who you are.

Poppy Jamie

Poppy Jamie

Poppy Jamie is the founder of the mental wellbeing app and corresponding product line Happy Not Perfect – which looks at mindfulness in a new way to guide its 100,000 users to feel happier, calmer, and less anxious. A deeply personal project combining behavioral scientific research, inspiration from her mother, and real life-experience, Ms. Jamie created Happy Not Perfect to inspire and empower people to care about their brains and thoughts with the same vigilance they tend to their faces and bodies. The launch occurred after four years of work with neuroscientists, researchers, and her neurotherapist mother and combine brain science and technology to change the way we look after our minds. She is also the author of the book Happy Not Perfect: Upgrade Your Mind, Challenge Your Thoughts, and Free Yourself from Anxiety.

A TEDx speaker, Ms. Jamie was appointed as the youngest member of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Advisory Board at UCLA to help consult on the wellbeing of students. She also took part at the first mental health talk series at Cambridge University, lectured at the UCLA Wow Summit on brain health, and led Happiness Workshops for thousands of top brands and organizations across the U.S. and UK. She is also a Global Goals advocate for the United Nations. For her activist work in mental health, Poppy has been named one of Forbes’ ‘30 under 30,’ Glamour’s ‘Most Empowering Nu-Gen Activists You Need to Know,’ and W Magazine’s ‘Next Generation of Activists Making a Difference,’ among others. She was also honored with the “Points of Light Award,” handed to her by then Prime Minister Theresa May.

Shola Richards

Shola Richards

Shola Richards is the CEO and Founder of Go Together Global™, the best-selling author of Making Work Work, and Go Together, and he is a civility writer with a passionate worldwide following. His articles and extremely popular “Go Together Movement” email series have been read by readers in over 160 countries, and his work has been featured on the Today Show, CBS This Morning, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Complete Wellbeing India, Business Insider Australia, and in numerous other outlets all over the world who recognize him as an authority on workplace happiness and engagement. Mr. Richards has shared his transformative message with leading healthcare organizations, top universities, Silicon Valley, the motion picture industry, on the TEDx stage, and in his greatest honor to date, was invited to testify in front of the Select Committee on Capitol Hill to share his expert recommendations on how to bring more civility to Congress. Mr. Richards is deeply committed to helping organizations build compassion, competence, and accountability in the workplace. As a result, sustainable and joyful peak productivity, engagement, and satisfaction become the new norm. He supports and guides organizations to establish a culture of collective accountability, create of actions team norms, quicky address toxic behaviors, and improve results throughout an organization. Last, but certainly not least, Mr. Richards is a father, husband, identical twin, and a self- professed “kindness extremist” who will not rest until bullying and incivility is extinct from the American workplace.

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