2015 Keynote Speakers
Ellen Goodman has spent most of her life chronicling social change and its impact on American life. She was one of the first women to write for the oped pages where she became, according to Media Watch, the most widely syndicated progressive columnist in the country. In 1980, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary. Ellen founded The Conversation Project in 2012 which is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. TCP has the audacious goal of changing our nation’s culture so that everyone’s wishes for end of life care are both expressed and respected.
Christine Brennan is an award-winning national sports columnist for USA Today, a commentator for ABC News, CNN, PBS NewsHour and National Public Radio, a best-selling author and a nationally-known speaker. Twice named one of the country’s top 10 sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors, she has covered the last 16 Olympic Games, summer and winter, and has reported from more than 20 countries.
Brennan was the first woman sports writer at The Miami Herald in 1981 and the first woman to cover Washington’s NFL team as a staff writer at The Washington Post in 1985. She was the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM) and started a scholarship-internship program that has supported more than 130 female students over the past two decades.
Brennan is the author of seven books. Her 2006 sports memoir, Best Seat in the House, is the only father-daughter memoir written by a sports journalist. Her 1996 national best-seller, Inside Edge, was named one of the top 100 sports books of all-time by Sports Illustrated.
She is a leading voice on some of the most controversial and important issues in sports. Her USA Today column in April 2002 on Augusta National Golf Club triggered the national debate on the club’s lack of female members. In December 2002, Sports Illustrated’s Golf Plus section named her one of golf’s 12 heroes of the year. In August 2012, Brennan broke the news that Augusta National was admitting its first two women members. She also broke the story of the pairs figure skating scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the Russian judging scandal at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Brennan earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. She is a member of the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement. She has received honorary degrees from Tiffin (Ohio) University and the University of Toledo and is a member of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees.
Among Brennan’s honors, she was named the 1993 Capital Press Women’s “Woman of Achievement;” named the University of North Carolina’s 2002 Reed Sarratt Distinguished Lecturer; won the U.S. Sports Academy’s Ronald Reagan Award in 2002; won the Jake Wade Award from the College Sports Information Directors of America in 2003; won AWSM’s Pioneer Award in 2004; was named Woman of the Year by WISE (Women in Sports and Events) in 2005; received the inaugural Women’s Sports Foundation Billie Award for journalism in 2006; won Chi Omega’s 2006 Woman of Achievement Award; won Northwestern University’s Alumni Service Award in 2007; received Yale University’s Kiphuth Medal in 2013 and was named the 2013 Ralph McGill Lecturer at the University of Georgia.
Both the NCAA and the Women’s Sports Foundation honored her in celebrations for the 40th anniversary of Title IX in 2012.
DeLores Pressley, International Keynote Motivational Speaker and Confidence Coach is dedicated to helping people live bold, confident and courageous lives. She is the CEO of DeLores Pressley Worldwide and Founder of the UP Woman ™ Nation; a network and movement to empower and elevate women. She is also the Founder of the She Elevates™ Project; where women connect with women to become engaged, transformed and uplifted.
As a former elementary school teacher and a pioneer of the plus size fashion and modeling industry, DeLores has inspired and helped motivate thousands to launch their dreams and be their absolute best. Her client list range from Fortune 500 companies to associations, including Midwest Energy Association, Bakersfield Women’s Conference, Mars Chocolate, Procter and Gamble (P&G), Union Pacific Railroad and Roche Pharmaceutical.
DeLores’ story has been touted in Glamour, Washington Post, Black Enterprise, Success, Essence, New York Daily News, Smart Business, SPEAKER and Ebony. She is a frequent media guest and has been interviewed on every major network: (ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX) including America’s top rated shows; OPRAH and Entertainment Tonight.
She is the author of Oh, Yes You Can, Clean Out the Closets of Your Life, Believe in the Power of You and EMPOWER. She is a contributing columnist for Smart Business Magazine.
DeLores serves as Past President for the National Speakers Association’s Ohio Chapter Board of Directors. She is a Board Member of the O’Jays Scholarship Committee and Past President of The ABCD, Inc. Board. She is a spokesperson for the Humanitarian Hands Charities.