Jana Barbe serves as Global Vice Chair of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. Since the inception of Dentons, Jana has been integrally involved in the creation and implementation of a strategic vision that created a top tier global legal business and is reinventing the practice of law. She has done so by balancing aspiration and ambition with fiscal responsibility and, in the process, has earned a reputation for her integrity, her candor and her pragmatism. In her governance role for this billion-dollar, international business, with 141 locations serving 58 countries and comprised of more than 13,000 lawyers and staff persons, Jana is known for her ability to build consensus and is frequently called upon to navigate differences among diverse global regions. In addition to serving on the Global Board of Dentons, the Global Advisory Committee and the U.S. Board, Jana chaired the firm's Financial Institutions Sector - the largest sector of the law firm and its economic driver - as well as its pre-eminent real estate practice. Jana skillfully led both during the economic downturn of the past decade and did so in a manner that both preserved and protected the firm's brand while positioning the firm to maximize opportunities on behalf of its clients during the anticipated, and now realized, recovery. As a real estate professional who advises many leading global financial institutions and insurance companies, Jana is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential and highly regarded women in real estate law. Her highly specialized substantive expertise bridges tax, corporate, partnership, finance and real estate law further enhancing her business acumen. As one Firm client put it, "Jana is unique in that she sees things from many different directions, anticipating issues and opportunities. Jana asks all the right questions and is very practical and solution-oriented, which makes her so effective on delivering sound advice to complex matters." Equally committed to serving her community, Jana is the president emerita of Thresholds, Illinois' oldest and largest provider of supportive services and housing to individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses and one of the Chicagoland area's most visible and well-respected non-profits. Jana led Thresholds' prominent board comprised of Chicago community leaders from 2013 - 2015, a time when Thresholds had an operating budget of $80 million, a staff of over 1000, and was recognized as one of the Chicago Tribune’s “Top Workplaces" and one of Chicago's "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For". Her service to Thresholds, which serves more than 9,500 adults and youths each year, has spanned more than 25 years.
Sarah Robb O'Hagan FOUNDER & CHIEF EXTREMER, XU; FORMER PRESIDENT, EQUINOX FITNESS; FORMER PRESIDENT, GATORADE; FORMER MARKETING DIRECTOR, NIKE
Sarah is Former President of Equinox and Founder and Chief Extremer of XU. She is a known re-inventor of brands and has had leadership roles at Virgin Atlantic Airways, Nike and PepsiCo (where she focused on repositioning Gatorade for digitally savvy athletic teens). At Nike, she was part of the team that launched Nike Plus in collaboration with Apple, the first digital-tracking device for runners that created a global social collaboration platform for fitness enthusiasts and helped birth the technology movement known as the Quantified Self. As founder of Extreme Living, Sarah helps individuals, teams and businesses unlock their potential to discover their exploitable traits. Her book, Extreme You, will be published this year. Sarah has been named to Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and Sports Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40.
Reshma Saujani FOUNDER & CEO, GIRLS WHO CODE
Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future. In her groundbreaking new book, Women Who Don't Wait in Line, Reshma advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course -- personally and professionally. After years of working as an attorney and supporting the Democratic party as an activist and fundraiser, Reshma left her private sector career behind and surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman in the country to run for US Congress. Following the highly publicized race, Reshma stayed true to her passion for public service, becoming Deputy Public Advocate of New York City and most recently running a spirited campaign for Public Advocate on a platform of creating educational and economic opportunities for women and girls, immigrants, and those who have been sidelined in the political process. A true political entrepreneur, Reshma has been fearless in her efforts to disrupt both politics and technology to create positive change. Reshma is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. She was recently named a WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by the New York Daily News, Crain's 40 under 40, CNBC's Next List, Forbes' Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People, Ad Age's Creativity 50, Ad Age's 40 under 40, Business Insider's 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, City & State's Rising Stars, and an AOL/PBS Next MAKER.
Fran Skinner CO-FOUNDER, AUM PARTNERS
Fran is co-founder of AUM Partners, a boutique consulting firm that works with investment advisors to assess and develop employees to create High Performing Teams. She is an Independent Corporate Director for publicly traded Diamond Hill Investments and Chair of their Compensation Committee. She is also co-author of the book, High Performing Investment Teams. Fran has more than 25 years of leadership and consulting experience in the financial services industry and understands the unique challenges investment advisors face attracting and developing talent. Fran relies on her experience and background to share some practical tips on delegation that you can begin using immediately to ensure everyone on your team is contributing at their highest level.