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Patricia Wilson

TED Speaker and Former CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater By Area

Patricia Wilson is the former CEO of Make-A-Wish, Greater Bay Area, which is one of the nation’s largest Make-A-Wish chapters, granting more than 400 wishes per year for children with life-threatening medical conditions in northern California. She is best-known as the mastermind behind the incredible effort to turn San Francisco into Gotham City so that cancer patient Miles could become Batkid for a day.

A popular TED speaker, Wilson is sought after for her inspirational insights on leadership, philanthropy, social media and public relations. Her ability to develop a high-performing team and create extensive community engagement garnered her worldwide recognition—she is a main character in the documentary “Batkid Begins,” released in theaters nationwide in 2015. She is also the subject of an upcoming feature film about her work at Make-A-Wish starring and produced by Oscar-winner Julia Roberts. It will be released through the Red Om Films banner, and New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.) purchased the rights to develop the narrative film.



Dr. Tony Byers

Diversity and Inclusion Expert

Boldly challenging the status quo and decades of diversity and inclusion practices, Dr. Tony Byers is transforming D&I from “the right thing to do” to the business imperative of our time. His presentations provide the perfect balance of “why now” and “how to” that will take your thinking on inclusion—and your organization—to the next level. Along the way, you’ll learn from the success stories of companies that have evolved beyond “doing diversity well” to leveraging inclusion as a powerful business advantage.

These inclusive cultures are increasing employee creativity and productivity, developing new products and product categories, and far outpacing their peers in innovation, marketplace growth and business performance. Dr. Byers shows you how to build an inclusive culture through a breakthrough behavioral approach that overcomes biases and creates buy-in. You’ll also learn how to set in motion a multiplier effect of inclusion that more than doubles employee productivity while positively impacting every aspect of your organization.