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Patricia Wilson

TED Speaker and Former CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay 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.


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Karyne Jones  

President and CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc.   

Karyne Jones is president and CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) and NCBA Housing Management and Development Corporation. Prior to becoming NCBA's CEO, she was executive director of federal relations with SBC Telecommunications, Inc., (now ATT) based in Washington, D.C. where she lobbied members of Congress on telecommunications issues and policies. Jones' previous Capitol Hill experience includes serving as legislative aide to Congressman Andrew Young.

She served for eight years in the Texas Legislature representing District 120 in San Antonio. During her tenure, Jones served on the Appropriations, State-Federal Relations, Corrections and Urban Affairs committees. She also served as vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus and was a member of the Black and Mexican American Legislative Caucuses.

Jones currently serves on the national Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging (ASA) where she is chair-elect, Washington Government Relations Group (WGRG) andLeadingAGE. She was honored with a 2014 Washington Brava! Award by SmartCEO Magazine as a top Female CEO and nationally recognized in Next Avenue Magazine 2016Influencer in Aging.


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Theresa Covington

Director of Within Our Reach at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities 

Theresa "Teri" Covington is the Director of Within Our Reach at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. She is working to advance policy and practice recommendations at the federal and state levels from the National Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect, of which she served as a Commissioner. Teri managed child fatality review systems for 25 years. This included 15 years as director of the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention, a federal resource center supporting states and communities in conducting quality fatality reviews of children to improve child and family health and safety outcomes.

For ten years she built and directed the Michigan Child Death Review Program with teams in all 83 counties in the state. She managed the National Child Death Review Case Reporting System and the National Sudden infant death and Sudden Death in the Young Case Registries Data Center. She was principal, investigator in Michigan for a CDC effort to improve the counting of child fatalities. Teri has over 40 years of experience in child health and safety, including time as a Peace Corps volunteer, a health educator for the N. Cheyenne and ten years as a community health organizer in Flint, Michigan.     


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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.