Elizabeth Kunz, CEO of Girls on the Run International, is a lifetime advocate for girls' and women's issues and has always encouraged others to recognize the power they have to create, nurture and transform their own lives and the world at large.
About Liz Liz spent the first eleven years of her professional life in corporate America before transitioning to the non-profit sector in 1996. It was while working at the YMCA that Liz first learned about Girls on the Run. Its mission profoundly resonated with Liz's personal mission and she started volunteering for the organization in 2002. She joined the staff asChief Operating Officer in 2006 and has served as CEO for the last eleven years. Liz has presided over anincredible time of organizational growth and brings significant expertise to Girls on the Run in setting strategic direction and creating an inclusive culture of empowerment, gratitude and joyful purpose.
Emily Esfahani Smith
Former instructor in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Smith is also a columnist for The New Criterion, as well as an editor at the Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where she manages the Ben Franklin Circles project: a collaboration with the 92nd Street Y and Citizen University to build meaning in local communities. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Smith grew up in Montreal, Canada. She graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a masters of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
About Emily We’re all striving for happiness—but our culture’s obsession with instant gratification is only making us miserable. After over a hundred interviews, as well as years of research into positive psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, and literature, Emily Esfahani Smith has discovered a more enriching way to live a good life: and that’s through the search for meaning. In her compelling new book, The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters, Smith offers methods for individuals to let go of unreasonable, unattainable standards of happiness, overcome adversity, and pursue goals that reward over the long haul. At Girls on the Run, this sense of purpose is embedded into our organizational culture—making beliefs and values align for personal well-being as well as the bottom line.
Smith’s articles in The Atlantic have been read over 30 million times, and her writing on culture and psychology—drawing on neuroscience, philosophy, and literature—have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TIME, and other publications. Fresh from the TED 2017 main stage, where her talk was listed as one of the top ten most popular of the year, Smith is a keynote speaker who helps us think differently about the stories we tell ourselves and help us identify what makes life worth living.
Stand up comic and diversity trainer, Jessica moves individuals and teams from abstract fears to actionable habits that lead them to work together more effectively.
About Jessica Our ability to have difficult or uncomfortable conversations is central to creating a culture of inclusion at Girls on the Run. Jessica will be joining us for Summit to provide insight on how to have Conversations that Matter. During this session, Jessica will share her 3-part framework for taking responsibility for how we show up. Participants will learn skills to use when approaching challenging topics in order to see themselves and others as differently right. We’ll learn to recognize personal traits and beliefs that limit our behaviors and responses in order to increase our ability to effectively communicate. Jessica will also lead a more in-depth breakout session that digs deeper into concepts mentioned during her keynote. Prepare to be thoroughly entertained and inspired!
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