Introducing the 2022 Keynote Speakers and Breakout Leaders for the Indiana Conference for Women
History and Impact
Psychologist, Harvard Medical School
Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. She has spent the past two decades studying how the way we navigate our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers,
relationships, health, and happiness. Her #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility—based on the concept that Harvard Business Review heralded as a “Management Idea of the Year” and winner of the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award—describes the
psychological skills critical to thriving in times of complexity and change. Emotional Agility been translated into 30 languages and is winner of numerous accolades including Amazon’s Best Books of the Year Award and the Books for a Better Life Psychology Award. Dr. David’s TED Talk on emotional agility has been viewed by more than 10 million people.
Named to the Thinkers50 global list of the top management thinkers, Dr. David is a sought-after keynote speaker and advisor, with clients that include the World Economic Forum, Ernst & Young, the United Nations, Google, Microsoft, Nasdaq, and many other national and multinational organizations. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal and a guest on national radio and television.
Dr. David trained as a clinical psychologist. She completed her Ph.D. and a post-doctorate at Yale University on emotions research. She is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and is a Cofounder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean aliate). She lives with her
family outside of Boston.
Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley
Carla A. Harris is the author of Expect to Win and Strategize to Win and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley. She has degrees from Harvard University and numerous honorary doctorates.
In 2013 she was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women's Business Council. She was also the chair of the prestigious national organization, The Executive Leadership Council; chair of the board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation; and she currently sits on both for profit and other philanthropic boards.
The recipient of several professional awards, Carla has been named to Fortune magazine's list of "The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America," Essence magazine's "The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World," Ebony's list of "15 Corporate Women at the Top" and
She regularly appears on national television and radio programs, and speaks to corporations, colleges and universities, and at events and conferences many times a year. An accomplished gospel singer, she has released four albums and performed to sold-out crowds at Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theatre. She lives in New Jersey.
Author and Business Leader
As an accomplished executive, both in corporate settings and start-ups, and with a top-rated global MBA (INSEAD), McKenna Sweazey has had to hone her interpersonal relationship skills over Skype, Google Hangouts, Slack, good old-fashioned phone lines, and now Zoom. Her career includes work with successful start-ups like Taboola, which IPO’d in 2021 and where
she spent five years. She also worked at the venerated Financial Times as head of global marketing. Currently, she is a marketing strategy consultant for brands in the US and Europe.
Harness Your Digital Empathy and Learn Skills to Be a Better Boss, Employee, and Colleague in a Virtual or Hybrid Office.
How do you manage a poor performer over Zoom? How do you casually deliver positive feedback via Slack? What’s the most professional use of a gif?
Two things are certain with the shift in office structure: First, we will never go back to “the way things were.” Second, we all must learn to live in a virtual workplace. If we are managers, that means we also need to know how to communicate with, motivate, and coach virtual teams. In the words of Dale Carnegie, how do you “win friends and influence people” in a virtual office?
In face-to-face interactions, humans have thousands of indicators to tell them what the other party is thinking and how they are reacting. Resorting to purely digital communication obliterates these clues, stopping us from reading the subtle body language we’ve evolved to use in all interactions to
become better leaders, kinder managers, and more effective cogs in the corporate machine.
How to Win Friends and Manage Remotely shares real-life examples, scientifically proven ideas, and distillations of tried-and-true business tenets, including why expressing empathy is the most important factor in managing and working with others—all mapped to a new virtual-first office. This book is a handbook—a step-by-step guide to common interactions in the workplace using eight classic management examples: from digitizing your onboarding journey to helping new recruits and delivering useful feedback over video conference. Combining academic research and personal experiences across various companies, roles, and countries, author McKenna Sweazey presents a road map to get us through the WFH (work from home) quagmire and help us all be more aware of others’ perspectives in this brave new world.
President and CEO
Marta L. Tellado is president and CEO of Consumer Reports (CR), an independent mission-driven nonprofit enterprise that works side-by-side with consumers to create a fair and just marketplace. She is a mission-driven leader with a passion for innovation, public service, philanthropy, and helping organizations maximize their ability to improve the world.
Since joining CR in 2014, Tellado has transformed one of America’s most trusted brands and iconic social enterprises, uniting its rigorous research, consumer insights, award-winning
journalism, and advocacy expertise to drive social impact. With a talent for innovation and a passion for public service, Tellado has guided CR to tackle the next frontier of consumer protections: digital rights. That focus has included everything from helping consumers prevent cyber breaches to
fighting for people’s control of their own data.
Under her leadership, CR has also modernized to improve consumer products and services with renewed ways of testing and by launching CR’s Data Intelligence effort. In recent years, CR has consistently been recognized with leading industry awards for its journalism, editorial design, and video content, from the Society of Professional Journalism Award to even an Emmy nomination. In 2018, Folio Magazine named Marta one of the year’s ‘Top Women in Media,’ and City and State named her one of the Top 100 most influential Latinos in 2020 and 2021.
Marta’s forthcoming book, “Buyer Aware: Harnessing Our Consumer Power for a Safe, Fair, and Transparent Marketplace,” which chronicles the scale of challenges consumers face today, especially in the digital space, and what we must do to ensure consumer rights in the modern economy, was released in September 2022.
Marta came to CR following 25 years of experience in public service, philanthropy, and mission-driven nonprofit management. At the Ford Foundation, she was vice president for global communications and an officer of the board. She led strategic communications and advocacy on a range of issues in the U.S. and around the world, including economic fairness, free and fair access to an open internet, and civil rights. Prior to that, she served as executive director of the domestic policy group at the Aspen Institute, organizing the first bipartisan domestic public policy forum, and as vice president of the Partnership for
Public Service, where she launched the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” and the “Service to America” awards.
She began her career in the consumer advocacy movement working alongside Ralph Nader and spent many years in public service as a senior advisor to Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey —the state where she was raised following her family’s journey from her birthplace of Havana, Cuba.
Marta attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University, where she serves on the board of trustees. She is also on the boards of International Consumer Research & Testing, Consumers International, and The Washington Center.