Returning speaker Jodie Patterson is a mother of five and an active LGBTQI advocate. A beauty industry powerhouse, Jodie is the co-founder of Doobop, an online beauty marketplace named one of the top ten beauty companies for women of color, and the all-natural line of skincare, Georgia by Jodie Patterson. She’s the former PR Director of Zac Posen, current co-owner of Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York, and also serves on numerous advisory boards for organizations focused on gender, equality, and human rights. Her first book, The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation, is inspired by her transgender son and will be published in February 2019....

Erika Hayasaki is a journalist, author, and associate professor whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, and countless other publications. She is a 2018 Alicia Patterson Fellow, receiving an award for science and environmental reporting, and previously spent 9 years as a staff reporter and national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. Additionally, she is an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine, and published her first book, The Death Class: A True Story About Life, in 2014. She is working on a forthcoming book about adoption, identity, and one mother’s epic quest to reunite Vietnamese identical twins separated at birth. Erika lives in Southern California and is the proud mother of a 5-year-old...

Jeni Britton Bauer is an ice cream maker, entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author. A pioneer of the artisan ice cream movement, she opened her first scoop shop in 1996, then founded Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2012. That same year, she won a James Beard Award for her first cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home. Today, Jeni’s is a Certified B Corporation with 34 ice cream shops nationwide, an online store at jenis.com, and distribution in top grocery stores. One of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, the busy mom of two remains the beating heart of the Cleveland-based company and is in charge of all creative output as Chief Brand Officer. ...

Lisa Price is the founder and president of Carol’s Daughter. After starting the natural beauty brand in her home kitchen in 1993, Lisa built upon her loyal following to turn it into a hugely successful company, attracting early investors like Jay-Z and Jada Pinkett Smith, and eventually selling to L’OREAL in 2014. Now available in over 30,000 stores nationwide, Carol’s Daughter is also the first natural hair care product to be featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The mother of three still serves as the founder, face, and chief visionary of Carol’s Daughter, which is currently celebrating 25 years in biz. ...

Minya Oh, also known as Miss Info, is a radio personality and prominent figure in the New York hip-hop and culture scene. Formerly a long-time on-air presenter for Hot 97, Minya is also a journalist whose work has been featured in The Source, Vibe, and Rolling Stone. Originally from Chicago, she’s been residing in New York since graduating from Columbia University. She currently acts as Style Director for global sneaker and streetwear retailer Stadium Goods and is the host of the Complex show “Food Grails”. She is also the proud mother of a 3-year-old son, Max....

Ariane Goldman founded HATCH in 2011 to provide chic clothing options for women during pregnancy and beyond. A firm believer that size shouldn’t limit access to style, she has since expanded the HATCH Collection to include complete head-to-toe styling, HATCH Mama (a line of toxin-free lotions and potions for women during pregnancy and postpartum), and the brand’s first retail location in New York. Ariane’s commitment to giving women what they need during life’s most challenging and important moments extends to her commitment to Every Mother Counts, a charity founded by Christy Turlington Burns to ensure maternal health for millions of women globally....

Anna Brockway is the co-founder and president of Chairish, the widely acclaimed online source for chic and unique items that bring one-of-a-kind style to home design. Chairish now attracts over 1 million monthly shoppers and was named one of the Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America by Entrepreneur magazine. Prior to founding Chairish, Anna was the VP of Worldwide Marketing at Levi Strauss & Co. Anna lives in San Francisco with her husband (Chairish’s co-founder, Gregg) and their three children....

Justina Blakeney is a designer, artist, and New York Times best-selling author of The New Bohemians and The New Bohemians Handbook. With a passion for color, pattern, and plants, Justina and her online shop and design blog, Jungalow, have quickly become the go-to source for bohemian design inspiration. For Justina, decorating is about feeling free, having fun, and getting a little bit wild. As one of the leading design personalities on the web, Justina has over 2 million followers online and has been named a top designer to follow on Instagram by numerous publications. Justina's eponymous lifestyle brand, Justina Blakeney Home, includes a wide range of lifestyle and home products, including furniture, case goods, rugs, pillows, wallpaper, bedding, and stationery....

Alan Holt is the Interim Executive Director at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. There she trains undergraduates in the areas of diversity and culture; art practice, leadership, and social justice. She is a mother to a 5-year-old daughter, Indigo, and a practicing artist whose work includes theater, poetry, experience, and film. She is a 2018 Sundance Fellow, a 2018 SF Film Screenwriting Fellow, and a frequent contributor on-air at KQED Arts. A-lan has 10+ years of experience considering questions of identity, diversity, culture, and aesthetics and holds a degree with honors in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University....

Bee Shapiro is the longtime New York Times beauty columnist and author of Skin Deep: Women on Skin Care, Makeup, and Looking Their Best, a compilation of her best-read columns (including interviews with Gwyneth Paltrow, Kylie Jenner, and other A-list talent). Bee is also the founder of Ellis Brooklyn, a clean luxury fragrance brand currently carried at Sephora, Credo, Revolve, and more. Ellis Brooklyn recently completed its first round of investment....