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Featured Keynotes & Speakers




Elizabeth GilbertElizabeth Gilbert
Monday General Session


Author of Eat, Pray, Love and most recently Big Magic! With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us.


Shabnam Mogharabi
CEO and Executive Producer, SoulPancake
Tuesday General Session


Shabnam Mogharabi is CEO and Executive Producer at SoulPancake, an award-winning media and entertainment company that explores 'Life's Big Questions' and curates uplifting, thought-provoking content to celebrate the human experience.   Shabnam is one of the co-authors of the New York Times bestselling book SoulPancake: Chew on Life's Big Questions.  She is an award-winning journalist and former magazine editor, covering entertainment, finance, real estate, and home design.  

Powered by Purpose: Trying to define your purpose as a professional woman can be daunting. But identifying what fuels you, and finding your authentic voice, can be a powerful tool for success, and more importantly, significance in the world. In this session, SoulPancake CEO Shabnam Mogharabi will share insights into what it means to identify a purpose, and offer tips for how to live an authentic, joyful, grateful life that takes you and your team to the next level.





Robyn Nance
Anchor, Good Morning Northwest


Robyn anchors Good Morning Northwest from Monday through Friday along with Derek Deis and Mark Peterson. Robyn, who grew up in Bonne Terre, MO, has been living in Spokane since 1996. She began working at KXLY 4 News in 2003. She has a degree in Broadcasting and a B.S. in Education. Since the early ‘90s, Robyn has served on several boards overseeing organizations serving children. Each week on KXLY 4 News, you can watch Robyn's Wednesday’s Child Stories, featuring children in foster care who need adoptive homes. Her interaction with many of those amazing young people spurred her—along with friend and foster parent recruiter Linda Rogers—to start up Teen & Kid Closet, a specialty shop where children and youth in foster care in eastern Washington and northern Idaho can shop for free. To learn more, go to teenkidcloset.org. Family is Robyn’s passion, and her favorite thing in the world is spending time with her children.

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