When NAWBO heads to Louisville, Kentucky, this October 9-11 for our 2022 National Women’s Business Conference (our first time in-person since 2019!), you can expect to hear from some amazing women with incredible accomplishments and insights to share, including these two just-announced keynote speakers:
Speaker, Entrepreneur and Author
Molly is an inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and bestselling author of the memoir Molly’s Game, which was adapted into an award-winning film of the same name by Aaron Sorkin. Molly’s memoir chronicles her journey from college student to Los Angeles waitress to building and operating the largest and most notorious private poker game in the world. Her games featured hundreds of millions of dollars and players like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, A-Rod and Ben Affleck. Molly was also a world-class skier. While training as a pre-teen, she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and had to undergo surgery that doctors said would end her athletic career. A year later, she was back on the slopes. She later joined the U.S. Ski Team and at 21 years old was ranked No. 3 in North America in moguls, but her Olympic dreams would go unrealized as she left the team to pursue other projects. This led her to what she thought would be a year sabbatical in Los Angeles where her story truly began.
CEO, Speaker and Author
Magie, whose birth name is Magdalena De La Cruz, is a Latino businesswoman who was born in an orphanage in Mexico. She missed her opportunity to play basketball for the Mexican National Team because she broke her collarbone. Shortly after, she immigrated to the U.S. on a basketball scholarship at the University of Charleston. After graduating, she became homeless and lived on the streets. In 2004, however, she entered a fresh salsa competition for the State of West Virginia and won. Magie started Maggie’s All-Natural Fresh Salsas and Dips with just $800 and grew it into a multi-million-dollar company within four years, distributing products across 38 states to major supermarkets such as Walmart, Sam’s Club and Whole Foods. In 2015, Campbell’s purchased the company and Magie returned to Mexico to rescue 31 orphaned children from a drug cartel. She launched a movement to solve the generational problem of human trafficking. In 2019, Magie began working on making a feature film about her story.
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