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Keynote Sessions

Tuesday, 7 November
8:30 - 10:00 AM

Join 2023 HBA Woman of the Year Christi Shaw, 2000 HBA Woman of the Year Myrtle Potter, and Mike Huckman, Real Chemistry, for a not-to-be-missed Fireside Chat where they will share their perspectives on the future of women’s leadership!

These trailblazing executives, recognized for their outstanding contributions and achievements, will leverage their diverse career paths, the milestones they have achieved, and the challenges they overcame along the way to address topics such as:

  • Driving meaningful change in the industry
  • Overcoming gender barriers
  • Fostering inclusivity

An engaging Q&A session will follow and you’ll be able to take home immediate, actionable career advice so that you can Power the Possibilities.

Tuesday, 7 November
4:30 - 5:30 PM

Carla Harris, Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, business executive, and author of "Lead to Win," "Expect to Win" and "Strategize to Win," will use her signature “Carla’s Pearls” to discuss the components of positioning yourself to maximize your success as a leader in your current career environment. 

Carla will explore the concepts of:

  • Performance Currency vs. Relationship Currency
  • Managing Through and Creating Change
  • How to be an Impactful and Influential Leader

This keynote session will also include a fireside chat between Carla and Kimberley Goode, Chief Communications and Social Impact Officer, BMO Financial Group, focused on your financial well-being, followed by a Q&A with attendees. 

Ms. Harris was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, Fortune’s Most Influential List, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2017), and “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street”, and to Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony’s list of the Power 100 and “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum and in 2011 by the Yale Black Men’s Forum. Read more about Carla here.

Wednesday, 8 November
12:15 - 1:30 PM

Our closing keynote speaker is Jennifer Kenny, CEO and founder of 100% Capacity — a SaaS platform that builds market leading innovation capacity for companies such as Toyota, BlueScope, Wells Fargo, and Woven. Following her keynote, Jennifer will join HBA CEO Mary Stutts for a Fireside Chat and Q&A session.

Jennifer is a serial entrepreneur who speaks and writes extensively on the topic of building Innovation Capacity, with a specific focus on two of the big levers of innovation: technology and gender diversity.

She has published numerous books, and her work has been featured by Stanford University in their Executive Briefing Program and publications such as Forbes Magazine, Women in Technology International, The San Francisco Business Times, and Industry Week Magazine.

After this keynote, all #HBAAC23 attendees will receive an exclusive preview copy of Jennifer's upcoming book: "100% Capacity: The End of Gender Balance As We Know It." This book won't be released to the public until February 2024, so by attending the 2023 HBA Annual Conference, you'll get your hands on this exploration of the current gender disparity opportunity gap early!

Read more about Jennifer here.