The event includes a panel discussion featuring successful women from entertainment, sports, media, and business sharing their stories, ideas and leadership tips. This inspirational and thought-provoking panel will take place on Saturday, July 27 at 2:30p on the Radio Disney Stage. Don’t miss it.
2019 CELEBRITY SPEAKERS
NATASHA BEDINGFIELD is a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter. She is currently in the studio working on her highly-anticipated fourth studio album, which is expected to be released this year. Her widely-successful debut album, Unwritten, had international success selling more than 2.3 million albums worldwide. Bedingfield received a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” for the title track “Unwritten,” and at the 2005 and 2006 Brit Awards she was nominated for “Best British Female Artist.” Unwritten also produced her UK number one, “These Words.” “Unwritten” became synonymous with the groundbreaking hit MTV show “The Hills,” which will relaunch on MTV in late June 2019 and feature a new version of the song. Her second studio album in the U.S., Pocketful of Sunshine, featured the singles “Love Like This” and the worldwide hit title track song “Pocketful of Sunshine.” In December 2010, Bedingfield released her third album in North America, named Strip Me. Bedingfield has sold over 10 million albums and 10 million singles worldwide, totaling over 20 million records worldwide. In 2012, VH1 ranked Bedingfield number 66 on the list of 100 Greatest Women in Music.
Lindsey Jacobellis is a ten-time snowboardcross X Games Gold medalist, who holds the record for the most X Games Gold medals of any female snowboarder in history. She is also a 4-time member of the US Olympic team and an Olympic Silver medalist.
Brig. Gen. Jeannie M. Leavitt
Brig. Gen. Jeannie M. Leavitt is the Commander, Air Force Recruiting Service, Joint Base San AntonioRandolph, Texas. The Air Force Recruiting Service comprises more than 2,470 Airmen and civilians in more than 1,200 recruiting offices across the U.S. and abroad. She is responsible for all enlisted accessions and a variety of officer accession programs. AFRS also manages all strategic marketing for the U.S. Air Force.
General Leavitt entered the Air Force in 1992 after earning her bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas and her master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. She earned her commission as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Gen. Leavitt has served in a variety of flying, staff and command assignments and has commanded at the flight, squadron and wing level. She is a graduate and former instructor of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and is a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours. Her operational experiences include Operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Prior to her current assignment she served as the 57th
Wing Commander, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., the Air Force’s most diverse flying wing comprised of 37 squadrons at 13 installations with a variety of more than 130 aircraft.
Stephanie Harvey AKA missharvey
Stephanie Harvey, also known as missharvey, is a Canadian video game developer and professional gamer. She is best known as a Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) player, having won five world championships. She plays for Counter Logic Gaming Red.
Outside professional gaming, Harvey works as a designer at video game developer Ubisoft Montreal. She is also known for advocating against gender discrimination in professional gaming, co-founding the online community Missclicks to address the under-representation of women in geek and video game culture.
Jennifer Downes has dedicated her career to the fast-paced, male-dominated and constantly changing environment of the technology industry, with success in establishing a vision and executing business strategies for multi-billion dollar businesses.
As the Executive Director of North America, Jennifer oversees the marketing strategy and execution for Lenovo’s PCs and smart devices. During her nearly decade-long tenure at Lenovo, Jennifer has been at the helm of efforts that drive sustainable revenue and profitability.
Leading with a customer-centric approach, Jennifer’s work focuses on building the Lenovo brand and driving growth – from ecommerce to retail and through their business partner network.
With a passion for understanding consumer behavior, she is a catalyst for the use of customer insights to drive engagement throughout the customer journey.
Prior to Lenovo, Jennifer worked at NXP Semiconductors for 13 years where she led the transformation of its demand generation activities to deliver a personalized, cross-channel approach. Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and an MBA in Marketing.
A native of Boston, Jennifer moved to the Raleigh area 11 years ago with her two daughters. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys exercising, gardening and spending time with her girls.
Mae is a full-time variety gaming broadcaster from Los Angeles, CA. Mainly focusing on FPS games, Mae is all about streaming with the community, having fun, and sharing a passion for gaming.
Michelle Mitchell is the co-founder of Humm Kombucha. Her passion for kombucha started over a decade ago and led to her founding Humm. She is the primary keeper and driver of Humm’s amazing culture and brand ethos within a staff-centric organization as well as ensuring that the taste profile of Humm’s kombucha is both excellent and consistent. She is instrumental in creating an air of positive energy and forging a culture of joy and freedom at Humm. Prior to Humm, Michelle was a top sales rep at Great American Opportunities and the Southwestern Company. She is fluent in Spanish and studied Arabic extensively while spending time in the Middle East. She has competed in three Ironman triathlons and spent three years traveling around the world before settling in Bend, OR.