Keynote Speakers 2018-04-19T10:49:38+00:00

Keynote Speakers

FNCE® 2018 is making history with its incredible lineup of keynote speakers. Join us for energetic presentations in politics, culinary inspirations and leadership skills.

Opening Session

Saturday, October 20

4 – 6 p.m.

Judy Woodruff, National News Anchor and Journalist

Inside Politics

Judy Woodruff will draw from major national and international stories and provide an inside perspective of the politics in play. With years of experience as a broadcast political journalist, Woodruff gives her take on reporting and interacting with the Washington political scene.

About Judy Woodruff

Judy Woodruff has covered news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC, and PBS. While at CNN, she anchored the weekday program Inside Politics. At PBS she was the chief Washington correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour from 1983 to 1993. And she anchored PBS’s award-winning weekly documentary series Frontline with Judy Woodruff from 1983 to 1993.

Woodruff received the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism/Television in 2010 and is a founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in communication industries worldwide. She is a graduate of Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita.

Member Showcase

Monday, October 22

10 a.m. – noon

Photo Credit: Blair Getz Mezibov

José Andrés, Culinary Innovator and Television Personality

Changing the World through the Power of Food

With a mission to change the world through the power of food, José Andrés is dedicated to not just feeding the few at his award-winning restaurants, but to feeding the many as well. In an uplifting and inspirational presentation, Andrés will share stories and images from his travels, including the work he has done to promote clean cook stove technology, improving kitchens in urban and rural schools, and launching culinary projects to create jobs and increase opportunities for families in Haiti and around the world.

Through his nonprofit World Central Kitchen, Chef Andrés finds smart solutions to hunger and poverty around the world, focusing on health, education, and jobs. Beginning with his experience volunteering in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Andrés realized that food can be used to empower communities and strengthen economies.

About José Andrés

José Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator and anti-hunger advocate, author, television personality, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. Andrés has won multiple James Beard awards (Humanitarian of the Year, 2018; Outstanding Chef, 2011; Who’s Who of Food and Beverage, 2007) and ranked on TIME magazine’s “Time 100” list of most influential people in the world.

Closing Session

Tuesday, October 23

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Simon T. Bailey, Bestselling Author and Chief Executive Officer

Shift Your Brilliance: Leading Amidst Uncertainty

The best leaders are the ones who lead differently. Simon T. Bailey will address the critical strategies that empower individuals to lead without a title and stay relevant in every economy while escalating their impact. Bailey will share core principles for acquiring a forward-looking mindset while guiding participants on how to discover the insight needed to be a leader for the future. Finally, he will challenge you to commit to becoming the chief breakthrough officer in your organization.

About Simon T. Bailey

Simon’s expertise focuses on change, leadership and customer experience. He’s worked with over 1,500 organizations in 45 different countries. As an innovator, educator and executive advisor, speaker and author, he shapes the lives of men and women around the world.