Keynote Speakers


Ruth Zukerman

Founder, Flywheel Sports and Co-Founder, SoulCycle

Twitter: @Flywheel

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Leading fitness instructor, indoor cycling pioneer, and Flywheel Co-Founder and Creative Director Ruth Zukerman is the driving force behind one of the nation’s most effective, empowering workouts. With a background in dance and exercise physiology, Ruth has played an integral role in creating a fun, results-driven indoor cycling experience that — in just five years — has made Flywheel an unstoppable force in the boutique fitness space. A workout unlike any other, Flywheel’s warm, welcoming community and technology-based performance tracking work synergistically to change minds and bodies every day. As a multitasking powerhouse, this entrepreneur and mother of two continues to teach several sold-out classes every week, both in NY and at Flywheel’s 38+ studios nationwide.


Margaret Ruvoldt

Operations, General Management and Business Process Executive for 2U

Twitter: @MRuvoldt



Margaret Ruvoldt is a results and data focused executive with demonstrated expertise directing the design, development, and implementation new products and comprehensive business process and operations functions to drive profitable growth.  She has proven success leading strategic planning initiatives while driving efforts to enhance operating efficiencies, reduce costs, and impact the bottom line.  

Maggie currently works for 2U, which partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degrees programs so students everyone can reach their full potential.  She joined 2U in 2010 to develop its Human Resources functions. After leading that function for two years, she transitioned into key operational roles mostly recently as Regional General Manager.  Prior to joining 2U, Maggie held positions at The Princeton Review, Johnson&Johnson and Sterling Infosystsems as well as running a consulting practice.  Maggie bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College, a Master’s in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University and is pursuing an MBA at the UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Business School. Maggie founded Mentoring Mondays, a mentoring group for women at 2U.


Kristy Dickerson

CEO and Founder of STARTPlanner

Twitter: @KristyDickerson


Kristy Dickerson is a sought after keynote speaker, business advisor, and co-founder at She specializes in teaching productivity business and organization. Upon completion of her degree in finance and business management she started her first business after having her first child. Kristy states, "Helping to inspire individuals and showing them how to balance personal and professional ambitions is my passion."  Merging her business sense with her passions, Kristy has developed ways to show and inspire others to harness their efforts fully through efficiency and find success with a no excuses attitude. Her relatable demeanor and tactics have been featured in publications like North Atlanta Business Post, Domino Magazine, and much more.

Speaker Series

Tammy Gordon

 CEO and Founder of Verified Strategy

Shizu Okusa

Co-Founder of JRINK

Jayne Sandman and Barbara Martin

CEOs of BrandLinkDC

Kevin O'Connell

Founder of FYN Creative & The Niche Movement



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Digital & Social Media

Finance & Consulting

Business Chemistry

Fashion & Beauty 


        Law & Policy


Networking Lunch

The Networking Lunch is an opportunity for attendees to meet and mingle with the following companies from 12:00-12:55pm in the Duques Hall Lobby. Each firm will have a table to learn more about their mission and different opportunities at their company such as internships, full time employment and externships. This is a great way to engage with employers who want to meet and recruit GW students.  2017 Companies: Unitiques, J. Crew, United Women in Business Foundation, Teach for America, Tradeweb, and Deloitte


Power Your Purpose emphasizes finding your passion, discovering your strengths and using that to identify a rewarding career. Our goal with this conference is to empower attendees to find meaning in their work and to aspire for careers that give them a sense
of authentic purpose.


9th Annual Spring Conference Board