SHE Experience Featured Speakers

two photos: first photo is a group of four women talking in a group and the second photo is three women speakers on a stage sitting and speaking in a panel discussion against a backdrop of a colorful tapestry. May 2-3, 2020.
Pegah Kadkhodaian Pegah Kadkhodaian

Pegah is a renowned speaker, international trainer and resilience expert who is deeply committed to sharing her powerful message and practical tools to transform the way approach life and our spiritual journey.  

Pegah holds multiple advanced certifications in Theta Healing, Huna, Neurolinguistic Programming, Mindfulness, Yoga, Nutrition, and Executive Coaching. As such she skillfully merges her knowledge of multiple disciplines and modalities to create a fully customized client experience with both individuals and organizations    

"I have been in the world of personal, professional, and spiritual development for over 20 years.  My life's passion and personal mission statement are to uplift, inspire, and empower people by guiding them to access their inherent gifts and inner wisdom.  My wholehearted intention is to facilitate and guide people to discover their inherent value and worth, so they can harness their profoundly resilient nature. I'm deeply honored and feel privileged to be called to this work. I look forward to connecting with you.”

Elisabeth Cullington Elisabeth Cullington

Elisabeth Cullington is Partner and co-founder of the Women’s Practice at HoyleCohen. In 2008 Elisabeth merged her practice with the HoyleCohen team bringing over 25 years of industry experience and passion to the firm. She has worked with industry leaders to develop best practices in the financial planning and wealth management field with special focus on Women & Wealth. Her clients include executives, professionals, business owners, and retirees, and families

In 2011, she co-founded HoyleCohen’s Women’s Practice. Through her experience in working with women in transition (resulting from divorce, death, or career development), she recognized the need and realized her passion for working with women to build their financial confidence, independence, and sustainability. She is committed to helping women navigate their financial lives to prepare them for the unexpected and offer sound counsel.

Elisabeth is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA). Professional associations include memberships in the Financial Planning Association since 1988, Collaborative Family Law Group in San Diego, Women’s Presidents’ Organization (WPO), and Athena San Diego. She has participated in several mentorship programs throughout San Diego which support the next generation of women executives and business owners. When not working Elisabeth enjoys traveling, learning, walking and the many other lovely outdoor activities San Diego has to offer.

Denise Funfar Denise Funfar

When Denise returned to the U.S. after having her first son in Sweden, she was struck by the possibilities of combining the Californian approach to innovation and individuality with the collectivist Swedish model of community and support for parents. Soon after, she started a community organization known today as Mom Tribe, San Diego. Her goal is for moms to feel good enough and to experience belonging living their own authentic versions of motherhood.

As an integrative coach and consultant, she collaborates with organizations ranging from business accelerators to nonprofits to guide women to trust themselves and make empowered actions that lead to greater performance and fulfillment. She is fueled by a deep desire for people to experience worthiness, belonging, and joy.

Cheryl Getz Cheryl Getz Cheryl Getz is a Leadership Life Coach and an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego. She has held a number of academic administration positions including Assistant Dean, Director of Graduate and Credential Programs, and Associate Dean. Prior to becoming a faculty member and academic administrator, she spent 16 years as a Division I Women’s Basketball coach at 6 different universities. She facilitates and teaches leadership courses and programming that include mindfulness, somatic exercises, guided imagery, and team building.  Her life experiences have led her to believe in the power of intuition and inner knowing, which continues to inform and enhance her work with students and clients. With her unique approach to learning, her students engage with research topics using action inquiry as a way of integrating awareness and introspection becoming reflective practitioners and leadership scholars. Her clients benefit from deepening their capacity for making meaning of various life challenges. In working with groups, Cheryl explores the power of the collective, knowing that a sacred space emerges when people work together with a collective intention.
Odile Zelenak Odile Zelenak

Odile is a mastery movement specialist with certifications in Pilates, GYROTONIC®, Hendrickson Method Orthopedic Massage, and Vinyasa Yoga. Her over 20-year movement and massage practice are rooted in a deep passion and continuous study of anatomy, with a strong emphasis on biomechanical and energetic alignment principles.

Odile is best known for her ability to help clients find, feel and develop their core strength with simple and practical exercises that leave clients feeling stronger, more flexible and more in control of their bodies. Because of her interdisciplinary background, Odile brings skillful touch, articulate cuing and a rich understanding of the interconnectedness of the body to each client and class.

She has a thriving Pilates, Gyrotonic, and orthopedic massage practice called Odile Movement and Bodywork in Solana Beach, CA where she lives with her wife and kids.

Dr. Jackie Freiberg Dr. Jackie Freiberg

For more than 28 years, Jackie has been helping leaders create Cultures of Innovation & Change through People, Performance, Profit & Purpose.

Recognized as one of the “Top 30 Best Minds on Leadership”, Jackie is one of the most sought-after female business speakers in the nation.

Jackie is NOT into canned speeches. You will never get an off-the-shelf keynote. When you book Jackie, your speech will be tailor-made. She will closely work with you to thread your objectives into her message and co-create a keynote that has ROI and lasting impact.

She is a business owner and entrepreneur, Jackie speaks, consults and writes on Leadership, Innovation, Employee Engagement, Cause, Team Chemistry and The SheEconomy (a $20 trillion female strength to know). Jackie is also a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, trained directly under the guidance of Brené Brown in 2019. In addition to speaking, Jackie teaches graduate classes at the University of San Diego, School of Leadership & Education. You can read current articles by Jackie and her husband Kevin at where they are regular leadership contributors.

Jackie is the co-author or 8 award-winning books: the international bestseller, NUTS! describing Southwest Airlines' leadership, service culture and profitability, it’s sequel GUTS!, BOOM! (7 timeless choices for inspiring leadership and accountability), NANOVATION! (a how-to on innovation), Do Something Now and Be a Person of Impact, two quick reads that will change your organization and your life, CAUSE! A Business Strategy for Standing Out in A Sea of Sameness (companies that define themselves as cause-oriented have better employee engagement, customer loyalty, stronger profitability and growth) and most recently, Bochy Ball! The Chemistry of Winning and Losing in Baseball, Business and Life – a how-to for building team chemistry and leading people to perform like champions.
Yvonne Ator Yvonne Ator

Born in England, raised in several states in Nigeria and the United States, Yvonne was the quintessential idealist who wanted to change the world through medical mission. However, after finding herself at a crossroads, overwhelmed and compassion-fatigued as a new mom having to choose between her mental health and burnout in the medical profession she had sacrificed everything for, Yvonne became an avid advocate for physician wellness, suicide prevention and a more wholehearted culture in the workplace.

After losing her comatose dad during a physician strike and finding herself homeless, divorced and financially destitute, Yvonne realized the pitfalls of burnout and quitting medicine without a safety net. She now empowers helping professionals to step back from the tunnel of overwhelm and burnout, rediscover their values and strengths with a new lens and mindset to see the options before them and make more aligned and empowered decisions.

She has attained several certifications in resilience, wellness, personal, leadership and organizational development. She is a certified Personal and Executive Coach in positive psychology, Certified Daring Way Facilitator, Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator (Brene Brown's work) and a certified Unbeatable Mind Coach (Integrated Training in Mental Toughness and Emotional Resilience with a Retired Navy SEAL Commander!).

Sonya Mohamed Sonya Mohamed

Sonya Mohamed co-founded Nature Unplugged to promote wellness in the digital age by encouraging healthy relationships with technology and inspiring a reconnection to nature. Before starting Nature Unplugged, Sonya worked in higher education administration for over 12 years including the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Duke University, the University of California, Los Angeles and most recently, the University of San Diego.

Sonya received her Master of Education in Student Affairs from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

An east-coast native, Sonya grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has enjoyed living across the states and abroad. She has lived in Southern California for over six years now, planting roots in Encinitas, California with her husband and business partner, Sebastian Slovin. 

Kellie Sullivan Kellie Sullivan

With over 17 years of experience in the fitness industry, Kellie brings her unique flair to group fitness! Think high energy, empowerment, "spinsporation" (as she calls it) and an overall good time had by all, and that pretty much sums up what people call "The Kellie Experience." She believes that life is too short to despise a workout and thrives upon turning workouts into the brightest moments of someone’s day! 

Kellie teaches at multiple studios here in San Diego, and her areas of expertise lie in H.I.I.T, Indoor Cycling, and Strength/Conditioning. She is a Lululemon Ambassador and Lead Instructor for the Padres Pedal the Cause event held annually at Petco Park.

Kellie is a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist with the American Council on Exercise (ACE Fitness) a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and certified in Suspension Training with TRX.

Dr. Lorri Sulpizio Dr. Lorri Sulpizio

Dr. Lorri Sulpizio is the Director of the Conscious Leadership Academy at the University of San Diego, and the founder of the Center for Women’s Leadership at USD. Dr. Sulpizio’s leadership interests include 1) gender dynamics, specifically women, voice, and power; 2) application of group relations theory to the practice of leadership and building effective teams; 3) how authenticity and a balanced sense of self leads to effective leadership; 4) developing confidence, mental strength and team cohesion in athletes. Dr. Sulpizio created the Women in Higher Education Leadership Summit and the Cultivate Conscious Kids Program and is committed to creating and designing programs that meet the deeper needs of individuals and organizations.

Read more about Dr. Sulpizio here.

Llewelyn Labio Llewelyn Labio

Llewelyn Labio is a formerly incarcerated woman currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego where she is also a Graduate Assistant and Instructor for the Leadership Studies Minor. She has taught and currently teaches Communication Studies at San Diego State University, Mesa Community College, and Southwestern Community College. Llewelyn's interest in interpersonal communication, communicating identity, resilience, and the dark side of communication has led her to acquire a BA and MA in Communication Studies. Her academic journey began after having her children post-incarceration when obtaining a doctoral degree seemed far-fetched. 

Llewelyn has been known to be an open book believing in the power of bringing vulnerabilities to the surface. Uniquely, she spotlights her struggles rather than her accomplishments. Llewelyn has two children, Nico and Reylyn. As a proud mother first, Llewelyn hopes to inspire, encourage, and empower others to tell their own stories and to challenge social norms.

Special Guests

Signature A Cappella Signature A Cappella

Signature A Cappella was established in 2007 at the University of California at Los Angeles as an all-female a cappella group. We have performed at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, UCLA’s Spring Sing, the California A Cappella Festival and the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival. In 2015 Signature A Cappella won the UCLA Prytanean Alumnae Award for Best A Cappella Performance.

Most importantly, Signature A Cappella has provided each member with a sisterhood that has become a home away from home. We support, encourage and empower each other. We laugh and celebrate our triumphs together; we cry and lean on each other through our challenges. Through it all, together we sing as one. We are forever sisters.

Signature A Cappella is honored to be back at the SHE Experience Women’s Conference for 2020.