Joan Cronan

Under the vision and direction of Cronan, a heavily-requested speaker on leadership and motivation on the national and local levels, the University of Tennessee Lady Vols have garnered a reputation as one of the most visible and respected programs throughout the nation.

Having completed her 28th year at Tennessee in 2010-11, Cronan’s continued admiration by her peers and the community is well deserved because of her efforts in facilitating the operation of a first-class program, which has finished in the top two in the Southeastern Conference Women’s All-Sports Award from The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group for six of the past seven years, including three first-place finishes. She strives not only to keep UT as one of the premier women’s athletics departments in the nation but also to improve women’s athletics on a local, regional and national level.

Linda Pucci

Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a personal/business coach, trainer, author, and former psychologist with nearly 40 years of experience helping clients make changes and find solutions to ensure success. She is an expert at teaching people to overcome mindset issues, including negative emotions and limiting beliefs. Linda is a certified trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming and utilizes a variety of approaches to help people change. She created the Life Moments Makeover Method™ to allow people to overcome limitations quickly and easily. Her recent book, More Joy, Less Struggle: Simple Weekly Steps to Create the Life You Crave.

Keynote Address: Valerie Alexander

Valerie Alexander is a nationally recognized speaker, author and corporate trainer on the topics of personal happiness, happiness in the workplace and the advancement of women. She is a former securities lawyer, investment banker, screenwriter and director, and is the founder and CEO of Goalkeeper Media, maker of the Happy Couples Bot. Valerie’s books include Happiness as a Second Language, Success as a Second Language and How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having “Female Brains”). She is an alumna of Trinity University and U.C. Berkeley and was Trinity’s 2016 Commencement Speaker. Valerie and her husband, writer-producer Rick Alexander, live in Los Angeles with their ill-mannered German Shepherd, Pepper.

Misty Mayes

Misty Mayes, PMP, is the president and founder of Management Solutions, LLC (MSLLC), an award-winning, comprehensive project management services company based in Knoxville, TN. Mayes has extensive executive leadership experience and has managed programs/projects to provide project management and controls services to a variety of clients. Mayes and MSLLC have won numerous awards, including being named the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) National Subcontractor of the Year and recipient of the U.S. SBA Administrator’s Award of Excellence in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2012, 2004 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year by Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and an Oak Ridge National Laboratory Protégé.

Mrs. Mayes is an engineering graduate from the University of Tennessee. Her husband’s name is Sam and they have three sons. They reside in West Knoxville.