Hello world! Please change me in Site Preferences -> This Category/Section -> Lower Description Bar



Anderson Cooper 
Host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° 

Anderson Cooper takes audiences inside the news of the day, sharing sometimes provocative yet always eye-opening insights on the stories impacting people and issues around the world.

As the anchor of the Emmy-winning CNN news program “Anderson Cooper 360°,” he brings the most pressing stories of the day to a worldwide audience from multiple perspectives. In addition to his role as a correspondent for CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” Anderson is widely respected for his courageous on-the-scene reporting of breaking and oftentimes tumultuous news events at home and abroad, including Hurricane Katrina, the Egyptian Revolution and the Haitian earthquake catastrophe. Through election cycles, he has become a highly-sought debate moderator, praised most recently for his sharp, even-handed questioning yet assertive fact-checking of 2016’s presidential candidates. 

On stage, Anderson brings warmth, humor and relatability to his role as a premiere broadcast journalist as he shares insights on American politics, culture and the oft-overlooked stories that matter to citizens. Drawing on his experience covering news in Russia, Haiti, Rwanda, Somalia, the Balkans, and the Middle East, he also brings audiences an experienced and comprehensive perspective on international affairs and the challenges that we face in a rapidly changing world.

2017 ROMBA Conference Plenary Speakers


Friday Leadership Lunch

Dominic Barton
Global Managing Partner,
McKinsey & Company

Dominic Barton is the global managing partner of McKinsey. He is based in London and leads the firm’s focus on the future of capitalism and the role business leadership can play in creating long-term social and economic value. Before becoming managing partner, Dominic served as McKinsey’s chairman in Asia from 2004 to 2009.

He also headed McKinsey’s office in Korea from 2000 to 2004. He is the chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, the chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council, and a cochair of the Focusing Capital on the Long Term initiative.

He is also a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a Rhodes trustee, and an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Dominic has authored more than 80 articles and is a coauthor, with Roberto Newell and Greg Wilson, of Dangerous Markets: Managing in Financial Crises (Wiley & Sons, 2002) and of China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China (Talisman, 2007). 

He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA Honors in economics and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Brasenose College, Oxford University.

Martine Rothblatt
CEO, United Therapeutics

Martine Rothblatt is CEO of United Therapeutics (UTHR) and its Lung Biotechnology public benefit company. She previously created and led Sirius XM as its Chairman & CEO. She has JD and MBA degrees from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Medical Ethics from the Royal London School of Medicine & Dentistry. Her patented inventions cover aspects of satellite radio, prostacyclin biochemistry and cognitive software. She created the world’s first electric helicopter and in 2017 used it to set dual‐pilot electric helicopter speed, altitude and endurance records. Dr. Rothblatt’s recent books are on xenotransplantation (Your Life or Mine) and cyberethics (Virtually Human).


Margaret Cho

In 1999, Margaret’s Off-Broadway show, I’m The One That I Want, toured the country and was made into a movie, the show and tour garnered incredible review and won New York Magazine’s Performance of the Year Award, a MAC Award, and was named one of Entertainment Weekly’s Great Performances of the Year. The concert was filmed at The Warfield in her hometown of San Francisco and was released in August 2000. Called “the indie success of the year” by Liz Manne of Sundance Channel, this self-produced and self-distributed phenomenal film made more money per print than any movie in history; grossing $1,400,000 with only 9 prints.

In the year 2000: Margaret received GLAAD’s first-ever Golden Gate Award – honoring her as “an entertainment pioneer who has made a significant difference in promoting equal frights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity;” Her E! Celebrity Profile, produced by Tammie Smalls, won a Gracie Allen Award from the American Women in Radio and Television organization acknowledging its “superior quality and effective portrayal of the changing roles and concerns of women;” She was featured on Kweisi Mfume’s show Remarkable Journey which highlights the accomplishments of people of color. The others on the show were Dolores Huerta, Cornel West, and Hank Aaron; and, she appeared on Sesame Street with Big Bird!

In 2001, Margaret embarked upon a record setting 37-city North American Tour with her new show, The Notorious C.H.O., which ended Jan. 16th, 2002 with a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall. She was awarded a Lambda Liberty Award by the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund for “pressing us to see how false constructions of race, sexuality, and gender operate similarly to obscure and demean identity.” Her book, I’m The One That I Want hit many bestseller lists, and the concert film came out on video/DVD. She also found time to write and produce 6 visual essays for the new PBS show Life 360.

This year The Notorious C.H.O. at Carnegie Hall will be released on CD. The movie of the show, which was filmed in Seattle, will also come out later in the year. The movie I’m The One That I Want begins on Sundance Channel in April and the book will be out in paperback in May with a big “NATIONAL BESTSELLER” on the cover! The audio version of this book is nominated for a Grammy for Spoken Word Comedy. She has also been honored with a Media Award from the National Organization For Women.


2016: Dallas

Jimena Almendares LGBT Speaker

Jimena Almendares
Chief Product Officer, OKCupid


Aydian Dowling LGBT Speaker

Aydian Dowling
Founder, Point 5cc Clothing

Ken Mehlman LGBT Speaker

Ken Mehlman
Member & Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR

Vivienne Ming LGBT Speaker

Vivienne Ming
Founder & Executive Chair, Socos

Darnell Moore LGBT Speaker

Darnell Moore
Senior Editor, MicNews
Co-Managing Editor, The Feminist Wire

Zach Quinto LGBT Speaker

Zachary Quinto
Actor & Activist

2015: Chicago

Morgana Bailey
Vice-President, State Street

Laverne Cox
Actress & Advocate

Tim Gill
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

George Kalogridis
President, Walt Disney World

Bruce Rauner
Governor of Illinois

2014: San Francisco

Trevor R. Burgess
Chief Executive Officer, C1 Bank

Kevin Jennings

Executive Director, The Arcus Foundation

Kathy Levinson
Operational Strategist & Philanthropist

Jonathan Mildenhall
Chief Marketing Officer, Airbnb

Janet Mock
Author, "Redefining Realness; My Path to Womanhood, Love & So Much More"

Peter Thiel
Entrepreneur & Investor

2013: New Orleans

Billy Bean LGBT Speaker

Billy Bean
Vice-President of the Ben Cohen Standup Foundation

David Paltiel LGBT Speaker

David Paltiel
Chief Product Office of

Margaret Stumpp LGBT Speaker

Margaret Stumpp
Senior Advisor of Quantitative Management Associates

2012: Boston

Brian Elliott LGBT Speaker

Brian Elliott
Founder of FriendFactor

Julie Goodridge LGBT Speaker

Julie Goodridge
CEO & Founder of Northstar Asset Management

Dan Savage LGBT Speaker

Dan Savage
Creator of “It Get’s Better” Project

Brian Sims Keynote Speaker

Brian Sims
Pennsylvania State House Representative

2011: Dallas

Howard Bragman Keynote Speaker

Howard Bragman
Founder Fifteen Minutes

Joel Burns Keynote Speaker

Joel Burns
Council Member, Fort Worth, TX

Elyse Cherry Keynote Speaker

Elyse Cherry
CEO Boston Community Capital

Joe Solmonese Keynote Speaker

Joe Solmonese
President, HRC

2010: Los Angeles

Dustin Lance Black LGBT Keynote Speaker

Dustin Lance Black
Academy Award Winning Screenwriter, Producer and Director

Brian Graden LGBT Keynote Speaker

Brian Graden
Former President of Entertainment at MTV Networks

Meghan Stabler LGBT Keynote Speaker

Meghan Stabler
Senior Director and Executive Advisor, CA Technologies

2009: Atlanta

Carleen Haas LGBT Keynote Speaker

Carleen Haas
Vice President, Talent Strategies, Humana

LZ Granderson LGBT Keynote Speaker

LZ Granderson
ESPN Columnist and GLAAD Award Winner

Cleve Jones LGBT Keynote Speaker

Cleve Jones
Founder of The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt

2008: Washington DC

Doug Coblens LGBT Keynote Speaker

Doug Coblens
President, Broad Spectrum Media

Michael Guest LGBT Keynote Speaker

Michael Guest
Former Ambassador to Romania

Donna Rose LGBT Keynote Speaker

Donna Rose
Transgender and Transsexual Leader

Andrew Tobias LGBT Keynote Speaker

Andrew Tobias

2007: San Francisco

Lisa Sherman LGBT Keynote Speaker

Lisa Sherman
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Logo

Margaret Cho LGBT Keynote Speaker

Margaret Cho
Actress and Comedian

Chip Conley LGBT Keynote Speaker

Chip Conley
Founder and CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality

2006: New York

Christie Hardwick LGBT Keynote Speaker

Christie Hardwick
Executive Coach and Consultant

Barry Herstein LGBT Keynote Speaker

Barry Herstein
Senior Vice President of American Express

Kirk Snyder LBGT Keynote Speaker

Kirk Snyder
Head of Equality Career Group Inc.

2005: Chicago

Amy Errett LGBT Keynote Speaker

Amy Errett
CEO of Olivia

Karen Magee LGBT Keynote Speaker

Karen Magee
 Executive Vice President of Time Warner

Brian McGuinness LGBT Keynote Speaker

Brian McGuinness
Executive Director of Gay Games VII

Judy Teeven LGBT Keynote Speaker

Judy Teevan
Vice President of American Express

Keith Farazzi LGBT Keynote Speaker

Keith Farazi
Author, Speaker

2005: Boston

Ted Childs LGBT Keynote Speaker

Ted Childs
Vice President of Global Workforce Diversity, IBM

Jean Dolan LGBT Keynote Speaker

Jean Dolan
Principal of Booz Allen Hamilton

Lowell Selvin LGBT Keynote Speaker

Lowell Selvin
Chairman and CEO of PlanetOut Inc.

Tim Gill LGBT Keynote Speaker

Tim Gill
Entrepreneur, Philathropist

2004: Los Angeles

David Bohnett LGBT Keynote Speaker

David Bohnett
Founder of Geocities, David Bohnett Foundation

Nina Jacobson LGBT Keynote Speaker

Nina Jacobson
President Buena Vista Motion Picture Group

Hilary Rosen LGBT Keynote Speaker

Hilary Rosen
Former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America