Keynote Speakers


Muffet McGraw

Keynote Speaker

Ask anyone familiar with women’s basketball about Muffet McGraw and they’ll use the same two descriptors for her: consistency and excellence. It’s no surprise, when you consider what McGraw and Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish have achieved in the past 33 seasons. She has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial, Indiana and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fames. She’s won two national championships, multiple NCAA titles and has achieved over 930 Division I wins and nine Final Fours. Coach McGraw has been named Coach of the Year by the ACC, Associated Press, WBCA, espnW and USA Today. Simply put, McGraw knows how to empower a team to victory. We’ll get her perspective first hand.

In her illustrious career, McGraw has said, “Some days just showing up and doing your best is all you can do. But if you think no one notices your effort, you’d be wrong. Your teammates know. They know who they can count on and who they can’t… Being a great teammate is the best legacy you can leave.”

Gitanjali Rao

Keynote Speaker

Gitanjali's mission is to create a global community of young innovators to solve problems the world over. Gitanjali Rao was recognized as America's Top Young Scientist and received an EPA Presidential award for inventing her device "Tethys"—an early lead detection tool. Gitanjali is also the inventor of “Epione”—a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering, and "Kindly"—an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and Natural Language processing.

She was honored as Forbes “30 Under 30 in Science” in 2019 and TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” and "Kid of the Year" for her innovations and STEM workshops she conducts globally, which has inspired over thirty-eight thousand students in the last two years across four continents. In her sessions, she shares her own process of innovation that can be used by students all over the world. She is an experienced TED speaker and often presents in global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM. Gitanjali has her new book "Young Innovator's Guide to STEM", which was released on March 16th which guides students, educators, or teachers with a prescribed 5 step innovation process.

Amy Purdy

Keynote Speaker

Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on "Dancing with the Stars" and has been called a hero by Oprah Winfrey, reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic athlete. Amy is a world-class adaptive snowboarder who has won three back-to-back Paralympic World Cup gold medals. She is also a New York Times best-selling author, model, actress and co-founded a non-profit that helps athletes with permanent disabilities (youth, young adults and wounded vets) get involved in action sports.

At age 19, doctors amputated both her legs below the knee following complications from bacterial meningitis. She now has prosthetics. "Instead of thinking of how I was limited by these legs, I started to think of the unlimited possibilities with these legs." Amy is well-known for her positive thinking, motivational spirit and memorable quote: "My legs have not disabled me. If anything, they have enabled me." Amy has excelled because she chose to envision disability differently.

Leadership Development Team


THE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TEAM began in 2003 with six women who were selected through an application and interview process to serve as our first NCL Trainers. They were charged to design and deliver a message on leadership skills to incoming Chapter Officers at every Spring District Meeting. Over the years, their role and responsibilities have evolved as NCL, Inc. has embraced the importance of consistent job specific training, facilitation of idea sharing, as well as development of leadership skills for all Members. In recent years, the team has also served as mentors to Ticktocker Advisory Council members who have taken on the role of peer to peer training for Ticktockers. Today, the team consists of 15 members including team mentors Linda Martens and Ann Gibbins. Together they bring a wealth of experience to this leadership team. They have served in multiple NCL roles including Chapter Presidents, VPs Membership, VPs Ticktockers, VPs Philanthropy, Treasurers, Parliamentarians, GLAs, ECAs, District Leadership positions, and as members of the NCL, Inc. Board of Directors.Professionally, they are educators, counselors, accountants, public relation specialists, human resource specialists, writers — and are involved in multiple non-profits, businesses and volunteer organizations in their communities across our nation.

To meet the team, go to the Agenda tab > Leadership Development Team.

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