Meet the Keynote Speakers

Sarah Michel Sarah Michel is a networking expert who helps people look at the power of connecting in a whole new light. She is a National Speakers Association Certified Speaking Professional and the creator of the NetWORTHing® approach to successful networking in the 21st century.

Michel is the author of Perfecting Connecting®, A Personal Guide to Mastering Networking in the Workplace and the audio book, Learning to Speak the Language of Others. Her articles and inspirational stories about connecting and community have appeared in numerous books, newspapers, and national journals. In addition, Michel served on the board of directors for the National Speakers Association.

She recently joined Velvet Chainsaw Consulting as vice president of Professional Connexity to help organizations deliver on the networking promise that face-to-face meetings hold.

Tim Sanders Internet pioneer and best-selling author, Tim Sanders consults with Fortune 500 companies on leadership, marketing, and new media strategies to grow their businesses.

He is a highly sought after speaker, traveling around the world to share his unique perspectives on relationship building, leadership, and customer success.

Sanders was an early stage member of Mark Cuban's broadcast.com, and later became Yahoo’s Chief Solutions Officer and Leadership Coach. Sanders started out in the cellular phone industry at its inception, getting in on the ground floor of the wireless communications industry.

He is the author of four books, including the New York Times bestseller, Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business & Influence Friends, which has been translated in more than a dozen languages.

Henry Cisneros Co-chair of the Bipartisan Center's Immigration Task Force, former HUD secretary, and housing innovator, Henry Cisneros is a testament to American leadership, diversity, and community building. His vision of a strong, resilient society starts with fair housing and stretches beyond race and class.

On the BPC’s Immigration Task Force, Cisneros considers all aspects of immigration reform, and encourages dialogue among key interest groups and decision makers.

One of the first Hispanic Americans to run a major city, Cisneros came to national prominence when he was elected Mayor of San Antonio in 1981. During his four terms, Cisneros rebuilt the city’s economy by increasing tourism, attracting high-technology firms, and creating tens of thousands of jobs. The American Mayor named him one of the nation’s 15 best mayors of the 19th and 20th centuries.

In 1992, President Bill Clinton appointed Cisneros as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Cisneros initiated the revitalization of many of the nation's public housing developments, renovating 250 of the worst public housing units and demolishing another 43,000 vacant ones for reconstruction.

In 2000, Cisneros founded CityView, which focuses on urban real estate, in-city housing, and metropolitan infrastructure. As Executive Chairman, Cisneros is committed to innovative urban solutions, efficient land use, and housing affordability, investing in 45 communities across 13 states.

The recipient of the Penn IUR Urban Leadership Award and the Habitat for Humanity Visionary Award, Cisneros has been inducted into the National Association of Homebuilders' "Builders Hall of Fame."