Keynotes

Suzanne McCormick, U.S. President of UWW

Suzanne McCormick was named U.S. President of United Way Worldwide (UWW) in June 2019. She is responsible for helping the 1,100 local United Ways across the U.S. trailblaze in the philanthropic space to build more resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities. That includes leading in equity, tackling community problems with innovative and systemic solutions, and driving the ongoing digital transformation.

McCormick came to UWW from Tampa, Florida, where she spent five years as President and Chief Executive Officer for United Way Suncoast, one of Florida’s largest United Ways. In that time, she cultivated growth, increased community impact and led a strategic plan to break the cycle of generational poverty. Having previously served as the former chair of the United Way Network Partnership Group and National Professional Council, she will continue to enable the teams to develop and leverage powerful philanthropy initiatives, such as Salesforce Philanthropy Cloud. She brings invaluable insights as immediate past chair of the United Ways of Florida that will lend to the ongoing collaboration with United Way State Associations.

McCormick began her nonprofit leadership career at the International Center of New York and then as CEO for both the American Red Cross of Southern Maine and People’s Regional Opportunity. She joined the United Way of Greater Portland in Maine, where she provided 13 years of leadership, including four as President and CEO.

McCormick holds a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and is an alumna of the Peace Corps, where she taught English in Thailand. She is the proud mother of two children: Jack, who serves in the U.S Army, and Fiona. Her husband of 25 years, Bill, is a physical therapist. McCormick enjoys running, being a “soccer mom” and spending time with her family and two Boston terriers, Finnegan and Olive.


Deanna Singh, Chief Change Agent

Deanna Singh is an accomplished author, educator, business leader, and champion for marginalized communities. As the Founder/Chief Change Agency of Flying Elephant, Deanna consults with individuals and companies that are looking to make a positive difference in the world. She is known for giving clients the tools and courage to imagine, activate, and impact the world as agents of change.

A social entrepreneur at her core, Deanna is always at the forefront of social change. She has established and operated multiple social innovations, including the NYC office of LIFT which helps people find a way out of poverty for good; Milwaukee's Street Law Program, an interactive legal program that has taught over a thousand Milwaukee students basic legal knowledge; and Birth Coach Milwaukee, which provides doula services for women who otherwise could not afford them.

Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is also the author of two children's books, I am a Boy of Color, and I am a Girl of Color and a business book, Purposeful Hustle.


Ted Ma, Building Next Generation Leaders

Ted Ma is an international keynote speaker who works with organizations to develop their next generation of leaders so they don’t lose their best employees. He was named one of the top 100 keynote speakers of 2019 by Databird Business Journal.

Unlike many leadership experts, he has over 17 years of experience with leading teams and developing leaders. After earning his degree in business from San Francisco State University, Ted became an entrepreneur and built an international sales team of over 6,000 independent agents. He believes that organizations must focus on building tomorrow’s great leaders today.

Ted has been featured in publications including Kiplinger, USA Today, Inc, and the New York Times. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and has shared the stage with Mel Robbins, John Maxwell, and Jack Canfield. When he’s not traveling the world speaking, you may find Ted hiking, cheering on the Golden State Warriors, or ordering complicated coffee drinks.