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2023 Conference Speaker Lineup
Steven Van Cohen - MSOD - Author, Leadership Consultant, Executive Coach
Steven Van Cohen is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, internationally recognized leadership consultant, and executive coach. His latest book is Connectable – How Leaders Can Move Teams From Isolated To All In. For over a decade, Steven has helped leading organizations like Salesforce, Home Depot, Komatsu, Bank of America and Blackstone improve worker well-being, reduce employee disconnection and boost team belonging. Dubbed “The Leadership Whisperer,” Steven’s top-ranked insights have been featured in CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, and Inc. Steven holds a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Illinois. He is the CEO of SyncLX (a consultancy that works with many Fortune 500 companies) and Partner at LessLonely.com, the world’s first resource to help lessen loneliness and strengthen team connection. He resides in sunny California with his wife and two daughters.
Milena Berestko - BA - Posse Leadership Scholar, Behavioral Research Fellow
Milena Kinga Berestko is a Posse Leadership Scholar and an alumna from Lafayette College. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Theatre, with a minor concentration in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. In her college years, Berestko was an active organizer with the Dear Lafayette Coalition, and held appointments as a President of Psi Chi Honor Society, Office of Intercultural Development Program Coordinator, Digital Humanities Teaching Fellow, and a Mentor Writing Associate in the College Writing Program, among others. She has organized the annual Migration Summit and AAPI Awareness Months, spearheading many DEI initiatives on campus and nationally, which then led her to becoming a Humanity in Action Fellow to Sarajevo. Berestko works toward social justice through applied behavioral research, education and creative writing. Some of her works were published through TDF, DeColores Collective, The Marquis Magazine, RISE Zine, and Vaclav Havel National Library Foundation. Berestko is a winner of the 2022 Vaclav Havel International Play Contest, and was a writer in residence at the Janacek Academy of Performing Arts and Music, in Czechia. Currently, Berestko works as a Behavioral Research Fellow at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.