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Saturday, October 16, 2021

  • General Session: Pivot with Purpose


    Elaine Howard, Vice President of Meetings & Conferences, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Lisa Sun, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Gravitas

    During an upset, the natural reaction is to experience paralysis. But when each person takes advantage of their strengths, capabilities, and individual “superpower” – they can identify ways to uniquely contribute and open up a solution-set for change. Blending insights from her own experience, Lisa demonstrates that when you rethink elements of your life, your business, and your industry around an authentic purpose (not profit), everyone else will come along for the ride. Audiences will walk away inspired, with actionable tactics to adapt to any situation.


    Elaine Howard, Vice President of Meetings & Conferences, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Elaine Howard is Vice President of Conferences and Meetings at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), responsible for the development and execution of MBA's five large signature conferences and 40 smaller meetings, as well as other special events. She began at MBA as senior director of meetings and conferences in January 2001. Prior to joining MBA, Howard served as deputy chief of staff to the Secretary of Labor, and was responsible for planning and event logistics for the department. Before working for the U.S. Department of Labor, she served as the director of the Inaugural Balls with the 53rd Presidential Inaugural Committee, as the Director of Events with the Democratic National Committee, and as Director of Events with the Clinton/Gore 1996 presidential campaign.  Previously, Howard was the Director of Sales at Washington's Embassy Row Hotel. She did her hospitality training at Marriott Corporation and the Club Managers Association of Australia. Howard received her bachelor of science degree in psychology from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and completed graduate study at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

    Lisa Sun, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Gravitas

    Lisa Sun is Founder & CEO of Project Gravitas, a company whose origin story dates back to Sun’s first professional review: that she “lacked gravitas” and “should go buy a new dress, big jewelry, and great shoes.” Realizing the transformative power that clothing can have, Sun secured the global patent on building shapewear into dresses and launched Project Gravitas as a vertically-integrated ecommerce company that offers innovative apparel and styling solutions designed to give every woman a confident sense of self. Prior to founding Project Gravitas, Sun spent 11 years at McKinsey & Company where she advised leading luxury, fashion, and beauty brands globally on strategic and operational issues.

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