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Ellen McGirt

2024 Speaker

Moderator | Editor-in-chief, Design Observer

ELLEN McGIRT is an author, podcaster, speaker, community builder, and award-winning business journalist. She is the editor-in-chief of Design Observer, a media company that has maintained the same clear vision for more than two decades: to expand the definition of design in the service of a better world. Her current mission is to expand editorial operations to include new podcasts, newsletters, and content verticals focused on equity, technology, democracy, and beyond. McGirt established the inclusive leadership beat at Fortune in 2016 with raceAhead, an award-winning newsletter on race, culture, and business. The Fortune, Time, Money, and Fast Company alumna has published over twenty magazine cover stories throughout her twenty-year career, exploring the people and ideas that are changing business for good. Ask her about fly fishing if you get the chance.