Presenter Bios

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Opening Keynote

Michele Molitor.

Michele Molitor, CPCC, PCC, CCHt

Michele Molitor is a force for positive change in today’s challenging mental health landscape. As a master coach, clinical hypnotherapist, speaker, and is co-author of the new international best-selling book: “I Am Perfectly Flawsome: How Embracing Imperfection Makes Us Better”. she has dedicated her career to helping others activate positive change in their lives, both personally and professionally. 

As CEO of Nectar Consulting, Inc., Michele’s expertise focuses on empowering professionals to overcome anxiety, self-doubt, and the stress that often saturates modern work environments. Her vision is to help create thriving workplaces where emotional well-being is fostered through acceptance, belonging, and connection to foster a culture of dignity.

Clients affectionately dubbed her “The Mind Detective,” not just for her intuitive insights, but for her unique Rapid Rewiring™ approach that effectively combines the science of positive psychology and neuroscience with the healing powers of somatic and mindfulness practices. The results? Tangible improvements that make a real, lasting difference in people’s lives.

Nectar Consulting, Inc. is a certified B Corporation. #DoWellByDoingGood

Closing Keynote

Serena Chen.

Serena Chen, Ph.D

Serena Chen is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from New York University. After spending several years as a faculty member at the University of Michigan, Dr. Chen joined the UC Berkeley faculty. Her research focuses on the self and identity, self-compassion, interpersonal relationships, and social hierarchy, inequality, and power. She is a Fellow of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, American Psychological Association, and Association of Psychological Science. Dr. Chen was also the recipient of the Early Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity, and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Social Sciences Division of the University of California, Berkeley. 

Dr. Chen’s research has been published in top scholarly journals including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Review, Psychological Bulletin, and Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, as well as other professional outlets such as the Harvard Business Review. Her work has also received popular news attention from outlets including the New York Times. In addition to teaching, mentoring, and conducting research with undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley, Dr. Chen has served as Chair of the top-ranked Psychology Department at UC Berkeley, teaches Executive Education courses on authenticity, self-compassion, mindsets, culture, and leadership, and serves as a consultant for various major consumer businesses and advertising firms on related topics.  

CORO Presenters

Grace Turkis.

Grace Turkis, MPA, Managing Director of Institutions

Grace (she/her) brings over two decades of experience designing and facilitating leadership training programs, primarily in the health and education sectors. With fifteen years spent specializing in leadership development at UCSF and UC Berkeley, she has honed her expertise in cultivating effective leaders across diverse disciplines. Grace holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver and a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.

Silvia Ahn.

Silvia Ahn, MA, Emerging Leaders Facilitator

As Emerging Leaders Facilitator, Silvia (she/her) leads hands-on leadership development training programs in collaboration with various youth-serving organizations and the Coro Programs Team. She holds a fervent dedication to liberate financial information, aiming to foster greater financial equity for women and communities of color. Silvia earned her Masters in Social Entrepreneurship from Pepperdine University and her bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies from Mills College.