Speakers | ENGAGE 2021

2021 Keynote Speakers

June 8th: "Exploring new frontiers: An evening of innovative ideas" keynote speakers

Sir Richard Branson

Keynote Speaker

Sir Richard Branson is Founder of the Virgin Group. Conceived in 1970, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment, and health and wellness. In 2004 Richard established Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, which brings together people and entrepreneurial ideas to create opportunities for a better world.


Adam Steltzner

Keynote Speaker

An aspiring rock star turned Ph.D. rocket scientist, Adam Steltzner is praised as a cutting-edge innovator and a leader who brings out the very best in his teams. He serves as Chief Engineer of the Mars 2020 Mission.

Jill Schlesinger


Jill Schlesinger, CFP®, is the Emmy-nominated and Gracie Award Winning Business Analyst for CBS News. She appears on CBS radio and television stations nationwide covering the economy.


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Caroline Kennedy

American Author, Attorney and Diplomat (former US Ambassador to Japan)

Caroline Kennedy is an attorney who served as the United States Ambassador to Japan from November 2013-January 2017. During her tenure she helped realize the United States military's return of land on Okinawa to the Japanese government, the largest land transfer since 1972, and President Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima.


Barry C. Melancon

President & CEO


American Institute of CPAs and CEO, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

William Pirolli

Vice Chair of the American Institute of CPAs

Partner, DiSanto Priest & Co, Warwick, RI

Susan Coffey

Chief Executive Officer - Public Accounting

Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Erik Asgeirsson

President & CEO