Keynotes

Harry Kraemer, Jr.

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Harry Kraemer, Jr.

Harry is professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches in the MBA and the Executive MBA programs. Additionally, he is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), one of the largest private equity firms in the United States where he consults with CEOs and other senior executives of companies in MDP’s extensive portfolio. Harry is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a multi-billion-dollar global healthcare company. He was voted by the students at Kellogg as the Professor of the Year in 2008 and was a finalist for the award in 2014.

Sisters of Life

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Sisters of Life

The Sisters of Life is a contemplative / active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Like all religious communities, we take the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. We also are consecrated under a special, fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.

Lila Rose

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Lila Rose

Lila is a speaker, writer and human rights activist. Lila founded and serves as president of Live Action, a media and news nonprofit dedicated to ending abortion and inspiring a culture that respects all human life. Live Action’s groundbreaking news coverage and compelling videos reach several million people weekly across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Lila’s media appearances include Fox News’ Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight, and the Story with Martha Macallum, CNN, HLN, and many other national television and radio programs. Lila’s investigative reporting on the abortion industry has been featured in most major news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, CBS and ABC Nightline. Lila has written for the Hill, Politico, USA Today, and First Things, among others.

Lila also speaks internationally on family and cultural issues, and has addressed members of the European Parliament and spoken at the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women. Lila has been named among Red Alert’s “30 under 30,” National Journal’s “25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35,” and Christianity Today’s “33 under Thirty-Three.”

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Lila also serves on the advisory board of Obria Health Group and on the board of the Queen of Angels California Foundation.

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Jennifer Baugh

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Jennifer Baugh

Jennifer is the Founder and Executive Director of Young Catholic Professionals (YCP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to ‘Work in Witness for Christ’. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing from Trinity University and her MBA from Texas A&M, graduating summa cum laude. Jennifer worked for Merrill Lynch in the Global Wealth Management practice and for FTI Consulting in the Corporate Restructuring practice before starting the YCP ministry in 2010. Jennifer has been interviewed on EWTN's "Life on the Rock", National Catholic Register, Word on Fire and several other international media outlets promoting the YCP apostolate.

Breakouts

Sister Meredith, O.C.D.

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Sister Meredith, O.C.D.

Sister Meredith, O.C.D. was raised in Los Angeles, CA and attended the University of California, San Diego where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning. She worked in the Environmental Consulting industry for five years before venturing off to start her own clothing business with her sister and colleagues. She was involved in all facets of a start-up business, including finance, sales, design, and manufacturing both domestic and abroad. By God’s great mercy, Sister Meredith discerned a call to religious life and entered the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles in 2008. She has served as an administrative assistant at Santa Teresita, a healthcare facility, and a teacher in Denver, Colorado. Sister Meredith made her final profession in July of 2018 and currently serves in the Office of Mission Advancement where she promotes a deeper spiritual life among God’s people in healthcare, retreat work, and education.

Father Ken Geraci, CPM

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Farther Ken Geraci, CPM

Fr. Ken lived the life of the prodigal son for most of his young adult life. Raised in a nominally Catholic family, who only lived the externals of the faith, Fr. Ken left the Catholic Church for many years. During that time he earned a business degree and worked as a business profession in Advanced R&D and software testing; a few years into his career he joined a few of his co-workers in establishing a $4.5 million Internet software company. Focused on money, fitness, and success, he made little room for God; but God did not give up on him. During this journey, God presented him with challenges that forced him to question his personal beliefs and the question “What is Truth?” Through a series of conversions, years of struggle, study and questioning, Fr. Ken found his way from agnosticism, to non-denominational Christianity, and ultimately back to the Catholic Church.

Fr. Ken joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2006 and was ordained in 2012. For two years, he served as an associate pastor of a medium sized parish and currently serves as a Missionary, webmaster and vocation director for the Fathers of Mercy. Fr. Ken has a great understanding of the personal and societal pressures that individuals face and knows what it is like to “hate coming to church.” His mission talks are for people of all levels of faith; from those who are madly in love with Jesus to those who struggle with church and religion.

Mark Balasa CPA, CFP

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Mark Balasa CPA, CFP,
Co-Founder Balasa Dinverno Foltz, LLC

As Chief Investment Officer, Mark leads the seven-person Investment Committee and oversees the firm’s overall investment philosophy.

Mark frequently shares his knowledge and experience on the tax, investment, and estate planning implications of retirement. He has been a featured speaker on investment and technology topics with organizations such as Morningstar, the Financial Planning Association (FPA), Charles Schwab & Co., and Standard & Poor’s. He has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Barron’s.

Mark has been recognized as one of the top wealth managers in the country by organizations such as Robb Report Worth magazine, Medical Economics and Bloomberg. He currently sits on Blackrock’s advisory board and previously sat on J.P. Morgan’s RIA, PIMCO’s advisory panel for RIAs, the advisory board for State Street Global Advisors, and the technology board for Charles Schwab & Co. Mark has written for INC. magazine website and publications for CCH.

He holds a Certified Public Accounting designation and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.