Keynote Speakers

Ann Compton


Ann Compton joined ABC News in 1973. Only weeks after the Watergate scandal came to an end, She became the first woman assigned to cover the White House on a full-time basis by a network television news organization, and she was one of the youngest to receive the assignment.

From 2007-2008, Ann served as the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, coordinating coverage and access issues with the White House staff.

On September 11, 2001, Ann was the only broadcast reporter allowed to remain aboard Air Force One during the dramatic hours when President Bush was unable to return to Washington.

In 2000, Compton became Chief Washington correspondent for, where she wrote and anchored a digital political column, “On Background.”

Ann was part of the team that was awarded the prestigious Silver Baton Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for the network’s coverage of September 11, 2001. Her coverage of September 11 events was also recognized in ABC News’ Emmy and Peabody Awards. She was inducted to the Museum of Broadcasting’s Radio Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2000 into the Journalism Hall of Fame by the Society of Professional Journalists. She was chairman of the governing board of the Radio Television Correspondents Association in 1987-88, and served on the advisory board of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center in New York. She says her most valued award is a golden statuette from the National Mothers’ Day Committee naming her a Mother of the Year in 1988.

Colette Carlson


Colette Carlson, founder of Speak Your Truth, used to be a big fat liar. Literally! How did she go from emotional coward and the Pizza Delivery’s favorite customer to #1 sales producer for sales legends Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, featured in Success and Working Mother Magazines, maintain a 50 lb. weight loss, opening for Suze Orman in a sold-out crowd of 3500, and making audiences laugh as far away as South Africa?

With an M.A. in human behavior, a thriving business and two daughters in college, Colette will provide a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor. Laugh out loud with Colette as you step into the Truth Booth to create positive, long-lasting change.