Additional panelists & special guests will be added soon!
Nicole Lance – Event Moderator
CEO, Lance Strategies / Managing Partner, Extraordinary Balance
Nicole Lance is the CEO of Lance Strategies and Managing Partner of Extraordinary Balance, a company focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion work and strategic planning. Nicole is a top-rated speaker, facilitator, and executive coach. She’s also a certified life coach and previously spent almost 13 years in local government before wrapping up her career as an Assistant City Manager. She is a co-founder of Arizona Women Leading Government and a mentor with the International City/County Management Association. Nicole is an Arizona native, rescue dog mom, and spends her free time trying not to step on the Legos her 3-year-old leaves dangerously hidden in the carpet.
Angela Hughey – Event Panelist
Co-founder and President, ONE Community & ONE Community Foundation
Angela Hughey exemplifies leadership through her work within the LGBTQ+ community and the broader business and political communities in Arizona. She co-founded ONE Community in 2008 with the goal of engaging socially responsible businesses, organizations and individuals who support and promote diversity, inclusion, equity and equality for all Arizonans. In 2013 Angela and the ONE Community team launched the UNITY Pledge, a concerted effort by Arizona businesses and individuals to advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and public accommodations for LGBTQ individuals and their allies. Angela has won multiple awards for her work on inclusion and awareness including the Human Rights Campaign Individual Equality Award, Echo Magazine’s Woman of the Year and the Anti-Defamation League’s Al Brooks Community Leadership Award. Angela is a 2021 Phoenix Business Journal, Most Admired Leader.
Megan Greenwood – Event Panelist
Founder & Owner, Greenwood Brewing
Megan Greenwood is the Founder and Owner of Greenwood Brewing Company located in Phoenix, Arizona. Megan is an engineer and worked in manufacturing engineering for over a decade. After receiving a home-brew kit for her birthday in 2014, Megan started brewing regularly and built a microbrewery in her garage where she had eight beers on tap! She began renting space from a local brewery, launching her flagship beers while she began construction of Greenwood Brewery. She launched her Downtown Phoenix microbrewery and beer garden in July 2020, and her beer is now in more than 200 restaurants and retail stores throughout Arizona. Megan is very active in the community and strives to live by the brand pillars she’s created with Greenwood Brewing: Empowerment, Confidence and Inclusivity. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, Spanish Minor, and International Business Certificate from the University of Iowa.
Kaley O’Kelley – Event Panelist
Morning News Anchor, ABC15 Arizona
A six-time Emmy-Award winning journalist and a self-professed weather fanatic, Kaley O’Kelley is passionate about storytelling. She is also fascinated with the challenge of television news relevance, connecting with people and the ever-evolving world of “new media.” O’Kelley graduated from Pepperdine University, but her broadcasting career started while she was in high school. At 17 years old, she was tapped to host a Los Angeles-based television talk show. That experience eventually lead O’Kelley to KYMA in Yuma to co-anchor the morning news and forecast the weather. It’s also where she won an Associated Press award for investigative journalism. O’Kelley went on to work at KEYT (ABC) Santa Barbara, XETV (FOX) San Diego, and Phoenix to co-host Sonoran Living Live and forecast the weather for ABC15 Arizona. O’Kelley later joined 3TV in Phoenix where she was voted Best News Personality in 2013 and 2014. O’Kelley co-hosted “The Emmitt Zone” with Dallas Cowboys great Emmitt Smith. She also worked regularly on The Weather Channel and Good Morning America Weekend, where she filled in forecasting weather for nearly five years. In 2015, O’Kelley was offered an opportunity to anchor the evening news at CBS in Dallas/Fort Worth, and while she was in Texas, she was invited to Los Angeles to guest co-host The Talk on CBS. After three and a half busy years, a few health scares and starting a business in emerging web-streaming technologies, O’Kelley made the move back to Arizona! In August 2018, Kaley returned to ABC15 Arizona to co-anchor the morning news. More time with her children and her parents, while working for a company investing in the future, O’Kelley says, “Finding my way back home to Arizona is a dream come true!” She is a proud member of the Native American Journalists Association, The American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. On weekends, you’ll find her riding bikes and exploring places with her family. She also enjoys cooking with her mom on Sundays, going to concerts, and in the fall, rooting for the Arizona Cardinals (hopefully all the way through the postseason!)
Tysheria “Ty” Harrell – Event Panelist
Former Foster Youth, Student & Single Mom
Ty Harrell has faced some fierce challenges in her 20 years. When she was in elementary school, her house burned down. She made a cross-country move and was later placed in a foster care group home. After aging out of the foster care system, she got pregnant at 19. Then her son Ka’Shun was born 3 months premature, forcing her to drop out of college. But even in the face of so many individual challenges, and with the odds stacked against all young people who age out of foster care, Ty remains optimistic, committed to surpassing her goals and ensuring her son’s success. Ty is a participant in Arizona’s Children Association’s Young Adult Services and is currently attending college and working towards her Associate’s Degree in nursing. She has dreams of becoming a registered nurse, and eventually opening her own group home. She currently works full-time at Shadow Mountain Memory Care as a CNA.
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If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Krusko at BKrusko@ArizonasChildren.org or call 602.234.3733 ext. 2305.