IBC Talks are shorter, TED-style presentations during IBC that will feature emerging industry leaders.

These talks will showcase speakers of a diverse range of careers and backgrounds who inspire and positively impact the changing global business landscape.

Our 2016 speakers are featured below.

Amy Chua

Professor of Law, Yale Law school

Amy received both her A.B. and her J.D. from Harvard and was Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After practicing on Wall Street, she joined the Yale Law faculty in 2001. Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability was a New York Times bestseller and selected by both The Economist and the U.K.’s Guardian as a Best Book of 2003. She’s also the author of the 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, a runaway international bestseller translated into 30 languages, and co-author of The Triple Package. Amy has appeared on TV shows like The Colbert Report, The Today Show, and Real Time With Bill Maher, and spoken at Aspen and Davos. In 2011, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. She also received the Yale Law School’s “Best Teaching” award.



Melissa Ben-Ishay is the President and Chief Product Officer of the New York City-based bite-size dessert company, Baked by Melissa. When Ben-Ishay was fired from her job in advertising in 2008, she decided to do what she loved to offer consumers the ultimate dessert experience. With the idea that people should be able to taste more flavors without a post-dessert guilt trip, Ben-Ishay personally develops all of Baked by Melissa’s unique, bite-size creations and product offerings. Baked by Melissa operates 13 locations and ships nationwide.




Liz powers

co-founder and Chief happiness spreader, ArtLifting

Liz Powers is the cofounder and Chief Happiness Spreader at ArtLifting, a Boston-based benefit corporation that empowers artists experiencing homelessness and disabilities through the sale and exhibition of their work. Liz is a serial social entrepreneur who has received multiple grants and awards for her work. She was awarded the "Unsung Heroine Award" in the Massachusetts State House and Mayor Walsh's ONEin3 Award for the top impact by a young professional in Boston. Liz holds an AB, cum laude, from Harvard College and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh. Her impact has been featured on the TODAY Show, New York Times, CBS, ABC, Washington Post, and Forbes.