Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth “Liz” Kunz

As a lifetime advocate for girls’ and women’s issues, Liz Kunz has always encouraged others to recognize the power they have to create and transform their own lives and the world at large. Liz spent the first decade of her professional life in corporate America before transitioning to the nonprofit sector in 1996. During her tenure at the YMCA, Liz first learned about Girls on the Run (GOTR). Its mission, to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, profoundly resonated with Liz, and she started volunteering for the organization in 2002. She joined the staff as chief operating officer in 2006 and has served as chief executive officer since 2008. Liz has presided over an incredible period of organizational growth and brings significant expertise to GOTR in setting strategic direction and creating an inclusive culture of empowerment, gratitude and joyful purpose. Liz enjoys singing and dancing — particularly to alt-rock music — and if she won the lottery, she would buy land to rescue as many animals as possible.