Forum Agenda


The 2024 WPO Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum will be held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO on May 15-17, 2024.  

Please note:

  • Online registration closed on Friday, May 10. Registration will be available on-site at the Broadmoor beginning Tuesday, May 14th.
  • Early bird pricing, as well as the partial refund deadline, ended on March 29, 2024. 
  • Non-members who join WPO within 60 days after attending the 2024 EEF, will have their initiation fee waived

Hotel Information

Currently, The Broadmoor is sold out over our forum dates.  

To be placed on our waitlist, please call The Broadmoor 1-855-634-7711 and reference the Women Presidents Organization (WPO) EEF event. Rates start at $339 USD per night.

To book a room at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, please email Amanda Debevec at to secure a room at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. The room rate is $259++ per night.

  • A shuttle will be available to / from the Broadmoor during the forum dates. The shuttle will loop every 20 minutes on the following days:
    • Wednesday, May 15th: 10:30 AM pick up from Cheyenne + on rotation until 6:30 PM
    • Thursday, May 16th: 6:50 AM pick up from Cheyenne + on rotation until 10:00 PM
    • Friday, May 17th: 7:50 AM pick up from Cheyenne + on rotation until 12:00 PM

WPO has identified the Hyatt Place Colorado Springs as an overflow hotel option:

Hyatt Place Colorado Springs Downtown + WPO EEF 2024 Overflow Block

  • Room Rate: $149 USD + taxes and fees 
  • Cancellation Policy: To cancel your room without penalty attendees must cancel (2) days prior to their arrival.
  • Currently, no shuttle transportation will be provided to / from the Broadmoor.

Featured Keynote Speakers

Jim Collins

Photo Credit: George Lange

Jim Collins is a student and teacher of what makes great companies tick, and a Socratic advisor to leaders in the business and social sectors. Having invested more than a quarter century in rigorous research, he has authored or coauthored a series of books that have sold in total more than 10 million copies worldwide.

They include Good to Great, the #1 bestseller, which examines why some companies make the leap and others don’t; the enduring classic Built to Last, which discovers why some companies remain visionary for generations; How the Mighty Fall, which delves into how once-great companies can self-destruct; and Great by Choice, which uncovers the leadership behaviors for thriving in chaos and uncertainty. Jim has also published two monographs that extend the ideas in his primary books: Good to Great and the Social Sectors and Turning the Flywheel.

His most recent publication is BE 2.0 (Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0), an ambitious upgrade of his very first book; it returns Jim to his original focus on small, entrepreneurial companies and honors his coauthor and mentor Bill Lazier.

Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he conducts research and engages with CEOs and senior-leadership teams.

Sylvie di Giusto

Sylvie di Giusto, an international keynote speaker, draws on her extensive corporate background to deliver impactful presentations. With experience in management, innovation, and HR coordination for Europe's largest tourism and retail group, she's also led training initiatives for Fortune 100 companies. Specializing in social and cultural norms, cognitive biases, and personal development, Sylvie helps organizations like American Express, Microsoft, and the US Air Force enhance their decision-making and brand growth.

Through her framework of Modern Emotional Intelligence, she empowers audiences with 'The Power of Choice,' guiding them to understand perceptions, choose behaviors, and achieve optimal outcomes. Sylvie is the author of influential books on leadership and customer experience, offering entertaining and insightful journeys toward personal and organizational success.

Rana el Kaliouby

Rana el Kaliouby is an Egyptian-American scientist, entrepreneur, investor and an AI thought leader on a mission to humanize technology before it dehumanizes us. She is the Deputy CEO at Smart Eye and formerly, Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva, an MIT spin-out. Rana is also General Partner at AI Operators Fund, an early stage AI-focused venture fund, as well as an executive fellow at the Harvard Business School where she teaches about AI and startups. Her bestselling memoir, Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology follows her journey, growing up in the Middle East and moving to the United States to become an entrepreneur and Emotion AI pioneer.

Rana has a track record of translating technology innovations into products that address massive market needs including in automotive, health and robotics. Rana is a Trustee at the Boston Museum of Science, as well as the American University in Cairo. She is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) where she serves on YPO's New England board and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She is co-chair of the Fortune Brainstorm AI conferences. A TED speaker and co-host of a PBS NOVA series on AI, Rana has been recognized on Entrepreneur’s 100 Women of Influence, Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list, Forbes' Top 50 Women in Tech and Newsweek's top Disruptors. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and a Post Doctorate from MIT. 

April Rinne

Change defines the present and uncertainty permeates the future. What are the skills, practices, and superpowers that this world in flux demands – and how can you cultivate them with purpose and joy? In 2024, humans’ ability to embrace all kinds of change, uncertainty, and not-knowing isn’t exceptional, but rather table stakes. It’s at the heart of responsible leadership, thriving culture, and effective communication. Put another way, tolerance of uncertainty is the #1 skill we’ll need this year – and beyond. April Rinne – change navigator, speaker, investor, and adventurer – has been obsessed with these questions for more than 25 years. Her work and travels in more than 100 countries have given her a front-row seat to a world in flux, as well as a world of wisdom to navigate the unknown.

Not only is she your guide to developing a “flux mindset,” she’s also ranked one of the 50 Leading Female Futurists in the world by Forbes and is a Harvard Law School graduate, a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, a member of the Silicon Guild and Thinkers50 Radar, a Fulbright Scholar, and the author of the international bestseller Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change. April is a trusted advisor to well-known startups, companies, financial institutions, nonprofits, think tanks, and governments worldwide, including Airbnb, Nike, Intuit, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, AnyRoad, and Unsettled as well as governments ranging from Singapore to South Africa, Canada to Colombia, and Italy to India. For more than two decades, she’s been known for seeing emerging trends early, understanding their potential, and helping others do the same. April is a bridge-builder between stakeholders, priorities, business models, markets, and those excited about change and those resistant to it. Most recently, she’s been part of Finland’s inaugural “masterclass of happiness,” combining her Finnish heritage and “fluxiness” to reach audiences around the world.

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2023 EEF Highlights

The 2023 WPO Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum (EEF) was held on May 10-12 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Previously known as the WPO Annual Conference, the Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum is the premier gathering of women entrepreneurs who lead multi-million-dollar businesses. Over three days, attendees built relationships, fostered connections, and learned innovative ways to grow and thrive as individuals and leaders.