2018 Conference Keynote Speaker

2018 Conference Key Note Speaker:
Laila Ali

Wellness & Fitness Expert, Undefeated Boxing Champion, TV Host, Cooking Enthusiast, Beauty & Lifestyle Brand CEO, Actress, Advocate for Children, Author, Speaker, Mom

Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness & wellness expert, TV host, cooking enthusiast, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand, and mother of two. The youngest daughter of late beloved global icon and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali, she is a two-time hall of famer and four-time undefeated boxing world champion, whose stellar record includes 24 wins (21 of which were “knockouts”) and zero losses.

Laila Is heralded as the most successful female in the history of women’s boxing. She recently starred as a business savvy “knockout” in the boardroom in the most recent season of “Celebrity Apprentice.” For the past few seasons, Laila has been an outspoken voice and regular contributor for the CBS Sports Network’s new all-female sports commentary program, “We Need to Talk,” the first of its kind in the history of sports broadcasting.

A cooking enthusiast, Laila previously appeared twice on Food Network’s celebrity edition of “Chopped” and emerged victorious as the champion. Continuing her passion in the cooking space, Laila hosted the FYI Network food truck competition series “Late Night Chef Fight.” She also a favorite guest on daytime shows such as Rachael Ray and The Chew, and she’s prepared her famous “oven baked fried chicken” on Steve Harvey’s hit daytime talk show. Laila is most excited about her forthcoming cookbook slated to be released at the top of 2018.

Ignited by her passion for an active lifestyle and wanting to share this with her millions of supporter, she started her own lifestyle blog LailaAliLifestyle.com where she regularly shares her personal workouts regimens, recipes, DYI ideas, family tips, and so much more! One of her favorite passion projects is the massively downloaded weekly “healthy lifestyle” podcast series she launched on the PodcastOne Network in 2017.

During the summer of 2017 during it’s 3rd consecutive year since its conception, Laila will once again host the televised ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards.

For multiple seasons she hosted “Everyday Health” airing in national syndication on ABC, in addition to being the previous co-host of “American Gladiators” and former host of “All-In With Laila Ali,” which aired in weekend syndication on CBS.

In 2012 when women’s boxing was included in the Olympics for the first time in history. Laila was the first women in history to provide expert commentary for NBC Sports.

Laila is a past President of the Women’s Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization that is supported by some of the biggest athletes in the world. Through WST Laila promotes equality for women in the world of professional sports, and she pushes programs that encourage young women to be confident, healthy and strong through sports. She was also a major voice for the 40th anniversary of Title IX which protects women’s rights to be included and treated equally in collegiate sports. Always eager to encourage others to live an active lifestyle, Laila Ali was the 2012 “Mombassador” for the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon, a competition she actually participated in and completed impressively in a little more than 3 hours. She’s appeared as a guest-star on popular fitness show, “Biggest Loser” and “The Revolution.”

Laila tickled America’s funny bone with multiple hilarious roles as Kevin Hart’s boxing nemesis on the hit comedic series, “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” In 2014 she made her feature film acting debut as the co-star of the action movie, “Falcon Rising,” opposite martial arts star, Michael Jai White. Never one to turn down a good challenge, she captured the hearts of millions and made it to the final round of the fourth season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” in 2007.

A recognizable and trusted figure whose name and likeness packs a powerful punch, Laila has been an endorser for major brands such Subway, Kohl’s and Dannon’s Activia. Carefully building a successful branding and licensing empire, (a former owner and operator of a successful nail salon in southern California) Laila successfully launched a signature line of hair styling tools with Hot Tools, a brand subsidiary of hair care powerhouse, Helen of Troy.

She is also a major supporter of charitable organizations such as Feeding America and Peace 4 Kids. She is also quite proud of the work she has done on behalf of the American Dental Association to create oral health awareness for children. Laila is a sought after inspirational speaker and author. She has keynoted speaking events at Harvard University and spoken to thousands of executives at leadership conferences for corporate brands around the world. Her life’s story is chronicled in a dynamic book for young women entitled “Reach!” which has just been re-released to the public.

Laila studied business management at Santa Monica College. She enjoys life in the Los Angeles area with her husband, former NFL star and current sports TV analyst, Curtis Conway, and their two young children, Curtis Jr. (son) and Sydney (daughter).