Keynote Speaker

Trisha Daho

Founder , Empowered Leadership Cultivation

Trisha spent most of her career leading large, diverse teams toward the delivery of value for her clients at a Big 4 Accounting and Advisory firm, wherein she served as a partner.  She has been pivotal in the discovery and sustainability of value in the billions of dollars for her clients.  She has worked with executives and their teams in dozens of Fortune 500 companies in the majority of states.  She has also created enormous value for entrepreneurs, high growth companies, and aspiring start-ups.  She left the corporate arena to light up the world of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  And hence, Empowered was born.   Having made partner in a Big 4 accounting firm in 9 years, Trisha was charged with building thriving practices from scratch in 4 different regions of the country.  Through laser-focused strategies and the ability to scale talent and service delivery quickly, she was able to create growth businesses that have expanded exponentially.  The leaders she’s cultivated have gone on to be partners, CFOs, CEOs, and much more.  She also spearheaded the DEI initiatives related to creating more diversity in hiring, development, and ultimately, leadership, in addition to ensuring a more inclusive workplace for women and diverse people for 16 years there. With her own company, Empowered partners with leadership teams to create sustainable and measurable DEI results.  Empowered creates success for women and diverse people who are entering leadership positions through a diversity and inclusion peer advisory experience focused on strategy, high performing teams, and advocacy in leadership.  Empowered helps organizations to create more diverse talent acquisition and development strategies, accountability and measurement in leader performance, and the development of more inclusive cultures where diverse people thrive. With a law degree from Case Western Reserve University and a business degree from Miami University, Trisha brings practical results-driven insights as well as leadership acumen.  She regularly writes and speaks on a variety of topics, including authenticity in leadership, high impact teams, creating growth cultures, diversity and inclusion, and many more.  Trisha proudly serves on the board of 2nd Story in Chicago, which focuses on storytelling for the purpose of connection, understanding, and change.  In her spare time, Trisha teaches kickboxing, sings in the shower, fosters Labrador Retrievers, travels to faraway places, and watches lots of foreign films.