Keynote Speakers

Kim Davis Charlot: Founder, Simply Brilliant

Rebecca A. Lieberman: Founder/Principal Acorn Talent Solutions


Kim Davis Charlot

Founder, Simply Brilliant

Kim has been on an enthusiastic mission to create a better world since she was a teenager. She graduated from Edward R. Murrow High School at 16, Vassar College at 20, and opened her consulting practice at 23. By 29, she earned her MBA from Columbia Business School and had a clear sense of her purpose in life; to convert corporate growth strategies into tools for lasting social change.

Her vision led her to create Simply Brilliant, a boutique agency that creates strategies and communications social sector leaders need to succeed. Over the last decade, she has developed new programs, plans, and brands for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Columbia University Medical Center, National Center for Schools and Communities at Fordham University, Institute for Leadership and Philanthropy Brandeis University, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, and Twenty-First Century Foundation, to name a few.

In addition to owning her own consulting practice, she has been a management consultant with the Bridgespan Group and a managing partner at BBMG, a social branding agency. Kim has also led regional offices for two national nonprofits, the Taproot Foundation New York and Spark Bay Area. In these positions, Kim marketed and scaled corporate social responsibility partnerships with 50+ companies, including Google, Facebook, Square, YouTube, PG&E, and Time Warner.

Kim has taught Tulane University MBA courses in marketing planning, research and management, while serving on the inaugural advisory board for the Changemaker Institute, Tulane's social entrepreneurship fellowship program. She has also been a board member for the Beautiful Foundation in New Orleans and Sista II Sista for Young Women of Color in New York City. Kim is currently an advisor and mentor to the Stare:ME Social Enterprise Program at Emory University's Goizueta Business School

When she's not working, she can be found at home with her husband Henry and their son David, watching movies or building incredible new worlds with Legos, Magniformers and Citiblocks. Kim recharges her batteries by gardening and creating herbal remedies for friends and family as she works toward becoming a certified master herbalist.


Rebecca A. Lieberman

Founder/Principal Acorn Talent Solutions

Rebecca is driven by a passion for and commitment to ensuring that all students have access to excellent public schools. This passion was ignited by the early experiences she had running public health education programs for at-risk teens in and around New York City. Today, Rebecca has worked in education for almost 20 years and holds both an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University and an M.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education.

Throughout her education career, Rebecca has served in a variety of capacities. She began her career as an educator, serving as a 5-12 teacher; director of student services; assistant principal; and dean in urban and suburban charter and independent schools. In 2010, Rebecca helped found the Tennessee Charter School Incubator and was the architect and director of charter school incubation and human capital initiatives. These were ultimately responsible for the creation of 18 new charter school and management organizations in 5 years. Currently, these schools are serving over 7500 students across Tennessee, with several now replicating in other states.

As the founder and lead consultant of Acorn Talent Solutions, Rebecca continues to create innovative models to train aspiring school leaders and founders, designs and delivers services to help schools start and grow stronger, and develops human capital strategies to grow talent pipelines in cities and states across the country.

When she's not working, Rebecca can be found playing and collecting obscure board games with her son Gabriel and fiance Jeff (she has over 300!); singing and listening to music; and enjoying the dog park with her dog McLovin.