Doreen Oliver is a writer and performer whose work illuminates the beauty, heartbreak and unpredictability of life, often through the lens of parenting. A graduate of Yale University and Stanford Business School, Oliver’s essays on race, autism and life have been published in the New York Times and Washington Post. For this year’s Summit closing keynote speech, Oliver shares “Living through the Trials and Triumphs of Raising a Child with Autism,” exploring how to stay motivated when caring for children whose progress in life isn’t always forward, but includes regression or loss of skills. She’ll talk about how to stay motivated in the face of frustration and uncertainty.

Oliver is also has a critically-acclaimed and award-winning one-woman show about raising a child with autism called “Everything is Fine Until It’s Not.”  Her show broke a record for the fastest sell-out in the New York Fringe Festival’s 20-year history. She’s been awarded fellowships from Hedgebrook, VCCA and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. You can learn more about Oliver at or @doreenoliver on Twitter.