@Work Capital + Finance: Investing in the Future of Work

Investing in the future workforce

Innovations in technology present exciting opportunities to increase productivity, efficiency, and innovation, especially when coupled with the brains, EQ, and interpersonal skills of a highly skilled workforce. CNBC’s @Work is an exclusive three-part event series that will examine the impact of new technology on three different disciplines—human resources, IT and finance.

CNBC’s Capital@Work Summit will bring together financial leaders who play a critical role in shaping the workplace of the future to discuss new technology, funding innovation and growing the bottom line.

Who should attend: CFOs and senior financial executives who have a major role to play in quantifying the company priorities of the future.




Keith Block

Keith Block is co-Chief Executive Officer of Salesforce and serves on the company’s Board of Directors. He leads growth strategy, execution and operations. Block served as the company’s Vice Chairman, President and as a Director since joining the company in June 2013, and additionally served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer since February 2016. As President and COO of Salesforce, Block oversaw the company’s rapidly growing, multi-billion dollar global sales and services business, alliances and channels, industry strategy, corporate development, corporate affairs, marketing and business operations.

Block has managed world-class sales, consulting and engineering teams for nearly 30 years, with a focus on customer transformation. Prior to joining Salesforce, Block served as Oracle’s executive vice president of North America Sales and Consulting, leading a multi-billion dollar sales and services business unit that achieved record revenue and margin during his tenure. He began his career at Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior consultant.

Block currently serves on the World Economic Forum’s Information Technology Community as a Governor, the Board of Trustees for Carnegie-Mellon University, the Advisory Board at Carnegie-Mellon University Heinz Graduate School and the Board of Trustees at the Concord Museum.

In February 2018, Block and his wife Suzanne helped establish the Block Center for Technology and Society at Carnegie-Mellon, which will create meaningful plans of action to ensure emerging technologies can be harnessed for social good, are more inclusive and improve quality of life. He is also actively involved with the Boston Partners in Education, a nonprofit focused on enhancing the academic achievement and personal growth of Boston’s public school students.

Block holds a Master’s of Science degree in Management and Policy Analysis and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Systems from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Nicole Eagan

Nicole Eagan, Chief Strategy Officer and AI Officer for Darktrace, reports to the CEO and has responsibility for understanding, formulating and documenting corporate, product and partnership strategy. Both a leader and a doer, Nicole has an advisory role that ensures that strategic initiatives align with product direction set by the CTO and go-to-market goals set by the CRO. Given the foundational importance of AI within Darktrace, Ms. Eagan is involved in the governance aspects of responsible, ethical use of AI in its products and compliance with its policies.

Prior to Darktrace, Nicole’s extensive career in technology spans 30 years working in large technology corporations including Oracle and HP and working with early-stage startups and venture capital.

Bask Iyer

Bask Iyer is the CIO at VMware. He joined VMware in March 2015 and now leads its global information and technology organization, a group that manages critical technology systems supporting the company’s worldwide business operations. In August 2018, Iyer added the responsibility of general manager, Edge/IoT for Dell Technologies. From December 2016 to August 2018, he also held the role of chief information officer for Dell.

A respected industry veteran, Iyer brings more than 25 years of experience in executing and driving change in traditional Fortune 100 manufacturing companies and Silicon Valley-based high technology firms. Prior to joining VMware, Iyer served as senior vice president and chief information officer at Juniper Networks, where he was responsible for the company’s technology and business operations, which included critical services around business transformation, global business services, IT and real estate, and workplace services. Before joining Juniper Networks, he served as chief information officer at Honeywell, and chief information officer at GlaxoSmithKline Beecham for consumer healthcare research and development, where he was also the company’s e-commerce leader. Iyer holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Annamalai University in India and a master’s degree in computer science from Florida Institute of Technology.

Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson oversees the go-to-market strategies of cybersecurity solutions for Microsoft. As part of this charter, she leads and drives the evolution and implementation of short and long-term security solutions roadmap with alignment across the marketing, engineering and product teams.

A core tenet of Johnson's cyber philosophy is enabling an ecosystem for collaboration, intelligence-sharing, and comprehensive response to best deliver on customer needs. To this end, she has recruited, built and shaped one of the company's highest performing teams with expertise focused on digital transformation and built-in cloud security capabilities to protect information and expedite detection and response. Under her leadership, her team has raised the security posture of Microsoft customers and partners by guiding them on their Secure Digital Transformation Journey.

Hao Ko

As Managing Director for the San Francisco office of Gensler, Hao leads with design and is focused on building a dynamic practice through an open and collaborative culture. An inquisitive architect by nature, he is passionate about transforming experiences based on a deep understanding through research, the craft of technical excellence and a rigor of intellectual thought, all while striving to design beautiful places that impact people for the better. Working with diverse and talented teams, Hao’s projects such as The Tower at PNC Plaza, NVIDIA Headquarters and Mercedes-Benz USA Headquarters have elevated the firm’s national and international profile and are well known for their high level of innovation and quality. He is an alumnus of UC Berkeley, where he graduated with Highest Honors, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Andrew Kortina

Andrew Kortina is the co-founder of Fin. Previously, he co-founded Venmo. He studied Philosophy and Creative Writing, and he occasionally writes at kortina.nyc.

Bastian Lehmann

Bastian is CEO of Postmates, the on-demand delivery company he co-founded in 2011. The idea for Postmates was originally conceived in 2005 when Bastian was relocating from Munich to London and he struggled with finding a simple solution for moving goods around a city. He later pursued this notion of “ride-sharing for stuff” through AngelPad in San Francisco, where he met his co-founders Sean Plaice and Sam Street. Postmates now operates in over 550 US cities and Mexico and has a fleet of 170,000+ Postmates making deliveries on the platform.

Prior to Postmates, Bastian co-founded Curated.by, a real-time tweet curation platform based in London. Before that, at 12snap, he managed marketing budgets for Adidas and Lufthansa and helped many European startups in product related roles. A native of Germany, Bastian now lives in San Francisco.

Shiva Rajaraman

Shiva Rajaraman is Chief Product Officer of WeWork.

Cynthia Stoddard

As senior vice president and chief information officer of Adobe, Cynthia Stoddard oversees Adobe’s global Information Technology & Cloud Operations teams. In her leadership role, Cynthia spearheads a global strategy for delivering services and operations that form the mission-critical backbone for the company. This includes providing always-on systems and enterprise applications; resilient and reliable end-to-end operations; productive employee experiences; and data services for real-time decision making and personalized customer experiences.
Cynthia is an IT industry veteran, with more than 25 years of business experience and IT expertise leading large global organizations in supply chain, retail, and technology development. Before joining Adobe in 2016, she was chief information officer and senior vice president at data storage and management company NetApp, where she led the company’s traditional IT functions while also expanding focus on innovation, customer-facing programs, and strategic partnerships. She previously held a number of information technology and technical leadership positions at supply chain, retail, and technology companies including Safeway Inc. and APL Limited.

Cynthia is a recipient of the CIO 100 Award in 2017 and 2018 for Adobe IT’s innovative ways to deliver business value. Additionally, she is the recipient of Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Award, was named among the top Women of Influence by Silicon Valley Business Journal, and, was recognized as one of Huffington Post’s Top 100 Most Social CIOs. She is a founding member of Impact100 East Bay, whose mission is to raise funds to meet the needs of the local community.

Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Western New England University, from which she graduated cum laude, and an MBA from Marylhurst University.

Scott Wagner

As GoDaddy's CEO, Scott brings a wealth of experience from various different operational and financial roles at the Company.

Scott joined GoDaddy in 2013, after a 13-year tenure, with global investment firm KKR, where he served as a KKR Capstone Member and the long-time leader of its Portfolio Operations team. He was a key member of the team that invested in GoDaddy in 2011, serving as GoDaddy's interim CEO, and then joined the company's leadership team as CFO and COO. Scott also held the title of President, expanding his responsibility across go-to-market channels, including marketing, customer care, international markets, and corporate development.

Scott holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

Bayard Winthrop

Bayard Winthrop founded American Giant after spending nearly 20 years running businesses in the consumer products space. He began his career in corporate finance at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, but left investment banking for a career as a business leader and innovator. He has held key leadership positions at a variety of brands, including Atlas Snow-Shoe (sold to K2 Sports), WebChat Broadcasting System (sold to Disney), Freebord Manufacturing (privately held), and Chrome Industries (privately held). In addition to co-authoring I F**king Love That Company (with Randy Komisar of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), Bayard has shared his story with everyone from the likes of global leaders at Google Zeitgeist to leading a panel in front of the U.S. Senate about the state of U.S. manufacturing.

Julia Boorstin

Julia Boorstin is CNBC’s Senior Media & Tech Correspondent based at the network’s Los Angeles Bureau. She covers media with a special focus on the intersection of media and technology. Boorstin also plays a key role on CNBC’s bi-coastal tech-focused program “TechCheck” (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET/8AM-9AM PT) delivering reporting, analysis and interviews around streaming, social and the convergence of media and technology. She joined CNBC in May 2006 as a general assignment reporter and in 2007 moved to Los Angeles to cover media.

In 2013, Boorstin created and launched the CNBC Disruptor 50, an annual list she oversees, highlighting the private companies transforming the economy and challenging companies in established industries. Additionally, she reported a documentary on the future of television for the network, “Stay Tuned…The Future of TV.” She also helped launch CNBC’s ‘Closing the Gap’ initiative covering the people and companies closing gender gaps, and leads CNBC’s coverage of studies on this topic. She is currently writing a book called, “WHEN WOMEN LEAD: What they achieve, Why they succeed, and How we can learn from them,” about female founders that Simon & Schuster’s Avid Reader imprint is publishing in October 2022.

Boorstin joined CNBC from Fortune magazine where she was a business writer and reporter since 2000. During that time, she was also a contributor to “Street Life,” a live market wrap-up segment on CNN Headline News.

In 2003, 2004 and 2006, The Journalist and Financial Reporting newsletter named Boorstin to the “TJFR 30 under 30” list of the most promising business journalists under 30 years old. She has also worked for the State Department’s delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and for Vice President Gore’s domestic policy office.

She graduated with honors from Princeton University with a B.A. in history. She was also an editor of The Daily Princetonian.

Ari Levy

Ari Levy is CNBC's senior technology reporter in San Francisco. He joined in June 2014.

Prior to CNBC, he spent 11 years at Bloomberg News, starting with financial coverage in New York, before moving to the Bay Area, where he wrote about venture capital, deals and dealmakers, technology start-ups and innovation. He also edited stories across the technology landscape and contributed to Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Markets.






CLOUD, CULTURE & CAPITAL: An Innovation Roadmap

Salesforce is a juggernaut of growth. Co-CEO Keith Block, the man credited with much of the tech giant’s success will provide a glimpse inside their strategy and investments and reveal how the company is shaping the future of how we work.

Keith Block, Co-CEO, Salesforce 

Interviewer: Jon Fortt, Co-Anchor, “Squawk Alley,” CNBC

WHERE WE WORK: A Blueprint for the Future

Workplace design is about more than beautiful spaces or employee amenities. It’s a long-term investment in your people and their productivity. How can cutting-edge architecture and technology maximize output … and boost the bottom line?

Hao Ko, Managing Director, Principal, Gensler

Shiva Rajaraman, Chief Product Officer, WeWork

Interviewer: Julia Boorstin, Senior Correspondent, CNBC

MAKING IT WORK: The ROI of Made in America

What’s the business case for a company to keep operations in the United States? Do businesses have any social responsibility to create a wide range of good domestic jobs at various skill levels? Hear from one founder who’s fully invested in the U.S.A.

Bayard Winthrop, Founder & CEO, American Giant

Interviewer: Jon Fortt, Co-Anchor, “Squawk Alley,” CNBC




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PRODUCTIVITY VS. SECURITY: Accounting for Cyber Risk

Employees demand more freedom than ever in their digital lives, using multiple devices and connected applications to enhance their productivity. This creates ever more “attack surfaces” for hackers to exploit. How can CFOs mitigate these risks, protecting their organization’s information and intellectual property, while allowing enough access to cultivate a flexible, efficient workforce?

Nicole Eagan, CEO, Darktrace

Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Cybersecurity Solutions Group, Microsoft

Interviewer: Ari Levy, Senior Technology Reporter CNBC

MODERN COLLABORATION: The Human + Machine Equation

The dystopian view is that intelligent machines will displace human workers. The more probable outcome is a future where machines and people complement each other. How is a business’ capital best deployed to reap the maximum benefit from the evolving relationship between humans and automation?

Andrew Kortina, Co-founder and CEO, Fin

Bastian Lehmann, Founder & CEO, Postmates

Interviewer: Julia Boorstin, Senior Correspondent, CNBC

TRANSITIONS: Navigating Economies of Scale in the Cloud

Businesses need to evolve at a rapid pace to stay competitive. A key to staying nimble is to focus on core competencies while outsourcing many engineering and data functions. Hear how one company is aggressively leveraging external services, handling occasional turbulence in a move to the public cloud, streamlining costs and evolving its workforce for the future.

Scott Wagner, CEO, GoDaddy

Interviewer: Jon Fortt, Co-Anchor, “Squawk Alley,” CNBC

HIGH IMPACT: Extracting Value from Transformative Technologies

Bask Iyer and Cynthia Stoddard have each led dramatic digital transformations. We’ll talk about how they define a successful technology strategy, balance immediate needs with future goals and partner with CFOs to drive best outcomes.

Bask Iyer, CIO, Dell and VMware

Cynthia Stoddard, CIO, Adobe

Interviewer: Jon Fortt, Co-Anchor, “Squawk Alley,” CNBC



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