TEC Summit on AI
October 23 - 24, 2023

CNBC Technology Executive Council Summit on Artificial Intelligence

It was December 5, 2022. An anonymous member of the CNBC Technology Executive Council responded to the question “what has been the most important technology-related news story of 2022?” in our Q4 survey with seven letters: ChatGPT.

What’s that?

Now, we all know. And when it comes time to ask that question in 2023, we won’t even have to.

AI is the story of the year, the decade (the century?). The breakthrough into the public square has brought endless experimentation and debate, along with excitement and fear, over how it will be used and controlled, how it will improve productivity or replace workers, whether it will save the world or destroy humanity.

In the immediate term, the dawn of the AI age elevates the strategic importance of TEC members to their companies and organizations, as the expert partner their CEOs and boards will rely on to understand the opportunities and risks the new technology presents.

The fifth annual CNBC Technology Executive Summit is an opportunity for our members to engage in deep discussions around as many specific AI-related topics as possible, to mine their peers for new ideas and best practices, and to send them back to their organizations well-armed for year two of the AI revolution.

Featured topics will include:  

AI and Your Boss – How to convince your CEO and your board to make strategic investments in AI and embrace (not fear) the new technology.  

AI and Your Customers – How to harness the best of artificial intelligence to accelerate digital transformation and build more innovative products and services that surprise and delight.  

AI and Your Employees – How to leverage AI (safely and responsibly) to build a more productive workforce.  

AI and Our Children – How to use AI to teach the next generation, and how to teach the next generation to use AI.  

And more… 

See the full agenda below, featuring descriptions produced by prompts provided to ChatGPT.


TEC is the premiere council of technology executives assembled exclusively by CNBC. The TEC Summit is an exclusive event for members; learn more about the TEC and apply for membership at www.cnbccouncils.com/tec.

Read more from our TEC special report on cnbc.com.


Eyal Benishti

As Chief Executive Officer at IRONSCALES, Eyal Benishti pioneered the development of the world’s first self-learning email security solution that combines AI, machine learning, and human insights to automatically stop advanced phishing, BEC, and account takeover attacks.

Eyal brings to his executive leadership role over 15 years of software industry experience with enterprise and startup companies. Prior to founding IRONSCALES in 2013, he was a security researcher and malware analyst at Radware and worked as technical lead for various information security solutions at Imperva.
Previously, he held a variety of R&D roles with Comverse and Amdocs. A passionate cybersecurity researcher from a young age, Eyal earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

Anshu Bhardwaj

Anshu Bhardwaj is Senior Vice President, Technology Commercialization for Walmart Global Tech at Walmart Inc. She leads commercialization and monetization of technology platforms and creates a partner ecosystem that enables productivity, speed and innovation at scale. In addition, her team defines and executes strategies for enterprise technology M&A and emerging technology to further strengthen our competitive advantages.

Anshu is a seasoned executive with 20 years of experience in retail, eCommerce and technology industries across India and the United States. Prior to this role, she served as Vice President, Product at Sam’s Club for eCommerce, Membership, Marketing and Innovation.

Prior to joining Sam’s Club, Anshu led strategy and international market expansion for Walmart eCommerce, a team she’d joined in September 2009. Anshu has worn several hats in eCommerce & retail, including M&A, finance, merchandising, marketing, and consulting.

Anshu has a Bachelor’s in Mathematics (St. Stephen’s College (Delhi)), Master’s in Apparel Marketing & Merchandising (NIFT (Delhi)) and MBA in finance (Chicago Booth School of Business).

Tory Bruno

Salvatore T. “Tory” Bruno is the president and chief executive officer of United Launch Alliance (ULA). Under his leadership, ULA has transformed into a competitive powerhouse that is shaping the future of space launch by making it more affordable, accessible and introducing revolutionary new capabilities to meet the challenges of the future.

Prior to joining ULA, he served as the vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Strategic and Missile Defense Systems. The business is a leading provider of ballistic missile and ballistic missile defense systems, supporting U.S. Department of Defense customers, as well as the U.K. Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence. Programs included the Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM), the Air Force’s Intercontinental Ballistic
Missile (ICBM) Reentry Systems, and the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Area Altitude Defense (THAAD), Targets and Countermeasures and CommonExoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) Concept Deinition. He also managed the corporation’s responsibilities in Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Management Limited, a joint venture that produces and safely maintains the U.K.’s nuclear weapons. He is a former member of the board of directors of Lockheed Martin U.K. Ltd.

Bruno joined Lockheed Martin in 1984. He previously served as vice president and general manager of FBM and ICBM, as vice president of the THAAD Missile, as vice president of Engineering, as chief engineer for Strategic Missile Programs, as program manager for FBM Rocket Propulsion and in engineering positions involving design and analysis for control systems of rockets and hypersonic reentry vehicles. He holds several patents.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, California, and has completed graduate courses and management programs at Harvard University, Santa Clara University, the Wye River Institute, San Jose State University and the Defense Acquisition University.

Bruno is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Honorary Fellow, a former member of the Defense Innovation Board Space Advisory Committee, and serves as a member of the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group. Tory is also a recipient of the Air Force Association John R. Alison Award, the 2021 American Astronautical Society Space Flight Award recipient, an awardee of the Von Braun Trophy, a holder of the von Karman Medal, and a member of the Space & Satellite Professionals International Hall of Fame.

He is a tireless advocate for the industry, sharing his passion for space technology and his vision of a self-sustaining human presence beyond Earth. He is also a strong communicator on space. His social media presence is legendary worldwide and is an inspiration to many. Bruno is the author of two books that explore the organization of the medieval Knights Templar from the perspective of modern business management: “Templar Organization: The Management of Warrior Monasticism” and “Templar Incorporated.” He is a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem.

John Hope Bryant

Bryant is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Operation HOPE, Inc., the largest not- for-profit and best-in-class provider of financial literacy, financial inclusion and economic empowerment tools and services in the United States for youth and adults. Operation HOPE is acknowledged as one of (No. 34) “Atlanta’s 75 Largest Nonprofit Organizations” and was included in the 2017-2018 Book of Lists—a publication of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Bryant is also chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Homes Company, the largest for-profit minority-controlled owner of institutional-quality, single-family residential rental homes in the U.S. Both Operation HOPE and The Promise Homes Company have experienced explosive growth under Bryant’s leadership, 553% from 2014-2018, and 303% from 2017-2018 to present, respectively.

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.

Steve Grossman

As Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for the NBA, Steve is responsible for global cybersecurity spanning fan-facing, partner, broadcast, events, regional office, and corporate systems that support the NBA and its affiliated leagues, staff, and teams.

In his two decades at the NBA, Steve developed a cybersecurity operations team, provided the strategy for virtualization, containerization, hardware and software platform consolidation, and the public and hybrid cloud. With the objective of keeping the NBA ahead of the curve and a leader within the sports and entertainment industry, he has utilized these strategies and cutting-edge technologies to deliver secure best-in-class solutions.

Steve earned an M.S. in IT Administration and Security from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, an MBA from Saint Peter’s University, and a B.S. from Lynn University.

Michelle Grover

Michelle is the Chief Technology Officer at Slalom. She has been named by Business Insider as one of the 100 People Transforming Business in Emerging Tech and she frequently is quoted in major technology and business publications. As Slalom’s first CTO, Michelle is responsible for developing IT strategy, growing IT expertise to support Slalom’s business and expansion goals and evaluating opportunities for the company to learn from and enable its own partner technologies. She oversees the global technology organization, including infrastructure, product engineering, and architecture, with the goal of empowering Slalom teams around the world to deliver outcomes that build better tomorrows for all. Michelle brings to Slalom an impressive technical background, including previous leadership positions as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Twilio, and Senior Vice President of Software Development for TripIt and Mobile at SAP Concur. She was most recently the Interim Chief Information and Digital Officer at First Command Financial Services, which provides banking services and coaching for those who serve in the US military in their pursuit of financial security.

She spent the first 20 years of her career working as an engineer transforming infrastructure and leading teams to implement complex procedural and object-oriented codebases; test automation & release workflows. In keeping with the changes of the market, she has also led cloud migration operations of monolithic codebases while managing engineers in the U.S. and various other countries.

She sits on the boards of Apptentive and Onymos and joined the Greycroft and Sierra Ventures Technology Councils in 2020. As a member, she meets with various companies that are part of the Greycroft and Sierra Ventures portfolios to provide her insights on the market fit, emerging technology use, and possible pitfalls or obstacles that a company may encounter on their journey.

Mario Harik

Mario Harik is Chief Executive Officer of XPO, one of the largest providers of less-than-truckload freight transportation services in North America. Mr. Harik leads the execution of XPO's strategy, including growth investments in customer service excellence and employee satisfaction. Leveraging his previous experience as XPO’s Chief Information Officer, Mr. Harik also oversees the expansion of network capacity and proprietary technology that are transforming the company’s operations and the industry. Before joining XPO in 2011, Mr. Harik held positions as Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice president of Research and Development with Oakleaf Waste Management, Chief Technology Officer with Tallan, Inc., and co-Founder and Chief Architect of Web and Voice Applications with G3 Analyst. He holds a master’s degree in engineering, information technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a degree in engineering, computer and communications from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Mr. Harik also serves on XPO’s board of directors.

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Zemfira Khisaeva

Zemfira brings over a dozen years of corporate governance and successful strategy creation and execution experience.

Zemfira co-founded yWhales after having worked as a senior finance executive at Scotiabank, one of Canada’s largest financial institutions. Exposure to new and emerging technologies combined with the challenges of Web 2.0 adoption by traditional banking has made her shift her attention to Web 3.0 – a foundational building block of the future of finance. In the past decade, Zemfira has successfully invested and advised a number of Web 3.0 companies. Her experience in creating top-performing teams and being at the forefront of disruption has been widely recognized externally. She is a founding member of Singularity University Canada and has been named one of Canada’s top women in Fintech in 2019.

Prior to joining Scotiabank, Zemfira was a consultant at McKinsey&Co, where she initially advised enterprises on strategy, investment due diligence, and M&A, later specializing in Business Turnarounds and Operations. Native to Russia, Zemfira holds a Ph.D. in Solids Mechanics from McGill University in Canada and is a Candidate of Science degree in Materials Science from Ufa Petroleum University in Russia. Her early career involved co-founding a nanotechnology start-up in Russia, building Space Antenna structures at MDA Space Missions in Canada, and designing the next-generation aircraft at Bombardier Aerospace in Canada and China.

Zemfira is passionate about making the world a better place, and in service of that vision, she is an angel investor, start-up mentor, and YPO chapter board member.

Elena Kvochko

A technology, cybersecurity executive, inventor, Elena has built her career in protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks and building innovative technology and digital solutions. She currently serves as Chief Trust Officer at SAP. Her team spans four continents enabling the trustful secure digital transformation of clients across global lines of business and cloud products. Before this position she was Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice-President and Technology Executive in the global security organization at Bank of America. Previously, Elena served as Chief Information Officer in the Global Security Division at Barclays Bank in New York and London. Her focus was on delivering the highest degree of privacy and security to protect customers and employees globally. She was an affiliate fellow at Harvard Law School. Elena was named among the Top 100 CIOs; Leading CIOs - Who Happen to be Female by CIO Magazine, CIO of the Year finalist and 2019 Business Role Model of the Year by Women in IT Awards, Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women - International. Her published work appeared in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, featured in the Wall Street Journal, the White House cybersecurity report, The New York Times, and multiple industry media. She has invented patent-pending technologies in cybersecurity, privacy, and secure financial technologies (with 30+ pending patents being one of the top inventors at BofA). Elena is a Board member of the non-profit Refugees International and Patron of Carnegie Hall in New York.

Sathish Muthukrishnan

Sathish Muthukrishnan was named chief information, data and digital officer for Ally Financial Inc. in December 2019. In this role, Muthukrishnan is responsible for advancing Ally's technical and digital capabilities, including cyber security and infrastructure, and accelerating the company's growth and evolution as a leader in the digital financial services sector. He is based in Ally's Charlotte corporate center and reports to Ally CEO Jeffrey J. Brown.

Sathish has held a number of senior technology leadership roles with substantial scale and global reach, and previously served as the first chief digital and information officer for Honeywell Aerospace, a nearly $14 billion revenue business within Honeywell International. He brings to Ally more than 20 years of technology leadership experience in complex businesses with high availability and reliability requirements on their technology, ten of which were spent in financial services with American Express prior to joining Honeywell.

Sathish graduated from the University of Madras with a degree in engineering specializing in computer science. He is a member of the Advisory Board of WIT International and was the recipient of the Chairman's Award for Innovation for several years at American Express. Muthukrishnan has over 25 filed patents in the manufacturing, payments, and digital technology space.

Bill Nye

Bill Nye is an American science educator, engineer, comedian, television presenter, inventor, keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author. For over three decades, Bill has striven to make science and engineering accessible and entertaining, by fostering an understanding and appreciation for the science that makes our world work. Today, Nye is a respected champion of scientific literacy who has challenged opponents of evidence-based education and policy on climate change, evolution and critical thinking. He currently serves as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s largest and most influential non-governmental space organization, co-founded by Carl Sagan.

Christine Parthemore

Christine Parthemore is Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR), the parent organization of the Center for Climate and Security. Christine has deep experience addressing issues ranging from the security implications of climate change to countering weapons of mass destruction, including in the U.S. Department of Defense, security think tanks, and academia. She is also Director of CSR’s Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons and Manager of CSR’s Climate-Nuclear-Security Project, and was a founding Board Member of CSR.

Her current work covers issues in countering weapons of mass destruction, arms control and disarmament, innovation and technology trends in national security, and the security implications of climate change. Christine has been an adjunct professor in the Global Security Studies program at Johns Hopkins University since 2010. In 2016 she was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Tokyo, where she researched Japan’s approach to international civil nuclear cooperation.

Prior, she served as the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs in the U.S. Department of Defense, an office that managed more than $3 billion per year in research and development, acquisition, treaty compliance, and international partnership programs in addition to directing the Nuclear Weapons Council. Her countering-weapons of mass destruction work spanned from projects to eliminate chemical weapons to biosecurity capacity-building programs with partner countries. It included a multi-year effort leading to the international mission to remove and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons and collaboration with international partners on all-hazards emergency preparedness and global health security.

Christine has worked at various think tanks, including as a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, where she worked on one of the first programs dedicated to analysis of the security implications of climate change. She has contributed to two best-selling nonfiction books, testified before Congress, spoken at the United Nations, authored or coauthored dozens of written works, and lectured at universities in the United States, Vietnam, and China. She holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Georgetown.

Diogo Rau

Diogo Rau is senior vice president and chief information and digital officer of Eli Lilly and Company. He leads Lilly’s information technology, cybersecurity, digital health, and advanced analytics and data science functions.

Diogo joined Lilly in May 2021. Prior to joining Lilly, he led information technology for retail and online stores at Apple, Inc. During his 10 years at Apple, he led the development and implementation of the technology supporting the Apple Online Store and Apple retail stores, including the e-commerce platform, mobile point of sale, the Apple Store App and systems used by store team members.

Prior to joining Apple, Diogo was a partner with McKinsey & Company, where he led the North America IT organization and governance practice. Diogo began his career as a consultant at A.T. Kearney and later founded GiftGateway, a software company that brought rewards and recognition online.

Diogo graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's degree in industrial engineering and engineering management.

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Virginia Suliman

Virginia Suliman is a Chief Information & Digital Officer for Invitation Homes, Board of Director for Title Resources Group, and an angel investor. Virginia has spent decades solving hard technology and digital problems in both a hundred-year-old hospitality industry as well as a young, up-and-coming real estate industry.  As the previous head of software development at Hilton Worldwide, Virginia helped take the industry from using antiquated airline technology as their distribution platform to scalable, hospitality-intentioned, smart technology which continues to power those experiences today. As the current CIDO at Invitation Homes she has pushed to distinguish the noise from the necessary, as a result she has delivered several industry-first technology advancements creating a better resident experience. 

Virginia is an avid supporter for kids’ health, spending more than a decade on the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Digital and Innovation Advisory Board, including four years as chair, as well as an active volunteer at Cook Children’s hospital. 

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Bernardo Tavares

Bernardo Tavares is the Chief Technology & Data Officer for Kenvue. In this role, Bernardo oversees the Information Technology and Data Science groups and, as key enablers of innovation and growth, leads the data and technology agenda by scaling digital capabilities to better serve customers and consumers.

Bernardo brings together the power of people, technology and data to transform digital experiences for consumers, customers, partners and employees around the world. He sets the strategic direction and drives digital investments, empowering teams to work smarter, better understand consumer behaviors and innovate with speed and impact to meet consumer needs and improve health for all.

Under Bernardo’s leadership, teams are leveraging digital and data capabilities with proven science to optimize business technology and to deliver new and differentiated experiences and solutions across brands like Tylenol®, Neutrogena® and Zyrtec®. Bernardo has also been critical in modernizing the digital ecosystem, creating a culture and foundation for data excellence and insights.

Bernardo is an experienced global leader. Prior to being named Chief Information Officer of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health in 2018, Bernardo led the Consumer Health IT organization in Latin America, driving commercial innovation through innovative technology and data programs. He also led the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health and Consumer Medical Devices IT Portfolio and Project Office worldwide, where he was responsible for Business Technology strategy, portfolio planning, execution and value realization.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson in 2012, Bernardo served in several IT leadership roles driving consumer and technology innovation for Unilever and IBM around the world. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from University of São Paulo with a specialization in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil. He is also a Data Research Advisory Board member for MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) and a member of the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC).

Raquel Urtasun

Raquel Urtasun is Founder and CEO of Waabi, an AI company building the next generation of self-driving technology. Waabi is the culmination of Raquel’s 20 year career in AI and 10 years of experience building self driving solutions. Raquel is also a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, a co-founder of the Vector Institute for AI, and the recipient of several high profile awards including a Longuet-Higgins Prize, an Everingham Prize, an NSERC EWR Steacie Award, two NVIDIA Pioneers of AI Awards, three Google Faculty Research Awards, an Amazon Faculty Research Award, two Best Paper Runner up Prize awards at CVPR in 2013 and 2017 and more.

In 2021, Raquel was named as 100 Women of Impact by Entrepreneur Magazine, 100 People Transforming Business by Business Insider and Toronto’s Most Influential Torontonians according to Toronto Life Magazine. She was also named Chatelaine 2018 Woman of the year and 2018 Toronto's top influencers by Adweek magazine.

Gregory Wilson

Gregory Wilson is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Putnam Investments and a United States Air Force veteran.

Prior to joining Putnam Investments, Wilson served as the Chief Information Security Officer at Pioneer Natural Resources and was the Head of Information Security at 1st Global. Wilson led the IT Compliance and Security function at TPG Capital and the IT Compliance and Security group at Lehigh Hanson.

Wilson graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. Wilson holds a certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School cyber security executive program and holds the CISSP, CISM, CGEIT, CDPSE, PSM and PMP certifications as well as his Series 7 and 24.

Wilson serves on the Board of Director’s at Intrusion Inc. as the Chair of Nomination/Governance and is a member of Audit Committee. He also serves as an Advisor for Menlo Ventures, YL and Vation Ventures and on EveryIncome, LLC corporate Advisory Boards and Dallas Innovation Advisory Council. Wilson also serves on the following professional boards, including CNBC Technology Council, Boston CXO Executive Committee and SecureWorld Boston Advisory Boards.

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.

Morgan Brennan

Morgan Brennan is co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell: Overtime” (M-F, 4PM-5PM ET), which broadcasts live from CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Previously, she was co-anchor of the 10AM ET hour on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” and co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” She joined the network in December 2013 as a general assignment reporter based at CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and continues to cover a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, and defense and space. She is also host of the CNBC podcast, Manifest Space.

Prior to joining CNBC, Brennan was a staff writer and reporter for Forbes Media where she reported for Forbes Magazine, ForbesLife Magazine and Forbes.com, most recently covering real estate. She began her career at Forbes in 2009, holding several positions including anchor/reporter and producer for the Forbes Video Network, covering a wide range of business and finance topics.

Previously, Brennan was a regular guest on a variety of networks discussing business and economic stories and also interned at Newsweek International, where she was a fact-checker and contributing writer.

Brennan has interviewed billionaires, heads of state, thought leaders and chief executives of multibillion-dollar corporations and her profile story on Equity Group Investments chairman Sam Zell was one of five magazine covers featured on the 2013 Forbes 400 issue.

Brennan is a board member of the non-profit City Year New York. She graduated summa cum laude from New York University, majoring in Social Science with a double concentration in Anthropology and Media Studies.

Jon Fortt

Jon Fortt is co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell: Overtime” (M-F, 4PM-5PM). He created the weekly segments, “On the Other Hand” on “Squawk Box,” a one-man debate; and “Working Lunch” on “Power Lunch,” which features his in-depth interviews with news making CEOs such as Microsoft’s Sayta Nadella, Amazon’s Andy Jassy, AMD’s Lisa Su and Sanofi’s Paul Hudson.

Previously, he co-anchored CNBC’s “TechCheck” and “Squawk Alley.” Prior to that, he served as an on-air editor based at CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Fortt joined CNBC as technology correspondent in July 2010, working from CNBC’s Silicon Valley bureau where he covered the companies, start-ups and trends that are driving innovation in the industry.

Fortt is the creator of Fortt Knox (https://www.youtube.com/forttknox), a digital show he launched in 2016 that features in-depth 1:1 interviews with founders, CEOs and innovators. In 2020, he created The Black Experience in America: The Course (https://forttmedia.com), an online resource for exploring history and culture.

Fortt came to CNBC from Fortune magazine, where as a senior writer he covered both large technology companies— such as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft—and trends, including cloud computing and the smartphone revolution. Before joining Fortune in 2007, Fortt was a senior editor at Business 2.0 magazine where he produced the “What Works” section. From 1999 to 2006, Fortt wrote and edited at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s hometown newspaper. There he contributed to several efforts that won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

Fortt graduated from DePauw University as a Media Fellow, with a B.A. in English.

Follow Jon Fortt on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonfortt/.

Tyler Mathisen

Tyler Mathisen co-anchors CNBC's "Power Lunch" (M-F, 1PM-3PM ET), one of the network's longest running program franchises. He is also Vice President, Events Strategy for CNBC, working closely with the network's events team to grow the rapidly expanding business.

Previously, Mathisen was co-anchor of "Nightly Business Report," an award-winning evening business news program produced by CNBC for U.S. public television. In 2014, NBR was named best radio/TV show by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). Since joining CNBC in 1997, Mathisen has held a number of positions including managing editor of CNBC Business News, responsible for directing the network's daily content and coverage. He was also co-anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell."

Mathisen has reported one-hour documentaries for the network including "Best Buy: The Big Box Fights Back," "Supermarkets Inc: Inside a $500 Billion Money Machine" and "Death: It's a Living." Mathisen was also host of the CNBC series "How I Made My Millions."

Prior to CNBC, Mathisen spent 15 years as a writer, senior editor and top editor for Money magazine. Among other duties, he supervised the magazine's mutual funds coverage, its annual investment forecast issue and its expansion into electronic journalism, for which it won the first-ever National Magazine Award for New Media in 1997.

In 1993, Mathisen won the American University-Investment Company Institute Award for Personal Finance Journalism for a televised series on "Caring for Aging Parents," which aired on ABC's "Good Morning America." Mathisen served as money editor of "GMA" from 1991 to 1997. He also won an Emmy Award for a report on the 1987 stock market crash that aired on New York's WCBS-TV.

A native of Arlington,Va., Mathisen graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia.

Steve Kovach

Steve Kovach is Technology Correspondent for CNBC covering Apple, Microsoft, E-sports and video games for the network.

Most recently, he served as Technology Editor for CNBC.com, where he managed technology coverage for CNBC Digital. Kovach joined CNBC in 2018 from Business Insider, where he was Senior Technology Correspondent. He has a dual degree in journalism and English from Syracuse University.


3:00PM ET


Exclusive event for members of the CNBC Technology Executive Council.



Accelerating digital transformation trends and the generative AI breakthrough have thrust technology executives into an increasing number of corporate leadership roles. TEC members are more likely than ever to be considered close strategic partners of CEOs, and as essential members of modern corporate boards. At this special networking dinner, programmed in partnership with the National Association of Corporate Directors, TEC members have the opportunity to meet with certified technology decision makers with board experience and NACD certification. NACD members joining us include:

George Corbin, Edgewell Personal Care Board of Directors, Mars Fmr. Chief Digital Officer
Marcel Bucsesu, NACD Senior Director, Credentialing & Strategic Engagement
Deborah Diaz, NASA Fmr. CTO, Archer Board Member
Mary Jacobson, NACD Regional Director
Jerry Perullo, ICE/NYSE Fmr. CISO
Shelley Leibowitz, Morgan Stanley CIO & Board Member, World Bank CIO, Bitsight Board Member

9:30AM ET

Doors Open




Technology, the driving force of our era, has the power to uplift or oppress. It is our responsibility to ensure that technology serves the greater good, rather than exacerbating inequality. With the right guidance and ethical framework, AI can be a force for equality and inclusivity, breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for all. As we prepare our residents for the profound changes that AI will bring, let us remember that we have the power to shape our destiny.

John Hope Bryant, Operation Hope Founder, Chairman & CEO
Interviewer: Jon Fortt, CNBC “Closing Bell: Overtime” Co-Anchor

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Where tech dreams soar high, two CEOs, once tech executives themselves, will illuminate the stage with their wisdom, unveiling the secrets to orchestrating the perfect AI dialogue with your CEO. Highlights include: “Fearless beginnings”—hear the CEO’s tales of transitioning to their roles; “Swift decision making”—discover their secret to pitching AI initiatives with impact; and “Speak now or forever wait”—gather insights on timely AI communication. Learn to address misconceptions, doubts, and fears while building trust.   

Tory Bruno, United Launch Alliance CEO
Mario Harik, XPO CEO
Moderator: Morgan Brennan, CNBC “Closing Bell: Overtime” Co-Anchor

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Get ready for an engaging discussion as we delve into the transformative impact of Artificial Intelligence in the contemporary workforce. Like a captivating Vogon poetry recital, AI has left us both spellbound and perplexed. Our expert panelists will explore the evolving landscape of employment where human creativity intermingles with silicon ingenuity. In this cosmic journey through automation and algorithms, we’ll contemplate the ever-elusive answer to job security. Don’t panic, dear reader, the cosmic office is an ever-changing frontier.

Elena Kvochko, SAP Chief Trust Officer
Diogo Rau, Eli Lilly and Company EVP, Chief Information and Digital Officer
Moderator: Julia Boorstin, CNBC Senior Media & Tech

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This session is a sequel to our prior “AI and Your Workforce” session, presenting a detailed case study of AI in autonomous trucking and its repercussions on the trucking labor market. We assess the current state of autonomous trucking, explore AI’s role in enhancing efficiency and safety, and address the resulting labor force transformation, reskilling needs, and wider economic and societal implications. Gain a deeper understanding of how AI is revolutionizing the trucking industry and how this model can apply to other professions adapting to AI-driven workplace changes.

Raquel Urtasun, Waabi Founder & CEO
Interviewer: Julia Boorstin, CNBC Senior Media & Tech

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AI can change the world, but it’s not without risks. How to make sure AI treats humans fairly and equitably, and to make sure models aren’t trained on data that worsens bias and discrimination. How to govern those models – especially generative AI models – once they’re in the market. 

Moderator: Julia Boorstin, CNBC Senior Media & Tech
Member Lead: Zemfira Khisaeva, yWhales Co-Founder & President



Generative AI has the potential to super-charge social engineering. The weaponization of increasingly sophisticated AI tools has put us all at increased risk of cyberattack. How can your organization harness its own AI tools to identify our vulnerabilities and mitigate risk against AI-equipped threat actors? 



The market for tech talent is tough. While we continue to debate whether AI will replace jobs, how can we use it today to find the right people to fill jobs? Join us for a conversation about how AI can improve recruitment and talent development – and how to ensure that we use it in a way that avoids bias and discrimination. 

Moderator: Susan Caminiti, CNBC Content Editor
Member Lead: Michelle Grover, Slalom CTO
Advisory Board Member Lead: Arun Sundararajan, NYU




We gather here at this pivotal moment in history to address a topic that has gripped our imaginations and stirred our deepest fears: the impact of Artificial Intelligence on the fate of our world. We stand at the crossroads of an era where our technological prowess has the potential to shape the destiny of humankind. It is a moment when we must exercise utmost caution, wisdom, and vigilance. Together, we shall navigate the treacherous waters of AI’s potential and secure a brighter, more promising future for generations to come.

Christine Parthemore, Council on Strategic Risks CEO
Interviewer: Jon Fortt, CNBC “Closing Bell: Overtime” Co-Anchor

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Oh, regulation for AI, you guys! It’s like, when are we gonna finally get our act together, right? I mean, seriously, AI is the future, but it’s also like this wild, uncharted territory where anything can happen. So, like, when and how we regulate it? I don’t know, maybe we should just, like, take a deep breath and use our common sense, like we do when we’re trying to pick a Netflix show to binge.  

Eric Tan, Flock Safety CIO & Chief Security Officer 
Gregory Wilson, Putnam Investments Chief Information Security Officer 
Interviewer: Steve Kovach, CNBC Technology Correspondent 

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Join us, you must, to learn the ways of the Force behind AI and how it shapes the journey of the customer, it does. Discover, you will, the secrets hidden within data, where AI’s insight reveals. Transform, we can, the path of customers, with AI’s wisdom, as our guide. Journey, we shall, into the realms of chatbots, personalization, and recommendation engines, unlocking the doors to customer delight, we will. The future of customer experience, AI will shape, and together, explore it we shall. 

Bernardo Tavares, Kenvue Chief Technology & Data Officer  
Virginia Suliman, Invitation Homes Chief Information & Digital Officer   
Anshu Bhardwaj, Walmart Global Technology & Commerce Technologies SVP & COO 
Interviewer: Jon Fortt, CNBC “Closing Bell: Overtime” Co-Anchor 

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Join us for an insightful panel discussion featuring three industry leaders at the forefront of technology and cybersecurity: Nicole Elizabeth Eagan, a visionary in the field of artificial intelligence; Steven Andrew Grossman, a seasoned professional in safeguarding sensitive information; and Sathish Kumar Muthukrishnan, a driving force in the world of finance and data management. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain unique perspectives on the ever-evolving landscape of technology and security.   

Nicole Eagan, Darktrace Chief Strategy Officer & AI Officer  
Steven Grossman, NBA Chief Information Security Officer  
Sathish Muthukrishnan, Ally Financial Chief Information, Data and Digital Officer 
Interviewer: Eamon Javers, CNBC Senior Washington Correspondent  

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Delve into the heart of Israel’s vibrant tech ecosystem. This conversation will explore the country’s remarkable “chutzpah,” exemplifying its unique tech culture, characterized by audacity, innovation, and resilience. While discussing the profound impact of artificial intelligence, we will also reflect on recent events, including the challenges posed by the war, and how Israel’s tech scene continues to thrive amidst adversity, exemplifying its unwavering spirit and determination. 

Isaac Heller, Trullion Co-Founder & CEO  
Eyal Benishti, Ironscales Founder & CEO  
Interviewer: Eamon Javers, CNBC Senior Washington Correspondent  

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Get ready to embrace the future because AI is here to stay. It’s like having a robot buddy that can help us solve problems, tackle complex tasks, and maybe even make the world a better place. Buckle up, because we’re going on a journey through the circuits and silicon of Artificial Intelligence. It’s gonna be amazing, and remember, when it comes to AI, the science is real, and it’s definitely ruling!

Bill Nye, Science Educator, Engineer, Comedian and The Planetary Society CEO
Interviewer: Tyler Mathisen, CNBC “Power Lunch” Co-Anchor & Vice President, Events Strategy

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