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@Work Summit

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL VOICES DISRUPTING THE NEXT DECADE OF WORK

The CNBC @Work Summit will provide an opportunity for senior executives to learn from each other and the world’s most influential voices who are defining the future of work. Will you and your teams be ready to lead, or be left behind?

Who should join: CHROs, CIOs, CTOs, CFOs and other senior executives who have a major role to play in leveraging the right technologies at the right scale, with the right people running them.

@Work Summit is a complimentary virtual event

 

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MORE ABOUT THE OCTOBER 6 SUMMIT

Rewriting the Rules: Finding Opportunity in Unprecedented Times

The proverbial saying “Necessity is the mother of invention” has never been more apt than during this crisis. To overcome the myriad challenges brought about by Covid-19, companies have pivoted to remote work, adopted new practices to keep critical frontline workers safe, created solutions to keep supply chains open, developed new ways to gain access to capital and so much more, in record time.

But are these changes simply solutions just for right now? Or can they be applied in an ongoing way to bolster operations once this difficult time has passed?  CNBC’s @Work Summit will examine the ways top leaders are innovating to thrive today and which advancements will make work more efficient and more rewarding in the future.

WHY IT MATTERS

One thing we’ve learned in the first two years of @Work is the critical role of collaboration in creating the great companies of the future. This October in New York, we're bringing leaders together from across functions to explore the ways great leaders are working together to transform their organizations.

WHY ATTEND

To be effective in today’s rapidly changing business environment, companies need to be agile, innovative, and collaborative. The @Work Summit will examine the best ways to break down silos, recruit and retain the best workers and leverage new technologies to achieve better performance.

WHO WILL BE THERE

CEOs, CTOs, CFOs, CHROs and other top executives leading digital transformation, and preparing their companies and employees for the future.

SPEAKERS

Stewart
Butterfield

Slack

Stewart Butterfield is CEO and Co-Founder of Slack.

Stewart Butterfield

Stewart Butterfield is the CEO and co-founder of Slack. For more than 20 years, he has been an entrepreneur, designer, and technology leader, usually all at once.

In 2013, Stewart and his team launched Slack, which has transformed business communication. Today, Slack is the leading channel-based messaging platform, used by millions to align their teams, unify their systems, and drive their businesses forward.

In 2003, Stewart co-founded Flickr, one of the pioneers of image sharing and the social web. As CEO, he built Flickr into one of the largest web services in the world.

Stewart has been regularly recognized for the foresight and innovation that has helped him build two companies that have reimagined the way we use technology to communicate, collaborate, share, and store information. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine, and one of the Top 50 Leaders by BusinessWeek; he has been included on Vanity Fair’s New Establishment List, the Recode 100, Advertising Age’s Creativity 50, and the Technology Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal.

Stewart has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Victoria and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

Sandra
Rivera

Intel Corporation

Sandra Rivera is EVP and Chief People Officer at Intel Corporation.

Sandra Rivera

Sandra L. Rivera is executive vice president and chief people officer at Intel Corporation. She leads Intel’s Human Resources organization and is responsible for driving greater business results through a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion as well as being responsible for the company’s policies and programs related to human resources worldwide.

Before assuming her current role, she led the Network Platforms Group, which was a global organization of over 3,000 employees that drove the transformation of network infrastructure to Intel-based solutions and enabled breakthrough ways to integrate Intel’s silicon and software portfolio to create greater customer value. The organization was one of the Data Center Group’s fastest-growing businesses, enabling Intel to become a market leader for network logic silicon, an annual $20 billion market segment.

Rivera joined Intel in 2000 as a marketing director after the acquisition of Dialogic Corporation. Before joining Intel, Rivera co-founded and served as president of The CTI Authority, and served as president of the computer telephony division at Catalyst Telecom.

Rivera holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She sits on the Equinix board of directors and is a member of the Intel Hispanic Leadership Council.

Vasant
Prabhu

Visa

Vasant Prabhu is Vice Chairman and CFO of Visa.

Vasant Prabhu

Vasant M. Prabhu has been our chief financial officer since February 2015 and vice chairman since May 2019. In his role, he oversees Visa’s financial strategies, planning and reporting, in addition to all finance operations and investor relations.

Mr. Prabhu joined Visa from NBCUniversal Media, LLC, where he served as chief financial officer, overseeing the company’s finance function as well as the operations and technical services division. Prior to joining NBCUniversal in 2014, Mr. Prabhu served as the chief financial officer for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. since 2004. In 2010, Mr. Prabhu was named vice chairman of Starwood. At Starwood, he was responsible for all financial functions, information technology and a range of corporate functions. He also served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Safeway Inc., and held senior leadership roles at The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc. and Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. Prabhu is currently a member of the board of directors of Mattel, Inc.

Mr. Prabhu holds a B.S. in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Chuck
Robbins

Cisco

Chuck Robbins is Chairman and CEO of Cisco.

Chuck Robbins

Chuck Robbins is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cisco. He assumed the role of CEO on July 26, 2015 and was elected Chairman of the Board on December 11, 2017.
As Chairman and CEO, Chuck is focused on helping companies, cities and countries around the world as they look to Cisco to connect everything and everyone by building the highly secure, intelligent platform for digital business.

Over his 20 years at Cisco, he has served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations, where he led the Worldwide Sales and Partner Organizations, and helped drive and execute many of the company's investment areas and strategy shifts; Senior Vice President of The Americas, Cisco's largest geographic region; Senior Vice President of U.S. Enterprise, Commercial and Canada; Senior Vice President of U.S. Commercial Sales; and Segment Vice President, U.S. and Canada channel organization, where he was instrumental in helping build the industry's most powerful partner program.

Prior to joining Cisco, Chuck held management positions at Bay Networks and Ascend Communications.

Chuck is on the Board of Directors for BlackRock; Chairman of the US-Japan Business Council; a Member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum; on the Board of Directors for the Business Roundtable where he serves as Chairman of the Immigration Committee; a Board of Trustees member for the Ford Foundation; and a member of the International Council for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

Chuck holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a computer science concentration from the University of North Carolina.

Minsok
Pak

Mondelēz International

Minsok Pak is EVP and Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer for Mondelēz International.

Minsok Pak

Minsok is Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer for Mondelēz International, a global company leading the future of snacking with 2019 net revenues of approximately $26 billion. In this role, he oversees a number of strategic growth areas critical to company growth and industry leadership, including Enterprise Strategy, M&A and strategic growth opportunities, new business, and e-Commerce and direct-to-consumer.

Prior to joining the company, Minsok was Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at Target in the United States where he helped lead the development and implementation of a highly successful growth strategy. He had oversight of Strategy & Planning, Insights, M&A/Business Development, and Innovation, all supporting the company’s drive for omnichannel transformation.

Minsok previously served as Senior Vice President for LEGO Group, where he led branded omnichannel retail including e-Commerce in more than 20 markets. Minsok spent close to 20 years with McKinsey & Company where he was a Senior Partner holding a range of roles in the US, Korea and Singapore, including Head of Asia-Pacific Sales & Marketing and other leadership positions in Asia Consumer & Retail and North American Supply Chain practices. He also spent a number of years as managing director of a private equity firm leading investments in packaged goods and mobile technology, as well as working internally for McKinsey & Company, helping lead the digital transformation for the firm.

Minsok holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Oberlin College and earned an MBA from Stanford University. Minsok is passionate about music and multisport, serving as a member of the Minnesota Orchestral Association Board and having completed 23 Ironman triathlons, including four times at the World Championships in Hawaii. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Oberlin College.

Donna
Morris

Walmart

Donna Morris is EVP & Chief People Officer of Walmart.

Donna Morris

Donna Morris is executive vice president and chief people officer for Walmart Inc. A member of the executive committee, Donna is responsible for attracting, retaining and developing talent for one of the world’s largest private employers.

Donna has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in delivering innovative people solutions, developing and managing teams that operate in an agile way, and helping to build a high-performance culture that promotes diversity and inclusion. Donna joined Walmart from Adobe, where she served as chief human resources officer and executive vice president of employee experience.

A native of Ottawa, Canada, Donna joined Adobe in 2002 and most recently led all aspects of the company’s human resources, real estate and security operations. She led a number of workplace-friendly initiatives at Adobe, including expanding its family leave policy and simplifying standard HR processes.

Donna has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Carleton University. Donna holds the Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Senior HR Professional (SHRP) and Canadian Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designations. She also serves on the board of directors of Marvell Technology.

Donna and her husband, Wayne, are relocating to Northwest Arkansas. They have one son, Kyle, who lives in New York.

Darren
Walker

Ford Foundation

Darren Walker is President of Ford Foundation.

Darren Walker

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, a $13 billion international social justice philanthropy. Under his leadership, the Ford Foundation recently became the first nonprofit foundation in US history to issue a $1 billion social bond in the US taxable bond market to increase grant making to stabilize and strengthen nonprofit organizations in the wake of COVID-19. He is a member of Governor Cuomo’s Reimagining New York Commission and co-chair of NYC Census 2020. He also chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy.

Before joining Ford, Darren was vice president at Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs. In the 1990s, he was COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem’s largest community development organization.

Darren co-chairs New York City’s Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, and has served on the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform and the UN International Labour Organization Global Commission on the Future of Work. He co-founded both the US Impact Investing Alliance and the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy. He serves on many boards, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art, Carnegie Hall, the High Line, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. In the summer of 2020, he was appointed to the boards of Square and Ralph Lauren. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the recipient of 16 honorary degrees and university awards, including Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.

Educated exclusively in public schools, Darren was a member of the first Head Start class in 1965 and received BA, BS, and JD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been included on numerous leadership lists: Time’s annual 100 Most Influential People, Rolling Stone’s 25 People Shaping the Future, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Ebony's Power 100, and Out magazine’s Power 50.

Stephanie
Creary

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Stephanie Creary is Assistant Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Stephanie Creary

Professor Stephanie J. Creary is an identity and diversity scholar and a field researcher. She is also a founding faculty member of the Wharton IDEAS lab (Identity, Diversity, Engagement, Affect, and Social Relationships), an affiliated faculty member of Wharton People Analytics, a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), and affiliated faculty member of the Penn Center for Africana Studies. She leads the Leading Diversity@Wharton Speaker Series as part of her Leading Diversity in Organizations course at Wharton.

Professor Creary’s research centers on identifying and understanding the identity and diversity work that individuals and leaders engage in to improve the quality of relationships across differences at work. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how this work shifts power dynamics and patterns of voice and silence that can undermine or enhance relationship quality. She also examines the enabling and constraining features of the broader sociocultural context, including the organizational practices and policies that dictate whether and how identities are displayed and differences are communicated at work.

Prior to joining the Wharton faculty, Professor Creary was on the faculty of Cornell University. Prior to completing her PhD degree, she was a research associate at Harvard Business School and The Conference Board in NYC researching corporate diversity and inclusion practices. She also has extensive work experience in the health care industry. Professor Creary has earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences; an MBA degree from Simmons School of Management; and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

SPEAKERS

  • STEWART BUTTERFIELD

    Slack

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    STEWART BUTTERFIELD

    Stewart Butterfield is the CEO and co-founder of Slack. For more than 20 years, he has been an entrepreneur, designer, and technology leader, usually all at once.

    In 2013, Stewart and his team launched Slack, which has transformed business communication. Today, Slack is the leading channel-based messaging platform, used by millions to align their teams, unify their systems, and drive their businesses forward.

    In 2003, Stewart co-founded Flickr, one of the pioneers of image sharing and the social web. As CEO, he built Flickr into one of the largest web services in the world.

    Stewart has been regularly recognized for the foresight and innovation that has helped him build two companies that have reimagined the way we use technology to communicate, collaborate, share, and store information. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine, and one of the Top 50 Leaders by BusinessWeek; he has been included on Vanity Fair’s New Establishment List, the Recode 100, Advertising Age’s Creativity 50, and the Technology Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal.

    Stewart has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Victoria and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

  • SANDRA RIVERA

    Intel Corporation

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    SANDRA RIVERA

    Sandra L. Rivera is executive vice president and chief people officer at Intel Corporation. She leads Intel’s Human Resources organization and is responsible for driving greater business results through a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion as well as being responsible for the company’s policies and programs related to human resources worldwide.

    Before assuming her current role, she led the Network Platforms Group, which was a global organization of over 3,000 employees that drove the transformation of network infrastructure to Intel-based solutions and enabled breakthrough ways to integrate Intel’s silicon and software portfolio to create greater customer value. The organization was one of the Data Center Group’s fastest-growing businesses, enabling Intel to become a market leader for network logic silicon, an annual $20 billion market segment.

    Rivera joined Intel in 2000 as a marketing director after the acquisition of Dialogic Corporation. Before joining Intel, Rivera co-founded and served as president of The CTI Authority, and served as president of the computer telephony division at Catalyst Telecom.

    Rivera holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She sits on the Equinix board of directors and is a member of the Intel Hispanic Leadership Council.

  • VASANT PRABHU

    Visa

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    VASANT PRABHU

    Vasant M. Prabhu has been our chief financial officer since February 2015 and vice chairman since May 2019. In his role, he oversees Visa’s financial strategies, planning and reporting, in addition to all finance operations and investor relations.

    Mr. Prabhu joined Visa from NBCUniversal Media, LLC, where he served as chief financial officer, overseeing the company’s finance function as well as the operations and technical services division. Prior to joining NBCUniversal in 2014, Mr. Prabhu served as the chief financial officer for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. since 2004. In 2010, Mr. Prabhu was named vice chairman of Starwood. At Starwood, he was responsible for all financial functions, information technology and a range of corporate functions. He also served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Safeway Inc., and held senior leadership roles at The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc. and Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. Prabhu is currently a member of the board of directors of Mattel, Inc.

    Mr. Prabhu holds a B.S. in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

  • CHUCK ROBBINS

    Cisco

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    CHUCK ROBBINS

    Chuck Robbins is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cisco. He assumed the role of CEO on July 26, 2015 and was elected Chairman of the Board on December 11, 2017.
    As Chairman and CEO, Chuck is focused on helping companies, cities and countries around the world as they look to Cisco to connect everything and everyone by building the highly secure, intelligent platform for digital business.

    Over his 20 years at Cisco, he has served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations, where he led the Worldwide Sales and Partner Organizations, and helped drive and execute many of the company's investment areas and strategy shifts; Senior Vice President of The Americas, Cisco's largest geographic region; Senior Vice President of U.S. Enterprise, Commercial and Canada; Senior Vice President of U.S. Commercial Sales; and Segment Vice President, U.S. and Canada channel organization, where he was instrumental in helping build the industry's most powerful partner program.

    Prior to joining Cisco, Chuck held management positions at Bay Networks and Ascend Communications.

    Chuck is on the Board of Directors for BlackRock; Chairman of the US-Japan Business Council; a Member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum; on the Board of Directors for the Business Roundtable where he serves as Chairman of the Immigration Committee; a Board of Trustees member for the Ford Foundation; and a member of the International Council for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

    Chuck holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a computer science concentration from the University of North Carolina.

  • MINSOK PAK

    Mondelēz International

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    MINSOK PAK

    Minsok is Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer for Mondelēz International, a global company leading the future of snacking with 2019 net revenues of approximately $26 billion. In this role, he oversees a number of strategic growth areas critical to company growth and industry leadership, including Enterprise Strategy, M&A and strategic growth opportunities, new business, and e-Commerce and direct-to-consumer.

    Prior to joining the company, Minsok was Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at Target in the United States where he helped lead the development and implementation of a highly successful growth strategy. He had oversight of Strategy & Planning, Insights, M&A/Business Development, and Innovation, all supporting the company’s drive for omnichannel transformation.

    Minsok previously served as Senior Vice President for LEGO Group, where he led branded omnichannel retail including e-Commerce in more than 20 markets. Minsok spent close to 20 years with McKinsey & Company where he was a Senior Partner holding a range of roles in the US, Korea and Singapore, including Head of Asia-Pacific Sales & Marketing and other leadership positions in Asia Consumer & Retail and North American Supply Chain practices. He also spent a number of years as managing director of a private equity firm leading investments in packaged goods and mobile technology, as well as working internally for McKinsey & Company, helping lead the digital transformation for the firm.

    Minsok holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Oberlin College and earned an MBA from Stanford University. Minsok is passionate about music and multisport, serving as a member of the Minnesota Orchestral Association Board and having completed 23 Ironman triathlons, including four times at the World Championships in Hawaii. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Oberlin College.

  • DONNA MORRIS WALMART

    Walmart

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    DONNA MORRIS WALMART

    Donna Morris is executive vice president and chief people officer for Walmart Inc. A member of the executive committee, Donna is responsible for attracting, retaining and developing talent for one of the world’s largest private employers.

    Donna has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in delivering innovative people solutions, developing and managing teams that operate in an agile way, and helping to build a high-performance culture that promotes diversity and inclusion. Donna joined Walmart from Adobe, where she served as chief human resources officer and executive vice president of employee experience.

    A native of Ottawa, Canada, Donna joined Adobe in 2002 and most recently led all aspects of the company’s human resources, real estate and security operations. She led a number of workplace-friendly initiatives at Adobe, including expanding its family leave policy and simplifying standard HR processes.

    Donna has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Carleton University. Donna holds the Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Senior HR Professional (SHRP) and Canadian Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designations. She also serves on the board of directors of Marvell Technology.

    Donna and her husband, Wayne, are relocating to Northwest Arkansas. They have one son, Kyle, who lives in New York.

  • DARREN WALKER

    Ford Foundation

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    DARREN WALKER

    Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, a $13 billion international social justice philanthropy. Under his leadership, the Ford Foundation recently became the first nonprofit foundation in US history to issue a $1 billion social bond in the US taxable bond market to increase grant making to stabilize and strengthen nonprofit organizations in the wake of COVID-19. He is a member of Governor Cuomo’s Reimagining New York Commission and co-chair of NYC Census 2020. He also chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy.

    Before joining Ford, Darren was vice president at Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs. In the 1990s, he was COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem’s largest community development organization.

    Darren co-chairs New York City’s Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, and has served on the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform and the UN International Labour Organization Global Commission on the Future of Work. He co-founded both the US Impact Investing Alliance and the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy. He serves on many boards, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art, Carnegie Hall, the High Line, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. In the summer of 2020, he was appointed to the boards of Square and Ralph Lauren. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the recipient of 16 honorary degrees and university awards, including Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.

    Educated exclusively in public schools, Darren was a member of the first Head Start class in 1965 and received BA, BS, and JD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been included on numerous leadership lists: Time’s annual 100 Most Influential People, Rolling Stone’s 25 People Shaping the Future, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Ebony's Power 100, and Out magazine’s Power 50.

  • STEPHANIE CREARY

    Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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    STEPHANIE CREARY

    Professor Stephanie J. Creary is an identity and diversity scholar and a field researcher. She is also a founding faculty member of the Wharton IDEAS lab (Identity, Diversity, Engagement, Affect, and Social Relationships), an affiliated faculty member of Wharton People Analytics, a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), and affiliated faculty member of the Penn Center for Africana Studies. She leads the Leading Diversity@Wharton Speaker Series as part of her Leading Diversity in Organizations course at Wharton.

    Professor Creary’s research centers on identifying and understanding the identity and diversity work that individuals and leaders engage in to improve the quality of relationships across differences at work. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how this work shifts power dynamics and patterns of voice and silence that can undermine or enhance relationship quality. She also examines the enabling and constraining features of the broader sociocultural context, including the organizational practices and policies that dictate whether and how identities are displayed and differences are communicated at work.

    Prior to joining the Wharton faculty, Professor Creary was on the faculty of Cornell University. Prior to completing her PhD degree, she was a research associate at Harvard Business School and The Conference Board in NYC researching corporate diversity and inclusion practices. She also has extensive work experience in the health care industry. Professor Creary has earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences; an MBA degree from Simmons School of Management; and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

  • FRANCINE KATSOUDAS

    Cisco

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    FRANCINE KATSOUDAS

    Francine Katsoudas is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Cisco. She plays a major role in the company’s overall performance, leading organizational strategy, promoting operational effectiveness, and elevating team performance through innovative leadership.

    She leads Cisco’s business-driven People Strategy and People Deal, both of which support and align to Cisco’s overall business strategy and are essential to driving the Company’s transformational journey. She also is evolving Cisco’s approach to strategic workforce planning with programs highlighting the skills and capabilities that employees need to be innovative in today’s technology driven environment. She fosters a culture of full spectrum participation, emphasizing inclusion and collaboration to drive exponential business value.

    A 22-year veteran of Cisco, Katsoudas has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning. Prior to her current role, she was the HR leader and business partner to the Engineering leadership team helping oversee its workforce of more than 25,000 people. She has also held leadership positions in the Service Provider, HR Operations, Customer Service, Acquisition Integration and Services groups.

    Prior to Cisco, Katsoudas worked in both the financial and professional services industries with a focus on customer service and operations.

    Fran is a member of the Americares Board of Directors.

  • JAMES SUZMAN

    Author

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    JAMES SUZMAN

    James Suzman, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and the author of WORK: A Deep History, From the Stone Age to the Age of Robots, which will be released in January 2021. His research specializes in the Khoisan peoples of southern Africa. A recipient of the Smuts Commonwealth Fellowship in African Studies at Cambridge University, he is now the director of Anthropos Ltd., a think tank that applies anthropological methods to solving contemporary social and economic problems. He lives in Cambridge, England.

  • AARON LEVIE

    Box

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    AARON LEVIE

    Aaron Levie is Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder and Chairman at Box, which he launched in 2005 with CFO and cofounder Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind the Box product and platform strategy, incorporating the best of secure content collaboration with an intuitive user experience suited to the way people work today. Aaron leads the company in its mission to transform the way people and businesses work so they can achieve their greatest ambitions. He has served on the Board of Directors since April 2005.

    Aaron attended the University of Southern California from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to found Box.

  • ELLEN KULLMAN

    Carbon; Paradigm for Parity

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    ELLEN KULLMAN

    Ellen is the President & CEO of Carbon. Prior to joining Carbon, Ellen was Chairman and CEO of DuPont. She was the nineteenth executive, and the first woman to lead the company in its 212-year history. As a business leader, Ellen led double-digit growth of the company’s Safety and Protection business portfolio, started two successful high-growth businesses known today as DuPont Industrial Biosciences and DuPont Sustainable Solutions. During her seven years as CEO, Ellen led the company’s focus on growth in emerging international markets and championed the power of DuPont science and global market knowledge to transform industries. She decisively positioned the company for its next generation of growth, executing a strong plan that is delivering results today while positioning DuPont for future growth.

    Ellen is co-chair of the Paradigm for Parity coalition and a board director of United Technologies, Dell Technologies, Amgen, and Goldman Sachs. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and past president of the U.S. China Business Council. She serves on the board of trustees of Northwestern University. Ellen has been named as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune and one of the “World’s Most Powerful Women” by Forbes. Ellen holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.

  • JAMES MANYIKA

    McKinsey & Company

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    JAMES MANYIKA

    James Manyika is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and chairman and director of McKinsey Global Institute, and a member of McKinsey’s Board. Based in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, James has advised the chief executives and founders of many of the world’s leading technology companies. At MGI, James has led research on technology and its impact, future of work, productivity and economic growth. He published a book on AI and robotics another on the economic trends, and articles and reports. He has served along with technologists, business leaders, economists, and policymakers around the world on task forces and commissions related to technology and an inclusive economy. Appointed by Governor Newsom, he is co-chair of California’s Future of Work Commission.

    He was appointed vice chair of the Global Development Council at the White House by President Obama and appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretaries to serve on the National Innovation Advisory Board from and the Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors. He serves on the boards of Council on Foreign Relations, MacArthur Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He is involved in research and advisory boards at MIT, Harvard, Oxford and Stanford, as well as Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research.

    He earned DPhil, MSc and MA degrees in AI and robotics, mathematics and computer science from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Distinguished Fellow of Stanford’s AI Institute, a fellow of DeepMind.

  • VISHAAN CHAKRABARTI

    UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design

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    VISHAAN CHAKRABARTI

    With over twenty-five years of proven experience authoring and implementing visionary architecture and urbanism, Vishaan Chakrabarti is the William W. Wurster Dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. Simultaneously he serves as the Founder and Creative Director of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU). His highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation.

    Vishaan’s professional portfolio spans major new academic and institutional commissions; a mixed use village in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; a 100% social housing neighborhood in East New York including supportive housing for the formerly homeless; a master plan for the area surrounding Michigan Central Station in Detroit; attainable housing in Newark; the master plan and first buildings at both the Domino Sugar and Essex Crossing sites in New York; and a range of celebrated public spaces and waterfronts. In addition to commissioned work, PAU takes on numerous pro-bono social advocacy projects.

    Vishaan lectures internationally; contributes articles and op-ed’s to the New York Times, Crain’s Business, and other publications; has appeared on CBS Evening News, MSNBC’s The Cycle, Charlie Rose, National Public Radio, WNYC, and other television and radio programs; and was a main-stage speaker at TED 2018: The Age of Amazement. He serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York, the Regional Planning Association, the Norman Foster Foundation, and The World Around You.

  • TODD MCKINNON

    Okta

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    TODD MCKINNON

    Todd McKinnon is the CEO and co-founder of Okta, the leading provider of enterprise identity, which he co-founded in2009 with Frederic Kerrest. Under Todd’s leadership, Okta has transformed the way millions of people access technology and put identity at the forefront of security.

    Todd’s experience as a leader and technology visionary spans more than 25 years, with deep roots in enterprise software and cloud transformation. Prior to Okta, he led engineering at Salesforce.com, where he grew the team from 15 people to more than 250, and the service from two million daily transactions to more than 150 million. Todd started his career at PeopleSoft, where he held a number of engineering and leadership roles throughout his 8-year tenure.

    Todd earned his bachelor’s degree in management and information systems from Brigham Young University and his master’s in computer science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. A Bay Area native, Todd is an advisor to Family House and an advocate for equality and inclusion. He is a husband and father, an exercise addict, and a mountain bike enthusiast.

AGENDA

11:45am EDT

Doors Open

12:00pm EDT

Programming Begins

Topics of Discussion Include:

 

Organizational Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving

No one could have predicted the series of events that brought us to where we are today. At first the mode was one of survival: What changes can we make immediately to ensure everyone’s safety and keep the lights on? Now the mode is how to thrive. Business leaders across industries will share their experiences, strategies and outlook for succeeding, despite what challenges might lie ahead.

 

Leadership in Focus: Trust and Transparency in the New Normal

During times of rapid change, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively is critical. Instilling trust amidst uncertainty is imperative. What happens to corporate culture when people aren’t in one place? How are top leaders connecting meaningfully with a dispersed workforce?

 

The Inequality Equation: Seeing Our Blind Spots

The inherent biases we possess impact many aspects of our work lives, including hiring, team building, management and technology development. How do we work to recognize our biases and avoid encoding inequity into the future of our work and workforce?

 

Where We Work: Office Space After COVID

Tackling the complexities of bringing people safely back to the office is a defining challenge of our uncertain times. What are the technical hurdles and opportunities? What is the financial burden? Will corporate headquarters in major urban centers become a thing of the past?

 

Tech Roadmap: Detours and the Path Ahead

The past months saw a race toward large-scale digitization and the fast-tracking of efforts to support a suddenly remote workforce. Projects deemed a priority at the start of the year were tabled to devote resources to these more urgent needs. Now that we’ve settled into new norms, what are the technology imperatives that will drive optimal outcomes in the months and years ahead?

 

Dollars and Sense: Investing for the Future

The role of the CFO is never more central to an organization’s ability to flourish than in times of an economy disrupted. Inherent in every decision are high levels of complexity and risk. Every choice to invest in one area means cutting back in another. Hear how leading CFOs are navigating today and planning for tomorrow.

3:30pm EDT

Event Concludes

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PAST SPEAKERS

Arianna
Huffington

Thrive Global

Arianna Huffington is Founder of Huffington Post, and Founder and CEO of Thrive Global.

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers.

Jason
Fried

Basecamp

Jason Fried is co-founder & CEO of Basecamp.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried is co-founder & CEO of Basecamp, makers of a leading web-based project management and communication platform. A self-described “non-serial entrepreneur”, he created and sold his first software product while a student at the University of Arizona, and has been running Basecamp (formerly 37signals) since its founding in 1999. Fried is also the New York Times bestselling co-author of the books “Getting Real”, “REWORK”, “Remote”, and the recent “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”, released in 2018. Follow him on Twitter @JasonFried.

Ginni
Rometty

IBM

Ginni Rometty is Executive Chairman of IBM.

Ginni Rometty

Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty is Executive Chairman of IBM. She was previously Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Ginni became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM in 2012. During her tenure she made bold changes to reposition IBM for the future, investing in high value segments of the IT market and optimizing the company’s portfolio. Under Ginni’s leadership, IBM built out key capabilities in hybrid cloud, security, quantum computing, industry expertise, and data and AI, both organically and through acquisition. IBM acquired 64 companies during Ginni’s tenure as CEO, including Red Hat, the largest acquisition in the company’s history. She reinvented more than 50 percent of IBM’s portfolio, built a $21 billion hybrid cloud business and established IBM’s leadership in AI, quantum computing and blockchain, while divesting nearly $10 billion in annual revenue to focus the portfolio on IBM’s high-value, integrated offerings.

Ginni also established IBM as the model of responsible stewardship in the digital age. She was the industry’s leading voice on technology ethics and data stewardship, working relentlessly to safely usher new technologies into society. She enabled people of diverse backgrounds and education levels to participate in the digital economy by building talent, skills and opportunity for disadvantaged populations. Under her leadership, IBM created thousands of New Collar jobs and championed the reinvention of education around the world, including the explosive growth of the six-year Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, or P‑TECHs, which are helping prepare the workforce of the future, serving hundreds of thousands of students in over 200 schools and 24 countries. She also helped to redefine the purpose of the corporation through her work with the Business Roundtable, expanding corporate commitments to include a wide range of stakeholders, from customers to communities.

IBM also achieved record results in diversity and inclusion under Ginni’s leadership. This included extending parental leave and making it easier for women to return to the workforce through a ‘returnships’ program with hands-on work experience in emerging technologies. This pioneering work was recognized in 2018 by the prestigious Catalyst Award for advancing diversity and women’s initiatives. IBM is the only tech company to have earned this recognition in the past 20 years and the only company ever to be honored four times.

Beginning her career with IBM in 1981, Ginni held a series of leadership positions across the company and led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts.

Ginni has a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University, where she later was awarded an honorary degree. She also has honorary degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and North Carolina State University.

She serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University, where she is a Vice Chair, and the boards of overseers and managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Cyber Group, a member of the advisory board of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, and a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board International Advisory Council.

Drew
Houston

Dropbox

Drew Houston is Co-Founder and CEO of Dropbox.

Drew Houston

Drew co-founded Dropbox in 2007. He’s led our growth from a simple idea to a service used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Drew’s responsible for the direction and product strategy of our company.

Laszlo
Bock

Humu

Laszlo Bock is Co-founder and CEO of Humu, and Former SVP, People Operations of Google.

Laszlo Bock

Laszlo is CEO of Humu, a company making work better through science, machine learning, and a little bit of love. His New York Times bestseller, WORK RULES!, has been published in more than 25 languages. From 2006 to 2016, Laszlo was S.V.P of People Operations and a member of Google’s management team, growing the company to over 70,000 employees while ensuring the culture remained innovative and robust. During his tenure, Google was recognized over 150 times as an exceptional employer, and was named the #1 Best Company to Work For in the United States seven times. Laszlo is credited with creating the field of “People Analytics”, the application of academic-quality rigor and Google-paced innovation to people management.

Francine
Katsoudas

Cisco

Francine Katsoudas is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Cisco.

Francine Katsoudas

Francine Katsoudas is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Cisco. She plays a major role in the company’s overall performance, leading organizational strategy, promoting operational effectiveness, and elevating team performance through innovative leadership.

She leads Cisco’s business-driven People Strategy and People Deal, both of which support and align to Cisco’s overall business strategy and are essential to driving the Company’s transformational journey. She also is evolving Cisco’s approach to strategic workforce planning with programs highlighting the skills and capabilities that employees need to be innovative in today’s technology driven environment. She fosters a culture of full spectrum participation, emphasizing inclusion and collaboration to drive exponential business value.

A 22-year veteran of Cisco, Katsoudas has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning. Prior to her current role, she was the HR leader and business partner to the Engineering leadership team helping oversee its workforce of more than 25,000 people. She has also held leadership positions in the Service Provider, HR Operations, Customer Service, Acquisition Integration and Services groups.

Prior to Cisco, Katsoudas worked in both the financial and professional services industries with a focus on customer service and operations.

Fran is a member of the Americares Board of Directors.

Jim
Goodnight

SAS

Jim Goodnight is Co-Founder and CEO of SAS.

Jim Goodnight

As the CEO of SAS, the world’s leading business analytics software vendor, Jim Goodnight has led the company since its inception in 1976, overseeing an unbroken chain of revenue growth and profitability that is unprecedented in the industry. Under his leadership, SAS has become renowned for its innovation and corporate culture. His commitment to work-life balance has made SAS a fixture on best workplaces lists worldwide, including No. 1 on the Fortune list for the US and No. 1 on the Great Place to Work Institute’s multinational ranking.

SAS® software was originally created by Goodnight and North Carolina State University colleagues to analyze agricultural research data. Four decades later, a solid reputation for innovation has secured SAS among the world’s largest software companies. Goodnight continues this commitment to breakthrough technology by reinvesting about a quarter of total revenue each year in research and development, nearly double the percentage of other large software companies.

The company’s strategy to provide an environment where employees can reach peak performance has been showcased in Harvard Business Review. Goodnight co-authored “Managing for Creativity” with author Dr. Richard Florida, asserting that companies prosper when they make the best use of their creative capital. "Innovation is the key to success in this business, and creativity fuels innovation," he said. "Creativity is especially important to SAS because software is a product of the mind. Ninety-five percent of my assets drive out the gate every evening. It's my job to maintain a work environment that keeps those people coming back every morning."

Born on Jan. 6, 1943, in Salisbury, NC, Goodnight has strong and dedicated ties to his home state. He earned his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and his master’s in statistics from North Carolina State University (NCSU). He also earned his doctorate in statistics at NCSU, where he was a faculty member from 1972 – 1976. His passion for learning led him to endow several NCSU professorships and make education the focus of SAS' philanthropy. In 1997 he co-founded Cary Academy, an independent college preparatory day school for students in grades six through 12, with the goal of creating a model school for integrating technology into all facets of education.

Shortly before Cary Academy opened, Goodnight launched SAS inSchool® (now called SAS® Curriculum Pathways®), which develops educational software that helps schools meet the challenges of the new millennium. The free software contains the framework for a new generation of teaching courseware that will further extend the use of technology as a learning tool. Year after year, SAS Curriculum Pathways earns awards for educational technologies and, more importantly, the support of students, teachers and parents.

Harvard Business School named Goodnight a Great American Business Leader for his role in making SAS a business that changed the way Americans lived, worked and interacted over the last several decades. He was also named one of America’s 25 Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine. Goodnight is an active participant in the Business Roundtable and the Business Council, where CEOs address global issues and business concerns.

Poppy
Crum

Dolby Laboratories

Poppy Crum, PhD, is Chief Scientist of Dolby Laboratories.

Poppy Crum

Poppy Crum works to bridge the gap between technology and insightful, effective human interaction. As a multi-dimensional advocate of empathetic technology, she builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world.

Poppy serves as the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and as an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems.

Poppy is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world. She has advanced a mission to democratize the way people of all abilities benefit from sensory technologies – and how effectively technology communicates back to each of us. She believes the power of intelligent technologies is only realized with dynamic optimization and learning of as much of our personal and contextual data as possible.

At Dolby, Poppy directs the growth of internal science. She is responsible for integrating neuroscience and sensory data science into algorithm design, technological development, and technology strategy. At Stanford, her work focuses on the impact and feedback potential of new technologies including gaming and immersive environments such as Augmented and Virtual Reality on neuroplasticity and learning.

PAST SPEAKERS

  • ARIANNA HUFFINGTON

    Thrive Global

    Read Bio ⟶

    ARIANNA HUFFINGTON

    Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers.

  • JASON FRIED

    Basecamp

    Read Bio ⟶

    JASON FRIED

    Jason Fried is co-founder & CEO of Basecamp, makers of a leading web-based project management and communication platform. A self-described “non-serial entrepreneur”, he created and sold his first software product while a student at the University of Arizona, and has been running Basecamp (formerly 37signals) since its founding in 1999. Fried is also the New York Times bestselling co-author of the books “Getting Real”, “REWORK”, “Remote”, and the recent “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”, released in 2018. Follow him on Twitter @JasonFried.

  • GINNI ROMETTY

    IBM

    Read Bio ⟶

    GINNI ROMETTY

    Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty is Executive Chairman of IBM. She was previously Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

    Ginni became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM in 2012. During her tenure she made bold changes to reposition IBM for the future, investing in high value segments of the IT market and optimizing the company’s portfolio. Under Ginni’s leadership, IBM built out key capabilities in hybrid cloud, security, quantum computing, industry expertise, and data and AI, both organically and through acquisition. IBM acquired 64 companies during Ginni’s tenure as CEO, including Red Hat, the largest acquisition in the company’s history. She reinvented more than 50 percent of IBM’s portfolio, built a $21 billion hybrid cloud business and established IBM’s leadership in AI, quantum computing and blockchain, while divesting nearly $10 billion in annual revenue to focus the portfolio on IBM’s high-value, integrated offerings.

    Ginni also established IBM as the model of responsible stewardship in the digital age. She was the industry’s leading voice on technology ethics and data stewardship, working relentlessly to safely usher new technologies into society. She enabled people of diverse backgrounds and education levels to participate in the digital economy by building talent, skills and opportunity for disadvantaged populations. Under her leadership, IBM created thousands of New Collar jobs and championed the reinvention of education around the world, including the explosive growth of the six-year Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, or P‑TECHs, which are helping prepare the workforce of the future, serving hundreds of thousands of students in over 200 schools and 24 countries. She also helped to redefine the purpose of the corporation through her work with the Business Roundtable, expanding corporate commitments to include a wide range of stakeholders, from customers to communities.

    IBM also achieved record results in diversity and inclusion under Ginni’s leadership. This included extending parental leave and making it easier for women to return to the workforce through a ‘returnships’ program with hands-on work experience in emerging technologies. This pioneering work was recognized in 2018 by the prestigious Catalyst Award for advancing diversity and women’s initiatives. IBM is the only tech company to have earned this recognition in the past 20 years and the only company ever to be honored four times.

    Beginning her career with IBM in 1981, Ginni held a series of leadership positions across the company and led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts.

    Ginni has a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University, where she later was awarded an honorary degree. She also has honorary degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and North Carolina State University.

    She serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University, where she is a Vice Chair, and the boards of overseers and managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Cyber Group, a member of the advisory board of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, and a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board International Advisory Council.

  • DREW HOUSTON

    Dropbox

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    DREW HOUSTON

    Drew co-founded Dropbox in 2007. He’s led our growth from a simple idea to a service used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Drew’s responsible for the direction and product strategy of our company.

  • LASZLO BOCK

    Humu

    Read Bio ⟶

    LASZLO BOCK

    Laszlo is CEO of Humu, a company making work better through science, machine learning, and a little bit of love. His New York Times bestseller, WORK RULES!, has been published in more than 25 languages. From 2006 to 2016, Laszlo was S.V.P of People Operations and a member of Google’s management team, growing the company to over 70,000 employees while ensuring the culture remained innovative and robust. During his tenure, Google was recognized over 150 times as an exceptional employer, and was named the #1 Best Company to Work For in the United States seven times. Laszlo is credited with creating the field of “People Analytics”, the application of academic-quality rigor and Google-paced innovation to people management.

  • FRANCINE KATSOUDAS

    Cisco

    Read Bio ⟶

    FRANCINE KATSOUDAS

    Francine Katsoudas is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Cisco. She plays a major role in the company’s overall performance, leading organizational strategy, promoting operational effectiveness, and elevating team performance through innovative leadership.

    She leads Cisco’s business-driven People Strategy and People Deal, both of which support and align to Cisco’s overall business strategy and are essential to driving the Company’s transformational journey. She also is evolving Cisco’s approach to strategic workforce planning with programs highlighting the skills and capabilities that employees need to be innovative in today’s technology driven environment. She fosters a culture of full spectrum participation, emphasizing inclusion and collaboration to drive exponential business value.

    A 22-year veteran of Cisco, Katsoudas has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning. Prior to her current role, she was the HR leader and business partner to the Engineering leadership team helping oversee its workforce of more than 25,000 people. She has also held leadership positions in the Service Provider, HR Operations, Customer Service, Acquisition Integration and Services groups.

    Prior to Cisco, Katsoudas worked in both the financial and professional services industries with a focus on customer service and operations.

    Fran is a member of the Americares Board of Directors.

  • JIM GOODNIGHT

    SAS

    Read Bio ⟶

    JIM GOODNIGHT

    As the CEO of SAS, the world’s leading business analytics software vendor, Jim Goodnight has led the company since its inception in 1976, overseeing an unbroken chain of revenue growth and profitability that is unprecedented in the industry. Under his leadership, SAS has become renowned for its innovation and corporate culture. His commitment to work-life balance has made SAS a fixture on best workplaces lists worldwide, including No. 1 on the Fortune list for the US and No. 1 on the Great Place to Work Institute’s multinational ranking.

    SAS® software was originally created by Goodnight and North Carolina State University colleagues to analyze agricultural research data. Four decades later, a solid reputation for innovation has secured SAS among the world’s largest software companies. Goodnight continues this commitment to breakthrough technology by reinvesting about a quarter of total revenue each year in research and development, nearly double the percentage of other large software companies.

    The company’s strategy to provide an environment where employees can reach peak performance has been showcased in Harvard Business Review. Goodnight co-authored “Managing for Creativity” with author Dr. Richard Florida, asserting that companies prosper when they make the best use of their creative capital. "Innovation is the key to success in this business, and creativity fuels innovation," he said. "Creativity is especially important to SAS because software is a product of the mind. Ninety-five percent of my assets drive out the gate every evening. It's my job to maintain a work environment that keeps those people coming back every morning."

    Born on Jan. 6, 1943, in Salisbury, NC, Goodnight has strong and dedicated ties to his home state. He earned his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and his master’s in statistics from North Carolina State University (NCSU). He also earned his doctorate in statistics at NCSU, where he was a faculty member from 1972 – 1976. His passion for learning led him to endow several NCSU professorships and make education the focus of SAS' philanthropy. In 1997 he co-founded Cary Academy, an independent college preparatory day school for students in grades six through 12, with the goal of creating a model school for integrating technology into all facets of education.

    Shortly before Cary Academy opened, Goodnight launched SAS inSchool® (now called SAS® Curriculum Pathways®), which develops educational software that helps schools meet the challenges of the new millennium. The free software contains the framework for a new generation of teaching courseware that will further extend the use of technology as a learning tool. Year after year, SAS Curriculum Pathways earns awards for educational technologies and, more importantly, the support of students, teachers and parents.

    Harvard Business School named Goodnight a Great American Business Leader for his role in making SAS a business that changed the way Americans lived, worked and interacted over the last several decades. He was also named one of America’s 25 Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine. Goodnight is an active participant in the Business Roundtable and the Business Council, where CEOs address global issues and business concerns.

  • POPPY CRUM

    Dolby Laboratories

    Read Bio ⟶

    POPPY CRUM

    Poppy Crum works to bridge the gap between technology and insightful, effective human interaction. As a multi-dimensional advocate of empathetic technology, she builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world.

    Poppy serves as the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and as an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems.

    Poppy is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world. She has advanced a mission to democratize the way people of all abilities benefit from sensory technologies – and how effectively technology communicates back to each of us. She believes the power of intelligent technologies is only realized with dynamic optimization and learning of as much of our personal and contextual data as possible.

    At Dolby, Poppy directs the growth of internal science. She is responsible for integrating neuroscience and sensory data science into algorithm design, technological development, and technology strategy. At Stanford, her work focuses on the impact and feedback potential of new technologies including gaming and immersive environments such as Augmented and Virtual Reality on neuroplasticity and learning.

  • FRANK SLOOTMAN

    Snowflake

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    FRANK SLOOTMAN

    Frank Slootman currently serves as Chairman and CEO at Snowflake. Frank has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive in the enterprise software industry. Mr. Slootman served as CEO and President of ServiceNow from 2011 to 2017, taking the organization from around $100M in revenue, through an IPO, to $1.4B. Prior to that, Frank served as President of the Backup Recovery Systems Division at EMC following an acquisition of Data Domain Corporation/Data Domain, Inc., where he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President, leading the company through an IPO to its acquisition by EMC for $2.4B. Slootman holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from the Netherlands School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

  • RITA MCGRATH

    Columbia Business School

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    RITA MCGRATH

    Rita Gunther McGrath is a globally recognized expert on strategy, innovation, and growth with an emphasis on corporate entrepreneurship. Her work and ideas help CEOs and senior executives chart a pathway to success in today’s rapidly changing and volatile environments. McGrath is highly valued for her rare ability to connect research to business problems and in 2016 received the “Theory to Practice” award at the Vienna Strategy Forum.

    Recognized consistently as one of the top 10 management thinkers by global management award Thinkers50, McGrath also received the award for outstanding achievement in the Strategy category. She is a highly sought after speaker at corporate events, such as the Yale CEO Summit, the Innosight CEO Summit and at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. McGrath has also been inducted into the Strategic Management Society “Fellows” in recognition of her impact on the field.

    McGrath is often cited in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and NPR’s Marketplace. She maintains an active social media presence, and has been rated one of the 25 smartest women to follow on Twitter by Fast Company Magazine. She consistently appears in rankings of the top business school professors to follow on Twitter. McGrath was voted HR Magazine’s Most Influential International Thinker, writes regularly for Fortune magazine’s online edition, is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s Experts column and blogs regularly at HBR.org.

    McGrath is one of the most widely published authors in the Harvard Business Review, including the best-selling “Discovery Driven Planning” (1995), which was recognized as an early articulation of today’s “lean” startup philosophy and has been praised by Clayton Christensen as ‘one of the most important ideas in management – ever.’ Her related book, Discovery Driven Growth: A Breakthrough Process to Reduce Risk and Seize Opportunity (2009) is a deep dive into how to put the technique to work. Her next project, tentatively entitled Discovery Driven Advantage examines how companies can build true proficiency in innovation.

    McGrath’s best-selling book, The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business, was recognized by Strategy+Business as the #1 business book of the year. She has co-authored two more books: MarketBusters: 40 Strategic Moves that Drive Exceptional Business Growth (2005); and The Entrepreneurial Mindset (2000), all published by Harvard Business Review Press. MarketBusters has been translated into ten languages and was named one of the best business books of 2013 by Strategy+Business.

    Rita joined the faculty of Columbia Business School in 1993. Prior to life in academia, she was an IT director, worked in the political arena, and founded two startups. She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. She is married and is proud to be the mother of two delightful grownups. Follow her on Twitter @rgmcgrath

  • GLEN TULLMAN

    Livongo Health

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    GLEN TULLMAN

    Glen Tullman is the Executive Chairman and Founder of Livongo Health, the consumer first digital health pioneer committed to empowering people with chronic conditions to live better and healthier lives. He is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and other chronic conditions—and to keeping people healthy until these cures are found.

    A visionary leader and entrepreneur, he previously ran two public companies that changed the way health care is delivered. Most recently, Tullman served as Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts, at the time he was there the leading provider of electronic health records, practice management, and electronic prescribing systems. He is the author of On Our Terms: Empowering the New Health Consumer, in which he proposes new solutions to address the chronic-condition epidemic facing our country.

    A strong proponent of philanthropy, Tullman also serves as a Chancellor to the International Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and as a Board Member of the American Diabetes Association. Tullman has three amazing children that inspire him every day.

  • JOAN BOTTARINI

    Hyatt Hotels Corporation

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    JOAN BOTTARINI

    Joan Bottarini was appointed Chief Financial Officer in November 2018. In this role, Joan is responsible for the global finance function, including financial reporting, planning, treasury, tax, investor relations, internal audit, and procurement. Joan previously served as the Company’s Senior Vice President, Finance – Americas since 2016. Prior to that position, Joan served as Vice President, Hotel Finance, Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) of the Company from 2014 to 2016 and as Vice President, Strategic Financial Planning and Analysis of the Company from 2007 to 2014. Prior to her roles at Hyatt, Joan served as an Assurance Manager at KPMG LLP. Joan holds a B.S. from Northern Illinois University.

  • NICK PINCHUK

    Snap-on

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    NICK PINCHUK

    Nick Pinchuk is chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Incorporated, and serves on its board of directors.

    Mr. Pinchuk was named president and chief operating officer in April 2007, when he was also appointed to Snap-on’s board. He was elected chief executive officer in December 2007 and subsequently chairman in April 2009. He joined Snap-on in 2002 as senior vice president and president of Snap-on’s Worldwide Commercial and Industrial Group.
    Before Snap-on, Mr. Pinchuk was president, global refrigeration operations, a multi-billion dollar business unit of Carrier Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. Prior to that, he served in executive, operational, planning and financial capacities within Carrier and United Technologies, including: president, Asia-Pacific air conditioning operations; global vice president, strategic planning; and chief financial officer, Carrier International Corporation. Before joining United Technologies, he was with the Ford Motor Company, where he held various financial and engineering positions. He also served in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Army.
    Mr. Pinchuk received an M.B.A. from Harvard, and master and bachelor of science degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He currently serves on the board of directors of Columbus McKinnon Corporation; on the board of directors for the National Association of Manufacturers; on the Board of Trustees of the Manufacturer’s Alliance for Productivity and Innovation; on the Senior Advisory Board of the Syracuse University School of Management; and on the Board of Trustees of Carthage College.

    Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education. Snap-on also derives income from various financing programs to facilitate the sales of its products and support its franchise business. Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distributor and internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $3.7 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

  • KATHLEEN HOGAN

    Microsoft

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    KATHLEEN HOGAN

    As Chief People Officer at Microsoft, Kathleen Hogan empowers 130,000+ global employees to achieve Microsoft’s mission. In her role, she focuses on making Microsoft an exceptional place for employees to work and ensures that the company is creating a culture that attracts and inspires the world’s most passionate talent.

    Hogan previously served as corporate vice president of Microsoft Services, a team dedicated to helping businesses and consumers maximize the value of their investment in Microsoft technologies. She has also served as corporate vice president of Customer Service and Support. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, Hogan worked at McKinsey & Co. and Oracle Corp.

    She earned her bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University. In addition, Hogan holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

    As a breast cancer survivor, she lends her personal and business perspective to the board of directors of the Puget Sound affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She’s also actively involved in helping young girls cultivate an interest in technology careers, and currently serves on the board of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.