Building a Resilient Future

From changes in how and where we work, to critical innovation acceleration and product development; as well as the reallocation of sometimes limited capital, the global pandemic fundamentally disrupted work… perhaps forever.

What’s next in your company’s transformation? The landscape has changed and it will take new ideas and agile management to lead your organization into the future.

As we emerge from this crisis and adapt to this new reality, it’s clear that shaping a modern and resilient business will require close collaboration across finance, talent, and technology leadership. CNBC @Work provides a forum for senior executives to learn from each other and the world’s most influential voices who are defining all aspects of the future of work.

With the right tools and the right talent, great opportunity is within reach. Join us and examine how the most forward-looking and disruptive companies are finding and keeping the best workers, upending traditional roles, innovating, investing and finding creative solutions to shape the work of tomorrow.

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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Matthew
McConaughey

Actor and Author of Greenlights

Matthew McConaughey is an Actor and Author of Greenlights.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey is an Actor and Author of Greenlights.

Kathleen
Hogan

Microsoft

Kathleen Hogan is Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President, Human Resources

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.

Yun
Lingner

Shark Tank

Yun Lingner is Executive Producer of Shark Tank.

Yun Lingner

YUN LINGNER Executive Producer on ABC’s “Shark Tank” Yun Lingner has been a pivotal part of the creative producing team of the multiple Emmy Award-winning, seminal business program ”Shark Tank” since it’s pilot episode. She began her career producing several television documentary series such as “Biography,” “Ancient Mysteries” and ”In Search of History” for A&E and The History Channel. She has since produced numerous hit reality television shows, including “The Mole” (ABC), “The Shot” (VH1), “American Inventor” (ABC), “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox) and “Big Brother” (CBS). For “Shark Tank,” she has earned nine Emmy nominations with four wins, seven Critics Choice nominations with five wins, three TCA nominations with one win, and four Producer’s Guild Award nominations. She is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Fine Arts.

Caroline
Wanga

Essence Communications, Inc.

Caroline Wanga is CEO of Essence Communications, Inc.

Caroline Wanga

Caroline A. Wanga is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Essence Communications Inc. the independent Black-owned consumer technology company focused on merging content, community, and commerce to meet the evolving cultural and lifestyle needs of people of color.

Most recently, Wanga led Target’s strategic intent to champion an inclusive society with accountability for inclusive guest experiences, a diverse and inclusive work environment and societal impact. As a cultural catalyst, she helped fuel Target’s business objectives through the company’s first-ever performance-based D&I goals, significantly improving areas including Supplier Diversity, Marketing, Philanthropy, Retention, Hiring, Representation and Engagement. She also had responsibility for reshaping Target’s organizational culture.

Wanga began her Target career in supply chain, serving in a variety of transformational leadership roles, including modernizing Supply Chain, Business Intelligence, Digital and Strategy capabilities. Prior to that, she held several leadership roles in the non-profit sector.

Wanga earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from HBCU Texas College and is an inspirational thought leader and public speaker. She has been named a Top Executive in Corporate Diversity by Black Enterprise and one of Savoy’s Most Powerful Women in Corporate America; is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the Talladega College Board of Trustees, and the Intersectionality, Culture, and Diversity Advisory Board for Twitter; and is former co-chair of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. Her greatest life accomplishment is her daughter, Cadence.

Reid
Hoffman

Greylock

Reid Hoffman is Partner of Greylock and Co-founder of LinkedIn.

Reid Hoffman

Reid is a Silicon Valley stalwart in the modern technology world. An accomplished entrepreneur and executive, he played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. As an investor, he has been instrumental in the success of iconic companies such as Facebook and Airbnb and has helped fast-growing newcomers like Aurora and Convoy get to scale.

Reid joined Greylock in 2009 and focuses on early-stage investing in products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants. His unique understanding of consumer behavior and a clear-eyed ability to guide startups from inception through ramped-up “blitzscaling” has made him one of the most sought-after advisors, partners, and investors today. Reid was a board observer for Airbnb and currently serves as a board director for Apollo Fusion, Aurora, Blockstream, Coda, Convoy, Entrepreneur First, Microsoft, Nauto, Neeva, Xapo, and a few early-stage companies still in stealth.

Reid’s core focus is on businesses with network effects. In 2003, he co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network that today has more than 650 million members and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising, and software licensing. Before LinkedIn, Reid served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member and responsible for all of the company’s external relationships.

His foundational thesis of the power of networks extends beyond marketplaces and social ecosystems. Recently, it has led to his investments in autonomous driving technology startup Nauto, cryptocurrency startup Xapo, and shipping logistics provider Convoy.

Reid is a frequent public speaker, known for his approachability and skill at explaining complex topics with lucidity. He is the co-author of Blitzscaling and two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-up of You and The Alliance. He also hosts the podcast Masters of Scale.

A California native, Reid spent most of his life in the Bay Area. He earned a B.S. with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University and then earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University. He has honorary doctorate degrees from Babson University and the University of Oulu.

Beyond startups and technology, Reid has a wide range of interests, including politics, board games, science fiction, philosophy, and philanthropy. He serves on several not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Endeavor, CZI Biohub, Do Something, New America, the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI, and the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change. Reid has received various awards for his philanthropic work, including CBE from the Queen of England and Salute to Greatness Award from the Martin Luther King Center.

Sarah
Guo

Greylock

Sarah Guo is Partner of Greylock.

Sarah Guo

Sarah is interested in almost everything where technology can be used as a weapon to get us to the future, faster. She spends a lot of her time thinking about opportunities in B2B applications and infrastructure, cyber security, artificial intelligence, and the future of work and communications.

Sarah joined Greylock as an investor in 2013. She led Greylock’s investment in Cleo, Clubhouse, Demisto (acquired by Palo Alto Networks), Remotion, Sqreen and Utmost and is on the board of Cleo, Clubhouse, Obsidian, Remotion, Sqreen and Utmost. She also works with Awake, Coda, Figma, and previously SkyHigh (acquired by McAfee). Prior to joining Greylock, Sarah was at Goldman Sachs, where she invested in growth-stage technology startups such as Dropbox, and advised pre-IPO technology companies such as Workday (as well as public clients including Zynga, Netflix and Nvidia). Previously, Sarah worked with Casa Systems (NASDAQ:CASA), a publicly traded technology company that develops a software-centric networking platform for cable and mobile service providers.

She is an advocate for STEM education for women and the underserved. She has taught Marketing in the Wharton Undergraduate Program and served as a teaching fellow in lower-income high schools for the Philadelphia World Affairs Council. Sarah has four degrees from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. She is part of Linkedin’s Next Wave and the Forbes’ 30 Under 30.

Prithwiraj (Raj)
Choudhury

Harvard Business School

Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury is Associate Professor of Harvard Business School.

Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury

Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury is the Lumry Family Associate Professor at the Harvard Business School. He was an Assistant Professor at Wharton prior to joining Harvard. His research is focused on studying the Future of Work, especially the changing Geography of Work. In particular, he studies the productivity effects of geographic mobility of workers, causes of geographic immobility and productivity effects of remote work practices such as ‘Work from anywhere’ and ‘All-remote’.

Katie
Porter

Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif.

Katie Porter is Congresswoman of California’s 45th Congressional District.

Katie Porter

Congresswoman Katie Porter represents California’s 45th Congressional District.

In Washington, Congresswoman Porter has remained committed to putting Orange County families first. As a member of House Financial Services Committee and the House Oversight and Reform Committee, she’s asked tough questions of bank CEOs and administration officials to hold them accountable to the American people. She has also been a key supporter of legislation to reduce the influence of dark money in politics and restore ethics to Washington.

As a single working mom, Rep. Porter knows firsthand about the challenges faced by working families. She’s introduced bipartisan legislation to allow families to set aside more pre-tax income for dependent care. She’s continued to press for a repeal of the limits on the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, which has hit California’s middle-class families especially hard.

Before coming to Congress, Porter spent nearly two decades taking on the special interests that dominate American politics and drown out the voices of working families. As California’s independent watchdog against the banks, she made sure the big banks that had cheated Orange County homeowners followed through on their promise to help affected families get back on their feet. As a consumer finance expert, Congresswoman Porter also helped Congress pass the original Credit CARD Act in 2009, which enacted federal protections from abusive credit card fees.

SPEAKERS

  • MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY

    Actor and Author of Greenlights

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    Jon Fortt

    Matthew McConaughey is an Actor and Author of Greenlights.

  • KATHLEEN HOGAN

    Microsoft

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    Jon Fortt

    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.

  • YUN LINGNER

    Shark Tank

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    Jon Fortt

    YUN LINGNER Executive Producer on ABC’s “Shark Tank” Yun Lingner has been a pivotal part of the creative producing team of the multiple Emmy Award-winning, seminal business program ”Shark Tank” since it’s pilot episode. She began her career producing several television documentary series such as “Biography,” “Ancient Mysteries” and ”In Search of History” for A&E and The History Channel. She has since produced numerous hit reality television shows, including “The Mole” (ABC), “The Shot” (VH1), “American Inventor” (ABC), “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox) and “Big Brother” (CBS). For “Shark Tank,” she has earned nine Emmy nominations with four wins, seven Critics Choice nominations with five wins, three TCA nominations with one win, and four Producer’s Guild Award nominations. She is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Fine Arts.

  • CAROLINE WANGA

    Essence Communications, Inc.

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    Jon Fortt

    Caroline A. Wanga is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Essence Communications Inc. the independent Black-owned consumer technology company focused on merging content, community, and commerce to meet the evolving cultural and lifestyle needs of people of color.

    Most recently, Wanga led Target’s strategic intent to champion an inclusive society with accountability for inclusive guest experiences, a diverse and inclusive work environment and societal impact. As a cultural catalyst, she helped fuel Target’s business objectives through the company’s first-ever performance-based D&I goals, significantly improving areas including Supplier Diversity, Marketing, Philanthropy, Retention, Hiring, Representation and Engagement. She also had responsibility for reshaping Target’s organizational culture.

    Wanga began her Target career in supply chain, serving in a variety of transformational leadership roles, including modernizing Supply Chain, Business Intelligence, Digital and Strategy capabilities. Prior to that, she held several leadership roles in the non-profit sector.

    Wanga earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from HBCU Texas College and is an inspirational thought leader and public speaker. She has been named a Top Executive in Corporate Diversity by Black Enterprise and one of Savoy’s Most Powerful Women in Corporate America; is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the Talladega College Board of Trustees, and the Intersectionality, Culture, and Diversity Advisory Board for Twitter; and is former co-chair of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. Her greatest life accomplishment is her daughter, Cadence.

  • REID HOFFMAN

    Greylock

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    Jon Fortt

    Reid is a Silicon Valley stalwart in the modern technology world. An accomplished entrepreneur and executive, he played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. As an investor, he has been instrumental in the success of iconic companies such as Facebook and Airbnb and has helped fast-growing newcomers like Aurora and Convoy get to scale.

    Reid joined Greylock in 2009 and focuses on early-stage investing in products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants. His unique understanding of consumer behavior and a clear-eyed ability to guide startups from inception through ramped-up “blitzscaling” has made him one of the most sought-after advisors, partners, and investors today. Reid was a board observer for Airbnb and currently serves as a board director for Apollo Fusion, Aurora, Blockstream, Coda, Convoy, Entrepreneur First, Microsoft, Nauto, Neeva, Xapo, and a few early-stage companies still in stealth.

    Reid’s core focus is on businesses with network effects. In 2003, he co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network that today has more than 650 million members and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising, and software licensing. Before LinkedIn, Reid served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member and responsible for all of the company’s external relationships.

    His foundational thesis of the power of networks extends beyond marketplaces and social ecosystems. Recently, it has led to his investments in autonomous driving technology startup Nauto, cryptocurrency startup Xapo, and shipping logistics provider Convoy.

    Reid is a frequent public speaker, known for his approachability and skill at explaining complex topics with lucidity. He is the co-author of Blitzscaling and two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-up of You and The Alliance. He also hosts the podcast Masters of Scale.

    A California native, Reid spent most of his life in the Bay Area. He earned a B.S. with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University and then earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University. He has honorary doctorate degrees from Babson University and the University of Oulu.

    Beyond startups and technology, Reid has a wide range of interests, including politics, board games, science fiction, philosophy, and philanthropy. He serves on several not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Endeavor, CZI Biohub, Do Something, New America, the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI, and the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change. Reid has received various awards for his philanthropic work, including CBE from the Queen of England and Salute to Greatness Award from the Martin Luther King Center.

  • SARAH GUO

    Greylock

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    Jon Fortt

    Sarah is interested in almost everything where technology can be used as a weapon to get us to the future, faster. She spends a lot of her time thinking about opportunities in B2B applications and infrastructure, cyber security, artificial intelligence, and the future of work and communications.

    Sarah joined Greylock as an investor in 2013. She led Greylock’s investment in Cleo, Clubhouse, Demisto (acquired by Palo Alto Networks), Remotion, Sqreen and Utmost and is on the board of Cleo, Clubhouse, Obsidian, Remotion, Sqreen and Utmost. She also works with Awake, Coda, Figma, and previously SkyHigh (acquired by McAfee). Prior to joining Greylock, Sarah was at Goldman Sachs, where she invested in growth-stage technology startups such as Dropbox, and advised pre-IPO technology companies such as Workday (as well as public clients including Zynga, Netflix and Nvidia). Previously, Sarah worked with Casa Systems (NASDAQ:CASA), a publicly traded technology company that develops a software-centric networking platform for cable and mobile service providers.

    She is an advocate for STEM education for women and the underserved. She has taught Marketing in the Wharton Undergraduate Program and served as a teaching fellow in lower-income high schools for the Philadelphia World Affairs Council. Sarah has four degrees from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. She is part of Linkedin’s Next Wave and the Forbes’ 30 Under 30.

  • PRITHWIRAJ (RAJ) CHOUDHURY

    Harvard Business School

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    Jon Fortt

    Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury is the Lumry Family Associate Professor at the Harvard Business School. He was an Assistant Professor at Wharton prior to joining Harvard. His research is focused on studying the Future of Work, especially the changing Geography of Work. In particular, he studies the productivity effects of geographic mobility of workers, causes of geographic immobility and productivity effects of remote work practices such as ‘Work from anywhere’ and ‘All-remote’.

  • KATIE PORTER

    Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif.

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    Jon Fortt

    Congresswoman Katie Porter represents California’s 45th Congressional District.

    In Washington, Congresswoman Porter has remained committed to putting Orange County families first. As a member of House Financial Services Committee and the House Oversight and Reform Committee, she’s asked tough questions of bank CEOs and administration officials to hold them accountable to the American people. She has also been a key supporter of legislation to reduce the influence of dark money in politics and restore ethics to Washington.

    As a single working mom, Rep. Porter knows firsthand about the challenges faced by working families. She’s introduced bipartisan legislation to allow families to set aside more pre-tax income for dependent care. She’s continued to press for a repeal of the limits on the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, which has hit California’s middle-class families especially hard.

    Before coming to Congress, Porter spent nearly two decades taking on the special interests that dominate American politics and drown out the voices of working families. As California’s independent watchdog against the banks, she made sure the big banks that had cheated Orange County homeowners followed through on their promise to help affected families get back on their feet. As a consumer finance expert, Congresswoman Porter also helped Congress pass the original Credit CARD Act in 2009, which enacted federal protections from abusive credit card fees.

  • ASHISH JHA

    Brown School of Public Health

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    Jon Fortt

    Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, is a physician, health policy researcher, and the third Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. Before joining Brown, he was the K.T. Li Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI).

  • JARED SPATARO

    Microsoft

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    Jon Fortt

    In his current role at Microsoft, Jared is responsible for Microsoft 365, including business management, product and partner marketing, and go-to-market programs. He joined Microsoft in 2006 and has focused on productivity in various marketing, product management, and business roles at the company over the last 13 years. Prior to Microsoft, Jared worked in a number of small- and mid-sized technology companies in a variety of roles, including engineering, product management, product marketing, business management, and sales.  

  • NEAL BAER

    ER, Law & Order: SVU, Designated Survivor

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    Jon Fortt

    Neal Baer, MD, is an award-winning showrunner, television writer/producer, physician, author, Harvard Medical School graduate, and a public health advocate and expert.

    Dr. Baer’s current television slate includes The Edit, a drama for Sony TV; Bluford, a young-adult series for Warner Brothers; and Futurus, a drama for Japan’s NTT.

    Dr. Baer recently served as Executive Producer and Showrunner of the third season of Designated Survivor, which premiered globally on Netflix in the summer of 2019. Prior to Designated Survivor, Dr. Baer was Executive Producer and Showrunner of the hit CBS television series Under the Dome.

    Previously, he was Executive Producer and Showrunner of the CBS medical drama A Gifted Man, as well as the Executive Producer and Showrunner of the hit NBC television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit from 2000-2011, where he oversaw all aspects of producing and writing the show. During his tenure, the series won multiple awards, including the Shine Award, People’s Choice Award, the Prism Award, Edgar Award, Sentinel for Health Award, and the Media Access Award. Actors on the show won six Emmys and the Golden Globe. The series regularly appeared among the top ten television dramas in national ratings.

    Prior to his work on SVU, Dr. Baer was Executive Producer of the NBC series ER. A member of the show’s original staff and a writer and producer on the series for seven seasons, he was nominated for five Emmys as a producer. He also received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for the episodes “Hell and High Water” and “Whose Appy Now?” For the latter, he also received a Writers Guild of America nomination. He is also executive producer of the new documentary feature film Welcome to Chechnya, which won a Special Jury Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, best documentary at the Berlin Film Festival, and is nominated for best documentary feature by the International Documentary Association. The film premiered on HBO in June 2020.

    Dr. Baer’s first novel, Kill Switch, co-written with Jonathan Greene, was published in January 2012, and his second novel, Kill Again, also with Jonathan Greene, was published in 2015. Dr. Baer also produced the documentary short, Home Is Where You Find It, directed by Alcides Soares, a seventeen-year-old Mozambican AIDS orphan, which chronicles one young man’s search to find a family after his parents have died of AIDS. The film has screened internationally at sixty festivals and has won four awards for best documentary.

    Dr. Baer is a Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he created a Post-Graduate Intensive Program, Media, Media, and Health, and is also a Lecturer at Yale’s School of Public Health. Previously, he was an Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy, where he taught the course “Soda Politics” in 2020. He established The Global Media Center for Social Impact at ULCA’s Fielding School of Public Health, where he was an Adjunct Professor of Community Health from 2014-2020. He was Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California from 2011-2013. Dr. Baer is also a Senior Fellow at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism.

    Dr. Baer has served on the boards of many organizations related to health care, including the Venice Family Clinic (the largest free clinic in the U.S.; 2000-2010) and RAND Health (2000-2011). He was a trustee of the Writers Guild of America Health and Pension Fund (2000-2012), was a trustee of the American Film Institute, and served as a trustee of Colorado College from 2006-2019. He also served as an elected member to Harvard University’s alumni board (2006-2011) and was Co-Chair of the CDC and Gates Foundation-supported, Hollywood, Health, and Society. Dr. Baer serves on the Board of Fellows at Harvard Medical School. He currently serves on the board of the One Archives, which houses the largest collection of LGBTQ-related writings and other materials. He is also a member of the editorial board of Perspectives in Biology Medicine, for which he recently edited a special issue on CRISPR, and is publishing a book of essays, Reshaping Human Nature: The Promise and Peril of CRISPR, Johns Hopkins Press, 2022.

    Dr. Baer received the Valentine Davies Award in 2004 from the Writers Guild of America for “public service efforts in both the entertainment industry and the community at large, bringing dignity to and raising the standard for writers everywhere.” He has received the Special Individual Achievement Award from the Media Project; the Leadership Award from NOFAS; the Loop Award from Lupus LA for educating the public about lupus and autoimmune diseases; the Socially Responsible Medicine Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility for “accomplishment in crafting compelling health messages;” and the Feminist Majority Foundation Award for promoting global women’s rights on television. In 2012, he received the John P. McGovern Medal from the American Medical Writers Association. Since then, he has received the Point Foundation Honors Leadership Award, the American Pediatric Association George Armstrong Lecturer Award, and the TV & Cable Christopher Award for the documentary, If You Build It. He has also received an Honorable Mention for the Hilton-Sundance Light Stay Sustainability Award and has been honored by the Children’s Hospital Champion Fund, Denver City Year Red Jacket Society, The Creative Coalition’s Television Industry Advocacy Awards, and Cynopsis Social Good Awards.

    Dr. Baer lives in New York City. His son, Caleb, is a recent graduate of Williams College.

  • SUSAN LUND

    McKinsey Global Institute

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    Jon Fortt

    Susan Lund is Partner at McKinsey Global Institute.

  • GREG CUNNINGHAM

    U.S. Bank

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    Jon Fortt

    Greg Cunningham is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for U.S. Bank.

  • INAMARIE JOHNSON

    Zendesk

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    Jon Fortt

    As Zendesk’s chief people and diversity officer, InaMarie Johnson leads the company's vision for delivering a great employee experience. Day-to-day, she is responsible for overseeing multiple functions, including diversity equity and inclusion, workplace experience functions, and talent acquisition and development.

    Before joining Zendesk, InaMarie was senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Plantronics, Inc., an audio communications company. Prior to that, she was the chief human resources officer at UTi Worldwide Inc., a supply-chain management company, and held various senior leadership roles at Honeywell International Inc., an international technology and manufacturing company.

    As an active member in the community, InaMarie serves as an advisory board member for the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and is an advisory board member for EmpowHer, a non-profit focused on the eradication of the dropout epidemic among Los Angeles high school students. She is also a chairperson for St. Peter’s by the Sea, an organization which engages the community in addressing human need by bringing hope and tangible help to local, U.S., and international communities. Most recently, InaMarie was invited to join CNBC's Workforce Executive Council, a community of top HR, talent, diversity, and human capital management professionals across various industries, and was recognized as one of San Francisco Business Times' Most Influential Women in Business. She was also recognized as one of Northern California’s Most Powerful & Influential Women by the California Diversity Council.

    InaMarie holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, with an emphasis in human resource management, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in organizational development and management from John F. Kennedy University.

    When she's not at the office, InaMarie enjoys spending her time gardening and is an avid yogi.

  • KARYN TWARONITE

    EY

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    Jon Fortt

    As EY Global Vice Chair – Diversity & Inclusiveness, Karyn drives innovations that maximize the strength and effectiveness of EY personnel by embracing diversity. She oversees EY’s integrated approach to diversity and inclusiveness (D&I) - the EY Culture Change Continuum: a roadmap for success, which enables leaders to foster an inclusive environment, where people can better leverage their diverse skills, experiences and cultural backgrounds.

    A member of the Ernst & Young LLP Executive Committee, Karyn co-chairs the EY Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Steering Committee and the EY Americas Inclusiveness Consulting Council. She began her EY career as a tax professional more than 20 years ago before shifting her focus to help shape the organization’s talent, human resources and D&I leadership culture. Karyn works with clients and stakeholders in these efforts around the world.

    Karyn earned a BSc in Accounting from Miami University (Ohio) and an MSc in Taxation from Fordham University. She is certified in Strategic Human Resource Management from Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a licensed CPA in New York.

  • RACHEL GLASER

    Etsy

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    Jon Fortt

    Rachel is Etsy's CFO, bringing more than 30 years of senior financial experience to Etsy. She's responsible for overseeing our global financial operations.

    Rachel joins Etsy from Leaf Group, where she served as CFO since 2015. While at Leaf Group, she led efforts that strengthened operating efficiency and helped the company through a transformative period and a return to growth.

    Prior to joining Leaf, Rachel was CFO at Move, Inc. and helped lead a successful sale of the company to News Corporation. Rachel has also held roles as Senior Vice President, Operations Finance at Yahoo! and at The Walt Disney Company, where she spent nearly 20 years in leadership positions in finance, operations, and technology teams. Rachel Glaser was elected to the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company in 2018.

  • JACK HARTUNG

    Chipotle

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    Jon Fortt

    John R. (Jack) Hartung is Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Hartung joined Chipotle in 2002 after spending 18 years at McDonald's where he held a variety of management positions, most recently as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of its Partner Brands Group. Mr. Hartung has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and economics as well as an MBA from Illinois State University.

  • HUGH JOHNSTON

    PepsiCo

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    Jon Fortt

    Hugh Johnston is Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo. PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $70 billion in net revenue in 2020, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana and SodaStream. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

    Hugh assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2010, and is responsible for providing strategic financial leadership for PepsiCo, including ensuring the company’s strategy creates shareholder value, communicating the company’s strategies and performance to investors, and implementing a capital structure, financial processes and controls to support the company's growth and return on investment goals.

    In addition, Hugh’s portfolio has included a variety of responsibilities, including leadership of PepsiCo’s information technology function since 2015, the company’s global e-commerce business from 2015 to 2019 and the Quaker Foods North America division from 2014 to 2016. In these roles, Hugh has focused on addressing global trends that are reshaping the food and beverage industry, including health and wellness, the rise of the digitally connected consumer and the emergence of e-commerce as a new distribution channel.

    Hugh joined PepsiCo in 1987, and has served in a variety of positions, including Executive Vice President, Global Operations, PepsiCo; President, Pepsi-Cola North America; Senior Vice President, Transformation, PepsiCo; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, PepsiCo Beverages and Foods; and Senior Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, PepsiCo.

    Hugh is active with a number of corporate, NGO and academic organizations, and currently serves as a member of the board and chair of the audit committee of Microsoft Corporation. Other organizations in which Hugh serves include: a director for the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the leading global economic think tank; the University of Chicago’s Booth School CFO Forum Advisory Board; Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management Advisory Council. Additionally, he is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Second District Advisory Council and the CNBC Global CFO Council. Previously, he served as a director of AOL, Inc., where he chaired the audit and finance committee, and a director of Twitter, Inc., where he served as a member of the audit committee.

    Hugh holds a B.S. from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

    Hugh is based in Purchase, N.Y.

  • VANESSA COLELLA

    Citi

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    Jon Fortt

    Vanessa Colella is Citi’s Chief Innovation Officer and Head of Citi Ventures, focused on harnessing the power of Citi to help people, businesses, and communities thrive in a world of technological, behavioral, and societal change. Deeply integrated with Citi colleagues, clients, and the innovation ecosystem, Citi Ventures accelerates and discovers new sources of value by exploring, incubating, and investing in new ideas. Before assuming the role of Chief Innovation Officer, Vanessa led venture investing and D10X for Citi Ventures, and previously ran marketing for Citi’s North American Consumer Bank. She joined Citibank in 2010 from U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), where she was an entrepreneur-in-residence. Prior to USVP, Vanessa was Head of NA Marketing and then SVP of Insights at Yahoo, where she was responsible for developing and executing the company’s consumer data strategy. She was previously a Partner at McKinsey & Company. She was recognized on the Global Corporate Venturing Powerlist in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and was named to Institutional Investor’s Fintech Finance list from 2015- 2018. Her work conceiving and launching CitiBike led Citi to win Advertising Age’s 2013 Creativity Award and the Gold Pencil in 2014. Vanessa received her masters’ degrees from Columbia University and M.I.T. as well as a Ph.D. from M.I.T.’s Media Lab. A charter member of Teach for America, she is a published author and lecturer, taught courses at the Santa Fe Institute, and previously served as a research fellow at Rockefeller University. She holds an S.B. degree in molecular biology from M.I.T. and currently serves as a member of the Corporation’s Visiting Committee for the Media Lab. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and son.

  • SVEN GERJETS

    Mattel

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    Sven Gerjets is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Mattel. Sven oversees all aspects of technology implementation and innovation at the Company including shared technology platforms, software and hardware development and connected product design. He also leads Mattel's initiatives around data security and privacy.

    Sven has three decades of technology leadership experience. His previous roles include serving as the Chief Information Officer at Time Warner Cable where he was responsible for consolidating the IT and cybersecurity groups and led the team through the Company’s acquisition by Charter Communications. He also spent seven years at DirecTV in various leadership roles including as Senior Vice President, Information Technology. While at DirecTV, Sven led the organization responsible for delivering all IT applications and systems used to run the Company’s U.S. television business. In addition, Sven served as Chief Technology Officer at Pearson Education, where he developed the technology product strategy for Pearson's $2.5 billion global higher-education business.

    Earlier in his career, Sven held leadership positions at Symantec and AT&T Wireless. Sven has been recognized as a top 100 technology leader by Computerworld and has also contributed articles to leading industry publications including Wired, InfoWorld and CIOReview.

    Sven received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kennedy-Western University and participated in Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. A steadfast advocate of online security and safety, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Online Safety Institute.

  • COLLEEN BERUBE

    Zendesk

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    Jon Fortt

    As Zendesk’s chief information officer, Colleen is reshaping Zendesk's benchmark for modern IT at scale and a customer-centric workforce. She is passionate about the role of both customer and employee experience in the digital age. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and an ever-changing technology landscape, Colleen is a digital- and business-model transformation leader. Her innovative strategies help companies put their customers at the center and create work environments focused on collaboration and open communication. Previously, she was an executive in residence with PwC where she worked on a range of commercial and internal initiatives. Prior to this, Colleen was vice president of IT for Adobe Systems, and also held executive-level IT roles at Cisco Systems, Palm, and SAP. In her spare time, Colleen is an avid rower. She takes what she learns about discipline and teamwork on the water to the business world. She holds a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Potsdam and an MBA from the University of North Florida.

  • FRAN KATSOUDAS

    Cisco

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    Jon Fortt

    Fran Katsoudas is Executive Vice President and Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer of Cisco. In this role, Fran oversees critical functions that instill Cisco’s conscious culture, contribute to the company’s overall performance, and advance Cisco’s purpose to Power an Inclusive Future For All.

    As head of the People, Policy & Purpose Organization, Fran leads an ecosystem comprised of People & Communities, Corporate Affairs, Workplace Resources, and Government Affairs & Country Digital Acceleration. This strategic alignment of functions and expertise ensures holistic care for the well-being of Cisco’s people, establishes Cisco as a trusted and valued partner to governments and global leaders, and extends Cisco’s reach to positively impact communities everywhere in alignment with the company purpose.

    A 25-year veteran of Cisco, Fran has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, cultivating successful leaders and teams, and constructing an employee-first culture. Prior to her current role, she served as HR business partner to the Engineering leadership team, and held positions in the Service Provider, HR Operations, Customer Service, Acquisition Integration and Services groups. Prior to Cisco, Fran worked in both the financial and professional services industries with a focus on customer service and operations.

    Fran currently serves on the Board of Directors for Americares, Global Citizen, and ADP.

    Passionate about social justice, Fran is an activist and advocate for a variety of causes close to her heart, particularly women’s leadership, homeless youth, and the Latino community. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley, Fran lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.

  • JEETU PATEL

    Cisco

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    Jon Fortt

    Jeetu Patel is Cisco’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Security and Collaboration. He leverages a diverse set of capabilities to lead the strategy and development for these businesses and also owns P&L responsibility for this multibillion-dollar portfolio. Jeetu combines a bold vision, steeped in product design and development expertise, operational rigor and innate market understanding to create high growth Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses.

    A member of the Executive Leadership Team, Jeetu is helping to redefine Cisco's SaaS business and strategy to further accelerate the company's transformation and growth. His mission is to build world class, subscription-based products that solve Cisco customers’ biggest problems. His team is creating and designing meaningfully differentiated products that diverge in the way they’re conceived, built, priced, packaged and sold.

    Prior to joining Cisco, Jeetu was the Chief Product Officer (CPO) and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at Box, a role he pioneered. He led the company’s product and platform strategy, setting the company’s long-term vision and roadmap for cloud content management in the enterprise. He transformed Box from a single product application to a multi-product platform used by 100K customers representing 69% of the Fortune 500. The discipline, quality standards, performance metrics, and stability Jeetu instilled fueled the platform’s growth – nearly quadrupling revenues to $700M+. Box’s growth scaled to reach over 60M users with over 50% of customers using multiple products. He also created the Box Platform business unit where he led product strategy, marketing and developer relations – driving products from incubation stage to mature offerings.

    Before joining Box, Jeetu was General Manager and Chief Executive of EMC’s newly acquired Syncplicity business unit, a cloud service for Enterprise File Sync Sharing (EFSS) and collaboration. One of the first SaaS-based solutions offered by EMC, Jeetu spearheaded the company’s acquisition. He created a world class leadership team, secured some of the market’s largest customers and led the group to become one of the fastest growing EFSS companies in a highly competitive market. Other key roles at EMC included CMO for the Information Intelligence Group and Chief Strategy Officer, where he drove the organic and inorganic strategy for the division’s cloud and mobile growth.

  • JOSH FEINBERG

    ABM

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    Jon Fortt

    Josh Feinberg is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer of ABM. He is responsible for all strategy and transformation for the company, including strategy and innovation, transformation management, and operational excellence with a focus on driving long-term profitable growth.

    Prior to joining ABM, Josh was a Managing Director and Partner with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on their North American Leadership Team. Throughout his 12 years with BCG, he worked with over 30 service companies across all business aspects including strategy, revenue management, operating model optimization, organizational effectiveness, performance improvement, and M&A / integration. Prior to BCG, Josh co-founded a healthcare services firm. Josh holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • SCOTT SALMIRS

    ABM

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    Scott is the visionary leader guiding one of the largest facility services providers listed on the New York Stock Exchange. After more than 10 years with ABM, Scott was selected to become CEO, distinguishing him as only the 7th person to hold that position in the Company’s 110-year history. Before joining ABM, Scott held leadership positions managing building portfolios at Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, and CBRE.

    Scott has an MBA in Finance from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Bachelor of Science in Business-Economics from the State University of New York College at Oneonta. He is on the board of the State University of New York College at Oneonta Business Advisory Council. He also is on the Board of the Outreach Project, an organization dedicated to rehabilitating high school age substance abuse, and is a founding Board Member of Donate Eight, a group focused on increasing the number of organ donors in New York State.

  • WILLIAM SANTANA LI

    Knightscope

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    Jon Fortt

    William Santana Li is the Chairman and CEO of Knightscope and is a seasoned entrepreneur, intrapreneur and former corporate executive at Ford Motor Company. He was the Founder and COO of GreenLeaf, which became the world's 2nd largest automotive recycler (now part of NASDAQ: LKQ) and holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and MBA from University of Detroit Mercy. His long-term ambition is to make the United States of America the safest country in the world, changing everything for everyone.

  • RACHEL HODGDON

    International WELL Building Institute

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    Jon Fortt

    Rachel Hodgdon is President of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation with a mission to improve human health and well-being through the built environment.

    Rachel came to IWBI after nearly a decade at the U.S. Green Building Council, where she served as Senior Vice President of Knowledge and was Founding Director of the Center for Green Schools. Under her direction, the Center mobilized $275B+ investments in LEED certified educational facilities, deployed over 750,000 volunteers in 73 countries to transform schools on every continent, and published 1,000+ pages of technical guides and original research. At USGBC, her dynamic leadership helped convene international corporations, globally recognized institutions, and government entities to achieve putting every student in a green school within this generation.

    In 2016, as IWBI’s Chief Product Officer, Rachel expanded the WELL Building Standard to address all building types, as well as whole districts and communities. Becoming President in 2018, she led the effort to bring a new version of WELL to market, shaped IWBI’s research and education platforms to accelerate market transformation, and developed the WELL Portfolio program and IWBI Membership platform. Rachel leads an incredibly talented team doing business in more than 50 countries that includes market development and salespeople, dedicated coaching contacts, researchers, and subject matter experts who develop and evolve the WELL Building Standard.

    A widely sought after expert and inspiring speaker, Rachel’s game-changing contributions to sustainable building have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, FOX News, and CNN, as well as in leading industry publications including Fast Company, Metropolis, Grist, and GreenBIZ.

    Rachel received the 2012 World Green Building Council’s Chairman’s Award and was honored by Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine as an eco-heroine in 2011. Rachel joined the Garrison Institute’s Board of Directors in 2015 and became Co-chair in 2018 with founder, Jonathan Rose. Rachel is a member of Urban Land Institute’s Advisory for health and social equity and the Walgreens CSR Advisory Council.

    Rachel is a frequent guest lecturer and instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment and has lectured at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, the University of Connecticut School of Business, and Tufts University and other institutions.

  • DOUG BEHAR

    New York Yankees

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    Jon Fortt

    Currently in his 23rd season with the New York Yankees, Doug is senior vice president of stadium operations. In his position, Doug directs the operation and overall management of Yankee Stadium and leads a team of nearly 70 full-time employees and more than 1,000 game-day staff.

    In addition to the regular baseball season, Doug has overseen many major events at the original stadium, including five World Series, the post-9/11 service, “A Prayer for America” and the visit by Pope Benedict XVI. He was a point person for the Yankees for the 2008 All-Star Game and supervised the emotional closing of The House That Ruth Built.

    Doug was also a critical part of the team responsible for the strategy, design and construction of the current Yankee Stadium. He helped develop and implement key strategic elements that impacted fan flow, safety, sustainability and functionality and helped put in place programs that made a significant reduction in the stadium’s energy consumption. He also oversaw the transition from the old stadium to the new.
    In the current stadium, his team manages all major public year-round events, including the conversion of the stadium and field for boxing, football games, concerts and soccer matches.

    Doug has overseen stadium improvements to enhance the fan experience, including the addition of a rooftop deck and Kids Clubhouse on the Terrace Level, major multimillion-dollar renovations of the Delta SKY360° Suite and Legends Clubs, and several party areas and bars throughout the stadium. In 2014 he instituted a Zero-Waste Initiative and, in 2016, oversaw the instillation of state-of-the-art LED sports lighting.

    Doug also negotiates collective bargaining agreements with several trade unions (engineers, mechanics, electricians, carpentry and maintenance) and manages those relationships on behalf of the Yankees. He continues to work to build consensus with staff, partners, vendors and the community to reduce impact on the environment and to strive to provide exceptional service for the fans in every possible area.

  • PAUL SCIALLA

    Delos; International WELL Building Institute

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    Jon Fortt

    After 18 years on Wall Street, including 10 at Goldman Sachs as a Partner, Paul Scialla’s interest in sustainability and altruistic capitalism led him to found Delos, which is merging the world’s largest asset class – real estate – with the world’s fastest growing industry – wellness. Since the company’s inception, Paul has become a leading voice in the sustainability movement, serving as a keynote speaker at prominent green building, real estate, and technology forums and conferences around the world.

    Paul is also the Founder of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), which administers the WELL Building Standard® globally to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment, a member of the Board of Directors for the Chopra Foundation, and a founding board member of the JUST Capital Foundation. Paul graduated from New York University with a degree in finance, and he currently resides in New York City.

  • SHIBANI JOSHI

    Technology Journalist

    Read Bio ⟶

    Jon Fortt

    Shibani Joshi is an experienced journalist who has covered business, technology and general news for global media outlets including ABC News, Fox News Channel, Yahoo! Finance and Huffington Post. She provides commentary on business, technology and lifestyle topics and hosts events for leading corporations.

    Previously, Shibani anchored a daily markets show and had her own dedicated segment on TV called “Joshi on Tech” on the Fox Business Network in New York City. In her almost 6-year tenure, she evolved into the dedicated on-air tech reporter at both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

    Shibani also reported extensively live on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and NYMex exchanges, covering the 2008 market crash, historic interest rate cuts, record oil prices and the biggest point drop in Dow history (at the time).

    Throughout her career, Shibani has interviewed large-cap tech CEOs and executives from companies including Apple, Qualcomm, Google, Sony and Ebay. She has also interviewed execs from Uber, Dropbox, Rent the Runway and Angie’s List in their early stages.

    Her unique business perspective stems from real-world corporate experience and a distinguished business education. After double majoring in finance and accounting, she worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York City, where she focused on corporate finance and M&A projects.

    Joshi later moved on to Disney/ABC Media Networks, where she was the firm’s Senior Manager of Digital Strategy. In 2014, she created ShibanionTech.com, a blog focused on stories at the intersection of lifestyle and technology.
    Shibani teaches at the University of Oklahoma, sits on the Board of Advisors for the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma, and served as a Trustee to The Children’s School in La Jolla, California.

    Shibani is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds an MBA from The Harvard Business School. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her 3 children.

  • CAROLINE WOODS

    Business Journalist

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    Jon Fortt

    NYC-based video presenter and producer with extensive experience in all areas of television and digital video development and production, including anchoring, reporting, writing, producing, interviewing, editing, social media, hiring and team development. Organized, detail-oriented and collaborative leader with comprehensive experience in business news, media training and startups.

  • RACHEL HODGDON

    International WELL Building Institute

    Read Bio ⟶

    Jon Fortt

    Rachel Hodgdon is President of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation with a mission to improve human health and well-being through the built environment.

    Rachel came to IWBI after nearly a decade at the U.S. Green Building Council, where she served as Senior Vice President of Knowledge and was Founding Director of the Center for Green Schools. Under her direction, the Center mobilized $275B+ investments in LEED certified educational facilities, deployed over 750,000 volunteers in 73 countries to transform schools on every continent, and published 1,000+ pages of technical guides and original research. At USGBC, her dynamic leadership helped convene international corporations, globally recognized institutions, and government entities to achieve putting every student in a green school within this generation.

    In 2016, as IWBI’s Chief Product Officer, Rachel expanded the WELL Building Standard to address all building types, as well as whole districts and communities. Becoming President in 2018, she led the effort to bring a new version of WELL to market, shaped IWBI’s research and education platforms to accelerate market transformation, and developed the WELL Portfolio program and IWBI Membership platform. Rachel leads an incredibly talented team doing business in more than 50 countries that includes market development and salespeople, dedicated coaching contacts, researchers, and subject matter experts who develop and evolve the WELL Building Standard.

    A widely sought after expert and inspiring speaker, Rachel’s game-changing contributions to sustainable building have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, FOX News, and CNN, as well as in leading industry publications including Fast Company, Metropolis, Grist, and GreenBIZ.

    Rachel received the 2012 World Green Building Council’s Chairman’s Award and was honored by Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine as an eco-heroine in 2011. Rachel joined the Garrison Institute’s Board of Directors in 2015 and became Co-chair in 2018 with founder, Jonathan Rose. Rachel is a member of Urban Land Institute’s Advisory for health and social equity and the Walgreens CSR Advisory Council.

    Rachel is a frequent guest lecturer and instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment and has lectured at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, the University of Connecticut School of Business, and Tufts University and other institutions.

  • RHONDA SCHAFFLER

    PBS NJ

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    Rhonda Schaffler has been reporting on business for NJ Spotlight News since 2016. Previously, she worked as an anchor and reporter for CNN, Reuters and Bloomberg.

  • BECKY QUICK

    CNBC

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    Becky Quick is co-anchor of "Squawk Box" (M-F, 6AM-9AM ET). Quick is also anchor of the nationally syndicated "On the Money."

    Quick is known for her hard-hitting interviews and profiles of some of the world's richest and most influential investors, including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, T. Boone Pickens, Jamie Dimon, Charlie Munger and many others. She also has interviewed three U.S. presidents and has hosted panels at some of the most prestigious conferences in the world such as the Microsoft CEO Conference, Fortune's Most Powerful Women's Conference and the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Media Conference. Quick also authors a regular column for Fortune magazine as well as contributes to CNBC.com.

    Previously, Quick, a seven-year veteran of The Wall Street Journal, covered the Wall Street beat for CNBC as part of the network's partnership with Dow Jones.

    Prior to joining CNBC in February 2001, Quick covered various beats for The Wall Street Journal, including retail, e-commerce and the Internet. She also played a crucial role in the launch of The Wall Street Journal Online, while serving as the site's International news editor.

    She graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., and previously served on the board of The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

  • CARL QUINTANILLA

    CNBC

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    Carl Quintanilla
    “Squawk on the Street” Co-Anchor & “Squawk Alley” Anchor
    Carl Quintanilla is a principal anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” (M-F, 9AM-11AM ET) and “Squawk Alley” (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET), both of which broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange.

    Since joining NBCUniversal in 1999, Quintanilla has covered a wide range of stories for both CNBC and NBC News, where he was a New York- and Chicago-based correspondent for “Today” and “NBC Nightly News.” He has covered five Olympic Games, the 2004 U.S. presidential campaign and international military conflicts from Israel to Iraq. In 2005, he spent weeks in New Orleans as part of NBC’s team coverage of Hurricane Katrina, for which he shared a national Emmy, a DuPont Award, a RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award and broadcast’s highest honor, the Peabody Award.

    The one-hour documentaries Quintanilla has reported for CNBC include: “The New High: Extreme Sports,” ″#TwitterRevolution,″ ″The Costco Craze: Inside the Warehouse Giant,” ”BMW: A Driving Obsession,” ”Big Mac: Inside the McDonald’s Empire,” ”Trash Inc: The Secret Life of Garbage″ and ”The Money Chase: Inside Harvard Business School.″

    Prior to joining NBC, Quintanilla spent six years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

    He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado.

  • JON FORTT

    CNBC

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    Jon Fortt

    Jon Fortt is co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk Alley" (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET) broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. Previously, he was 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. He also contributes to CNBC.com.

    He 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 2.0magazine 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.

    As a personal technology writer, his coverage duties included Apple, Palm and Adobe. He also served in roles outside the business department, covering education, editing local news and developing technology strategy. As the newspaper's senior Web editor, he helped develop a blog and podcast network, managed the creation of multimedia projects and served on the board of the Associated Press Managing Editors.

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

    Follow Jon Fortt on Twitter @jonfortt. Listen to his podcast, Fortt Knox.

AGENDA

11:30am ET

Program Start

Covid Update: The Impact on Businesses and the Workforce
We’ll discuss the latest news in vaccine deployment, what it means for businesses and the workforce, and the health equity imperative to ensure the best possible safety for all workers.
Ashish Jha, Brown University School of Public Health Dean; Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice 
Interviewer: Meg Tirrell, CNBC Senior Health and Science Reporter

 

Microsoft on Future of Work Trends
Top executives from Microsoft will share exclusive insights from their annual Work Trend Index and connect the dots on the data, lessons learned one year past Covid, and what the future holds for work and tech innovation.
Speakers:
Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft Chief People Officer
Jared Spataro, Microsoft Corporate Vice President
Interviewer: Tyler MathisenCNBC “Power Lunch” Co-Anchor & Vice President, Events Strategy 

 

Women and Work in the New Economy
The pandemic has had a devastating impact on working women. Whether from the outsized pressure of the Covid-induced recession on female-dominated industries, or the untenable strain of managing caregiving and work demands, more than 2 million women have left the workforce since the pandemic began. The threat to hard-won parity gains could weigh on women’s workforce advancement for many years to come. Congresswoman Katie Porter joins us to discuss ways government and businesses can rise to meet this urgent challenge, create systemic change, and adapt to the unique challenges of today’s economy.
Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA)
Interviewer: Becky QuickCNBC Squawk Box” Co-anchor 

 

Spotlight on Talent 
Hear from members of the CNBC Workforce Executive Council about the diversity and inclusion priorities in their own organizations. How have D&I efforts evolved in the last year?  What are the principal challenges and opportunities affecting meaningful progress? What are the metrics used to measure success and ensure accountability?
Featuring:
Greg Cunningham, US Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
InaMarie JohnsonZendesk Chief People and Diversity Officer
Karyn TwaroniteEY Global Vice Chair, Diversity and Inclusiveness 

 

Asking The Right Questions
What’s working – and not working – to increase diversity across all levels of corporate America? Beyond talent and HR initiatives, what role can, and should, executives throughout an organization play? Essence CEO Caroline Wanga will discuss how asking the right questions can lead to an approach that will truly break barriers and highlight steps to cultivate a shared ecosystem of action and accountability. 
Caroline Wanga, Essence Communications CEO
Interviewer: Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Correspondent

12:40pm ET

Breakout Sessions

Rebuilding Brand Confidence for Occupants Post-Covid
Sponsored and programmed by ABM
As buildings reopen, and virus awareness is here to stay, how well you demonstrate trustworthiness and safety could make or break a brand. From a boots-on-the-ground perspective, we’ll discuss the need to revitalize workplaces and public spaces, and the challenges and opportunities of getting back to business.
Josh Feinberg, ABM Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer
Scott Salmirs, ABM President and CEO
Interviewer: Shibani Joshi, Business Journalist

 

The Future of Work: Tech and People are Fueling Inclusion
Sponsored and programmed by Cisco
Innovative collaborative technology and resilient employees have allowed for a thriving remote workforce. The pandemic thrust work-from-home upon businesses, but it has also inspired leaders to adjust the way they manage, while teams have developed new ways to work together. This session will examine the upside to this transformed workplace culture and lessons learned to help ensure that the hybrid work of the future is inclusive.
Fran Katsoudas, Cisco EVP & Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer
Jeetu Patel, Cisco SVP and GM, Security & Applications
Interviewer: Caroline Woods, Business Journalist

 

Getting Back to the Business of Sports with the NY Yankees
Sponsored and programmed by International WELL Building Institute
One year ago, the thriving $500-billion US athletics industry came to a screeching halt, adding to the pandemic’s economic toll and the despair of millions of players and fans. Hear from one of the most valuable sports franchises about getting players back on the field and fans back in their seats by helping them feel confident that their health and safety are at the center of every decision.
Doug Behar, New York Yankees SVP of Stadium Operations
Paul Scialla, IWBI Founder
Interviewer: Rachel Hodgdon, IWBI President and CEO

 

Rise of the Robots
Sponsored and programmed by Knightscope
As technology rapidly develops, every business needs to consider the potential of autonomous self-driving, robotics, and artificial intelligence. A discussion about how these advancements can be deployed to help propel businesses into the future.
William Santana Li, Knightscope Chairman and CEO
Interviewer: Rhonda Schaffler, Business Journalist

1:10pm ET

Mainstage Rejoins

Spotlight on Finance
Business leaders from CNBC’s CFO Council discuss finance priorities for 2021. How is the finance function working differently as a result of the pandemic? How has the Covid-induced economy informed decisions around cost allocation? What are the investments poised to drive near-term growth?
Featuring:
Rachel Glaser, Etsy Chief Financial Officer
Jack Hartung, Chipotle Chief Financial Officer
Hugh F. Johnston, PepsiCo Chief Financial Officer

 

As Seen on TV: Getting Back to Work Safely
Television productions have implemented some of the most robust health and safety procedures of any business enterprise. Even as vaccine deployment improves, some experts say that work may never look the sameHear a first-hand account of getting back to work ‘as usual’ during a pandemic and learn what effective health and safety protocols used on sets of television shows may be useful to your organization. 
Neal Baer, MDDesignated Survivor, ER, Law & Order: SVU Executive Producer/Writer
Yun Lingner, Shark Tank Executive Producer
Interviewer: 
Carl Quintanilla, CNBC “Squawk on the Street” Anchor 

 

Spotlight oInnovation
Members of the CNBC Technology Executive Council share their views on work and workflow during the pandemic and beyond. What are the work practices that have effectively benefited productivity and efficiency while working remote? What work tasks would benefit most from renewed in-person collaboration? What are the key technology strategy imperatives over the next six months?
Featuring:
Colleen Berube, Zendesk Chief Information Officer
Vanessa Colella, Citi Chief Innovation Officer and Head of Citi Ventures & Citi Productivity
Sven Gerjets, Mattel EVP and Chief Technology Officer

 

Investing in the Future
As the saying goes, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention.’ Whether prompted by necessity or inspiration, the last year has been witness to a surge of innovation. What are the best bets to help your business thrive? Hear about the emerging technologies poised to transform how we work from two leading venture capitalists putting real money behind the ideas that will shape the future. 
Reid HoffmanGreylock Partner
Sarah Guo, Greylock Partner
Interviewer: Jon ForttCNBC “Squawk Alley” Co-anchor 

 

Creating a Culture of Understanding 
Academy award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey’s successful career has taken him around the globe, taught him the kind of life lessons you can’t learn in school, and led him to personal and professional encounters with people of all backgrounds. In his new book Greenlights, he reflects on these experiences and how they’ve influenced his journey. This discussion will examine how differences can inspire more meaningful conversations and cultivate cultures built not on winning, buon greater understanding.  
Matthew McConaughey, actor and Greenlights author
Interviewer: Carl Quintanilla, CNBC “Squawk on the Street” Anchor 

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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

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

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.

Fran
Katsoudas

Cisco

Fran Katsoudas is EVP and Chief People, Policy and Purpose Officer of Cisco.

Fran Katsoudas

Fran Katsoudas is Executive Vice President and Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer of Cisco. In this role, Fran oversees critical functions that instill Cisco’s conscious culture, contribute to the company’s overall performance, and advance Cisco’s purpose to Power an Inclusive Future For All.

As head of the People, Policy & Purpose Organization, Fran leads an ecosystem comprised of People & Communities, Corporate Affairs, Workplace Resources, and Government Affairs & Country Digital Acceleration. This strategic alignment of functions and expertise ensures holistic care for the well-being of Cisco’s people, establishes Cisco as a trusted and valued partner to governments and global leaders, and extends Cisco’s reach to positively impact communities everywhere in alignment with the company purpose.

A 25-year veteran of Cisco, Fran has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, cultivating successful leaders and teams, and constructing an employee-first culture. Prior to her current role, she served as HR business partner to the Engineering leadership team, and held positions in the Service Provider, HR Operations, Customer Service, Acquisition Integration and Services groups. Prior to Cisco, Fran worked in both the financial and professional services industries with a focus on customer service and operations.

Fran currently serves on the Board of Directors for Americares, Global Citizen, and ADP.

Passionate about social justice, Fran is an activist and advocate for a variety of causes close to her heart, particularly women’s leadership, homeless youth, and the Latino community. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley, Fran lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.

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.

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  • ARIANNA HUFFINGTON

    Thrive Global

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    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.

  • FRAN KATSOUDAS

    Cisco

    Read Bio ⟶

    FRAN KATSOUDAS

    Fran Katsoudas is Executive Vice President and Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer of Cisco. In this role, Fran oversees critical functions that instill Cisco’s conscious culture, contribute to the company’s overall performance, and advance Cisco’s purpose to Power an Inclusive Future For All.

    As head of the People, Policy & Purpose Organization, Fran leads an ecosystem comprised of People & Communities, Corporate Affairs, Workplace Resources, and Government Affairs & Country Digital Acceleration. This strategic alignment of functions and expertise ensures holistic care for the well-being of Cisco’s people, establishes Cisco as a trusted and valued partner to governments and global leaders, and extends Cisco’s reach to positively impact communities everywhere in alignment with the company purpose.

    A 25-year veteran of Cisco, Fran has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, cultivating successful leaders and teams, and constructing an employee-first culture. Prior to her current role, she served as HR business partner to the Engineering leadership team, and held positions in the Service Provider, HR Operations, Customer Service, Acquisition Integration and Services groups. Prior to Cisco, Fran worked in both the financial and professional services industries with a focus on customer service and operations.

    Fran currently serves on the Board of Directors for Americares, Global Citizen, and ADP.

    Passionate about social justice, Fran is an activist and advocate for a variety of causes close to her heart, particularly women’s leadership, homeless youth, and the Latino community. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley, Fran lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.

  • 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

    Read Bio ⟶

    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.

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