Featured
Speakers

Featured Speakers

Mona Abutaleb

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Services

Ricoh USA

Keynote - The Internet of Things: Changing the Way We Live and Work

Tuesday: 3:00pm - 3:45pm

Jason Andree

Senior Brand Manager - Cough & Cold Portfolio

GlaxoSmithKline North America

Keynote - Welcome to the World of Watson

Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Jason Andree is the Senior Brand Manger of the Cough & Cold Portfolio for GlaxoSmithKline North America. As a believer in bringing the right products to the right people, Jason has 7 years of Healthcare experience managing multiple brands in categories such as; Respiratory, Smoker Heath and Multi-Symptom. His areas of expertise include Brand Strategy, Digital Marketing, and Consumer Insights. Jason has launched multiple products within the North American OTC space such as Flonase and NEW Theraflu Express Max. Jason holds an M.B.A. from Cornell University as well as a B.S. in Organizational Management from Northern Illinois University.

Mary Barra

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

General Motors Company

Chairman’s Keynote -
A World With Watson

Wednesday: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Mary Barra is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Company. Barra was elected Chairman of the GM Board of Directors on January 4, 2016, and has served as CEO of GM since January 15, 2014. Under Barra’s leadership, GM is focused on strengthening its core business of building great cars, trucks and crossovers, while also working to lead the transformation of personal mobility through advanced technologies such as connectivity, electrification, autonomous driving and car sharing. Barra has also established a strategic direction based on putting the customer at the center of everything the company does, all around the world. Prior to being named CEO, Barra served as Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain since August 2013, and as Senior Vice President, Global Product Development since February 2011. In these roles, she was responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality of GM vehicles around the world.

Inderpal Bhandari

Global Chief Data Officer

IBM

Innovation Talk - Pioneering a Data Strategy as a Prerequisite to Cognition

Monday: 5:00pm – 5:45pm

Inderpal Bhandari recently joined IBM as global chief data officer. In this newly created role, he brings to IBM more than 20 years of strategic data and analytics leadership experience. Prior to joining IBM, Inderpal served as senior vice president and chief data officer of Cambia Health Solutions where he led the development of Cambia’s data strategy and drove the transformation of the company’s consumer experience strategies.

Prashant Bhuyan

Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman

Alpha Modus Research

Innovation Talk - Innovation Knows No Boundaries Between Start-up and Enterprise

Monday: 12:00pm – 12:45pm

Prashant is a digital entrepreneur and data scientist working to create enterprise value by scaling and distributing human expertise through the use of APIs. Through his various ventures, Prashant uses collective human and machine intelligence to solve complex data driven problems across a variety of domains. Prashant is Co founder, CEO and Chairman of Microstructure Research & Engineering Technologies (MRET), an IP holding company with a portfolio of assets including a variety of alpha generating investment technologies. Prashant is also Co founder, CEO and Chairman of Alpha Modus Research, an MRET venture that has partnered with IBM Global Business Solutions (GBS) and Watson to develop and distribute a suite 'Early Look' Cognitive Imbalance Forecasting APIs that aid investors in forecasting direction and magnitude of U.S. equity markets into the close of trading.

Tim Bozik

President of Global Product

Pearson

Keynote - Welcome to the World of Watson

Tuesday: 9:00am - 10:15am

Tim Bozik is the President of Global Product at Pearson. He started his career as a sales rep for Prentice Hall, and worked from the customer frontline through product development and general management across Higher Education. Tim is passionate about smart design and delivering great customer experiences. His current team is responsible for product strategy and development across global school, higher education and English language learning. They are focused on digital products and services, personalized learning, better outcomes, measuring impact, understanding what works, and bringing education and employability closer together.

Tim embraces Pearson’s motto of Always Learning in his own life, whether it be listening to others tell their stories, taking in theater, or reading a good book. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

David Brin

Scientist & Best-Selling Author

Innovation Talk - Big Picture AI

Wednesday: 11:00am – 11:45am

David Brin is a scientist, speaker, technical consultant and world-known author. His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages.

His 1989 ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends such as the World Wide Web. His novel Existence extends the type of daring, near future extrapolation by exploring bio-engineering, intelligence and how to maintain an open-creative civilization. As a speaker and on television, David Brin shares unique insights -- serious and humorous -- about ways that changing technology may affect our future.

Dr. Antonio Busalacchi

President

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

Weather and Climate Science: Benefits to Business and Society to Date and Future Trends

Monday: 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Antonio J. Busalacchi is President of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. Prior to his appointment at UCAR, he was the Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor, Director of the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), and Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland.

Stewart Butterfield

CEO & Co-Founder

Slack

Innovation Talk - Talk to a Bot: Enhancing People’s Productivity

Wednesday: 10:00am – 10:45am

Stewart Butterfield is the co-founder and CEO of Slack, a messaging app for teams that’s used by over 3 million people every day, including teams at eBay, Conde Nast, and Airbnb. The Canadian-born entrepreneur also co-founded and led Flickr until its acquisition by Yahoo!. In his two decades working on the web, Stewart has been listed on Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and BusinessWeek's Top 50 Leaders, and was named 2015 Technology Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal.

Lorne Cass

Vice President, Integrated Operations Center

American Airlines

Keynote - Data and Cloud: The Foundation for Cognitive Business

Tuesday: 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Lorne Cass is vice president – Integrated Operations Center. He manages operations control teams at the new Robert W. Baker Integrated Operations Center in Fort Worth, Texas. This state-of-the-art facility serves as the nerve center of American’s global network and houses employees who plan, oversee and dispatch the airline’s more than 1 million annual mainline flights.

Cass has more than 35 years of industry experience and most recently served as the director of Airport Surface Efficiency within the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Organization. He has extensive experience in airline operations control, air traffic management, emergency response and business continuity.

Luca Cavalcanti

Digital Channels Director

Bradesco Bank

Keynote - Welcome to the World of Watson

Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Luca is the head of Bradesco Digital Channels, department responsible for the management, strategy and business on the Internet, Mobile, Self-Service, Contact Center and Social Networking. For six years he was Chief Marketing Officer of Bradesco, one of the largest private banks in Brazil. Graduated in Economics, MBA in Advanced Management Program - AMP in Kellogg / Chicago and expertise in strategy and leadership at MIT, Harvard and Wharton School. Acting in the banking industry since 1983, he is also chairman of the Banco24Horas Council and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ESPM University.

Cameron Clayton

General Manager

The Weather Company

Keynote - Data and Cloud: The Foundation for Cognitive Business

Tuesday: 10:45am - 12:00pm

Cameron Clayton serves as CEO and general manager of The Weather Company, an IBM Business (Weather). An experienced executive with a strong record in digital, Clayton oversees the company’s valuable portfolio of consumer products and digital businesses including The Weather Channel® (weather.com) and Weather Underground (wunderground.com) as well as the business solutions unit.

Clayton joined Weather in 2004 as manager of business development, developing distribution relationships for weather.com, and has risen through the digital ranks since then. Before the IBM acquisition in 2016, Clayton served as president of the product and technology division of The Weather Company, seeking opportunities, accelerating growth and building products our daily users – both professional and consumer – love.

Peter Coleman

Managing Director & Chief Executive Office

Woodside Energy, Ltd.

Keynote - The “How To" Guide to Cognitive Business Transformation

Monday: 1:00pm - 1:45pm

Peter Coleman has 32 years’ experience in the global oil and gas industry, covering Asia, the Americas, Africa and Australasia. Peter has been Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Woodside since joining the company in May 2011.

Born in Sale, Victoria, Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering from Monash University in 1983 and has a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University. He has completed Advanced Management Training at the University of Virginia, Thunderbird Management School and Columbia University.

Peter began his career with Exxon Mobil following graduation from Monash University and stayed with the company until joining Woodside.

Dr. Marilyn Denison

Assistant Superintendent,

Coppell Independent School District

Keynote - Outthink Limits: Unleash Your Professional Potential

Tuesday: 1:00pm – 1:45pm

DAs a transformational leader, Dr. Marilyn Denison has led the development of the Learning Framework based upon TASA’s Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas. Her revolutionary thinking was instrumental in the design of a future-ready campus (Lee Elementary) and redesign of learning environments across the district. She is the internal manager for IBM/Apple Watson’s Element project.

Dr. Marilyn Denison graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from East Central University. From there, she earned her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Denison began her career as a teacher in Oklahoma; she later became an assistant principal and principal at various districts in Oklahoma and Texas. She served as the Executive Director of Elementary Schools in Spring ISD. In addition to her leadership in the school district, she was an Adjunct Professor at Sam Houston State University and St. Thomas University teaching Education Leadership and Curriculum Planning. Dr. Denison joined Coppell ISD in 2011 as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.

Peter Diamandis

Co-Founder & Chairman

XPRIZE Foundation

Innovation Talk - Why I Don't Fear Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday: 3:00pm-3:45pm

Dr. Peter Diamandis was recently named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. He is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. Diamandis is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan. Diamandis is a New York Times Bestselling author of two books: Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD – How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World. His motto is “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself"

Marc Dispensa

CTO and Founder

Equals 3

Keynote - Developing for a Cognitive Era

Monday: 4:00pm - 4:45pm

Marc Dispensa invents tech solutions that give marketing and advertising agencies a competitive digital edge. He’s a visionary serial entrepreneur with a track record of bringing new ideas to life, growing emerging companies to a position of strength, and enhancing the businesses of both clients and the agencies that serve them. Besides his business leadership and innovative mind, Dispensa also has technology know-how. He has architected and developed ad tech platforms that integrate with MediaOcean, AppNexus and Google digital ad products to drive efficiencies across the media buying and selling process for some of the world’s biggest brands.

Georgina Chapman

Cofounder and Creative Director

Marchesa

Innovation Talk - Weaving Cognitive into Couture: the Watson Marchesa Dress

Tuesday: 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Georgina Chapman is co-founder and creative director of Marchesa. She, along with fellow designer and best friend, Keren Craig, founded Marchesa in 2004. Georgina attended the Chelsea College of Art and Design before attending the Wimbledon College of Art. After graduating in 2001, she was introduced to the fashion community after industry veteran Isabella Blow noticed a dress from Georgina’s debut collection at an event in the U.K. Marchesa has now grown into a full lifestyle brand including an eveningwear line, Marchesa Notte, a bridal line, handbag collection, shoe line as well as collections of both fine jewelry and fashion jewelry. Georgina and her husband Harvey Weinstein share their time between New York City, Connecticut, and London.

Keren Craig

Cofounder and Textile and Embroideries Director

Marchesa

Innovation Talk - Weaving Cognitive into Couture: the Watson Marchesa Dress

Tuesday: 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Keren Craig is co-founder and textile and embroideries director of Marchesa. She, along with fellow designer and best friend, Georgina Chapman, founded Marchesa in 2004. Keren attended the Chelsea College of Art and Design before attending Brighton College of Art. After graduating in 2000 with a BA in Fashion Textiles, Keren focused on print and embroidery design. Keren and Georgina were introduced to the fashion community after industry veteran Isabella Blow noticed a dress from their debut collection at an event in the U.K. Marchesa has since grown into a globally recognized fashion empire and lifestyle brand including an eveningwear line, Marchesa Notte, a bridal line, handbag collection, shoe line as well as collections of both fine jewelry and fashion jewelry. Keren and her husband, Piers North, share their time between New York City, Upstate New York, and London.

Thomas Friedman

Pulitzer Prize Winner, Author, Thank You for Being Late

Keynote - Welcome to the World of Watson

Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and, columnist—the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat.

Kyle Garman

SVP & Managing Director, Digital Transformation

SAP SE

Keynote - Data and Cloud: The Foundation for Cognitive Business

Tuesday: 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

As SVP & Managing Director, Digital Transformation, Kyle leads a global organization that works with CEOs and senior executives on strategic growth initiatives for SAP, the market leader in business management software. His team’s focus areas include AI, machine learning, IoT, block chain, mobility and quantum computing.

Prior to his current role, Kyle was Vice President of SAP’s Strategic Customer Program. In this capacity, Kyle generated over $1B in software revenue for SAP while pioneering new subscription pricing models for SAP’s largest and most strategic customers.

Before joining SAP,Kyle was an early team member of two highly successful start-ups. The first was taken public by Goldman Sachs at a market capitalization of $2B and the second was acquired by a division of General Electric for $225M and later sold to Dun & Bradstreet.

Kyle is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Future Society and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. He is also a Venture Partner with NextGen Ventures and a Limited Partner with Bain Capital.

Kyle began his career in corporate strategy consulting at Bain & Co. where he focused on engagements in the technology industry. He holds an M.B.A. from Wharton and a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University.

Harriet Green

General Manager

Watson Internet of Things, Cognitive Engagement and Education

Keynote - The Internet of Things: Changing the Way We Live and Work

Tuesday: 3:00pm – 3:45pm

Harriet Green OBE is a global executive who has led business transformations on four continents, with a proven track record for developing & implementing strategies for profitable growth & increasing shareholder value in global technology, logistics, travel & consumer sectors. Harriet received her OBE for services to electronics in 2010. Harriet is currently General Manager of Commerce, Watson Internet of Things & Education at IBM driving growth in IBM’s high priority & key growth initiatives. Across these business units, Harriet is helping usher in a new era of cognitive business, helping “clients unlock value in new insights” from the massive amount of data they generate each day.

Steve Hill

U.S. Head of Innovation and Global Head of Innovation and Investments

KPMG

Keynote: Welcome to the World of Watson

Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Steven Hill is the U.S. Head of Innovation and Global Head of Innovation and Investments at KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm. In these roles, Steve is responsible for the lifecycle of innovation, which includes trends and disruption analysis, organic growth, corporate development/M&A, alliances, knowledge and collaboration management and investment management. Steve meshes the art and science of innovation to drive market relevance and sustainable growth. Steve’s close connection to market trends and growth strategies has made him a thought leader and change agent on innovation and business transformation.

Judith S. Hurwitz

President and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, Inc.

Understanding the Business Impact of Cognitive Computing

Tuesday: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, Inc., a consulting, strategy, and research firm focused on emerging technology including cognitive computing, big data, hybrid cloud computing, applications development and deployment, and security. Hurwitz is a thought leader, technology strategist, speaker, and author. She is the co-author of eight books, including Cognitive Computing and Big Data Analytics (Wiley 2015), Big Data for Dummies (Wiley 2013) and Hybrid Cloud for Dummies (Wiley 2014). In 2011 she authored Smart or Lucky? How Technology Leaders Turn Chance into Success (Jossey Bass, 2011). Judith has helped these companies make the transition to a new business model focused on the business value of emerging platforms Judith holds a BS and MS degrees from Boston University.

Prof. Joichi Ito

Director

MIT Media Labs

Innovation Talk - Extended Intelligence

Monday: 9:00am – 9:45am

Ito is the director of the MIT Media Lab as well as an MIT Professor. He is chairman of the board of PureTech Health and a board member of Sony Corp., the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The New York Times Co. He is the co-founder and a board member of Digital Garage, an Internet company in Japan. He has created numerous Internet companies, including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. He was an early-stage investor in Formlabs, Flickr, Kickstarter, littleBits, Path, Twitter, Wikia and other companies.

In 2008, Ito was named by Businessweek as one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web. In 2011 Foreign Policy Magazine named him one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers. Also in 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute in recognition of his role as one of the world's leading advocates of Internet freedom. In 2011 and 2012, Nikkei Business selected him as one of the 100 most influential people for the future of Japan.

In 2013, Ito was awarded a Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, from The New School. In 2014, he was inducted into the SXSW Interactive Festival Hall of Fame and was awarded the Golden Plate Award by the Academy of Achievement. In 2015, Ito was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Tufts University.

John Kelly III

Senior VP

IBM Watson

Keynote - Welcome to the World of Watson

Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

As IBM senior vice president, Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research, Dr. John E. Kelly III is focused on the company’s investments in several of the fastest-growing and most strategic parts of the information technology market. His portfolio includes IBM Analytics, IBM Commerce, IBM Security and IBM Watson, as well as IBM Research and the company’s Intellectual Property team. He also oversees the development of units devoted to serving clients in specific industries, beginning with the April 2015 launch of IBM Watson Health.

David Kenny

General Manager

IBM Watson

Keynote - Welcome to the World of Watson

Tuesday 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

As general manager, IBM Watson, David Kenny is responsible for the Watson technology platform, its global ecosystem of business partners and developers, and emerging solutions.

David was most recently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company (Weather), where he oversaw the company’s portfolio of consumer and business-to-business weather brands and businesses including The Weather Channel, weather.com, wunderground.com and WSI. David was previously president of Akamai, the leading cloud platform designed to help enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences to mobile and fixed Internet users.

David currently serves on the Board of Directors of Best Buy. He is also a director of Teach for America, a nonprofit that enlists recent graduates to teach and to effect change in under-resourced and low-income communities. David received an MBA from the Harvard School of Business, and a bachelor's degree from the GM Institute (now Kettering University).

John B. King Jr.

U.S. Secretary of Education

Chairman’s Keynote - A World with Watson

Wednesday: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

John B. King Jr. is the U.S. Secretary of Education , a position he assumed in January 2016. In tapping him to lead the U.S. Department of Education, President Obama called Dr. King "an exceptionally talented educator," citing his commitment to "preparing every child for success" and his lifelong dedication to education as a teacher, principal, and leader of schools and school systems.

Bob Lord

Chief Digital Officer

IBM

Keynote - Developing for a Cognitive Era

Monday: 4:00pm – 4:45pm

Bob Lord, is IBM's first Chief Digital Officer where he is now missioned with bringing together the IBM Digital Business Group. He is responsible for overseeing the Digital Sales organization, Digital Marketing, Routes to Market and Offering teams, and IBM's Ecosystem and Startup group.   Bob has had an incredible career and brings a wealth of technical and marketing experience to the role as IBM Chief Digital Officer. He held leadership roles at Razorfish, one of the early web design and digital agencies, helping them manage through the internet bubble and ultimately rising to be the Global CEO. During this time, he honed his understanding and vision for the convergence of marketing and technology.  In 2013, Bob joined AOL as CEO of its flagship technology group, AOL Platforms - used by over 2,500 brands and agencies and over 40,000 publishers rely on to drive convergence. From January 2015 through January 2016, Bob served as President of AOL, overseeing the Company's unified global advertising operations.  Bob holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in engineering from Syracuse University. He's authored a book, titled Converge, available on Amazon, in which he shares his unique perspective about the intersection of technology and marketing. He is an active member of the TED community and a founding member of The Nantucket Project. Bob enjoys biking, surfing, competing in triathlons and spending time with his family.

Robert LeBlanc

Senior Vice President

IBM Cloud

Keynote - Data and Cloud: The Foundation for Cognitive Business

Tuesday: 10:45am - 12:00pm

Robert LeBlanc is Senior Vice President, IBM Cloud. In this role, he has global responsibility for IBM’s industry leading cloud portfolio of technology and services, including strategy, product design, offering development, marketing, sales, and service.

Previously, Mr. LeBlanc served as Senior Vice President, IBM Software and Cloud Solutions Group, managing the strategy, development, and delivery of IBM’s industry leading middleware and software solutions portfolio.

Other senior leadership roles include Senior Vice President, Middleware Software; General Manager, Worldwide Software Sales; General Manager, Application Integration and Middleware; and General Manager, Tivoli. Since joining IBM in 1981, Mr. LeBlanc has held a number of technical, strategy, and sales leadership positions throughout the company’s Software, Services, and Systems groups.

Mr. LeBlanc holds a BSC in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Hilary Mason

CEO & Founder

Fast Forward Labs

Innovation Talk – Making a Bet on Data Science in Your Business

Monday: 2:00pm – 2:45pm

Hilary Mason is CEO and Founder of Fast Forward Labs,an independent data technology research lab. She is also Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. From 2009 to 2013, she served as Chief Scientist for bitly, the popular link-shortening service, where she continues to work as Scientist Emeritus, advising a team that studies attention on the internet in realtime.

Janet Marzett

Vice President Operations Americas

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC

Keynote - The “How To" Guide to Cognitive Business Transformation

Monday: 1:00pm - 1:45pm

Janet Marzett, Vice President, Operations-Americas began her 36 year career working in administrative positions, advancing into increasing responsibility across many functional areas of the company including Vice President of Human Resources. Today she employs more than 500 people in the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico. Janet is also a member of the Daimler Financial Services Americas Region executive leadership team and Daimler AG’s Global Diversity Council. Among several other awards, Janet was honored in 2015 as “Executive of the Year” at the 19th Annual Urban Wheel Awards in Detroit, Michigan. Marzett holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from The University of Texas.

Jesus Mantas

Managing Partner and General Manager

IBM Business Consulting

Keynote - The "How-To" Guide to Cognitive Business Transformation

Monday, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Jesus Mantas is the Managing Partner and General Manager of IBM Business Consulting. IBM Consulting practices include Digital, Cognitive, Analytics, Cloud Business Solutions, Enterprise Applications and Business Process Services.

He is globally recognized for his thought leadership about the intersection of business and technology, working with clients to digitally transform their enterprises, envisioning technology-lead business model changes and pioneering the use of Design as a business reengineering tool. In addition to his global practice management responsibility, he oversees a number of Fortune 500 and Global 500 client transformations.

He has served in multiple boards, and has led IBM Global Process Services, IBM Latin America Global Business Services, and IBM North America General Business Segments after his career in PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Faisal Masud

Executive Vice President of Global eCommerce

Staples

Keynote: Welcome to the World of Watson

Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Faisal is a veteran in the eCommerce and Marketplace industry having held leadership roles at several Fortune-500 online retailers. He has over seventeen years of retail and distribution experience, primarily in the ecommerce industry, focused on merchandising, buying, planning, demand forecasting, supply chain, vendor performance management, 3PL, reverse logistics and drop-ship management.

Faisal Masud is the Executive Vice President of Global eCommerce at Staples where he is responsible for leading online and digital growth.  Prior to joining Staples, Faisal was the Vice President of the Global Goods business at Groupon where he oversaw the general management over Merchandising, Buying, Operations, Product Development and Supply Chain. Previously, he was the Head of Global Marketplace Shipping and Delivery Experience at eBay, responsible for the management of US and Cross-Border transportation, logistics and export businesses.

Chris McCann

President and Chief Executive Officer

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.

Keynote - Outthink Limits: Unleash Your Professional Potential

Tuesday: 1:00pm – 1:45pm

Chris McCann, President and Chief Executive Officer, of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM is responsible for the company’s operations across all of its brands and businesses. He oversees the company’s strategic, operational and organizational processes, including the development, implementation and execution of annual and longer-term strategic, operating and budget plans.

Geoffrey Moore

Chairman, Founder & Managing Partner

TCG Advisors

Innovation Talk - The Next Frontier of Disruptive Innovation is Here!

Tuesday: 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Geoffrey Moore is the Chairman, Founder and Managing Partner of TCG Advisors (TCG-A), a consulting practice that provides marketing strategy and organizational services to many leading high-technology companies as well as to those in other sectors. Moore is also a Venture Partner with Mohr, Davidow Ventures, a California-based venture capital firm specializing in specific technology markets, including e-commerce, internet, enterprise software, networking and semiconductors. In this latter role, as a venture partner at a leading “VC” firm, he provides market strategy advice to their high-tech portfolio companies. Mr. Moore’s most recent book, Living on the Fault Line was published in a revised edition in the summer of 2002. This edition focuses on managing for shareholder value in any economy including the current “age of anxiety.” In line with this focus, Geoffrey Moore’s current practice is focused around the Fault Line methodology and his specialty is presenting and analyzing the core versus context model described in chapter two – core being anything that contributes directly to competitive differentiation and leads to customer preference in purchase decisions. Context is everything else – all the things that you or your company or product must do to pass muster but which do not differentiate you from others in the same market. Likewise, the key lesson for investors is that the New Economy, with the help of the Internet, enables companies as never before to outsource their context in order to focus on their core enterprises.

Udo Neumann

Vice President, CIO

Daimler Financial Services

Keynote - The “How To" Guide to Cognitive Business Transformation

Monday: 1:00pm - 1:45pm

Udo Neumann is the CIO of Daimler Financial Services. He is responsible for the entire IT business at DFS and is a member of the DFS Executive Committee. He is tasked with leveraging the trends and developments in the technology community to support the digital transformation of Daimler. Udo is the catalyst for all cognitive developments at Daimler and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.

Prof. Yitzhak Peterburg

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Chairman's Keynote - A World With Watson

Wednesday: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Chairman of Teva's Board since January, 2015. On Teva’s Board since 2012 and between 2009-2010. Previously Group VP—Global Branded Products. Served as President and CEO of Cellcom Israel, Director General of Clalit Health Services, and CEO of Soroka University Medical Center. Board director of Rosetta Genomics, Chairman of Regenera Pharma Ltd. M.D.- Hadassah Medical School, Health Administration PhD- Columbia University, Information Systems M.Sc.- London School of Economics.

Mohit Parasher

Executive Vice President and President

Harman Professional

Keynote - The Internet of Things: Changing the Way We Live and Work

Tuesday: 3:00pm - 3:45pm

Bob Picciano

Senior VP

IBM Analytics

Keynote - Data and Cloud: The Foundation for Cognitive Business

Tuesday: 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Robert Picciano is Senior Vice President, IBM Analytics. He has global responsibility for the strategy and management of IBM’s industry-leading data and analytics portfolio. In this role, he oversees teams focused on analytics solutions tailored by industry; analytics and data management platforms; cloud data services; enterprise social software and talent management solutions; industry and transformation consulting, and advanced solutions and services that combine cloud, analytics and mobile technologies.

Ginni Rometty

Chairman, President & CEO

IBM

Chairman’s Keynote - A World with Watson

Wednesday: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Ginni Rometty began her career with IBM in 1981 in Detroit. Since then she has held a series of leadership positions, most recently as senior vice president and group executive, IBM sales, marketing, and strategy.

Earlier she served as senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services, where she led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. This acquisition was the largest in professional services history, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts.

Mrs. Rometty serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University, and the board of overseers and board of managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with high honors, in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University.

IBM is a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company that leverages the power of innovation, data and expertise to improve business and society.

Mukesh Sehgal

Founder, President, and CEO

RSG Media Systems, Inc.

Keynote - Data and Cloud: The Foundation for Cognitive Business

Tuesday: 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

As President and CEO of RSG Media Systems, Inc. for over thirty years, Mukesh Sehgal leads the development of RSG Media’s industry-leading software solutions that are crucial in supporting business strategies. Under his leadership, RSG Media has pioneered building systems that manage and report on content rights, usage, royalties, financials, and other critical factors that let rights owners exploit their assets fully. These systems are used by media & entertainment companies worldwide. Mukesh has applied principles from his bestselling book, published on relational database management systems, DB2: Concepts, Programming, and Design, to further innovate RSG Media into creating a new arm of the company in ad sales, helping clients manage linear and digital ad inventory. From this unique position, RSG Media simplifies rights management, content usage revenue and promo optimization, allowing the world’s top media & entertainment companies to engage with consumers across all screens, formats, and types of inventory.

Josh Sutton

Global Head, Data and Artificial Intelligence Practice

Publicis.Sapient

Innovation Talk - Industry 4.0—Connected Intelligence

Monday: 10:00am -10:45am

Josh Sutton is the Global Head of Publicis.Sapient’s Data and Artificial Intelligence Practice. In this role, he is responsible for leveraging big data tools as well as correlation-based and causal-based AI platforms to help clients transform their businesses. He works closely with clients to ensure that we align the right tools and platforms with their business objectives.

Shay B. Strong, Ph.D.

Head of Data Analytics

OmniEarth, Inc.

Keynote - Welcome to the World of Watson

Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Dr. Shay Strong is the lead data scientist at OmniEarth and heads their analytics team where she applies her background in computational astrophysics to evaluate remotely-sensed imagery through deep-learning and machine-learning techniques – transforming bits and pixels into actionable intelligence that helps customers assess, manage and predict the world around them. Her focus is on automating imagery land-classification and statistical prediction, at scale in the cloud, to support a number of OmniEarth’s analytics products. Her methods have achieved 95% accuracy in distinguishing parcel features such as trees, turf, pools, solar panels and man-made structures. Shay is also an adjunct physics lecturer at UMBC and, prior to OmniEarth, she held positions at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She holds a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Physics from the College of Charleston.

Sebastian Thrun

Founder & President

Udacity

Innovation Talk –The New World of Artificial Intelligence

Tuesday: 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Sebastian Thrun is a scientist, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur.

He is founder, chairman, and president of Udacity, whose mission is to democratize education by providing lifelong, on‐demand learning to millions of students in more than 190 countries.

He is also the founder of Google X where he led the self‐driving car, Google Glass and other projects. Earlier on, he led the Stanford Racing Team whose robot “Stanley” won the DARPA Grand Challenge. Sebastian continues as a research professor at Stanford University, and is the first recipient of the inaugural Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Education.

Vitaly Tsivin

Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence

AMC Networks

Keynote - Outthink Limits: Unleash your Professional Potential

Tuesday: 1:00pm - 1:45pm

R "Ray" Wang

Founder and CEO

Constellation Research

World of Watson Spotlight Session Transforming Your Company with Insight Based Business Models

Monday: 11:00am – 11:45am

R "Ray" Wang is the Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Silicon Valley based Constellation Research, Inc.  He's also the author of the popular business strategy and technology  blog "A Software Insider’s Point of View". With viewership in the 10's of millions of page views a year, his blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models such as digital transformation impact brands, enterprises, and organizations.  Wang has held executive roles in product, marketing, strategy, and consulting at companies such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Amy Wilkinson

Founder

Wilkinson Innovations, Author, Lecturer

Transforming Your Company with Insight Based Business Models

Monday: 10:00am - 10:45am

Amy Wilkinson is founder of Wilkinson Innovations, author of The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, and Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She advises executives and emerging leaders around the world on how to master the skills that underlie entrepreneurial success.

Shannon Vallor

Professor of Philosophy

Santa Clara University

Innovation Talk - AI, Ethics and the Future of Human Flourishing

Wednesday: 9:00am – 9:45am

Shannon Vallor is the William J. Rewak Professor at Santa Clara University, where her research focuses on the ethical implications of emerging science and technology, including AI, robotics and new media. Professor Vallor received the 2015 World Technology Award in Ethics from the World Technology Network. She is President of the international Society for Philosophy and Technology, and serves on the Executive Board of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics. She is the author of Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Mona Abutaleb
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Services
Ricoh USA

Jason Andree
Senior Brand Manager - Cough & Cold Portfolio
GlaxoSmithKline North America

Mary Barra
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
General Motors Company

Inderpal Bhandari
Global Chief Data Officer
IBM

Prashant Bhuyan
Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman
Alpha Modus Research

Tim Bozik
President of Global Product
Pearson

David Brin
Scientist & Best-Selling Author

Dr. Antonio Busalacchi
President
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

Stewart Butterfield
CEO & Co-Founder
Slack

Luca Cavalcanti
Digital Channels Director
Bradesco Bank

Lorne Cass
Vice President, Integrated Operations Center
American Airlines

Georgina Chapman
Cofounder and Creative Director
Marchesa

Cameron Clayton
General Manager
The Weather Company

Peter Coleman
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officebr> Woodside Energy, Ltd.

Keren Craig
Cofounder and Textile and Embroideries Director
Marchesa

Dr. Marilyn Denison
Assistant Superintendent,
Coppell Independent School District

Peter Diamandis
Co-Founder & Chairman
XPRIZE Foundation

Marc Dispensa
CTO and Founder
Equals 3

Thomas Friedman
Pulitzer Prize Winner, Author, Thank You for Being Late

Kyle Garman
SVP & Managing Director, Digital Transformation
SAP SE

Harriet Green
General Manager
Watson Internet of Things, Cognitive Engagement and Education

Steve Hill
U.S. Head of Innovation and Global Head of Innovation and Investments
KPMG

Judith S. Hurwitz
President and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, Inc.

Prof. Joichi Ito
Director
MIT Media Labs

John Kelly III
Senior VP
IBM Cognitive Solutions & Research

David Kenny
General Manager
IBM Watson

John B. King Jr.
U.S. Secretary of Education

Robert LeBlanc
Senior Vice President
IBM Cloud

Bob Lord
Chief Digital Officer
IBM

Janet Marzett
Vice President Operations Americas
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC

Jesus Mantas
Managing Partner and General Manager
IBM Business Consulting

Hilary Mason
CEO & Founder
Fast Forward Labs

Faisal Masud
Executive Vice President of Global eCommerce
Staples

Chris McCann
President and Chief Executive Officer
1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.

Geoffrey Moore
Chairman, Founder & Managing Partner
TCG Advisors

Udo Neumann
Vice President, CIO
Daimler Financial Services

Mohit Parasher
Executive Vice President and President
Harman Professional

Prof. Yitzhak Peterburg
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Bob Picciano
Senior VP
IBM Analytics

Mukesh Sehgal
Founder, President, and CEO
RSG Media Systems, Inc.

Josh Sutton
Global Head, Data and Artificial Intelligence Practice
Publicis.Sapient

Ginni Rometty
Chairman, President & CEO
IBM

Shay B. Strong, Ph.D.
Head of Data Analytics
OmniEarth, Inc.

Sebastian Thrun
Founder & President
Udacity

Vitaly Tsivin
Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence
AMC Networks

Shannon Vallor
Professor of Philosophy
Santa Clara University

R "Ray" Wang
Founder and CEO
Constellation Research

Amy Wilkinson
Founder
Wilkinson Innovations, Author, Lecturer

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

The Mandalay Bay is a deluxe, tropically themed luxury resort with mystical architecture and lush surroundings. The resort is set on 60 acres south of Luxor on the Strip. Hotel amenities include: Wheelchair access; room service; fifteen restaurants including House of the Blues; casino; many lounges and bars; and valet parking. The 11-acre sand-and-surf beach features three swimming pools, a lazy river, wave pool, cabanas, an outdoor performance stage, two restaurants, poolside pampering at the seasonal Moorea Beach Club. Our 30,000-square-foot Spa Mandalay offers massages, beauty treatments, and a salon. A perfect night's sleep-that's what we sought to create with our newly remodeled Mandalay Bay rooms and suites. The theme here is casual elegance (designed by Anita Brooks) and comfort. Lofty pillow topped beds, triple high-thread count sheets, warm textiles in pleasing tones feature climate control, cable TV, dual line data port telephone, alarm clock, hair dryer, separate tub/shower, iron and ironing board, bathrobe, and floor-to-ceiling window and 42" plasma TVs create the perfect environment for effortless relaxation or sweet dreams. From the uninhibited to the unconventional, Mandalay Bay offers some of the most unique experiences on the planet — all without the expense of an around-the-world trip.

Non-Smoking Guestrooms - Limited smoking rooms based on availability at check in.

Delano

Delano Las Vegas fuses personalized service with a high-end design concept. The resort evokes luxury with an unexpected touch of individuality, creating an intimate experience within the grand 43-story golden tower at Mandalay Bay Resort Complex. Defined by style and sophistication, Delano Las Vegas brings a world class resort to the famed Las Vegas Strip, appealing to the most discerning travelers from around the globe. Delano is a non-smoking hotel.

Non-Smoking Property

Four Seasons

On the iconic Las Vegas strip, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas’ Art-Deco inspired guest rooms reflect the energy and excitement of one of the world’s most vibrant cities. The Hotel offers direct access to the adjacent Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and the city’s nightlife and entertainment. Four Seasons is a non-smoking hotel.

Non-Smoking Property

Luxor

How many times in your life will you be able to say you stayed and played in a pyramid? Luxor features comfortable and spacious accommodations ranging from standard rooms to extravagant suites. Plus, Luxor offers everything you’d expect from a Las Vegas hotel – from fabulous entertainment and dining, to non-stop Las Vegas casino action.

Non-Smoking All Guestrooms

Excalibur

Stay in royal accommodations in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Excalibur offers everything you’d expect from a Las Vegas hotel – from dining and entertainment, to non-stop Las Vegas casino action.

Non-Smoking All Guestrooms

New York, New York

New York-New York Hotel & Casino features 12 New York-style skyscrapers showcasing 2,023 guest rooms and suites. Replicas of the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge are just a few of the Big Apple inspired landmarks. This city within a city boasts enticing entertainment including the Cirque du Soleil® production, Zumanity and the live music extravaganza, the Broadway Theater. There is fun around every corner with the thrilling Roller Coaster and dueling pianos of Bar at Times Square. There are tantalizing restaurants such as Gallagher's Steakhouse, Il Fornaio and the authentic pub, Nine Fine Irishmen. Additionally, New York-New York offers more than 24,000 square feet of meeting space and a rejuvenating spa and salon.

Non-Smoking All Guestrooms

MGM Grand

The MGM Grand truly lives up to our name, not only in sheer size, but also in vast offerings. Located at one of the busiest intersections in Las Vegas, MGM Grand provides a world of entertainment, dining and unwinding – both day and night. The grandness starts outside, with the 100,000-pound, 45-foot-tall bronze lion statue perched atop a 25-foot pedestal where the $1 billion resort meets the Strip. LED screens, water fountains and lush landscaping surround the lion – the largest bronze statue in the U.S. The adventure continues inside, where guests will find 5,044 rooms in four 30-story towers, more than a dozen restaurants and more than 170,000 square feet of gaming. There is even the convenience of tourist attractions on site, a television studio (CBS Television City Research Center) and a water park (1,000 foot long lazy river at the 27,000-square-foot pool complex). Accommodations are as varied as the rest of the property’s offerings. Entering the MGM Grand, visitors are immersed in the glamour and excitement of sophisticated shows, gourmet dining, hip nightlife, a relaxing pool and spa, and much more.

Non-Smoking All Guestrooms

Signature at MGM Grand

Luxury welcomes you the moment you enter our gated driveway and our intimate lobbies. It's in the details of your lavish suite, at our intimate swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness center. Our premier concierge service will organize gourmet in-suite dining while you enjoy breathtaking balcony views. Just steps from the excitement of MGM Grand lies the oasis of a secluded retreat. The three exclusive suite-filled towers at The Signature at MGM Grand provide guests with unparalleled luxury and personal service, all within a non-gaming and non-smoking environment. Staying at The Signature is like coming home to a luxury oasis. From limitless dining choices to a refreshing cabana-lined pool, you will want for nothing. Let our Concierge take care of your every need and desire. The Signature offers the added convenience of satellite registration/hotel check-in at the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Located in the south baggage claim near carousels 1 and 2. You can check in and receive your room keys while waiting for your luggage.

Non-Smoking Property

Aria Resort & Casino

In the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the award-winning Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter offers it all, from high-tech guestrooms and world-class dining from celebrated chefs, to enthralling entertainment and upscale shopping. The full-service spa features massage and treatment rooms. In addition to an outdoor pool, this luxury hotel provides fitness facilities, a spa tub, a sauna, and a steam room. Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter also offers a casino, a bar/lounge, and a nightclub. The Aria Resort has designated areas for smoking (fines may apply for smoking in non-smoking areas).

Vdara Hotel & Spa

This all-suite, non-gaming, eco-friendly, smoke-free CityCenter resort is steps away from Aria Resort and Casino, and connected to the Bellagio. Suites at Vdara offer flat-panel televisions and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. Kitchens include refrigerators, stovetops, and microwaves. All rooms have king beds with pull out sofas. The Aria Express tram connects the property to other facilities within the complex. A restaurant and lobby bar are located on site. This Las Vegas resort also offers a fitness center, luxury spa, gift shop and newsstand, and a concierge desk. Limo service is available. Vdara Hotel & Spa is a smoke-free property.

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