2019 Conference Speakers Just Announced

General Session Keynote, Thursday Morning

Thursday 5/16/2019 @ 8:00 – 9:00

Breakout Session: Thursday 5/16/2019 The Disruptive Future is Now @ 9:45 – 10:30 am

Thornton May, Futurist, Educator, Anthropologist and Author

Thornton May is a futurist, educator, anthropologist and author. His extensive experience researching and consulting on the role and behaviors of “C” level executives in creating value with information technology has won him an unquestioned place on the short list of serious thinkers on this topic.

Thornton combines a scholar’s patience for empirical research, a stand-up comic’s capacity for pattern recognition and a second-to-none gift for storytelling to address the information technology management problems facing executives.

The editors at eWeek honored Thornton, including him on their list of “Top 100 Most Influential People in IT.” The editors at Fast Company labeled him one of the “Top 50 brains in business.”

Thornton May is also the author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics. Thornton May has established a reputation for innovation in time-compressed, collaborative problem solving. He designs the curriculum that enables the mental models which allow organizations to outperform competitors, delight customers and extract maximum value from tools and suppliers. Read Full Bio

General Session Keynote, Thursday Afternoon

Thursday 5/16/2019 4:00 – 4:45 pm

Benjamin Pring, Futurist and Author

Ben Pring co-founded and leads Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work. Ben is a co-author of the best-selling and award winning books, What To Do When Machines Do Everything (2017) and Code Halos; How the Digital Lives of People, Things, and Organizations are Changing the Rules of Business (2014).

Ben sits on the advisory board of the Labor and Work Life program at Harvard Law School. In 2018 Ben was a Bilderberg Meeting participant.

Ben joined Cognizant in 2011, from Gartner, where he spent 15 years researching and advising on areas such as Cloud Computing and Global Sourcing. Prior to Gartner Ben worked for a number of consulting companies including Coopers and Lybrand.

At Gartner Ben was the lead analyst on all things “Cloud”; he wrote the industry’s first research notes on Cloud Computing (in 1997!), and Salesforce.com (in 2001), and became well known for providing provocative but accurate predictions about the future of IT. In 2007, Ben won Gartner’s prestigious annual Thought Leader Award. Read Full Bio

Closing Keynote, Friday

Friday 5/17/2019 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Simon Bailey, Innovator, Educator, Writer, and Creator of the Brilliant Presenter Program

Simon T. Bailey is a Breakthrough Strategist whose life’s purpose is to teach 1 billion+ people how to be fearless and create their futures.

He equips companies with the tools necessary to effect cultural transformation resulting in higher employee engagement and platinum customer service experiences.

He has more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including serving as sales director for Disney Institute and has worked with more than 1,700 organizations in 46 countries.

Simon has been named one of the top 25 people who will help you reach your business and life goals by SUCCESS magazine, joining a list that includes Brene Brown, Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey. He is the author of nine books and his Building Business Relationships on Lynda.com has been viewed by more than 850,000 people. His Goalcast video, released Father’s Day 2018, has over 53 million views worldwide. Read Full Bio

General Session Keynote, Friday Morning

Friday 5/17/2019 8:30 – 9:15 am

Breakout Session: 1:45-2:30 Leading Through Disruption Track

Kare Anderson, Speaker, Mutuality Matters, Emmy winner, Author

Kare Anderson is an Emmy-winning former NBC and Wall Street Journal reporter, now connective behavior and quotability speaker, author and columnist for Forbes.

Anderson’s TED talk on The Web of Humanity: Be an Opportunity Maker has attracted over 2.2 million views. Her clients are as diverse as Salesforce, Novartis, and The Skoll Foundation. She was a founding board member of Annie’s Homegrown, co-founder of nine political PACs, and author of Mutuality Matters, Moving From Me to We, Getting What You Want, and Resolving Conflict Sooner.

Anderson serves on the advisory boards of The Business Innovation Factory, Gloopt, TEDxMarin and World Affairs Council Marin.

Master of Ceremonies: Terry L Brock, Content Weaver

Terry Brock is more than just a social media marketing speaker, or a technology trends expert. He packs his presentations with “Gee Wiz!” joy for gadgets, solid business strategies to build relationships, and inspiration to try new things to improve the bottom line.

He is a syndicated columnist with Business Journals. This 43-paper network stretches across the US and reaches decision makers, business owners and people serious about doing business. With over 40 million pageviews each month, these publications tap into Terry’s expertise and funny style to bring value to readers. Terry continues to bring this knowledge to his audiences when speaking and sharing state-of-the-art ideas applied with fun, entertainment and powerful applications.

Terry earned an MBA in marketing and is focused on real-world business applications. He leverages his background in journalism and education in live presentations all over the world including: Mexico, England, Australia, Russia, Ireland, China, Japan, Thailand, Argentina, Indonesia, Nigeria, Singapore, Bermuda, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, and even Texas! He is a virtual presentation expert, allowing him to break the bonds of distance and time to serve clients according to their needs. Read full Bio

Breakout Sessions Announced So Far

  • Thornton May, Futurist, Educator, Anthropologist and Author
    9:45 - 10:30 am
    The Disruptive Future is Now, Thornton May

  • Jeffrey Ritter, Ext.Lecturer, University of Oxford; Ext. Lecturer at Johns Hopkins Univ.; Expert on digital trust; Speaker
    9:45 - 10:30 am
    Upholding Ethic and Digital Trust - Jeffrey Ritter

  • Dr. Karen Jacobson, Speaker, Consultant, C-Suite Network Advisor
    9:45 - 10:30 am
    Leading Through Disruption - Dr. Karen Jacobson
  • Phil Gerbyshak, Marketing Technology Speaker, Sales training, Sales Coaching
    2:45 - 3:30 pm
    What's Your Weird (or Personal Branding): Sharing Your Personal Brand Through Social Media
  • Amelie Karam, Millennial Specialist- Generational Speaker and Consultant
    10:00 am - 12:15 pm
    Leading Through Disruption - Amelie Karam
  • Kare Anderson, Speaker, Mutuality Matters, Emmy winner, Author
    1:45 - 2:30 pm
    Leading Through Disruption Track - Kare Anderson