2019 Conference Speakers Just Announced

Opening Keynote: CIO as Futurist: Anticipate Paradigm Shifts and Create the Change You Desire

Thursday 5/16/2019 @ 8:00 – 9:00 am | Ocean 5-8

The future is knowable – if you collaborate with the right people in the right way. Every three years, a major paradigm shift regarding dominant design for foundational technology (chips, servers, networks, storage and software) occurs. Every year a major new application category (e.g., mobility, Business Intelligence, social media, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain) appears. Every quarter a new technology advance makes something that was once impossible/too expensive possible/affordable. Every minute a customer has an expanded expectation.

In this highly interactive session, you will be launched on a voyage of discovery. You will learn:

  1. How to avoid and how to create strategic surprise
  2. How to tap the “wisdom of the crowd” and simultaneously avoid “groupthink”
  3. How to navigate the realpolitik of information and data
  4. How to take action on critical emerging trends

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. Read More

Catch Thornton’s Breakout Session: Thursday 5/16/2019 How To Thrive Under Unprecedented Disruption @ 9:45 – 10:30 am


General Session Keynote, Thursday Afternoon

Thursday 5/16/2019 4:00 – 4:45 pm | Ocean 5-8

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: Shift Your Brilliance – Leading Amidst Change and Uncertainty

Friday 5/17/2019 3:00 – 4:00 pm | Ocean 5-8

Business change moves at the speed of light. To keep pace, individuals within an organization must raise the bar on their performance and reset their mindset. The leadership skills of yesterday will not carry the day in today’s continually evolving economy.

As the business climate changes in the midst of gender parity, #MeToo, pay equity, diversity, and inclusion ¬ we, too, must change and embrace what Simon T. Bailey calls the “Vuja de Moment.” This is the opposite of déjà vu and is an invitation to disrupt what is comfortable and convenient to embrace what needs to emerge to remain relevant, innovative, and competitive.

Simon T. Bailey will teach you to:

• Stay relevant and ensure your company stays competitive in the marketplace
• Guide even the most tenured employees to reposition themselves and revitalize their role
• Perform a mindset reset to break through the existing paradigm
• Maintain clarity and confidence during transition and uncertainty
• Give participants actionable tools to take ownership and develop the vision needed to be a leader for the future

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. Read More


General Session Keynote: Become the Unforgettable Face of Your Organization

Friday 5/17/2019 8:30 – 9:15 am | Ocean 5-8

Do people stop listening before you stop talking? More than your smarts, good intentions, wealth, or even attractiveness your most vital traits in this increasingly complex, connected and information-flooded world are your capacity to be more widely quoted and deeply connected with diverse, sometimes unexpected allies. That’s the only way to stay relevant and sought-after. Literally see demonstrated the three vital behavioral cues that bring out others’ better side so they naturally see and support yours. Discover seven core methods ways to turn every in-person or virtual situation into an opportunity to demonstrate value and create opportunity with and for others. Learn the A.I.R. formula for making every message memorable, meaningful and actionable.  From a once phobically shy stutterer-turned-global journalist discover how to turn the next chapter of your life into the adventure story you were truly meant to live with others. As David Rockefeller Jr., said after hearing Kare speak, “She will forever change how you see yourself and your world.”

Kare Anderson, Author & Columnist, Forbes

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

Catch Kare’s Breakout Session: Friday 5/17/2018 Hidden Behavioral Cues That Boost or Bust Credibility @1:45-2:30

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. Read More

General Sessions

  • Thornton May, Futurist, Educator, Anthropologist and Author
    Thursday
    8:00 - 9:00 am
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    CIO as Futurist: Anticipate Paradigm Shifts and Create the Change You Desire
  • Benjamin Pring, Futurist and Author
    Thursday
    4:00 - 4:45 pm
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    Figuring Out a Future That Works in A World Where Machines Do Everything
  • Jeanne W. Ross, Principal Research Scientist, MIT Center for Information Systems Research
    Thursday
    5:00 - 6:00 pm
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    General Session, Jeanne Ross, MIT
  • Kare Anderson, Speaker, Mutuality Matters, Emmy winner, Author
    Friday
    8:30 - 9:15 am
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    Become the Unforgettable Face of Your Organization
  • Simon Bailey, Innovator, Educator, Writer
    Friday
    3:00 - 4:00 pm
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    Shift Your Brilliance – Leading Amidst Change and Uncertainty

Breakout Sessions

  • Thornton May, Futurist, Educator, Anthropologist and Author
    Thursday
    9:45 - 10:30 am
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    How To Thrive Under Unprecedented Disruption
  • Information to Come
    Thursday
    11:00 - 11:45 am
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    The Disruptive Future is Now Breakout Thursday AM
  • Dr. Leon Kappelman, Professor of Information Systems, University of North Texas (UNT)
    Thursday
    2:45 - 3:30 pm
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    SIM’s IT Trends Study: The Voice of SIM Members Since 1980
  • Information to Come
    Friday
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    The Disruptive Future is Now Breakout Friday AM
  • Information to Come
    Friday
    1:45 - 2:30 pm
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    The Disruptive Future is Now Breakout Friday PM


  • Jeffrey Ritter, Author, Speaker, formerly External Lecturer, Dept. of Computer Science, Univ. of Oxford
    Thursday
    9:45 - 10:30 am
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    Achieving Digital Trust: The New Duty to Prove the Truth
  • Information to Come
    Thursday
    11:00 - 11:45 am
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    Upholding Ethics and Digital Trust - Breakout Thursday AM
  • Jeffrey Ritter, Author, Speaker, formerly External Lecturer, Dept. of Computer Science, Univ. of Oxford
    Thursday
    2:45 - 3:30 pm
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    Achieving Digital Trust: Confronting the Dragons of Ethical Nightmares
  • Nanci Schimizzi, Senior Technology Executive, Fair Oaks Strategies
    Friday
    10:00 - 11:00 am
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    Robotics Part 1: A Fireside Chat with the Champions
  • Friday
    11:00 am - 12 pm
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    Robotics Workshop Part 2: The Competition


  • Morag Barrett, CEO SkyeTeam
    Wednesday
    3:00 - 5:00 pm
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    RLF Alumni class of 2018, guest speaker Morag Barrett
  • Dr. Karen Jacobson, Speaker, Consultant, C-Suite Network Advisor
    Thursday
    9:45 - 10:30 am
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    Leading with Hi-Tech or Hi-Touch? - Using EQ to Influence and Motivate Your Team
  • Information to Come
    Thursday
    11:00 - 11:45 am
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    Leading Through Disruption - Breakout Thursday AM
  • Phil Gerbyshak, Marketing Technology Speaker, Sales training, Sales Coaching
    Thursday
    2:45 - 3:30 pm
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    What’s Your Weird: Sharing Your Personal Brand Through Social Media
  • Amelie Karam, Millennial Specialist- Generational Speaker and Consultant
    Friday
    10:00 am - 12:15 pm
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    Bridging and Minding Generational Gaps: Working as One


  • Dr. Jim Wetherbe, Richard Schulze Distinguished Prof., Texas Tech Univ.
    Thursday
    11:00 am - 12 pm
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    Adding Value through Research: Solving Problems and Answering Questions
  • Dr. Daniel Gozman BSc (Hons), MSc, PG Cert, FHEA, PhD, Sr. Lecturer, Univ. of Sydney Business School
    Thursday
    11:00 am - 12 pm
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    Developing and Governing Cross-Industry Blockchains for Regulatory Compliance: Lessons from Project Maison
  • Dr. Anthony Gerth, Clinical Prof., Info Sys. Tech. & Decision Sciences, Univ. of North Texas
    Thursday
    2:45 - 3:45 pm
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    How CIO’s are Successful in a New Role and Avoid Derailment
  • Dr. Stacie Petter, Prof., Info. Sys., Hankamer School of Business, Baylor Univ.
    Friday
    10:00 - 11:00 am
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    Changing the Rules of the Game: Finding Talent through Online Gaming
  • Dr. K. D. Joshi, Prof. & Dept. Chair of Mgmt, Info. Sys., & Entrepreneurship, Wash. State Univ.
    Friday
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
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    IT Crowdsourcing as a Means of Increasing the Participation of Under Representing Groups in the Digital Workforce