Keynotes

Begin our jam-packed conference days with inspiring talks from leaders across the industry.

Keynotes take place Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 - 10:00 AM in the Grand Ballroom and are open to all pass holders. Check out our lineup below.

Keep your eye on this page - more keynoters to be announced soon!

The Future of Data: Lightning Talks + Panel Discussion

Wednesday, May 17 - Enterprises are increasingly harnessing the power of data, along with analytical techniques like machine learning and artificial intelligence, to make predictions in a variety of business domains. This session will provide a snapshot of interesting use cases that we think you'll be seeing a lot more of in your business. They’ll each give a short lightning talk about their experience, followed by a panel discussion that digs deeper to uncover thought-provoking lessons learned. 

Sam Charrington | Founder & Principal Analyst, CloudPulse Strategies (Moderator)

Sam Charrington is founder and principal of CloudPulse Strategies. As an analyst, advisor and consultant, Sam works to drive understanding and adoption of "intelligent application" technologies, including machine learning, big data and cloud computing, through speaking, writing, research and consulting engagements. Sam is an avid traveler and language learner, and has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, butchering Chinese, Thai, Arabic and several Romance languages along the way.

Fireside Chat

Wednesday, May 17 - Perhaps more than any other enterprise technology provider, the rapid rise of VMware from scrappy upstart to household name illustrates the radical change IT has experienced in the last 15 years. And that was just the tip of the spear. As businesses and IT departments race to reinvent themselves, VMware has itself transformed to anticipate these evolving challenges. Having joined the company in 2003, Raghu Raghuram has witnessed firsthand the changes in business strategy needed to support rapid growth. We’ll explore how the company has applied innovative approaches to its people talent, its organizational structures, and its own technology development and delivery.

Raghu Raghuram | Chief Operating Officer, Products and Cloud Services, VMware

Raghu Raghuram joined VMware in 2003 and has joint responsibility with Dr. Rajiv Ramaswami for all VMware’s product and service offerings and centralized services, support and operational functions. In this role, Raghu's primary focus is on VMware’s cloud services offerings. During his tenure at VMware, Raghu has held multiple leadership roles, most recently leading the company’s software-defined data center business as the Executive Vice President and General Manager, where he was responsible for the division’s strategy, business and product planning and engineering execution. 

Security Keynote

Wednesday, May 17

Kevin Mandia, President, FireEye

A cyber security expert, Kevin has served as FireEye Chief Executive Officer since June 2016 and was appointed to the company’s Board of Directors in February 2016. He was previously President of FireEye from February 2015 until June 2016. Kevin joined FireEye as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2013, when FireEye acquired Mandiant, the company he founded in 2004. Previous roles he held include Director of Computer Forensics at Foundstone (acquired by McAfee Corporation) and Director of Information Security for Sytex (later acquired by Lockheed Martin). Kevin also served in the United States Air Force, where he was a computer security officer in the 7th Communications Group at the Pentagon, and a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He holds a B.S. in computer science from Lafayette College and a M.S. in forensic science from The George Washington University.

Talent & Culture: Lightning Talks + Panel Discussion

Thursday, May 18 - Recruitment, people management and culture are paramount to any successful organization. Leaders also lament this is their biggest challenge. Our speakers have taken a fresh approach to tackle these tough problems. Hear from them in a 5-minute lightning presentation after which they’ll participate in a panel discussion to further delve into the complexities of building a strong team and culture.

Janine Gianfredi | Former Chief Marketing Officer, U.S. Digital Service at the White House (Lightning Speaker)

Janine Gianfredi​ is the Chief Marketing Officer of the United States Digital Service, a startup at the White House that uses technology and design to improve government services for Americans. She was recruited into the White House to develop the USDS brand, lead digital strategy, and launch a strategic communications practice. She has also served as a marketing advisor to multiple federal agencies to increase product and policy adoption. Before joining the White House, Janine spent ten years at Google/Alphabet, most recently as the Head of Marketing for Google[x], where she was responsible for marketing across the “moonshot factory.” She launched Alphabet’s first autonomous unit—Verily Life Sciences—overseeing brand, creative development, and messaging. 

Ed McLaughlin | Chief Information Officer, Mastercard (Lightning Speaker)

Ed McLaughlin is Chief Information Officer for Mastercard, responsible for ensuring the company efficiently delivers software development and integration efforts at the highest standards, directing the development of Mastercard’s long-term IT digital product roadmap, and overseeing the company’s global technology hubs and technology talent.  He is also a member of the company’s Management Committee. Ed is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. He serves on the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Board and is a member of the NYC Partnership David Rockefeller program.