See below for the keynote speakers we've announced up so far. Check back as we add more speakers to the lineup and publish their keynote topics.
The State of Enterprise IT
The pace of change in business over the past 5 years has been felt most keenly in IT, with even more acceleration during the past two as increased demands and expectations emerge. IT has evolved from a back-office, supporting function to an operational hub that’s in the spotlight for enabling innovation and efficiencies in the enterprise. The challenges that arise from this shift are enormous, but so are the opportunities. Having led technology teams ranging from 5 to 200+ members through projects both tactical and transformative, Peyton will share his view on the State of Enterprise IT and give a glimpse into where it’s heading.
Peyton Maynard-Koran | Senior Director, Worldwide Infrastructure, Whole Foods/Amazon
Peyton Maynard-Koran has been in the networking and infrastructure space since 1996 and has been able to always work on the forefront of infrastructure deployment. Whether making games better for gamers at Riot Games, building out nationwide transport and access infrastructures at Time Warner Cable, or developing the devices that would be placed in your networks at Alcatel-Lucent, he has been in every part of the infrastructure ecosystem. Throughout his career Peyton has been able to see how networking and infrastructure has been deployed and managed in many different verticals, and he has also been able to observe the impacts of those choices on those companies.
Beth Niblock | CIO, City of Detroit
Spend enough time with Beth Niblock, and you will understand two things clearly. One, she is earnest in her belief that transparency is the lifeblood of a healthy government. The other, she loves big challenges. Before coming to Detroit, Niblock was the first CIO appointed to a merged Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government in 2003. She was challenged with unifying IT systems and infrastructure, while implementing systems. During her 11 years at the helm, her teams won numerous awards.
Niblock was tapped by the Obama Administration to serve as part of a team of technology officials to support the City of Detroit. It was her first introduction to Detroit, and the opportunity to come back was too enticing to walk away from. As the CIO for the City of Detroit, she is managing significant upgrades to infrastructure, making city business transparent, and making Detroit online an easy place to do business with.
Jennifer Pahlka | Founder and Executive Director, Code for America
Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, a national non-profit that believes that government can work for the people, by the people, if we all help. She recently served as the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she architected and helped start the United States Digital Service. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and the recipient of several awards, including MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award, the Oxford Internet Institute’s Internet and Society Award, and the National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award. She spent eight years at CMP Media, where she ran the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, Gamasutra.com, and the Independent Games Festival. Previously, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, Calif. with her daughter, husband, and six chickens.
Building an Equitable Workplace
No company sets out to create a culture where people aren’t valued, where people of all backgrounds aren’t provided equal opportunity, and employees are disengaged and disenfranchised. But, increasingly, we hear horror stories of where that is happening and people are routinely marginalized. Not only does this take a toll on employees, it prevents them from doing their best work in your organization, often leading to attrition. Our speakers in this keynote segment will provide tactics and practices that they use in their organizations to build an equitable workplace where employees and companies can thrive.
Aubrey Blanche | Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Atlassian
Aubrey Blanche is the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Atlassian. There, she works with teams across the business to provide greater opportunities for everyone to join Atlassian and do the best work of their lives there. Her work spans the talent lifecycle from increasing access to technical education for underrepresented minorities through recruiting, retention, and advancement of all Atlassians. She relies heavily on empirical social science in her work, and has developed a new team-level paradigm for external diversity reporting. She believes that leading with empathy is the key to driving meaningful, sustainable change and creating highly effective teams.
In all areas of her work, she seeks to design effective interventions, programs, and talent practices that create equal opportunities for all Atlassians, and for the global tech industry. She is heavily involved in multiple industry groups seeking to define new standards for company transparency, reporting, and investment in diversity & inclusion. She is an advisor to SheStarts, a Sydney-based accelerator focused exclusively on supporting female founders, BeVisible, and Joonko. She is the co-founder of Sycamore, a community aiming to fix the VC funding gap for underrepresented founders.
Brigid Tabour | Principal, IT Advisory, Digital and Emerging Technology, Ernst & Young
Brigid is a Principal in EY’s Digital, Data and Analytics practice. She works with EY’s clients on their digital transformation programs, particularly around redefining their customer experience and delivering the systems that enable that experience. Her primary area of specialty is large-scale omnichannel systems, both B2C and B2B.
Brigid is one of the advisors and executive sponsors for the Women In Technology program at EY and actively works to both mentor and sponsor women in their careers. Outside EY, Brigid is on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Indiana University’s School for Informatics, Computing and Engineering where she brings her passion to shaping the future generation of leaders to the university level as well.
Heather Doshay | Vice President, People | Rainforest QA
Dr. Heather Doshay is Vice President People at Rainforest QA. As VP People, she leads the People Operations (HR), Talent, Internal Ops, and IT functions. Heather focuses on optimizing the employee lifecycle from hiring and attracting world-class, diverse talent to building an engaging and inclusive organizational culture with the foundation to scale. Under Heather’s leadership, Rainforest has taken a data-driven approach that aligns people goals to business goals. Rainforest QA was featured as a 2017 Top Company Culture for medium-sized businesses. Prior to her current role, Heather led the talent team at Hired.com's west region, growing the team that placed thousands of software engineers, product managers, designers, and data scientists in jobs they love. In her early career, she worked nearly a decade in University Administration where she founded Women's Programs at UC Merced and managed teaching excellence programs at the University of San Francisco.
Nicole Sanchez | CEO and Founder, Vaya
Nicole has spent over two decades working on building inclusive organizational cultures. After finishing her undergraduate degree at Stanford, Nicole helped build one of the country’s first AmeriCorps programs. There, she was able to work on the practical application of diversity, leading teams of people from all over the world in service to communities.
Nicole’s first job working on diversity in tech was in 1999, where she saw first-hand the obstacles that prevent talented people from accessing opportunities in this sector. From there, Nicole moved on to work on diversity and inclusion in higher education, government, and eventually back in tech.
She earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where she now serves as a lecturer teaching “Diversity in the Workplace.”
The Industrial Internet of Things and How It Will Transform Your Business
Joe Barkai | Consultant, Speaker, Author and Blogger
Joe Barkai is a recognized industry analyst, strategy adviser, blogger, and published author. His focus is on researching, forecasting, and the strategic application of technology to drive innovation, competitiveness, and business processes excellence. In his book The Outcome Economy: How the Industrial Internet of Things is Changing Every Business, Joe explores the impact of the Industrial Internet of Things and offers a perspective on product innovation and operation in an always-connected world. Joe also serves as the Chairman of the Automotive IoT program at SAE, the world’s largest organization of automotive engineers, giving him a unique perspective on emerging technologies and business models in connected cars, autonomous driving, and mobility of the future. Previously, as Vice President of Research at IDC, a leading global market research firm, Joe led global research across a broad spectrum of industries, including automotive, industrial equipment, aerospace, construction machinery, medical devices and high-tech.
Predictions: What’s Next on the Cyber Landscape
Productivity and economic gains have led to a dangerous cyber landscape where we have no control over the borders of our networks and trust is presumed not to exist. Zulfikar will offer examples of common technologies and practices that are providing cybercriminals with easy access to companies’ data. Understanding how cybercriminal actions and trends change and evolve is key to developing a sustainable security strategy. His talk will reveal the market drivers and major technology trends shaping the new world order of security and risk that forward-looking organizations must account for.
Zulfikar Ramzan | CTO, RSA
Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan is the chief technology officer for RSA. In this role, Zulfikar is responsible for leading the development of the company's technology strategy and will focus on bringing to market the innovations that help RSA’s customers take a business-driven approach to security. Prior to joining RSA, Ramzan served as CTO of Elastica (acquired by BlueCoat), where he leveraged machine learning technologies and natural language processing to enable customers to more securely access and use cloud services. Before Elastica, Ramzan respectively served as chief scientist of both Sourcefire, acquired by Cisco in 2013, and malware analytics company Immunet, acquired by Sourcefire in 2010.
Ramzan earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Making the New Work for You: Navigating “What’s Next”
Open source and cloud are democratizing access to innovation. The potential for IT to drive better business social outcomes is embraced like never before. But the pace of change can strain not only today’s applications and infrastructure, but the people who build, operate, and manage them as well. As technologists and humans, let’s work together to grow the practice of Innovation with empathy in our organizations, our industries, and the world at large.
Sam Ramji | VP Product Management, Google Cloud Platform
A 20+ year veteran of the Silicon Valley and Seattle technology scenes, Sam Ramji is VP Product Management for Google Cloud Platform (GCP). He was the founding CEO of Cloud Foundry Foundation, was Chief Strategy Officer for Apigee, designed and led Microsoft's open source strategy, founded the Outercurve Foundation, and drove product strategy for BEA WebLogic Integration. Previously he built distributed systems and client software at firms including Broderbund, Fair Isaac, and Ofoto.
Sam is an advisor to multiple companies including Accenture, Insight Engines, and the Linux Foundation, and served on the World Economic Forum’s Industrial Internet Working Group. He received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from UCSD in 1994.