Considered one of today's most progressive baseball executives, Beane has molded the Oakland Athletics into a perennial postseason contender since becoming general manager following the 1997 season. Under his watch, the A's have compiled a 1,300-1,128 record – the fourth-best record in the American League – won five American League West titles and secured one AL Wild Card spot.
In 1999, Beane and former Assistant GM Paul DePodesta shattered Major League Baseball beliefs that big payrolls equaled wins by implementing strategic methodology that led one of the worst teams in the AL (with one of the lowest payrolls) to three AL West Division titles in four years. Author Michael Lewis chronicled their journey in his best-selling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, now a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt.
Beane's strategy has since opened the eyes of executives across the US who now use the "Moneyball" methodology of identifying undervalued assets to create and sustain a competitive advantage.
Thomas H. Davenport
Co-author of Competing on Analytics and Analytics at Work, and Research Director of the International Institute for Analytics
Tom Davenport is a Visiting Professor at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the Technology and Operations Management unit. He serves as the President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, the co-founder and Research Director of the International Institute for Analytics and a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics.
He has published widely on the topics of analytics in business, process management, information and knowledge management, and enterprise systems. He pioneered the concept of "competing on analytics" with his best-selling 2006 Harvard Business Review article (and his 2007 book by the same name). The article was named one of 10 "Must Reads" in HBR's 90-year history. His most recent book is Judgment Calls: Twelve Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams that Got Them Right, with Brook Manville.
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The Gen Y Guy and bestselling author
Jason Dorsey is The Gen Y Guy®. He has been featured as a generational expert on 60 Minutes, 20/20, The Today Show, The View, The Early Show and many more. What makes him different is his view that generations aren't simply boxes, but powerful clues.
An acclaimed speaker, Dorsey has received more than 1,000 standing ovations from audiences as large as 13,000. His secret: He doesn't use PowerPoint. Instead, he makes generations interesting, entertaining, and actionable through personal stories and the latest data.
Dorsey wrote his first bestselling book at 18. His newest books are Y-Size Your Business and My Reality Check Bounced! He also produced the acclaimed training DVD Managing Across Generations.
When not on an airplane, Dorsey is at The Center for Generational Kinetics, where he is the Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, he reviews data from companies around the world. These insights help him identify emerging trends early so you can, too.
At 25, Dorsey won the Austin Under 40 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, becoming one of the youngest winners ever.
Watch Dorsey explain why Gen Y is not tech-savvy here: www.JasonDorsey.com.
Senior Vice President of Customer Analytics
JP Morgan Chase
Chris Gifford is a Senior Vice President of Chase Customer Analytics in Columbus, Ohio. He has more than 20 years of experience in database mining, statistical modeling, data analytics, segmentation, product management, risk management and information management at Top 10 financial services organizations. Gifford has worked in data analytics positions with GE Capital, NationsBank/Bank of America, Bank One/Chase.
He has been with JPMorgan Chase since 1996. Gifford's current role in customer analytics began as a team of seven analysts and statisticians in 2009, and has grown to a team of more than 50 in Columbus, and Wilmington, DE. The team is made up of very talented data analysts and statisticians that answer increasingly difficult questions about customers, products, transactions, profitability, behaviors and future performance.
Senior Vice President
Rajeeve Kaul has held significant executive roles across Fortune 500 companies. He has developed organizations to unlock shareholder value in strategy, pricing and advanced analytics across multiple industries, including retail, banking, manufacturing and pharma/health care to drive sustained profitability and sales growth. Kaul is responsible for margin budgets across multiple roles. He provides executive leadership for organizations focused on the application of innovative go-to-market strategy and marketing research techniques through a consultative approach in the areas of market research, pricing strategy, customer acquisition and go-to-market strategy development. Kaul is a dynamic leader with leadership experience in creating and establishing vision, and providing strategic leadership in B2B and B2C businesses.
Principal Research Scientist
Leadership and information technology (IT) strategist Andrew McAfee studies the ways that IT affects businesses and business as a whole. His research investigates how IT changes the way companies perform, organize themselves and compete. At a higher level, his work also investigates how computerization affects competition, society, the economy and the workforce. McAfee is a principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business in the MIT Sloan School of Management and co-authored the e-book Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy with Erik Brynjolfsson.
Chief Information Officer
John Strain is the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Williams-Sonoma Inc. He joined Williams-Sonoma in 2006 and is responsible for the vision, delivery and operational management for all technology functions. During his tenure with Williams-Sonoma, Strain has been focused on delivering technologies to support the corporate vision of enhancing our customers' lives at home. Increasingly, this has meant driving real change to support execution at the intersection of lifestyle merchandising and analytics. More and more, this means exploring options on managing big data, developing solutions that integrate well with cloud-based delivery services, and driving personalization and relevance at all customer touch points.
Since he co-founded SAS in 1976, Jim Goodnight has served as the company's Chief Executive Officer. The worldwide leader in business analytics, SAS has more than 13,000 employees in 56 countries. The company's 2012 revenue was $2.87 billion, its 37th consecutive year of growth and profitability. He considers his employees to be his most valuable asset and has created a world-renowned workplace model. In 2013, Fortune magazine ranked SAS as the No. 2 US employer in its annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Goodnight has a PhD in statistics and speaks internationally on leadership, education and innovation.
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
As Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Jim Davis provides worldwide marketing direction for SAS solutions and services. He is responsible for managing product direction, professional services, education, advertising and communications.
A respected thought leader, Davis co-authored the book Information Revolution: Using the Information Evolution Model to Grow Your Business.
Since joining SAS in 1994, Davis has pioneered many key initiatives, including global projects that incorporate customer feedback in the development process. Today, he continues to refine the model for continuous collaboration and innovation among engineers, marketers and customers, enabling SAS to meet the global demand for business analytics.
Executive Lead for Customer Intelligence
Lori Bieda is a marketing and analytics executive with 20 years of experience devoted to driving profitable business growth through the strategic use of customer intelligence. Having worked across North and South America, she's helped Fortune 500 organizations in the financial services, insurance, telecommunications, technology, publishing, retail and manufacturing sectors evolve their marketing and analytics expertise.
Vice President of Thought Leadership
Jill Dyché is Vice President of Best Practices at SAS, and a noted speaker and author. Her first book, e-Data, has been published in eight languages, and she is the author of The CRM Handbook, a best-seller. Her work has been featured in major publications such as Computerworld, the Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek.com, and she writes a blog on technology trends for Harvard Business Review. Her latest book, Customer Data Integration: Reaching a Single Version of the Truth, was the first book on the topic of master data management. Dyché was the co-founder of Baseline Consulting, which was acquired by SAS subsidiary DataFlux in 2011.
Author and Executive Adviser for Retail
Lori Schafer is an entrepreneur with nearly 30 years of experience in retail and consumer-packaged goods' marketing, merchandising and technology. In addition to her position as Executive Adviser for Retail at SAS, Schafer consults with retailers and suppliers on their analytics and digital strategies in this rapidly changing world (e-commerce, social, mobile and cross-channel). In late 2010, she co-authored a best-selling business book, Branded! How Retailers Engage Consumers with Social Media and Mobility, which now has worldwide distribution.
Schafer currently serves and has served on the board of directors of various public and private consumer goods, retail and technology companies as well as nonprofits. She is also a faculty member of the International Institute of Analytics (IIA), was a past board member of the National Retail Federation (NRF) and is currently on NRF's Mobile and Digital Council.