Jared Cohen is President of Jigsaw, formerly Google Ideas, and Chief Advisor to Alphabet Executive Chairman (former Google CEO) Eric Schmidt. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the New York Times best-selling co-author of The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Businesses and Our Lives. Previously, Cohen served as a member of the secretary of state's policy planning staff and as a close adviser to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. He has been recognized on Time's 100 Most Influential People list and Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers list.
Jill Dyché is an expert on the alignment between business and IT. She leads a team of thought leaders delivering fresh frameworks and executive advisory sessions in the areas of analytics, data integration, customer intelligence and big data. Her company, Baseline Consulting, was acquired by SAS in 2011. Dyché is the author of four books on the business value of information technology. Her latest book, The New IT: How Technology Leaders Are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age (McGraw-Hill, 2015), shares real-life profiles of executives who have driven sustained value in the age of a newly digital business constituency. These executives – ranging in roles from CIO to CMO to chief digital officer – have guided transformational change, focusing on the trends of innovation and the digital enterprise as strategic differentiators.
As the CEO of SAS, the world’s leading business analytics software vendor, Jim Goodnight has led the company since its inception in 1976, overseeing an unbroken chain of revenue growth and profitability unprecedented in the industry. He is recognized globally for being a trailblazer among companies that top great workplace rankings, including being No. 1 on several country and multinational lists. Harvard Business School named Goodnight a Great American Business Leader, and he was named one of America’s 25 Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine. A champion of education reform, Goodnight sees education as critical to the success of individuals, organizations and nations.
Randy Guard is responsible for the SAS brand, providing global, strategic direction and marketing vision for SAS products and solutions. He oversees several operational business units, including product management, global marketing, sales enablement, communications and creative services. Guard has many years of consulting, marketing and product development experience. He is responsible for the SAS portfolio, which spans analytics, data visualization, data management, business intelligence and industry solutions. Guard’s extensive consulting background, along with a strong grasp of market dynamics, allows him to align marketing initiatives that position SAS at the forefront of new developments such as IoT, cybersecurity and cloud.
As a child, Amber MacArthur went to a one-room country schoolhouse and shared a party telephone line. She is now recognized internationally as an innovation and technology leader.
MacArthur started her career during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s, spending four years in the technology startup trenches. She left the startup world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. During this time, she also coached people on television about building their businesses online with G4techTV titan Leo Laporte.
In 2006, MacArthur and her brother started Konnekt, building a client list that includes Microsoft Xbox, Ford Motor Co., Tony Robbins, Canada Goose, Fast Company and PayPal. In its review of MacArthur’s 2010 bestselling book, Power Friending (Portfolio, 2010), The Miami Herald said she “demonstrates a deep and practical understanding of the necessity of extending one’s personal and professional presence online.”
Founder, Crowd Companies
Jeremiah Owyang is a leading expert on the culture of sharing that defines much of life today. With his astute ability to sift through the latest trends, disruptions and technological advances, Owyang identifies the underlying factors of tech innovation so that corporate agents of change can stay competitive. As founder of Crowd Companies, he helped major companies navigate the first phase of sharing through innovations in social media and mobile technology. Now that the collaborative economy has taken center stage globally, Owyang is committed to guiding companies through the next phase of sharing, in which people share and transform the physical world around them.
Jake Porway is the founder and Executive Director of DataKind, a nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science in the service of humanity. He is an alumni of the New York Times R&D Lab, and has worked at Google and Bell Labs. A recognized leader in the Data for Good movement, he has spoken at IBM, Microsoft, Google and the White House. He is also a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He holds a BS in computer science from Columbia University and an MS and PhD in statistics from UCLA.
When Oliver Schabenberger joined SAS in 2002, he continued work on mixed-model algorithms started by Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS. Schabenberger then led a new group that developed the SAS® High-Performance Analytics architecture, SAS® LASR™ Analytic Server and, most recently, SAS Cloud Analytic Services. Currently, he is researching and developing SAS software for artificial intelligence, machine learning and cognitive computing. Prior to joining SAS, Schabenberger served as Assistant Professor of Statistics at Michigan State University and as Associate Professor of Statistics at Virginia Tech. He is the co-author of three statistical textbooks and was recognized as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2006.
In addition to his roles at Silicon Valley-based Constellation Research, R. “Ray” Wang is the author of the popular business strategy and technology blog A Software Insider’s Point of View. His blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models, such as digital transformation, affect brands, enterprises and organizations. His best-selling book Disrupting Digital Business, published by Harvard Business Review Press, explains why 52 percent of Fortune 500 companies have merged, been acquired, gone bankrupt or fallen off the list since 2000. Wang has held executive roles in product marketing, strategy and consulting at companies such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Academic Summit Speaker
Called a Digital Dale Carnegie and the Tony Robbins of Tech, Erik Qualman is the author of Socialnomics, which landed on Amazon's best-selling list for the US, Japan, UK, Canada, Portugal, Italy, China, Korea and Germany. He is no stranger to the executive suite, having served as the Head of Marketing at Travelzoo. Yet he may be best known for writing and producing the world’s most watched social media video. His book What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube is being adopted by top universities and global brands. Qualman has performed in 44 countries and has shared the stage with luminaries including Al Gore, Peyton Manning, Julie Andrews and Magic Johnson.