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Magic Johnson

Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises

Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity from the court into the business world as Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). MJE provides high-quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities. With his continued love of basketball, Johnson is utilizing those same skills and bringing his winning spirit in his recent role as the President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, working closely with ownership throughout all areas of the franchise.

Still a commanding presence in popular culture, Johnson made history in 2012 when he became co-owner of MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers. He also co-owns the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA and Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club. He continues to expand his influence through his many businesses that include: EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, ASPiRE, an African-American television network, and SodexoMAGIC, a food service and facilities management company.

The Lansing, MI, native is constantly evolving and remaining relevant in a dynamic digital age by broadening his scope into infrastructure and technology. Through a newly formed fund, Johnson is investing more than $1 billion on infrastructure improvement in the United States. He is also one of the leading investors in a number of minority-owned tech companies that include Unchartered Play, a company dedicated to producing clean power energy-generating play products; ShotTracker, a company that makes wearable technology for basketball players that helps track player and ball movement; Jopwell, a diversity and hiring recruiting platform; Walker & Co Brands, a company that develops health and beauty products for people of color; and MiTú, the Latino-fueled media brand and digital network that connects thousands of Latin content creators with viewers around the world.

Johnson, who serves as Chairman and Founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, also continues his commitment to transform urban America through HIV/AIDS awareness and educational programs. Remaining true to his humble Lansing beginnings, he is unwaveringly dedicated to working with major corporations and partners to bring jobs and high quality products and services to underserved communities.

Megan Smith

Megan Smith
Innovative Tech Leader; Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2014–2017) and Vice President of New Business Development at Google (2003–2014)

Megan Smith is a tech entrepreneur, engineer and evangelist. As Chief Technology Officer for the US, she helped the president harness the power of technology, data and innovation to advance the future of our nation and the world. She recruited top tech talent to serve across government and to collaborate on the most pressing issues of the day, from data science and open source, to inclusive economic growth and criminal justice reform. She focused on broad capacity building by co-creating all-hands-on-deck initiatives, including the public-private program TechHire, the Computer Science for All initiative, and the Image of STEM campaign.

Previously, Smith served as Vice President of New Business Development at Google, where she led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps and Picasa; steered the shift of Google.org to include more direct engineering impact, such as Google Crisis Response; and later served on the leadership team of GoogleX, where she co-created SolveForX and Women Techmakers.

Smith was also CEO of PlanetOut and worked as an engineer at General Magic. She serves as an adviser to the MIT Media Lab, Vital Voices and the Malala Fund, which she co-founded, and is on the board of MIT.

Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani
Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and Author

Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code to help close the gender gap in technology by leading the movement to inspire, educate and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. The organization has grown to reach 40,000 girls in every state, and 90 percent of alumnae have declared or intend to declare a major or minor in computer science. This year, Girls Who Code will run 78 summer immersion programs and 1,500 clubs.

Saujani began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for US Congress. During the race, Saujani visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand. She also served as Deputy Public Advocate for New York City.

Saujani’s TED talk, Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection, has more than 3 million views and sparked a national conversation about how we’re raising our girls. She is also the author of Women Who Don’t Wait in Line and was named to Fortune’s list of World’s Greatest Leaders of 2016, WSJ Magazine’s 2014 Innovator Awards, and the Forbes list of Women Changing the World.

Dhanurjay Patil

Dhanurjay Patil
Former Chief Data Scientist of the United States

Having been appointed the first U.S. Chief Data Scientist by President Barack Obama, DJ Patil was tasked with making the federal government a data-driven enterprise. Under Patil’s leadership, nearly 40 chief data officer roles were created. He also established new health care programs and criminal justice reforms, and led policy efforts related to national data. In 2016, Patil was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service – the highest honor the department bestows on a civilian.

In the private sector, Patil was a product team leader at RelateIQ, a member of the venture firm Greylock Partners and a founding board member of the nonprofit Crisis Text Line. He also held roles at Skype, PayPal, eBay and LinkedIn, where he co-coined the term “data scientist.”

As a faculty member at the University of Maryland, his research focused on nonlinear dynamics, chaos theory and numerical weather prediction. As an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow for the Department of Defense, Patil directed efforts to anticipate emerging threats to the U.S. He also co-chaired a review of U.S. efforts to prevent bioweapons proliferation in Central Asia and co-founded the Iraqi Virtual Science Library (IVSL).

Garret Fitzgerald

Garret T. Fitzgerald
GM, Transport Intelligence, GE Transportation Digital Solutions

Garret Fitzgerald leads the Transport Intelligence business for GE Transportation Digital Solutions. He is responsible for the business strategy and go-to-market activities, as well as product management, engineering, customer delivery, strategic partnerships, and services and support. Transport Intelligence includes the full suite of GE Edge Devices (GoLINC), third-party device partnerships and certification, device management and software solutions (EdgeLINC), and asset performance management products.

He previously served as the Vice President of Data and Analytics and the Vice President of Cyber Security for GE Transportation and the Vice President of ERP Initiatives and Strategy for GE, in addition to four years on the GE corporate audit staff. Fitzgerald started his career with GE Healthcare in the Digital Technology Leadership Program.

Thomas Davenport

Tom Davenport
President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management, Babson College

In addition to his role at Babson College, Tom Davenport is the cofounder of the International Institute for Analytics, Fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics. He teaches analytics and big data in executive programs at Babson, Harvard Business School and School of Public Health, and MIT Sloan School.

Davenport pioneered the concept of competing on analytics with his best-selling 2007 book. His most recent book, with Julia Kirby, is Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines. Davenport has been named one of the top 25 consultants by Consulting News, one of the 100 most influential people in the IT industry by Ziff-Davis, and one of the world’s top fifty business school professors by Fortune magazine.

Chris Donovan of Cleveland Clinic

Chris Donovan
Executive Director of Enterprise Information Management and Analytics, Cleveland Clinic

Chris Donovan has worked across a wide range of health care financial performance management, decision support and analytics efforts during his career. He is leading the development and implementation of the enterprise information management and analytics program for the Cleveland Clinic system, which will help the transition to a value-based health care model. Donovan has been responsible for multiple operational aspects across the Cleveland Clinic physician practice and hospital network. This work has included service line cost and profitability analysis, utilization and length of stay initiatives, financial planning and budgeting, decision support and enterprise business intelligence, and charge master strategy and pricing.

Shawn Hushman
Vice President of Decision Sciences, Cox Automotive

Shawn Hushman leads decision sciences for Cox Automotive Media Solutions Group. His team manages advanced analytics across Autotrader.com, kbb.com, dealer.com, and Cox Automotive’s global websites. Notable are his accomplishments in digital engagement machine learning models, real-time negotiation algorithm “virtual negotiation,” and development of Cox Automotive’s global vehicle pricing platform. Prior to joining Cox Automotive Media Solutions Group, Hushman worked in research and advanced analytics at several companies, including The Clorox Co., HSBC, The Ryness Co. and Sempra Energy. He holds advanced degrees in economics and econometrics with postgraduate work in applied econometrics.

Jim Goodnight

Jim Goodnight
Chief Executive Officer, SAS

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

Randy Guard
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, SAS

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.

Oliver Schabenberger

Dr. Oliver Schabenberger
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, SAS

As Chief Technology Officer, Oliver Schabenberger leads SAS’ Research and Development Division, shaping the vision for R&D employees worldwide – and providing the resources to produce the highest quality software in areas such as advanced analytics, business intelligence, customer intelligence, data management, fraud and risk. Schabenberger also oversees the software innovation strategy that focuses on advanced analytic technologies such as machine learning, cognitive analytics, deep learning, and artificial intelligence and keeps SAS at the forefront of change. He received his PhD from Virginia Tech, is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, and holds several patents on software design and algorithms.

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