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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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 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.