Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, earned his place among the greatest quarterbacks in league history as a leader in nearly every statistical passing category.
During the 2015-2016 season, Manning led the Denver Broncos to a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, making him the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl with two different teams.
Manning entered the NFL in 1998 with the Indianapolis Colts as the first overall draft pick. He amassed the most career touchdown passes in league history in addition to ranking first all-time in completions and passing yards.
Named a first-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press on seven occasions, Manning owns more postseason berths and 300-yard passing games than any quarterback in NFL history. A native of New Orleans, he was named the No. 1 greatest athlete to hail from the state of Louisiana by The Times-Picayune.
In 2013, Manning was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. In his first year with the Broncos in 2012 – and after missing the entire 2011 campaign with a neck injury – Manning finished as the Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year and runner-up for the league’s MVP.
During his first 14 NFL seasons with the Colts, Manning set club records in nearly every career passing category. He led the franchise to its first World Championship in 36 years during the 2006 season, earning MVP honors in the Colts’ 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
Jon Meacham is a presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize winner and contributor to Time magazine and The New York Times Book Review. He is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals, and a regular guest on Morning Joe, where he is known for his depth of knowledge about politics, religion and current affairs.
Meacham’s latest presidential biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times best-sellers list. In addition to authoring multiple best-selling works, Meacham has appeared on television shows such as Meet the Press and The Colbert Report. He's also been featured in a Ken Burns documentary and a Fox News special.
Meacham is a distinguished visiting professor of history at The University of the South and a visiting distinguished professor at Vanderbilt.
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.
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer, SAS
As COO and CTO, Oliver Schabenberger sets the technology direction for SAS and executes the company’s strategic direction and business priorities. He oversees multiple divisions within SAS, including R&D, Sales, Marketing, Information Technology and Customer Support, as well as divisions focused on solutions for IoT, financial risk management and cloud. Schabenberger joined the SAS R&D Division in 2002 and was named CTO in 2016. Prior to SAS, he served as Associate Professor of Statistics at Virginia Tech, where he earned his PhD in 1995. He frequently writes on emerging technology and holds several patents on software design and algorithms.
Dr. Temple Grandin
Academic Summit Keynote
Dr. Temple Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, where she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design. Grandin also consults with the livestock industry on livestock handling and animal welfare. She has designed facilities in many locations throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people reduce stress on their animals during handling.
Grandin’s work has been featured in TV, radio and magazines. She is the author of more than 300 articles on animal handling, welfare and facility design, plus the New York Times best-seller Animals in Translation. Grandin holds a bachelor’s from Franklin Pierce University and a master’s in animal science from Arizona State University. She received her PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois.
Adam Savage has spent his life gathering skills that allow him to take what's in his brain and make it real. He's built everything from ancient Buddhas and futuristic weapons to fine-art sculptures and dancing vegetables.
In 1993, Adam began concentrating his career on the special-effects industry, honing his skills through more than 100 television commercials and a dozen feature films, including Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Galaxy Quest and The Matrix sequels.
In 2002, Adam was chosen along with Jamie Hyneman to host MythBusters, which premiered on Discovery Channel in January 2003. Fourteen years, 1,015 myths, 2,950 experiments, eight Emmy nominations and 83 miles of duct tape later, the series ended in March 2016.
Today, Adam stars in and produces content for Tested.com, including behind-the-scenes dives into multiple blockbuster films (including Ghost in the Shell, Alien Covenant and Blade Runner). He also produces and stars in his Brain Candy stage show with Vsauce's Michael Stevens.