Executive Vice President of Strategy, Orlando Magic
Anthony Perez is responsible for overall corporate strategy, including analytics and digital marketing. Perez originally joined the Magic in 2004, working on the team’s efforts to finance and build a new arena. He then joined Goldman Sachs as an investment banker before returning to the Magic in 2008.
Perez has been a featured speaker, domestic and abroad, on the topic of analytics and digital marketing. He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Central Florida in 2005, and an MBA from the University of Florida in 2010. Perez was recently named to the Forty Under 40 Class of 2017 for the Sports Business Journal.
Colonel Chris Hadfield’s astronaut career spans 21 years, and includes three spaceflights and 2,650 orbits of Earth. During his time as Commander of the International Space Station in 2013, Col. Hadfield became a worldwide sensation when he harnessed the power of social media to make outer space accessible to all.
In 1992, Col. Hadfield was selected by the Canadian Space Agency as a NASA Mission Specialist. His missions have included flights on Space Shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour, and piloting the Russian Soyuz.
Col. Hadfield has also intercepted Soviet bombers in Canadian airspace, lived on the ocean floor, and served as NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia. He is a heavily decorated astronaut, engineer and pilot.
Artist and Innovator
Artist and innovator, Neil Harbisson, has an antenna implanted in his head that allows him to hear the color spectrum, including infrareds and ultraviolets. He doesn’t feel he is using or wearing technology, instead he feels he is technology. Harbisson is the first person in the world to be recognized as a cyborg.
Co-Founder and 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 that is unprecedented in the industry. He is recognized globally for being a trailblazer among companies that top great workplace rankings.
Vice President of Best Practices, SAS
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.
Founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope
Academic Summit Keynote
Jess Ekstrom started Headbands of Hope as a college junior in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. The company has been featured on TODAY, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Good Morning America and more. But more importantly, it’s donated over 100,000 headbands to every children's hospital in the United States and six countries. Ekstrom is also a professional speaker, author and writer for Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post.