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MARC BENIOFF
Chairman & CEO,
Salesforce

Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of Salesforce. One of the pioneers of cloud computing, Benioff founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand, information management service to replace traditional enterprise software technology. Under his leadership, Salesforce has grown from a groundbreaking idea into the fastest growing top ten software company in the world and the largest customer relationship management (CRM) company.

Salesforce’s mobile, social and connected cloud technologies help companies create deeper, more meaningful connections with their customers. For its revolutionary approach, Salesforce has been named the World’s Most Innovative Company four years in a row by Forbes Magazine. Fortune Magazine named Salesforce as the World’s Most Admired Company in the software industry two years in a row, and ranked the company #7 among the World’s Best Places to Work.

Benioff has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership and pioneering innovation. He was named Businessperson of the Year by Fortune readers, one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron’s, and he received The Economist’s Innovation Award. He served as co-chairman of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003–2005.

Throughout his career, Benioff has evangelized a new model of integrated corporate philanthropy. In 2000, he launched the Salesforce Foundation and established the “1-1-1 model,” whereby the company contributes one percent of product, one percent of equity, and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves globally. Today, the Foundation has inspired other leading corporations to adopt the 1-1-1 model. Benioff has focused his personal philanthropy on advancing children’s health care through UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

Benioff is a 35-year veteran of the software industry. Prior to launching Salesforce, he spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation. He founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games, at the age of 15. He also worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer’s Macintosh Division during his college years. Benioff received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1986 and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2014 from the University of Southern California.

He is the author of three books, including the national best-seller, Behind the Cloud.

 
SATYA NADELLA
CEO,
Microsoft

Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.

Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.

Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. In this role he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.

Originally from Hyderabad, India, Nadella lives in Bellevue, Wash. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He is married and has three children.

 
JESSICA ALBA
Founder,
The Honest Company

While Jessica Alba is a Golden Globe-nominated actress whose career continues to flourish in films such as Fantastic Four, Sin City and Little Fockers, she proceeds to distinguish herself as a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and author. A California native, Jessica comes from modest beginnings and never forgets to share her good fortunes with others. She is actively involved with charities such as Safe Chemicals Healthy Families, ONE, Habitat for Humanity and Project HOME among others. Recently, Jessica released her first book, The Honest Life, based on her experiences creating a natural, non-toxic life for her family. A devoted wife and mother of two, Jessica describes motherhood as "the most profound experience I've ever had."

Building on her dedication to create a safe, natural environment for families everywhere, Jessica founded and launched The Honest Company in 2012. The company offers non-toxic, eco-friendly, and natural family essentials including diapers, wipes, bath, skin care and home cleaning products. "When I became a mom, I finally became the person I am, that I always should have been," she says. "It's the most satisfying job in the world. But, it can also be overwhelming and confusing. I created The Honest Company to help moms and to give all children a better, safer start." Today, the company continues to flourish with major articles and endorsements flooding in from American Baby, Fit Pregnancy and Urban Farm among numerous others.

Next, Jessica will be seen in both the Sin City and Machete sequels while she continues to grow awareness for The Honest Company and her philanthropic endeavors.

Currently, Jessica and her husband Cash raise their two daughters in Los Angeles.

 
SUSAN WOJCICKI
CEO,
YouTube

Susan Wojcicki is CEO of YouTube, the world’s most popular digital video platform used by a billion people across the globe to access information, share video, and shape culture. An early champion of online video, Wojcicki was instrumental in Google's 2006 acquisition of YouTube. She now oversees YouTube's content and business operations, engineering, and product development.

Prior to joining YouTube in February 2014, Wojcicki was senior vice president of Advertising & Commerce at Google, where she oversaw the design and engineering of AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics. She joined Google in 1999 as the company's first marketing manager and led the initial development of several key consumer products, including Google Images and Google Books. In 2002, Wojcicki began working on Google’s advertising products and over the next 12 years she led teams that helped define the vision and direction of Google’s monetization platforms.

Wojcicki graduated with honors from Harvard University, holds a master's in Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MBA from UCLA.

 
GOLDIE HAWN
Founder,
The Hawn Foundation

Goldie Hawn is an Academy Award winning actress, producer, director, best-selling author and children’s advocate. She is the founder of The Hawn Foundation, a public charity with a mission to equip children with the social and emotional skills they need to lead smarter, healthier, and happier lives.

Alarmed by increases in school violence, youth depression and suicide, and the persistent failure of the education system to help children cope with increasingly stressful lives, Hawn began her Foundation in 2003, applying cutting edge scientific research to create education programs that support the social and emotional development of children. Working with leading neuroscientists, educators, psychologists and researchers, the Foundation developed MindUP™, an evidence-based curriculum and teaching model for grades K-12 that provides tools to help children self regulate and understand their own emotions, moods and behaviors; reduce stress and anxiety; sharpen concentration; increase empathy; and improve academic performance.

Hawn authored two best-selling books, a memoir A Lotus Grows in the Mud, in 2005 and in 2011, 10 Mindful Minutes, offering guidance on raising healthy, joyful, and resilient children. In 2015, Hawn released 10 Mindful Minutes: A Journal, a practical application to her last book, offering prompts and exercises to enhance the reader’s daily life through mindfulness practice.

Goldie has lived with and loved her partner Kurt Russell for 30 years and has four grown children, Oliver and Kate Hudson, Wyatt Russell and stepson Boston Russell. They have been blessed with five grandchildren. Hawn believes, “children light the path to joy” and has dedicated much of her life's work to creating innovative solutions to help children thrive.

HIKMET ERSEK
President/CEO,
Western Union

 

 
DR. LAURA ESSERMAN
MD,
UCSF School of Medicine

Laura Esserman, MD, MBA is nationally recognized as one of America’s leading experts in breast cancer research and treatment. Her work in breast cancer spans the spectrum from basic science to public policy issues and the impact of both on the delivery of clinical care. Dr. Esserman is a Professor of Surgery and Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Director of the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center. She is a leader of the innovative I-SPY TRIAL model, designed to accelerate the identification and approval of effective new agents for women with high risk breast cancers. The goal of the I-SPY TRIAL model is to shave several years and tens of millions of dollars off the drug development process. The trial paradigm is now being developed for use in other disease domains.

In 2009, Dr. Esserman led the creation of the University of California-wide Athena Breast Health Network, a learning system designed to integrate clinical care and research as it follows 150,000 women from screening through treatment and outcomes. As part of the network, she has spearheaded the development of the WISDOM study to learn how to improve breast cancer screening by testing and comparing the safety and efficacy of a personalized screening strategy informed by each woman’s breast cancer risk and preferences against the standard of annual screening. Dr. Esserman is nationally and internationally known as a thought leader on the topics of over-diagnosis and over-treatment, calling attention to, as well as developing solutions to address these problems.

She has published over 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has been interviewed by prestigious scientific, business, and consumer media including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Health Magazine, Prevention Magazine, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, the NBC Nightly News, the Dr. Oz Show, and NPR’s Science Friday.

Dr. Esserman is a passionate and persistent advocate for her patients. She is keenly aware that many of her patients don’t have 10 years to wait for the right treatment options. Her work is dedicated to accelerating the development of targeted, effective prevention and treatment options that can make a difference at the time when they are needed the most.

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CHUCK ROBBINS
CEO,
Cisco

Chuck Robbins was named CEO of Cisco Systems in May 2015, and officially assumed the role in July 2015.

Chuck has more than 28 years of industry experience. Prior to being named CEO, he was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for Cisco. He also served as Senior Vice President of The Americas, Cisco's largest geographic region, where he led more than 8,500 employees in the United States, Canada, and Latin Americas, and as Senior Vice President of U.S. Enterprise, Commercial and Canada, where he led the U.S. Commercial sales organization, one of the largest growth segments in the company.

Chuck joined Cisco in 1997 as an account manager and quickly advanced to the roles of regional manager and operations director. Prior to joining Cisco, he held management positions at Bay Networks and Ascend Communications.

He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a computer science concentration from the University of North Carolina.

 
RICK WELTS
President & Chief Operating Officer,
Golden State Warriors

One of the most respected business executives in the NBA, with over 40 years of experience in the league, Rick Welts is currently in his fifth season as president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors. In this role, he oversees all business-related operations for the Warriors, including the team’s proposed development of a privately financed sports and entertainment center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, reporting to the organization’s Co-Managing Partners, Joe Lacob and Peter Guber.

Under Welts’ direction, the organization has established several franchise benchmarks from a business standpoint in recent years, as the Warriors brand continues to grow in stature following Golden State’s 2014-15 NBA championship season. The organization has won numerous awards across all facets of the business in recent years, including in May 2014 when the Warriors were named “Sports Team of the Year” by the Sports Business Journal/Daily, with Welts accepting the award on behalf of the organization at the Seventh Annual Sports Business Awards in New York City.

Welts, 62, owns an impressive and all-encompassing résumé that includes a myriad of different capacities spanning virtually every level of an NBA operation. Prior to joining the Warriors in October 2011, he spent nine years with the Phoenix Suns, serving the organization as president and chief executive officer for the last two seasons. Welts’ responsibilities in Phoenix included the supervision of all business operations for the Suns, while also overseeing the team’s interest in the management of the US Airways Center and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. The Mercury won the WNBA Championship in 2007 and 2009.

Prior to joining the Suns, Welts enjoyed a successful 17-year (1982-1999) stint at the NBA league office in New York, where he ascended through the ranks to eventually become the league’s third-incommand as the executive vice president, chief marketing officer and president of NBA Properties. In addition to his overall contributions to the revitalization of the league’s image and popularity, his notable accomplishments at the NBA include the creation of NBA All-Star Weekend in 1984 – a model that subsequently became a fixture in both MLB and the NHL – along with the creation of the marketing program for USA Basketball for the 1992 Olympic “Dream Team.” Along with Val Ackerman, Welts was named “Marketer of the Year” by Brandweek in 1998 for his role in launching the WNBA. During his time at the NBA office, he supervised a wide-range of departments, including corporate sponsorship and media sales, consumer products, international business activities, media relations, community relations, team services, special events and creative services. Welts also played a prominent role in the organization of preseason games in foreign countries and the eventual opening of international NBA offices in Australia, Asia, Europe, Mexico and Canada.

A native of Seattle, Washington, Welts began his NBA career in 1969, at the age of 16, as a ball boy with the Seattle SuperSonics. He spent 10 years with his hometown team serving a number of roles, including as the team’s director of public relations during back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals (1978 and 1979) and the SuperSonics’ lone NBA Championship in 1979. In 2006, he was the recipient of the annual Splaver/McHugh “Tribute to Excellence Award,” which is given annually by the NBA Public Relations Directors’ Association to a current or former member of the NBA PR family who has demonstrated an outstanding level of performance and service during their NBA career.

After leaving the SuperSonics, the University of Washington product spent the following three years (1980-1982) at Bob Walsh & Associates, a sports marketing firm in the Seattle area. His non-NBA résumé also includes serving as president of Fox Sports Enterprises (1999-2000).

In May of 2011, in a front page story in the New York Times, Welts became the highest ranking executive in men’s professional team sports to publicly acknowledge he is gay. He was presented with a United States Tennis Association 2011 ICON Award at the US Open in New York City, an award that recognizes and celebrates those who have had a positive impact on diversity and inclusion in the sports industry and society. In October 2011, he was honored with GLSEN’s (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Respect Award, which honors those who have made a difference in the areas of diversity and inclusion. In September 2014, he was honored by GLAAD, the nation’s LGBT media advocacy organization, with the Davidson/Valentini Award, which is presented to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.

 
ANDREW MCAFEE
Author,
The Second Machine Age

Repeatedly honored as one of the most influential people in business IT, Andy McAfee studies the ways that information technology (IT) affects businesses. His exciting research investigates how IT changes the way companies perform, organize, and compete. At a higher level, his work also examines how computerization influences competition, society, the economy, and the workforce.

An engaging and provocative speaker, he presents frequently to both academic and industry audiences, and has taught in executive education programs around the world.

McAfee’s most recent book, Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy, was named the best IT Business Book of 2011 by CIO Insight. It assembles a range of data, examples, and research to illustrate that the average U.S. worker is being left behind by advances in technology. Andy is already working on a new book in which he explores the challenges and opportunities of digitization. Already a visionary in the cloud arena, in his latest November 2011 HBR article, What Every CEO Needs to Know About the Cloud, McAfee e xamines the cloud and its benefits, notes common barriers and concerns, and offers immediate actions for executives to consider. Harvard Business Review will highlight Andy’s work again in October 2012 when ihe publication will include his latest article on Big Data.

His blog, http://andrewmcafee.org/blog/, is widely read, becoming at times one of the 10,000 most popular in the world (according to Technorati). Andy also writes a blog for Harvard Business Review’s HBR Voices and his posts are regularly reprinted at forbes.com.

McAfee coined the phrase “Enterprise 2.0” in a spring 2006 Sloan Management Review article to describe the use of Web 2.0 tools and approaches by businesses. McAfee’s bestselling book, Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges, was published in November 2009 by Harvard Business School Press. In the July / August 2008 issue of Harvard Business Review, McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson published Investing in the IT that Makes a Competitive Difference, a summary of their research investigating IT’s links to changes in competition.

McAfee is the author or co-author of over 100 articles, case studies, and other materials for students and teachers of technology. This work has convinced him that modern information technology is the most powerful tool available to business leaders, yet also the most misunderstood and under-appreciated resource at their disposal.

Andy is currently a principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business in the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was previously a professor in the Technology and Operations Management Unit at Harvard Business School and a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He received his Doctorate from Harvard Business School, and completed two Master of Science and two Bachelor of Science degrees at MIT.

 
RICHARD SOCHER
Founder/CEO,
MetaMind

Richard Socher is the CEO and founder of MetaMind, a startup that seeks to improve artificial intelligence and make it widely accessible to the enterprise. His Stanford PhD thesis on deep learning won the best computer science thesis award in 2014. He is interested in developing new AI models that perform well across multiple different automation and prediction tasks on unstructured data such as natural language text and images.

He was awarded the Distinguished Application Paper Award at the International Conference on Machine Learning 2011, the 2011 Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Award, a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship in 2012 and a 2013 "Magic Grant" from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

 
MARY MOLONEY
CEO,
CoderDojo

Mary joined the CoderDojo Foundation team in June 2014 to take up the role of Global CEO, with responsibility for all of CoderDojo’s Operations & for delivering growth worldwide. CoderDojo currently operates 700+ free of charge coding clubs in 57 countries around the world reaching approximately 35,000 kids & young people aged from 7 to 17 on a regular basis and having reached over 50,000 in the last couple of years.

Previously a Partner at Accenture with 20+ years in lead positions within Accenture including operating at C-level both internally and for Irish and International organisations.

A Law graduate from Trinity College Dublin, Mary is very active in community and business organisations: Board member of both the Dublin Fringe Festival and of the Professional Women's Network. She is also an active member of an number of professional & technology organisations, including; The digital skills working group at IBEC, the Digital Working Group at the Institute of International and European Affairs, the Institute of Directors etc.

She is an author of a range of articles on Technology Trends, Coding, Education, Digital Economy, Improving Business Performance and on Strategic Change Management and has been a Guest Lecturer and speaker on these themes at a number of International Conferences & Institutions e.g. Web Summit, SouthxSouthWest, MozFest, Salesforce World Tour etc.

She has a track record in:
- Operating at C-level, has filled MD, CEO, COO & Talent / HR Director level roles within Accenture and on an interim basis at financial services, professional services and high-tech clients
- Defining & delivering double digit improvement based strategic change programmes with clients in Ireland, UK, EMEA and globally across a range of industries in particular within media, electronics, communications, technology, banking and insurance sectors.

A role model and advocate for Women in Leadership and in Technology, Mary was Accenture's Diversity lead for UK & Ireland and a Global Sponsor of Accenture's Culture Diversity Programme.

In 2014, Mary was awarded as runner up CEO of the Year in the Image Business Awards & as one of the top 100 Women in STEM by Silicon Republic. In 2015, she was awarded as a "Woman of Influence 2015" by Irish Tatler. She secured CoderDojo's listing as a Nominet Trust top global organisation and in Telefonica's Top 100 Educational Innovations. She is also a Failte Ireland Ambassador.

 
TARA BRACH
Author,
Mindfulness Teacher

Tara Brach, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, an internationally known teacher of mindfulness meditation, and the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She is author of bestselling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge, and has contributed numerous articles to popular magazines and websites.

Tara is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences where she discusses the role of mindfulness in the realization of human potential. She leads accredited workshops for mental health professionals interested in integrating meditation into the practice of psychotherapy. Tara also offers meditation retreats at centers throughout the United States and in Europe.

Over a half a million people each month tune in to Tara’s free podcasts that address the value of meditation in reducing stress, relieving emotional suffering and fostering spiritual awakening. Tara has taught meditation to congressional leaders on Capitol Hill and to Superior Court justices. In recent years, she has been active in bringing meditation into DC area schools, prisons and to underserved populations.

 
JOSH TETRICK
CEO,
Hampton Creek

Josh Tetrick is the CEO/Founder of Hampton Creek, the world's fastest growing food company that's making it easier for everyone to eat well. Josh has been interviewed for his work with Hampton Creek by CBS This Morning, NPR, BBC, Travel Channel, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Men’s Journal, amongst others. Josh recently led Hampton Creek to be named to CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List for 2015, to Fast Company’s lists for most innovative companies in food and social good for 2015, to the 2015 TIME 100 New Scientific Discoveries, and also to Prevention’s 100 Cleanest Package Food Awards.

In 2014, Josh drove Hampton Creek to be named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of 100 Brilliant Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List, and personally, Josh was named one of Inc. Magazine’s top 35 Under 35 entrepreneurs, as well as one of Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40. Hampton Creek also won the Best of What’s New 2013 Grand Award by Popular Science and previously was named one of three companies shaping the future of food by Bill Gates. Prior to founding Hampton Creek, Josh led a United Nations business initiative in Kenya, worked for both former President Clinton and the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and taught street children as a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria and South Africa.

 
DOV SEIDMAN
Author & CEO,
LRN

Named one of the “Top 60 Global Thinkers of the Last Decade” by The Economic Times, “the hottest advisor on the corporate virtue circuit” by Fortune Magazine and a “Game Changer” by Time Magazine, CEO, author and thought leader Dov Seidman has built a career, and pioneered an industry, around the idea that the most principled businesses are the most profitable and sustainable. Twenty years ago, Dov founded LRN with a powerful vision that the world would be a better place if more people did the right thing. From that basic notion, he has grown a successful business that has helped to shape the ways millions of employees, managers and leaders behave and interact all over the globe. LRN helps more than 500 leading companies worldwide develop values-based corporate cultures and inspire principled performance in business.

Dov maintains that in today’s connected, transparent and interdependent world, people and organizations stand to gain by dedicating new thought and energy to howthey do what they do. That's the inspiration behind his award-winning book, “HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything.” Now updated and expanded, HOWincludes a new foreword from President Bill Clinton and a new preface from Dov on why how we behave, lead, govern, operate, consume, engender trust in our relationships, and relate to others matters more than ever and in ways it never has before.

Dov is frequently invited to speak at leading industry events, and to senior corporate managers and boards of directors. His views on business behavior, success and corporate culture have been quoted in hundreds of media, including his monthly column for Forbes. Dov testified in 2004 before the U.S. Sentencing Commission arguing that corporations must move from a check-the-box, compliance-only approach to instead focus on fostering ethical cultures and behaviors. His proposals were adopted and today are the very standards by which companies, cultures and programs are judged. Dov earned simultaneous bachelor’s and master’s degrees, summa cum laude, in philosophy from UCLA. He later earned a B.A. with honors in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University. He graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.

 
GEORGE COLONY
CEO,
Forrester

As founder, chairman, and CEO of Forrester Research, George is one of the most influential thought leaders in the world of business and technology. He is a trusted advisor to executives around the globe, providing context and clarity around the digital disruptions that change the way we live and work.

George founded Forrester in his basement 30 years ago. He, along with many talented and passionate colleagues, has built the company into one of the world's most successful independent research and advisory firms with locations in more than 30 countries. George personifies the Forrester experience and the company's values with direct, honest advice. "When I meet with a client, I have one mission," George has said. "To tell them something they don't know."

Throughout his career, George has made provocative, tenacious, and groundbreaking calls about business and technology. These include the birth of client/server computing, the dot-com implosion, the rise of social computing, the transition from IT to BT (business technology), and the extended Internet connecting the physical world of things to the digital world of information. Most recently, he has described the business opportunities presented by the App Internet, the new computing model combining the power of local devices with the scale of the cloud. "As the Web becomes the AM radio of digital, the mobile App Internet will rise," George has written. "This market will be dominated by two or three ecosystems — semiclosed worlds built on a closely fitting set of apps, phones, tablets, computers, operating systems, and partners."

George has addressed international audiences in a number of prestigious settings including the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos, Switzerland and Dalian, China; the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference; the SBS Seoul Digital Forum; the United Nations' "The Net World Order: Bridging the Global Digital Divide" conference; the ICT World Forum @CeBIT; Le Web; Cambridge University; The Commonwealth Club of California, and the Churchill Club. He has also lectured at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

George's analysis has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Financial Times, and numerous other media outlets.

You can read George's latest thinking on his blog, The Counterintuitive CEO, or on Twitter at @gcolony.

George is a graduate of Harvard University.

 
JIM BREYER
Founder/CEO,
Breyer Capital

Jim is the Founder/CEO of Breyer Capital, an investment and venture philanthropy firm, and a Partner at Accel Partners, a Palo Alto, CA based venture capital firm. Jim has been a lead/co-lead venture investor in over 30 internet/technology/media companies, many that have returned well over 25 times their cost. He has been ranked #1 on Forbes’ Midas List of top technology investors several times, as well as Fortune's smartest technology investor.

Jim led Accel's investment in Facebook in April, 2005 and Etsy in 2008. He currently is a lead/co-lead investor in several private companies including Circle Financial, Prosper Marketplace and Legendary Entertainment. Jim served on the Facebook board from 2005 to 2013, Wal-Mart Stores for over a decade, Dell, and Marvel Entertainment. He currently serves on the boards of Twenty-First Century Fox, Etsy, Circle and Legendary Entertainment. Jim has worked closely with IDG China Venture Capital for over a decade, and Breyer Capital plays the leading advisory role in the IDG China Venture Funds.

Jim is a fellow of the Harvard Corporation, Harvard University’s senior governing board, ​Chair of the Stanford Engineering Venture Funds, on the Advisory Board of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, ​and a Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York​, SFMOMA, and several philanthropic organizations. He graduated with a BS from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University as a Baker Scholar.

 
WILL MARSHALL
CEO,
Planet Labs

Will Marshall is the Co-Founder and CEO of Planet Labs. Prior to Planet Labs, Will was a Scientist at NASA/USRA where he developed a low-cost planetary bus, was Deputy System’s Engineer on lunar orbiter mission “LADEE”, a Science Team member for the lunar impactor mission “LCROSS”, served as Co-Principal Investigator on PhoneSat, and was the technical lead on research projects in space debris remediation.

Will has published over 30 articles in scientific publications including Science magazine and he has written a variety of space related op-eds including in the New York Times and Boston Globe. Will received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford and his Masters in Physics with Space Science and Technology from the University of Leicester. Will was a Postdoctoral Fellow at George Washington University and Harvard University.

Learn more about Will and Planet Labs at www.planet.com and follow him and our Twitter for updates at @wsm1 and @PlanetLabs.

LARRY BRILLIANT
Chairman,
Skoll Global Threats Fund

 

 
DAVE KIRKPATRICK
Founder, Host, and CEO,
Techonomy

David Kirkpatrick is a journalist, commentator about technology, and founder and CEO of Techonomy Media. Its annual Techonomy conference brings together leaders from tech, business, academia and government to discuss the role of tech in progress, and next takes place Nov. 8-10, 2015, in Half Moon Bay, California. Kirkpatrick's bestselling book “The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World” is in 30 languages. He spent 25 years at Fortune, where he founded and hosted the Brainstorm and Brainstorm Tech conferences. Kirkpatrick writes at Techonomy.com as well as for Forbes and Vanity Fair, and is a contributing editor at Bloomberg Television. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

 
PATRICIA ARQUETTE
Academy Award Winner
and Activist

Patricia recently starred in Boyhood, the critically acclaimed 12- year project from Richard Linklater, for which she has won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG, New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics and Independent Spirit Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

Patricia can currently be seen as Special Agent Avery Ryan on the CBS spinoff CSI: Cyber. She recently appeared in the fifth season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire opposite Steve Buscemi. Arquette also starred as Allison Dubois on the seven-season hit series Medium, for which she received numerous accolades including the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and subsequent Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations. Among Arquette’s TV movie credits is Wildflower, directed by Diane Keaton, for which Arquette earned a CableAce Award as Best Lead Actress.

Patricia has worked with a stellar list of directors in such critically-acclaimed films as Sean Penn’s The Indian Runner, John Madden’s Ethan Frome, Tony Scott’s True Romance, Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, John Boorman’s Beyond Rangoon, David O. Russell’s Flirting With Disaster, David Lynch’s Lost Highway, Roland Jaffe’s Goodbye Lover Steven Frears’ Hi Lo Country, Rupert Wainwright’s Stigmata, Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead and Michael Gondry’s Human Nature. Other feature film credits include Stigmata, Little Nicky, The Badge, and Holes.

The granddaughter of comedian Cliff Arquette (best known for his television personality “Charlie Weaver”), Arquette comes from a family ensconced in the entertainment industry. Her father was actor Lewis Arquette and her siblings – Rosanna, Alexis, Richmond and David Arquette – are all actors. After visiting Haiti and seeing first-hand the destruction caused by the devastating earthquake that hit the island, Arquette started the charity, GiveLove, to help provide victims of the Haiti earthquake with sustainable sanitation solutions in the aftermath of the disaster. GiveLove’s work now extends to Nicaragua and to India. For further information on GiveLove, please visit www.givelove.org.

Patricia has become a sought-after guest speaker for events around the world on the subject of sustainable development and gender equality.

Born in Chicago, Arquette currently resides in Los Angeles, where she was raised.

 
TRAVIS KALANICK
Co-Founder and CEO,
Uber Technologies

Travis believes that every problem has a solution; you just have to be creative enough to find it. That spirit is at the very core of Uber’s success and everexpanding global presence.

As a student at UCLA, Travis founded Scour, the first peer-to-peer search engine. He later expanded on the concept, forming Red Swoosh, an enterprise content delivery platform, which was eventually acquired by Akamai Technologies. While visiting Paris for LeWeb in 2008, Travis and friend Garrett Camp dreamed of pressing a button on their smartphones and riding away in a reliable and stylish ride. Uber launched a year and a half later in San Francisco.

Under Travis’ leadership, Uber is transforming the fabric of cities, increasing affordable and reliable transportation options, delivering unmatched earning potential to drivers, reducing drunk driving rates and powering local economic activity. The Uber app is used by millions of riders and hundreds of thousands of driver-partners in more than 300 cities and 59 countries on six continents.

Where some people see dead-ends, Travis finds detours and new solutions to old problems. That approach is revolutionizing the way people move, work and live in cities around the world.

 
LARRY BAER
President and CEO,
San Francisco Giants

A fourth generation San Franciscan, Larry Baer has gained a national reputation as one of professional sports' leading visionaries. Baer joined the team in 1992 as the executive vice president after he and Peter Magowan led the effort to assemble a new ownership group and negotiate the sale that kept the Giants in San Francisco. A limited partner of the ownership group, Baer was named chief operating officer in May 1996, team president in October 2008 and CEO on January 1, 2012. In his first year as president and CEO, the Giants won their second World Series Championship in three years. In 2014, the Giants won their third World Series title in five years.

As president and CEO, Baer serves as the club's "control" person on all Giants, Major League Baseball and industry issues. Baer is responsible for the overall day-to-day functioning of the organization. Under his direction the Giants developed and constructed AT&T Park -- the first privately-financed Major League ballpark. Since opening in 2000, AT&T Park has been widely praised as one of the "best ballparks ever built." The club has received unprecedented fan support - becoming one of only four teams to exceed three million in attendance eight consecutive years (2000-2007).

Currently, the Giants enjoy the longest active home sellout streak in Major League Baseball of 327 games. With the support of more than 30,000 full season ticket holders, the Giants sold out the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons and welcomed more than 3.3 million fans each year. The Giants have been the standard bearer in all of baseball for sponsorship revenue, and the ballpark continues to be one of the most popular venues in the country for special events. In 2008, AT&T Park was named Sports Business Journal's Sports Facility of the Year, and in 2011 the Giants received Sports Business Journal's Professional Sports Organization of the Year award. Baer also serves as a key strategist and negotiator of the club's major business and baseball transactions. This includes the Barry Bonds signing in November 1992, the naming rights agreement with AT&T (then Pacific Bell) in 1996 and other strategic business partnerships. He led the effort to host the 2007 All-Star Game in San Francisco and was the driving force behind the Giants partnership with Comcast to create a regional sports network for the Bay Area.

Baer worked closely with the Giants Baseball department on strategic signings that keep several key players in Giants uniforms for years to come, including Buster Posey, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Hunter Pence.

Baer also serves as President & CEO of Giants Development Services, which is currently developing Mission Rock - a new, mixed use urban neighborhood located on a 25-acre site across McCovey Cove from AT&T Park. Once completed, Mission Rock will include more than eight acres of parks and open space, an Anchor Steam Brewery, 650-1,500 residential units, 1.3 - 1.7 million square feet of office space, a parking structure to serve ballpark and Mission Rock patrons, and up to 250,000 square feet of retail, restaurants, and public amenities. The project is currently in the entitlement phase with groundbreaking projected for 2016.

After earning Phi Beta Kappa honors at the University of California in 1980, Baer joined the Giants as the club's marketing director. In 1983, he left the Giants to attend Harvard Business School, followed by a four-year tenure at Westinghouse Broadcasting in San Francisco and New York. He finally returned to the Giants in December 1992 from CBS, Inc. in New York, where he had served as a special assistant to the network's chairman, Laurence Tisch.

Baer has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards throughout his career with the Giants. This includes the San Francisco Distinguished Leadership Award for civic leadership (1996), "Sports Torch of Learning Award" by the Scopus Society of the American Friends of The Hebrew University (1995), and the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty Award (2001). In 2010, Baer was the named the "Person of the Year" by San Francisco Boys and Girls Club, and in 2012 he was honored as the Harvard Business School's "Alumnus of the Year." In 2014, Baer was honored by the University of California Berkeley with its "Excellence in Achievement" award and received the Civic Leadership Award from the American Jewish Committee.

Baer chairs Major League Baseball's Long-Term Strategic Planning Committee and serves on MLB's Business and Media Board and MLB's Legislative Affairs Committee. Baer is a member of the Board of Directors of KQED, Inc., the San Francisco Committee on Jobs, the Bay Area Council, Comcast Sports Net Bay Area and is a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Pacific Region Board of Trustees.

Baer and his wife, Pam, co-chair the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation Campaign Committee in support of the new hospital, which will open toward the end of 2015.

Larry and Pam Baer reside in San Francisco with their four children.

 
JOHN COLLISON
President and Co-Founder,
Stripe

John Collison is president and co-founder of Stripe, the online payments company that is expanding internet commerce by making it easy to process transactions from anywhere.

John and his brother Patrick Collison started Stripe in 2010 while John was studying physics at Harvard. Their goal was to make accepting payments online simpler and more inclusive, after learning firsthand how difficult it was. Today, the 250-person (and growing) Stripe team powers online businesses around the world.

Prior to Stripe, John co-founded Auctomatic, which was acquired by Live Current Media in March 2008. Originally from Limerick, Ireland, John lives in San Francisco, California, where Stripe is based.

 
JULIA HARTZ
Co-founder and President,
Eventbrite

As co-founder and President of Eventbrite, Julia Hartz has evolved the company from an innovative ticketing platform to the world’s largest marketplace for live experiences. Since the company founding in 2006, Eventbrite has generated over $3 billion in gross ticket sales, with more than 200 million tickets processed to events and experiences around the globe. Eventbrite has secured $200M in funding, and through Julia’s leadership, has cemented its place in the “Unicorn Startup Club,” reserved exclusively for companies with an over $1B valuation.

Under Julia’s guidance, company culture and optimizing workplace performance has remained an integral part of Eventbrite, which now boasts over 500 employees in eight offices around the world and has been voted one of the “Best Places to Work in the San Francisco Bay Area” six years running. In the years since founding Eventbrite, Julia has been honored as one of Inc.’s 35 under 35 in 2014, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013, and has been profiled in Forbes in both 2013 and 2015.

Julia landed in Silicon Valley via Hollywood where she began her career as a development executive at MTV and FX Networks. In today’s digital age, Julia believes that real-life, human experiences lead to individual happiness and strong global communities. This belief continues to fuel her passion while running Eventbrite today.

DONNA KARAN
Fashion Designer, Founder,
Urban Zen Foundation

 

 
JACK KORNFIELD
Ph.D., Founder,
Spirit Rock Center

Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1967 he joined the Peace Corps, worked on Thai tropical medicine teams and then studied as a monk under several renowned Buddhist masters. Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. Over the years, Jack has taught in centers and universities from Harvard to Stanford, worked with CEOs and business leaders, and trained thousands in mindfulness. He has led International Teacher meetings with the Dalai Lama and collaborated with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a father and activist. His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies.

They include, A Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology, A Path with Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; Teachings of the Buddha; Seeking the Heart of Wisdom; Living Dharma; A Still Forest Pool; Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart; Buddha’s Little Instruction Book; The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace and his most recent book, Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are.

A star at dawn, a drop of dew, an echo, a rainbow and a dream.
Buddha

 
GEORGE ZIMMER
Founder & CEO,
zTailors

In his role as founder of zTailors, George builds on over 40 years of clothing experience and success.

As an iconic business leader, and one of the early pioneers of Conscious Capitalism’s stakeholder model, George has been an advocate for tailors throughout his entire career. In 1973, he started what would become the largest men’s tailored clothing company in America. In his role as Founder, Chairman, CEO & TV spokesperson, he guided his company with a workingman’s ethos that valued his employees and his customers equally with his shareholders, creating an enjoyable service-oriented experience.

In this new venture, zTailors, George is once again revolutionizing the apparel industry with an idea that delivers the time-honored craft of tailoring directly to the consumer for a remarkable, and highly personalized customer experience. By using technology to assemble a network of master tailors, and introduce them to new customers, George’s vision for a high tech, high touch experience is now available for all.

 
LEAH BUSQUE
CEO & Founder,
TaskRabbit

The vision for revolutionizing how work gets done led Leah Busque to pioneer the concept of “Service Networking,” forging a leading role in the Collaborative Consumption movement. Since bootstrapping TaskRabbit in 2008, Leah has expanded the company internationally, raised nearly $40 million in venture funding, and inspired legions of startups to launch in the Collaborative and Service Networking space.

Selected as a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum in 2014 and named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” her achievements have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Time. Under her leadership, TaskRabbit was named “The Next Big Thing in Tech” by the New York Times. Prior to founding TaskRabbit, Leah was a Software Engineer at IBM, working in the Messaging and Collaboration Software Development Group. Leah lives in San Mateo, CA with her husband, TaskRabbit’s VP of Technology Kevin Busque, her daughter, and a cuddly black lab named Emerson. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sweet Briar College, where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science.

 
DAVID BRIN
Arthur C. Clarke Center,
UCSD

David Brin is a scientist, inventor, and New York Times bestselling author. With books translated into 25 languages, he has won multiple Hugo, Nebula, and other awards. A film directed by Kevin Costner was based on David’s novel The Postman, with other works under option. David’s science-fictional Uplift Sagaexplores genetic engineering of higher animals, like dolphins, to speak and join our civilization. In his Earth and Existence novels, David explores near future trends that may transform our world.

As a scientist/futurist, David is seen frequently on television shows such as The ArchiTechs, Universe, and Life After People, with frequent appearances on PBS, BBC and NPR. He has consulted for original shows like Ascension, Seven Days and Century City. A patent-holding inventor, he is in-demand to speak about future trends, keynoting for IBM, Google, Procter & Gamble, SAP, Microsoft, Qualcomm, the Mauldin Group, and Casey Research, all the way to think tanks and public agencies.

With degrees from Caltech and the University of California-San Diego, Dr. Brin serves on advisory panels ranging from astronomy, NASA innovative concepts, nanotech, and SETI to national defense and technological ethics. His nonfiction book The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Privacy and Freedom? explores the dangers of secrecy and loss of privacy in our modern world. It garnered the prestigious Freedom of Speech Prize from the American Library Association.

TOM DAVENPORT
Professor of IT and Management,
Babson College

 

 
CHADE-MENG TAN
Jolly Good Fellow,
Google

Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is the Jolly Good Fellow of Google whose job description is to "enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace". He is an international bestselling author, and co-chair of One Billion Acts of Peace, which has been nominated 7 times for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also a thought leader, and a philanthropist.

At Google, Meng led the creation of a groundbreaking mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course called Search Inside Yourself, which was featured on the front page of the Sunday Business section of the New York Times. Search Inside Yourself is also the title of Meng's New York Times bestselling book which has been endorsed by world leaders such as President Carter of the United States and President Nathan of Singapore, business leaders such as Eric Schmidt of Google and John Mackey of Whole Foods Markets, and spiritual leaders such as the Dalai Lama and Deepak Chopra. Meng hopes Search Inside Yourself will eventually contribute to world peace in a meaningful way.

Meng delivered a TED talk on compassion at the United Nations and spoke at the White House about the development of kindness. He has met three United States Presidents: Obama, Clinton and Carter. The Dalai Lama gave him a hug for his 40th birthday. President Carter gave him a standing ovation at one of his talks. Most importantly, he made mom proud. His personal motto is, "Life is too important to be taken seriously".

Meng hopes to see every workplace in the world become a drinking fountain for happiness and enlightenment.

 
PADMASREE WARRIOR
Strategic Advisor and Former CTO,
Cisco

Padmasree Warrior is charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape and lead major market transitions. She helps direct technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships, investments, mergers and acquisitions, the integration of new business models, the incubation of new technologies and the cultivation of world-class technical talent.

In her previous roles, Warrior served as Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTSO) and also co-led Cisco’s worldwide engineering organization. As Senior Vice President, Engineering, she was responsible for core switching, collaboration, cloud computing and data center/virtualization, security and architectures for business transformation.

Warrior joined Cisco in 2008. Prior to that, she was executive vice president and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology.

Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” for three years running. In 2013, The International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference Award, Silicon Valley’s SVForum honored her with the Visionary Award, the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin gave her the Excellence in Engineering, Science and Technology Award and the International Museum of Women presented her with the Innovator Award for Women in Technology. In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Wireless,” the Aspen Institute gave her the first Leadership in Science and Technology Award, India’s National Association of Software & Service Companies named her the Global CTO Award winner, and CloudNOW recognized her with the first Top 10 Women in Cloud Award. The Wall Street Journal has called Warrior one of “50 Women to Watch,” Fast Company included her among the “100 Most Creative People in Business,” and The Economic Times listed her as “the 11th Most Influential Global Indian.”

Warrior has served on government initiatives, industry advisory boards as well as charitable and community organizations. She received the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence Award and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award. In 2007, she was inducted into the Women in Information Technology International Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Cornell University and serves on the Board of Directors for Box and Gap Inc. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Thorn (formerly DNA Foundation).

Warrior holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and a master of science degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University.

BOB MYERS
General Manager,
The Golden State Warriors

 

 
ADAM LASHINSKY
Assistant Managing Editor,
Fortune

Adam Lashinsky manages technology coverage for Fortune and is the author of the 2012 bestselling book Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired – and Secretive – Company Really Works. He oversees Fortune’s annual Brainstorm Tech conference, appears weekly on the Fox News Channel’s “Cavuto on Business” program, and is a frequent speaker and panel moderator.

As assistant managing editor of Fortune’s national tech team, Lashinsky continues to write features as well as online articles. His cover-story subjects have included Apple, Amazon, Dell, Google, and Hewlett-Packard. He has written in-depth articles on a wide variety of companies including Wells Fargo, LinkedIn, Intel, Oracle, eBay, Twitter, Snapchat, and Jawbone. Other feature-length subjects have included the investment-banking, private-equity, and venture-capital industries, as well as on topics ranging from San Francisco politics and oil-exploration technology to the post-Katrina economic recovery of New Orleans.

Prior to joining Fortune in 2001, Lashinsky was a columnist for The San Jose Mercury News and TheStreet.com. Before moving to California in, he was a reporter and editor for Crain's Chicago Business. As a Henry Luce Scholar, he worked for a year in Tokyo as a reporter for the Nikkei Weekly, the English-language version of Japan's main economic daily. He began his career in the Washington, D.C., bureau of Crain Communications.

A native of Chicago, Lashinsky earned a degree in history and political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

 
LYNDSEY SCOTT
Actress, Model,
App Developer

After graduating from Amherst College in 2006 with dual majors in Theater and Computer Science, Lyndsey found herself catapulted into the international world of highfashion after becoming the first African-American model to be awarded an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein in 2009. Since then, she's walked the runways for clients such as Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Victoria's Secret and appeared in campaigns for clients such as DKNY and Covergirl and magazines such as W and Italian Vogue. Although still working as a model and actress, Lyndsey has returned to her love for technology and now also devotes much of her time to programming iOS apps, several of which are currently available on the Apple App Store. She enjoys helping others with their code — she’s ranked as one of the top iOS answerers on the number #1 programming site, Stack Overflow; has recently joined the prestigious tutorial team at raywenderlich.com; and has done video tutorials for kids co-starring the likes of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg for Code.org. Lyndsey also devotes her time to promoting computer science education and makes a special effort to get more women and minorities into tech.

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @Lyndsey360
website: www.LyndseyScott.com

DOUGLAS MCCAULEY
Ecology of Communities & Ecosystems,
UCSB

 

WENDY SCHMIDT
Co-Founder,
Schmidt Ocean Institute

 

ALAN MURRAY
Editor,
Fortune

 

 
DR. ATUL BUTTE
MD, PhD,
UCSF

Atul Butte, MD, PhD is the new Director of the new Institute of Computational Health Sciences (ICHS) at the University of California, San Francisco, and a Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Butte trained in Computer Science at Brown University, worked as a software engineer at Apple and Microsoft, received his MD at Brown University, trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology at Children's Hospital Boston, then received his PhD from Harvard Medical School and MIT. Dr. Butte has authored nearly 200 publications, with research repeatedly featured in Wired Magazine, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. In 2013, Dr. Butte was recognized by the White House as an Open Science Champion of Change for promoting science through publicly available data. Dr. Butte is also a founder of three investor-backed data-driven companies: Personalis, providing clinical interpretation of whole genome sequences, Carmenta (recently acquired by Progenity), discovering diagnostics for pregnancy complications, and NuMedii, finding new uses for drugs through open molecular data. Dr. Butte is also the principal investigator of ImmPort, the clinical and molecular data repository for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

 
KATRINA LAKE
CEO & Founder,
Stitch Fix

Katrina is passionate about helping women achieve everyday confidence. She founded Stitch Fix to help women everywhere discover and explore their style through a truly client-focused shopping experience.

Prior to founding Stitch Fix, Katrina developed extensive experience at the intersection of fashion, retail and technology. She managed the blogger platform at venture-backed social commerce company Polyvore and consulted with a variety of e-commerce and traditional retailers during her time at The Parthenon Group. Additionally, she has invested in and worked with dozens of entrepreneurs and start-ups at Leader Ventures.

Katrina holds a B.S. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

 
GAYLE KING
Co-Host,
CBS This Morning

Gayle King is a co-host of "CBS This Morning” and Editor-at-Large of the award-winning O, the Oprah Magazine.

King previously hosted "The Gayle King Show," a live, weekday television interview program on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. The program, which featured a discussion of a broad variety of topics that include politics, cultural developments, was also broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, where it premiered in 2006.

Before moving into print and radio, King worked for 18 years (1982-2000) as a television news anchor for CBS affiliate WFSB-TV in Hartford, Conn., during which period, she also hosted her own syndicated daytime program. Prior to joining WFSB, King worked at several other television stations, including WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Mo. (1978-1981), WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Md. (1976), and WTOP-TV in Washington, D.C. (1975).

King has received numerous awards for her extensive work as a journalist. In addition to three Emmys, she was honored in 2008 with the American Women in Radio & Television Gracie Award for Outstanding Radio Talk Show and in 2010 with both the Individual Achievement Award for Host-Entertainment/Information and the New York Women in Communications' Matrix Award recipient.

King spent several years of her childhood in Ankara, Turkey, before returning with her family to the United States. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 1976 with a degree in psychology.

The mother of a daughter, Kirby, and a son, Will, she currently resides in New York City.

 
NOREEN A. FARRELL
Executive Director,
Equal Rights Advocates (ERA)

Noreen Farrell is one of the nation’s top gender equity leaders and lawyers. She is the Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national non-profit which has led groundbreaking efforts to protect the civil rights and improve the economic security of women and girls for 40 years. Noreen has been named one of the Top Women Leaders in Law and a 2014 Legal Innovator by The Recorder. She’s also been recognized by The Daily Journal as one of the Top Employment Lawyers and Top 100 Women Lawyers in California.

Noreen has led seminal cases across the country and before the United States Supreme Court to ensure that girls thrive in safe and fair schools and that woman succeed in workplaces free of discrimination. She has worked in dozens of industries – from tech to restaurants to law to mining – to promote equal pay for equal work, family leave and the fair treatment of pregnant workers and caregivers, workplaces that are free from sexual harassment, and hiring and promotion based on merit. Noreen also leads trailblazing gender equity campaigns at the state and national levels. She is Chair of the Equal Pay Today Campaign, leading 18 of the country’s top women’s advocacy organizations working in six states and at the national level to close the gender wage gap. She also founded and chairs a state women’s economic security campaign called Stronger Calif♀rnia: Securing Economic Opportunities for Women. She leads over 30 organizations across the state in promoting policy reform to address poverty, childcare, fair pay, and other workplace fairness issues. As part of this campaign, ERA has partnered with Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette to promote passage of the California Fair Pay Act, which would be the strongest state equal pay law in the country.

Noreen lectures across the country and has published widely on civil rights matters, including most recently, Moving Women Forward on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act: A Gender Wage Gap That Won’t Close. Noreen is a graduate of Yale University and the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where she was Editor-In-Chief of the Hastings Women’s Law Journal.

 
BOYLAN SLAT
CEO & Founder,
The Ocean Cleanup

Boyan Slat (1994) is a Dutch entrepreneur and inventor who developed world’s first feasible method to rid the oceans of plastic.

Instead of going after the plastic, Boyan devised a system though which, driven by the ocean currents, the plastic would concentrate itself. According to feasibility research, the system should be able to clean up about half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years’ time.

Boyan Slat has been recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50), and was crowned 2014 Champion of the Earth, the United Nations' highest environmental accolade. In 2015, HM King Harald of Norway awarded Boyan the maritime industry's Young Entrepreneur Award.

 
KARA SWISHER
Executive Editor,
Re/code

Kara Swisher started covering digital issues for the Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column, “BoomTown,” originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also online at WSJ.com.

Previously, Kara covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues, as one of its first hires to cover the Web, and also wrote feature articles on technology for the newspaper. She has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home gadget issues called “Home Economics.”

With Walt Mossberg, over the last 11 years, she has been co-producing D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering is considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries. Kara and Walt also have been co-executive editors of the AllThingsD.com Web site since 2007 until the end of 2013.

Kara won a Loeb Award while at AllThingsD.com for her coverage of Yahoo. She also writes occasionally for Vanity Fair magazine, which is owned by Condé Nast.

Previously, she worked as a reporter at the Washington Post. She is also the author of “aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web,” published by Times Business Books in July 1998. The sequel, “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future,” was published in the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Books.

Kara was an undergraduate at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and did her graduate work at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

AARON LEVIE
CEO, Co-founder & Chairman,
Box

 

ADRIAN GRENIER
Actor, Filmmaker,
and Entrepreneur

 

 
JAMES MCQUIVEY
Vice President & Principal Analyst,
Forrester Research

James serves CMOs. He is the foremost analyst tracking and defining the power and impact of digital disruption on traditional businesses. His consumer models identify the ways consumers have embraced digital experiences and platforms, and his strategy models help companies prepare to serve those consumers. Though he applies this knowledge to a wide variety of industries, he spends the majority of his consulting time with consumer media and consumer electronics companies that are at the forefront of dealing with digital disruption. In February 2013, James published his book Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation.

Previously at Forrester, James served as a vice president and research director, running Consumer Technographics® North America, Forrester's unparalleled consumer research effort. Before that, he was a senior analyst and founding member of the online retail strategies practice at Forrester. In addition to keynoting at industry events and Forrester Forums, James is routinely sought after for comment by such publications as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He also appears frequently on NPR and CNBC.

 
STEVE LOUGHLIN
CEO, RelateIQ,
Salesforce

Steve Loughlin is CEO and co-founder of RelateIQ, a Salesforce company. Salesforce acquired RelateIQ in July 2014 to extend the value of Salesforce’s #1 CRM apps and platform with a new level of intelligence across sales, service and marketing. Loughlin leads a team in Palo Alto focused on extending the development of Relationship Intelligence technology, which enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of sales teams and building products that people love.

Prior to Salesforce, Loughlin served for five years as president and CEO of Affinity Circles, a professional social network that connected more than 18 million professionals. He has advised and served as a board member for companies include Palantir Technologies, Addepar, RoboteX, Piazza and Badgeville.

JON MILLER
Radio/TV Announcer,
San Francisco Giants

 

STEVE YOUNG
Co-Founder & Managing Director,
HGGC

 

JOHN THOMPSON
 
 

 

 
RAMEZ NAAM
Computer Scientist,
Award-Winning Author

Ramez Naam is a computer scientist and award-winning author. He's written five books, including the science-fiction novel Nexus, and the non-fiction The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, which charts a course to innovate our way past challenges in energy, food, water, and climate.

Ramez’s novels have won the Prometheus and Endeavour Awards, been listed as an NPR Best Book of the Year, and have been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke award.

Before turning to writing, Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he played leadership roles on early versions of Outlook, Internet Explorer, and Bing, leading teams working on machine learning, information retrieval, and internet scale systems.

Ramez teaches on innovation, environment, and energy at Singularity University at NASA Ames. His work has appeared in or been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Atlantic, Slate, Business Week, Discover, Wired, and Scientific American. He's appeared on MSNBC, on Yahoo Finance, and has spoken on energy, climate, and resource issues on four continents, from Istanbul to Shenzhen; from Buenos Aires to Washington DC.

SOPHIA AMORUSO
Founder,
Nasty Gal

 

STEPHANIE RUHLE
 
 

 


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Launched at Dreamforce 2014, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud was built for any user, any data, and any device. This year at Dreamforce, we're unveiling the next wave of the Analytics Cloud to help you sell smarter, grow faster, and service better. The newest version of the Analytics Cloud will allow every customer to close the loop by instantly turning insight into action across the Customer Success Platform. Join Vijay Chakravarthy, CEO and GM Analytics Cloud, and Stephanie Buscemi, COO Analytics Cloud, to learn what's new, see the product in action, and hear from customers who are winning with Wave.
 

 

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Community Cloud Keynote: Transform Your Business With Community Cloud

Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Your next big business opportunity will not be born in meeting rooms. It will arise from direct, personal interaction with customers. And successful execution will require a unified organization and partner ecosystem that’s nimble enough to spot opportunities and capture them in real time. Join Nasi Jazayeri, GM & EVP, Community Cloud, to see how customers are harnessing the power of community to create new products and services, evolve how they go to market, and build entirely new business models.
 

 

Relate IQ

SalesforceIQ Keynote: The Future of Selling is Here

Thursday, September 17, 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.

Based on the acquisition of RelateIQ, Salesforce is once again raising the bar of innovation by delivering SalesforceIQ. Powered by groundbreaking Relationship Intelligence technology, the new SalesforceIQ for Small Business and SalesforceIQ for Sales Cloud are transforming selling for businesses of every size and industry. Join Steve Loughlin, CEO, SalesforceIQ, and special guests to discover the future of selling. Learn how SalesforceIQ can empower all Dreamforce attendees to sell smarter, sell faster and ultimately, close more deals.
 

 

Small and Medium Business Keynote

Thursday, September 17, 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Small and medium businesses are operating in an extraordinary environment. New technologies are reinventing how business is done, making it easier than ever to start and scale a company. But growing businesses face a unique set of challenges. Join Tony Rodoni, SVP of Small Business, and Leyla Seka, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Desk.com at Salesforce, to hear how small and medium businesses are using Salesforce to attract new business, delight their customers, and grow faster than ever.
 

 

Salesforce Developer Keynote

Thursday, September 17, 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

We are living in a new world where apps drive how we experience home, work, and even what we wear. Everything is now connected, creating data at an incredible rate. As a developer, how do you make sense of all this data? How do you build apps that leverage it at precisely the right time, combine it with incredible user experience, and use the development tools and frameworks you love? Join Adam Seligman, VP Developer Relations, and the rest of the Salesforce developer community, in this year's Developer Keynote to learn how.
 

 

Salesforce Admin Keynote

Thursday, September 17, 3:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

Salesforce admins are the people who bring innovation to life. Fighting inefficiency, spreading innovation, and championing productivity wherever they can, Salesforce Admins are the humble heroes who connect their companies to their customers in entirely new ways. Learn how to deliver innovation and data driven business decisions at your company with Salesforce. Join Parker Harris, co-founder, Shawna Wolverton, VP Product, and Sarah Franklin, Head of Admin Marketing in a celebration of our Salesforce admins.
 

 

Data.com Keynote: The Future of Intelligent Selling

Wednesday, September 16, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Despite advances in technology and the availability of information, research shows that 8 in 10 sales reps are unprepared and fail to create value with buyers. Join Data.com, and innovative customers Box and Polycom, to learn how the right data and intelligence can help your organization connect better with customers and ultimately grow faster. Learn about trends in technology and how CRM and data-driven solutions are evolving to better arm your sales team and turn intelligent selling into your competitive advantage.
 

 

Partner Keynote: The World's #1 Cloud Ecosystem

Tuesday, September 15, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Salesforce partner ecosystem is a powerful force. With a vast knowledge of products, programs, solutions, and our joint commitment to customer success, there’s no stopping what we can accomplish together. Join Tyler Prince, EVP WW Alliances & Channels, and his team, to learn what it means to be a part of the #1 Cloud Ecosystem. We’ll take a look at our strategic vision, partner programs, philanthropic efforts, and share insights to new technology and business models that are driving partner success.
 

 

 

 

Industry Keynote: Disruptive Growth and Customer Experience Excellence in Communications

Tuesday, September 15, 3:00 p.m.

The communications industry is under threat from rapid disruption and the resulting rise in customer expectations. To capitalize on disruption, service providers must become agile and reimagine customer engagement, regain trust by delivering an effortless customer experience and monetize customer data. Hear how global leaders Telus and Virgin Media use the Customer Success Platform for Communications to turn disruption into an opportunity with customer engagement.

 

Industry Keynote: The Future of Consumer Goods is 1 to 1, Proactive Engagement

Tuesday, September 15, 8:30 a.m.

Unprecedented global competition, new consumer expectations & connectivity are making personalized and proactive ecosystem engagement the most significant competitive advantage. Hear leading consumer goods brands discuss how they are outpacing competition by reimagining engagement ground up with industry-specific solutions from Salesforce. Watch live demos showing how these solution drive lightning-fast retail execution and 1 to 1 consumer journeys.

 

Industry Keynote: Precision is the Future of Financial Services

Tuesday, September 15, 9:00 a.m.

The Financial Services industry has moved from defense to offense. Leaders are clear the industry has to disrupt itself or be disrupted. Salesforce is investing heavily to help. What is Salesforce’s vision for the future of financial services? How are we helping leading financial services firms reimagine customer & employee experiences? This keynote is about you and your journey to precision.

 

Industry Keynote: The Rise of the Connected Government

Tuesday, September 15, 11:00 a.m.

Disruptors like AirBnB, Uber and Square have reset customer expectations from government. This creates an unprecedented expectation gap, widens the trust deficit and exposes a huge innovation gap. Hear Salesforce’s Vivek Kundra, EVP of Public Sector discuss with government leaders how they are pivoting towards their customers and improving services, building trust, and driving lightning-fast innovation using Salesforce.

 

Industry Keynote: Precision is the Future of Healthcare

Tuesday, September 15, 1:00 p.m.

New reimbursement models, technologies and consumer expectations are driving the shift to the patient. Hear Salesforce’s Chief Medical Officer, Joshua Newman MD discuss how precision - personalized, proactive patient journey - is the future of healthcare. Watch our breakthrough healthcare product drive precision via a complete patient view, smarter care decisions & patient engagement everywhere. Hear top hospitals, health plans and life sciences companies share inspiring stories on their success with precision.

 

Industry Keynote: The Future of Manufacturing is Digital Transformation

Tuesday, September 15, 11:30 a.m.

The connectivity revolution and unprecedented competition are forcing manufacturers to differentiate via 1 to 1 and real-time customer engagement everywhere. Manufacturers are now racing to reimagine engagement by becoming digital enterprises. Join us to see how manufacturing solutions from Salesforce are helping top global manufacturers drive digital transformation by harnessing the power of the cloud, mobile, social and data science, and engage customers in a whole new way.

 

Industry Keynote: Mass Media to My Media With 1 to 1 Advertiser & Consumer Engagement

Thursday, September 17, 11:00 a.m.

Disruptors have transformed the media and entertainment competitive landscape with content, experiences and service that didn’t exist a few years ago. Everyone in the industry is now sprinting to their consumers and advertisers to deliver a 1 to 1, proactive journey everywhere and differentiate. Hear leading media and entertainment companies discuss how they use Salesforce to pivot towards their customers faster than ever & outpace competition.

 

Industry Retail Keynote: Precision Retailing with Macy's and Design Within Reach

Tuesday, September 15, 10:00 a.m.

Digital disruption is driving shopper demand for personalization. Stores are being reimagined as showrooms, distribution centers, experience centers and are increasingly only a touchpoint in a shopper’s journey. Watch Salesforce SVP Retail, Shelley Bransten, and leading retailers discuss how they use the Salesforce Shopper Success Platform to personalize the shopper journey everywhere, empower employees with mobile, collaboration and analytics tools, and drive retail innovation.

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