Chief Executive Officer, Oracle
Mark Hurd is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company's board of directors. He joined Oracle in 2010, bringing more than 30 years of technology industry leadership, computer hardware expertise, and executive management experience to his role with the company. Hurd is also a member of the Baylor University Board of Regents.
Moderator and Emcee
Former Merrill Lynch stockbroker turned author and keynote speaker Mark Jeffries has become a trusted adviser and communications consultant to some of the world's largest and most successful organizations. He speaks at and moderates conferences, summits, sales meetings, user forums, and conventions all over the world for clients including Oracle, IBM, Ernst & Young, SAS, HP, Zurich Insurance, Gartner, Microsoft, Royal Bank of Canada, Deltek, and Bank of America.
With his depth of event experience, many of Mark's clients now also use him as an event consultant, working alongside the production team to create an event with audience appeal, a memorable impact, and an effective message.
Dividing his time between the United States, Canada, and Europe, Mark's ideas, inspiration, and guidance are sought across virtually all industries.
NBA Legend, Hall of Famer, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist
Earvin “Magic” Johnson has become the most powerful African-American businessman in the world. He is a Major League Baseball owner, an NBA Legend, a two-time Hall of Famer, an Entrepreneur, a Philanthropist and a Motivational Speaker. The business mogul has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity on the court into the business world, propelling his company to the status of #1 Brand in Urban America.
Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE), Mr. Johnson’s company provides high quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities through strategic alliances, investments, consulting and endorsements. The conglomerate is comprised of multiple business entities and partnerships that include Yucaipa Johnson, a $500 million dollar private equity fund, ASPIRE, an African-American television network, SodexoMAGIC, a food service and facilities management company, Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies, a high school drop-out prevention program, Clear Health Alliance, a healthcare provider with a specialty plan for HIV/AIDS patients, Magic Airport Holdings including Magic Johnson Sports, EquiTrust Financial Services, a fixed annuities and life insurance services company, The Marvel Experience, a virtual 3-D attraction centered around Marvel characters and Los Angeles Football Club, a new Major League Soccer team.
In the business world Mr. Johnson is most noted for his unprecedented Starbucks partnership, which served as the catalyst for redevelopment in urban communities and is literally the blueprint for Corporate America’s engagement and success with urban consumers. In 2010, the savvy businessman divested his Starbucks, and Los Angeles Lakers shares in excess of $100 million dollars.
Mr. Johnson in 2012, as a member of Guggenheim Baseball Management (GBM), became an owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a Major League Baseball Franchise. In 2014, Mr. Johnson with some of the partners from GBM purchased the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.
Mr. Johnson also serves as Chairman and Founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, where his unwavering commitment to transform Urban America continues through HIV/AIDS Awareness & Prevention Programs, Community Empowerment Centers, and the Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program. Celebrating over 20 years of success, the Magic Johnson Foundation has become one of the most recognizable philanthropic organizations around the world.
Global Head of Finance Operations, Uber
Delphine Bernard is the Global Head of Finance Operations at Uber, reporting to the CFO. She leads the procurement and supply chain functions, accounts receivable, travel & expenses, payroll and shared services.
Starting with a decentralized team of approximately 40 people, she now oversees a department of 200 employees across the world and more than 400 external contractors with global processes and optimized efficiency.
Under her procurement hat, she oversees $3b in spending.Her department serves more than 40K suppliers, 20K employees in 70+ countries, bringing complexity in operations while remaining efficient and compliant. Delphine also launched first finance outsourced function in early 2017 and now oversees the Global Business Service for the Finance & Administrative. In 2018, Delphine continued to push the digitalization world and created the Center Of Excellence for Intelligent Automation. She has showcased to executives the benefits of Robotic Process Automation and in less than 6 months, has launched more than 13 bots, saving thousands of human hours and has increased controls. Prior to her move to San Francisco, Delphine was Uber Financial Controller in Amsterdam in charge of revenue and financials outside the US. Delphine is today a director on the board of Uber Freight Inc, and in the past has held multiple seats on boards of directors for Uber international subsidiaries. She is also co-chair of the General Data Protection Regulation member review committee ensures compliance within Uber Delphine founded LadyFinance, Uber's employee resource group focused on creating a strong community of women in finance. She is a passionate advocate for supporting diversity and leadership in the workplace. She leads and works to inspire others through mentorship, panel discussions and connections.
Delphine is an alumni of Microsoft and Skype where she served as Group Controller. She elevated and groomed the finance function from startup phase to maturity in a fast growing environment.
Delphine has Master of Business Engineering from Louvain School of Management. She is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School Executive Education, where she continues to take courses and learn about leadership and strategy. Outside the office, Delphine enjoys spending time with her two children and husband, and traveling to discover new cultures.
Professor, University of Southern California
John Boudreau is a professor at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and Center for Effective Organizations.
Recognized worldwide for his breakthrough research on the bridge between human capital, talent, and sustainable competitive advantage, John W. Boudreau, Ph.D. is much sought after by organizations, businesses, and the academic world for his insight and innovation in the fields of Human Resources, Human Capital Management, and Executive Development.
Dr. Boudreau is Research Director for USC’s Center for Effective Organizations and Professor of Management and Organization at Marshall School of Business. His large-scale studies and focused field research address the future of the global Human Resources profession, HR measurement and analytics, decision-based HR, executive mobility, HR information systems, and organizational staffing and development.
A strong proponent of corporate/academic partnerships, Dr. Boudreau helped to establish and then directed the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) at Cornell University, where he was a professor for more than 20 years.
Research Director, Office of the CTO, Deloitte Consulting LLP
With more than 25 years of experience in technology innovation and implementation, Scott Buchholz's focus is helping clients transform the way they deliver their missions and businesses through technology. He supports organizations across industries by providing advice and insights on how to evolve their technology and their organizations to improve performance, effectiveness and efficiency.
As the Emerging Technologies Research Director, he helps identify, research, and champion the technologies trends that are expected to have a significant impact on the market and clients’ businesses in the future and is the co-sponsor of Tech Trends.
Scott earned undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Applied Math from Northwestern University.
Chief Accounting Officer, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Keith Causey has been the Chief Accounting Officer and Senior Vice President of Caesars Entertainment Corporation since October 2014. Keith is responsible over all corporate accounting, business services and tax organization. He joined Caesars Entertainment from General Motors, where he served as Executive Director, Global Business Services -- Finance. In this role, he was responsible for all accounting, finance, tax, treasury and transactional processing functions within Global Business Services. Prior to this, he served as Assistant Controller for six years. He has also served as Senior Vice President and Controller of DIRECTV Holdings LLC. Keith is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his B.S. in Accounting from California State University, Long Beach.
Chief Digital Officer and IT Executive Partner, NCR
Seasoned IT thought leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and 20 years of progressive leadership roles across multiple business segments like Oil & Gas, Telecom, Consulting with focus on end to end IT operations, large scale projects (US$ 10 M +), and application development including DevOps implementation, experience managing & simplifying complex IT environments and leading global teams; managed 300+ sites in 100+ countries and supported 20000+ users. History of developing and building all areas of IT organizations, from leadership on down, and strengthening the capabilities of technical / functional teams. Strong understanding of the optimal mix of in-house vs. outsourced capabilities and of enterprise architecture including its areas of intersection with IT/business strategies. Demonstrated ability to stay abreast of technical innovation and introduce new technologies when warranted.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, TrueBlue
Mr. Gafford brings over 25 years of business experience and serves as Executive Vice President and CFO of TrueBlue, a NYSE listed company providing an assortment of human capital services to over 100,000 customers that connect over 700,000 people to work each year. Mr. Gafford is responsible for the strategy, investor relations, M&A, accounting, FP&A, risk management, order-to-cash, and internal audit functions. He has been a key leader in transforming the company from a provider of general labor staffing to a specialized provider of workforce solutions. Under his tenure, the company has tripled in size from both organic growth and over 20 acquisitions.
Similar to TrueBlue, his prior experience is largely in multi-location businesses, including Albertsons and Metropolitan markets and currently serves as a director for Heritage Distilling, the most awarded craft distillery in North America. His initial career experience started with Deloitte.
Mr. Gafford has been recognized by the Staffing Industry Analysts as One of Most Influential People in Staffing and helped TrueBlue earn recognition from Forbes as One of Americas Most Trustworthy Companies based on its accounting and governance practices. He has also been recognized by Treasury and Risk Magazine as a Corporate America Outstanding Executive and by the Puget Sound Business Journal as Public Company CFO of the Year.
Chief Financial Officer, TTI
Chris Goodman is the Chief Financial Officer for TTI, Inc. and oversees all aspects of TTI’s accounting, finance, human resources, and global compliance functions along with treasury, budget management, and taxation. Prior to joining the company in January of 2017, Chris spent 20+ years working in finance and accounting at various public accounting firms and Fortune 500 companies, including KPMG and Sony Electronics. Chris holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Kentucky, an MBA from the University of Southern California and is a CPA licensed in Texas, California, and Kentucky.
Global Director of Shared Services, Willis Towers Watson
At Willis Towers Watson, Brady Jensen successfully led two human resource services transformations through multi-year, multi-disciplinary programs. He is currently in the second follow-up phase, supporting the integration of Oracle ERP Cloud as part of a multi-disciplinary roadmap designed to enhance Finance and HR performance while lowering operating costs.
Senior IT Portfolio Manager, Supply Chain, Land O'Lakes
Erika Johnson has been with Land O’Lakes for seven years holding various leadership positions supporting business functions ranging from sales and marketing to supply chain. Erika is currently an IT Portfolio Manager, focused on activating and managing a $30 million portfolio of projects for Land O’Lakes Supply Chain. This includes efforts focused on extending the use of Oracle’s Logistic Cloud to make the lives of supply chain professionals more efficient and more productive. Prior to Land O’Lakes Erika held positions in demand planning, sales, marketing and strategy at Bobcat Company, Doosan Equipment, and Ingersoll Rand. These early roles are where Erika nurtured and developed a passion for process efficiency and optimization.
Principal Analyst, Altimeter, a Prophet Company
Charlene Li is a principal analyst at Altimeter, a Prophet company. As one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies, Li’s deep knowledge of leadership, strategy, interactive media, and marketing makes her an indispensable ally in today’s rapidly evolving marketplace.
Li was the founder and CEO of Altimeter Group prior to its joining Prophet, and she is the author of the New York Times best seller, Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell, which was named one of the best business books in 2008. Her most recent book, The Engaged Leader, is a call to business leaders to adapt to the digital landscape, and revolutionize their relationships by connecting directly with their followers.
Li is frequently quoted by leading media channels such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Reuters and The Associated Press. She has shared her insights on 60 Minutes, The McNeil NewsHour, ABC News, CNN and CNBC. A highly sought-after public speaker, Li has inspired a wide audience as the keynote at conferences such as the World Business Forum, World Economic Forum, American Society of Association Executives, South by Southwest and Web 2.0.
Li is a graduate of Harvard Business School and received a magna cum laude degree from Harvard College.
Senior Director, Global SIOP, HarbisonWalker International
Ms. Elizabeth McGuire is the Senior Director of Global SIOP at HarbisonWalker International (HWI). In this role, Ms. McGuire is responsible for overseeing the implementation of SIOP along with leading the transition of the End to End Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing through the implementation of Oracle Cloud. During her tenure, Ms. McGuire has implemented several improvements to the organization’s Supply Chain function. These improvements include implementing a demand-driven replenishment system for the end-to-end supply chain; designing a data driven SIOP process; developing a product wheel planning; and instituting a talent management strategy to foster organizational and professional development of the company’s planning professionals.
Ms. McGuire has 20+ years of Supply Chain experience. She has held past positions including Global Sr. Manager of Operations and Supply Chain Transformation, Global Supply Planning Manager, Order Fulfillment Manager, Demand and Supply Chain Manager as well as Purchasing and Manufacturing Manager. The common thread throughout her career has been the ability to redesign complexity out of multidimensional supply chains while improving inventory and customer metrics. Her driving motto is “A consistent and reliable Value Chain are critical to exceeding customers’ expectations in the 21st century”.
Executive Vice President, Applications Product Development, Oracle
Steve Miranda is executive vice president of Oracle Applications product development. He is responsible for leading all aspects of product strategy, product development, and product delivery for the entire portfolio of Oracle Applications and related services. Miranda’s primary focus is on delivering the industry’s most complete, proven, and innovative set of cloud solutions encompassing enterprise resource planning; supply chain, human capital, and enterprise performance management; customer experience; and Oracle Data Cloud applications.
Miranda joined Oracle in 1992 and has held a variety of leadership positions within the development organization. In 2007 he was asked to lead the engineering of Oracle’s next-generation suite of software applications, Oracle Fusion Applications. Under his leadership, Oracle has delivered on its promise to help applications customers innovate and remain competitive while leveraging their existing IT investments and increasing the value of those investments with new Oracle products and services.
Prior to Oracle, Miranda worked at GE Aerospace. He holds degrees in mathematics and computational sciences from Stanford University.
Author, Zone to Win and Business Strategy Expert
Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker, and advisor who splits his consulting time between start-up companies in the Mohr Davidow and Wildcat Venture Partners portfolio and established high-tech enterprises, most recently including Salesforce, Microsoft, Autodesk, F5Networks, Gainsight, Google, and Splunk.
Moore's life's work has focused on the market dynamics surrounding disruptive innovations. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, focuses on the challenges start-up companies face transitioning from early adopting to mainstream customers. It has sold more than a million copies, and its third edition has been revised such that the majority of its examples and case studies reference companies come to prominence from the past decade. Moore's most recent work, Zone to Win, addresses the challenge large enterprises face when embracing disruptive innovations, even when it is in their best interests to do so. It's time to stop explaining why they don't and start explaining how they can. This has been the basis of much of his recent consulting.
Irish by heritage, Moore has yet to meet a microphone he didn't like and gives between 50 and 80 speeches a year. One theme that has received a lot of attention recently is the transition in enterprise IT investment focus from Systems of Record to Systems of Engagement. This is driving the deployment of a new cloud infrastructure to complement the legacy client-server stack, creating massive markets for a next generation of tech industry leaders.
Moore has a bachelors in American literature from Stanford University and a PhD in English literature from the University of Washington. After teaching English for four years at Olivet College, he came back to the Bay Area with his wife and family and began a career in high tech as a training specialist. Over time he transitioned first into sales and then into marketing, finally finding his niche in marketing consulting, working first at Regis McKenna Inc, then with the three firms he helped found: The Chasm Group, Chasm Institute, and TCG Advisors. Today he is chairman emeritus of all three.
Vice President, Global Total Rewards, Mary Kay
Michelle currently serves as Vice President, Global Total Rewards at Mary Kay Inc. and is responsible for the global functions of Compensation, Benefits, HR Technology and Organizational Effectiveness (which includes Employee Training and Development, Organization Development, Communications, and Recognition). Prior to this role, she held a variety of positions at Mary Kay including Vice President, Human Resources where she led the International HR function focused on all aspects of HR in more than 30 countries. Michelle also held the position of General Manager, Mary Kay United Kingdom where she was responsible for all business operations as an expatriate in London, England. Prior to working at Mary Kay Inc., Michelle worked in several roles in Human Resources at Texas Instruments.
North American Transportation Optimization Lead, Mondelēz International
Rob Owen is a Transportation and Supply Chain process and systems expert with over 25 years of global experience. He is passionate about design, and believes good design applies directly to logistics where it can drive leaps in process simplification. Guided by a notion that COMPLEXITY is the true enemy of modern supply chains, Rob is a rare supply chain professional, comfortable buried in code or on a loading dock. He has spent a career in "the business" as a bridge with Information Systems teams managing complex order fulfillment processes that span functional silos and systems.
Rob is currently North American Transportation Optimization Lead for Mondelēz International, a global snacks powerhouse with brands such as Cadbury, Nabisco, Lu, Milka, Sour Patch, Tates, and Toblerone. He has also held senior positions at Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson. He currently oversees the company’s OTM platform and peripheral solutions across a complex array of plants, external manufacturers, buffers, DCs, branches, cross-docks and cross-border operations. He is directly responsible for deep, network-wide cost compression and productivity. Rob recently led the corporation’s re-implementation of on-premise OTM to SaaS.
SVP of Strategic Services and CIO, Camden Property Trust
Kristy is responsible for information technology, innovation, marketing, and Camden’s Contact Center. Before joining Camden, Kristy was director of sales and customer service for Ashford.com, an e-commerce company that offers luxury goods and corporate gifts. Prior to Ashford.com, Kristy spent three years implementing, training, and managing support for IT systems at Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) and nine years at a multi-family management company, where she worked on site and in the corporate offices as an internal auditor, technical trainer, and help desk manager.
Director, Global Macro, Eurasia Group
Willis Sparks is Eurasia Group's Director of Global Macro, and a thought leader on risks, opportunities, and trends created by current geopolitical conflicts and political developments in major emerging market countries, as well as on US politics and foreign policy. He works directly with Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer on a variety of macro political risk projects.
Prior to joining Eurasia Group in 2005, Willis worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he wrote on transnational terrorism and US national security. He regularly gives speeches on market-moving trends in international politics for investor and corporate audiences in the US and abroad. Willis holds master’s degrees in international affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where he specialized in international security policy and the former Soviet Union, and from Sciences Po in Paris. He holds two bachelor's degrees from Brown University and is a graduate of the Juilliard School.
Managing Director, Accenture
Brian Sullivan has over 20 years of experience with large scale, complex, global deployments of Oracle ERP and EPM solutions supporting Financials and Supply Chain business process areas. In his Global Oracle Cloud ERP Practice Lead role, Brian focuses on talent, innovation, and strategy to drive enhanced customer value from Oracle Cloud technologies enabling their digital back office transformations.
Group Vice President, Human Capital Management Strategy, Oracle
Gretchen Alarcon is Group Vice President for Oracle's Human Capital Management (HCM) cloud software where she is responsible for product management, development and go-to-market initiatives that help businesses around the world modernize their HR practices through the adoption of Oracle's HCM cloud apps. Additionally, Alarcon acts as a thought leader, highlighting trends and strategic initiatives in business transition to the cloud. With over 20 years experience in product strategy, Alarcon has taken her knowledge of the industry to showcase the importance of modernization in Core HR, Talent Acquisition and HR Data Analytics, through the integration of cloud apps. Together with her team, she forecasts Future of Work movements and delivers initiatives to businesses to protect their bottom line.
Prior to Oracle, Alarcon worked at Icarian and National Semiconductor, Ford and Silicon Graphics, where she drove the management of workforce suites and aided in the redesign on worldwide human resource functions.
She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in American Studies from Stanford University.
Advisory Managing Director, KPMG
Brett is a Director in KPMG's Management Consulting practice with 15 years of experience serving a variety of clients. He has a strong finance transformation background demonstrated by his experience leading projects around global operating model transformations, assessments, integrations, and implementations. His experience spans the Consumer Markets and Healthcare industries.
Vice President, Practice Lead, Peloton Group
Steve Bowden is a seasoned technologist with significant advisory, design, development, and delivery management capabilities across the EPM, BI, and Data Warehouse domains. He has over 15 years of experience implementing solutions that leverage Essbase, Planning, PBCS, EPBCS, HFM, FCCS, DRM, FDMEE, PCMCS, Exalytics, ODI, and OBIEE. In support of these solutions, he has established himself as a total solution expert with capabilities across architecture, data integration, performance tuning, cloud migration, and deployment. His industry experience includes life sciences, retail, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, insurance, technology, and financial services. Steve currently leads the EPM Practice for Peloton. He has a degree in accounting from Babson College and an MBA from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
Senior Vice President, Product Development, Oracle
Matt Bradley is currently the Senior Vice President, Product Development for Enterprise Performance Management at Oracle. Matt is an experienced executive with global hands on experience running large and small teams in product strategy and engineering. His current role covers Oracle's EPM footprint—Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting, Financial Consolidation, and Management Reporting, delivering both SaaS-based solutions as well as the more traditional on premise-based deployments.
He joined Oracle in 2007 as part of Oracle's Hyperion acquisition. As a VP, Product Development at Hyperion Matt helped lead the charge in establishing Hyperion as the market leader within EPM. Prior to joining Hyperion in 2000, Matt held several development lead positions at various medical information companies supporting EMR, casemix analysis, decision support, and related subjects.
Matt and his family moved from Ireland to the Bay Area in 1993. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Queens University, Belfast. After graduating in 1989 he started his career in Information Technology at Oracle.
Vice President, HCM Transformation Practice, Oracle
Cara Capretta, Vice President, HCM Transformation Practice for Oracle, has over twenty-five years of internal and external experience in Human Resources. She is a recognized speaker and thought leader in the field of talent management. She is regularly featured at Argyle, Evanta, Conference Board and HR Tech Conference, as well as Oracle's HCM World and Open World. Cara leads a team of former HR executives who are evangelists for HR transformation and share HR best practices with Oracle clients in North America.
Cara is the former President and COO of Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry Company. Lominger is a global provider of competency-based leadership development tools. During her tenure at Lominger, she co-authored several books and product lines including FYI for Teams, FYI for Talent and The Interview Architect®.
Lominger was sold in 2006, at which time Cara became the VP of Strategy and Intellectual Property for Korn/Ferry International, the largest executive search firm in the world.
Prior to working in the consulting and the commercial product arena, Cara was a Human Resources executive at Nationwide Insurance for 13 years, where she was responsible for enterprise-wide assessment, leadership development, talent review and succession planning efforts for more than 25,000 employees. She also has experience as a Human Resources generalist.
Cara is on the board of Breath of Hope Ohio, a non-profit organization that brings hope to those diagnosed with lung cancer and raises funds to support research necessary to find a cure.
Cara was named one of the Top 15 Business Women in Ohio in 2018 by the National Diversity Council.
Cara is a native of Columbus, Ohio where she attended The Ohio State University and graduated from Franklin University.
Vice President, Cloud Center of Excellence, CH Robinson
Jon Champion is currently leading the Finance Cloud Transformation for CH Robinson, a Fortune 200 Third Party Logistics (3PL) global leader. CH Robinson has gone live on Oracle Financial Cloud utilizing GL, Fixed Assets, and Indirect A/P as well as Cloud EPM applications for financial consolidations (FCCS), management reporting (EPBCS) and metadata management (EDMCS). This year they will be implementing additional EPM solutions for tax provisioning (TRCS), account reconciliation (ARCS), budgeting, forecasting, and strategic modeling (EPBCS) and business intelligence (OAC). Prior to joining CH Robinson Jon had worked for over a decade in finance transformation practices of KPMG and Deloitte where he specialized in Oracle's Hyperion product set.
President, Strategy and Business Development, Inspirage
Mr. Creel leads the global business strategy and development organizations at Inspirage. He is a recognized subject matter expert for supply chain management business process and system design and frequently presents at industry and analyst events on subjects such as cloud supply chain systems. Prior to founding Inspirage, Kevin worked for Oracle Corporation as a product manager leading supply chain systems design with a focus on high tech and configure to order products. In this design role, he acted as a "voice for the customer" leveraging his 15+ years of experience in business leadership and system engineering roles in the high tech and semiconductor industries.
Mr. Creel is a graduate of Lehigh University with an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Albright College with a BS in Computer Science and Economics. In 2008, he was recognized by the Oracle Technical Network as an Oracle ACE for his thought leadership and educational contributions within the Oracle professional and user community. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys music of all kinds and humbly attempts to dance the Argentine tango. He also aspires to learn how to sail.
Principal, People and Change, KPMG, LLP
Mike DiClaudio is a Principal in KPMG’s Advisory Services practice with more than 15 years of business consulting experience working with organizations globally to develop talent management, HR, and service delivery strategies, with direct linkage to technology, cost containment, and overall business alignment. He has a specific background across the full HR value chain, including organizational design, technology selection and implementation, and overall HR transformation.
Director, HR Technologies, National Oilwell Varco
Marissa Draheim is the Director of HR Technologies at National Oilwell Varco. Previously, Marissa spent 2018 serving as Project Manager on the HCM Suite Oracle Cloud implementation and point of escalation on the Oracle Cloud ERP implementation. Previous experience includes project management consulting and systems management.
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Not Impossible Labs
A recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50's, Mick Ebeling has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. As a career producer and filmmaker and now founder and CEO of Not Impossible, Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world.
Ebeling founded Not Impossible, a multiple award-winning social innovation lab and production company, on the premise that nothing is impossible. His mantra of "commit, then figure it out" allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing accessibility for all. This unconventional approach brought to life highly acclaimed initiatives—the EyeWriter, Project Daniel, Don’s Voice and most recently Music Not Impossible—that brought the ability to draw back to a paraplegic street artist, 3D-printed arms to Sudanese amputees and "voice" to an ALS patient who hadn’t spoken in 15 years.
Working with a wide array of Fortune 500 companies, Ebeling not only pushes the bar on innovation, he also shares the emotionally resonating story of doing so. These narratives of overcoming seemingly impossible odds have inspired people across the world to do the same.
Named one of Wired's "Agents of Change," a two-time SXSW innovation of the year award winner, and recipient of every major creative and advertising award, Ebeling is on a mission to provide "Technology for the Sake of Humanity. By tapping into a community of passionate and talented engineers, makers, idea generators and storytellers, Ebeling is making the inconceivable, the unbelievable and the impossible Not Impossible.
Global Strategy Leader, Cloud Business Group, Oracle
Kimberly N. Ellison-Taylor has a diverse background in finance and technology; she is currently a global strategy leader at Oracle. She has held positions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Motorola, KPMG, and in Prince George’s County (Maryland) government. From 2016 to 2018, Ellison-Taylor served as the 104th chairman of the American Institute of CPAs, where she received numerous awards and recognition. Notably, she was the youngest person, fifth woman, and first person of color to serve as chairman in the AICPA’s 130-year history.
Ellison-Taylor was the second chairman for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, an organization founded in 2017 that has 667,000 members in 184 countries. She has been recognized by Accounting Today as one of the “Top People in Public Accounting—2018” and by CPA Practice Advisor as one of the “2018 Most Powerful Women in Accounting.”
Ellison-Taylor’s 14-year tenure at Oracle has given her an extensive perspective on artificial intelligence, big data, cloud, and emerging technologies. She has used this knowledge and experience to lead strategy and innovation in the accounting/finance profession. She is a frequent keynote speaker on topics such as digital disruption, transformation, technology, inclusive leadership, and the next generation of finance talent.
Ellison-Taylor is a volunteer leader in the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority community service organization, where she has served for 28 years in numerous volunteer roles with youth, the elderly, the military, and families. Having served on the local, regional, and national levels of the organization, Ellison-Taylor most recently served as president of a local chapter where she led initiatives for St. Jude, March for Babies, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, and Operation Welcome Home Maryland.
Ellison-Taylor has BA in information systems management from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, an MBA from Loyola University Maryland, and an MS in information technology management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Vice President, HCM Transformation, Oracle
Fabio Fukuda is an HCM and People Analytics Strategist helping Oracle clients think through their priorities as part of the decision-making processes before, during, and post implementation. He spent the last 15 years working with C-suite leaders as a trusted advisor to strategically align people, processes and technology, leverage analytics to drive real-time talent insights, enhance employee experience using design-thinking techniques, and build functional organizational capabilities across global HR organizations.
Prior to joining Oracle, Fabio held several HR leadership roles in both the manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and led large scale HCM transformation projects globally. He is a keynote speaker and thought leader with a passion for digital HR transformation that drives value and growth. Fabio holds a B.A. in Psychology from UnG in Brazil, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, and both GPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.
Founder and CEO, Snap Tech
Jenny Griffiths is the founder of Snap Tech, an intelligent fashion matching technology for enterprise retailers and publishers needing to increase online platform profitability, satisfy consumer purchase intent, and improve digital customer experience. Jenny invented the original computer vision algorithms powering Snap Tech whilst studying for her Masters in Computer Science at Bristol University, with the ambition of changing the way that people search online; shifting user behaviour from the keyboard to the camera.
A bit of a veteran in the AI world, Jenny has been scaling the company for over 7 years, with Snap Tech HQ being based in London. She has received a number of awards for her work with Snap Tech, from being named in Forbes’ Top 50 Women in Tech in the World 2018, to receiving an MBE for her Services to Innovation in the Digital Fashion Industry in Queen's Birthday Honours List 2015.
Journalist and Author
Julian Guthrie is a New York Times best-selling author of How to Make a Spaceship, with a foreword by Richard Branson and an afterword by Stephen Hawking. She wrote The Billionaire and The Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing's Greatest Race. Here new book, Alpha Girls, has been optioned for film. She gravitates to underdog stories with a theme of abandoning conventional wisdom to achieve something remarkable. Alpha Girls is the ultimate underdog story, about a group of trailblazing women in Silicon Valley who succeeded despite the odds. Their stories have never been told. Julian spent twenty years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she had her work nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Director, Baker Tilly
Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, joined the firm in 2016. Currently, he specializes in translating an organization’s strategy for their people into actionable plans for their HR technology. He assists clients in modernizing their Human Resource practices to transform their organizations through more efficient and effective human capital management. His work has strengthened workforce commitment and motivation, increased labor competitiveness and improved performance. Prior to Baker Tilly, Jeffrey was VP - HCM Transformation at Oracle, assisting clients with connecting talent strategies with their business strategies and serving as a thought leader and advisor to senior HR practitioners and executives. Prior to Oracle, Jeffrey worked in both HR consulting and corporate HR environments.
Vice President, Oracle Services, VIZIYA Global
Maintenance Cloud Professional with 25 years Oracle Applications experience Lead Implementer of the Maintenance Cloud Solution at the Wonderful company VIZIYA Global's Maintenance Cloud solution footprint includes the following Cloud Modules: Maintenance Cloud, Inventory Cloud, Cost Management Cloud, Product Management Cloud (PIM), Oracle Transactional Business Intelligence (OTBI), Procurement Cloud Integration, Projects Cloud Integration, PaaS Applications, 3rd Party Integrations.
Senior Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle
Rick Jewell is senior vice president of Oracle Applications development. Jewell has been with Oracle since 1989 and has overall responsibility for Oracle’s supply chain management applications. In addition, his responsibilities include Oracle's recent acquisitions in supply chain, specifically the transportation management, demand planning, advanced planning and scheduling, and product lifecycle management products.
Prior to Oracle, Jewell spent nine years with a large global systems integrator and he also served as CIO for a Bay Area-based medical-device manufacturing company. Jewell is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received a BA in economics and an MS in industrial engineering.
Principal, HR Technology, PwC
Sheryl leads PwC’s Oracle HCM Cloud practice. She focuses on transforming her clients’ HR business function leveraging leading practices and Oracle Cloud technology. Sheryl partners with companies from strategy through execution to ensure maximum benefit to the organization. She is a proponent that organizations need a clear vision and roadmap of the HR Strategy and underlying technology blueprint. She has published articles and frequently speaks at conferences to discuss how companies are deploying integrated Cloud HCM technology and particularly Talent Management strategies that achieve competitive advantage.
Group Vice President, Oracle Applications Labs, Oracle
Paolo Juvara is a software development executive with international experience both in large and entrepreneurial organizations, from hands-on product development and design to strategy and business operations.
Juvara leads Oracle Applications Labs (OAL), which is the organization within Oracle that runs all the applications that run Oracle. As group vice president of OAL, Paolo's mission is to explore the boundaries of business applications technologies to drive some of Oracle's most strategic business transformations.
Juvara's current focus is to lead Oracle's journey to the cloud, both in terms of defining processes and systems to support the growth of Oracle's cloud business, and in transitioning the entire company's applications infrastructure to the cloud.
Juvara has lived and worked in Italy, France, the US, and Spain, and graduated from Politecnico di Milano with a degree in electronic engineering and a specialization in software engineering.
Director of Reliability, The Wonderful Company
Bob has 30 years of Reliability and Maintenance experience in positions such as a craftsman, maintenance manager, CMMS database administrator, maintenance engineer and project manager in various industries like building materials, food packaging and food processing equipment. Bob holds certifications in Project Management (PMP) and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP & CMRT) through the SMRP Association. He has a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership and Bachelors in Information Systems. Currently Bob is the Director of Reliability Systems for The Wonderful Company’s corporate Reliability Team responsible for Physical Asset Management, Reliability Work Processes and 2018 Oracle Cloud implementation of Maintenance and Inventory Management modules.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Operations, Oracle
Doug Kehring joined Oracle in 2000 and is currently executive vice president of Corporate Operations. His responsibilities include oversight of corporate development, corporate systems, cloud data center strategy, and business transformation. As part of Oracle’s internal transformation to the cloud, Kehring coordinates the design and implementation of reimagined business processes to ensure that the company is effectively serving customer needs, that Oracle is the #1 reference for its cloud technologies, and that employees have a superior user experience. He also assists with data center investment planning efforts at Oracle as the company expands the number of data centers around the world to support its fast-growing cloud business.
Kehring continues to serve as the head of Oracle's corporate development group, a position he has held since 2005. The group provides planning, advisory, execution, and integration management services to Oracle on mergers and acquisitions, source-code and object-code licensing, strategic investments, joint ventures, and other related transactions.
Kehring began his career at Oracle in 2000 as part of the Oracle Venture Fund. He joined the company after working for the investment banks of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Dain Bosworth. He is a graduate of the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Manager Advisory, PwC
Kunal is a manager with PwC’s Healthcare Advisory practice. He has almost 13 years of experience driving Business Transformation through cloud and Traditional On Premise enterprise solutions for various Fortune 500 clients across the Healthcare and life science industries. Kunal is a subject matter professional in SaaS and PaaS models of Cloud computing and also has extensive know-how around Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Block chain and RPA and their impact on the HCM Business Processes. Kunal is also a Digital Accelerator from HIA Business Transformation practice.
Director Total Rewards, Cottage Health
Ron Lafrican joined Cottage Health in 2001 and has the pleasure of serving as the Director of Total Rewards. Originally from New Jersey, he served in the U.S. Navy for 8 years during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the fields of electronics warfare and intelligence. He has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources with the first part of his career working in La Jolla, California at The Scripps Research Institute. In his current capacity, Ron has operational oversight for all facets of Cottage’s total rewards programs which include employee compensation, housing, benefits and recognition programs. Ron also oversees HRIS and the complex task of ensuring Cottage’s programs are compliant with California’s complex wage and hour regulations, while also ensuring the programs remain market competitive in order to attract and retain top talent for Cottage Health. Ron lives in Carpinteria, California; a beach town just south of Santa Barbara, has two daughters, and has shared the past 15 years of his life with his wonderful girlfriend, Luz.
Senior Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle
Chris Leone is senior vice president of development for Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, including Oracle Global HR Cloud and Oracle Talent Management Cloud. In this role, Leone is responsible for the strategy, product management, product development, and product go-to-market functions that deliver modern HR in the cloud to global users. Recently, he was named #16 on Business Insider’s Most Important People in Cloud Computing list.
For more than 20 years, Leone has developed enterprise software applications for large and midsize companies. He came to Oracle via its acquisition of PeopleSoft, where he was responsible for the product management activities for the company’s financial and project management and enterprise performance management product lines. Prior to joining PeopleSoft, Leone was vice president of products at Hyperion, where he was responsible for business performance management applications.
Leone earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.
Senior Vice President, Marketing, SaaS, Oracle
Juergen Lindner is Oracle’s senior vice president of marketing for SaaS, focusing on enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise performance management (EPM) and supply chain management (SCM). He is responsible globally for SaaS thought leadership, go-to-market strategy, and sales enablement.
Prior to joining Oracle in late 2016, Lindner held several leadership roles at SAP SE including global vice president of go to market and sales enablement for all SAP product lines. Prior to that he held product leadership roles in financials, procurement, mobile, analytics, database, and technology. Before joining SAP, he worked for Deutsche Bank and SAP systems integrators.
As a more than 20-year veteran of the enterprise software industry, Lindner is continuously driven to help companies succeed in their transformation journeys and take full advantage of emerging technologies.
Lindner holds a masters degree in international business administration and management from the University of Applied Sciences in Konstanz, Germany.
Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Nitish is a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers and works within Finance, Technology and Operations practice focused on the Financial Services Industry. He has over 12 years of experience in implementing and managing EPM projects. His experience includes leading and handling large-scale implementations focused around financial consolidation, planning and budgeting and management reporting processes and technologies. Over a number of years Nitish has collaborated and provided strong guidance to a number of clients across globe during their development of EPM strategy and implementation of EPM systems. Nitish possesses strong expertise in the Financial Consolidation and Management reporting processes and provided guidance to clients across globe on their overall finance strategy and finance transformation programs. With PwC, Nitish has led complex Financial Consolidation and Planning & Budgeting implementations for some of the regional and global banks in US. Additionally, Nitish is highly proficient on cloud products such as FCCS, PBCS, ARCS and on premise products such as HFM, Hyperion Tax Provisioning, FDMEE, Hyperion Planning and Hyperion Financial Reporting.
Senior Vice President, ERP Applications Development, Oracle
Rondy Ng is Senior Vice President of ERP Applications Development at Oracle with responsibility for leading all aspects of product strategy, product development, and product delivery for Oracle's ERP applications and cloud services.
Under Mr. Ng's leadership, Oracle has developed and delivered the new generation market leading enterprise proven Oracle ERP Cloud, with rapid adoption from thousands of mid-sized and multinational enterprises worldwide since 2013.
Mr. Ng joined Oracle in 1990 and has held a variety of product development leadership positions within Oracle. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
HCM Project Manager, National Oilwell Varco
Ravi is a HRT Manager with over 15 years of Oracle EBS & Cloud HCM implementation & Support experience.
IT Director, The Coca-Cola Company
John is an Information Technology Director at The Coca-Company focused on delivering Transportation and Distribution capabilities for North America. He has over 25 years of experience in Supply Chain including over 12 years with Coca-Cola. John has led various technology initiatives including: Direct Store Delivery, Logistics Strategy, Transportation Management Systems, Supply Chain Visibility and Warehouse Management Systems. John has a B.S. and MBA with a concentration in Supply Chain from the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee.
Director, KPMG LLP
Katherine is a director in KPMG’s Financial Management with over 11 years of experience in Oracle EPM implementations, finance transformation, reporting strategy, and Chart of Accounts redesign. She is experienced in a wide range of industries including Consumer Product Goods, Transportation and Health Care and has deep knowledge of both Oracle Cloud and On-Prem EPM solutions.
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, TrueBlue
Randy Rothschiller is responsible for global human resources at TrueBlue. He is charged with leading strategies to attract, develop, reward, and retain the organizational capability needed to fuel the company’s growth plans while ensuring HR operations run effectively and efficiently.
Prior to joining TrueBlue in 2016, Randy’s career of more than 30 years has a blend of operational and human resources experience. His human resources expertise spans more than 20 years gaining experience with organizations including Michaels, Garden Ridge, JoAnn, and Savers. Over the past two decades he has utilized his experience in developing and implementing strategies to align the employee experience to the core objectives of each organization’s mission. This includes collaborating with the executive team to implement job architecture, deploying talent acquisition strategies, identifying and preparing future leaders, implementing solutions-focused accountability, strengthening the culture and driving results through employee engagement, increasing new hire success and retention, and measuring the employee lifecycle. HCM technology has played a key role to facilitate attraction, development, rewards, and retention strategies, as well as effectively and efficiently manage HR operations.
Randy earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees (Economics, and French Language and Literature) from the University of Puget Sound.
Senior Director, Information Technology, Western Digital Corporation
Bill Roy is Senior Director of Enterprise Performance Management for the Enterprise Data Management Group within Western Digital. He manages Corporate Financial Planning & Reporting, Enterprise Business Intelligence and the Corporate Data Warehouse. Mr. Roy has a strong track record of being a trusted adviser to business leaders, built on his ability to understand their requirements, challenges, & business issues and use his technical expertise to design & rollout solutions that help them improve productivity, make better decisions, and become more effective at their jobs. His 20 years combined consulting/business experience includes advanced business intelligence solutions, applications management, data warehouse design, master data management, and reports and dashboards development in the Oracle EPM/BI stack and SAP/Oracle ERPs.
William is the President of RecruitingDaily. At the intersection of HR and technology, he's a writer, speaker, advisor, consultant, investor, storyteller, and teacher. He has written over 200 HR articles, spoken at over 150 HR and recruiting conferences, and conducted over 1,000 HR podcasts. William prides himself on being easy to find on the Internet. Google him and connect with him via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.
William serves on the Board of Advisors for Gustav, Frrole, TechScreen, altru, bhired, Brazen, hirepool, Talentegy, Talent Ninja, Engagedly, Echovate, VibeCatch, Continu, Hyphen, Happie, RolePoint, Causecast, Work4, Talent Tech Labs, and SmartRecruiters. He was previously an advisor to PeopleMatter (sold to Snagajob Q2 2016), Good.co (sold to StepStone Q1 2016), Smarterer (sold to Pluralsight Q4 2014), and a board member of Chequed (merged to create OutMatch Q3 2015).
William is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a BA in Art History. He also earned an MA in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Manoj leads the OTM Practice at Accelalpha. He has over 20 years of industry experience in transforming logistics business operations using IT as an enabler. Manoj is a former G-Log / Oracle employee and worked at multiple consulting organizations providing end-to-end logistics solutions. Manoj has a passion for helping customers reduce logistics operational costs through implementing transformative logistics solutions. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Villanova University.
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Cottage Health
Cara Williams joined Cottage Health in January 2018 as Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role she oversees recruitment, workforce development, benefits, compensation, employee relations, organizational development, shared governance, employee health and safety, volunteer services and childcare services. Prior to joining CH, Cara served as Assistant VP, Patient/Staff Engagement and HR for Scripps Health in San Diego where she was instrumental in Scripps receiving national recognition as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for.
Senior Manager, Human Resources, ARRIS
Heidi Yates has 18 years of experience at ARRIS where her role has stretched and expanded widely over the years. She has been the functional lead on several systems projects most recently, including serving as the Work Stream Lead for the Hire to Retire track in the current "complete transformation" project and move to the Cloud at ARRIS. ARRIS has used PeopleSoft HR as their HRIS since 2000. Leaving PeopleSoft HR (on-prem) behind has been significant since the team had built up so much institutional knowledge (and comfort) over the 18 years of its life cycle. The journey to the Cloud has not been without its bumps, but we believe we're going to ultimately be better off "in the Cloud". After a go-live in July 2018, the team is finally feeling a little more stable and is ready to share some tips & tricks.