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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, True Blue
Derrek L. Gafford has served as True Blue’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2006, after serving as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2005 and as the company's Vice President of Finance and Accounting beginning in 2004.
Mr. Gafford is a Certified Public Accountant and first joined True Blue in 2002 serving as Vice President and Treasurer. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Gafford served as Chief Financial Officer for Metropolitan Markets, a grocery retailer, from 2001 to 2002, and held a variety of finance positions with Albertsons and Deloitte & Touche.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Dealing with Darwin 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.
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.
Vice President, Human Resources, Mary Kay, Inc.
Michelle Norman 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 & Development, Organization Development, Communications and Recognition).
Prior to this role, Michelle 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. She 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.
Michelle has a Master of Science (M.S.) in Management—Human Resources Concentration from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A)—Management also from Texas A&M University. She also holds a variety of certifications in training, development and benefits. Michelle is married with two children and lives in Dallas, Texas.
Vice President, HR Technology and Shared Services, Xerox
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.