Disruption isn’t some far off in the future possibility – it’s the reality today. But it’s very hard for organizations to leave the safe, known, profitable customers of today to chase after the uncertain, less profitable customers of tomorrow. Some organizations have been able to do this and drive disruptive, transformative change and growth – and it’s only because they adopted a disruption mindset that allowed them to look at strategy, culture, and leadership with fresh eyes. You can do this to but only if you have the courage to look at the uncomfortable truths that a disruption mindset unearths. The reward is worth the risk – you’ll be in control of disruption rather than be a victim of it.
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.
Business leaders are facing a new reality that is defined by skyrocketing expectations and accelerating, unpredictable change. In this keynote gain insights that can help you navigate this constant state of flux, chart your own course, and innovate without compromise. Hear real-life examples that show how Oracle is enabling business users across the enterprise—from finance to supply chain and procurement to HR—to drive results and stay ahead of the competition. They are achieving this success by taking advantage of the cloud to quickly and easily embrace emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and IoT—and you can too.
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.
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.
Companies that want to be competitive in finance and HR are moving toward new modern technology like AI and RPA. But smart companies know that putting the employee at the center of their backoffice transformations is the key to success. Willis Towers Watson started their Oracle Cloud journey from a traditional mindset, focusing on technology as the enabler of functional change modernization. Along the way they learned the importance of the employee and manager experience within their finance and HR departments, lessons that they apply to their ongoing transformation. In this keynote, Brady Jensen from Willis Towers Watson and Brian Sullivan from Accenture will talk about why multi-pillar transformations provide benefits to companies, lessons learned so far, and recommendations on how to be successful throughout this journey.
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.
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.
Almost every major election of the past three years has revealed intense public demand for transformative change. Why is there much churn in international politics? Citizens suspect that government can no longer provide security and a fair shot at prosperity. Technological change is at the heart of the problem, and it can be crucial for the solution. Willis Sparks, one of the leading voices on current geopolitics, shares his views on the intersection of politics, the economy and technology.
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.
Information moves fast. Competition is moving even faster. More than ever, strategy and leadership are needed to stay ahead of the disruption and to find new business models to compete and thrive, no matter the size of your company. The rate of technological change is also increasing. Cloud computing, AI, IoT, and Blockchain are all creating new possibilities for productivity gains and innovative products and services. Mark Hurd looks at all of this from a CEO’s perspective and provides insights and glimpses into why and how companies must make the leap to cloud and other advanced technologies to stay competitive and win.
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.
As the pace of change quickens, technology now leads business strategy. Join Deloitte Consulting LLP Emerging Technologies Research Director, Scott Buchholz, as he explores Deloitte’s 10th annual Tech Trends report, which reflects on a decade of disruptive change and the emerging trends likely to impact businesses in the next 18-24 months. See how companies work to sense new possibilities, define their ambitions for tomorrow, and journey beyond the digital frontier.
Emerging Technologies 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.
NCAA champion, NBA champion, NBA Hall of Famer, businessman, co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Magic Johnson has achieved success everywhere his career has taken him. As a special guest at Modern Customer Experience and Modern Business Experience, Magic will share some of his secrets to business success, as well as what he’s learned from occasional failures. He will tell us how competitors can make you better, why knowing your customer is critical to business success, and why it’s important to know your own strengths, weaknesses, and threats. Do not miss this inspirational, educational, and thought-provoking keynote.
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.