EY Strategic Growth Forum®
We are pleased to announce our 2014 speaker lineup.
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Joseph H. Astrachan, Ph.D.
Wells Fargo Chair of Family Business, Kennesaw State University
Joe Astrachan is Wells Fargo Eminent Scholar Chair of Family Business, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, and Executive Director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center at the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Astrachan is widely known as the best scientist in the family business field and has an uncanny ability to explain how research translates into highly effective action steps to achieve success. He has received numerous awards for his work, including awards from the Family Firm Institute and The Family Business Network International. Dr. Astrachan is editor of the scientific publication the Journal of Family Business Strategy and past editor of Family Business Review. Dr. Astrachan has over 30 years’ experience studying and working with family companies and has spoken in over 35 countries. He has been a visiting professor at schools around the world, including Witten/Herdecke University in Germany and Loyola University Chicago. He currently serves on the boards of seven privately owned family businesses covering a wide variety of industries from heavy equipment and consumer goods manufacturing to quick-service food franchising, to professional services and real estate development. Dr. Astrachan comes from a family business background; his extended family owned businesses, such as container and tanker shipping, shipbuilding, coal mining and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Astrachan earned his BA, MA, M Phil, and PhD degrees at Yale University.
President & CEO
Levi Strauss & Co.
Chip Bergh is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.), a leading global apparel and consumer goods company with sales in more than 110 countries. Bergh is a strategic leader with proven ability to build and grow brand powerhouses, bring new products to the mass market, develop innovative marketing campaigns, and capitalize on digital platforms to drive brand awareness. Prior to joining LS&Co., Bergh was Group President, Global Male Grooming, for The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). During his 28-year career at P&G, he served in a number of leadership positions with increasing levels of complexity and scope.
Mark J. Bissell
Chairman & CEO
Mark Bissell is the Chairman and CEO of BISSELL Inc., a privately owned company in its fourth generation of family leadership. BISSELL was founded in 1876 and is the seventh-oldest privately held manufacturing company in the United States, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. BISSELL designs and markets a full line of home cleaning products worldwide and has the No. 1 market share position in the US floor-care industry with a growing position in international markets. The company’s focus is on customer innovation through extensive consumer research, life-inspired product development and strategic brand positioning. Prior to joining BISSELL in 1985, Mark served as Vice President at BAII Banking Corporation and Assistant Treasurer at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. He obtained a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Graduate School of Business Administration at Cornell University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters at the University of Michigan. Mark sits on a number of community and business boards.
President & CEO, GE Power & Water
Steve Bolze is the President and CEO of GE Power & Water. Throughout his 20-year career with GE, Mr. Bolze has held several leadership positions in Energy Services, Healthcare, Power Generation, Healthcare International, Energy Management and GE Corporate Business Development. Bolze is active in many energy-related organizations, including the World Energy Council, the International Energy Agency and the World Economic Forum. In January, he was appointed the Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Electricity Technology Community. Mr. Bolze holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Chief Financial Officer
Co-Founder, Quiet Revolution LLC
Author, QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Susan Cain is the co-founder of Quiet Revolution LLC and the author of the award-winning New York Times best seller QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into 36 languages and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Cain one of its Most Creative People in Business. Cain’s book was the subject of a TIME magazine cover story, and her writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 8 million times and was named by Bill Gates one of his all-time favorite talks. Cain has also spoken at Microsoft, Google, the U.S. Treasury, the SEC, Harvard, Yale, West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy. She is an honors graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
John Castro, retired Chief Executive Officer of Merrill Corporation, joined the company in 1978. During his tenure he held several positions and has served on Merrill’s Board of Directors since 1981. As CEO, Mr. Castro led Merrill’s growth into an international company and one of the largest global technology-enabled document service providers, trusted by clients to manage complex, confidential and regulated information. He successfully led the company’s IPO in April of 1986 and took the company private in November 1999. Mr. Castro also serves on the Board of Directors of Securian Financial.
nine-time GRAMMY Award winner
Sheryl Crow is a nine-time GRAMMY winner who has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide. She has performed duets with luminaries including Sting and Mick Jagger; has been nominated for another 27 GRAMMYs; and has released eight studio albums (all charting Top 10, four reaching platinum-plus), a quadruple-platinum greatest hits collection and a Christmas album. Her most recent album, Feels Like Home, captures the sound of a great and established artist enjoying a kind of fresh start. It features songs on which Crow collaborated with longtime guitarist and frequent co-writer Jeff Trott (with whom she co-wrote such Crow classics as “If It Makes You Happy,” “My Favorite Mistake” and “Every Day Is A Winding Road”) as well as Nashville songwriters such as Chris DuBois, Luke Laird, Natalie Hamby and Chris Stapleton, among others. Crow has a combined 40 Top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40, Triple A (with the most No.1 singles among women in the chart’s 17-year history) and Hot Country Songs charts. Crow can also count a Top 20 solo country single to her long list of accolades. Her current single, “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely,” is Top 40 and climbing.
EVP, Head of Global Listings
Founder and CEO
Will Dean is Founder and CEO of Tough Mudder, a hard-core, 10+ mile obstacle course series with more than 60 events on three continents in 2014. Tough Mudder has reached more than 1.5 million participants, who’ve raised more than $6.5 million for Wounded Warrior Project. As CEO, Dean oversees daily operations of 150+ employees, working from headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, and offices in London and Melbourne. Dean graduated from Harvard Business School (MBA) and the University of Bristol (BSc). He previously worked as a counterterrorism officer at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and founded two other companies.
Stephen J. Dubner
Coauthor of Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics, and Think Like a Freak
An award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality, Stephen J. Dubner is coauthor, along with Steven Levitt, of the international best sellers Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics and, most recently, Think Like a Freak, which have sold more than 5 million copies in 35 languages. Freakonomics, published in April 2005, was an instant international best seller and cultural phenomenon. It made numerous “books of the year” lists and a few “books of the decade” lists, and won a variety of awards, including the inaugural Quill Award, a Book Sense Book of the Year Award and a Visionary Award from the Council for Economic Education. It was also named a Notable Book by The New York Times. SuperFreakonomics, published in 2009, was published to similar acclaim and also became an international best seller. The Freakonomics enterprise also includes an award-winning blog, a high-profile documentary film and a public-radio project called Freakonomics Radio, which Dubner hosts. Dubner again teamed with Levitt for the 2014 release of Think Like a Freak. Dubner is a graduate of Columbia University, where he also taught in the English Department. He was an editor and writer at New York magazine and The New York Times before writing books full-time.
Founder & CEO
Kara Goldin is the Founder of Hint, Inc., which produces all-natural fruit essence waters with no added sugars or preservatives. Hint was launched in 2005 to make it easier for consumers to drink more water and lead a healthier lifestyle. Kara’s current authority in the beverage industry has propelled her to be a leading media resource for outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Forbes.com. She has been selected as one of Fortune’s 2011 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and is a member of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ class of 2012. Kara currently lives in San Francisco with her husband Theo (Hint’s COO), four children and two Labradors.
President & CSO
Shawn Henry leads a world-class team of cybersecurity professionals helping organizations protect their most sensitive data from targeted threats. Shawn retired from the FBI as Executive Assistant Director after 24 years, responsible for all criminal, cyber and international investigations worldwide. He oversaw some of the most significant cyber investigations spanning the globe, including major corporate breaches and nation-state-sponsored intrusions. Shawn has been a keynote speaker on cyber issues in venues around the world and has been featured extensively on network television and in print and online publications. Shawn’s professional recognition includes the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive; inclusion in SC Magazine as a top industry pioneer who shaped information security; and identification as one of the most influential people in security by Security Magazine.
Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning filmmaker
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of film and television’s most enduring legends, with over 50 years in the entertainment industry as producer, director, writer and star of some of his generation’s seminal works. As partner in Imagine Films Entertainment with Brian Grazer, he has led the company’s creative team to multiple box office hits, including Rush, The Da Vinci Code, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Cocoon. Howard has also earned multiple awards for notable motion pictures like Frost/Nixon; Cinderella Man; A Beautiful Mind, which garnered a Best Director Oscar; and Apollo 13, which was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Howard has served as Executive Producer on a number of award-winning television shows, including the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, NBC’s Parenthood and the children’s series Curious George. He also produced (and narrated) the Emmy-winning series Arrested Development on FOX, which returned in 2013 after a seven-year hiatus with a fourth season exclusively for Netflix. Howard began his acting career in The Journey and The Music Man, then as Opie on the long-running television series The Andy Griffith Show and later in the popular series Happy Days.
In 1999, at age 24, Tony Hsieh sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million. He joined Zappos in 1999 as an investor and became CEO in 2000. Zappos grew from almost no sales to over $1 billion in annual gross merchandise. In 2009, Amazon acquired Zappos for an estimated $1.2 billion. Tony’s book, Delivering Happiness, released in 2010, shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success and happiness. Tony is also leading the Downtown Project, a group committed to transforming downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world.
Priya Cherian Huskins
Senior Vice President & Partner
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
Priya Cherian Huskins is a recognized expert in directors and officers (D&O) liability risk and its mitigation. In addition to consulting on D&O insurance matters, she counsels clients on ways to reduce their exposure to shareholder lawsuits and regulatory investigations. Priya is a popular speaker nationally and internationally on D&O liability issues and a regular guest lecturer at Stanford’s Directors’ College, among others. Priya serves on the board of directors of an NYSE-listed public company, where she chairs the Governance and Nominating committee. She also serves on the board of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange and the advisory board of the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance.
Author, Communication Consultant
Author, keynote speaker and former Merrill Lynch stockbroker, Mark Jeffries has become a trusted adviser and communications consultant to some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations, agencies and partnerships. Dividing his time mostly between the United States, Canada and Europe, Mark is invited to deliver his highly effective keynotes on business communication to audiences across many industries. His speeches are relevant, entertaining and filled with instantly usable takeaway ideas. Mark has also mastered a fascinating niche — moderating major corporate events. Mark has become the go-to person for facilitating, moderating and emceeing multinational events for major organizations around the world. Mark has published two books: What’s up with your Handshake? and The Art of Business Seduction and has recently launched an innovative virtual training course entitled “The Art of Business Influence, Selling Without Selling.” Discussing the power of business influence, networking 2.0 and soft skills, Mark regularly appears as an expert guest on NBC’s Today Show, Fox Business, CNBC and BBC News and writes for The Huffington Post.
former Super Bowl and NCAA national championship coach and current Fox broadcaster
Jimmy Johnson is the architect of the Dallas Cowboys’ consecutive victories in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII, former Miami Dolphins Coach and current member of FOX’s NFL Sunday team. Johnson served as the Cowboys’ Head Coach from 1989 to March 1999 and is one of only five head coaches in NFL history to lead a team to back-to-back Super Bowl wins. In three of his final four years with the Cowboys, he was named NFL Coach of the Year. Before his tenure with the Cowboys, Johnson served as Head Coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes, leading them to two Orange Bowl titles, two No. 2 finishes, and a National Championship in 1987. He was the first person in football history to serve as Head Coach for a Super Bowl champion and a national collegiate champion. After retiring after the 1993 season, Johnson joined FOX Sports in April 1994 to serve as an analyst, before returning to the NFL in 1996, becoming the Head Coach and General Manager of the Miami Dolphins. He retired his Dolphins position in 2000 and returned to his position with FOX NFL Sunday.
President and CEO
Jim Keane is President and Chief Executive Officer of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Jim joined Steelcase in 1997 and held several executive positions, including CFO, before taking over sales, marketing and product development for the Steelcase brand. He became CEO in March of this year. During Jim’s tenure, Steelcase has evolved from a manufacturer to a strategic partner for the world’s leading organizations, helping to create great experiences wherever work happens. A University of Illinois graduate with a Masters in Management from Northwestern University, Jim serves on the boards of Rockwell Automation and IDEO.
Steven D. Levitt
Coauthor of Freakonomics, Superfreakonomics, and Think Like a Freak
Steven Levitt is a tenured professor in the University of Chicago’s Economics department (he received tenure after only two years) and is the recipient of the American Economic Association’s prestigious John Bates Clark Medal — given to the country’s best economist under 40. When Stephen Dubner (coauthor of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics) profiled Levitt in The New York Times Magazine, he was beset by questions, queries, riddles and requests. Originally published in the US in 2005, Freakonomics instantly became a cultural phenomenon. Hailed by critics and readers alike, it went on to spend more than eight years on The New York Times best seller list, having sold more than 5 million copies around the world in more than 35 languages. Levitt and Dubner have appeared widely on television and maintain the popular Freakonomics blog, which can be found on The New York Times website. A book that is even bolder, funnier and more surprising than the first, SuperFreakonomics retains that off-kilter sensibility but also tackles a host of issues at the very center of modern society: terrorism, global warming, altruism and more. Levitt again paired with Dubner for their latest release, 2014’s Think Like a Freak, which immediately achieved best seller status.
Mike Kourey is a partner at Khosla Ventures (KV) who provides venture assistance and strategic advice as an active board member to a broad array of portfolio companies. He recently worked closely with RingCentral to coach the company through its IPO. He was also a director of The Climate Corporation, which Monsanto acquired for approximately $1 billion. Prior to KV, Mike was CFO and board member at Polycom, where he joined as employee number seven pre-financing and drove Polycom’s revenue growth from a standing start to $1.5 billion in 2011. He is a board member at networking leaders Aruba Networks and Riverbed Technology, having joined each company prior to their IPOs. Mike holds a BS from the UC Davis and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Sallie Krawcheck is Chair of Ellevate Network and Ellevate Asset Management. In 2013, the former CEO of Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch and US Trust purchased the professional women’s network, previously known as 85 Broads. Sallie has been one of the most influential executives in financial services. For her integrity and independence of thought, Fortune magazine called her “The Last Honest Analyst.” She recently made Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in 2014. As a LinkedIn Influencer, Sallie has more than 620,000 followers and nearly 25,000 Twitter followers. A rabid University of North Carolina Tar Heels fan, Sallie spends time advising start-ups and focusing on education-oriented philanthropy.
Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Founder, Chairman & CEO
A mother embarking on a career in technology with two small children and ailing parents who all needed care, Sheila’s inspiration to found Care.com came from her own life experiences. Sheila founded Care.com in 2006 and today the company is the largest online care destination in the world, with more than 10.7 million members across 16 countries. A former management consultant and HBS Teaching Fellow, Sheila previously was at Upromise.com and TheLadders.com. A Henry Crown Fellow, Marshall Memorial Fellow and Young Global Leader, Sheila is a Board Trustee of the Philippine Development Foundation and an HBS Business Plan Competition judge.
Robert H. McCooey, Jr.
Senior Vice President
Robert H. McCooey, Jr. is a Senior Vice President of NASDAQ OMX and is responsible for Relationship Management with NASDAQ’s 2,800 listed companies. Previously, Mr. McCooey ran New Listings and the Capital Markets Group at NASDAQ. In this role, Mr. McCooey managed NASDAQ’s new listings efforts domestically, in the Americas and throughout the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc., Mr. McCooey founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Griswold Company from 1988 until 2006. He was a member of the New York Stock Exchange Board of Executives from 2003 to 2006.
Chief Marketing and Brand Officer
Chairman & CEO
Hamid Moghadam is Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Prologis. In 1983, Moghadam co-founded the company's predecessor, AMB Property Corporation, and led the company through its IPO in 1997 and merger with ProLogis in 2011. Moghadam is a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a member of the executive committee of its board. In the past, he served as Chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the REITPAC. He is also a trustee of Stanford University and served previously as Chairman of Stanford Management Company. Moghadam received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
President - North America
SAP America, Inc.
Jennifer Morgan is President of SAP North America and is responsible for leading the business in the region, serving more than 89,000 customers in 25 industries across the United States and Canada. Previously, Jennifer was President of the Regulated Industries market unit for SAP U.S., which encompasses federal, state and local government, as well as the higher education, aerospace and defense, health care, and utilities industries. She has more than 20 years of experience in developing, selling and implementing enterprise-wide solutions for customers. Before joining SAP, she served in a variety of positions for Siebel Systems and Accenture. Jennifer is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Alan Murray is the editor of Fortune, overseeing the magazine, its conferences and its digital properties. Prior to assuming this post in August 2014, Murray was president of the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. He was previously at The Wall Street Journal, where he served as Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor, Online. Murray spent a decade as the Journal’s Washington Bureau Chief, during which the bureau won three Pulitzer Prizes; and he subsequently served as CNBC’s Washington Bureau Chief, co-hosting “Capital Report with Alan Murray and Gloria Borger.” At various times, he wrote the Journal’s weekly Business and Political Capital columns, and won numerous awards for his writing on economics and international issues. He is the author of four books, including The Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management, Revolt in the Boardroom, and Showdown at Gucci Gulch, coauthored with Jeffrey Birnbaum. Mr. Murray received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of North Carolina, where he was a John Motley Morehead scholar. He earned a master’s degree in economics at the London School of Economics. In 2005, he completed the Stanford Executive Program. Mr. Murray lives in Greenwich, CT.
Chairman and CEO
Michael A. Mussallem has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Edwards Lifesciences since 2000 when the company spun off from Baxter International. Mussallem held a variety of positions at Baxter from 1979 until 2000 with increasing responsibility in engineering, product development and general management. Mussallem serves on the boards and executive committees of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and the Healthcare Leadership Council. He is an advisory board member for the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at the University of Southern California and a trustee of the UC Irvine Foundation. Mussallem received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and an honorary doctorate degree from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Co-Founder and CEO
Xtreme Solutions, Inc.
Phyllis W. Newhouse is the CEO and Co-founder of Xtreme Solutions, Inc. Phyllis is a retired United States Army noncommissioned officer. She has worked tirelessly as an advocate for homeless veterans in Atlanta. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Women Presidents’ Organization. She has received numerous awards. She was recently selected as the 2014 Womenetics POW! Award recipient. She was a winner of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ 2013. Phyllis currently serves on the Board of Directors for Girls Inc. and the Enterprising Women magazine Board of Advisors.
Deborah Norville is the Anchor of Inside Edition, the country’s top-rated syndicated newsmagazine, seen by 4.69 million daily. Throughout her tenure as Anchor, the show has consistently ranked in the top 10 television shows in first-run syndication. Norville is a best-selling and prolific author. Her book Thank You Power was a New York Times best seller. She is also the author of The Power of Respect, Back on Track, two children’s books and Knit with Deborah Norville. A lifelong crafter and seamstress, Norville is behind the Deborah Norville Yarn Collection, a line of high-quality yarn for knit and crochet enthusiasts.
Managing Director - Global Head of Equity Capital Markets
Brian M. Reilly is a managing director and Global Head of Equity Capital Markets at Barclays in New York. Mr. Reilly has over 20 years of experience executing over 100 capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Previously, he was Head of Asset Management within Investment Banking at Barclays and Head of the Communications, Media and Internet vertical within Equity Capital Markets at Lehman Brothers. He also worked as a corporate lawyer for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York and as a clerk for a federal judge. Mr. Reilly earned his JD from Yale Law School and his BA from Yale University.
Hall of Fame Center, two-time NBA Champion, and Founder, Admiral Capital Groups
During his 14-year career, David Robinson won two NBA titles and was named league MVP, Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a 10-time All-Star, 10-time All-NBA selection and three-time Olympian. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and is a member of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Robinson played for the 1996 US Olympic “Dream Team,” which won a gold medal at the Olympics in Atlanta and was the first player to play in three Olympic Games for the US Men's Basketball team. In Robinson's final season, 2003, he punctuated his career by winning his second NBA title. Robinson retired as the Spurs' all-time record holder in points, rebounds, steals and blocks. Along with his wife, Valerie, he created the David Robinson Foundation in 1992. Robinson also gave an $11 million commitment to the Carver Academy, a San Antonio school for students from culturally diverse communities, which opened in 2001. In 2003, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that the NBA Community Assist award winners would receive the David Robinson plaque.
Andra M. Rush
Chairman and CEO
Rush Group Family of Companies
Andra M. Rush is the founder and Chairperson of the Rush Group Family of Companies, which includes Rush Trucking Corporation, Dakkota Integrated Systems and Detroit Manufacturing Systems. This consortium of manufacturing and logistics is one of the largest Native American-owned businesses in the US. Rush has received numerous accolades and serves on many national, state and community boards. She is an appointee to the United States Manufacturing Council. In January 2014, Rush attended the State of the Union Address as a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama. She was highlighted in the president’s speech as an example of business ingenuity.
President & CEO
Julie Shifman is described by many as one of the happiest people they know. Julie tends to agree with them, which led her to wonder why. She found the answer in the study of positive psychology. As Julie says, until 20 years ago, happiness was the realm of poets and philosophers. In the last 20 years, happiness has become the subject of real science. Julie started her career as a ballet dancer, leaving ballet to go to law school. After a highly successful career as a lawyer, she reinvented again, founding her company, Act Three, and authoring her first book. She is a sought-after keynote speaker. Julie has a JD and a master’s in Tax Law from New York University.
NFL’s All-Time Leading Rusher, three-time Super Bowl Champion, and President & CEO of Emmitt Smith Enterprises, Inc.
Respected entrepreneur, sought-after speaker, best-selling author and one of the most valuable personal brands in the sports-entertainment field — these are just a few of the ways to describe Emmitt Smith. As President and CEO of Emmitt Smith Enterprises, Inc., Smith leads a team of talented individuals who oversee the company’s many ventures. Smith’s vision for his companies is best summed up in Emmitt Smith Enterprise’s core purpose statement, “Building Bridges to Open Doors.” That means, quite literally, whether the company is building bridges via its construction arm or opening doors for the less fortunate through its many philanthropic endeavors, Emmitt Smith and his businesses have a passion for making a difference. Smith first rose to prominence via an illustrious football career, which included three Super Bowl championships as a member of the Dallas Cowboys and the honor of being the only player to have won a Super Bowl MVP, NFL MVP and NFL Rushing Crown in the same season. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010, Smith is the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, having amassed 18,355 yards during his 15 seasons.
Vice President Global Corporate Affairs
Johnson & Johnson
Michael Sneed is Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs for Johnson & Johnson and a member of the corporation’s Management Committee. In his role, he leads the corporation’s global marketing, communication, equity and philanthropy functions. Previous to this role, he was Company Group Chairman for Johnson & Johnson and a member of the Medical Devices & Diagnostics Group Operating Committee. Mr. Sneed holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Macalester College. Mr. Sneed is a member of the board of trustees at Macalester College and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Family Service Association. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Ad Council.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Randall Stephenson is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Inc., a position he has held since 2007. Since, AT&T has transformed its US wireless business with a best-in-class network and more than 100 million subscribers. AT&T has enhanced its enterprise capabilities, serving millions of business customers, including multinational companies on six continents, and its AT&T U-verse platform has 10.7 million subscribers. AT&T has also become a leader in new mobile and cloud-based services, including connected cars, wireless home automation and security, machine-to-machine connectity, and wireless business solutions. Mr. Stephenson began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1982, serving as the company’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2004 and Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to 2007. He was appointed to AT&T’s Board of Directors in 2005. Mr. Stephenson is also the Chairman of the Business Roundtable, a member of the Board of Directors of Emerson Electric Co., a member of the PGA TOUR Policy Board, and a National Executive Board member of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Stephenson received a BS in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma.
Editorial & Research Director
Neil Stewart, Editorial & Research Director, is a New York-based editor and conference leader for both IR Magazine and its sister publication, Corporate Secretary. He is involved in the investor surveys behind the IR Magazine Awards worldwide as well as practice surveys of investor relations and governance professionals. Neil first joined IR Magazine in 1996 and helped found Corporate Secretary in 2002. He has chaired over 80 IR Magazine think tanks and conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
Dot Foods, Inc.
John Tracy graduated from Colorado State University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in Business. He received an MBA from Memphis State University in 1985. John joined Dot Foods, Inc. in 1980 and has held several positions throughout the organization in sales, marketing and operations. He was named President in January 1997 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2006. Dot Foods is a national food distribution company that specializes in food and ingredient redistribution. The company operates nine distribution centers that service food distributors in all channels, including foodservice, retail, vending and convenience store.
Dr. Tererai Trent
Tinogona Foundation, Tererai Trent International
Dr. Tererai Trent is one of today’s most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment. A scholar, humanitarian, motivational speaker and educator, Dr. Trent has inspired millions how to dream with purpose. Born in rural Zimbabwe, Tererai dreamed of getting an education as a young girl. Undeterred by the traditional women’s role, she determinedly taught herself to read and write from her brother’s schoolbooks. Dr. Trent could not have imagined that her steadfast determination, hard work and belief in her dreams would eventually earn her multiple degrees and a prominent global platform with world leaders and international audiences where she now advocates for quality education for all.
Imagine Communications / GatesAir
Charlie Vogt is CEO of Imagine Communications and GatesAir, market leaders in media software, video infrastructure and over-the-air wireless solutions serving more than 3,000 broadcasters, multichannel video programming distributors and enterprise customers worldwide. Vogt previously served as CEO of GENBAND, a global leader in IP networking solutions. Vogt has spent his professional career executing visionary strategies resulting in unprecedented growth, which has been recognized with honors including The Wall Street Journal’s no. 1 privately-backed company in America, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award, Global Telecoms’ Business Power 100 list and the Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Companies list.
Kari Warberg Block
Founder & CEO
Kari Warberg Block, CEO, is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on growing ideas, products, companies and people through a sustainable approach. Her company, earthkind®, has the mission to “preserve the good and prevent the rest,” by providing proactive, natural alternatives to protect the spaces in which we live, work and play from pests and odors. Kari is a member of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Class of 2012, and has since realized 300% growth for her retail CPG manufacturing company using a scalable, lean, mean and green business model to deliver triple-bottom-line results. earthkind® is a WBENC-certified Women Business Enterprise and an SBA-certified Women-Owned Small Business.
Chairman and CEO
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Patricia A. Woertz is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM). Since joining ADM, Woertz has led the company to record financial results while growing its sourcing, transportation and processing networks through select acquisitions, strategic capital investments, and a number of global joint ventures and partnerships. Woertz began her career as a Certified Public Accountant. She joined Gulf Oil Corporation in 1977. Following the merger of Gulf and Chevron in 1987, Woertz led international operations and a global work force as president of Chevron Canada and, later, Chevron International Oil Company. With the merger of Chevron and Texaco in 2001, she was named Executive Vice President in charge of the company’s global refining, marketing, lubricant, and supply and trading operations. Woertz serves on the board of directors of The Procter & Gamble Company and the US-China Business Council, and she chairs the US section of the US-Brazil CEO Forum. She is also a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and The Business Council. In 2010, she was appointed to the President’s Export Council by President Barack Obama.
Director Business Development
Sharon Wong is currently Director of Business Development at Cisco, running programs to accelerate innovation in the Development organization. She was most recently director of business incubation in the Emerging Technologies Group, starting and mentoring internal start-ups. She is passionate about innovation, having run the Cisco I-Prize global competition and I-Zone, the employee innovation portal. Sharon is a veteran of multiple start-ups including Kalpana (acquired by Cisco), VXtreme (acquired by Microsoft) and Isilon Systems (acquired by EMC), holding a variety of marketing and business development roles. Sharon holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.
Barry Zwarenstein has been CFO of six public companies, taking three public (Five9, VeriFone and Logitech) and played lead roles in the sale of two (SMART Modular Technologies to Silver Lake and Acuson to Siemens). Barry has been Five9’s CFO since January 2012. Since November 2007, he has served on the Board of Directors of Dealertrack Technologies, Inc., a provider of subscription-based software for the automotive retail industry. Barry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Natal, South Africa, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is qualified as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa).