Strategic Growth Forum


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Our 2017 speaker lineup will be announced soon. Below is a listing of our speakers from last year's Forum. Click the photo or name of a speaker to view their bio.


EY - Cheryl Bachelder

Cheryl Bachelder

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.

Doug Baker

Chairman and CEO

Janet Balis

Principal, Media & Entertainment Strategy/Customer Practice Leader
Ernst & Young LLP

George Barrett

Chairman and CEO
Cardinal Health

Kate Barton

EY Americas Vice Chair – Tax

Alastair Bathgate

Blue Prism

Terry Begley

Chief Executive Officer - Corporate Banking
PNC Bank

Jodi L. Berg

President & CEO

Matthew Bishop

Senior Editor
The Economist Group

Larry Bohn

Managing Director
General Catalyst Partners

Anna Bourne

EY Americas Advisory Talent Leader

Andrew Boyd

Head of Global ECM
Fidelity Investments

K.C. Brechnitz

Senior Managing Director
Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC

David Brown

Senior Managing Director, Head of Equity Capital Markets
Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC

Sonya Brown

General Partner
Norwest Venture Partners

Debra Cafaro

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Steve Case

Chairman and CEO, Revolution
Chairman, Case Foundation

Bill Casey

EY Americas Vice Chair – Transaction Advisory Services

EY - Amy Chang

Amy Chang

CEO and Co-Founder

Martha Cook

EY Americas People Advisory Services (PAS) IPO Leader

Barbara Corcoran

Founder of the Corcoran Group
Investor on the Emmy Award-winning show Shark Tank

Chris Crayner

Chief Digital Officer
NBCUniversal – Parks & Resorts

Tom DeRosa


Chuck Davis

Chairman & CEO
Prodege, LLC (Swagbucks & MyPoints)

Dr. Howard Dean

Former Governor of Vermont and
Chairman Emeritus of the Democratic
National Committee

Kevin Delaney

Editor in Chief and President

Karen Dougherty

Global Head, Strategic Alliances GTM
GE Digital

Herb Engert

EY Americas Growth Markets Leader

Maureen Farrell

Staff Writer
The Wall Street Journal

Bill Ford

Chief Executive Officer
General Atlantic

Thomas Fredell

Chief Product Officer
Merrill Corporation

Rachel Gerring

Partner, Financial Accounting Advisory Services
Ernst & Young LLP

Adam Ghetti

Ionic Security

Kara Goldin

Founder & CEO
hint Inc.

Jeff Grabow

US Venture Capital Leader
Ernst & Young LLP

Monty Gray

SVP, Corporate Development

Kelly Grier

Vice Chair, Central Region Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Nelson Griggs

Executive Vice President
Global Corporate Client Group

Kristin Groos Richmond

Founder and CEO
Revolution Foods

Carrie Hall

EY Americas Family Business Leader

Linda Hasenfratz

Chief Executive Officer
Linamar Corporation

Mikael Hed

Executive Chairman
Rovio Animation Company

Austin Herschend

Chair, Herschend Family Council
CEO, Big Whiskey’s Franchising

Jonn Herschend

Education Chair, Herschend Family Council
Creative Director/Co-Founder, THE THING Quarterly

Paige Herschend

Herschend Family Council
Children’s Mercy Hospital

James Holley

Chief Information Security Officer
Caterpillar Inc.

Sally Hornick Anderson

Head of PeopleDev, Global Business Organization
Google, Inc.

Stephen R. Howe, Jr.

EY US Chairman and Americas Managing Partner

Priya Huskins

Senior VP & Partner
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

Adi Ignatius

Editor in Chief
Harvard Business Review Group

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Academy Award-winning Director, Writer and Producer

Michael J. Inserra

EY Americas Deputy Managing Partner and Senior Vice Chair

Cynthia Jamison

Chairman of the Board
Tractor Supply Company

Mark Jeffries

Author and Communications Consultant

Gwen Jorgensen

US Olympic and World Champion Triathlete

Michael J. Kacsmar

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Americas Program Director

EY - Dave Karger

Dave Karger

Award-winning host, interviewer, and entertainment expert

EY - Doree Keating

Doree Keating

Ernst & Young LLP

Jackie Kelley

EY Americas IPO Markets Leader

Kim Keever

Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer
Cox Communications

Brian Kelly

Chief Security Officer

Jamie Kern Lima

Co-Founder & CEO
IT Cosmetics

Fareed Khan

US Foods

EY - Keith Krach

Keith Krach

Chairman & CEO

Isaac Larian

MGA Entertainment

Jeff Lawson

CEO and co-founder

Karole Lloyd

Vice Chair, Southeast Region
Ernst & Young LLP

Andrew McAfee

MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Kerrie MacPherson

Principal, Ernst & Young LLP
Executive Sponsor, EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women

Michael McGoohan

Vice President, Global Head of Strategy
Mondelēz International

Bethany McLean

Contributing Editor
Vanity Fair

Marcie Merriman

Executive Director
Ernst & Young LLP

EY - Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers

Late Night with Seth Meyers

EY - Jody Miller

Jody Miller

Co-Founder & CEO
Business Talent Group

SGF speaker Joe Montana

Joe Montana

NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback

Jennifer Morgan

President, SAP North America

Matt Murray

Deputy Editor in Chief
The Wall Street Journal

Jim Nantz

CBS Sports Commentator

Jack Nicklaus

Founder and Co-Chairman
Nicklaus Companies

Jim Nixon

Chairman and CEO
Nixon Energy Investments

Deborah Norville

Inside Edition

Mike Nuzzo


Susan Parsons

Partner, Southeast Region Private Client Services
Ernst & Young LLP

Bob Patton

EY Americas Vice Chair – Advisory Services

SGF speaker Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice

NFL Hall of Fame Wide Receiver

Karl Rove

Former Deputy Chief of Staff and
Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush

Carolyn Saacke

Chief Operating Officer, Capital Markets
New York Stock Exchange

Sundeep Sanghavi

Co-Founder and CEO

EY - Christian Sanz

Christian Sanz

Founder & CEO

Leonard Schleifer, M.D., Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Eddy Schmitt

Senior VP, Americas

Uschi Schreiber

EY Global Vice Chair – Markets and Chair
of the Global Accounts Committee

Stephen A. Schwarzman

Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder

Andy Serwer

Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo Finance

Clara Shih

CEO and founder

Simon Sinek

Author & Optimist
Start With Why

EY - Will Smith

Will Smith

Actor, Producer, Musician and Philanthropist

Cheryl W. Snead

President & CEO
Banneker Industries, Inc.

Hannah Storm

ESPN’s SportsCenter

Manny Stul

Chairman and Co-CEO
Moose Enterprise Holdings & Controlled Entities
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2016

EY - Charlie Sweat

Charlie Sweat

Sweat Equities, LLC

Andrew C. Taylor

Executive Chairman
Enterprise Holdings

Christopher Turner

Managing Director, Capital Markets/Chief Administrative Officer
Warburg Pincus LLC

EY - Maria Urani

Maria Urani


EY - Brian Utley

Brian Utley

Periscope Holdings, Inc.

Valery Vavilov

CEO and Co-founder
The Bitfury Group

Michael Versace

Digital Strategy Research Director

Debra von Storch

Southwest Region Growth Markets Leader
Ernst & Young LLP

Mark A. Weinberger

EY Global Chairman and CEO

Jeff Weiner


Ann Yerger

Executive Director
EY Center for Board Matters