Strategic Growth Forum®

Forging high-value CEO-to-CEO connections is the name of the game.

Palm Springs, California
November 9-12, 2023

Featured speakers

  

Lloyd Adams
 
Lloyd Adams
President, SAP North America
As President of SAP North America, Lloyd Adams is responsible for the strategy, day-to-day operations and overall customer success in the United States and Canada. Prior to his current role, Lloyd was Managing Director of the East region, responsible for the strategic direction, customer success, profitability and overall leadership of one of SAP North America’s larger market units. He previously directed SAP North America’s Utilities business, and earlier served as Chief Operating Officer of Regulated Industries, where he drove the strategy, operations, revenue performance, and overall customer satisfaction in markets across the United States.
 

Holly Thaggard
 
Holly Thaggard
Founder, Supergoop!
Holly Thaggard is the founder of Supergoop!, the category-creating brand dedicated to UV protection. In 2005 Holly was inspired to change the way the world thinks about sunscreen by innovating SPF with first-to-market clean, feel-good formulas. Supergoop! has been on Allure’s Best of Beauty’s list seven times, received six CEW Beauty Awards, and appeared on TIME’s Best Inventions list twice and named to its 100 Most Influential Companies of 2022. Holly was named the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 National Overall Award winner and has been on Entrepreneur’s 100 Powerful Women list and Inc.’s Female Founders 100 list.
 

Wayne Brady
 
Wayne Brady
Emmy-Winning Actor, Producer, Musician
Multiple Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated Wayne Brady is an actor, producer, singer, dancer, songwriter and television personality. His aspirations have always gone beyond solely starring in various entertainment projects, and under his Makin’ It Up Productions banner, he’s set out to create new content that showcases innovation and inclusivity in fun and powerful ways. A five-time Emmy winner (the first to win Daytime and Primetime awards in two consecutive years), Wayne has an impressive TV resume including Whose Line Is It Anyway? The Masked Singer, Dancing With The Stars, Black Lighting, The Good Fight, and Showtime’s American Gigolo.
 
 
Michael Bush
 
Michael Bush
CEO, Great Place To Work
Michael C. Bush is CEO of Great Place To Work, the global research and analytics firm that produces the annual Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, the World’s Best Workplaces list and other workplace rankings around the world. He joined Great Place To Work as CEO in 2015, bringing 30 years of experience leading and growing organizations, including serving as CEO of Tetra Tech Communications. Michael is a former member of President Barack Obama’s White House Business Council and a founding board member of the private equity seed fund, Fund Good Jobs, which invests in small inner-city businesses.
 

Ginnie Carlier
 
Ginnie Carlier
EY Americas Vice Chair — Talent
As EY Americas Vice Chair — Talent, Ginnie leads the Americas efforts to create exceptional and transformative experiences for nearly 98,000 people in 31 countries. Her commitment to building an organization in which everyone belongs and thrives has remained constant throughout Ginnie’s various roles: working in Silicon Valley and Dubai with leading technology, energy and advanced manufacturing companies; serving as the first Diversity and Inclusiveness Leader for the EY Middle East and North Africa Region; and working as a talent leader for EY Europe, Middle East, India and Africa Assurance and the US-West Region. 
 

Marie Chevrier
 
Marie Chevrier
Founder and CEO, Sampler
Marie Chevrier is the founder and CEO of Sampler, the leader in omnichannel digital product sampling, helping brands like Unilever, L’Oréal and Zevia deliver direct-to-home product experiences to gather the insight they need to build personalized relationships with their consumers. For the last decade, Marie and her team have grown Sampler’s client list to over 1,000 brands, its global footprint to over 23 countries and its network to over half-a-billion first-party data points that help power Sampler’s proprietary consumer insights. Marie is a celebrated entrepreneur and was named the 2022 Marketer on the Rise by The American Marketing Association.
 
 
Gregory Daco
 
Gregory Daco
Chief Economist, EY-Parthenon
Greg Daco leads thematic research on the global economy, central bank policy and fiscal policy. He uses econometric modeling to produce macroeconomic forecasts for a wide array of sectors. Greg conducts frequent briefings for CEOs, corporate boards, trade associations and policymakers. He also acts as an internal advisor to the EY executive leadership team. Greg’s distinct approach to macroeconomics makes him a frequent contributor to the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barron’s and other publications. He is also a regular guest of CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC and NPR.
 
 
Rich Diviney
 
Rich Diviney
Retired Navy SEAL Officer, Bestselling Author
Rich Diviney is a best-selling author, leadership and human performance expert, and retired Navy SEAL commander. In a career spanning more than 20 years, he completed more than 13 overseas deployments. Rich also ran the selection process for SEAL Team Six, which pared down a group of exceptional candidates to a small cadre of the most elite optimal performers. In January 2021, Rich released his first book, The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance. As founder and CEO of The Attributes Inc., Rich speaks and consults on leadership, high-performing teams, assessment and selection, and optimal performance. 
 

Tracee Ellis Ross
 
Tracee Ellis Ross
Award-winning actress, producer & CEO/Founder of PATTERN Beauty 
Tracee Ellis Ross is an award-winning actress, producer, director and CEO.  She most recently starred in ABC’s Emmy-, SAG-, Critics Choice- and Golden Globe-nominated and NAACP Image Award- and Peabody-winning comedy series black-ish.  Tracee has received a Golden Globe Award and nine NAACP Image Awards. She recently starred in the thriller Cold Copy and will star opposite Eddie Murphy in Amazon’s Candy Cane Lane later this year. Tracee has a multiyear overall deal with ABC Signature under her production company, Joy Mill Entertainment. She will star in and serve as executive producer of the adult animated comedy, Jodie, a series spinoff of MTV’s Daria franchise.  Tracee is the CEO and Founder of PATTERN Beauty, the award-winning hair care line she created specifically for the curly, coily and tight-textured community. PATTERN is the No. 1 BIPOC brand and No. 2 curl brand sold at ULTA Beauty, and is also sold at Sephora, Target, Macy’s, Amazon and Thirteen Lune in the US; Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada; and Boots, Look Fantastic and Cult Beauty in the UK. PATTERN serves as an active space for the celebration of Black beauty and supports organizations and programs that empower women and people of color. As ULTA Beauty’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisor, Tracee champions initiatives that reframe the narrative around Black women and Black consumers. 
 

Jarah Euston
 
Jarah Euston
CEO and co-founder, WorkWhile
Jarah Euston is the CEO and co-founder of WorkWhile, a marketplace for flexible work that matches workers to shifts that fit their skills, schedule and location. It uses machine learning models to help identify the most reliable hourly workers and supports them with perks not available at traditional hourly wage jobs. Employers use WorkWhile for a high-quality, reliable workforce that they can scale. Jarah is a member of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Class of 2023 and is a 2023 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. She received the Women in Supply Chain 2023 award from Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive.
 
 
Kendrick Faison
 
Kendrick Faison
President, SpatialGIS
Kendrick Faison leads SpatialGIS, a cutting-edge geospatial analytics and cloud services company. He has over 20 years of experience in the geospatial and emergency management arena. Under Kendrick’s stewardship, SpatialGIS has solidified its position as a go-to provider for multiple services, including geospatial and aerial UAV applications, IT solutions, cybersecurity measures, staff augmentation, data governance, advisory functions and administrative support. Outside of his corporate role, Kendrick is involved in industry associations and advisory boards. He is interested in nurturing the future of geospatial analytics, often collaborating with academic institutions to back research and development initiatives.
 
 
Gus Faucher
 
Gus Faucher
Chief Economist, The PNC Financial Services Group
Augustine (Gus) Faucher is senior vice president and chief economist of The PNC Financial Services Group, serving as the principal PNC spokesperson on economic issues. He previously worked at Moody’s Analytics (formerly Economy.com) as a director and senior economist. Gus ran the firm’s computer model of the US economy, covered fiscal and monetary policy, and analyzed various regional economies. He also worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and taught at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Gus serves on the board of directors of The Economic Club of Pittsburgh, the local chapter of the National Association of Business Economics.
 
 
Michelle Gonzalez
 
Michelle Gonzalez
CVP and Global Head of M12, Microsoft
Michelle Gonzalez leads M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, including its investor strategy and research, portfolio development, marketing, and business management activities. Prior to this role, she led Google’s Area 120 internal incubator, and was previously a partner with IBM Ventures, an entrepreneur-in-residence and investor with Comcast Ventures, and a product and business leader at Apple. Michelle is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in technology and venture capital, having served on the Latinx Leadership Council at Google. She cofounded the Influencer Series, a Silicon Valley-based roundtable series connecting entrepreneurs and the venture capital community.
 
 
Milan Harris
 
Milan Harris
Founder, CEO, and Owner, Milano Di Rouge
Milan Harris is a serial entrepreneur, real estate investor, author, philanthropist, and the founder and owner of luxury streetwear brand Milano Di Rouge, which was launched with two shirts and a dream in honor of her love for fashion. Today, the brand provides high-quality affordable luxury to customers around the world. Milan is also the founder of The Womanaire Club and The Mamanaire Club, two outlets created with the goal of providing an environment that encourages women to thrive while building community.
 
 
Ulrich Homann
 
Ulrich Homann
CVP & Distinguished Architect, Microsoft
Ulrich (Uli) Homann is a Corporate Vice President & Distinguished Architect in the Cloud + AI business at Microsoft. As part of the senior engineering leadership team, he’s responsible for the customer-led innovation efforts across the cloud and enterprise platform portfolio. Previously Uli was the Chief Architect for Microsoft worldwide enterprise services, having played a key role in the newly formed Platforms, Technology and Strategy Group. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1991, he worked for several small consulting companies, where he designed and developed distributed systems. He has spent most of his career using well-defined applications and architectures to simplify and streamline business applications development.
 
 
Christine Lantinen
 
Christine Lantinen
President + Owner, Maud Borup Inc.
Christine Lantinen is president and owner of Maud Borup, a family-owned B2B B Corp certified candy and food gift manufacturer employing over 500 people. With innovation and inclusivity at the forefront, this year the company produced over 17 million units and brought 150 products to market. Prior to her candy career, Christine enlisted in the Army. She went on to become a combat medic, sergeant, classroom trainer and retention NCO. She was a member of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Class of 2014 and an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Heartland Award winner.
 
 
Little Big Town
 
Little Big Town
GRAMMY, ACM, CMA, AMA and Emmy Award-winning Group
Grammy, ACM, CMA, AMA and Emmy Award-winning group, Little Big Town — consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook — entered the music scene over 20 years ago with the Grammy-nominated “Little White Church.” The band’s breakthrough albums Tornado and Pain Killer produced multiple No. 1 singles, including best-selling country single of the year (2015) “Girl Crush.” The Breaker debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country charts and features their Grammy-winning, No. 1 single “Better Man.” The band’s self-produced album Nightfall hit the top of the Billboard country charts and included Grammy-nominated “The Daughters,” “Over Drinking” and “Wine, Beer, Whiskey.”
 

Daniel Lubetzky
 
Daniel Lubetzky
Founder of KIND Snacks, Camino Partners
Daniel Lubetzky founded and grew KIND Snacks into an iconic global health and wellness brand, one snack and one kind act at a time. He has since founded Camino Partners, a business-building and investment platform that partners with entrepreneurs to build enduring value using a values-centric enterprise toolkit. Daniel is the author of The New York Times bestseller Do the KIND Thing and a recurring shark on ABC’s television series Shark Tank. Along with 200 foremost leaders, Daniel also launched Starts With Us, a non-partisan movement to replace extreme ideas and polarization with curiosity, compassion and solution-building across divides.
 

Das Nobel
 
Das Nobel
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, MTX Group
Das Nobel is a business leader, technologist and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of MTX Group, a leading global technology consulting firm dedicated to transforming lives and communities through technology. Das is also the founder and investor of MTX Asia-Pacific, MTX Europe and mavQ AI. Under his leadership, MTX is a go-to partner for digital transformation and mission-critical projects for government agencies, businesses and institutions. Das was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 National Award winner.
 

John Polowczyk
 
John Polowczyk
U.S. Navy (Ret.), EY Government & Public Sector Managing Director
John Polowczyk is the Supply Chain and Operations Field of Play Leader. He has 34 years of experience in strategy development, IT, financial, government contracting and acquisition management. John recently served as the White House Supply Chain Lead on the Coronavirus Task Force. Previously, he served as the Vice Director for Logistics to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and managed all global logistics for the joint force. John also ran the Joint Requirements Oversight Council process for all logistics and sustainment capabilities. As the Director for Navy Logistics Programs and Business Operations, he was responsible for all Navy supply chain policy and operations. John completed a career in the Navy as a rear admiral. John is DAWIA Level III in acquisition and contracting.
 

Dr Lamont Repollet
 
Dr. Lamont Repollet
President, Kean University
Dr. Lamont O. Repollet is an innovative leader in public and private pre-K to post-secondary education with more than 30 years of experience directing state and federal education policy and improving school systems and student experience. He is a leading national voice in reimagining education with demonstrated success in establishing innovative, groundbreaking programs to enhance overall culture, climate and education outcomes. Lamont is the President of Kean University in Union, New Jersey, and previously served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education. He is a proud member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
 

Deeannah Seymour
 
Deeannah Seymour
CEO and co-founder, pH-D Feminine Health
Deeannah Seymour is CEO and co-founder of pH-D Feminine Health, one of the top-selling feminine care brands that pioneered a new category in the retail industry. pH-D’s holistic products empower women to feel more confident and comfortable and are sold at every major US retailer, in over 50,000 stores. One bottle of the company’s Boric Acid Vaginal Suppositories is sold every 20 seconds. She is a member of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Class of 2023, and her company was selected by WPO and JP Morgan Chase as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Companies of 2023.
 
Jay Shetty
 
Jay Shetty
Global bestselling author, award-winning podcast host and Chief Purpose Officer of Calm
Jay Shetty embarked on a transformative journey as a Hindu monk before merging ancient wisdom with the digital world. His podcast, “On Purpose with Jay Shetty,” tops the charts as the world’s leading health and wellness podcast with over 35 million monthly downloads and features influential guests such as President Joe Biden and Kobe Bryant. Jay’s books, Think Like A Monk and 8 Rules of Love, have topped bestseller lists. His mission extends to coaching through the Jay Shetty Certification School and online courses, which have been attended by over 2 million students.
 
Manny Smith
 
Manny Smith
Founder & CEO, EdVisorly
Manny Smith is the founder and CEO of EdVisorly. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy as a first-generation college student. Manny served as a technical product manager in the United States Air Force, developing satellite systems and software. Influenced by his experiences, he separated from active duty in 2019 to pursue an MBA at UC Berkeley and founded EdVisorly, a nationwide platform to uplift community college students with clear and accessible pathways to complete their bachelor’s degrees at a four-year university. EdVisorly has since raised over $2m. Manny is in the EY Entrepreneurs Access Network 2023 cohort.
 
Sharon Ellen Smith
 
Sharon Ellen Smith MD, MBA, FACP
Corporate Medical Director, Estée Lauder Companies
Dr. Sharon E. Smith is the Corporate Medical Director for the Estée Lauder Companies (ELC). She is responsible for developing and supporting a culture of health, working across multiple internal teams to address health and wellness gaps that affect employees and their families. She is also a partner in crisis leadership, addressing infectious disease and illness threats that affect ELC’s employees. Previously Sharon served as Chief Medical Officer for Prudential Life Insurance Company of America. She has practiced internal medicine for over 20 years and held medical leadership positions. She is active in community service as a member of several organizations.
 
Jenny Stone
 
Jenny Stone
Founder and CEO, Partner Forces LLC
Jenny Stone is the founder and CEO of Partner Forces LLC, a consulting firm that helps government and commercial clients manage risk, enhance security and strengthen mission impact. She is a recognized expert in infrastructure protection and the homeland security doctrine, regulations and partnership framework built post-9/11 to manage the risk and threats to the United States. In 2023, Partner Forces was recognized on the Inc. 5000 List of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America, as The Washington Post’s No. 2 Best Place to Work, and as a Moxie Award finalist. Jenny is a member of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Class of 2023.
 
 
Katie Storer
 
Katie Storer
Managing Director, Blackstone Growth Equity (BXG)
Katie Storer joined Blackstone in 2020 and is a managing director focused on consumer growth equity investments. She has been part of Blackstone’s investments in Supergoop! and Spanx. Prior to joining Blackstone’s Growth Equity team, Katie spent several years at The Carlyle Group focused on consumer and retail investments as part of the U.S. Buyout Fund. Previously, she worked at Wellspring Capital Management, a middle-market private equity firm, and at Deutsche Bank, where she focused on the consumer and retail sectors. Katie received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.
 
Rob Theis
 
Rob Theis
General Partner, Chief Investment Officer, World Innovation Lab
Rob Theis is a general partner and Chief Investment Officer with 22 years of venture capital and 20 years of operating experience. He currently manages direct investments and fund of funds for WiL (World Innovation Lab), a US and Japan multi-stage fund that invests across generative AI and machine learning, enterprise and B2B SaaS, sustainability, health tech and more. Investments include Aisera, Automation Anywhere, Auth0 (acq: Okta), DocuSign, Fortinet, HubSpot, RingCentral, Rippling and R-Zero. Rob works closely with committed entrepreneurs to create businesses that become leaders in their respective markets. He has invested in over 25 companies with eight IPOs.
 
 
Zainabou Thiam
 
Zainabou Thiam
Founder, Sunu Body
Zainabou (Nabou) Thiam is a senior at The Met High School in Providence, Rhode Island, and the founder of Sunu Body, a business specializing in selling authentic African products. She is the 2023 Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) New England Regional Challenge winner. In 2022, Nabou transformed her passion for her homeland into Sunu Body, an online West African Boutique offering authentic African self-care products imported from Senegal. She aspires to make an impact on Senegal by boosting its economy. Nabou’s next steps include graduating high school and pursuing a college degree with a plan to apply to business school.
 
 
Ethel Torres
 
Ethel Torres
President & CEO, National Drug Source (NDS)
Ethel Torres is President and CEO of National Drug Source (NDS), a pharmaceutical distribution company founded in 2002, with exports to over 55 countries. With a background in health care as a registered nurse, she brings a patient-centric focus to NDS, where the priority is to deliver safe, quality medicines and other wellness products. By improving access to medicines and therapies not yet available in their home countries, NDS has helped patients achieve health and wellness around the globe. Ethel is a North Carolina District Export Council member and a board member of the World Trade Association Charlotte Chapter.
 
 
Karla Trotman
 
Karla Trotman
President and Chief Executive Officer, Electro Soft Incorporated (ESI)
Karla Trotman is the President and CEO of Electro Soft Incorporated (ESI), an electronics manufacturing and engineering firm established by her parents in 1986. Karla’s experience includes supply chain logistics, purchasing, global scheduling and e-commerce, which she gained serving in key roles at companies including Honeywell and IKEA. After two challenging pregnancies, she established Belly Button Boutique, an online business offering products for prenatal and postnatal women. With her success, she saw it as an opportunity to propel ESI forward. Under her guidance, ESI gained a competitive advantage by implementing an online marketing and acquisition strategy, ultimately increasing what was once a flat revenue streak.
 
 
Reese Witherspoon
 
Reese Witherspoon
Academy Award Winning Actress, Producer, Entrepreneur
Reese Witherspoon is an award-winning actress, entrepreneur, producer and New York Times best-selling author. She won an Academy Award for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line and was later nominated in that same category for Wild in 2014, which she also produced. Reese also starred in beloved films Sweet Home Alabama, Legally Blonde and Election, as well as award-winning television series’ Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere and The Morning Show. In addition to her acting and producer roles, Reese is an author and entrepreneur. In 2016, she established Hello Sunshine, a media brand and content company dedicated to female authorship and storytelling across all platforms. Hello Sunshine is also home to Reese’s Book Club and Reese’s YA Book Club, which focuses on storytelling with women at the center. Reese recently sold Hello Sunshine to Blackstone in September 2021. Now Hello Sunshine is the cornerstone of a larger media company called Candle Media. Reese is an advocate and activist for women’s issues across the globe.
 
 
Marie Yovanovitch
 
Marie Yovanovitch
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; NYT Bestselling Author of Lessons from the Edge
Marie Yovanovitch served three times as U.S. Ambassador, most recently as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. Previously, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Armenia. She retired from the Foreign Service in 2020 and is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a non-resident fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Marie received the Senior Foreign Service Performance Award eight times, the State Department’s Superior Honor Award on nine occasions and two Presidential Distinguished Service Awards. Her memoir, Lessons from the Edge, is a New York Times best seller.
 
 

Moderators

  

Brooke Baldwin
 
Brooke Baldwin
Respected Journalist and Peabody Award Finalist
Brooke Baldwin is a thought leader, best-selling author and award-winning journalist. Brooke recently shot and hosted a TV show — yet to be announced — that will air on a major streaming network soon. She is passionate about traveling the country, speaking about her career (particularly as a woman in a male-dominated workplace) and often talks about her debut book,  Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power (Harper Collins, April 2021). For more than a decade, Brooke hosted her own live daily news show on CNN and has covered natural disasters, mass shootings and terror attacks. Viewers have come to admire Brooke for her versatility, authenticity and humanity at the news desk. Prior to CNN, Brooke worked in local news for nearly a decade. In 2022 and continuing this year, media and commerce company Togethxr, along with corporate sponsor Buick, hired Brooke to travel the country and host “huddles,” elevating women’s voices especially in sports. Brooke lives in New York City, and her free time is dedicated to huddling, meditating, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family. She is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 
 
Marcelo Bartholo
Marcelo Bartholo
EY Americas Deputy Managing Principal
As the EY Americas Deputy Managing Principal, Marcelo Bartholo leads operations and strategic projects across the US and Americas geographic area, which represents 95,000 people across 33 countries. He also serves as a senior advisory partner on select accounts. With more than 20 years of EY experience, Marcelo has held regional risk and consulting leadership roles and has led major client engagements in risk transformation, IPO readiness, process improvement and IT. A dedicated advocate for diversity, equity and inclusiveness, Marcelo currently serves as the Americas Executive Sponsor for the EY Latinx Professional Network.
 
 
Julie Boland
Julie Boland
EY Americas Managing Partner and EY US Chair and Managing Partner
Julie Boland leads more than 95,000 people in 33 countries, with annual revenue of $28.3 billion. She chairs the US Executive Committee and Americas Operating Executive and represents the EY organization in regulatory relationships. Her leadership portfolio includes membership in the Global Executive and Global Practice Group. Julie serves as the Executive Sponsor for the firm’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusiveness. Previously, she served as US-Central Region Vice Chair and as a senior advisory partner on several of the US-Central Region’s largest accounts. Julie is a CPA with more than 30 years of experience.
 
 
Rachel Gerring
 
Rachel Gerring
EY Americas IPO Leader
Rachel Gerring has over 22 years of experience working with high-growth companies on private and public capital-raising strategies, including IPOs, SPACs and direct listings from the readiness planning phase on through life as a public company. She advises companies on the overall transformative impact and regulatory requirements of capital raising and liquidity events, exits and other strategic transactions, including IPOs and exit readiness, divestitures, mergers and acquisitions, leasing and revenue recognition and debt offerings. Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and is a CPA in Tennessee.
 
 
Mark Jeffries
 
Mark Jeffries
Author, Keynote Speaker and Event Host
Author, keynote speaker and former Merrill Lynch stockbroker Mark Jeffries has become a trusted advisor and communications consultant to some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations, agencies and partnerships. He has rapidly become the go-to person for facilitating, moderating and hosting multinational events for organizations around the world. In addition to running countless industry panels and chatting with more than 150 C-suite executives on stage, Mark has interviewed many luminaries from the realms of politics, business, entertainment and sports, including Richard Branson, Robert Mueller and Serena Williams.
 
 
Sam Johnson
 
Sam Johnson
EY Americas Vice Chair — Markets and Accounts
Sam Johnson leads the EY Americas growth strategy by engaging and motivating 71,000 people to drive top-line growth and propel the EY brand in the market. He is a member of the US Executive Committee and the EY Americas Operating Executive. His innovation and business insights continue the growth of the US firm’s capabilities and support the global organization’s ambition of becoming the leading global professional services provider. During his 28-year EY career, Sam has served in various positions, successfully growing and transforming the EY business. An advocate for early childhood education, Sam contributes time to several community boards and mentors with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
 
 
Nicola Morini Bianzino
 
Nicola Morini Bianzino
EY Global Chief Client Technology Officer
Nicola Morini Bianzino is focused on bringing technology products to EY clients and ensuring that technology is at the heart of the EY business. With a 20-year record of driving technology strategy innovation, Nicola advises global clients on technology investment and their innovation agendas, delivering industrialized technology products to meet their most pressing business needs. He was an early artificial intelligence (AI) pioneer, writing a thesis on the application of neural networks to business in 1997. He is a thought leader on AI, machine learning, innovation and big data who is passionate about extracting value from technology investment.
 
 
Deborah Norville
 
Deborah Norville
Anchor, Inside Edition
Deborah Norville is a two-time Emmy winner and New York Times best-selling author. She is known to millions as anchor of Inside Edition, the nation’s top- rated syndicated newsmagazine. She is the author of Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You and The Power of Respect. In 2016, she was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. Deborah is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Women’s Forum of New York, and Women Corporate Directors. She regularly addresses business and community groups and is active with the Broadcasters Foundation of America.

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