Guest Keynote Speakers

Mike Abrashoff

Mike Abrashoff

Former Commander, USS Benfold and Author

At the age of 36, the Navy selected Abrashoff to become Commander of USS Benfold - at the time, the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet. The immediate challenges were staggering: exceptionally low morale, high turnover and unacceptably low performance evaluations. Few thought that this ship could improve. In many ways, the USS Benfold was an extreme example of the same problems facing many organizations today. The solution was to establish a system of management techniques that Abrashoff calls The Leadership Roadmap. Abrashoff recounted the leadership lessons from the turnaround of USS Benfold in It's Your Ship, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Dan Heath

Dan Heath

NY Times Bestselling Author

NY Times Best Selling author, Decisive, Switch and Made to Stick Senior Fellow, Duke University's CASE center Dan Heath is a Senior Fellow at Duke University's CASE center, which supports entrepreneurs who are fighting for social good. He is the co-author of Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. The Heath brothers previously co-wrote the critically acclaimed book Made to Stick, which was named the Best Business Book of the Year, spent 24 months on the BusinessWeek bestseller list, and has been translated into 29 languages. The latest Heath brothers book is Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work. Released March 2013.

Gartner Keynote Speakers

The Real Business of IT

Communicating the business value of IT is an acute and ongoing concern for IT professionals from the CIO down. This presentation, based in large part on the best-selling Harvard Business Press book “The Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value,” describes a proven path to creating and communicating value for both the run-the-business and grow-the-business missions of IT.

Richard Hunter
  • Richard Hunter
  • VP & Gartner Fellow
  • Gartner

Business Asset Management

As digital technologies pervade business and consumer life, they start to break down boundaries between IT and business operations. This creates challenges that no single manager can deal with in isolation. Only pervasive and adaptive management can succeed in overcoming the tendency for business and IT leaders to act unilaterally instead of in partnership. Learn to break down the barriers and work together for greater success across the organization.

Whit Andrews
  • Stewart Buchanan
  • Research VP
  • Gartner

Gartner Analyst Speakers

Adams, Patricia
Ambrose, Christopher
Barber, Victoria
Buchanan, Stewart
Cohen, Linda R.
Disbrow, Jane B.
Hunter, Richard
Ianni, Dolores
Naegle, Robert
O'Brien, Frances
Park, Alvin R.
Rosenberger, Jo Ann
Samolsky, Lori
Schafer, Rob
Sedha, Guriq
Sienkowski, Marie
Silver, Michael A.
Smith, Michael
Snyder, William R.
Steenstrup, Kristian
Sullivan, Gayla
Wilson, Deborah R

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