Guest Speakers at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2018

Guest Keynote

Leonard Brody


President, Business & Technology Visionary

The Great ReWrite


We are living in the largest institutional and human shift in the history of our species. It is a complete resetting of the operating system of our planet. The Rewrite is a multi-award-winning talk and series in partnership with Forbes on the future of our world and the way that organizations can stay relevant and thrive. It’s a playbook for the post innovation era. Innovation as a concept has failed us. It has become void of meaning and thus crippled company’s ability to respond to the world being rewritten around them. What’s next? The Great Rewrite. That’s what. 

Fons Trompenaars


Authority on Leadership and Cultural Diversity, THT Consulting

Guest Keynote: Creating a Culture of Innovation


Innovation is the end result of inclusion, diversity, and good leadership… if you lack one of these three points, you’re not innovative Boards and management are reflecting on the culture and sub-cultures of their organizations more than ever before. They are assessing whether issues exist, their underlying causes and what actions can be taken to evolve their culture, including protecting those critical features that have served them well. Forward thinking leaders have identified that a culture that supports innovation can be a differentiator when competing for customers and talent.

Matthew Luhn


Story Consultant, Animator & Creative Writing Instructor, Pixar   

Effective Leadership, as Told by Movie Heroes


Every film and business needs an effective leader to inspire its people to achieve their goals. In this unique session, Matthew Luhn draws from his 20 years of experience as a Pixar storyteller and animator creating authentic, inspirational, and memorable heroes to share how you can develop those same hero traits in your leadership and business. By exploring and analyzing the characters of movie heroes and other great story protagonists, audiences will learn how vulnerability, likability, vision, structure, and teamwork can provide a model for outstanding leadership.

Saroo Brierley


CEO, Saroo Brierley Enterprises

Lion: A Long Way From Home


Saroo Brierley will bring to life the six time academy award nominated film LION that is based on his real life story. A five year old Saroo who gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from his home and family. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.


This keynote will be an inspirational journey that will draw parallels on leadership traits, the power of belief and persistence that will arouse your curiosity and heighten your connection to humanity.

CIO Story Session

Dr. Sebastian Wedeniwski


Chief Technology Strategist, Standard Chartered Bank

Developer Experience and Open Collaboration to deliver Digital Banking

The future of banking is changing fast with massive technology led change in several industries. Our architectural direction is to build an adaptive layer that will allow us to connect to clients/ partners and support interactions based on APIs. For that we create a platform to upskill the technology expertise landscape of the Bank and guide developers on our journey to build for Openness and Integration.

CIO Lunch Session

Jessica Lawrence Quinn


Managing Director, Civic Hall

Creating Human-Centered Workplaces


Human-centered design has become a widely adopted practice in companies to support the development of products and services, and yet it is often not applied to the design of our companies and workplaces themselves. Our basic approach to management is stuck in the industrial age, where productivity is of prime importance and we focus on how we can become more like machines: more predictable, more efficient, more productive. The challenge, though, is that to succeed in the future of business we to need more deeply embrace our humanity, not fight against it. What will become increasingly essential is focusing on the work that machines can’t do: the work of creativity, empathy, and conscience.


In this session, Jessica Quinn will share strategies for building more human-centered workplaces, focusing on what human beings need to thrive in the workplace, and how workplaces can thrive in return

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