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Maria Boulden

Maria Boulden is a 33-year veteran of the DuPont Company and was formerly the Global Sales Director within the Safety and Construction portfolio. Originally a chemical engineer, Maria has built a career around world-class sales execution by driving her cross-functional teams to create and deliver commercial insights to make DuPont customers and channel partners grow faster and more profitably.

Brent Adamson

Brent Adamson is a Principal Executive Advisor, serving heads of B2B and B2C sales and marketing. Mr. Adamson’s work spans a wide range of commercial challenges, including customer buying behavior, sales performance, marketing excellence, commercial strategy, content marketing, customer/consumer experience and understanding, sales management, personalization, leadership and coaching, organizational productivity, and both in-person and digital customer engagement. He facilitates a wide range of executive-level discussions around the world, including global sales meetings, keynote presentations, board-level presentations, and hands-on best practice workshops. He is well known for his passion for productive disruption. He is a sought-after speaker and facilitator, with more than 25 years of experience as a professional researcher, teacher, and trainer. He is also the co-author of The Challenger Customer and the best-selling The Challenger Sale. In addition, he is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and a regular blogger for HubSpot’s sales blog. He has also written for a wide range of business publications, including Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Selling Power. Mr. Brent Adamson worked with CEB as a Researcher, Author and Advisor. He worked with Michigan State as a German and Linguistics Professor.

Dennis Gannon

Senior finance executives come to Dennis Gannon on a daily basis for his perspective on how best to maximize their returns on reinvesting in their businesses and when to return capital to shareholders. In an era of uncertain growth opportunities and intense global competition, finance leaders rely on Mr. Gannon's expertise to help create world-class budgeting, forecasting, and decision support processes within their organizations. Since joining the company in 2004, Mr. Gannon has become well-known for his keen ability to connect the dots between finance functions and bring a long-term perspective to member challenges. This has made him highly sought after by CFOs, Treasurers and other finance leaders. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Gannon consulted professional sports franchises on customer retention strategies. He earned an MBA with honors in Finance and Sports Business from the University of Oregon, and also holds an M.A. in Philosophy of Science and a B.S. in Mathematics from Virginia Tech. Mr. Gannon is based in Portland, Oregon. He is an outdoors enthusiast and you can find him most weekends hiking along the Oregon Coast, or playing his guitar during the many rainy days of the year.

Avivah Litan

Avivah Litan is a Vice President and Distinguished Analyst in Gartner Research. Ms. Litan is currently managing the Gartner research agenda for blockchain, as part of the newly formed ITL Application Innovation team covering blockchain, AI and IoT. Ms. Litan covers blockchain innovation, technology, use cases, market dynamics and market participants. She has a strong background in many aspects of cybersecurity and fraud, including the integration of AI with these domains that are useful in her blockchain coverage and work in the Application Innovation team. Before joining Gartner, Ms. Litan worked as a Director of Financial Systems at the World Bank. She also worked as a journalist and columnist for the Washington Times.

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