2018 Keynote Speakers

Exciting, Energizing, and Electric – this year’s keynote presentations will help you to accelerate value delivery at your organization and harness the impact of disruptive forces.

dick Costolo

Dick Costolo

Former Chief Executive Officer of Twitter speaks about the implications of an open access economy.

Luke Williams

Luke Williams

Luke Williams, a globally recognized authority on innovation leadership discusses disruptive technologies.

Dick Costolo

dick Costolo

Monday Morning Speaker

Keynote Topic: From Twitter to a New Economy

When Twitter began, the founders did not set out to create a new economy, yet the way we do business has changed forever. When consumers are 80% more likely to purchase from a business they follow, there is a real business case for open communication between a brand and its consumers. Open access to information, or creating the feeling of open access to the brand, builds loyalty, identifies new product ideas, and provides another channel for consumer influence. Equal access to information renders entire business models fragile, as consumers become their own sourcers with all of the information. Costolo lays out the implications of an open access economy on innovation process and the future of work.

About Dick Costolo

Dick Costolo was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Twitter from October 2010 to June 2015, where he took the company from $0 to $1.5 billion in annual revenue. Prior to Twitter, Dick was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of FeedBurner, which was acquired by Google in 2007.

Mr. Costolo holds a B.S. in Computer and Communication Science from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He spent a number of years after graduating from Michigan and before starting his first company performing around the world with improv comedy groups like Chicago's Annoyance Theater. The former improv comedian has been a consultant on HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” he sits on the boards of Patreon and If Only, and he is a Venture Partner at the firm Index Ventures.

Mr. Costolo resides in Marin County with his family, two dogs, and a shocking number of bees.

Luke Williams

Luke Williams

Wednesday Speaker - 11:45am

Keynote Topic: Disruptive Technologies: How to Prepare for What’s Coming Next

As much as we might desire it, the future we face will not be predictable. We are living in a fast-changing and uncertain time and we are entering this new global order with a way of seeing and thinking, better suited for a world now several centuries behind us. A world that could be explained in simpler terms, when you could expect and carefully plan for gradual shifts in the status quo.

However, the scale of the challenges we face and the accelerating speed of innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and Biotechnology demands a new way of opening minds to unconventional strategies. Winning organizations in the next decade will need to incorporate a steady stream of disruptive technologies to stay ahead of the game—technologies that will force them to rethink the habits that have made them successful in the past, and challenge the conventional wisdom that has defined the competitive dynamics of their industry.

About Luke Williams

Luke Williams is a globally recognized authority on innovation leadership. He works with organizations on challenges ranging from creating new products and services, to transforming organizational processes and behaviors. He is professor of Innovation and executive director of the W.R. Berkley Innovation Labs at New York University's Stern School of Business and a fellow at frog, one of the world's most influential innovation companies. Williams is a sought-after commentator on disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship, and cultural change. He is invited to speak worldwide, and his views are regularly featured in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, GQ, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and MSNBC. He is the inventor of over fifty United States patents and the best-selling author of Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business.