Plenary Speakers

Plenary I: Disruption & the Future of Education

Salim Ismail, Best-Selling Author of Exponential Organizations, Executive Director of Singularity University, Chairman of ExO Works and Former President of Yahoo!

Salim Ismail is the best-selling author of Exponential Organizations, a sought-after technology strategist, and a renowned entrepreneur with ties to Yahoo!. Google, and Singularity University. He consults with governments and the world’s top Fortune 500 companies on innovation and growth, and his work has been featured in premier media outlets like the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, WIRED, Vogue, and the BBC. Ismail travels extensively sharing a global perspective on the impact of breakthrough technologies and how organizations can leverage these disruptions to grow 10 times faster than their peers. His book quickly reached No. 1 on Amazon’s “Best-Sellers in Business Management,” was also named Frost & Sullivan’s “Growth, Innovation and Leadership Book of the Year.” In presentations, he shares the five internal and five external characteristics that exponential organizations have in common and walks audiences through how any company, from a startup to a multi-national, can streamline its performance and grow to the next level. Audiences walk away with a tailored action plan for moving forward, a new process for leading edge thinking, and an understanding of what emerging technology trends mean for the future. His captivating, educational, and downright jaw-dropping presentations have been called “mind-blowing” and “the best talk I think I’ve ever heard.” Salim founded ExO Works in 2016 to help transform global business by catapulting organizations into the world of exponential thinking. ExO Works delivers a 10-week program called the ExO Sprint that leapfrogs an organization's mindset forward by two years.

Plenary II: Cultivating People First Cultures

Rita Bailey, Founder and CEO, Up to Something, LLCRita_Bailey

After a successful career at Southwest Airlines, known for its People centric culture, Rita leveraged lessons learned from her leadership positions in Sales, Marketing, HR, and Training and created a 4 A Model for successful best practices. She co-authored Destination Profit, Creating People Profit Opportunities in your Organization and traveled to over 37 countries consulting and presenting to organizations interested in creating people cultures that inspire innovation, engage commitment, and develop people for peak performance. She has worked with a variety of industries and organizations including- for profit, non-profit, government and universities. She is currently owner of Up to Something, LLC where she provides strategic, innovative solutions and resources to help entrepreneurs and organizations create employee and customer experiences that set them apart from competitors. Her work is focused on creating immersive experiences for leadership teams who want to push limits outside their executive comfort zone.

Plenary III: What Drives B-School Students – Beyond Demographics to Core Motivations

Sangeet Chowfla, President and Chief Executive Officer, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)Sangeet_Chowfla

Sangeet Chowfla is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a nonprofit organization of leading graduate business schools from around the world actively committed to advancing the art and science of admissions. GMAC owns and administers the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®), used by more than 6,100 graduate programs worldwide, as well as the NMAT by GMAC™ exam, used for entrance into graduate management programs in India.  Sangeet has more than 32 years' experience in P&L Management, General Management, Product Management, International Business Development and Venture Capital investment. Most recently, Sangeet was EVP-Global Markets and Chief Strategy Officer at Comviva Technologies where he managed the company's customer-facing Market Units. Previous to his work at Comviva, Sangeet was a partner with Timeline Ventures in San Diego (2001-2006), participating in the acquisition and turnaround of Del Mar Datatrac (mortgage software). Sangeet was the lead investor and Executive Chairman of Technocom, leading the company's Series A round of financing. Earlier in his career, Sangeet held various management positions at the Hewlett-Packard Company over an 18-year period. In 1995, Sangeet became Vice President and General Manager of HP's Inkjet Media Division, which he grew from a startup to $300 million in revenues. Sangeet took his BA in Economics from St. Stephen's College at Delhi University and his MBA, with focus on marketing and finance, from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. A global citizen, Sangeet has worked and lived in India, Dubai, Greece, Germany, Singapore and the United States.