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    Christine McCarthy
    Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Walt Disney Company

    Christine M. McCarthy is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Walt Disney Company and oversees the Company's worldwide finance organization, which includes brand and franchise management, corporate alliances and partnerships, corporate real estate, corporate strategy and business development, enterprise controllership, enterprise technology, financial planning and analysis, global product and labor standards, investor relations, risk management, tax, and treasury.

    Prior to becoming CFO of The Walt Disney Company in 2015, Ms. McCarthy served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Real Estate, Alliances and Treasurer, The Walt Disney Company. In that role, she was responsible for the enterprise-wide management of a variety of functions, including corporate finance, capital markets, financial risk management, international treasury, insurance, pension and investments, global cash management and treasury operations, and credit and collections. She also oversaw corporate alliances and the company's global real estate organization, including development, portfolio management and facilities management.
    Prior to joining Disney in 2000, Ms. McCarthy was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Imperial Bancorp from 1997 to 2000. She held various finance and planning positions at First Interstate Bancorp from 1981 to 1996, and was elected Executive Vice President, Finance at First Interstate Bancorp in 1993.

    Ms. McCarthy serves on the Board of Directors of The Procter & Gamble Company and FM Global. She is also a trustee of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Ms. McCarthy was previously on the boards of Phoenix House of California, Inc., the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, UCLA Anderson, and Smith College. She is also a former trustee of the Westridge School in Pasadena, California. Ms. McCarthy has received numerous awards and has been named multiple times to Treasury & Risk's “100 Most Influential People in Finance,” the Top 100 Irish American Business Leaders, and Business Insider's “The 15 Most Influential Women in Finance.” In 2015, she was the recipient of Treasury Today's Adam Smith “Woman of the Year” award. In 2016, she received Los Angeles Business Journal's “Executive of the Year” award and was honored as one of the Entertainment Diversity Council's “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment.”

    Ms. McCarthy completed her Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences at Smith College and earned an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

    Presented:

    • The Art and Science of Data-Driven Decision Making


    Hannah Fry
    Author, TV and Podcast Host, Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London (UCL)

    Hannah Fry is a Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London (UCL) where she studies patterns in human behavior. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism. She is a mathematician, a best-selling author, an award-winning science presenter and the host of numerous popular podcasts and television shows.

    Her critically acclaimed BBC documentaries include City in the Sky, Magic Numbers, The Joy of Winning, The Joy of Data, and the 2018 film Contagion - The BBC Pandemic (a massive citizen science experiment aimed to simulate what would happen if a deadly pandemic were to come to UK, a full two years before the predictions came true).

    Hannah regularly writes for the New Yorker, and her book (Hello World - How to be human in the age of the machine) was shortlisted for several of the world's most prestigious non-fiction awards, winning the 2020 Asimov Prize. Through her videos on the Numberphile Youtube channel, her podcasts with DeepMind and her long running radio series The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry, Hannah is known around the world for her joyful ability to bring mathematical ideas to life for audiences of all interests and abilities.

    Presented:

    • The Joy of Data
    • Allyship: One Size Doesn't Fit All


    Radhika Krishnan
    Chief Product Officer, Hitachi Vantara

    As the global head of products, Radhika Krishnan is responsible for the vision, strategy, delivery and business performance for all our products and solutions across data storage, data operations and analytics, as well as Hitachi's industry leading Lumada Internet of Things and industrial software.

    Before joining Hitachi Vantara in September 2020, Radhika was executive vice president and general manager of software at 3D Systems and has previously held leadership roles at HP, Cisco, NetApp, Lenovo and Nimble Storage.

    Radhika is a passionate advocate for diversity in tech. She has a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and a master's in business administration degree from San Jose State University.

    Presented:

    • Powering Enhanced Guest Experiences through Analytics


    Michael Tschanz
    Director of Engineering Technology and Analysis at Disney Design and Engineering (DPEP/FOS)

    Michael leads a multidiscipline team which develops mathematical/physics models for transportation, ride and animatronic systems, custom software/network applications, and robotics. The responsibilities for this team includes the development of optimization algorithms, servo controllers, and interactive/immersive experiences. Michael's background includes designs of numerous attractions at various Disney theme parks including Test Track®, Mission: SPACE®, Toy Story Mania!®, and Expedition Everest®. Michael also designed the velocity profiles at worldwide locations of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™. Prior to Disney, Michael developed precision guidance algorithms and aerospace sensor simulations for Texas Instruments. He is also a professional jazz/classical pianist. Michael earned his BSEE from Ohio Northern University and a MSEE from the University of Texas Arlington. Further studies included a preparatory scholarship at the Cleveland Institute of Music in classical piano performance.

    Presented:

    • Powering Enhanced Guest Experiences through Analytics


    Jon Hyman
    Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer, Braze

    Jon Hyman is the cofounder and chief technology officer of Braze, customer engagement platform that delivers messaging experiences across push, email, in-app and more. He leads the charge for building the platform's technical systems and infrastructure as well as overseeing the company's technical operations and engineering team.

    Prior to Braze, Jon served as lead engineer for the Core Technology group at Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund. There, he managed a team that maintained 80+ software assets and was responsible for the security and stability of critical trading systems. Jon met cofounder Bill Magnuson during his time at Bridgewater, and together they won the 2011 TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. Jon holds a B.A. from Harvard University in Computer Science.

    Presented:

    • Beyond the Edge of the Map: Discovering the Explorer's Spirit


    Spencer Burke
    SVP of Growth, Braze

    Spencer Burke is the SVP, Growth at Braze. He joined the Braze team in 2011 and has helped leading brands develop digital marketing and growth strategies. Previously, Spencer worked at PwC as a management consultant and has his Master's in Information Systems from the London School of Economics.

    Presented:

    • Beyond the Edge of the Map: Discovering the Explorer's Spirit


    Martin Kihn
    VP of Product Strategy, Salesforce

    Martin Kihn is SVP of Strategy for Salesforce Marketing Cloud, working with global enterprises on data strategy and execution. Before joining Salesforce, Marty led the data-driven marketing practice as Research VP at Gartner, focusing on data integration and analytics. He was previously VP and director of strategy and analytics at Digitas, specializing in marketing analytics. Marty is widely known as a thought leader, speaker and frequent contributor to publications such as AdExchanger, ZDNet, Forbes and the New York Times. He was Head Writer for MTV's Pop-Up Video and his first book House of Lies was the basis for a Showtime series. His most recent book is titled Customer Data Platforms: Use People Data to Transform the Future of Marketing Engagement (Wiley).

    Presented:

    • How People Data Powers Analytics Everywhere, For Everyone


    Wendy Turner-Williams
    Chief Data Officer, Tableau, Salesforce

    In her role as Chief Data Officer, Wendy manages Enterprise Data Strategy, Data Platforms & Services, Data Governance & Management Maturity, Data Risk and Data Literacy. Wendy and her team are charged with helping fuel data-driven business innovation, transformation and operational excellence across all areas of Tableau's business.

    Wendy joined Tableau after several years with parent company Salesforce, leading the Information Management & Enterprise Data Strategy. She also worked at Microsoft in both Bing/Ads and Azure driving data strategy and data platform as a service. Wendy has over 20 years of data, strategy, business applications, process automation and management experience -spanning multiple business segments. Wendy graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in European History.

    Presented:

    • How People Data Powers Analytics Everywhere, For Everyone


    Rob Tarkoff
    EVP Advertising and Customer Experience, Oracle

    Rob Tarkoff leads the Oracle Advertising and Customer Experience (CX) product and go-to- market strategy for the advertising, marketing, sales, commerce and service product lines. His goal is to help companies succeed in providing their customers with the best experience across the front office.

    Rob spent the past 15 years focused on customer experience, developing products and businesses for both large and early-stage companies; he joined Oracle in 2018. Previously, as president and CEO of Lithium Technologies, Rob created the leading software in online communities, leading to the company's sale to Vista Equity Partners. Prior to that, he ran the Digital Enterprise business for Adobe, leading several key acquisitions.

    Rob holds a BA from Amherst College magna cum laude and a JD from Harvard Law School.

    Presented:

    • How Oracle Red Bull Racing Wins Big with Analytics


    Keith Zubchevich
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Conviva

    Keith was appointed President and CEO in 2021 with more than a decade of driving company success at Conviva, most recently as Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to joining Conviva in 2008, Keith was Vice President of Business Development at Riverbed Technology, where he was instrumental in developing the industry leader's go-to-market strategy and key partner relationships as the company went public.

    Keith brings a wealth of leadership expertise and functional capabilities to the role. He has held a range of executive positions, from sales and marketing to corporate and business development, across a variety of industry-leading technology companies, as well as emerging startups.

    Keith holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from San Diego State University.

    Presented:

    • Welcome from Conviva