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Ather Williams III and Bruce Edlund


Payments Hub Keynote

The integration of Embedded Banking, or Banking as a Service, into existing apps and products enables any company to enhance their financial service offerings direct to customers. When solutions can be delivered seamlessly to the customer, there is an opportunity to transform business models and create monumental potential for growth. Join Ather Williams III, Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Strategy Digital Platform, and Innovation at Wells Fargo, in a session moderated by Bruce Edlund, Assistant Treasurer at Citrix Systems to explore the future of banking and its impact on corporate payments strategy.

Suneel Gupta


Suneel Gupta

Suneel Gupta is the author of the bestselling book "Backable". The book is rooted in Suneel’s journey from the "Face of Failure" for the New York Times to the "New Face of Innovation" for the New York Stock Exchange. Suneel is the founding CEO of RISE, which partnered with then first Lady Michelle Obama to deliver low-cost healthcare services to people in need. RISE was named "App of the Year" by Apple and sold in a successful exit to One Medical (NASDAQ: ONEM). Gupta later ran for U.S. Congress and now serves on faculty at Harvard University and as an emissary for Gross National Happiness between the United States and the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Jennifer Moss


Wellness Keynote


Jennifer Moss is an award-winning journalist, author and international public speaker. She is a nationally syndicated radio columnist and writes for Harvard Business Review. Her first book, Unlocking Happiness at Work, received the distinguished UK Business Book of the Year Award. Jennifer was named a Canadian Innovator of the Year, an International Female Entrepreneur of the Year, and recipient of the Public Service Award from the Office of President Obama. Her latest book, The Burnout Epidemic, will be published in September 2021.

Sheila Heen


Executive Institute Tuesday Keynote


Sheila Heen is a best-selling author, Co-Founder of Triad Consulting group, a 20-year member of the world-renowned Harvard Negotiation Project and a Harvard faculty member. Her research and work provide analytical frameworks and practical skills that enable professionals to put their learning into practice immediately in their most important and valuable relationships. Heen often partners with executive teams to help them work through conflict, repair working relationships, and make sound decisions together. In her book, Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well, Heen shows leaders how they can transform the culture of learning in their organization not by teaching managers how to give feedback more effectively, but by understanding the universal challenges of receiving feedback well.

Shawn Kanugo


MindShift Keynote


Shawn Kanungo is a globally recognized innovation strategist who works closely with leaders to better plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation. He is a practitioner who has worked with hundreds of organizations on their digital transformation journeys, leading complex projects involving artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, cloud technologies, behavioral economics, human-centered design, and film. Kanungo previously spent twelve years with Deloitte and is currently a Partner with Queen & Rook, where he advises leading organizations and executives on disruptive trends, and invests in early-stage ventures.

DeMaurice Smith


Executive Institute Monday Keynote


DeMaurice Smith has served as Executive Director of the National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) since 2009 and upon his initial election, ESPN opined that he had assumed the toughest job in all of sports. In this role, he has negotiated two comprehensive collective bargaining agreements, increasing benefits for player health and safety, an increased share of NFL revenue, and additional benefits for retired players. Prior to his current role, Smith was recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in the country. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia for nearly a decade. Smith serves as co-Chairman of the Board of OneTeam Partners, a venture capital company that joined the group licensing of players from the NFL, MLB, USWNT, and the WNBA.

Amy Edmondson

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Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, a chair established to support the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful enterprises that contribute to the betterment of society. Edmondson has been ranked by the biannual Thinkers50 global list of top management thinkers since 2011. Her most recent book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth is the winner of the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award and offers practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about success in the modern economy. Before her academic career, Edmondson was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked on the design and implementation of transformational change in large companies.

Tony Hawk

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Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk was nine years old when his brother changed his life by giving him a blue fiberglass Bahne skateboard. By fourteen he’d turned pro, and by sixteen he was widely considered the best skateboarder on earth. Today, his business skills have helped create the Tony Hawk brand that includes a billion-dollar video game franchise, successful businesses such as Birdhouse Skateboards, Hawk Clothing, and the Tony Hawk Signature Series sporting goods and toys. The Tony Hawk Foundation helps to finance public skate parks in low-income areas has donated over $9.2 million awarded to 623 skate park projects in all 50 states, serving more than 6 million visitors annually.

Vikram Mansharamani


FP&A Keynote


Vikram Mansharamani is a global trend-watcher, academic, advisor, and author who shows people how to anticipate the future, manage risk, and spot opportunities. Mansharamani is a regular commentator on issues driving disruption in the global business environment. His ideas and writings have appeared in a long list of publications; he has been honored by LinkedIn as one of their Top Voices and Worth Magazine as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Global Finance. Mansharamani is the author of Think For Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence and Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. He is currently a lecturer at Harvard University and advises numerous boards and C-suites on navigating today’s overwhelming uncertainty.