With Dreamforce 2019 a little over a month away, Salesforce attendees and the city of San Francisco are gearing up for the massive tech conference. People come from all over the world to network, enjoy the parties and music, and of course, learn about technology. With over 2700 sessions to choose from, there is something for everyone. Since there is so much information to digest, it can get confusing, so we have put together a list of stand-out industry keynote speakers that you definitely don’t want to miss.
Dreamforce 2019 Industry Keynote Speakers
CMO at Visible
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Ranked in Forbes 50 Game-Changing Marketing Leaders, Minjae Ormes heads up the marketing at Visible the first all-digital wireless carrier in the U.S. A veteran in the in digital media, technology, and entertainment industries, Minjae and her team are leveraging direct to consumer strategies, to tell their story, establish a fresh brand experience, and create relationships with their audience in a well-established industry with traditional conventions.
EVP Data Strategy & Product Innovation at Warner Media
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A seasoned Emmy-nominated innovation, business and digital strategist Jesse Redniss works closely with corporate and business units to identify and capture the data required for effective decision making. He also oversees data science and data products and platform innovation teams to closely align business units and develop the company’s core data strategy, lead external data partnerships and develop data and analytics-driven products and experiences.
Vice President at Nickelodeon Consumer Products Operations
Priya Rajagopalan heads up the Business Intelligence unit at the Consumer Products Division at Nickelodeon. She and her team are responsible for reporting and analytics across pre and post-market launch activities, creative product development, inventory management processes, application development, and training and support while delivering solutions that bridge the gap between technology and business
Director of Operations at Viacom
With over 12 years of experience in global merchandising, product workflow management, IT system design, inventory management, internal stakeholder and vendor management skills, Jeremy’s role allows him to shape and direct processes and applications that define better user experience, partner relationships, and services for internal stakeholders.
Minjae Ormes, Jesse Redniss, Priya Rajagopalan and Jeremy Schloss will be leading the Communications and Media Keynote: Incumbents Reinvented
S. Kishan Chetan
Vice President Product Management at Salesforce
With his experience in leading Product Management and development teams, Kishan is passionate about building and bringing to market SaaS services for customer engagement and marketing tech that empower businesses. He works closely with customers to define their requirements and help them derive value from their services.
Global Head of Consumer Goods Go-To-Market at Salesforce
As the leader of the global consumer goods Go-To-Market team at Salesforce, Sunil and his team are trusted advisors to their Consumer Goods customers, working closely with them to deliver products and solutions that help them trailblaze and become leaders in their industry.
Product Marketing at Salesforce
Hilary is key in developing strategies for industry, content, messaging and programs for full-funnel activation. She is responsible for develop solution marketing, enablement content for sales, and core main industry messaging & deliverables.
EVP, Industry Go-To-Market at Salesforce
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Neeracha leads the Industries Go-To-Market team at Salesforce. She and her team are responsible for the Financial Services, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Retail, Manufacturing, Comms & Media, and Travel & Transportation industries. With over 25 years of executive experience, Neeracha has built a team of industry experts who develop the company’s strategy for each industry, create blueprints and marketing plans, develop sales plays, and engage with Salesforce’s most important customers. Her team is also responsible for curating an ecosystem of partner solutions and accelerators to amplify Salesforce’s industry success.
Kishan Chetan, Sunil Rao, Hilary Englert, and Neeracha Taychakhoonavudh are leading the Consumer Goods keynote: Unlock Agility And Relevance In Your Value Chain
Head of Global Go-To-Market, Financial Services Cloud and Wealth & Asset Management at Salesforce
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Eran leads Salesforce’s global Go-To-Market Financial Services Cloud team. She works with Wealth Management, Insurance, and Banking firms and their executives, heads of distribution, strategy, operations, and technology to help them address the challenges and trends of their industries while focusing on client-facing initiatives, mid and back-office consolidation, and productivity using technology as an enabler.
Vice President, Product Management – Industries Cloud at Salesforce
Sunil is a product leader with over 20 years of experience in enterprise software. His primary focus is on Intelligence-driven, revenue & customer engagement business applications and he leads the Financial Services Cloud product and Intelligence applications for Industries at SalesForce.
Global Head of Salesforce CIO at Barclays
As Managing Director, Nick is responsible for multi-million-pound transformational projects working with executive stakeholders to define, prioritize, and evaluate, the ongoing change portfolio. With proven leadership, team building, and strategic planning skills he excels in both technical and commercial-oriented environments, and his appetite to educate and challenge existing protocols and embrace new ideas help him deliver innovative customer-focused solutions.
Vice President of Industries Marketing at Salesforce
Jeff’s teams lead industries marketing and technical product marketing for Financial Services Cloud, Health Cloud, Manufacturing Cloud, and Industry Common Layer products. Prior to Salesforce, Jeff led enterprise technology initiatives at Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and was a co-founder and Head of Product and Marketing at Incenergy.
Head of Fundraising at Good Return
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With a career background in IT Sales and Marketing roles, achieving multi-million dollar targets, Cathy bringers her strategic sales acumen, tenacity and relationship skills to fundraising. She started out volunteering in various non-profits and today she heads the Fundraising department at Good Return. She has a passion for connecting people and leverages her strategic sales approaches to her work, to maximize gifts and build long term relationships with donors.
SVP, Digital & Customer Experience at State Farm
When State Farm, a 100-year-old company with almost 60K employees realized that they needed to embrace digital transformation, they brought in Fawad Ahmad to lead their transition and on the one hand leverage their years of experience and on the other evolve so they can stay relevant with a new generation of customers. By implementing 15 keys to successful digital transformation Fawad’s team was able to increase app installs by 75%, deliver a 400% increase in bills being paid online, and achieve record traffic of almost five million unique visitors to the State Farm website.
Sr. Director, Financial Services Marketing at Salesforce
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Jim leads talented and passionate storytellers within the Industry and Content Marketing organization at Salesforce. As “full-stack” marketers, they are responsible for the entire marketing strategy to drive pipeline and ACV for the Financial Services business, including Solution & Industry Marketing, Events, Integrated Campaigns, and Customer Marketing.
Rohit leads SaleForce’s strategy in the wealth management, banking, and insurance sectors. He and his team are responsible for Salesforce’s product, marketing, and overall go-to-market strategy for the financial services industry. He joined SalesForce over 8 years ago and since then has helped large financial institutions embrace digital transformation and leverage the SalesForce platform to become more customer-centric.
Managing Director at Accenture
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Stephanie Sadowski is the managing director, financial services distribution and marketing lead for North America, Charlotte office managing director for Accenture. A strong proponent of inclusion and diversity in the workplace, Stephanie passionately advocates for a culture of inclusion that, based on Accenture’s research, is essential for innovation.
Eran Agrios, Sunil Dixit, Nick Grierson, Jeff Otto, Cathy Sowden, Fawad Ahmad, Jim Eup, Rohit Mahna and Stephanie Sadowski are leading the Financial Services Keynote: Accelerate Transformation and Inspire Customer Trust
Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee at Johnson & Johnson
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As Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee at Johnson & Johnson, Joaquin Duato oversees the Pharmaceuticals and Consumer sectors, as well as Supply Chain, IT, Global Services and the Health and Wellness groups. He is a respected industry leader and the immediate past Chairman of PhRMA.
Joaquin has played an instrumental role in leading the turnaround of the Pharmaceuticals sector. He was named Company Group Chairman of the Americas in 2009, then continued to lead the global transformation as Executive Vice President and Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals in 2011. During that time, the sector grew into the fourth-largest pharmaceutical company globally.
Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President, Vice Dean at NYU Langone Health and Adjunct Professor of Information Technology
Nader Mherabi is responsible for all information technology (IT) activities and for information technology’s development as a strategic organizational asset. Mr. Mherabi currently leads NYU Langone Health’s digital transformation initiative, driving the integration of the institution’s workflows, revolutionizing the digital patient experience and clinical environment, and empowering the institution with big data and advanced analytics to improve care delivery and efficiency.
Mr. Mherabi has designed and implemented many large-scale, diverse systems for NYU Langone and has extensive experience in hospital clinical systems integration, research information technology, and education systems.
Director of Industry Marketing, Healthcare & Life Sciences at Salesforce
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Dana leads the healthcare and life sciences industry marketing team at Salesforce. Dana and his team are responsible for driving the creation of internal and external thought leadership content, managing industry product launch plans, driving engaging event marketing experiences at Salesforce and third-party events such as HIMSS and AHIP, overseeing the development of effective sales training materials and partnering with corporate marketing to execute innovative marketing campaigns, SEO, and web design to build pipeline.
Ashwini Zenooz, MD
Senior VP and General Manager for Healthcare and Life Sciences at Salesforce
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Dr. Zenooz is currently the SVP and GM for Healthcare and Life Sciences at Salesforce. She was most recently the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) overseeing the national EHR modernization program. She has also held senior policy development and operational roles including serving as Deputy for VA Health Policy and Services, Legislative Health Policy Fellow with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Committee Staff on U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Chief of Imaging Services. She recently traveled to meet with public and private healthcare officials in several countries around the world to learn about their healthcare systems and how they are handling challenges similar to those facing the US.
Sr. Director of Product Management at Salesforce
Amit Khanna is Head of Products in the Health Cloud, Manufacturing Cloud, and Integrations for Industries at SalesForce. He has a proven track record of establishing teams, building new products from ground zero and scaling new businesses.
CIO – Corporate Functions, Vision Franchise, Acquisitions and Divestitures, Health and Wellness at Johnson & Johnson
Tom Weck leads the global technology strategy, and program execution and operations for all corporate functions including Finance, HR, Global Services, Procurement, and Legal. He also heads the technology group for Johnson and Johnson’s global Vision business and is responsible for guiding digital transformation activities for the business.
Joaquin Duato, Nader Mherabi, Dana Wolfe, Dr. Ashwini Zenooz, Amit Khanna, Tom Weck and Katie Wu are leading the Healthcare & Life Sciences Keynote: Transform Health & Wellness Experiences
CEO of Salesforce.org
Rob Acker leads the business that enables Salesforce.org to be the most impactful nonprofit social enterprise in the world. As head of Salesforce.org he focuses on delivering world-class technology to nonprofits and higher education customers.
Chief Revenue Officer at Salesforce
Allyson leads the global distribution team for Salesforce.org, bringing technology solutions to nonprofit and education organizations.
Chief Technology and Products Officer at Salesforce.org
Nasi and his extended team are responsible for Salesforce.org’s global product vision, design and development, and go-to-market strategy.
Associate Vice President of Client Services & Support at Indiana University
As a lifelong learner, experienced educator and technology leader, Cathy supports the continuous challenge of leveraging technology to advance the mission of the academy. She provides strategic leadership and vision to the Client Services and Support departments within University Information Technology Services across Indiana University. As AVP for Client Services and Support at Indiana University, Cathy leads the strategic vision of fourteen units across three departments including the front-facing support center, technical knowledge base, institutional endpoint management, IT strategists, executive, and internal support as well as a cost-recovery shop that provides both client and central systems support to fifty-five units across IU’s 8 campuses.
EVP & Chief Philanthropy Officer at Salesforce
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As EVP and Chief Philanthropy Officer at Salesforce.org, Ebony Frelix Beckwith leads the company’s strategic philanthropic work and its global employee community engagement activities. She is responsible for engaging more than 36,000 employees in volunteer opportunities, as well as administering millions of dollars in grants to improve communities around the world. She has been recognized as one of San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business, as well as one of San Francisco Business Times’ Beyond the Check award recipients. Ebony currently serves on the board of Women’s Funding Network, Women Who Code Advisory Board and is an executive sponsor for the Salesforce Women’s Network.
President/CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
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Pam Iorio is the President/CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the country’s oldest and most effective mentoring organization, leading the organization since March 31, 2014.
Iorio is also the former two-term Mayor of Tampa, Florida and successfully led the 54th largest city in the United States, leaving office in 2011 with a remarkable 87 percent approval rating. First elected in 2003, Iorio’s tenure was marked by a revitalized downtown, massive investment in infrastructure, redevelopment throughout the city, unprecedented reduction in crime, commitment to the arts and fiscal soundness, with financial reserves tripling even during a recession.
Senior Director of Business Development & Partnerships, Philanthropy Cloud at Salesforce.org
In 2010, Margo left the corporate world in search of a nonprofit or social enterprise where she could apply her experience in management, relationship building, sales, strategic planning, and project management to a role dedicated to giving back. She found that role within Salesforce.org and now leads partnerships for Philanthropy Cloud, a product that connects companies and individuals to the causes they care most about.
Rob Acker, Allyson Fryhoff, Nasi Jazayeri, Cathy O’Bryan, Ebony Frelix-Beckwith, Pam Iorio, and Margo Mayes are leading the Keynote: Innovating Together to Change Our World
Daman (Diggy) Grewal
Chief Technology Officer at San Mateo County Community College District
As CTO, Daman Grewal uses technology to strategically and positively impact the campus community. He leads all aspects of the SMCCD’s internal and external information technology systems and business units to propose, plan and implement enterprise IT systems to align SMCCDs’ technology vision with campus strategic goals in support of campus-wide operations and strategic plan.
Vice President, Strategy and Partnerships at Salesforce.org
Lily Ladd is a strategic business executive with experience leading large, high-profile, and complex corporate strategy initiatives and partnership programs to high returns. She is also an adjunct professor and a regular contributor to educational forums and conferences on the topics of women in business, technology strategy, partnerships, program/project management, emerging technologies, and enterprise cloud solutions.
Chief Information Officer University Technology Officer, Arizona State University
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Lev Gonick is an educator, technologist, and smart city architect. He has been teaching, working, and living on the Net for more than 25 years. He was also co-founder and CEO of DigitalC, the award-winning non-profit organization enabling and celebrating innovation, collaboration, and productivity through next-generation broadband networks, big open data solutions, and IoT for public benefit. Lev was CIO at Case Western Reserve University where he and his colleagues were internationally recognized for technology innovations in community engagement, learning spaces, next-generation network projects, and organizational development.
Senior Director of University Operations HED Industry Solutions at Salesforce.org
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Geshri Gunasekera believes that access to a meaningful education can open doors, improve the quality of our workforce and propel societies forward. She is passionate about using her diverse analytical experiences to build a company that wants to have a real social impact. Her background includes roles in K-20+ Strategy and Industry Management, Business Development, Product Management, Operations, Sales, Sales Training and Product Development.
Director of Solution Engineering, K12 and Higher Education at Salesforce.org
Shea Lewis is an experienced technical sales professional. Through his in-depth knowledge and understanding of the public sector and education industries, he has achieved exemplary results and client satisfaction through the use of outstanding strategic business development experience, team and relationship building, and effective communication skills.
Jason Belland, Daman Grewal, Lili Ladd, Karrie Mitchell, Lev Gonick, Geshri Gunasekera and Shea Lewis are leading the keynote: Innovative Lifelong Learning for Everyone
President & CEO, The ALS Association
Calaneet Balas became CEO and President of The ALS Association in December 2017 after she joined the organization in June 2016 as Chief of Strategy, leading global research, public policy and care services, to work in an integrated fashion to find a cure, advance treatments and enhance the quality of life for people living with ALS.
Prior to joining the fight against ALS, Calaneet served as CEO of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) and also worked at the Arthritis Foundation, where she was part of an executive team that integrated and restructured four separately incorporated chapters into one region representing the Arthritis Foundation.
Process and Systems Analyst at Cincinnati Works
Cincinnati Works has long recognized that sustainable employment offers a path out of poverty and towards economic self-sufficiency. In his role as Process and Systems Analyst, Heath leverages the power of Salesforce to harness large volumes of data to work towards long-term results-oriented solutions that tackle problems at the root. “We use data to help demonstrate impact. 70% of Members remain employed for at least 1 year. With Salesforce, we can rely on the data to help drive us.” 75% of Members show increased income, net worth and credit scores, as a result of the financial coaching they receive. The CW approach has been so successful that their model has been replicated in over 20 cities across the country.
Industry Solutions Director at Salesforce.org
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Laura McGrath joined Salesforce in 2014 to lead product marketing for Salesforce’s Service Cloud portfolio before joining Salesforce.org in its mission to deliver technology to nonprofits so they can connect with others and do more good.
Based in Ireland, Laura has spent over 18 years working with technology within the IT and graphic communications industry as a solutions engineer in her earlier career before holding regional and global product marketing and managing consulting roles based out of the UK, Belgium, Canada, and Germany.
Laura is an active volunteer in her community supporting causes in health, children and animal rights and is passionate about helping nonprofits leverage technology to deliver greater impact.
Director of Product Marketing at Salesforce
Norah Stevens-Kittner is responsible for delivering go-to-market strategies and oversee the launches of the newest innovative products for nonprofits and Foundations. She leads a team who deliver demand generation campaigns, execute on launch strategies, and create compelling messaging that drive sales and thought leadership in the market.
Calaneet Balas, Heath Parks, David Slater, Laura McGrath, Andrea Schiller, Norah Stevens-Kittner are leading the Nonprofit Cloud Keynote: Reimagining Technology to Put People First
EVP & Chief Information Officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
As Chief Information Officer, Scott Strickland is responsible for developing and implementing Wyndham Hotel & Resorts’ IT strategy, partnering with the business to define what that actually means, and driving the transformation to cloud-based applications to provide the agility to differentiate our 20 hotel brands across 9000+ properties globally.
Scott will be leading the Travel & Hospitality Keynote: How Service & Insights Drive Loyalty