What Happens When a Former First Lady, Army Major, Human Rights Activist, Marine Biologist and the Most Influential CEOs Find Themselves in the Same Room? Find Out at Dreamforce 2017
Dreamforce, the learning event of the year, hosted by Salesforce, has no dearth of inspiration this year. A glance at their extensive speaker list will tell you that. This year speakers range from global leaders, entrepreneurs, industry experts, and thought leaders who have challenged the status quo in their own unique ways.
Those attending will get a chance to hear Marc Benioff, Chairman & CEO, Salesforce, talk about the future of the company. A pioneer of cloud computing, Benioff founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create a new kind of enterprise software company, with a new technology model based in the cloud, a new pay-as-you-go business model and a new integrated corporate philanthropy model. Under his leadership, Salesforce has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a Fortune 500 company, the fastest-growing top ten software company in the world and the largest CRM company.
Special mention goes out to will.i.am who is also one of the speakers at the event. A multi-faceted entertainer, frontman for the Black Eyed Peas, and producer and creative innovator, what you didn’t know about Will is his technology innovation and investment activities, including the i.am+ company operate from his Hollywood-based creative campus, The Future. i.am+ is on a mission to develop technology hits that create a ripple effect across pop culture, incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI), Operating Systems, and innovative fashion-driven consumer products.
Here’s our list of speakers to look out for:
# 10 Douglas McCauley
Professor of Marine Biology, UC Santa Barbara; Director Benioff Ocean Initiative
Douglas McCauley is a Professor of marine science at the University of California, Santa Barbara and he serves as the Director of the Benioff Ocean Initiative. Based at UC Santa Barbara, the Benioff Ocean Initiative combines cutting-edge marine research with innovative technology to solve pressing ocean problems. Centerpiece projects for the Benioff Ocean Initiative include protecting endangered whales from ship collisions, reducing the flow of plastics into the ocean, and supporting the establishment of ocean protected areas that provide safe refuges for marine wildlife.
Work from the McCauley Lab has been published in leading research journals such as Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, and has been featured in The New York Times, BBC, Time, US National Public Radio, and at the World Economic Forum. Prof. McCauley was named a Sloan Research Fellow in the Ocean Sciences.
# 9 DeRay Mckesson
Host, Pod Save the People
DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice. DeRay has advocated for issues related to children, youth, and families since he was a teen. As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero and OurStates.org, DeRay has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy makers with commonsense policies to ensure equity. Spurred by the death of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, DeRay has become a key voice in the effort to confront the systems and structures that have led to the mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations. He is also the host of Pod Save The People, a weekly podcast focused on activism and social justice.
# 8 Paul Daugherty
Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Accenture
Paul Daugherty is Accenture’s chief technology innovation officer. Daugherty oversees Accenture’s overall technology strategy, research and development, and ecosystem relationships, and is responsible for developing Accenture’s business in emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, and Blockchain. Daugherty also serves as chairman of the board of directors of Avanade, a global IT services provider. He is on the board of directors of GirlsWhoCode and the Computer History Museum, and on the Computer Science and Engineering advisory board for the University of Michigan.
Paul is co-author of Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, a management guide to Artificial Intelligence, to be published by Harvard Press in early 2018.
# 7 Mayor Michael D. Tubbs
City of Stockton, CA
Michael Tubbs was elected to serve as the mayor of the City of Stockton, California in November 2016. Upon taking office in January 2017, Michael Tubbs became both Stockton’s youngest mayor and the city’s first African-American mayor. Michael is also the youngest mayor in the history of the country representing a city with a population of over 100,000 residents. Before becoming mayor, Michael Tubbs served as Stockton’s District 6 City Councilmember. As a councilmember, Tubbs created the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, championed the creation of the City’s Office of Violence Prevention and was part of the council that led the city out of bankruptcy as Chair of the Audit and Legislative Committee.
# 6 Lisa Jaster
Major, US Army Reserve; Graduate, US Army Ranger School, Leadership and Peak Performance Expert
Army Major Lisa Jaster is a soldier, an engineer, a wife and mother, and a trailblazer. One of only three women to graduate from the first integrated United States Army Ranger program—one of the most difficult combat training courses in the world—Lisa was the first female Army Reserve officer to become a Ranger.
Lisa is the recipient of numerous military accolades including the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.
# 5 Sarah McBride
National Press Secretary, Human Rights Campaign
Sarah McBride is the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign. In 2012, Sarah made national headlines when she came out as transgender while serving as student body president at American University. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sarah serves on the Board of Directors of Equality Delaware, the state’s primary LGBTQ-advocacy organization. In that capacity, Sarah helped lead the successful effort to add gender identity and expression to her state’s nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws.
# 4 Susan Wojcicki
Susan Wojcicki is CEO of YouTube, the world’s most popular digital video platform used by over a billion people across the globe to access information, share video, and shape culture. An early champion of online video who was instrumental in Google’s 2006 acquisition of YouTube, Susan now oversees YouTube’s content and business operations, engineering, and product development.
# 3 Barbara Pierce Bush
Co-Founder & President, Global Health Corps
Barbara Pierce Bush is co-founder and president of Global Health Corps (GHC), which mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC was founded in 2009 by six twenty-somethings who were challenged by Peter Piot at the aids2031 Young Leaders Summit to engage their generation in solving the world’s biggest health challenges. Bush and her co-founders were united by the belief that health is a human right and that their generation must build the world where this is realized. Since that time, GHC has placed more than 700 young leaders on the front lines of health equity in Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, and the United States, developing a cadre of creative, effective, and compassionate change makers.
# 2 Ashton Kutcher
Co-Founder, Thorn; World Economic Forum Young Global Leader
Ashton Kutcher is an actor, entrepreneur, tech investor, and producer. Kutcher currently stars in the Netflix original series, The Ranch. He also serves as Executive Producer. In 2011, Kutcher co-created a venture fund, A-Grade Investments, with Ron Burkle and Guy Oseary. To date, A-Grade has invested in multiple tech companies including Airnbnb, Spotify, Uber, Flipboard, Oscar Health, Warby Parker, Nextdoor and Houzz. In 2014, Kutcher and Oseary founded another fund – Sound Ventures, which has invested in Zenreach, Handy, Gusto, Acorns, Mark43 and more.
Additionally, Kutcher co-founded APlus, a digital media company devoted to spreading the message of positive journalism, a kind of storytelling that focuses on our shared humanity. In 2016, APlus was purchased by Chicken Soup for the Soul.
# 1 Michelle Obama
Former First Lady of the United States
Michelle Robinson Obama served as First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. As a transformative First Lady, Mrs. Obama launched and led four key initiatives: Let’s Move!, to address the challenge of childhood obesity; Joining Forces, to support veterans, service members and their families; Reach Higher, to inspire young people to seek higher education; and Let Girls Learn, to help adolescent girls around the world go to school.
Before becoming First Lady, Michelle Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She started her career as an attorney at the Chicago law firm, Sidley & Austin, where she met her future husband, Barack Obama. She later worked in the Chicago mayor’s office, the University of Chicago, and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Mrs. Obama also founded the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an organization that prepares young people for careers in public service.