disruptive tech summit


Steve Brown
Former Chief Evangelist, Intel; Author, The Innovation Ultimatum – How six strategic technologies will reshape every business in the 2020s

Tuesday, Feb. 2 | 10:40 – 11:20 am (ET)

Disruption Post-Covid – How Six Technologies Will Reshape Every Business

In the wake of the pandemic, automation and digital transformation efforts are accelerating dramatically. Robots don’t get sick, autonomous delivery vehicles don’t carry disease, digital channels scale better than physical ones, and digital businesses are more resilient to change. The dramatic increase in the use of tele-health, remote education, online collaboration, and e-commerce illustrate this digital acceleration. Every company will become a technology company, and every company will become a data company. But how? Futurist Steve Brown will help you understand the major technologies changing the way every company operates so you can embrace innovation, build resilience and navigate inevitable changes.

Steve Brown is a futurist, author, entrepreneur, and executive consultant with over 30 years of experience in high tech. Prior to building his own consulting practice, he was Intel’s Chief Evangelist and worked in Intel Labs as a futurist. Steve helps companies to be more prepared for the future: to be more resilient, more innovative, and more profitable. He helps leaders to improve their technology acumen, create thoughtful digital strategies, and to understand the profound impact technology will have on their business five, ten, and fifteen years from now. He is the author of The Innovation Ultimatum: How Six Strategic Technologies will Reshape Every Business in the 2020s, a how-to guide on innovation and digital transformation. Steve is also the co-founder of The Provenance Chain Network, a business designed to bring transparency to global commerce. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Micro-Electronic Systems Engineering from Manchester University. He was born in the U.K. and lives with his wife in Portland, OR.

Shohini Ghose
Professor of Physics and Computer Science
Wilfrid Laurier University

Tuesday, Feb. 2 | 1:10 – 1:50 pm ET

Proving Quantum Advantage, and Why It Matters

There is a lot of hype around the future capabilities of quantum computers. We’ll explore the emerging quantum computing ecosystem, where the technology itself currently stands, what can be expected in the next five to ten years, and what companies should be doing–or getting ready for–in response.

Shohini Ghose is a multi-award-winning quantum physicist and Professor of Physics and Computer Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is the President (2019-2020) of the Canadian Association of Physicists, the Co-Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Physics, and the Director of the Laurier Centre for Women in Science.[ She was a 2014 TED Fellow and is a 2018 TED Senior Fellow. In 2019 she was featured on the Star TV show TED Talks India Nayi Baat hosted by Shah Rukh Khan. In 2017 she was elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Her book Clues to the Cosmos was released in India in December 2019.

In 2019, Ghose’s TED talk “A beginners guide to quantum computing” was featured on TED.com. In 2014 she gave a TEDx talk at Nickel City titled “Breaking barriers with quantum physics”, in 2015 “How Quantum Physics Can Help Us Fight Climate Change” in TEDxVictoria, and in 2016 “The Surprising Power of Uncertainty” at Thunder Bay. She spoke at the 2015 Smithsonian Institution Future is Here Festival on “Alice in Quantum Wonderland”. She has been featured in several online science videos including on BBC and PBS Nova.
Ghose has won the Wilfrid Laurier University Merit Award several times (2010, 2015, 2016, 2018) for outstanding research/teaching/service.

Sarah Hofstetter
Board Member, Campbell Soup Company; President of Profitero, Ltd.

Wednesday, Feb. 3 | 11:30 am – 12:10 pm (ET)

Transforming the Customer Experience

In a world of constant change, the way customers interact with companies is evolving dramatically—and those customer changes are what’s driving digital transformation. As the line between real-world and digital realms all but disappears, do you have a real understanding of how people interact with your brand online and on their mobile devices? How can you improve—and scale—the omnichannel experience to seamlessly serve your customers regardless of how they are interacting with your company in-person or online? We’ll help you rethink the customer experience, regardless of what industry you are in.

Sarah Hofstetter is a visionary leader with a proven track record of driving tremendous growth in multiple disruptive environments over the past 20+ years. Sarah currently serves as President of Profitero, a global ecommerce analytics software company, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Campbell Soup Company, and co-hosts the BRAVE COMMERCE podcast.

Sarah spent 13 years at award-winning advertising agency 360i, most recently as Chairwoman and CEO, growing the agency from 30 people to 1,000 by continuously pivoting company offerings to be aligned with changes in consumer behavior across search, social and commerce. Consequently, 360i was recognized by Ad Age as among the top 10 national advertising agencies every single year that she was CEO and President, and in her final year as CEO, was on the cover of Adweek as Breakthrough Media Agency of the Year.  At 360i, Sarah has equipped brands such as OREO, HBO, Absolut, Nestlé and others with the tools and knowledge to tackle their most pressing business challenges to increase revenue and share, while cultivating a culture of curiosity, and celebrated diversity and inclusion, leading to 360i’s reputation as one of the most inclusive agencies. Sarah has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association Hall of Fame, and has been recognized by the Adweek 50, Adweek Power 100 and was name to Ad Age’s 40 under 40 (well, that was before she was 40).


Dan Springer
Chief Executive Officer, DocuSign

Tuesday, Feb. 2 | 11:30 am – 12:10 pm (ET)

How to Lead Disruption – and Not Be Disrupted

How do the best companies take a consistent approach to innovation and create a culture that supports self-disruption? How can companies spark new growth with production innovation in today’s dynamic market landscape? How can you rethink how you run your business? We’ll sit down with the CEO and Chairman of a leading technology company and seasoned, cross-industry board member to share their hard lessons learned.

Daniel Springer serves as CEO of DocuSign where he leads more than 5,000 employees worldwide to empower organizations of every size and industry to modernize their systems of agreement with the DocuSign Agreement Cloud. Springer has 30 years of executive leadership and experience in driving innovation and hyper growth across technology and, specifically, the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) industry.

Prior to DocuSign, Dan served as Chairman and CEO of Responsys (MKTG), where he transformed and scaled the business from private start up to a publicly traded company, and then led the sale of the company to Oracle in 2013 for $1.6 billion. Previously, he was Managing Director of Modem Media and also served as CEO at Telleo, CMO at NextCard, and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Dan holds an MBA from Harvard University and an AB in Mathematics and Economics from Occidental College.

Maggie Wilderotter
Chairman of the Board, DocuSign; Board Member, Lyft, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Juno Therapeutics and Costco Wholesale Corporation

Tuesday, Feb. 2 | 11:30 am – 12:10 pm (ET)

How to Lead Disruption – and Not Be Disrupted

How do the best companies take a consistent approach to innovation and create a culture that supports self-disruption? How can companies spark new growth with production innovation in today’s dynamic market landscape? How can you rethink how you run your business? We’ll sit down with the CEO and Chairman of a leading technology company and seasoned, cross-industry board member to share their hard lessons learned.

Maggie Wilderotter is a seasoned executive who, as CEO, has led both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in her career. In addition, she has extensive Board leadership serving on over 35 public company and 14 private company Boards of Directors.

Today, Mrs. Wilderotter serves on the public boards of Costco Wholesale Corporation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lyft and is Board Chair at DocuSign. She serves on the private board of Tanium as well as a number of non-profit organizations. Mrs. Wilderotter is also a Senior Advisor to the Blackstone Group, Okta, Atairos Private Equity and TSSP.

Mrs. Wilderotter was Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Communications from November, 2004 to April, 2015, and then Executive Chairman of the company until April, 2016. During her tenure with Frontier, the company grew from a regional telephone company with customer revenues of less than $1 billion to a national broadband, voice and video provider with operations in 29 states and annualized revenues in excess of $10 billion.

Previously, Mrs. Wilderotter was Senior Vice President of Global Business Strategy and ran the Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft. Before this, she was President and CEO of Wink Communications Inc., Executive Vice President of National Operations for AT&T Wireless Services Inc., Chief Executive Officer of AT&T’s Aviation Communications Division, and a Senior Vice President of McCaw Cellular Communications Inc.

Mrs. Wilderotter previously served on the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) as both Vice Chairman and Chairman during her 4-year tenure ending in 2014. Mrs. Wilderotter also served until January, 2017 on the President’s special Commission responsible for a recommendation report to the new President of the United States on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

Mrs. Wilderotter holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Rochester.