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Kevin Eagan

Chief Digital Experience Officer & General Manager of Digital Platforms, IBM

Opening Keynote Speaker

Sponsored by IBM

Kevin Eagan is the Chief Digital Experience Officer and General Manager of Digital Platforms in the IBM Digital Business Group. In this role he is responsible for the end-to-end customer experience on IBM’s digital presence and channels. Kevin oversees teams focused on strategy, design, engineering and business operations of IBM’s digital experience, which includes the worldwide Marketplace as well as the platform that powers IBM.com. Drawing from IBM’s portfolio of ecommerce, digital marketing and cloud technologies, Kevin leads the creation of new ways to do business with IBM that make buying and using IBM expertise and solutions easier for clients and partners.

Kevin joined IBM in November 2014 from Microsoft where he was Vice President and General Manager of Online Commerce. During his 25-year career at Microsoft he has held numerous leadership positions spanning Marketing, Sales and Engineering, with a successful track record of building new businesses and creating new channels at the forefront of industry transformation and technology disruptions.

Kevin holds an AB honors in Economics from Harvard University.

Josh Stein

NC Attorney General

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

TOPIC: Leadership Briefing

Josh Stein was sworn in as North Carolina’s 50th Attorney General on January 1, 2017. Stein is focused on protecting North Carolina families from crime and consumer fraud.

Prior to being elected Attorney General, Stein served as a state Senator and as a Senior Deputy Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice. In the State Senate, Stein successfully led efforts to put more violent criminals behind bars by expanding the state’s DNA database. Stein wrote the School Safety Act and legislation that banned stalking using GPS tracking devices.

For his work in the state Senate, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the AARP of North Carolina each named him legislator of the year and his Republican and Democratic colleagues ranked him as the most effective Democratic senator.

As Senior Deputy Attorney General, Stein worked to protect kids from online sexual predators and to help run the payday lenders charging loan shark interest rates on working families out of the state.

Stein previously taught high school in Zimbabwe, served as legal counsel in the United States Senate, and worked with two economic development organizations in North Carolina.

Stein is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned law and public policy degrees from Harvard University. He and his wife Anna have three children, who all attend North Carolina public schools like they did.

Dr. Ken Russell

VP of Digital Transformation & CIO, Pfeiffer University

Closing Keynote Speaker

TOPIC: Making Digital Matter – Communities, Collaboration & The Next Generation CIO

Dr. Ken Russell has more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing comprehensive programs and innovation initiatives. A technology pioneer, he developed early Intranet systems for large banks which led to his participation in developing one of the first successful Internet-based training platforms. He continues to be a leader in digital transformation, social ideation, innovation and organization change as a Consulting Executive. He served as founder and President Emeritus of both the Charlotte and Wichita Chapters for the Society for Information Management (SIM). He developed and launched the Applied Technology Acceleration Institute at Wichita State University, and just this past year, helped several organizations develop emerging markets strategies and digital transformation capabilities. Prior to that he was a Director and Strategist at Cisco, where he led the Intellectual Capital Transformation group. He served as CIO for the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) and spent several years in the Office of the CIO with Duke Energy. He was also SVP and head of Enterprise Architecture for Bank of America.

At DHMRI in North Carolina, he provided executive leadership to drive delivery and execution of the technology requirements for developing and implementing an innovation focused, green-field life sciences research facility. In addition to his experiences at Duke Energy and Bank of America, Dr. Russell has led successful technology and strategy engagements with Fortune 500 organizations (including financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail), academic institutions, non-profits, and innovative startup companies.

Lead author of Social Knowledge: Organizational Currencies in the New Knowledge Economy, an industry-defining guide to Social Knowledge Management. Social Knowledge enables the transformation journey: engaging better, making more informed decisions and getting to results more quickly.

Jonathan Feldman

CIO, City of Asheville

Closing Keynote Speaker

TOPIC: Digital Transformation: What Your CxO Needs To Know

Every pundit and consultant on the planet is pushing “digital” as something you can buy your way into. But digital isn’t just about products or third party services; it’s about a fundamental transformation in the way your organization collaborates and operates. Everyone in the C-suite must be on board to enable true digital transformation and avoid common organizational mistakes. We’ll discuss fundamentals of what they need to know.

Jonathan Feldman is Chief Information Officer for the City of Asheville, North Carolina, where his business background and tendencies to seek out trouble have helped him to create positive change in government. Asheville is a rapidly growing and popular US city based on quality of life, natural beauty, and tourism.

During Jonathan’s leadership, the City has been recognized nationally and internationally (including the International Economic Development Council New Media Award, the InformationWeek Elite 100, and the Amazon “City on a Cloud” awards) for improving services to citizens and reducing expenses through cutting edge digital practices and technology.

Jonathan was named a top CIO to follow by the Huffington Post three years in a row, and was honored with Frost & Sullivan’s CIO Impact Award. He is a co-author of Code For America’s book, Beyond Transparency, enjoys coaching new and mid-career IT leaders, and tweets about digital leadership, business technology, and running at @_jfeldman.

Our Speakers

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Emilyanne Atkinson

CEO - Wilmington Technology Guild

    Danny Baker

    AVP, Claims Software Engineering – MetLife

      Joe Bastante

      Chief Technology Officer - Blue Cross and Blue Sheild of North Carolina

        Patrick Bland

        Information Governance Strategist - Veritas

          Greg Boone

          President - iCiDIGITAL

            Scott Byers

            President & CEO - EDM Americas

              John Castillo

              Account Executive, Eastern NC - Zerto

                Keith Collins

                Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer - SAS

                  Nolan Combs

                  Practice Leader, Digital Advisory - Skookum

                    Odile Ducatez

                    Vice President, IT Infrastructure and Operations - Ahold Delhaize Retail Business Services

                      Jeff Guard

                      Founder & CEO, Brilliant Sole

                        Monty P. Hamilton

                        CEO - Rural Sourcing Inc.

                          David Helene

                          CEO - Edquity

                            Tate Holt

                            Co-Founder & CEO - Roundtable Analytics, Inc.

                              Elizabeth Johnson

                              Partner, Head of Privacy & Data Security Practice – Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton

                                Kam Kale

                                Founder - Glance AI

                                  Rob Mann

                                  VP Innovation & Growth – North Highland

                                    Katherine Manuel

                                    SVP, Innovation - Thomson Reuters

                                      Dan McGurrin, Ph.D.

                                      Director of Executive Education - NC State University

                                        Marc Montoro

                                        General Manager - DataChambers

                                          Todd Olson

                                          CEO & Co-Founder - Pendo

                                            Abhijeet Pradham

                                            Vice President Softward Engineering - Optum

                                              Prem Ranganath

                                              Senior Director, IT Delivery Excellence & Assurance – QuintilesIMS

                                                Paul Rummel

                                                CTO - Vijilent

                                                  Becky Scott

                                                  Senior Program Manager - Cisco Systems

                                                    Rob Simora

                                                    CTO - Cengage

                                                      Brijesh Solanki

                                                      Managing Director - Credit Suisse

                                                        Rick Statile

                                                        Corporate Counsel - Red Hat, Inc.

                                                          Patrick Turner

                                                          CTO - Small Footprint

                                                            Murali Vridhachalam

                                                            Director and Distinguished Engineer - IBM

                                                              Keith Werner

                                                              Carolinas Public Sector Leader - EY

                                                                Lewis Winning

                                                                Vice President, Global Presales Engineering - Hitachi Data Systems

                                                                  Scott Yelton

                                                                  Director of Product Management - Windstream

                                                                    Jeff Zirker

                                                                    Chief Experience Officer (CXO) - The Select Group