Al Roker

Co-host and Weatherman

NBC’s Today Show

As a host and weatherman of NBC’s Today Show, along with Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer, Al Roker has the undivided attention of the nation (over 32 million viewers per week) every weekday morning as America prepares for work.

Spanning a 35-year plus career and a thirteen-time Emmy winner, Roker conducts interviews with celebrities and newsmakers around the world and does a wide variety of segments on every imaginable subject.

Roker is also an accomplished television producer. He is CEO of Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. (ARE); www.alrokerentertainment.com, a thriving multimedia company involved in the development and production of network, cable, and home video. ARE produces programming for a diverse clientele including NBC News, MSNBC, Spike TV, Lifetime Television, A&E, The History Channel, E!, Discovery Networks, PBS, TV ONE, Oxygen, The Cartoon Network, The Weather Channel?and NBC Television Stations Group.?

He is married to ABC News Correspondent, Deborah Roberts. They live in Manhattan with their 2 children, Leila 17 and Nicky 13. Al also has a daughter, Courtney 28, who is a NYC Chef.

Billie Whitehouse

Co-Founder and Designer

Wearable Experiments

Billie Whitehouse is invigorating the fashion industry and transforming it into a business focused on improving the quality of our lives. Whitehouse was brought up in the design industry, working from the early age of 16 at Australia’s leading tertiary design school, Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia.

Whitehouse has been recognized for her work on FUNDAWEAR, with the campaign receiving a Silver Lion at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Most recently Whitehouse has been doing design workshop and keynotes worldwide, some highlights include The TEI Conference at Stanford University, Cannes Lions 2015, WorldWEDForum Zurich, Wired Retail UK 2015, Financial Times Event Conference, New York and WT Conference, San Francisco.

Scott Blandford

Chief Digital Officer


At TIAA, Blandford leads the firm’s online, mobile and eBusiness automation program. He is also charged with leading the firm’s self-service and automation capabilities, migrating TIAA to a digital future where technology fully realizes the customer-focused mission of the company.
In his first years with the firm, Blandford was Chief Information Officer for the Retirement and Individual Services business, responsible for all tiers of the retirement, insurance, education savings, brokerage, banking and wealth management platforms. He led the strategy, design, delivery and ongoing operations for TIAA’s client systems utilizing innovative, patent-pending technologies.
He successfully launched new secure participant and plan sponsor websites, providing users with simple, modern and intuitive online experiences and a full 360-degree view of their financial lives. DALBAR, which rates web properties for financial services firms awarded this work as the number-one rated site for life insurance and annuities, number one for plan sponsor retirement, number two for mutual funds and number one for participant retirement (as of 4Q15).
In addition, Blandford was responsible for a multi-year, groundbreaking reimagining of the sales and service desktop experience, yielding substantially improved productivity and customer service in year one.

David Bray

Senior Executive and Chief Information Officer

Federal Communications Commission Eisenhower Fellow, Taiwan and Australia
Executive-in-Residence, Harvard University

David Bray began work in public service at age 15, later serving in the private sector before returning as IT Chief for the CDC’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program during 9/11. He volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan to “think differently” on military and humanitarian issues and served as a Senior Executive advocating for increased information interoperability, cybersecurity, and civil liberty protections.

He completed a PhD in from Emory University’s business school and two post-docs at MIT and Harvard. He serves as a Visiting Executive In-Residence at Harvard University, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Visiting Associate at the University of Oxford. He has received both the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership. In 2016, Business Insider named him one of the top “24 Americans Who Are Changing the World.”

Bray currently serves as Senior Executive and Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission. Through the efforts of a team of positive change agents he led the transformation of the FCC’s legacy IT to award-winning tech in less than two years. He rolled out new cloud-based solutions achieving results in half the time at one-sixth the cost. He received one of FCW’s prestigious “Fed 100” awards as well as the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2015, he was chosen to be an Eisenhower Fellow to Taiwan and Australia and was named Most Social CIO globally by both Forbes and Huffington Post, tweeting as @fcc_cio. In 2016, he was declared a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Co-Chair for an IEEE Committee focused on artificial intelligence and innovative policies for the future ahead.

Kevin Elliott

US Risk+Crisis Communication Practice Director


Kevin R. Elliott is a senior vice president in Hill+Knowlton’s San Francisco office. He directs strategic planning and management of programs for a variety of clients. A substantial portion of Elliott’s practice is dedicated to working with companies facing risk and crises, managing issues and reputation. He counsels and prepares senior executives for high-value interaction with the public, regulators and other stakeholders, as well as leadership visibility and top-down integration with external communication and employee communication programs. Elliott is the deputy director of H+K’s corporate practice; he is on the global crisis team and energy services specialty group; and he is the director of the firm’s labor relations communication group.

Alice Lloyd George


RRE Ventures

Alice Lloyd George says she loves working with entrepreneurs on the frontier of innovation. She helps RRE invest in emerging technologies, including blockchain, machine intelligence, computer vision, robotics, virtual/augmented reality, and NewSpace. She appears regularly on Fox Business and was selected for 2016 as one of Forbes 30 under 30 to Watch.

Before joining RRE, she worked in investments at Bridgewater Associates. Prior to that, she lived in Beijing conducting research as a Brookings Institute fellow. She began her career at The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, where she reported on business and politics across Asia. She graduated with a BA from Princeton and is a mentor with Princeton’s Entrepreneurship Lab. She hails from London and is a design and futurology enthusiast.

Daniel Gallancy

Chief Executive Officer

Vida Identity

Vida Identity is a provider of blockchain-based identity management software. Vida hardens corporate security by providing a fully distributed key management system as well as the elimination of shared secrets (passwords, ID numbers, etc.) All aspects of Vida are decentralized: encryption key issuance, key revocation and storage of personal identity information.
While establishing Vida Identity, Gallancy provided blockchain-related advisory services for private corporations, investment management firms, central counterparties, and US State and Federal regulators.
Prior to founding Vida Identity, Gallancy spent ten years in the asset management industry. He was an investment professional at Beaconlight Capital and, before that, at Alson Capital Management. Gallancy’s areas of focus included semiconductor capital equipment, IT hardware, software and telecommunications. He was responsible for corporate diligence, financial analysis and investment decision-making. He earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and holds a BA in Physics and a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Gallancy is a CFA Charterholder.

Dan Hushon

Chief Technology Officer


Dan Hushon provides the leadership for driving the strategy and growth of CSC’s product lines and boosting technology excellence across the company.

Hushon joined CSC from EMC Corporation, where he was chief technologist for key strategic initiatives in big data, cloud technologies and next-generation infrastructure as well as the chief technologist of the service provider business. Previously, he served at Sun Microsystems in a variety of roles, including Chief Technologist for a cloud service and Chief Technologist for the global sales organization. Hushon has more than 20 years of information technology industry experience delivering technology-differentiated solutions to private, public and international customers.

Hushon holds a Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Angie McAllister

Senior Vice President Personalized Learning and Analytics

Pearson Education

Angie McAllister and her team draw on data and learning sciences to yield deep insights into student learning that can optimize learning outcomes and student success.

McAllister holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and has served for 25 years as a K-12 and university instructor, professional development specialist, school principal, and researcher focused on leadership, collaborative learning, conflict theory, learning analytics, adaptive learning, and mobile learning technologies. Her doctoral research focused on social learning theory and the role of conflict dispositions in collaborative learning models.

Ed McLaughlin

Chief Information Officer


Ed McLaughlin is responsible for ensuring that Mastercard efficiently delivers software development and integration efforts of the highest standards. Prior to assuming this position in 2016, he served as Chief Emerging Payments Officer for five years, where he was the lead in developing and commercializing payment product platforms and solutions. His innovations provided consumers, merchants and issuers with simpler and safer payment experiences in-store, online, in-app, in-aisle and virtually anywhere.
McLaughlin originally joined MasterCard in 2005 as head of bill payment and health care. He later served as Chief Franchise Development Officer. Previously, McLaughlin led product and strategy at Metavante and was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Paytrust, an online payments company.

Ryan McManus

Senior Vice President Partnerships and Development


McManus has over 20 years’ experience as a leader in both digital business start-ups and large corporate digital transformations. He previously founded Accenture’s Digital Business Strategy practice and served as the Accenture Strategy COO and a leader in the firm’s Corporate Strategy, M&A and International Expansion businesses. McManus is the author of several articles on digital business and corporate strategy and is a frequent speaker on the topics of strategy and digital transformation. He serves on two advisory boards with the Aspen Institute, the board of directors of Nortech Systems, and has advised multiple technology startups and non-profits.

McManus earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and has worked in over 40 countries.

Dan O’Prey

Chief Marketing Officer

Digital Asset Holdings

Digital Asset Holdings is a developer of distributed ledger technology for the financial services industry.

Prior to Dan O’Prey’s current role with Digital Asset Holdings, he was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of San-Francisco-based Hyperledger, a technology company that Digital Asset acquired in June. Hyperledger developed an innovative distributed ledger to allow financial institutions to clear and settle transactions in real time by creating multiple private blockchains across a known group of participants.

Before Hyperledger, O’Prey lived in Beijing where he founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer of MadeiraCloud (Visual Ops), a visual cloud management and automation tool for Amazon Web Services.

O’Prey holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Information Management from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.

Gian Pangaro

Creative Director


With more than a decade of experience practicing, leading, and coaching design, Pangaro delights in working with designers in every discipline. At IDEO CoLab, Pangaro helps individuals and teams use the design process to explore emerging technologies and shape their impact on major systems in our society.

Pangaro developed his design craft as a consultant with the international design firm IDEO, working as a Design Director for Boston, New York, and Chicago. His clients ranged across many industries – from pharmaceutical to financial, municipal to federal, automotive to aviation, educational to industrial. Beyond IDEO, Pangaro has also helped lead design teams and projects for startups and tech companies looking to expand their innovation practices. Throughout, his passion has always been bringing strategy to life through interactive experiences with tangible outputs.

In a recent parallel life, Pangaro worked as a professional luthier in Manhattan at the world-renown David Gage String Instrument Repair shop. Here, he repaired and restored double basses and cellos for New York musicians of every caliber.

Pangaro holds a BA in Sociology from Harvard University where he studied ethnography, electronics, and music. He earned an MS from the MIT Media Lab, where he studied Human-Computer Interaction and built hardware-software interfaces for Tangible Computing. When not studying, he spent most other waking moments tinkering with musical instruments and playing music. Not much has changed.

Rob Platzer

Chief Technology Officer


Rob. Platzer is responsible for leading Bitly’s technical strategy along with its talented team of engineers and data scientists. He is an 18-year tech industry veteran with deep experience building distributed systems, data intensive applications and innovative products that connect the world. He served as Chief Technology Officer of AOL’s Patch and Outside. A veteran of the New York City start-up scene, he developed his early technology and coding expertise in scalable web-based architectures at BlueTip and IconNicholson.

He is an active member of the nautical community around the port town of Northport, Long Island. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the State University of New York.

Howard Pyle

Senior Vice President Customer Experience and Design


In this new function, Howard Pyle is responsible for working across the enterprise to establish vision and best practices for end-to-end customer experience, visual design, digital marketing and user experience. His career has focused on bringing together design and technology across a number of roles in both startups and large enterprises.

Prior to joining MetLife, Pyle was VP of Developer Experience at IBM, responsible for the global brand experience, as well as design and content for IBM’s relationship with software developers across all business units. At IBM, he also led the Marketing Innovation Group and launched a series of IBM studios focused on digital marketing and brand design.

Pyle was previously a senior partner at Ogilvy, leading digital on the IBM account. He has also founded several startups focused on digital platforms and creative product development.

Anthony Sardella

Chief Executive Officer


Anthony Sardella is a visionary, entrepreneur and educator in the big data analytics industry. As Chairman and Founder of Sherpa Analytics, he has steadily grown and developed the data analytics company into an industry leader in expert statistical data research, analytical strategy initiatives and behavioral and social science methodologies. In 2004, he founded evolve24, a digital consumer insights company that uses traditional and social media to measure perception, reputation and risk. He now leads the vision, strategy and advancement of the combined research entity, with capabilities to deliver decision-ready intelligence and global market insights to U.S. and multinational businesses.
As Chief Innovation Officer for Maritz Holdings Inc., Sardella led company innovation efforts aimed at driving profitable growth opportunities for the Maritz business portfolio. His focus was to identify and commercialize innovations by assessing new business to complement Maritz’s existing portfolio, leveraging divisional opportunities and assessing new technology and innovative business models for faster and profitable growth.
Sardella joined Maritz in 2010 as Senior Vice President, Managing Director, evolve24, following the acquisition of evolve24 by Maritz Research.

Lisa Sotto


Hunton & Williams

Named one of the National Law Journal’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers,” Lisa Sotto, managing partner of the New York office of the law firm Hunton & Williams, chairs the company’s top-ranked global privacy and cybersecurity practice. She assists clients in identifying, evaluating and managing risks associated with privacy and information security practices.

Sotto has been rated the Number One privacy expert in all surveys by Computerworld magazine. She is recognized by Chambers and Partners as a Star Performer ? the highest honor ? for privacy and data security. She is one of only two privacy lawyers in the United States to receive this distinguished ranking.

Mimi Spier

Senior Director Internet of Things


Mimi Spier leads a team responsible for defining and launching the marketing, product, partner and business strategy for IoT at VMware, and developing the strategic partners necessary to deliver the most complete solution to the market. Previously at VMWare, Spier was responsible for ISV Business Development and Marketing for Mobility. She helped shape the growth and GTM strategy for VMware’s $1.5 billion acquisition of AirWatch and started The AppConfig program, enlisting players such as SAP, Oracle, Cisco, SalesForce and others to team with VMware in the mobility marketplace. She is a business graduate of Arizona State University and a Certified Public Accountant.

Featured speakers from IBM

Caleb Barlow

Vice President, Security


Caleb Barlow is responsible for the strategy and positioning of IBM’s portfolio of security products and services. He has led technical teams in product development, product management, strategy, marketing and cloud service delivery. Barlow routinely advises chief information security officers, boards of directors and government officials on security practices, frameworks and strategies to manage the business risk associated with cyber security. A strong advocate of social and new media, he regularly uses these technologies to engage customers, enable sales and promote the products he manages with proven results.

Barlow is a sought-after speaker on the subject of security. He has appeared on Bloomberg Television, CNBC Squawk Box, Yahoo News, Al Jazeera America and the BBC World Service.

Jerry Cuomo

Vice President, Blockchain Technologies

IBM Fellow

Jerry Cuomo is leading the creation of an emerging business unit to define IBM’s blockchain strategy, offerings and customer engagement approach. In 2016 IBM Blockchain is open for business, with the creation of and open source contributions to the new Linux Hyperledger project, the introduction of IBM Blockchain Cloud Services, and the new Blockchain Garages to be opened in NYC, London, Japan and Singapore.

Cuomo is known as one of the fathers of the IBM WebSphere software brand, where he served as Chief Technology Officer for 15 years. During this time, he led efforts to establish key middleware initiatives including: IBM’s API Management, Mobile and Cloud Services offerings in Bluemix. Cuomo also led acquisitions to accelerate delivery in emerging middleware areas including StrongLoop, Worklight and DataPower.

Cuomo continues to be a visible spokesperson for IBM in the emerging technology areas including Blockchain, API Economy, Digital Transformation, Cloud Services and the lean start-up approach to continually address new business opportunities.

Michael Karasick

Vice President, Cognitive Computing, IBM;

Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Karasick’s career at IBM has involved creating and producing novel technologies in leadership roles across IBM’s Research and Software organizations. Today, he is responsible for IBM’s World Wide Cognitive Computing Research agenda. In this role, he is the lead for a broad set of technologies, many realized in close collaboration with IBM Watson. These technologies include the creation and optimization of new AI technologies, methodologies and tools that support the cognitive application lifecycle. He has worked on new reasoning and learning algorithms, language/speech/image processing, content enrichment, cognitive systems and new acceleration technologies.

In both his Research and Watson roles, Karasick has created unique teams of researchers and engineers committed to developing cognitive technologies and products that are transformational for IBM and its customers.

Bryson Koehler

General Manager and Distinguished Engineer, IBM; Chief Technology Officer, IBM Watson and IBM Cloud, The Weather Company

The IBM Watson and Cloud Platform CTO Office is the global group that oversees all technology architecture, customer success and professional services. It also encompasses internal and external evangelism, partner relationships, developer/DevOps/QA/program management guild leadership, global operations, system reliability engineering, R&D and technology investments, unit-cost management, technical due diligence and strategic brand-product alignment.

As the CTO for the section, Koehler and his division are immersed in the cognitive and AI computing capabilities of Watson machine learning, the public IaaS IBM Cloud platform, IBM’s big-data cloud analytics group, the Watson Data Platform and The Weather Company.

Koehler believes in building a strong team culture based on calculated risks, high decision-making velocity and religiously agnostic architectures. He is now extending his transformation mission from The Weather Company to help lead IBM through a cultural and technical revolution.

In 2016, Koehler’s team was ranked second in the InformationWeek Elite 100 (The team was fifth in 2015). Additionally, in 2015, Koehler’s team won the Technology Association of Georgia’s Excalibur Award for best use of technology and was among Computer World’s Premiere 100 global IT teams. In 2014, Koehler was selected as Georgia CIO of the Year by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association, and his team was selected as one of the top 10 most innovative technology teams in Georgia by the Technology Association of Georgia as well as one of the top 10 of the decade for the state.

Jason McGee

Vice President, Cognitive Computing, IBM

Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Jason McGee is currently responsible for technical strategy and architecture for all of IBM’s Cloud Platform across public, dedicated, and local delivery models. Previously McGee served as CTO of Cloud Foundation Services, Chief Architect of PureApplication System, WebSphere Extended Deployment, WebSphere sMash, and WebSphere Application Server on distributed platforms.

Don O’Toole

Business Development Executive

Internet of Things

Don O’Toole is responsible for identifying and developing strategic partnerships with IoT technology and service providers around the globe. He leads a worldwide organization to support both software vendor and system integrator partnerships wherever they’re required. In that capacity, he works with IT specialists across emerging markets including China, Central Europe, Africa and Latin America. As well, he defines and rolls out governance processes and supporting systems for each mission undertaken. He has a strong record of successful collaboration with worldwide sales, marketing and brand teams to ensure achievement of revenue and expense objectives and communicates insights derived from partnerships to worldwide and reginal teams.

Doug Powell

Distinguished Designer


Doug Powell has more than 25 years of experience in a wide range of design disciplines. He is a recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis, and the 2014 Fellow Award from AIGA Minnesota.

Powell is a lecturer, commentator and thought leader on design issues. He has presented at national conferences, including 2015 Beirut Design Week in Lebanon, the 2015 Offset Design Conference in Dublin, Bright Ideas on Minnesota Public Radio, the 2012 TEDx ArtCenter and the 2011 Mayo Clinic Transform Conference. He has served as the national president of AIGA, the largest and oldest professional design organization in the world. He is currently directing a program at IBM to scale design and design thinking across the company.