Power Speakers

Meet our conference speakers

Bill Stainton

29-time Emmy Winner, Keynote Speaker on Leadership, Strategic Creativity, & Accountability

Bob Schukai

Senior Vice President, Identity Solutions at Mastercard

Shannon Polson

Author, North of Hope and The Grit Project & First U.S. Army Women Apache Helicopter Captains and Pilots

Michael Daniel

Cybersecurity Advisor to President Barack Obama (2012 - 2016) & President, Cyber Threat Alliance

Bill Stainton

29-time Emmy Winner, Keynote Speaker on Leadership, Strategic Creativity, & Accountability

Monday, April 8, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Session 1.0 – Opening Power Speaker

It’s Showtime! Leading High-Performance Teams in a High-Pressure World

Life is not a dress rehearsal; neither is business. How would your organization be different if everyone stopped making excuses and started producing better results in every area of their lives? Not “later,” not “some day,” but now! Because when it’s showtime, all that matters is results. And in your business, as well as in your life, every day is showtime!

Bill Stainton is a 29-time Emmy Award winning TV producer, writer, and performer; an author; and a business humorist. He blends the business smarts he learned from twenty years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he garnered from working with people like Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, and Ellen DeGeneres to create entertaining and enlightening presentations enjoyed by audiences around the world! He’s been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Forbes, is a regular columnist for Seattle Business magazine, and his TEDx Talk has been called a “must watch.” He also drove his former facility manager crazy on a weekly—if not daily—basis.

Bob Schukai

 Senior Vice President, Identity Solutions at Mastercard    

Monday, April 8, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Power Speaker Luncheon 3.0

Where Next, Technology?

One could argue that with the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, our collective love for technology was set in motion.  The startup scene on both coasts exploded as the “app economy” grew.  The gold rush ushered in our worship of technology idols like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Sergey Brin.  The personal power of technology suggested we could see create new experiences; solve health issues through artificial intelligence; and even see cars drive themselves, reducing risk of accidents and fatalities.

Just over ten years on though, our perceptions seem to be changing before our eyes.  “FOMO,” fear of missing out is created a legion of people with mobile phone addiction. Debate is raging over the use of our data without our knowledge, over encryption, and whether or not “the robots” will take our jobs.  For the first time ever, we are discussing the ethics around new technology:  just because we are able to do something, should we? This presentation will engage the audience in a presentation looking back and looking forward at what we can expect in technology and the questions we should be asking as these new technologies mature and come to market.

Robert Schukai (Bob) is Senior Vice President, Identity Solutions at Mastercard.  He is responsible for the strategy, design, execution, and support of innovative identity solutions to enable people to validate and authenticate themselves digitally in both payment and non-payment transactions.

Prior to his current role, Schukai was the Global Head of Design for Digital Identity Solutions and Head of Applied Innovation for Thomson Reuters. In addition to overseeing the development and execution of the mobile growth strategy across the corporation, he led the central technology innovation function for Thomson Reuters globally including core research and development, advanced product concept development, core mobile technology and application solution development. Focus areas included cognitive computing, machine learning, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, financial technology (fintech), blockchain, user experience, and digital identity

He served as an ambassador to New York City and the east coast of the United States for the London Tech City initiative, driven by the British government and the United Kingdom Trade and Investment group. He currently serves as a mentor for companies in the Level 39 fintech accelerator in London and is a board member for Angel Academe, an organization dedicated to matching female entrepreneurs with female angel investors.

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Schukai was the Vice President of Wireless/Broadband Technologies for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., (TBS, Inc.) from 2005-2010. During that time, he was responsible for global research and development activities for TBS, Inc. in the areas of mobile/wireless, broadband, Internet protocol television (IPTV) and games. He also led the technology strategy and deployment for Turner’s mobile web and applications platforms, including analytics and advertising solutions.

Schukai spent eighteen years working for Motorola, Inc., in the United States and United Kingdom. In his last role at Motorola, he served as director of global 3G strategy and business development for Motorola, overseeing global strategy and business development activities for 3G handsets. While at Motorola, he held roles in research and development, product development, engineering management, marketing, strategy, and business development.

Schukai holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University. He is a long-term member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a technical and professional association of more than 365,000 individual members in approximately 150 countries.

In 2014, he was named a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2014 New Year Honours List for services to British trade and investment and for promotion of STEM education.

Shannon Huffman Polson

Author, North of Hope and The Grit Project & One of the First U.S. Army Women Apache Helicopter Captains and Pilots

Tuesday, April 9th 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Power Speaker Luncheon 6.0

Leading From Any Seat:  Stories from the Cockpit & Lessons from the Grit Project

Tenacity, determination, grit and an innate ability to lead has defined Shannon Huffman Polson. An adventurous young woman, she summited Mount McKinley (now Denali) and, at the time, was the youngest woman to complete the attempt. From there, she was commissioned in the Army and was one of the first women to fly the Apache attack helicopter. Through her leadership and aviation skills she earned the right to lead two flight platoons and was the first woman to command an Apache flight company in the 2nd Infantry Division. With real-world stories and insights from in and out of the cockpit, she offers tangible leadership lessons for audience members to seek out their own targets and, where passion and purpose intersect, incorporate them into their own professional lives. By examining everyday leadership and situational challenges, Shannon empowers others to effectively lead and thrive in any dynamic environment.From the cockpit to the boardroom, Shannon Huffman Polson shares stories of grit and leadership to help others overcome fear, breakthrough uncertainty, and reach their full potential.

Shannon is a woman of many firsts. Among those high points: She is one of the first women to fly Apache combat helicopters in the U.S. Armed Forces, where she served on three continents and led two flight platoons and a line company. She is also the founder and CEO of The Grit Institute and the author of the memoir North of Hope, and forthcoming book The Grit Project.

After nearly a decade as an Army officer and attack aviation leader, and later, as a leader and manager in the corporate sector at Guidant and Microsoft, Shannon turned her attention to storytelling, sharing the stories of remarkable female leaders and trailblazers through her forthcoming book, The Grit Project (2019), her Grit Project blog and other writing endeavors.

Drawing on a distinguished military and corporate career, she reveals her lessons learned and leadership strategies to help you harness your own inner strength, move beyond resistance, and attain your goals. With an emphasis on grit – which she describes as “a dogged determination in the face of difficult circumstances” – she demonstrates how to tap into that passion and resolve so you can face your limitations, own your sense of purpose, and become a leader of greatness.

Michael Daniel

Cybersecurity Advisor to President Barack Obama (2012 – 2016) & President, Cyber Threat Alliance

Wednesday, April 10th 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Power Speaker Breakfast 9.0

Building Your Cyber Toolbox

Affectionately known as the “cyber czar” to President Obama, Michael shares critical insights on how organizations should think and act differently than ever before when it comes to cyber risk management. As Michael says, “it’s not if, but when an attack will occur” and a proactive, “how-to” approach before a breach or hack occurs—as well as ensuring you are equipped with the necessary tools when an event happens—have become a necessary best practice within today’s organizations.

Michael Daniel draws from his post at the highest echelon of government to sound the alarm on the global security threats of the 21st century, revealing the necessary steps for managing your organization’s cyber risk.From the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment to the intrusion into the Office of Personnel Management and the Russian efforts to meddle in the U.S. electoral process, Michael Daniel has maintained a pivotal role leading the government’s response to the most prominent cyber incidents of our time. As cybersecurity coordinator to President Barack Obama, Michael led the nation’s cybersecurity strategy and policy efforts from 2012 to 2016.

Widely recognized as one of the world’s top cybersecurity experts, Michael specializes in managing cyber risk to critical infrastructure systems, such as financial services assets, electronic medical records and industrial control systems. As president and CEO of the nonprofit Cyber Threat Alliance, Michael leads a team of cybersecurity giants, such as Cisco, Checkpoint, Fortinet, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, and Symantec, to improve information sharing about cybercrime and other threats.

With proven strategies for identifying and alleviating threats, and responding to cyber incidents, Michael unveils key insights for safeguarding assets in an era of precarious digital disruption and connectivity. As attacks increase in sophistication and hackers prove more brazen each day, Michael’s authoritative outlook on the global security landscape and applicable action plans help business leaders avoid becoming the next breaking cyber news story.