Power Speakers

Trailblazers, trendsetters and topic authorities help you zero in on what you need to be an FM forerunner.

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 Award 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 are 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 20 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

Sponsored by:

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 personal power of technology suggested we could create new experiences; solve health issues through artificial intelligence; and even see cars drive themselves, reducing risk of accidents and fatalities.

Just over 10 years on though, our perceptions seem to be changing before our eyes. “FOMO,” or fear of missing out, has 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’re discussing the ethics around new technology: just because we’re able to do something, should we? This presentation will look 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. Previously, he was the Global Head of Design for Digital Identity Solutions and Head of Applied Innovation for Thomson Reuters, overseeing the development and execution of the mobile growth strategy across the corporation. He was the Vice President of Wireless/Broadband Technologies for Turner Broadcasting System, and also spent 18 years working for Motorola in the United States and United Kingdom, with roles in product development, engineering management, strategy and business development.

Bob served as an ambassador to New York City and the U.S. east coast 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. In 2014, he was named a Member of the British Empire in Queen Elizabeth’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 Women to Fly Apache Combat Helicopters in the U.S. Armed Forces

Tuesday, April 9th 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Power Speaker Luncheon 6.0

Leading From Any Seat:  Stories from the Cockpit and 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. Shannon is a woman of many firsts. She is one of the first women to fly Apache combat helicopters in the U.S. Armed Forces, for which 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.”

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 U.S. President Barack Obama (2012 – 2016) and President, Cyber Threat Alliance

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

Power Speaker Breakfast 9.0

Sponsored by:The McMorrowReports

Building Your Cyber Toolbox

Affectionately known as the “cyber czar,” serving as cybersecurity coordinator for U.S. President Barack Obama, Michael Daniel 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 approach before a breach or hack occurs — as well as ensuring you are equipped with the necessary tools when an event happens — have become necessary best practices within today’s organizations.

Michael 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 has maintained a pivotal role leading the U.S. government’s response to the most prominent cyber incidents of our time.

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, he 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. He shares his outlook on the global security landscape and applicable action plans to help business leaders avoid becoming the next breaking cyber news story.