Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name — Shaq. A revered cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning the sport’s highest honors, including membership in the NBA Hall of Fame. But Shaquille O’Neal isn’t only a legendary athlete; he was also ranked among ‘‘The 100 Most Creative People in Business’’ by Fast Company magazine. O’Neal is currently an NBA analyst on TNT’s Emmy Award-winning show, “Inside the NBA,” on TNT.
Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name — Shaq. A revered cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning him the sport’s highest honors, including membership in the NBA Hall of Fame. The four-time NBA Champion, 15-time NBA All Star, and three-time NBA Finals MVP has been named one of the most influential athletes by Forbes magazine, and the highest-ranked NBA athlete on Nielsen’s State of the Media: Year in Sports 2010 and Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Power Sports 100.
But Shaquille O’Neal isn’t only a legendary athlete; he has also established himself as a powerful media personality and businessman over the years. Ranked among ‘‘The 100 Most Creative People in Business’’ by Fast Company magazine, O’Neal is currently an NBA analyst on TNT’s Emmy Award-winning show, “Inside the NBA,” on TNT.
In addition to being an early investor in companies such as Google, O’Neal has managed an increasingly robust personal brand, which has included television shows, a shoe line, and social media/tech products. The first verified celebrity account on Twitter, O’Neal announced his NBA retirement via Tout, a social media app that allows users to record 15-second video statuses.
With 12 years of experience in the BC/DR, backup and recovery, and information storage industries, Stephanie Balaouras provides research and advisory services for security and risk professionals. She leads a team of analysts at Forrester who cover IT security frameworks; governance, risk, and compliance (GRC); identity and access management (IAM); application security; data security; and IT infrastructure security. Balaouras also covers specific risk topics including business continuity, IT continuity/disaster recovery, and backup and recovery. She previously helped develop Forrester’s research and offerings in continuity, availability, and information storage and protection.
As Chief Technology Officer of NBC Sports Group Digital, Eric Black manages all IP-delivered platforms for NBC Sports Digital, including its numerous websites, applications, and connected devices. He also oversees NBC Sports’ Playmaker Media, a separate business that provides end-to-end video support service for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions. Under Black’s leadership, NBC Sports Digital and Playmaker Media have streamed some of the most prestigious properties in sports, including six Olympic Games, three Super Bowls, and Sunday Night Football — primetime television’s number one show.
Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. She is the author of three books: “Brave, Not Perfect”; “Women Who Don’t Wait in Line”; and The New York Times best-seller “Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World.” Her TED Talk teaches girls bravery, not perfection, and has had more than 4 million views. She will draw on her expertise to discuss closing the gender gap in technology.
A member of Anchorage’s Computer Intrusion Squad, Elliott Peterson is responsible for investigating complex botnets, high-dollar account takeover fraud, and distributed denial-of-service attacks. Prior to joining the FBI, Peterson worked in Higher Education and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Dickinson College and a master’s degree in Crime Analysis from Tiffin University. He will share his detailed knowledge and insight on Cybersecurity at the Edge.
Gary Eppinger helms IT security — and all of the personal data that flows through it — for Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise company in the world. Ranked 24th in ExecRank’s “Top Security Executive Rankings,” Eppinger leads a team protecting data from onboard casinos, health clinics, and retail operations, plus the operations of a fleet of more than 100 ships. Before working at Carnival, Eppinger was IT CISO at SuperValu, and IT Security and Privacy Director at Delphi.
As Chief Technology Officer of The Washington Post, Scot Gillespie spearheads the effort to use world-class technology to provide superior reader experiences across global platforms. Gillespie also heads Arc Publishing, the Post’s fast-growing software-as-a-service business, which powers sites that serve more than 600 million unique visitors a month across five continents. His team counts a large number of brand-name publications and broadcasters in the top U.S. markets and around the world as clients. Before joining the Post, Gillespie led software development and engineering operations for W. W. Grainger’s consumer- and business-facing systems.
As part of Tokopedia’s mission to democratize commerce through technology and to support financial inclusion in the Indonesian market, Herman Widjaja heads a team focusing on the growth of FinTech, travel, payment, digital bills, and new retail channels. Widjaja also has more than 13 years of experience working with leading U.S. tech companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, and Google. In addition, he holds 12 U.S./international-issued patents, is on the Board of Advisors at a top Indonesian university’s AI center, and serves on the Steering Committee for the World Economic Forum’s SEA payment group.
Dr. Tom Leighton served as Chief Scientist for 14 years before taking on his current role. He will share Akamai’s vision for the future and how the Edge will make it possible. He will discuss industry megatrends and how the Edge is helping current customers profoundly transform their own businesses.
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