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We can’t wait to see you next year: Oct. 16 - 18, 2022

 

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PRESENTERS ARE THE HEART OF THE SUMMIT

#NWATS2021
PRESENTERS
+ TRACKS

Jerry R. Geisler III

SVP and CISO, Walmart 

2021 NWATS Presenter

BUSINESS AGILITY

Jon Smart Author, "Sooner, Safer, Happier: Antipatterns and Patterns for Business Agility"

Google Cloud Jason Hinds, Google Cloud Customer Engineering

IBM Jason Gartner, GM & CTO, IBM Client Engineering

IBM Kevin Hall, Distinguished Engineer and CTO, IBM Global Markets

Microsoft Keith Mercier, General Manager, Worldwide and Consumer Goods

Red Hat Matt Hicks, EVP, Products and Technologies

Red Hat Syed Rasheed Director, Cloud Native Development Solutions

Sonatype Stephen Magill, VP Product Innovation

U.S. Department of Defense Bryan Finster, Distinguished Software Engineer

Walmart Dana Finster, Principal Software

Engineer, Cybersecurity

Walmart Jerry Geisler, SVP and Global CISO

Walmart Charles Greathouse, Sr. Dir., Data Product Commercialization

Zulily Courtney Kissler, CTO

EMERGING TECH TRENDS

24/7 Consulting Jimmé Peters, President and CMO

ATLAS Kelsey Bottje, Account Director 

ATLAS Kyle Parker, VP, Engineering and Data Science

ATLAS Binn Ross, VP, Client Success

ATLAS Mike Cario, Sr. Dir., Analytic Solutions

Bass, Berry & Sims Janelle Waack, Attorney

Capgemini Randy Bogart, VP, North America

Cognizant Babak Hodjat, CTO AI

COX Steve Bradley, VP, COX CleanTech

Deloitte Catherine Bannister, Managing Director

Deloitte Mike Bechtel, Managing Director and Chief Futurist

Deloitte Scott Buchholz, Emerging Technology Research Director and Government and Public Services Chief Technology Officer

Edafio Jeremy Ausburn, CISO

Edafio Sam Grubb, Cybersecurity Consultant

Edafio Valerie Moring, Healthcare/Cybersecurity Lead

Facebook Sonu Durgia, Product Lead, Responsible AI

Intel Lama Nachman, Intel Fellow and Director of Anticipatory Computing Lab

Microsoft Research Hal Daumé, III, Sr. Principal Researcher

Moment Al Megan Gray, Founder and CEO

MovieComm Scott DiGiammarino, CEO

NVIDIA Renu Bhatia, VP Business Development and Sales

NYDIG Yan Zhao, President

Ox Charu Thomas, Founder and CEO

Palo Alto Networks Matt Chiodi, Chief Security Officer

Pax8 John Street, CEO

Salesforce Brian Solis VP, Global Innovation Evangelist

Snowflake Rob Saenz, Senior Sales Engineer

Stadia Ventures Brandon Janosky, Managing Partner

Stopwatch Meagan Kinmonth Bowman, Founder and CEO

TeamViewer Brian Ballard, SVP, Solution Delivery

The Venture Center Wayne Miller, Executive Director

University of Arkansas Cindy Moehring, Founder and Executive Chair, Business Integrity Leadership Institute

University of Arkansas Dr. Mary Lacity, Dir. Blockchain Center of ExcellenceVNTANA Ashley Crowder, Co-Founder and CEO

Walmart Dan Rice, VP, Digital Governance

EQUITABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

AEDC Katherine Andrews, Dir., Small Business & Entrepreneurship Development

Arkansas Children's Research Institute Barry Brady, FACHE, CRA, Chief Operating Officer

Boma Global; TEDx Lara Stein, Co-Founder and CEO; Founder and Director

Cartwheel Startup Studio Chris Coy, Partner

Cartwheel Startup Studio Josh Stanley, Partner

Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Christy Gillenwater, President and CEO

Endeavor Northwest Arkansas Canem Arkan, Founding Managing Director

Endeavor Catalyst Allen Taylor, Managing Director

Cathay Innovation Alexandre Lazarow, Partner

Gameplan Entertainment Steve Mandell, Chairman and CEO

Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce Graham Cobb, President and CEO

Greater Des Moines Partnership Jay Byers, President and CEO

Ignite Social Impact Rosemarie Truman, Founder and CEO

Life Science Angels Faz Bashi, MD

Lightspeed Venture Partners Barry Eggers, Founder and Partner

MeMD Bill Goodwin, MBA, CEO

MSNBC Richard Lui, Anchor

Northwest Arkansas Council Jeannette Balleza Collins, Dir., Entrepreneurial Development

Northwest Arkansas Council Nelson Peacock, President and CEO

Silicon Valley Bank Scott McCarty, Dir. Life Sciences

Sobrato Family Foundation Sheri Sobrato, Trustee

State of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

StitchCrew and VEST Erika Lucas, Co-Founder

TrestleTree Glenn Garrison, VP, Sales

U-Pledge Neil St. Clair, Co-Founder and COO

Walmart Marcus Osborne, SVP, Walmart Health

Wellville Esther Dyson, Executive Founder

Zipline Hillary Brendzel, VP, US Healthcare Partnerships

FUTURE OF SUPPLY CHAIN

3M Dr. John Banovetz, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Environmental Responsibility

Ascent Energy Ventures David Forsberg, Managing Partner

DASH Systems Joel Ifill, Founder and CEO

DiamondStream Partners Dean Donovan, Managing Director

Deloitte Kyle Tanger, Managing Director, Consulting FutureofFresh & Sustainability, US Deloitte Consulting LLP

EIC Andrew Lackner

Elroy Air Kofi Asante, Head of Strategy and Business Development

EY Rob Dongoski, Partner, Food and Agribusiness

Fortinet Richard (Rick) K. Peters, CISO, Operational Technology North America

Fortinet Courtney Radke, National Retail CISO 

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Craig Harper,Chief Sustainability Officer, EVP

Phillips 66 Dr. Aalo Gupta, Dir., Emerging Technology

Reliable Robotics Robert Rose, Co-Founder and CEO

Tulsa Innovation Labs Kastle Jones, Sr. Assoc., Energy Tech and Advanced Aerial Mobility

Union Pacific Rahul Jalali, CIO

University of Arkansas Sarah Goforth, Executive Director, Walton College of Business

University of Arkansas Dr. Rich Ham, Associate Director, Master of Science in Engineering Management Master of Science in Operations Management

Ware Ian Smith, Co-Founder and CEO

Williams Daniel Kim, Emerging Opportunities Business Development Lead

HEALTH TECH + WELLNESS

BehaVR, Inc. Aaron Gani, Founder and CEO

Electric Bike Action Alex Boyce, European Correspondent

Endeavor Marc Cho, Manager, Entrepreneur Selection and Growth

Medically Home Raphael Rakowski, CEO

Oklahoma State University Michael Rogers, Dir. Auxiliary Operations and CFO OSU Medical Authority

PeopleForBikes Noa Banayan, Dir., Federal Affairs

Proximie Nadine Hachach-Haram, BEM, Founder and CEO

Specialized Garrett Getter, Leader, Body Geometry

Specialized Jan Tavalasek, Director, Turbo Technology

Tulsa Innovation Labs Shawna Khouri, Virtual Health Manager

Whole Health Institute Tracy Gaudet, MD, Executive Director

Whole Health Institute Russell (Russ) H. Greenfield, MD, Sr. Director, Employee Whole Health

NEW WAY OF WORK

Autozone Michelle Borninkhof, SVP, CIO

Facebook Diana Doukas, Manager, Economic Impact

Gap, Inc. Sharmeelee Bala, Interim Head of Engineering

LPL Financial Lety Nettles, Executive Vice President and CIO, Digital Innovation Transformation and Business Platforms

NBCUniversal Craig Robinson, EVP, Chief Diversity Officer

Pinterest Dr. LeMia Jenkins Thompson, Global Head of Communications

Shiloh Technologies Cheryl Yarbrough, SVP, Sales and Marketing

Studio O+A Primo Orpilla, Principal and Co-Founder

Walmart Ben-Saba Hasan SVP, Chief Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer

Walmart Kellie Romack Vice President, Associate Experience

PIPELINE DEVELOPMENT

Bentonville Public Schools John Mark Russell, Ignite Professional Studies Technology Instructor

Blue Yonder Mitchell Webb, Sr. Dir., Walmart

Boys and Girls Club Austin Ormand, Unit Director

GET Cities Fellow Cristal Casellas
GET Cities Fellow Rocio Meza

GET Cities Fellow Gabrielle Williams

IMA Delta Systems Chad Gundelach, Engineering Manager

Red Bull Payson McElveen MTB XC

Second Muse Foundation Elle Ramel, Chicago Director of GET Cities

Steam Rocket Engine Joel Gordon, Independent Consultant 

Student Taylor Alred

Student Abby Chuang

Student Sarah Humphries

Student Maddox Porter

Student Reece Webb

Teacher, Lake Hamilton Jr. High Ashley Kincannon

Tech for Good Anna Beth Gorman

Walmart Jason Coyle, Director, Supply Chain Automation Strategy

VENTURE NOIRE

Boston Consulting Group Jim Lowry, Sr. Advisor

Heifer International Jensyn Hallett, Dir., Impact Capital

JIJ Impact Jeff Johnson, CEO

Precipice IP PLLC Angela J. Grayson, CIPP/US, CLP, Founder

Venture Noire Emma Willis, COO

Venture Noire Keenan Beasley, Founder and CEO
 

THE NORTHWEST ARKANSAS TECH SUMMIT THANKS OUR

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