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The Journey to AI


Explore the science behind the AI revolution and the tremendous opportunity being unleashed for businesses and society. This session will look at AI's progress in cultivating new knowledge in the enterprise and in transforming critical industries like healthcare, telecommunications and financial services. Join IBM's Dr. John Kelly and David Kenny and special guests to examine the underlying complexities of developing new AI technologies and how forward-thinking leaders are using AI to reimagine workflows within their professions and industries.

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Tue (March 20), 10:30AM PT


Gary M. Reedy

Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society, Inc.

Gary M. Reedy has dedicated his life to improving the health of people worldwide. He took that vision to the American Cancer Society when he became chief executive officer in April 2015, but his work with the organization truly began more than 15 years ago, when he first became a volunteer leader with the Society.
As CEO, Reedy is leading the organization to become the new American Cancer Society – the most relevant and powerfully impactful cancer-fighting organization in the world. He has a laser focus on customer experience, stewardship, and innovation. And under his leadership, the organization has set a historic goal to double its annual research funding to approximately $240 million by 2021. The increase aims to dramatically grow what is already the largest and arguably most successful nonprofit research program in the nation.

Dr. John E. Kelly III

Senior Vice President, Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research, IBM

Dr. John Kelly is senior vice president, Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research. He is focused on IBM’s investments in several of the fastest-growing and most strategic parts of the technology market, including IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, IBM Watson Health, IBM Watson Internet of Things, IBM Watson Customer Engagement and IBM Security. He is also responsible for IBM Research and the company’s Intellectual Property team.

Most recently, he spent seven years as senior vice president and director of IBM Research. Under Dr. Kelly, IBM Research expanded its global footprint by adding four new labs (including IBM’s first in Africa, South America and Australia), creating a network of approximately 3,000 scientists and technical employees across 12 laboratories in 10 countries.

Craig B. Thompson, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Craig B. Thompson, M.D., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Dr. Thompson received his BS from Dartmouth and MD from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by clinical training in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and in medical oncology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute. Dr. Thompson has extensive research experience in cancer, immunology, and translational medicine. His current research focuses on the regulation of cellular metabolism during cell growth/differentiation and on the role that metabolic changes play in the origin and progression of cancer. Dr. Thompson is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Medical Advisory Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is also a Fellow of the AACR Academy.

Jensen Huang

Founder, President and CEO, NVIDIA

Jensen Huang founded NVIDIA in 1993 and has served since its inception as president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors.
Starting out in PC graphics, NVIDIA helped build the gaming market into the largest entertainment industry in the world today. Its invention of the GPU in 1999 made possible real-time programmable shading, which defines modern computer graphics, and later revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world.
Huang is a recipient of the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award from the Global Semiconductor Association in recognition of his exceptional contributions to driving the development, innovation, growth and long-term opportunities of the fabless semiconductor industry.

David Kenny

Senior Vice President, IBM Watson & Cloud Platform, IBM

David Kenny is senior vice president, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, spearheading the Watson technology platform development, as well as optimizing IBM’s public cloud for data and cognitive workloads.
David was most recently General Manager, IBM Watson, responsible for the Watson platform, its global ecosystem of business partners and developers, and emerging solutions. Prior to joining IBM, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company (Weather), where he oversaw the company’s portfolio of consumer and business-to-business weather brands and businesses including The Weather Channel,, and WSI. David was previously president of Akamai, the leading cloud platform designed to help enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences to mobile and fixed Internet users.

Aaron Levie

Chief Executive Officer, Cofounder and Chairman, Box

Aaron Levie is Chief Executive Officer, Cofounder and Chairman at Box, which he launched in 2005 with CFO and cofounder Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind the Box product and platform strategy, incorporating the best of secure content collaboration with an intuitive user experience suited to the way people work today. Aaron leads the company in its mission to transform the way people and businesses work so they can achieve their greatest ambitions. He has served on the Board of Directors since April 2005.
Aaron attended the University of Southern California from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to found Box.

André Coisne

Chief Executive Officer, Orange Bank

André Coisne began his career in consulting at Accenture before joining Citibank in
1987, where he held various positions in the retail banking and credit sectors in France
and Belgium. In 1994, he joined Fidelity to launch the Luxembourg funds distribution business
in France. In 2000, he launched ING Direct France, which he headed up for eight years.
He joined Crédit Agricole in 2008 to develop the online banking offer for its 39 regional
banks,and became CEO of BforBank, where he oversaw its successful development until 2016. He joined Orange in July 2016, and was appointed CEO of Orange Bank in October 2016. André Coisne graduated from ESCP Europe Business School.

Barbry McGann

Senior Vice President, Project Management, Workday

Barbry McGann is senior vice president of products at Workday, where she leads product management for Workday’s applications including Workday Financial Management, Workday HCM, and Workday Student. Barbry joined Workday in 2015, bringing more than 20 years of experience in product management and strategy.
Prior to Workday, Barbry held several key product strategy, product marketing, and executive positions in leading enterprise software companies and start-ups including PeopleSoft, Oracle, and C3. At Oracle, Barbry was group vice president of product management for the CRM Division, responsible for product strategy, product management, and operations totaling $1.2 billion. Most recently, Barbry was a product strategy and management consultant for
Medidata, Verizon, and New Relic. Barbry holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.