Headline Event Featured Keynote Speaker

John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers

Founder and CEO

JC2 Ventures

Former Chairman & CEO, Cisco

John Chambers, founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures, focuses on helping disruptive startups from around the world build and scale. He invests in companies that are leading market transitions, such as Aspire Food Group, Balbix, Bloom Energy, Dedrone, IoTium, Lucideus, OpenGov, Pindrop, Privoro, Rubrik, SparkCognition, Sprinklr, and Uniphore. He serves on the Board of Directors for Bloom Energy, OpenGov, Pindrop, and Sprinklr. Chambers is the author of Connecting the Dots: Lessons for Leadership in a Startup World, where he shares new rules for disruption and lasting success in the Digital Age. He is also the Chairman of the US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and was appointed Global Ambassador of the French Tech by President Emmanuel Macron of France in January of 2018. Prior to founding JC2 Ventures, Chambers spent 25+ years with Cisco, serving as CEO, Chairman and Executive Chairman. He currently holds the title of Chairman Emeritus with the organization.


Governor Roy Cooper

Governor Roy Cooper

GOVERNOR ROY COOPER was born and raised in Nash County and attended public schools, working summers on the farm. His mother worked as a school teacher and his father farmed and practiced law in Nashville. Cooper graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar, and after finishing law school he went back home to practice law.

Cooper previously served as a North Carolina Senator, in the North Carolina House and as the state’s Attorney General. As a legislator, he fought to increase pay for teachers and reduce class sizes. He also wrote North Carolina’s first children’s health insurance initiative, passed laws that set a national standard against predatory lenders, pushed tougher safety standards for child care centers, and gave victims new rights through the Crime Victims Bill of Rights. As Attorney General, he worked hard to keep people safe by fighting crime, protecting consumers, and helping victims.

On November 8, 2016, Roy Cooper was elected to serve as the 75th Governor of the state of North Carolina.

Keynote Speakers

Allen, Robbie

Robbie Allen


Infinia ML

Conn, Grad

Grad Conn

Chief Experience & Marketing Officer


Day, Gavin

Gavin Day

Senior Vice President, Technology


Getzen, Patrick

Patrick Getzen

SVP, Chief Data and Analytics Officer


Mounts, David

David Mounts

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


Ramaswamy, Vivek

Vivek Ramaswamy

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Roivant Sciences

Sharpe, Andy

Andy Sharpe

President and CEO

Bühler North America

Shrum, Rick

Rick Schrum, Sr.

vice president and chief strategy officer


Vernon, Mona

Mona Vernon

Head of Fidelity Labs

Fidelity Investments

Panel Keynote Speakers

Mann, Jenn

Jenn Mann



Marshall, Cynthia “Cynt”

Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall

CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, President & CEO, Marshalling Resources Consulting, Retired AT&T SVP-Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer

Riggins, Charmaine

Charmaine Riggins

Chief Human Resources & Enterprise Systems Officer

LORD Corporation

Featured Non-Profit

Teen Cancer America