We all need inspiration and excitement in our lives to keep us motivated and focused. The upcoming 2018 CIO Summit of America on March 28 at the Grand Hyatt New York will deliver a full day of inspiring visionary leadership from our A-list roster of world-class speakers and presenters representing the best and boldest companies in today's ultra-competitive markets. The All-Star roster of speakers and topics to be addressed helps explain why HPE cited the Summit of America as a 'must-attend' CIO conference for 2018.
I'm especially looking forward to sharing the stage with Ramón Baez, Former SVP, Customer Evangelist, HPE and CIO Evangelist at HMG Strategy. Ramón and I will explore 'Why the Tech Platform Matters' and why IT remains supremely relevant 15 years after Nicolas Carr's famous essay, IT Doesn't Matter.
Our conversation will cover the major ideas and challenges facing our industry. We'll talk about Why the Tech Platform Matters in helping to reimagine and reinvent the enterprise, along with the importance of communicating and validating how tech investments have delivered value.
We'll also explore the impact of FAANG-BAT (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent) on the global economy; the astounding gains of tech stock prices over the past two years; the emergence of data as the new oil; why you need to recruit high-energy people for your team to build the best possible culture; why networking is the best strategy for career ascent; Silicon Valley vs. New York City; and how to think globally and act (digitally) locally.
The summit features an array of incredibly talented and brilliant leaders and executives including Koby Avital, CTO, Priceline; David Berman, President, Zoom; Mark Moore, COO/Co-Founder, Inxeption; and Jedidiah Yueh, Founder and Chairman, Delphix.
Special guest Michael Kay, New York Yankees Broadcaster at YES Network, will join us for an exclusive interview during our luncheon. I expect the conversation will be interesting, lively and enlightening.
Our summit super-stars also include Richard Entrup, Global CIO, Christie's; Mike Golz, CIO, SAP; Andrew Guzman, VP & CTO, Americas, HCL Technologies; Stuart Kippelman, SVP & CIO, Platform Specialty Products Corporation; Sean Lennon, SVP & CIO, Allergan; Leslie Ma, Global CIO, Cadillac - General Motors; Vipul Nagrath, Global CIO, ADP, LLC; Steve Phillips, Chairman of the Board, Wick Communications; Phyllis Post, VP & CIO, Global Human Health IT, Merck; John Repko, CIO, Johnson Controls; Jim Routh, CSO, Aetna; Scott Strickland, CIO, Wyndham Hotel Group; Jim Swanson, CIO, Monsanto; and Sigal Zarmi, Vice Chairwoman, Global CIO, PwC.
You'll find the full agenda and a complete list of speakers here. I urge you to attend this incredibly valuable summit, and I look forward to meeting you there in person. The summit will provide you with amazing opportunities to gain knowledge, network with peers and accelerate your career trajectory.
At HMG Strategy, we're actively supporting the next great generation of technology leaders. We've created a truly global platform to deliver their perspectives, insights and ideas to a wider and deeper audience. We're incredibly proud of the brilliant, energetic and genuinely inspiring leaders joining us for our HMG Strategy 2018 World Tour. In December, we'll be announcing our Global Academy Awards for Technology at an exclusive black-tie event at the Freedom Tower in Manhattan. Stay tuned for more details on this extraordinary event.