Last week was filled with tumult and upheaval. The stock market gyrated. Geopolitical risks escalated following U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia and heightened concerns about a possible trade war. And I speak for most of us when I say it's hard to believe that Stephen Hawking passed away. His death leaves a void. He was a true source of inspiration on many levels, for millions of people all over the world. 

Here in the tech industry, we still have icons and inspiration figures. Visionary leaders like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are unquestionably driving a new era of dynamic growth and economic expansion. They're using technology as a lever to move the world, and it's amazing to watch their progress.

I also greatly admire the thoughtful leadership of Tim Cook at Apple, Satya Nadella at Microsoft, Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook and Susan Wojcicki at YouTube. 

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. 

Our all-star roster of speakers at the upcoming CIO Summit of America on March 28 includes Salem Ali, CEO, Loyakk; Koby Avital, CTO, Priceline; Ramon Baez, Former SVP, Customer Evangelist, HPE and CIO Evangelist at HMG Strategy; David Berman, President, Zoom; Tim Campos, Chief Executive Officer at Stealth Mode Startup Company; Mignona Cote, Global Head of Identity and Access Management, AIG; Stephen Gold, Former EVP, Technology and Operations Innovation, Chief Information Officer, CVS Health; Mike Golz, CIO, SAP; Andrew Guzman, VP & CTO, Americas, HCL Technologies; Michael Kay, New York Yankees Broadcaster, YES Network; Sean Lennon, SVP & Global CIO, Allergan, Plc.; Mark Moore, COO/Co-Founder, Inxeption; 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; Dan Roberts, President & CEO, Ouellette & Associates; John Rossman, Managing Partner, Rossman Partners, Author of The Amazon Way Series; Jim Routh, CSO, Aetna; Muddu Sudhakar, Entrepreneur & Executive; Jim Swanson, CIO, Monsanto; Swamy Viswanathan, EVP & Chief Product Officer, ASG Technologies; Jedidiah Yueh, Founder and Chairman, Delphix; and Sigal Zarmi, Vice Chairwoman, Global CIO, PwC.

You'll find the full agenda 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 unparalleled opportunities to gain knowledge, network with peers and accelerate your career trajectory.   

The tech community plays a unique role in the progress and development of modern society. Together, we're reimagining and reinventing the modern enterprise. This is truly the best time to be a technology leader. Join us as we create the roadmap for a better future.