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WEX Inc.: Melissa D. Smith

Melissa D. Smith is president and chief executive officer of WEX Inc. (NYSE: WEX), a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, where she leads the creation and execution of the company’s strategy as well as the development of talent and culture globally. Melissa assumed the role of CEO and a seat on the board of directors in January 2014 after serving as the company’s president since May 2013.


ASG Technologies: Swamy Viswanathan

Executive, entrepreneur and investor who has created widely used products and successful businesses.


New Podcast: Behind the Dream with Ryan Carson

Check out our new Treehouse Podcast - Behind the Dream with Ryan Carson. We’re interviewing some of the most successful people in the world - top visionaries, activists, CEOs, Founders, and more - exploring the journey and uncovering their success blueprint for how they broke through barriers and made their dreams a reality. Learn the keys for how we can all take steps to live out our dreams and unlock doors for others to live their own.


Coupa Software: Sally Stephens

With more than 20 years of global channel experience, Sally serves as Coupa’s Alliances Vice President leading the development and implementation of Coupa’s Partner Connect program including the management of referral and CoupaLink Certified technology partners, and channel operations. Additionally she leads strategic channel marketing activities for the company including branding, positioning, communications, go-to-market strategy and customer acquisition programs. Sally also started a...


thoughtbot: Chad Pytel

Chad Pytel is a developer and the CEO of thoughtbot, a web and mobile design and development studio, with small teams of designers and developers in Austin, Boston, London, New York City, Raleigh, and San Francisco. thoughtbot has produced top quality applications with hundreds of clients, from one person startups to Fortune 500 enterprises, universities, and non-profits, for more than 15 years, and are the creators of many popular open source projects. In addition to working with clients,...


The Wealth Factory: Angel Rich

Rich founded The Wealth Factory with a mission to provide equal access to financial literacy across the world. Today her company designs WealthyLife financial literacy education technology games. The online games are supported by a financial curriculum, programming and activities, walking people from birth to retirement in 12 subjects. The Wealth Factory’s goal is to transform financial marketing to financial education while reducing poverty, increasing financially savvy citizens, raising...


CVS Health: Claus Jensen

Claus is the Chief Technology Officer for CVS Health, leading Technology Innovation, Business Transformation Incubation, Architecture Planning, Delivery and Forensics, Digital Integration and M&A activities across CVS Health. Plays a pivotal role in becoming a trusted health partner delivering a connected experience. Claus is a transformational change agent. He and his team have been instrumental in critical initiatives such as defining and executing the Next Gen Platform strategy, creating...


Zenefits: Lisa Reeves

Lisa is SVP of Product at Zenefits, where she is responsible for the development, management and execution of the product vision. Prior to joining Zenefits, Lisa was vice president of corporate strategy at Workday, where she collaborated with customers and internal business leaders to develop and implement strategies to build sustainable, long term value.


Entrepreneur Media: Jake Hudson

Jake is the CTO at Entrepreneur Media. While the business is best known for its magazine, they are a complete digital publishing company. His primary role is to oversee the engineering for all of their digital products. Entrepreneur Magazine is a national business publication based in Irvine, California. For nearly 40 years, Entrepreneur has been the definitive guide to all the diverse challenges of business ownership. Published 12 times a year, the magazine is available by subscription...


OSIsoft: Richard Beeson

As CTO, Richard focuses on long term strategic planning, business and technology alignment, strategic customer and partner relationships, alliances and the research and innovation programs. Looking at today's challenges, Richard is exploring the benefits of employing operations information technology for societies, communities and industry to better understand and manage their relationship with resources, industries and commerce with the goal of helping these greater systems to...


Lyft: Nilka Thomas

Nilka Thomas is the VP of Talent & Inclusion at Lyft, where she serves as a strategic business partner to senior leadership focused on a broad-based and transformational talent agenda designed to recruit, develop and retain the very best innovative talent in the business and build a world-class organizational culture. In this role, she oversees global talent acquisition, employee relations and inclusion, ensuring that Lyfts’ diversity efforts are seamlessly integrated from the earliest...


Zendesk: Kim Lenox

Kim leads teams that conquer tough design challenges with enthusiasm—and whether working with other senior executives or operating in complex organizations across departments, she combines strategies with operational excellence. Known in the office as a ruthlessly optimistic leader and catalyst for change. With over 24 years' of design and UX expertise, from reviewing and directing projects, to leading large, innovative design departments—her passion is to bring clarity to...


Northwell Health: Dr. Purna Prasad

Clinical Information Technology Leader and Executive Career-long record of accomplishment spanning IT/CT / biomedical program development, infrastructure / architecture planning, solution engineering, and enterprise-wide integration Repeated success delivering innovative, ground-breaking clinical information technology systems, solutions, and infrastructure models to enable dramatic expansion of clinical services, biomedical capabilities, and patient service capacity. Direct best-practice...


The Climate Corporation: Avery Moon

Avery is a leader and engineer with a proven track record of shipping market-leading products and building high-performing teams in transformative companies. Over 400M people and the Fortune 500 use products built by his teams. He has strong hands-on technical expertise in high-volume consumer Internet, growth engineering, data-driven products, and statistics / analytics / machine learning. Avery is happy doing everything from leading teams to writing code. He helped build successful...


Qualcomm Research: Dr. Rajesh Pankaj

Dr. Rajesh Pankaj is a senior vice president of engineering at Qualcomm Research. He currently oversees Qualcomm Research’s Systems Engineering and Systems Integration and Test departments in San Diego. He also directs Qualcomm Research’s international offices in Austria, China, Germany, India, and Korea. In this role, Dr. Pankaj leads the operational efforts for a broad portfolio of research projects with topics ranging from next-generation wireless networks to innovative technologies such...


Pantheon: Josh Koenig

As Pantheon's Head of Product, Josh is focused on making the Open Web a first class platform for delivering results. Championing the value of the developer experience, and the need to demonstrate impact with data, his work combines the visionary ideals of Open Source with the pragmatic utility of the agile approach. Prior to founding Pantheon, Josh was part of the team that drove the first high-profile public Drupal use-case with the Howard Dean campaign in 2003. He also founded the Drupal...


Entrepreneur & Investor: Dave Cole

Dave has taken on a dizzying variety of challenges that range from building an enterprise product from scratch to acquisition (Foundstone) to transforming a consumer product line (Norton). He was Chief Product Officer of CrowdStrike when it had a handful of small customers and established its product line as a disruptive force in the industry which has fueled the company’s explosive growth. Most recently, he was CPO of Tenable where he steered the team through an aggressive expansion,...


Neilsen: Stacie de Armas

Stacie M. de Armas is a storyteller, consumer behaviorist, thought leader and subject matter expert on the Hispanic market. She is Vice President in Nielsen’s Diversity & Inclusion practice, and responsible for researching, uncovering and sharing insights on the power of the Hispanic consumer. She is the recipient of many industry awards for excellence and was most recently named one of the most powerful and influential Latinos in entertainment by Imagen Foundation.


Mesosphere: Tobi Knaup

Tobi is an experienced Software Engineer focusing on large scale systems and machine learning. He helped scale Airbnb to millions of users worldwide as technical lead. Research work on Internet-scale sentiment analysis using online knowledge, linguistic analysis, and machine learning. Tobi co-founded a company at the age of 15. Specialties: Distributed Systems, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Fraud Detection, Security, JVM, R, Ruby on Rails


Ruth Crowley

Ruth Crowley joined Lowe’s in 2016 as Vice President, Customer Experience Design. Using Human-centered design methodology, she was responsible for leading her team’s efforts to create cohesive customer experiences that are emotionally and seasonally relevant and aligned with strategic company objectives.