Keynote addresses

Keynote Address: Oprah Winfrey

Wednesday, August 30, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

SAP SuccessFactors is proud to welcome one of the most recognized names in broadcasting history, Oprah Winfrey. In this special SuccessConnect session, Ms. Winfrey will share her unique insights into finding your purpose and helping create purpose with passion for those around you. 

Ms. Winfrey is a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress. She has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired people today. 

As Chairman and CEO, she's guiding her successful cable network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and is the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine and Harpo Films. 

One of the world’s leading philanthropists, Winfrey has long believed that education is the door to freedom. In 2007, Ms. Winfrey established the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa to provide education for academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates of the school have continued on to higher education both in South Africa and at colleges and universities around the world. 

In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Keynote address: Join Robert Enslin, Greg Tomb, Amy Wilson, James Harvey, and SAP SuccessFactors Customers

Wednesday, August 30, 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Join Robert Enslin, President, Cloud Business Group, and Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE along with SAP SuccessFactors President Greg Tomb, product lead Amy Wilson and engineering and service delivery lead James Harvey for an unconventional, un-keynote opening session on digital business transformation and the future of work, along with SAP SuccessFactors customers Penny Stoker, Global Leader of HR Services at EY, Jana Kanyadan, CIO, Mohawk Industries, and Christy Pambianchi SVP of HR at Corning. The conversation will cover how today’s digital imperatives are creating a mandate for a differentiated people experience, and how SAP SuccessFactors is delivering a consumer-grade technology experience at work similar to what we use in our personal lives.

Keynote address: Jennifer Morgan and Frances Frei

Thursday, August 31, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Join Jennifer Morgan, Member of the Executive Board of SAP for an engaging and lively keynote that will cover the future of work, the culture challenge that is facing every C Suite and Board Room, and the changing nature of leadership in the 21st Century. The keynote will feature Frances Frei, the well-known Harvard Business School professor and SVP of Leadership and Strategy at Uber. This will be a jam-packed, energetic, and dynamic keynote that will prove to be among the can’t miss sessions of SuccessConnect 2017 – we will see you there!

Leadership luncheon: Jewell Parkinson and Ray Wang, sponsored by PwC

Thursday, August 31, 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Dynamic Leadership: A responsive and responsible approach for CHROs: Massive change is ahead. 52 percent of the Fortune 500 have been merged, acquired, and bankrupted since 2000. Digital transformation is the rage in board rooms. Thus, the need to create responsive and responsible leadership is a hallmark for success in digital transformation and jump-starting growth inside organizations. Dynamic leadership describes a model where leaders follow a set of immutable traits and balance foundational attributes of leadership. This new framework takes into account a multi-dimensional approach and addresses the challenges existing leadership models often neglect. The global call for responsive and responsible leadership will require a new way to approach the timeless topic of leadership. Instead of taking a classical binary or rigid approach, learn the five immutable core traits and develop a balance of 14 foundational attributes as a guide to successful and sustainable dynamic leadership.

Keynote address: Shawn Achor and Buddy Valastro

Thursday, August 31, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Shawn Achor, Author, The Happiness Advantage
Most business is done under the guideline that: if you work harder, you will be more successful, and then you will be happy. This formula is scientifically backward. What over a decade of research shows is that training your brain to be positive first actually leads to greater success at work. In fact, only 25% of job success is predicted by intelligence, the rest is determined by your optimism, social support network and the ability to manage energy and stress in a positive way. Based on Shawn’s book, The Happiness Advantage (2010) and research studying top performers at Harvard, the world’s largest banks and Fortune 500 companies, Shawn explains what positive psychology is, how much we can change, and practical applications and strategies for reaping the Happiness Advantage in the midst of change and challenge.

Buddy Valastro, TLC’s Cake Boss
SuccessConnect wraps up with a sweet treat and a lot of fun. Hear the unique story of how New York Times best-selling author Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss, rose to fame as he shares how mixing eggs, sugar, butter and flour means a lot more than “making a cake.” Buddy has made it his mission to diversify the business’ success while staying true to the heritage of his family’s multi-generational Carlo’s Bakery. And be prepared, you just may find yourself on stage!

Keynote speakers

Robert Enslin, President, Cloud Business Group, SAP

Robert Enslin, President, Cloud Business Group, SAP

As a member of the Executive Board, Robert provides direct input into SAP’s business strategy that fuels the research and development priorities across the company’s innovative solution portfolio. His leadership extends to creating and managing a completely integrated cloud portfolio to further scale and accelerate SAP’s long-term business strategy.

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Oprah Winfrey, global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress

Oprah Winfrey, global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress

Oprah Winfrey has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today. 

For 25 years, Winfrey was host of the award-winning talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” As Chairman and CEO, she's guiding her successful cable network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, is the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine and oversees Harpo Films.

Winfrey is an Academy Award-nominated actress for her role in “The Color Purple,” earned critical acclaim in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and produced and acted in the Academy Award-winning film “Selma.” Winfrey recently starred in HBO Films “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and will portray “Mrs. Which” in Disney’s “Wrinkle in Time”.

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Greg Tomb, President, SAP SuccessFactors

Greg Tomb, President, SAP SuccessFactors

Greg Tomb is President, SAP SuccessFactors, overseeing the end-to-end business for SAP's Human Capital Management Solutions. Previously, Greg was EVP, Global Services Sales, responsible for bringing SAP’s vast portfolio of Services, including services software, premium support services and the HANA Enterprise Cloud to customers worldwide. He assumed this role in 2012, to more closely align the Services and License Sales organizations to deliver a streamlined end-to-end customer experience. A long-time SAP executive, Greg has served in a number of senior roles at SAP, including president, SAP North America and EVP leading Services in both the North and Latin America regions. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago.

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Penny Stoker, Global HR Services Leader, Talent Leader for Executive Functions | Business Enablement

Penny Stoker, Global HR Services Leader, Talent Leader for Executive Functions | Business Enablement

Penny Stoker is the Global HR Services Leader for EY. Since joining EY in 2013, she has served on the firm’s global talent committee and built the leadership team for HR Services, which supports the organization’s 220,000 employees worldwide. Penny has a proven track record of leading major HR functions in large global organizations, start-ups, and consulting firms. Before joining EY, she led AstraZeneca’s Global HR Services organization. She has also held management positions with Amersham PLC, Coopers & Lybrand, CIGNA Corporation, and Internet Capital Group. She has lived in Japan, the U.K., and several U.S. locations.

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Frances Frei, SVP of Leadership and Strategy at Uber

Frances Frei, SVP of Leadership and Strategy at Uber

Frances Frei is Uber's first SVP of Leadership and Strategy. Frances joins Uber from Harvard Business School, where she most recently served as the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education and remains the UPS Foundation Professor of Service Management. Her research examines how leaders create the context for organizations and individuals to thrive. Frances's work at Uber focuses on building a world-class leadership team, fostering leadership at all levels of the organization, and guiding the clear articulation of strategy and its planning processes. Frances is the bestselling author of Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business

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Jennifer Morgan, SAP Executive Board Member

Jennifer Morgan, SAP Executive Board Member

As co-president of Global Customer Operations (GCO), Jennifer Morgan is responsible for SAP’s strategy, revenue and customer success in the North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific Japan regions.

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Amy Wilson, Head of Product

Amy Wilson, Head of Product

Amy is head of product at SAP SuccessFactors. Previously, she led HCM product strategy and management at Workday. Amy was also responsible for talent applications at Oracle and held leadership roles in product strategy, development, and consulting at PeopleSoft. She has been engaged with the HR industry also as vice president and principal analyst for people management technologies at Constellation Research.

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James Harvey, Head of Engineering & Service Delivery Operations

James Harvey, Head of Engineering & Service Delivery Operations

James leads the engineering and cloud operations teams at SAP SuccessFacactors. Starting his career in HR Technology, James grew as a product leader at PeopleSoft and Taleo as a general manager. He was also with CA Technologies as a general manager, helping customers achieve their digital transformation and move to the cloud.

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Shawn Achor, Author

Shawn Achor, Author

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular all time with over 6 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn teaches for the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School, and collaborates on research with Yale and Columbia University. In 2007, Shawn founded GoodThinkInc to share his research with the world.

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Jana Kanyadan, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Mohawk Industries, Inc.

Jana Kanyadan, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Mohawk Industries, Inc.

Jana Kanyadan is the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of IT at Mohawk Industries, Inc., a global manufacturer of residential and commercial floor covering products. He is responsible for applying technology to drive innovation and achieve Mohawk’s strategic objectives. Jana has spent the past two decades working in various technology leadership roles in the manufacturing sector. He has worked for such leading global companies as Cummins, Ingersoll-Rand, Eaton, and Ecolab, including significant manufacturing, engineering, and finance assignments. He holds graduate degrees in computer science and mechanical engineering from Iowa State University, and an MBA from Duke University.

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Christy Pambianchi, VP, Human Resources

Christy Pambianchi, VP, Human Resources

Christine M. Pambianchi was appointed to senior vice president, Human Resources in December 2010. In this role, Pambianchi is responsible for leading Corning’s Global Human Resource and Global Security functions. She has led the HR function since January 2008 when she was named vice president, Human Resources.

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Jewell Parkinson,  SVP, HR, SAP North America

Jewell Parkinson, SVP, HR, SAP North America

As the head of Human Resources for SAP North America, Jewell Parkinson rpovides HR leadership across the region for all board areas, and leads the HR Business Partner organization. In this trusted-advisor role, she provides consultation and delivery of solutions that ensures SAP's people strategy and programs meet the needs of the region's more than 19,000 employees. Books: Disrupting Digital Business: Create an Authentic Experience in the Peer-to-Peer Economy

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Principal Analyst and CEO, Constellation Research

Principal Analyst and CEO, Constellation Research

R Ray Wang is the Principal Analyst and CEO at Silicon Valley-based Constellation Research and author of the popular business strategy and enterprise software blog, A Software Insider's Point of View. Ray, who worked previously at Altimeter, Forrester, Oracle, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte, is a prominent keynote speaker and research analyst working with clients on digital transformation, innovation, customer experience, and decision management. He advises Global 2000 companies on business strategy and technology selection.

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