General Session Presentations


Opening General Session

Monday, April 9, 9:00am
Featured Speaker: Greg Williams, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED Magazine

Greg Williams is a leading authority on technology trends and the ways they impact business and society. As editor-in- chief of WIRED, Greg meets the innovators, thinkers, scientists, entrepreneurs and creatives who are changing the world and writes on a variety of subjects, including innovation, technology, business, creativity and ideas. A journalist and author of five novels, Greg formerly served as the executive editor of WIRED for seven years before taking the publication’s helm.

Greg possesses a unique combination of storytelling expertise and an in-depth knowledge of the future of technology and entrepreneurship. This enables him to transform complex information into entertaining and accessible insights that prepare audiences for what’s coming next. Greg primarily speaks on what’s new and what’s next and how businesses and brands can best prepare themselves for what’s coming.

Closing General Session

Tuesday, April 10, 10:00am
Featured Speaker: Matthew K. Rose, Executive Chairman, BNSF Railway
Matt Rose helped build up BNSF Railway into the second-largest freight railroad network in North America. Based in Fort Worth, the transportation giant has 47,000 employees, 32,500 miles of track and over 7,000 locomotives. Matt served thirteen years as chief executive officer and eleven years as chairman - during which time BNSF became a Berkshire Hathaway-owned company. Aside from his corporate curriculum vitae, Rose has been a member of the Texas Christian University Board of Trustees, the board of the Boy Scouts of America and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Rose was promoted to his current role as executive chairman of BNSF in January 2014.