As the future takes center stage at Dreamforce this year, trailblazers are gearing up for yet another epic experience. What started out as a small conference is now one of the biggest and most important events in the business community. People flock from all over the world to shape the future, have fun, and most importantly, share knowledge and ideas.
In our Dreamforce Guide, we talked about what to expect there and why you need to attend this year. Among the top reasons to attend was the unmatched opportunity to learn and get inspired. In essence, Dreamforce is a massive campus with a pre-conference boot camp, certification opportunities, demos, partner solutions, workshops and over 2700 expert led sessions. Not only are there learning opportunities for every role, but in every level and industry as well.
Each year, Dreamforce brings the best and brightest minds together to offer their perspective, ideas, visions and solutions for a better tomorrow. From presidents and business leaders to super scientists and thought provoking speakers, there’s no shortage of inspiring people to interact with. Of course, this year’s no different. Dreamforce 19 will feature a very impressive line-up of speakers. Attendees will get to hear from leaders who continue to make a difference in the world. This year, the list of expected speakers is as follows.
1: President Barack Obama
44th President of the United States of America
First African American to be elected president, led one of the most stable governments in history and did everything he could to literally save the planet while in office. President Obama is hands down one of the most inspiring people in the world.
While many of his business ideas will be a topic at Dreamforce, we’d like to think he’ll focus on those key issues that remain close to his heart. That’s equality, peace, affordable care for all and most importantly, climate change. All in all, you can be sure everyone at Dreamforce will be front and center for President Obama’s talk.
2: Emilia Clarke
Founder SameYou and Actor
Growing up as England’s beloved actress, Emilia rose to international prominence for her outstanding role as Daenerys in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. For those who know her personally, Clarke is one of the bubbliest personalities to be around.
However, not many people know about some unfortunate health issues that she went through. Emilia Clark has survived two Brain Aneurysms in 2011 and 2013. At one point, she couldn’t even recall her own name. But thanks to the best rehabilitation available, Clarke has fully recovered. The experience led to Emilia launching SameYou , a charity that increases neurorehabilitation access to millions worldwide. A touching and inspiring story indeed.
3: Tim Cook
At its core, Dreamforce is about business, technology and the future. Who better to talk about these things than the man behind the company with the world’s largest market capitalization? Tim Cook is an industrial engineer and the Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc.
Tim is a massively influential player in the tech scene. Whether it’s design, entertainment, publishing, or innovation, cook has his hands in the cookie jar. As of 2018, Apple Inc. hit a market capitalization of almost $1 trillion. No doubt plenty of business leaders will be waiting eagerly for Cooks talk.
4: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director UN Women
Before joining the UN, Phumzile served as the Deputy President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008. During her term, she oversaw programs to combat poverty, and empower women. Currently, she is the Under-Secretary of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women,
Phumzile brings a wealth of experience to the position. She did after all devote her entire career to human rights, social justice and equality. All these are topics you can expect to hear about from the bold Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at Dreamforce ‘19.
5: Marco Bizzarri
President and CEO Gucci
Starting off as a financial consultant for Accenture, Marco Bizzarri is currently the President and CEO of the flagship luxury brand Gucci. When it comes to unifying fashion and business, Marco excels with flying colors.
He is credited for the near-light speed turnaround of Gucci’s profitability which seems to be ballooning every year. In 2016, Gucci sales rose 13% (€4.38 billion), the next year, 45% (€6.21 billion). Marco has acquired several accolades including International Business Leader at Fashion Awards, Knight of the Legion of Honour in France, Humanitarian of the Year Award by the UNA among others.
6: Megan Rapinoe
World Cup and Olympic Champion
From business leaders to Olympic champions, there’s no shortage of winners at Dreamforce. Megan Rapinoe is an American pro soccer player and the captain of Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. She led the U.S team to victory in the 2015 and 2019 FIFA World Cup and a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Rapinoe is renowned for her crafty style of play and activism. She’s also an advocate for several LGBT organizations. In 2013, Megan was granted the board of directors Awards by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. In addition to being sponsored by the likes of Nike and Samsung, she also co-founded a gender neutral lifestyle brand with fellow athletes. Rapinoe is no doubt a warrior on all fronts.
7: Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma is a Chinese-American cellist who began performing at the young age of four and a half. The Juilliard and Harvard graduate has performed with orchestras all around the word and recorded more than 90 albums.
Aside from his music, Ma has been a United Nations Messenger of Peace and has been awarded several accolades. These include The Glenn Gould Prize on 1999, the National Medal of Arts in 2001 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom n 2011. He has also been praised as a man of unquestionable character with a humble and humanitarian spirit.
Some of the other speakers to look out for at this year’s Dreamforce include:
- Barbara Humpton – President and CEO Siemens Corporation
- Bernard J. Tyson – Chairman and CEO Kaiser Permanente
- Oscar Munoz – CEO United Airlines
- Deepak Chopra, M.D. – Author, Metahuman Founder, The Chopra Foundation
- Stacy Brown-Philpot – CEO TaskRabbit
- Allan Murrray – Fortune Media Corporation
- Alice Zhang – CEO Genomics
- Carlos Madjri Sanvee – Secretary General World YMCA
- Richard Curtis, CBE – Film Writer, Director and UN SDG Advocate
- Lili Gangas – Chief Tech Community Officer Kapor Center
- Dominique Crenn – Chef and Activist
- Anand Giridharadas – Editor at Large. TIME Author, Winner Take All
- Gail Gallie – Co-Founder Project Everyone
- Baron Davis – Founder Business Inside the Game
- Marjolein Westerbeek – President Rituals Cosmetics USA
- Chang-Gyu Hwang – Chairman and CEO KT Corporation
One More Thing
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