AGENDA KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Scott Scherr
Scott ScherrChief Executive Officer, Ultimate Software
Speaking during General Session on Thursday, March 26th

Scott Scherr founded Ultimate Software in 1990 and has served as president and CEO since the company's inception. Scott established Ultimate with the goal of continuously innovating and striving for product excellence—the "ultimate solution" for HR and payroll professionals. He has continued to lead the organization with a "people-focused" philosophy for 25 years. Fostering a corporate culture based on putting people first has always been Scott's #1 priority. He believes that people are the most important resource in any business and that if you take care of your people, they will in turn work with passion to deliver the best products and services for customers. And at Ultimate, they do.

Adam Rogers
Adam RogersChief Technology Officer, Ultimate Software
Speaking during General Session on Wednesday, March 25th

Adam Rogers is Ultimate Software's Chief Technology Officer, overseeing the company's product strategy, development, and delivery via the cloud. Adam joined Ultimate more than 17 years ago and has helped lead the company in its pioneering efforts to deliver human capital management (HCM) solutions via the cloud, making Ultimate the first to deliver HR and payroll cloud solutions. As part of those efforts, Adam and his team have been recognized by Forrester Research and other leading IT research firms for Ultimate's development of best practices in agile software development.

Cecile Alper-Leroux
Cecile Alper-LerouxVice President of Product Strategy and Product Management, Ultimate Software
Speaking during General Session on Wednesday, March 25th

Cecile Alper-Leroux is Ultimate Software’s Vice President of Product Strategy and Product Management and is responsible for defining and carrying out the global vision and strategy for Ultimate’s human capital management solutions. Passionate about people and the global user experience, she strives to put people first when it comes to technology. Cecile has over 20 years of experience, both as an HR practitioner and with HRMS product strategy, sales, and implementations in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson
Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr.Celebrity Athlete and Entrepreneur
Speaking during General Session on Wednesday, March 25th

Earvin “Magic” Johnson has become the most powerful African‐American businessman in the world. He is a Major League Baseball owner, an NBA Legend, a two‐time Hall of Famer, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a motivational speaker. The business mogul has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity on the court into the business world, propelling his company to the status of #1 brand in urban America. Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE), Mr. Johnson’s company provides high-quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities through strategic alliances, investments, consulting, and endorsements. Mr. Johnson also serves as chairman and founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, where his unwavering commitment to transform urban America continues through HIV/AIDS Awareness & Prevention Programs, Community Empowerment Centers, and the Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program. Celebrating more than 20 years of success, the Magic Johnson Foundation has become one of the most recognizable philanthropic organizations around the world.

Simon Sinek
Simon SinekKeynote Speaker, Author, and Optimist
Speaking during General Session on Thursday, March 26th

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the global best-seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. Best known for popularizing the concept of Why, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how leaders think, act, and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best.

Erik Wahl
Erik WahlGroundbreaking Artist, Author, and Expert on Creativity and Innovation
Speaking during General Session on Friday, March 27th

Pulling from his history as both a businessman and an artist, he has grown to become one of the most sought-after corporate speakers available today. Wahl’s on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message, encouraging organizations toward profitability through innovations and superior levels of performance. Wahl’s best-selling business book UNTHINK was hailed by Forbes magazine as THE blueprint to actionable creativity and by Fast Company magazine as Provocative with a Purpose. In the past 14 years, Mr. Wahl has shared his incredible message with the largest and most influential companies in the world, leaving behind his prized artwork as a reminder of his passion for breakthrough thinking. He’s the Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI, the Picasso of Productivity, the Jobs of… well, having a Job.