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Nicholas Webb   

Futurist, Technology Chief Executive Officer, Award-Winning Inventor, Number One Bestselling Author

Nicholas Webb is one of the world’s top innovation strategists and futurists. As the chief executive officer at Lassen Scientific, Inc. he works with Fortune 500 companies throughout the world to help them lead their industries in innovation, strategy and customer experience design. As a technologist, Webb has been awarded over 45 patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for breakthrough technologies that include one of the world’s smallest medical implants to a wide range of industrial and consumer products. Webb is a number one bestselling author, and his most recent book, What Customers Crave, is used by top brands to design their customer experience and innovation strategies. Webb has been awarded his Doctorate of Humane Letters (hon.) from the Western University of Health Sciences, a top Southern California medical school in recognition of his contributions to healthcare. He is also the founder of the Destruction Lab, a research and development project that is reinventing the way consumers access and engage healthcare and other consumer products and services.

Session: What Customers Crave, Monday, February 26, 8:30 a.m.  


Shirley Bloomfield   

CEO, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

Shirley Bloomfield is chief executive officer of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. With more than 30 years of experience representing the country’s smallest independent telecom operators, Bloomfield is an expert on the role of federal communications policies in sustaining the vitality of rural and remote communities and the benefits rural broadband networks bring to the national economy.  Bloomfield is also active in leadership efforts to seek synergies and align strategic partnerships among rural telecom companies, their larger counterparts, other rural utilities and federal agencies, further expanding business opportunities for NTCA members. In addition to her service to NTCA, Bloomfield also spent time as a senior executive at both Verizon and Qwest. Bloomfield serves as a board member of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative and GlobalWin, an organization of women leaders in the high-tech industry, as well as a member of the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) for the FCC.

Session: NTCA CEO Report, Monday, February 26, 8:30 a.m.

Marcus Sachs  
Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, North American Electric Reliability Corp.

Marcus Sachs joined NERC in May 2015 as the senior vice president and chief security officer. He is primarily responsible for the oversight of the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center, and leads day-to-day coordination with government agencies and stakeholders for response and dissemination of critical information regarding security threats and events. He is a retired U.S. Army officer, was a White House appointee in the George W. Bush administration, and prior to joining NERC was Verizon’s vice president for national security policy. He was also the director of the SANS Internet Storm Center and has co-authored several books on information security. He holds degrees in civil engineering, computer science and technology commercialization.

Session: Everything You Need to Know About Cybersecurity, Tuesday, February 27, 7:45 a.m. 


Jon Wee and Owen Morse  

Co-Founders, The Passing Zone

Take two comedians with chainsaws, put them in tights, throw in a garden weasel, and what do you get? Well, it's kind of hard to explain, but they're called The Passing Zone, and they'll amaze you and make you laugh. But it's not just the fact they are award-winning jugglers that make their show great; it's the humor of watching them transform into a living metaphor for corporate clients who juggle career, home, and unending expectations. One-of-a-kind motivational speakers, they entertain, they inspire, and they offer a unique new perspective on life.

Session: The Passing Zone on I.C.E.— Innovation. Collaboration. Execution., Wednesday, February 28, 8:00 a.m.





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