IT Leadership SummIT Keynote Speaker
Leonard Brody
Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Author and Media Visionary
Co-Founder and Executive Chair, Creative Labs (CAA)
Leonard has recently been named one of top 30 management thinkers in the world. He has also been called, “a leader of the new world order”. He is an award winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, bestselling author and a 2 time Emmy nominated media visionary. Leonard has helped in raising hundreds of millions in capital for startup companies, been through taking a company to a 6 Billion market cap IPO
and has been involved in the founding and successful exit of numerous companies to date. After selling his company in 2009, Leonard became the President of the Innovation and Digital Group for the Anschutz Company, one of the largest live sport and entertainment businesses in the world. The company owns assets such as the O2 Arena in London and Staples Center in LA; sports teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Galaxy and the Los Angeles Kings, and today, is one of the premiere concert promotion businesses in the world seating hundreds of millions of people a year.

Currently, Leonard is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Creative Labs, a joint venture with CAA (Creative Artists Agency in LA), the largest sports and entertainment agency in the world, often called “Hollywood’s Secret Society”. Leonard oversees the building of new ventures for some of the most well known celebrities and political leaders in the world.

He is also one of the proud owners of the professional soccer team Coventry City in England.

Currently, Leonard is authoring a new book in partnership with Forbes Magazine, entitled, “The Great Re:Write” based on the successful documentary series Leonard and Forbes produced which has already garnered an audience of over 6 million in the last year.

Leonard holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queens University, a law degree from Osgoode Hall and is a graduate of the Private Equity Program at the Harvard Business School.
 
Christine Leahy
CEO
CDW
Christine A. Leahy is chief executive officer of CDW. Leahy is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the company as well as leading the senior management team.

Leahy has held numerous roles at CDW, most recently serving as chief revenue officer, where she was responsible for all customer-facing units of the company including its corporate, public, small business, international and integrated technology solutions organizations. Prior to that role, Leahy was senior vice president, international, where she led the development of the company’s international strategy, including the acquisition of Kelway, now CDW UK, and was responsible for the performance of its international business. Leahy also acted as chief legal officer. Prior to joining CDW in 2002 as the company’s first general counsel, Leahy was a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin, an international business law firm.

Leahy earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. She completed the CEO Perspectives Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, as well as the Women’s Director Development Program at Kellogg. Leahy is past chair of the board of trustees of Children’s Home and Aid. She is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network. In addition, Leahy is a founder and a sponsor of CDW’s Women’s Opportunity Network, a business resource group that actively and strategically supports women’s advancement at CDW.
 
IT Leadership SummIT Speakers
Adam Dennison
Publisher, CIO; SVP/General Manager
IDG Events
Adam Dennison brings more than 15 years of media sales experience to his role as Senior Vice President and Publisher, leading the integrated sales and events teams for CIO, CITEworld, Computerworld and Network World. In this role, Dennison oversees the brands go-to-market strategies, including brand positioning, market research and creating turnkey solutions for his clients. He also sits on the Executive Committee for IDG Enterprise. Dennison joined IDG in 2007 as National Sales Director for the Custom Solutions Group where he excelled in providing innovative marketing services.

A popular moderator, speaker and columnist, Dennison possesses an in-depth knowledge of emerging technologies and key strategies for marketing to IT decision-makers. These insights are shared in his regular CIO magazine column. Additionally, Dennison has recently spoken at several conferences and private events for companies including Avaya, Citrix, Dropbox, Samsung and VMware.

Prior to joining IDG, Dennison spent 6 years in IT media sales at CMP’s flagship brands InformationWeek and CRN. Dennison also held media sales roles at Lawyer’s Weekly and American Sports Media.

Dennison is a graduate of Syracuse University in New York with a B.A. in International Relations.
 
Aletha Noonan
VP, Central Region
CDW
Aletha Noonan is vice president of the Central region for CDW. Noonan is responsible for the performance goals, strategic direction, business initiatives and talent development of the Central region.

Noonan joined CDW in 1994 as an account manager and was a member of CDW’s first outbound sales team. She quickly rose into sales management and advanced through a variety of leadership positions with increasing responsibility. In 2000, Noonan was promoted to director of corporate sales, where she was one of the regional leaders in the company’s first branch sales office in downtown Chicago. In 2004, Noonan became director of sales operations, where she was responsible for key company sales initiatives, including the hiring and talent development of all CDW sales managers for both CDW and CDW Government, a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW. In 2005, Noonan chose to stay home to care for her children. Prior to returning to CDW in November 2013 as vice president of higher education sales, Noonan served for three years as a national partner sales executive at Microsoft.

Noonan earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University. She serves on the board of directors for the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago and the Chicago Urban League. Additionally, Noonan serves on the board of directors for CDW’s Women’s Opportunity Network.
 
Jesse Wilbur
Interaction Design Director
IA Collaborative
Jesse Wilbur is a digital experience design practice leader at IA Collaborative, with 20+ years of experience leading digital engagements across brands such as Hub International, Target and GE. He focuses on the definition and execution of strategic digital product experiences that answer user needs and deliver business value.