Future of Work SummIT Keynote Speakers
Crystal Kadakia
Generation Y and Millennial Strategist, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post Blogger, Visionary Training Strategist and Consultant
As one of the first Millennials to represent her generation as a thought leader, Crystal abandons the traditional approach of explaining short-term, generation-specific engagement tactics. Instead, she inspires modern workplace transformation that intuitively includes effective digital habits for all talent. Based on a decade of research and experience, she enables leaders to maximize organizational performance and thrive in a digitally disrupted world.
 
A Chemical Engineer turned Human Capital Strategist, Crystal provides globally relevant insight into millennials and modern workplace strategies from a truly unique perspective, representing: eastern and western culture, left and right brain thinking, female, millennial, Fortune 500 and consulting experience. After seven years working for a global consumer product goods company as an engineer and training manager, Crystal started Invati Consulting to empower leaders to navigate the human side of digital transformation.
As an award-winning consultant, she has driven transformation in learning & development, diversity & inclusion, innovation, and leadership capability for a diverse range of organizations, including General Mills, Intel, Procter & Gamble, Wells Fargo, and Nobu Hospitality. Her book, The Millennial Myth: Transforming Misunderstanding into Workplace Breakthroughs, offers audiences a way to transform the five biggest stereotypes into workplace leverage and is being translated for global audiences to reach even more leaders. She is honored to be a two-time TEDx speaker and Power 30 Under 30, CLO Learning in Practice, and ATD One to Watch award recipient.
 
Rather than dividing generations by differences and continuing stereotypes, Crystal sparks large shifts for leaders by examining the role technology has played in millennials’ lives and how that shapes the future of work. From speaking in Norway to working in China, from industries ranging from utilities to banking & insurance to technology, Crystal offers a wide range of global insight on how digital is affecting employee productivity and engagement. She helps leaders reimagine the workplace and gives them the fundamental mindset shifts and tools to make a difference.
 
Seth Mattison
Workforce Strategist and Management Trendspotter, Author of The War at Work
Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert and author on workforce trends, generational dynamics, and business strategy. As Co-Founder and Chief Movement Officer of Luminate Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brand and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work.

His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall St. Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and was named to the Editors’ Picks for Speakers to Watch by MeetingsNet.

For the past decade Seth has shared his insights with thousands of business leaders around the world and has received accolades from many of the worlds best brands including: MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, Cisco, State Farm, Merrill Lynch, Dow, and Disney.
 
Paul Shelton
Practice Architect
CDW
Paul Shelton is the Practice Architect for CDW's Cyber Security Practice, providing overall technical strategy and direction for dealing with today's Security challenges. Having been in the business of solving customers' security concerns for 20+ years in environments ranging from local government to large-scale enterprises, Paul has a unique perspective on the issues and challenges that can affect your business.
 
Paul is also the Chief Architect of the CDW Threat Check, a rapid malware assessment service, a frequent public speaker and avid motorcyclist.Paul started with CDW in 2006, and has held the positions of Sr. Consultant, Technical Architect, and Practice Architect.
 
Speakers
Steve Biondi
Executive Director for North America DCG Channel Sales
Lenovo
Steve is an Award-winning, Patent Holding Senior Sales Executive who has successfully led organizations from as small as 8 people with a $24M dollar sales objective to nearly 2000 people with a $4.5B dollar sales objective. He has a transformative record of overachieving results, delighting customers and engaging diverse stakeholders to develop and execute strategic roadmaps, sales campaigns and product rollouts in order to drive maximum business growth. His style is "lead from the front" and is highly skilled in building and motivating top-performing teams to consistently meet or exceed expectations. Steve has extensive Global Experience with numerous Fortune/Global 1000 clients and possess strong expertise in General Management, P&L Management, Startup Advisement and targeted selling across all routes to market and across all geographies.

In recent roles, Steve has been global channel chief for a blockchain startup called Varius, global channel chief for Avaya, ran global OEM and ISV sales for Oracle, OEM sales for the Americas at VMWare and was the president of Micro Focus, North America.
Prior to that he had a 20+ year career at IBM where his last role was VP HW sales for North America SMB.

Steve has been on the advisory board of a PE firm based in the Bay area called Lumia Capital, which focuses on series B/C funding for SaaS companies. His role is to evaluate prospect SaaS companies for Lumia’s investment and to give guidance to these companies on expansion plans and growth targets.

When not working, Steve enjoys spending time with his three grown children, reading, exercise, cooking and working on his golf game.
 
Adam Dennison
Publisher, CIO; SVP/General Manager
IDG Events
Adam Dennison brings more than 20 years of media, events and technology marketplace experience to his role as Senior Vice President/General Manager, IDG Events & Publisher, CIO. In this unique role, Dennison oversees the teams responsible for creating engagement points with tech executives through events and community. The IDG events portfolio builds relationships between tech executives and tech vendors through face to face events. Additionally, Dennison plays a strategic role for the CIO brand, establishing the go-to-market strategy, including brand positioning, market research and creating turnkey solutions for his clients. A popular moderator, speaker and columnist, Dennison possesses an in-depth knowledge of emerging technologies and key strategies for marketing to IT decision-makers. Dennison joined IDG in 2007 as National Sales Director for the Custom Solutions Group where he excelled in providing innovative marketing services.
 
Kirk Godkin
Head of Global Commercial Core Products
HP, Inc.
Kirk Godkin is the Senior Director and Head of Global Commercial Core Product Management and 4P Strategic Strategy. In his current role, Kirk has Global Core Product strategy for Business Notebooks, Business Desktops, and Thin Clients including roadmap, GTM, product management operations, as well as 4P leadership for HP strategic initiatives. He also leads Vertical Solutions and Product Incubations within the HP Commercial Category Organization.

Prior to his current role, Kirk was the Director of NA Commercial Product Management for Business Notebooks, Business Desktops, Displays, and Accessories as well as the Head of the US Z Workstation Business, Emerging Computing group including P&L and Product responsibility for Workstations, Mobility, Thin Clients, and Retail POS.

He also served as the Director of US Corporate Personal Systems Strategy & Customer Empathy, Kirk provided subject matter expertise and vision to US Corporate customers from Megatrends to HP’s vision, technology, and futures addressing those trends.

Kirk has been at HP Inc for 29 years and resides in Porter, Texas.
 
Nicole Roskill
Executive Director of Global Channels
Lenovo
Nicole Roskill is the Executive Director of Global Channels for the Lenovo Data Center Group. In her role, Ms. Roskill is responsible for the Data Center Group’s engagement with channel partners globally. Prior to joining Lenovo, Ms. Roskill held various executive and leadership positions at Avnet and IBM over her 25 year career in the technology industry. Her sales, marketing and business development roles have included extensive experience in the creation and management of new businesses, particularly in the Retail, Healthcare, Energy and small and medium business marketplaces.
 
Ms. Roskill has participated in various executive leadership programs, including Avnet’s Leadership Executive Acceleration Program, UCLA’s executive women’s leadership forum and several special projects with IBM. Ms. Roskill holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in Business Systems from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
 
Ms. Roskill is involved in a variety of community activities and she and her husband, Andrew, actively support the arts in her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. She is a board member of HEART, a visual arts, music, and performing arts organization that provides mentorships and community engagement for adults with special needs.
 
Ben Weiss
VP, Vertical Markets
CDW
Ben Weiss is vice president of vertical markets for CDW. Weiss is responsible for the go-to-market strategy, sales growth and expansion of partner relationships for the financial services and nonprofit markets.

Since joining CDW in 1999, Weiss has served in sales leadership for many different parts of the organization, including higher education, K-12 education, state and local government, and enterprise corporate customers in the southeastern United States.

Weiss earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in business administration concentrating on business management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Weiss serves on the executive board for Bright Pink, a nonprofit organization focused on saving women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer.