Host & Moderators


Zain Asher
Anchor
CNN International
Zain Asher

Anchor
CNN International

Zain Asher is an anchor for CNN International based in New York. She anchors CNN Newsroom on Fridays and Saturdays, and can regularly be seen filling in on the network’s premier business programs, Quest Means Business and CNNMoney with Maggie Lake. She also hosts Marketplace Africa, CNNI’s weekly business show about the continent and its place within global markets, and often interviews CEOs and world leaders for the program.

Asher has covered several breaking news stories from the studio and the field including the death of Fidel Castro, the Boston marathon bombing and the 2014 kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. She joined CNN from Money magazine, where she covered careers and investing. Born and raised in London, Asher studied at Oxford, graduating with a distinction in oral Spanish.

Wolf Blitzer
Lead Political Anchor
Anchor, Wolf; The Situation Room with
Wolf Blitzer
CNN
Wolf Blitzer

Lead Political Anchor
Anchor, Wolf; The Situation Room with
Wolf Blitzer
CNN

Wolf Blitzer has been with CNN for more than two decades and is the network’s lead political anchor. He anchors Wolf, which airs weekdays at 1 p.m. ET, and The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, a two-hour weekday news program airing daily at 5 p.m. ET. Blitzer plays a pivotal role in the network’s political coverage, most recently serving as CNN’s lead anchor for its America’s Choice 2016 coverage as well as key primary nights and Election Night. Blitzer served as moderator for three of CNN’s primary presidential debates during the 2016 election cycle. In addition, Blitzer is known for his in-depth reporting on international news and his Middle East expertise. He began his career in 1972 working for Reuters in Tel Aviv.

Rebecca Jarvis
Chief Business, Technology &
Economics Correspondent
Host, No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis
ABC News
Rebecca Jarvis

Chief Business, Technology &
Economics Correspondent
Host, No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis
ABC News

Rebecca Jarvis is ABC News’ chief business, technology and economics correspondent. An Emmy-Award winning journalist, she is host of No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis, ABC’s podcast featuring game-changing women, and reports for all ABC News programs including Good Morning America, World News Tonight, 20/20, and Nightline.

Jarvis, who began her career in finance, was recognized as one of the top business journalists in the country when she received the “Women in Numbers Award” from the Alliance for Women in Media. She has conducted worldwide exclusive interviews with the likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook and United CEO Oscar Munoz following the controversy surrounding the airline’s forceful removal of a passenger; and has conducted news making interviews with the biggest names in business, including Warren Buffett, Richard Branson, Sheryl Sandberg, Jessica Alba, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Mary Barra.

Ernie Johnson
Studio Host
Turner Sports
Ernie Johnson

Studio Host
Turner Sports

Three-time Sports Emmy Award winner Ernie Johnson is in his 28th year as the studio host for Turner’s NBA telecasts. He hosts TNT’s Emmy Award winning Inside the NBA studio show with analysts Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith. Since 2011, Johnson has served as a studio host for Turner and CBS’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. From 2010 to 2017, he also served as the studio host for NBA TV’s acclaimed Fan Night every Tuesday.

During his tenure at Turner, Johnson has served as a game analyst, play-by-play announcer, and studio host for the network’s coverage of MLB, the NFL, the PGA, the British Open, college football, the Wimbledon Championships, the Winter Olympics and the Goodwill Games. He received Emmys as best studio host/personality in 2001, 2006, and 2014.

John King
Chief National Correspondent
Anchor, Inside Politics
CNN
John King

Chief National Correspondent
Anchor, Inside Politics
CNN

John King is CNN’s chief national correspondent. He anchors Inside Politics, which airs weekdays at noon and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. ET. King is an award-winning journalist who has covered eight presidential elections and has reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. King plays an instrumental role in CNN’s daily reporting and breaking news coverage, most recently as a prominent part of the network’s America’s Choice 2016 coverage as well as key primary nights and Election Day. In addition, King is known for his experience covering major international events. King, who joined CNN 20 years ago, began his career working for the Associated Press in Rhode Island and Boston.

Ahmad Rashad
Host
NBA TV
Ahmad Rashad

Host
NBA TV

Emmy award-winning sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is the host of a series of NBA TV specials, One on One with Ahmad Rashad. The show features candid interviews with the NBA’s biggest stars, providing viewers with unique insights into the players’ careers and personal stories. Rashad served as host, executive producer and managing editor of the Emmy-nominated show NBA Inside Stuff for 16 seasons.

Rashad, a star running back and receiver at Oregon who earned All-America honors as a senior, was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He played 11 seasons in the NFL, including 7 years in Minnesota, where he earned four Pro Bowl selections and all-pro honors in 1979. Last October, he was enshrined into the Vikings’ “Ring of Honor.” He began his broadcasting career with NBC in 1983, covering the NFL, NBA, the Olympics, and many other sporting events during his 20-year tenure with the network.

Participants


Steve Ballmer
Chairman
L.A. Clippers
Steve Ballmer

Chairman
L.A. Clippers

Steve Ballmer is co-founder of Ballmer Group and owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer retired as chief executive officer of Microsoft in 2014 after leading the company for nearly 14 years. He remains a significant investor.

Through philanthropy and civic activism, Ballmer Group strengthens promising and proven approaches that increase economic mobility for children and families in the U.S. Ballmer also leads USAFacts, a project seeking to improve transparency in government, including disclosing taxes and borrowings raised, money allocated and spent, and outcomes achieved, much as corporations do through their 10-K reports.

Ballmer became Microsoft’s CEO in 2000, having served for 20 years in roles as president, senior vice president of sales and support, senior vice president of systems software, and vice president of marketing. He was the company’s first business manager. During his tenure Microsoft grew to almost $80 billion in revenue and was the third most profitable company in the U.S.

Leslie Berland
Chief Marketing Officer &
Head of People
Twitter, Inc.
Leslie Berland

Chief Marketing Officer &
Head of People
Twitter, Inc.

Leslie Berland is chief marketing officer, responsible for Twitter’s marketing and communications globally, and head of people.  Prior to joining the company in 2016, she was executive vice president, global advertising, marketing & digital partnerships at American Express. Berland, who joined American Express in 2005, led a global team responsible for creating marketplace demand and driving commerce through differentiated products, marketing, and customer experiences globally. As a member of the company’s global management team, she oversaw advertising, media, sponsorships, content, brand identity, and digital partnerships.

Earlier in her career, Berland led public relations and online communications strategies for global brands on the agency side. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and is @leslieberland on Twitter. She currently serves on the boards of the Make A Wish Foundation and Ad Council.

Sue Bird
WNBA Player
Seattle Storm
Sue Bird

WNBA Player
Seattle Storm

Regarded as the world’s premier point guard, Sue Bird is known for being selfless, driven, encouraging and smart. Bird is a seasoned veteran and a born leader who has dominated at every level. She is one of only seven women to win an Olympic Gold Medal (she has won four), a World Championship Gold Medal (she has won three) an NCAA Championship (she has won two), and a WNBA Championship (she has won two). Bird is also the WNBA’s career assists leader, a five-time Euroleague Champion, a 10-time WNBA All-Star, was named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time in 2011, and she was named one of the WNBA’s 20 greatest and most influential players in celebration of the League’s 20th season. Off the court, you can currently find Bird behind the microphone as a basketball analyst for ESPN.

Chris Bosh
President & Chief Executive Officer
Bosh Enterprises
Chris Bosh

President & Chief Executive Officer
Bosh Enterprises

Chris Bosh made a mark in the NBA as being one of the most respected and sought-after players in the League. He is an 11-time NBA All-Star who helped bring two consecutive NBA championships to the Miami Heat. His passion for education led him to partner with Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and will.i.am to create a short film with code.org to raise awareness for and emphasize the importance of coding in youth education. As a result, Bosh also wrote a story for Wired magazine where he discussed his thirst for education and why he learned to code.

In September 2017, Bosh joined the NBA Harvard Business Pilot Program where he studied key business challenges and discussed popular case studies. As a father of five himself, he hopes to instill his passion for technology, education, and coding for future generations.

Kobe Bryant
Chief Executive Officer, Kobe Inc.
General Partner, Bryant Stibel
Kobe Bryant

Chief Executive Officer, Kobe Inc.
General Partner, Bryant Stibel

Kobe Bryant is a five-time NBA Champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist, NBA MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP, 15-time All-NBA player, 18-time NBA All-Star and the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer.

To start building his post-basketball career, Bryant formed Kobe Inc. in 2013. Kobe Inc. is a multimedia content creation company focused on helping athletes learn the process of excellence and maximizing potential. Kobe Inc. has launched several film projects including Kobe Bryant’s Muse documentary film, Dear Basketball animated short film, and the six-episode Canvas series. Bryant served as creator and executive producer for all projects.

Bryant’s investment platform, Bryant Stibel, provides strategic, financial and operational support to entrepreneurs and their companies, with a focus on the convergence of technology, media and data (TMD), as well as in industries such as sports and wellness, where TMD has the potential to create massive opportunities.

Off the court, Bryant has dedicated his philanthropic passion to a variety of causes benefitting children in need. In 2006, he launched the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation to improve the lives of young people through access to sports, mentorship and economic empowerment. In 2009, Bryant partnered with the Soong Ching Ling Foundation to create the Kobe China Fund dedicated to the welfare and education of youth in China.

Jeanie Buss
Chief Executive Officer &
Controlling Owner
Los Angeles Lakers
Jeanie Buss

Chief Executive Officer &
Controlling Owner
Los Angeles Lakers

As chief executive officer and controlling owner, Jeanie Buss is responsible for running all aspects of the Los Angeles Lakers organization. In addition to her role as CEO, Buss represents the Lakers on the NBA’s Board of Governors. She also serves on the NBA Advisory and Finance Committee and the NBA Labor Committee.

Buss, who began her career at the age of 19 as general manager of World Team Tennis’ Los Angeles Strings, has extensive experience in the California entertainment and sports scene. She brought professional roller hockey to the city as owner of the Los Angeles Blades, is leading a revival of WOW – Women of Wrestling, and served as president of the Great Western Forum for four years before joining the Lakers.

Actively involved in the community, Buss lists Canine Companions for Independence, The Amanda Foundation and the Best Buddies organization among her many charitable endeavors while also working with the Lakers Youth Foundation to raise money for local nonprofit groups. In 2015, she personally pledged $1.5 million to Cedars-Sinai to establish the Dr. Jerry H. Buss Surgical Oncology Fellowship as a tribute to her father.

Mark Cuban
Chairman, AXS TV
Owner, Dallas Mavericks
Mark Cuban

Chairman, AXS TV
Owner, Dallas Mavericks

Mark Cuban, owner of the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks and best-selling author of How to Win at the Sport of Business, is a highly successful entrepreneur who founded AXS TV, Broadcast.com and MicroSolutions.

Cuban, recognized as being among the most influential people in both the cable and sports industries, is owner and chairman of AXS TV, the largest independently owned and operated television network in the U.S., and takes personal responsibility for its programming. Under his vision and leadership, AXS TV is the premier destination for live events, breaking news, and as-they-are-happening trends in pop culture, music, fashion and entertainment.

James L. Dolan
Executive Chairman &
Chief Executive Officer
The Madison Square Garden Company
Executive Chairman, MSG Networks
James L. Dolan

Executive Chairman &
Chief Executive Officer
The Madison Square Garden Company
Executive Chairman, MSG Networks

James L. Dolan is executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), which includes iconic venues: Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, California and The Chicago Theatre. Other MSG properties include the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty; and leading esports organization, Counter Logic Gaming. In addition, the Company features the popular production – the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes; TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group, and Boston Calling Events, which produces the premier Boston Calling Music Festival. Dolan also serves as executive chairman of MSG Networks, which consists of two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks, and is on the board of directors for AMC Networks.

Dolan was the driving force behind star-studded events that raised millions of dollars for the families of 9/11 victims and for Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy relief. He supports Garden of Dreams, a charity that helps children throughout the New York area, and serves on the board of The Lustgarten Foundation, a private funder of pancreatic cancer research.

David Drummond
Senior Vice President
Corporate Development
Alphabet
David Drummond

Senior Vice President
Corporate Development
Alphabet

David Drummond serves as senior vice president of corporate development for Alphabet. He previously served as senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer of Google. He joined Google in 2002 and led global teams for legal, public policy, communications, corporate development/mergers and acquisitions, and product quality operations. He also serves as chairman of Google’s investment arms, GV and CapitalG.

Drummond was introduced to Google in 1998 as a partner in the corporate transactions group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, one of the nation’s leading law firms representing technology businesses. He served as Google’s first outside counsel and worked with Larry Page and Sergey Brin to incorporate the company and secure its initial rounds of financing. Drummond earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Santa Clara University and a law degree from Stanford.

Kevin Durant
Partner, The Durant Company
Partner, Thirty Five Media
Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant

Partner, The Durant Company
Partner, Thirty Five Media
Golden State Warriors

Kevin Durant is a 10-year NBA veteran who plays for the Golden State Warriors. He has won an NBA championship, an NBA Finals MVP Award, an NBA MVP Award, four NBA scoring titles, two Olympic gold medals, an NBA All-Star Game MVP Award, and an NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He is also a nine-time NBA All-Star.

Off the court, Durant is co-founder and president of The Durant Company, where his investments include Postmates, Acorns, Overtime, Coinbase, Rubrik, and many others. His company Thirty Five Media serves as the creative arm of his business, with projects such as the launch of his YouTube channel in April 2017. He is also the founder of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, which seeks to enrich the lives of youth from low-income backgrounds through educational and athletic programs, including the signature Build It And They Will Ball global court renovation project.

Trevor Edwards
President, Nike Brand
Nike, Inc.
Trevor Edwards

President, Nike Brand
Nike, Inc.

As President of the NIKE Brand, Trevor Edwards sets long-term business vision for NIKE and leads the company’s deep understanding of consumers worldwide. Edwards is responsible for leading the NIKE Brand, which includes all category and geographic business units and brand management globally, as well as NIKE’s wholesale, retail and digital commerce operations.

Edwards joined the company in 1992 as a regional marketing manager and has held senior marketing positions in the U.S. and around the world. Edwards has led some of NIKE’s biggest breakthroughs, including a transformation of the digital landscape through the creation of NikePlus and leading the charge to establish NIKE as the world’s leading football (soccer) brand. As part of his role, Edwards has also been instrumental in elevating consumer-centric sports businesses across NIKE. Edwards has been widely recognized for his influence in sports and business by publications ranging from Sports Illustrated to Fast Company.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Magic Johnson Enterprises
Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Magic Johnson Enterprises

Earvin “Magic” Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity from the court into the business world as chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). MJE provides high-quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities. Johnson is utilizing those same skills as the president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, working closely with ownership throughout all areas of the franchise.

Still a commanding presence in popular culture, Johnson co-owns MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers, WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and MLS’s Los Angeles Football Club. He continues to expand his influence through his many businesses while broadening his scope into infrastructure with a new $1 billion investment fund and becoming a leading investor in a number of technology companies. Johnson, who serves as chairman of the Magic Johnson Foundation, also continues his commitment to transform urban America through HIV/AIDS awareness and educational programs.

Carsten Koerl
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Sportradar AG
Carsten Koerl

Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Sportradar AG

Carsten Koerl has held various management positions within the software development and gambling industry during the last 20 years. He is the founder of bwin.com and led the company through one of the most successful public listings ever on the Vienna stock market.

In parallel to the bwin.com success story, Koerl founded a new company, Sportradar, in 2001 with his Norwegian co-founders. The original objective was to develop a technology-driven data and analytical service for the bookmaker market. Since then, Sportradar has significantly expanded its business to include a host of digital content solutions that help sports rights holders and law enforcement agencies combat match manipulation worldwide. The company is also a leader when it comes to collecting rich data and then distributing it in ways that engage fans across a range of platforms and media. The company is scheduled to cover more than 325,000 live events across 48 sports this year.

Brian Krzanich
Chief Executive Officer
Intel Corporation
Brian Krzanich

Chief Executive Officer
Intel Corporation

Brian Krzanich is the chief executive officer of Intel. He was elected CEO in May 2013 after serving in a variety of technical and leadership roles in manufacturing and as the company’s chief operating officer. As CEO, Krzanich is transforming Intel from a PC-centric to a data-centric company. Under his leadership, Intel has expanded in markets such as memory, modems and programmable solutions while investing in emerging areas such as AI, 5G and autonomous driving.

These efforts have aligned Intel around what Krzanich sees as its greatest opportunities for growth and invention, all driven by the explosion of data. Krzanich has also brought diversity and inclusion to the forefront of Intel’s priorities, committing to full representation of women and underrepresented minorities in Intel’s U.S. workforce by the end of 2018.

Ted Leonsis
Founder, Chairman, Majority Owner &
Chief Executive Officer
Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Ted Leonsis

Founder, Chairman, Majority Owner &
Chief Executive Officer
Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Ted Leonsis is founder, chairman, majority owner and chief executive officer of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, WNBA’s Washington Mystics, AFL’s Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade and the NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go. He is co-owner of aXiomatic, which has controlling interest in global esports franchise Team Liquid. Monumental also owns the 20,000-seat Capital One Arena and operates Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the Capitals’ training facility, and George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena.

An integrated media, technology, sports and entertainment company, Monumental runs Monumental Sports Network, a first-of-its-kind regional sports network for digital, mobile and over-the-top platforms. In addition, Leonsis is co-founder and partner at Revolution Growth, a $1 billion set of investment funds via which he and his partners make a select group of speed-up capital investments in businesses each year.

David Levy
President
Turner
David Levy

President
Turner

Long regarded as one of the media industry’s most influential executives, David Levy is president of Turner. In this capacity, Levy oversees Turner’s leading portfolio of domestic entertainment, sports, kids and young adult networks and businesses, including TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, truTV, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Bleacher Report, FilmStruck, Turner Sports and ELEAGUE, Turner’s entry into the red hot esports category. Additionally, Levy oversees Turner’s ad sales and distribution divisions.

Under Levy’s leadership, Turner networks has increased its investment in original premium content across its portfolio of entertainment, kids and young adult brands. Both TBS and TNT have experienced significant brand evolutions with each network launching distinct and buzz-worthy original content during the past 18 months. truTV has further evolved its programming schedule and ranks as one of the youngest skewing cable networks in the television universe.

Each of Turner’s networks have maintained top competitive rankings, including #1 spots in key metrics for Adult Swim, TNT, TBS and Cartoon Network, as well as a leading digital portfolio of brands, including Bleacher Report, one of the most popular and fastest-growing digital properties in the U.S.

Kevin Lin
Co-Founder
Twitch
Kevin Lin

Co-Founder
Twitch

Kevin Lin is a 2004 Yale graduate and co-founder of Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and community for video game culture and an array of emerging content created by its users. He was instrumental in the 2011 launch of the service when he joined Justin.tv in 2008. Lin now leads culture, strategy, and innovation, where he is responsible for new Twitch programs including original content and corporate strategy. Currently, 15 million community members gather every day on Twitch to broadcast live video, watch, and chat, making the service an industry leader.

Neal Mohan
Chief Product Officer
YouTube
Neal Mohan

Chief Product Officer
YouTube

Neal Mohan is chief product officer at YouTube. He is responsible for YouTube products and user experience on all platforms and devices globally. This includes YouTube’s core mobile applications, YouTube.com, emerging technologies such as VR, vertical experiences such as YouTube Kids, Music and Gaming, and YouTube’s two subscription services, YouTube Red and YouTube TV. Products for media partners, content creators and musicians are also part of Mohan’s portfolio.

Previously, Mohan was senior vice president of display and video ads at Google. In this role he was responsible for the company’s advertising offerings on YouTube, the Google Display Network, AdSense, AdMob, and the DoubleClick family of programmatic ad platform products. He focused on growing the overall digital media industry by building innovative solutions for millions of Google’s advertising and media partners around the world. Prior to joining Google, Mohan was senior VP of strategy and product development at DoubleClick.

Stephen Pagliuca
Co-Owner & Managing General Partner
Boston Celtics
Co-Chairman, Bain Capital
Stephen Pagliuca

Co-Owner & Managing General Partner
Boston Celtics
Co-Chairman, Bain Capital

Steve Pagliuca is a managing partner, co-owner and chairman of the basketball committee of the Boston Celtics. During the past decade, Pagliuca has played a leadership role in the development of the Celtics’ basketball strategy and operations.

In addition, he is the president of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, the charitable arm of the organization. The Shamrock Foundation helps children gain access to housing, healthcare and other services in partnership with local charities. Pagliuca also serves as an alternate member of the NBA Board of Governors.

A highly accomplished business leader, Pagliuca is co-chairman of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm that is based in Boston. Bain Capital provides capital and expertise to a wide range of companies from start-ups to multibillion-dollar enterprises. An active investor in the media, technology, financial services and healthcare industries, he has helped to build Bain Capital into one of the world’s leading investment companies.

Pagliuca is a trustee of Bain Capital Children’s Charity. He is a recipient of the Bright Star Award from President Bill Clinton and the American Dream Award from Habitat for Humanity for his charitable efforts and contributions to the community.

 

Dinesh C. Paliwal
President & Chief Executive Officer
HARMAN
Dinesh C. Paliwal

President & Chief Executive Officer
HARMAN

Dinesh Paliwal is president and chief executive officer of HARMAN, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. that provides technology solutions for the automotive, consumer and enterprise markets. Prior to joining HARMAN, Paliwal spent 22 years with ABB Group where he last held the roles of president of ABB Group and chairman and CEO of ABB North America.

Paliwal serves on the boards of HARMAN, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Raytheon, and the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), and he is a member of the CEO Business Roundtable. In 2017, he was named to The Recode 100 list of technology influencers, and Fortune magazine previously named Paliwal to its “Business Person of the Year” list, and Yahoo! Finance included him on a short list of 5-star CEOs. Also in 2017, B’nai B’rith International honored Paliwal with its Distinguished Achievement Award and the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) recognized him with the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Kevin Plank
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Under Armour
Kevin Plank

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Under Armour

While playing football at Maryland, Kevin Plank was inspired to create a better kind of T-shirt—one that could keep athletes cool, dry, and light. Upon graduating in 1996 with a business degree, Plank turned his idea into a reality and, as a result, began redefining the way athletes dress. He combined the perfect fabric (performance synthetics) with an athlete’s perfect fit (compression) to create the high-performance answer to the sweat drenched cotton dilemma.

After more than two decades of outfitting athletes at all levels with the world’s most innovative performance apparel, footwear, and equipment, Plank oversees a global company with more than 15,000 employees. In addition, the Under Armour Connected Fitness platform powers the world’s largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications. True to his vision, Plank and Under Armour are committed to making athletes better…and they are just getting started.

Vivek Ranadivé
Owner & Chairman
Sacramento Kings
Vivek Ranadivé

Owner & Chairman
Sacramento Kings

Vivek Ranadivé is the owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings. He is an entrepreneur, technology visionary, New York Times best-selling author and philanthropist recognized for his innovative thinking.

As a technology entrepreneur, he pioneered the use of real-time event processing software and created TIBCO, a multibillion dollar software company. In addition to digitizing Wall Street, his software became the central nervous system for most of the world’s largest companies and government agencies. He is known as ”Mr. Real Time,“ which defines his belief that by getting the right information to the right place at the right time, you can make the world a better place.

Ranadivé is a longtime basketball fan whose affiliation with the NBA began in 2010, when he became the co-owner and vice chairman of the Golden State Warriors. In 2013, he became the first Indian majority owner of an NBA team when he purchased the Sacramento Kings, securing the team’s future in California’s capital city. Under Ranadivé’s leadership, the Kings have invested $1 billion in the downtown area, creating thousands of jobs, revitalizing the region and building the next great American city.

In 2016, Ranadivé founded venture capital fund Bow Capital in partnership with the University of California to invest in value-driven startups, many emerging from the UC system. The fund will help entrepreneurs who are using technology to create companies that advance society and make the world a better place.

Issa Rae
Chief Executive Officer
Issa Rae Productions
Issa Rae

Chief Executive Officer
Issa Rae Productions

With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered millions of views online and two consecutive Golden Globe best actress nominations for her hit show, HBO’s Insecure. She currently has three shows in development at HBO and will be co-starring in the film adaption of Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give.

Michael Rubin
Executive Chairman
Fanatics
Michael Rubin

Executive Chairman
Fanatics

Michael Rubin is a renowned internet entrepreneur and the founder and executive chairman of Fanatics, the global leader for licensed sports merchandise. With decades of experience in shaking up consumer industries, Rubin is currently transforming the global sports licensing industry through game-changing deals, strategic acquisitions, and an innovative, tech-infused vertical model that brings fans closer to the sports teams they love.

Rubin is also the founder and CEO of Kynetic, one of the world’s largest private technology companies, which is focused on building consumer internet businesses that enhance the way we shop in today’s on-demand culture. Prior to launching Kynetic, he was founder and CEO of GSI Commerce, which he sold to eBay for $2.4 billion. Named annually as one of Sports Business Journal’s “50 Most Influential People in Sports Business,” Rubin is co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils.

Connor Schell
Executive Vice President, Content
ESPN
Connor Schell

Executive Vice President, Content
ESPN

Connor Schell, executive vice president, content, is responsible for overseeing all of ESPN’s content creation across TV, digital and print platforms.

Schell oversees all of ESPN’s event production domestically and internationally including the NBA Finals, the College Football National Championship, Monday Night FootballSunday Night Baseball, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. He manages all of ESPN’s studio programming, including SportsCenter, and oversees digital and print content. Additionally, Schell is responsible for ESPN Films, Audio, the Talent Office, and serves as an executive producer of The ESPYS.

Schell is the executive producer and co-creator of the award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series. He served as a producer and executive producer of the company’s first Academy Award-winning film, O.J.: Made in America. In his previous role running ESPN Films, Schell executive produced the Walt Disney studio films Million Dollar Arm and Queen of Katwe.

Evan Spiegel
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Snap, Inc.
Evan Spiegel

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Snap, Inc.

Spiegel is co-founder and chief executive officer of Snap, Inc. Spiegel attended Stanford where he studied product design.

Steve Stoute
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
United Masters + Translation
Steve Stoute

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
United Masters + Translation

Since resigning as president of Interscope Records in 1999, marketing and media entrepreneur Steve Stoute has worked tirelessly to make cultural currency a modern marketer’s most effective tool.

Stoute’s book The Tanning of America documents hip hop’s influence over countless industries, and he has gone on to apply its lessons through his creative agency Translation, which positions clients such as the NBA, Kaiser Permanente, and State Farm precisely where he is most comfortable: at the convergence of culture, storytelling, and technology.

His tech credentials in particular spiked last year when, with partners Alphabet, Andreessen Horowitz, and 20th Century Fox, Stoute unveiled UnitedMasters. This data-driven digital distribution company helps music artists grow and manage their fan bases, which in turn enables unprecedented targeting and engagement capabilities for brands.

In 2009, the American Advertising Federation inducted Stoute into its “Advertising Hall of Achievement,” and he was named “Executive of the Year” by Advertising Age in 2013.

Ricky Van Veen
Head of Global Creative Strategy
Facebook
Ricky Van Veen

Head of Global Creative Strategy
Facebook

Ricky Van Veen is the head of global creative strategy at Facebook, where he helps develop the company’s approach to content, and works with media partners to create original programming.

Prior to joining Facebook, Van Veen co-founded CollegeHumor and the video sharing site Vimeo. He helped grow CollegeHumor into the largest comedy property on the web and the most viewed comedy channel on YouTube, with more than 10 million subscribers.

CollegeHumor and Vimeo were acquired in 2006 by IAC, where Van Veen spent the next 10 years overseeing the TV, film, print, and digital content efforts of Electus Digital (which comprises CollegeHumor, fan culture site Dorkly, and hip hop property WatchLoud). Electus Digital’s TV successes include series Adam Ruins Everything on TruTV and Chopped on the Food Network.

He is a board member of Horizons National, a nonprofit organization with the mission of preventing low-income students from regressing academically during summer breaks.

Casey Wasserman
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
WASSERMAN
Casey Wasserman

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
WASSERMAN

Casey Wasserman is the chairman and CEO of Wasserman, a leading sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing and management agency that represents brands, properties and talent on a global basis. He is the chairman of the LA2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a position held since 2014 when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Wasserman to head the city’s successful bid campaign.

Wasserman also serves as president and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation, a private family foundation founded in 1952 by his grandparents Lew and Edie Wasserman. The foundation currently funds in the areas of education, arts & culture, health, service and global initiatives. Wasserman is a trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a board member of several renowned philanthropic organizations including the Jules Stein Eye Institute, the LBJ Presidential Library and the Motion Picture & Television Fund.