15 Time NBA All Star, Media Personality, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name--Shaq. A revered cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning him the sport’s highest honors. The four-time NBA Champion, 15-time NBA All Star and three-time NBA Finals MVP has been named the fourth most influential athlete by Forbes magazine, in addition to being the highest ranked NBA athlete on Nielsen’s State of the Media: Year in Sports 2010 and Business Week’s Power Sports 100.
But Shaquille O’Neal isn’t only a legendary athlete; he has also established himself as a powerful media personality and businessman over the years. Ranked among ‘‘The 100 Most Creative People in Business’’ last year by Fast Company magazine, O’Neal is currently an NBA analyst on TNT/NBATV. In addition to being an early investor in companies such as Vitaminwater, O’Neal has managed an increasingly robust personal brand, which has included television shows, a shoe line and social media/tech products. The first verified celebrity account on Twitter, O'Neal announced his NBA retirement via Tout, a new social media app that allows users to tape 15-second video statuses.
Principal Executive Advisor, Sales & Marketing, CEB
Brent is well known for his passion for "productive disruption." He is a sought-after speaker and facilitator, with more than 20 years of experience as a professional researcher, teacher and trainer. Brent facilitates a wide range of executive-level discussions around the world for Fortune 500/Global 1000 executives in sales, marketing, and customer service, including global sales meetings, keynote presentations, board-level presentations, and hands-on best practice workshops. In over 12 years at CEB, Brent has been privileged to work with some of the greatest thought leaders in B2B sales and marketing.
As a Principal Executive Advisor at CEB, Brent serves as the company’s chief story teller broadly spanning subjects from customer loyalty to sales rep performance to organizational productivity. He is the co-author of The Challenger Customer and the best-selling The Challenger Sale. In addition, Brent is a frequent contributor on sales topics on Harvard Business Review’s blog and CEB’s sales blog as well as being published in Bloomberg Businessweek and Selling Power.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Brent joined CEB from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business where he received his MBA with distinction. Prior to that, he served on the faculty of Michigan State University as a Professor of German and Applied Linguistics. In addition to his MBA, Brent holds a B.A. with distinction in political science from the University of Michigan along with M.A.s in political science and German, and a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from the University of Texas. Brent resides in Leesburg, Va. with his wife and two daughters.
Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Los Angeles
Jarrett Barrios serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Los Angeles. Leading a team of talented humanitarians to provide care and comfort to those afflicted by disasters-large and small, he also leads Prepare SoCal’s effort to prepare Los Angeles against disasters ranging from home fires to a major earthquake. This year, Barrios and the Los Angeles Red Cross team are expanding Prepare Los Angeles to focus on building up the resiliency of the most vulnerable communities in Los Angeles. The LA Regional team also spans the arc of Red Cross services to the public, including services to active duty military and veterans, international humanitarian services and youth and community engagement efforts. This portfolio builds on his prior role as the chief executive of the Massachusetts Red Cross where, for his transformational leadership, he was awarded the American Red Cross Presidential Award for Excellence in 2014.
Barrios is an honors graduate from Harvard College (AB ’90-’91) and Georgetown Law (’95), and practiced law at the Boston firm of Hill & Barlow, then began public service in 1999 as a Massachusetts State Representative for four years, then as a State Senator for five years. In the House, he authored a broad range of legislation from a law to improve emergency room services for immigrants to the creation of a state low-income housing tax credit. In the Senate, he chaired the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee and was the Vice Chair of the Health Care Committee. As a state senator, Barrios led the first comprehensive rewrite of the state fire code in the wake of the Station Nightclub fire, authored the nation’s strongest “buffer zone” legislation to protect women’s health centers, led the passage of a statewide assault weapons ban and gang-prevention legislation, as well as authoring foreclosure prevention bills, consumer data privacy and protection legislation, and legislation to protect victims of domestic violence. During this period, he was a Senate leader in the effort to protect marriage equality for gay and lesbian families in the Commonwealth and helped found the Massachusetts statewide Latino political group, Oíste. Upon leaving the legislature, he served as the president and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation in Boston and of GLAAD in New York and Los Angeles.
Outside of Red Cross, he currently serves as a supervisorial appointee to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission (http://lahumanrelations.org), as a board member of the Los Angeles BizFed Institute (http://bizfedinstitute.org/), as well as the boards of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and the Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. Along the way, he has lectured on transnational gang violence in El Salvador, represented the United States in a delegation to Australia with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, counted hanging chads in the disputed presidential election of 2000, toured Mexico to train university students on American political process on behalf of the State Department, studied the public health systems and lectured on US health reform in Brazil as an Eisenhower Fellow. He recently participated in the inaugural cohort of the Presidio Institute’s Cross Sector Leadership Fellows in partnership with the White House Office on Social Innovation. He speaks Spanish and is proficient in Portuguese, and for twenty years, has engaged in licensed humanitarian efforts in Cuba.
Head of Global Sales, Dow Jones
Nancy McNeill is Dow Jones’ Executive Vice President of Corporate Sales & Marketing. In this role, she is instrumental in setting strategic direction and driving the global sales organization for the Professional Information Business. Mrs. McNeill has more than 20 years of management experience, leading global sales organizations in the financial services information industry. Previously, she served as Global Head of Sales for Wealth Management and Global Head of Sales, Corporate Services at Thomson Reuters. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Connecticut.
SVP Commercial Sales & Sales Operations, Box
Lesley is SVP and GM of Commercial Sales and Sales Operations at Box. Her responsibilities include leading the strategy and execution for the SMB and Mid-Market sales segments, the Renewals sales team, and the Sales Operations team as well as driving demand strategy and pipeline development efforts. Lesley has 15+ years of experience in high growth pre and post IPO in venture-backed startups. She is a sales leader with proven experience building and scaling commercial sales and sales operations teams. Lesley has held senior executive roles at Huddle, MySQL, TeaLeaf, Informatica, and Remedy Corporation. At MySQL, Lesley was Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Sales and at Informatica, Lesley was Senior Vice President Worldwide Corporate Sales and Sales Operations. While at Informatica, Lesley lead the development and execution of Informatica’s Mid-size Enterprise Sales team which included partnering with IBM to deliver a complete packaged solution called “Informatica and IBM Dashboard Engine Appliance” (IIDEA), a hardware and software bundle for mid-size businesses. Lesley has a B.A. in History from UCLA.
Senior Vice President of Global Solutions, LinkedIn
Mike Gamson joined the company in August 2007. He currently leads LinkedIn's Global Solutions Organization across the company's 30 offices worldwide. The GSO includes various functions ranging from field sales and professional services representatives, to research analysts, account managers and operational experts. There are three primary business groups within the GSO focused on servicing corporate customers – Talent Solutions, Marketing Solutions, and Sales Solutions. Previously, Mike was Director of Product Marketing at Advent Software, a provider of enterprise software for investment managers, where he led the Trading and Order Management business. Mike began his career as an entrepreneur in Costa Rica, founding a restaurant and boutique hotel in 1996. He sold the business to American investors and joined Bank of America as a financial analyst in Chicago the following year. Mike holds a BA from Amherst College.