Keynote & Super Sessions
This Is How the Future Works: the Opening Keynote offers a sweeping view of Citrix vision, customer innovation and technology. Through demos, discussions and deep insights, you’ll see how Citrix powers a better way to work by delivering the elegant experience and comprehensive security that help organizations be productive, engage customers, and unlock innovation.
Citrix president and CEO David Henshall will share the vision and strategy that are powering secure digital workspaces and demonstrate our relentless focus on a single driving principle: making your apps and data secure and easy to access anywhere, at any time. Senior vice president, business strategy, and chief marketing officer Tim Minahan will speak on customer innovation and welcome customers to the stage to discuss workplace transformation and how Citrix enables them to embrace the opportunity in constant change. Chief product officer PJ Hough will share Citrix experience and success, demonstrating the breathtaking pace of Citrix innovation and the power of a proven, integrated technology portfolio, securely managed in the cloud. As we move forward into a cloud-first world, no matter your approach—hybrid, multi, virtual—Citrix helps you plot your course to success and make it reality.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Senior Vice President, Business Strategy and Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Product Officer
At Synergy, you’ll hear thought-provoking talks and get a glimpse into the future from these extraordinary thinkers and leaders:
Dr. Condoleezza Rice
Widely considered to be one of the most influential and powerful people in the world, Dr. Condoleezza Rice rose from a childhood in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, to become advisor to presidents and an architect of transformational diplomacy during a time of unprecedented and tumultuous world affairs.
Framed by her deeply personal experience with overcoming adversity and succeeding in a pivotal role despite racial and gender inequity, Dr. Rice will share her thoughts on the art of diplomacy and its significance, not only on the world stage but also in business, the workplace, and within work teams.
Dr. Rice will also discuss the singular importance of technology in international affairs for improving outcomes in healthcare and education and creating economic opportunity for all—and its absolute necessity for combating cyberwarfare and the threat to democracy posed by “fake news.” Drawing from her expertise as one of the greatest leaders of our time, cofounder of an international strategic consulting firm and one of Stanford’s most distinguished professors, Dr. Rice will offer unique insights into how business and governments can work together to harness technology for greater global stability.
If it’s true that knowledge is power, then companies with command over their data have a significant competitive advantage. They know things that others don’t and create insight where others can’t; the bigger the dataset, the greater the power of its predictive ability. Michael Lewis, the financial journalist and bestselling author of Moneyball and Flash Boys, joins us at Synergy to explore how the decisions about what we do with all that data influences financial markets, sports teams, business—in fact, everything about our lives.
Lewis has an uncanny skill for turning arcane facts into a compelling narrative that reveals connections others haven’t. Combining keen insight with his signature wit, Lewis will take a fresh, hard look at artificial intelligence and machine learning and their role in business decision making. He’ll discuss whether Elon Musk is right about the threat of AI and consider the benefits AI has delivered to industry, from the chatbots increasing engagement between sports fans and their teams to advances such as adaptive cruise control that are increasing automotive safety. Lewis will also examine how AI has transformed financial markets and how companies are using it to drive innovation and expand into new markets.
A sharp observer of politics, finance, and the evolution of American culture, Lewis will offer a unique perspective on the human factor in technology, and explore how it adds layers of complexity that are not yet fully understood.