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Megan Smith to Give Keynote Address at #SIOP19


by SIOP Administrative Office

The 34th Annual SIOP Conference at the spacious Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington DC/National Harbor is right around the corner! With so many great sessions to look forward to, there’s one you definitely don’t want to miss: the closing plenary keynote.

The Conference Committee has announced the exciting news that Megan Smith has agreed to provide the closing plenary keynote address.

Smith was vice president at Google for 11 years, leading new business development. She led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps, and Picasa; and later was a VP at Google[x] where she co-created SolveForX and Women Techmakers.

From 2014 to 2017, Smith served as Chief Technology Officer of the United States during the Obama administration. She helped the president and his teams harness the power of data, innovation, and technology on behalf of the nation.

After completing her government service, Smith founded and is now CEO of Shift7, an organization that collaborates with a broad range of other organizations to leverage technology and innovation in tackling society’s hardest challenges. Learn more about Shift7 here.

2019 Conference Chair Scott Tonidandel knew that Smith’s extensive background would make her the perfect keynote speaker for this year’s SIOP conference.

Tonidandel explained, “I was so excited that Megan Smith was willing to come to speak. As former US Chief Technology Officer, Megan is uniquely situated to understand how technology and innovation will impact the world of work in the years to come. This is obviously a critical issue for our membership.”

He continued, “The #1, #3, #4, #6, and #7 top workplace trends in SIOP’s 2019 trends survey all relate to technology’s impact in the workplace. Equally important, throughout her career, Megan has been a champion of diversity initiatives. The work currently being done by her at Shift7 around economic uplift, equity, and inclusion will resonate with our membership. In fact, diversity and MeToo at work are the #2 and #5 issues on that same workplace trends list. I feel very lucky that we were able to find a speaker who is an expert in the topics we seem to care most deeply about as a professional society.”

Interested in attending conference sessions on the top trends? Click here for the 2019 SIOP Conference Program.

It’s not too late to register for the conference! Click here to sign up before the regular registration rates end on Wednesday, March 20.