General Session Speakers


Robbie Bach

Innovation Expert, Former Chief Xbox Officer for Microsoft and Author of ‘Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal’

A leading influencer of consumer technology, Microsoft’s former president of entertainment and devices and chief Xbox officer, Robbie Bach, shares proven business and leadership principles he’s learned along the way to help you drive change and position your organization as a disruptor before someone “Ubers” you.
During his 22-year career at Microsoft, Bach held many roles, most notably building and leading the team that disrupted
the gaming industry with the iconic Xbox and Xbox 360 game consoles, in turn building a successful consumer business within Microsoft. He outlines his experiences and strategic planning frameworks for success in his 2015 book, “Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal.”
With important business lessons and an inspiring story of intrapreneurship, Bach offers stimulating insight and exciting perspectives on leadership, advancing technology, thoughtful strategy and what he thinks is the next big thing.


Gretchen Carlson

Acclaimed Broadcast News Anchor and Journalist, Former Host of “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson”

Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation’s most recognized news anchors, a best-selling author, and a tireless advocate for women in the workplace. In 2017, she was named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Most recently, Carlson hosted “The Real Story” on Fox News for three years. Prior to that, she co-hosted the number one rated cable morning news show, “Fox and Friends,” for more than seven years. In 2015, her first book “Getting Real” became a national best-seller. In 2017, she created the Gift of Courage Fund to empower young girls by helping them build self-esteem and confidence. A no-holds-barred political reporter and commentator, Carlson is known for her witty and astute insights on the political climate, news of the day and the stories making headlines across the globe.


Erik Qualman

Digital Media Expert, Professor, Author

Erik Qualman helps organizations understand the implications of social media on our daily lives and how businesses can tap the power of social media to increase their sales, cut marketing costs and reach consumers directly. A noted social media influencer, he has authored several best-selling books on the power of social media, such as Socialnomics, Digital Leader and What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube, which is used as a resource by top universities and global brands. Qualman has presented around the world for Google, Chase, Sony PlayStation,IBM, Facebook, Starbucks, Cartier, Raytheon, Chrysler, TEDx, and others. He is no stranger to the executive suite, having served as the head of marketing at Travelzoo. 

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