GM, Worldwide SMB - Microsoft Corporation
As the General Manager of Microsoft’s Worldwide SMB Sales, Alyssa coordinates, motivates and leads the global field teams that are responsible for local customer focus and developing Microsoft’s direct business and indirect business through partner relationship across all channels.
In this role at Microsoft, Alyssa maintains focus on all aspects of the customer engagement process, sales strategy and execution, which include sales model design, channel strategy, revenue attainment, and field enablement. She is also responsible for transforming the Microsoft sales model to drive dramatic acceleration of customer acquisition including how we anticipate and meet the needs of our customers, drastically accelerating revenue, share and customer satisfaction.
Alyssa has close to 25 years of leadership experience and has carried responsibility for more than 50,000 global partners, encompassing management consultancies, global SIs, services partners, call centers, MSPs, VARs, Distributors, Franchisees, ISVs, and OEMs.
VP, Worldwide Hosting & Managed Service Providers - Microsoft Corporation
As the Vice President of the Worldwide Hosting & Managed Service Providers group in Microsoft, Aziz Benmalek oversees the strategy and go-to-market across sales, marketing, technical enablement and business development. The Hosting & Cloud Services team works with a diverse partner ecosystem of over 29,000 Hosters, Service Providers, SaaS Providers/ISVs, Outsourcers and Telecommunication companies from around the world to deliver flexible cloud solutions to customers. As one of the fastest growing channels for IT delivery, the Hosting Service Providers organization is a strategic line of business chartered to land Microsoft’s cloud vision across platform and applications.
Benmalek has over 24 years of global experience in the technology industry and has been with Microsoft for the last 18 years in various senior leadership positions. Prior to being general manager of U.S. Hosting & Cloud Services, he led the WW Hosting business in the Communications Sector, and managed the Global Partner Group in the Enterprise & Partner segment. Benmalek was also a Country General Manager in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, and led the Small and Medium Business in Microsoft France.
Billion-dollar Dealmaker, Business Advisor, Small Business Expert
Carol Roth is the creator of the Future File™ legacy planning system, a “recovering” investment banker, business advisor, entrepreneur and best-selling author of The Entrepreneur Equation. She also “plays herself on TV”, as a reality TV show judge, media contributor and host of Microsoft’s Office Small Business Academy. She’s recognized internationally as a leading small business expert and has worked with startups to the biggest companies and brands in the world on everything from strategy to content creation and marketing to billions of dollars in capital raising and transactional work. She’s been a public company director and invests in mid-stage companies as well.
VP, Worldwide SMB - Microsoft Corporation
As Vice President, David Smith is focused on working with the Small and Medium Business (SMB) partner ecosystem. In this capacity, he is responsible for a global team of sales, marketing and partner management professionals to ensure Microsoft’s ecosystem of partners delivers technology-based high value experiences meeting the unique needs of over 100 million SMB’s across the world.
Since joining Microsoft in 1998, David has engaged with partners as well as strategic ISVs to develop scalable, agile, real-time, and secure solutions that allow companies of all sizes to realize their full potential.
Prior to Microsoft, David worked at Digital Insight (Internet Home Banking vendor acquired by
Intuit) and at Morgan Stanley. David completed his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego. David is married with four children.
Digital Transformation and Social Selling Strategist
Jill Rowley is a sales professional trapped in a marketer's body. She spent six years in management consulting, 52 quarters on quota at Salesforce and Eloqua, and a year leading Social Selling at Oracle after the Eloqua acquisition in 2013. She’s currently spending most of her time speaking internationally and advising global companies like GE, Sprint, Workday, Microsoft, Xerox, CA Technologies, and AT&T on the Why, What, and How-to-Do Social Selling and Digital Sales Transformation at scale. Additionally, she has a portfolio of 12 #SaaS technology companies she invests in, advises, and/or is on the board of directors. Jill's married, a mom of four, has an adorable doggie named Toby, and lives in Silicon Valley.
ABC News Veteran and Host of What Would You Do?
John Quiñones is the anchor of "What Would You Do?," one of the highest-rated newsmagazine franchises of recent years. During his 25 year tenure at ABC News, he has reported extensively for all programs and platforms and served as anchor of "Primetime."
Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights, and a powerful presence, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most inspiring keynotes in the speaking world today. His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying journey, celebrate the life-changing power of education, champion the Latino American Dream, and provide thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior.
As host and creator of What Would You Do?, the highly-rated, hidden camera ethical dilemma newsmagazine, Quiñones has literally become “the face of doing the right thing” to millions of fans. It’s a role that he has enthusiastically embraced off camera, with a popular book and keynote presentations that challenge both business and general audiences to examine the What Would You Do? moments we face every day.
Leadership and Communication Coach
Kris Plachy is a specialist in coaching difficult performers and leaders and the individuals who work with them. In her programs, Kris focuses on tools that everyone can use to better negotiate challenging personalities within their workgroups.
Freelance Technology Writer, Author, Podcaster and News Editor
Mary Jo Foley has been covering the technology industry for more than 30 years, focused during much of that time on Microsoft. She currently writes the ‘All About Microsoft’ blog on ZDNet and is cohost of the “Windows Weekly” podcast on TWiT. She is a frequent commentator on radio, TV and industry events on the Microsoft people, products and strategies.
Former Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Starbucks
Boldly challenging the status quo and decades of diversity and inclusion practices, Dr. Tony Byers is transforming D&I from “the right thing to do” to the business imperative of our time. His presentations provide the perfect balance of “why now” and “how to” that will take your thinking on inclusion — and your organization — to the next level. Along the way, you’ll learn from the success stories of companies that have evolved beyond “doing diversity well” to leveraging inclusion as a powerful business advantage. These inclusive cultures are increasing employee creativity and productivity, developing new products and product categories, and far outpacing their peers in innovation, marketplace growth and business performance.
With 20+ years working in the field, Dr. Byers brings a diverse set of experiences and thinking to his D&I practice, including work in the nonprofit and education sector, as an organizational management consultant and as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, Metropolitan State University and the University of Wisconsin. He holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development and a M.A. in Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. His doctoral thesis focused on effective strategies for building support for diversity programs among senior leaders.