2019 Meet the Innovators Forum Presenters
President, Anwaya Consulting LLC
Joanna J. Bryson
Associate Professor, University of Bath
Dr. Christine Gulbranson
Senior Vice President, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of California System
VP and Chief AI Scientist, Facebook and Silver Professor, NYU
Founding Executive, Sprint Accelerator
Kevin McGinnis is vice president of Pinsight Media+, a subsidiary of Sprint, and founding executive of the Sprint Accelerator. In his 20-year career at Sprint, Kevin has performed in a multitude of functions and various stages of new and emerging businesses – ranging from long distance in the 90s, to Sprint’s partnerships with cable companies, early product innovation leveraging the Internet to its current venture in wireless. This range of experience has established Kevin as a thought leader in the communications and digital industry.
Over the past several years, Kevin has been a driving force behind much of the corporate support for the entrepreneurial community in Kansas City. Under Kevin’s leadership, Sprint as reestablished itself a community leader in economic development and the advancement of Kansas City’s technology scene. He serves as board chair for KC Tech Council, the Technology Council of greater Kansas City and sits on numerous advisory boards related to making Kansas City “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City”. In 2013, he founded the Sprint Accelerator in the Crossroads District where Sprint hosts the Sprint Mobile Accelerator program among other entrepreneurial and innovation initiatives.
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, IBM
Since becoming CEO in January 2012, Ginni Rometty has led IBM through the most significant transformation in its history, reinventing the company to lead in the new era of AI, blockchain, cybersecurity and quantum technologies, all delivered on IBM’s enterprise-strength cloud platform. Today, IBM is the world leader in AI and cloud computing for business, underpinned with trust and security.
Beginning her career with IBM in 1981, Ginni held a series of leadership positions across the company and led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts.
Ginni has a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University, where she later was awarded an honorary degree. She also has an honorary degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
She serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University and the boards of overseers and managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Cyber Group and is a member of the advisory board of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.
Director of Project Strategy, Virgin Hyperloop One
Diana is the Director of Project Strategy in Virgin Hyperloop One’s Projects team and leads strategic company initiatives related to project and regional opportunities, analyzing critical decisions on project development to achieve commercialization goals and identifying key risks.
Prior to joining Virgin Hyperloop One, Diana was a strategy and management consultant at Oliver Wyman in New York, where she advised private sector companies and governments around the world on business and corporate strategies, risk and economic modeling, planning and operations, product development and market entry decisions, and strategic and regulatory trends. She is also a member of the Global Shapers community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Diana holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and an MPA-International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, where her focus was on the intersection of business, technology, and economic development. She received a grant from the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation for her research on the development of an electric vehicle industry in China. She received her BA in Economics and International Studies from the University of Chicago.