Chief Marketing Officer
Judith Bitterli is Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Customer Services for AVG Technologies, the online security company with more than 182 million active users. Judith leads the company’s global marketing, communications operations and customer services strategy. Her responsibilities include business intelligence, PR, social media, branding and implementation as well as establishing a voice of the customer. Judith has more than 25 years of executive level experience at companies like RealNetworks, Micron and CompuAdd. She is also a former business owner of three businesses. She is steeped in the joys and travails of start-ups and sustaining growing SMB’s. Before her career in technology, Judith was in the U.S. Army for 7 years as a parachute rigger and then testing parachutes and large-scale weapons and missiles. She also became the first certified female jumpmaster in the military. You can read her blog at: blogs.avg.com.
Director Healthcare User Experience
Lorraine is Macadamian’s Director of UX Healthcare and plays a pivotal role in harmonizing end user needs, client expectations, and current technology. She leads clients in identifying product opportunities, conducting research, and planning UX strategy and growth. Her ability to grasp the subtle dynamics of business context and product requirements enables her to help define UX design strategy in support of fundamental business direction. She does this for medical information tool providers, EMR, as well as companies outside health care. Lorraine is recognized as an expert in UX research and the chairperson and leader of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Usability Community. Her expertise delivering user-centric or driven solutions to health care providers makes her a sought after speaker and presenter. As accomplished as she is, Lorraine is also a bit scary to some of us. She regularly gets up at 5:30 am, does a workout that most of us would associate with Spartan warriors, and runs marathons when she doesn’t find this tiring enough. When she not living her Linda Hamilton/Terminator workout lifestyle she loves taking her daughters to places – or biking with childhood friends while meeting eccentric millionaire winery owners along the way.
Dr. Steve Cousins
Steve Cousins is passionate about building and deploying robotic technology to help people. Before founding Savioke, he was the President and CEO of Willow Garage, where he oversaw the creation of the robot operating system (ROS), the PR2 robot, and the open source TurtleBot. In the last three years of his tenure there, Willow Garage spun off 8 companies:
Suitable Technologies (maker of the Beam remote presence system)
Industrial Perception, Inc. (Acquired by Google in 2013)
Redwood Robotics (Acquired by Google in 2013)
HiDOF (ROS and robotics consulting)
The Open Source Robotics Foundation
The OpenCV Foundation
The Open Perception Foundation
Steve is an active participant in the Robots for Humanity project. Steve has been a senior manager at IBM’s Almaden Research Center, and a member of the senior staff at Xerox PARC. Steve holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, BS and MS degrees in computer science from Washington University, and earned a micro-MBA while at IBM.
Dr. Mary Furlong
Mary Furlong & Associates
Mary Furlong, Ed, D., MFA’s president and CEO, is a leading authority on the baby boom generation as it moves toward and beyond age 50. Through her three companies she has raised over 130 million in venture financing and corporate sponsorships for companies with products and services to serve the needs of the boomer/senior market place. In March 2011, Mary received an award as one of the top 100 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and is also the author of “Turning Silver into Gold: How to profit in the New Boomer Marketplace.” She also produces the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit and the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit.
Digital Health & Lifelong Tech Summits
Jill Gilbert is a relationship alchemist. Through each event she crafts, she blends the most expert speakers, thought-provoking themes, forward-leaning trends and vibrant venues – along with the smartest participants – and stirs briskly. The result is a unique and mighty brew of ideas, imagination, innovation and creativity, not to mention a healthy yield of rewarding new business friendships.
Jill’s mantle as catalyst-in-chief is well earned. Her list of credits ranges from speaker, publisher and Silicon Valley entrepreneur to Hollywood producer to producing breakthrough industry conferences. Her most recent accomplishments including producing the Digital Health Summit, Lifelong Tech and Robotics on the Runway, the acclaimed adjuncts to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that showcase technologies and trends reshaping the worlds of healthcare, wellness and living a thriving life. Her Digital Health Summer Summit in San Diego and San Francisco, which premiered in 2012, got rave reviews and continues to expand.
Jill’s earlier roles include serving as e-commerce VP at Caring.com and co-founder and CEO of Gilbert Guide, the first national directory and advice source on senior living. She also was in feature film development and production at Columbia Pictures, Disney, MGM and Love Spell Entertainment.
When she’s not mixing people and ideas, Jill enjoys her her adorable new son, a quiet glass of wine and a loud USC Trojans game.
Vice President, US Sales and Global Market Development
Intel-GE Care Innovations™
Marcus is responsible for US Sales and Global Market Development for Intel-GE Care Innovations™, a partnership between Intel and GE that brings healthcare into the home so that people can live confidently and stay engaged in their own health. In addition to domestic sales, Marcus is also responsible for company strategy and business execution across all markets outside of the United States. Prior to this role, Marcus led strategy and product marketing for Care Innovations.
Marcus joined Care Innovations at its formation in 2011, from the Intel Digital Health Group. A 17-year Intel veteran, Marcus held a variety of positions including leadership roles in both Intel Capital and Intel’s core semiconductor business. Marcus also served as the Technology Director in Intel’s Ultra-mobility Office of Big Ideas, where he was responsible for building the Low Power Chipset team, delivering Intel’s first low power chipset for the Atom* microprocessor.
Throughout his career, Marcus has focused on growing exceptional teams chartered with delivering strategy, technology, marketing and product execution throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. He is also a passionate spokesperson for reforming the healthcare delivery system, and serves on the board of the National Alliance for Caregiving.
Marcus earned a Bachelor of Computer Engineering Degree from the University of California, Davis.
As the President of >ReSound U.S., Kim Herman leads the strategic direction and daily execution to grow ReSound’s position within the U. S. market while providing a portfolio of products and services to the hearing healthcare industry.
Kim joined the ReSound family in September of 2011. She has 25 years of general management experience in a variety of clinical and commercial health care settings, including health insurance, durable medical equipment, home health nursing, infusion therapy, respiratory therapy, and specialty pharmaceuticals. Kim’s primary focus and expertise has been in developing and executing strategic growth initiatives, including business planning and goal setting, revenue cycle enhancement, sales performance management, and branding and communications.
Kim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Hiram College, and an MBA from Wake Forest University. She is a member of the Market Development Committee of the Better Hearing Institute, and she serves on the board of Capital Senior Living, a publicly held company specializing in the provision of senior living communities and services.
Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership
Jody Holtzman has more than two decades of experience helping companies develop and implement competitive strategies and achieve their strategic market goals. At AARP, he leads the Thought Leadership group, where his focus is to find ways for AARP to stimulate innovation in the market that benefits people over 50. This involves areas such as the future of technology and the 50+, technology design for all, and 50+ entrepreneurship. It also involves developing partnerships with non-traditional players for AARP, such as the venture capital community, and the consumer electronics and technology industries. Previously, Jody led AARP’s Research and Strategic Analysis group.
Before joining AARP, Jody was in senior leadership roles in several strategy consulting firms. He was a Director of Global Strategy and Planning, and led the Market Intelligence Network of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Before that, he was Vice President of Consulting for FutureBrand, where he helped clients develop and implement competitive brand strategies.
Jody is a frequent speaker on the opportunities and challenges presented by the demographic wave. He has led numerous workshops on competitive strategy and organizational performance, and his work has been published in the Journal of Business Strategy, Competitive Intelligence Magazine, The Competitive Intelligence Anthology, and Making Cents Out of Knowledge Management. He has a graduate degree in international political economy from the University of Chicago.
Chief Investment Officer
Ziegler Link•Age Longevity Fund, LP
John currently serves as the Managing Director of Link•Age Ventures, Inc. and as Chief Investment Officer of the Ziegler Link•Age Longevity Fund. Link•Age Ventures and the Fund are both venture entities looking to make successful investments in companies providing products, services and technology to the “longevity economy.” Link•Age Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary of Link•Age, Inc., a member owned organization of over 600 senior living, assisted living and continuing care communities across the country. Link•Age serves over 350,000 residents and has unique domain expertise and insights in this rapidly growing demographic.
John was also the Founder and Partner of Silverstone Advisors – Blackbird Capital Group. Silverstone is a boutique investment banking firm. Silverstone provides a complete line of merger and acquisition services including valuation, due diligence, capital raising, buy side engagements and sell side engagements. They have particular skills in modeling and deal structure and strategy. Silverstone also provides professional consulting and other services to various companies and firms in the investments, legal, technology and financial fields.
John also has entrepreneurial experience having formed and ran a regional network services company. Prior to these experiences, John has expertise in the financial services industry, serving in executive positions with Fifth Third Bank, AmSouth Bank and Mellon Bank.
Co-Founder and CEO
Chris is the co-founder and CEO of Life360, the world’s largest family network with over 44 million families.
An entrepreneur dating back to his high school days, Chris took a break from developing business ideas to serve in the U.S. Air Force, followed by UC Berkeley. Post Berkeley he decided to give up his spot at Harvard Business School after a last minute change of heart inspired him to start Life360. Chris is active in the startup community, often playing matchmaker between startups and VCs. In his spare time, he likes to do anything that involves machines that move- building drones, driving cars, flying planes, and piloting hovercraft.
Older Adults Technology Services
Tom Kamber, founder and executive director of OATS, has helped over 20,000 senior citizens get online, built more than 30 free technology centers, created the seniorplanet.org digital community, and launched the Senior Planet Exploration Center—the country’s first technology-themed community center for older adults. His work has been covered in national media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, National Public Radio, Univision, MSNBC, and the TODAY Show.
Tom teaches courses on social entrepreneurship and philanthropy at Columbia University and has published widely in academic journals on topics including housing policy, crime and geography, advertising strategy, broadband technology, and technology adoption by senior citizens. He is a co-founder and board member of the nonprofit Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, which produced a Grammy-winning album in 2009, and is fluent in Spanish. Prior to founding OATS, Tom worked as a campaign manager on political campaigns, a branding rategist for a French-based IT corporation, a project manager on a democracy-building initiative in Moscow, and a tenant organizer working with low-income residents in Harlem and the South Bronx. He has a B.A. in Latin from Columbia College and a PhD in Political Science from the City University of New York.
Elli Kaplan is the co-founder and CEO of Neurotrack. Her career spans two decades in the public and private sectors, including at the White House, the State and Treasury Departments, and the United Nations. Elli has also held positions with AIG, Goldman Sachs and multiple startups. She has won SXSW’s best new startup and DEMO God awards, and presented at TEDx, TechCrunch Disrupt, the Royal Society of Medicine, Wired and the New York Times. Elli has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Chief Content Officer
Gary M. Kaye has been covering tech since IBM launched its first PC in 1981. He covered tech for NBC News, ABC News, CNN, and Fox Business Network. He is also the creator of the History Channel Multimedia Classroom. In 2011 Kaye founded “In The Boombox”, a website aimed at reporting on the nexus of Baby Boomers, seniors, and technology. in 2014, the website was renamed TECH50+. In addition he contributes to AARP.org, AARP Radio, Huffington Post, and writes regular columns for RetireUSA.net, Prime Magazine, Livin’ Out Loud Magazine, among others. Kaye has a BA in government from Cornell University, and a Master’s of Public Policy from the Goldman School at the University of California at Berkeley. Kaye lives in Oxford, Connecticut with his wife of 33 years and varying numbers of his adult children.
Chris Koyama is the Marketing Director for WHILL, Inc. He is passionate about building exciting brands though good design and advanced technology.
He has experience working at the branding consultancy Landor Associates, advertising agency Leo Burnett and designing agency Btrax. Clients he has worked with include, Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, Toys “R” Us and Square.
David Inns is the president and CEO of GreatCall, Inc., the leader in creating mobile health and safety solutions for active aging. Since the launch of the Jitterbug cell phone platform in 2006, GreatCall has been innovating health & safety services, including mobile personal emergency response, telehealth, caregiver tools, medication adherence and wellness coaching. GreatCall’s services are available on proprietary devices designed for simplicity as well as on iOS and Android platforms. A leader in innovation, GreatCall has a portfolio of firsts: Jitterbug, the first cell phone for aging consumers; 5Star Urgent Response mobile PERS solution; and GreatCall Link, a revolutionary caregiver app.
President and CEO
VNA Health Group
Dr. Landers is the President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, Inc., the nation’s second largest not-for- profit home health care organization. As a certified family doctor and geriatrician, Dr. Landers places a strong emphasis on house calls to the vulnerable elderly and has a specialized interest in geriatric medicine, home health, hospice and palliative care.
Dr. Landers is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Home Care and Hospice and the American Academy of Home Care Physicians. He has authored several articles on the role of home care in national publications, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medicine. In 2009, Dr. Landers was honored as the National Association of Home Care and Hospice Physician of the Year.
Before joining VNA Health Group, Dr. Landers served as the Director of the Center for Home Care and Community Rehabilitation and Director of Post-Acute Operations for the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.
Founder & CEO
CEO and founder of the company, Bruno Maisonnier grew up in Lyon, France. Considered close to academic failure in high school, he developed a passion for electronics through science fiction books which talked about bringing to life intelligent machines. This spark restored his drive to finish school and he graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique. Bruno then joined the IT department of Crédit Agricole, first in the software field then as director of the department. He was then promoted to the position of Director of Communications and Human Resources and later to Managing Director of a team of more than 3,500 people in Portugal, Brazil, and Poland.During his 20-year career, Bruno never gave up his dream: he continuously invented machines, mounted his own computers, created his first robots, and tried to keep himself trained to remain in the forefront of this area. Finally feeling the wind turn in the right direction (after Sony launched the 4th version of the Aibo and Honda premiered new Asimo) Bruno decided to leave his banker life and put his heart and soul into a brand new business of robotics. One year later in 2004 Aldebaran Robotics was created.
Senior Strategic Advisor, Thought Leadership
Mr. Makowka has close to fifteen years’ experience in strategic consulting and market research. For more than half of that time, he has been focused on the wants and needs of the 50+, both domestically and internationally. As Senior Strategic Advisor in AARP’s Thought Leadership group, Jeff helped to launch, and now co-manages, the Innovation@50+ initiative, which aims to spark entrepreneurial activity across public and private sectors. Anchored by the AARP social mission – to enhance the quality of life for all as we age – the program enlists the expertise of visionary thinkers, entrepreneurs, the investment community, industry, and not-for-profits to spur innovation to meet the needs and wants of people over 50
Clint McClellan, Founder and President, Indie Health is leveraging 15+ years as a wireless health executive, to help companies deploy innovative connected, state-of-the-art products and services for independent living and empowerment. He co-founded the original Wireless Health group in Qualcomm, which eventually became Qualcomm Life and established Qualcomm’s Global Industry Analyst and Global Market Intelligence programs. Clint has served as the President and Chairman of Continua Health Alliance and also served on the boards of the San Diego Telecom Council, CommNexus and as the Board Chairman for the Foundation for the Children of the Californias.
Dan is a Contributor at Forbes where he writes on the intersection of Healthcare IT, Innovation and Policy. His focus is broadly around those challenges, opportunities and solutions that are fundamentally geared to scale – and have the capacity to influence our $3.5 trillion healthcare system in significant ways. Dan has also written for other Global Brands including TEDMED, Cisco, American Express and GE Capital. Dan graduated from the International School of Brussels before completing undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Communications (with a minor in Journalism) at the University of Redlands.
NAO the Robot
Friend & Companion
NAO is a cute, interactive and constantly evolving humanoid robot. NAO’s goal is to be an emotional companion who can assist you with whatever you might need. NAO is a 58 cm tall humanoid robot weighing about 5 kg. NAO is an autonomous, interactive robot that is completely programmable. NAO is used today for research and education around the world in prestigious universities, schools, and research labs. NAO has the ability to see, hear, speak, feel, and communicate.
Chairman & CEO
Vital Connect, Inc.
Nersi is a veteran technology professional with more than 25 years of experience in the tech industry, with an emphasis in corporate management, business development and venture funding. Prior to co-founding Vital Connect, Nersi served as CEO of Teranetics Inc, which was acquired by PLX Technology. He also founded Pacific General Ventures, a private venture capital firm that invests in high technology companies. Currently, Nersi serves on the boards of several companies in the technology space. He earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado and has been awarded eight U.S. patents.
Aging in Place Technology Watch
Laurie Orlov is the Founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch, a market research firm that provides thought leadership, analysis, and guidance about technologies and related services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their home of choice.
She has spoken regularly and delivered keynote speeches at forums, industry consortia, conferences, and symposia, most recently on the business of technology for boomers and seniors. She advises large organizations as well as non-profits and entrepreneurs about trends and opportunities in the age-related technology market. Her segmentation of this emerging technology market and trends commentary have been presented in the Journal of Geriatric Care Management. Her perspectives have been quoted in Business Week, Forbes, Kiplinger, the Toronto Star, and the New York Times. She has been profiled in the New York Times and the Huffington Post. She has a graduate certification in Geriatric Care Management from the University of Florida and a BA in Music from the University of Rochester. Clients have included AARP, Microsoft, Novartis, J&J, United Heathcare, Yahoo! and Philips. She was one of the judges for the CES Innovations Awards 2014 and has served on the advisory board of numerous companies.
Health Tech Insider
Alfred Poor is Editor of Health Tech Insider, a website and weekly newsletter about health and medical wearable technology. A former writer with PC Magazine, Computer Shopper, and other major publications, he is also a professional speaker. And he continues to be fascinated by shiny, sparkly technology.
Vice President of Clinical Services
Honeywell Life Care Solutions
Sara Russell Rodriguez is Vice President of Clinical Services for Honeywell Life Care Solutions.
In her current role, she is the organization’s chief clinical strategist, and responsible for working with internal leadership teams as well as external clients and vendors to develop and bring to market new products and services in the digital health space.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Russell Rodriguez was Vice President, Clinical and Analytical Services for the Benefit Services Group, where she successfully assisted in launching the first commercial narrow network ACO in the Milwaukee metro market.
With more than 15 years of health care experience, Ms. Russell Rodriguez has had multiple leadership roles at the local, state and federal level in public health, including serving as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the CDC and as the chronic disease director for the state of Colorado.
Ms. Russell Rodriguez obtained nursing and public health education from Johns Hopkins University, receiving both a MSN and MPH. She also received a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Illinois Wesleyan University.
SaviOne is the world’s first robotic butler. Introduced to the world by Savioke in August 2014, SaviOne spends its days and nights making deliveries to hotel guests. SaviOne is currently working at Aloft Hotels in Silicon Valley. Standing three feet tall and weighing a svelte 100 pounds, SaviOne is capable of delivering items weighing up to 10 pounds.
Co-founder and CEO
Sugie began his career with NISSAN’s Technical Center. Exploring the world, he taught Japanese in several countries, including China and Bolivia. Upon his return to Japan, he founded Smile Park, an engineering startup and focused on new product development, co-founding the WHILL project in 2011. Sugie moved to San Francisco, California in 2012, to become the company’s CEO.
Sugie is a member of the World Economic Forum and a boxer: Feather weight champion in Kyoto, Japan and a Light welterweight champion in Nanjing, China.
Eric Taub has been writing about the intersection of technology and society for over 20 years. He is the author of three best-selling business books, and is a regular contributor to The New York Times, having been one of the original writers for the newspaper’s famed Circuits technology section. He currently writes about healthcare, consumer electronics, and automotive technology, among other topics.
He is also a corporate consultant to companies involved in consumer electronics and digital health, having worked for Apple, IBM, Panasonic, and others.
Eric is also a founding partner in 602CARE, a new workflow software solution designed specifically for the Assisted Living industry, which has recently launched. @602care
Supervisor of Telehealth Services
Visting Nurses Association of Rockford Area (VNA)
David Taylor, RN, is the Supervisor of Telehealth Services at the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) of the Rockford Area in Rockford, IL. His professional experience underscores his two passions – 1) improving the lives of patients through 2) the use of innovative technology and biotechnology, in combination with patient-centric programming.
In his current role with the VNA, Taylor has developed and implemented a new telehealth program for the agency, in addition to a specialty program in conjunction with Rockford Memorial Hospital to address high readmission rates among cardiac care patient populations.
Prior to his work with the VNA, he worked for AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company, and in collaboration with primary care physicians and specialists to address the needs of specific patient populations using pharmaceutical solutions.
Taylor also spent nearly a decade working in field of organ and tissue recovery. In addition to co-authoring a section of a nursing textbook on organ and tissue recovery, Taylor has served as an educator numerous times on the subject of organ and tissue recovery, as well as presented the results of his telehealth programs regionally and nationally.
Taylor was recognized as Nurse of the Year for the state of Illinois by NAHC in 2013.
Chief Correspondent & Editor at Large
Lance Ulanoff is Chief Correspondent and Editor-at-Large of Mashable. Lance acts as a senior member of the editing team, with a focus on defining internal and curated opinion content. He also helps develop staff-wide alternative story-telling skills and implementation of social media tools during live events. Prior to joining Mashable in September 2011 Lance Ulanoff served as Editor in Chief of PCMag.com and Senior Vice President of Content for the Ziff Davis, Inc.
Alexandra von Plato
President & Global Chief Creative Officer
Digitas Health LifeBrands
A digital media pioneer, Alex is the first creative executive to focus on the use of new media in healthcare communications. Today, she oversees the largest creative portfolio in healthcare worldwide and is shaping how we connect brands with consumers and healthcare professionals.
Alex leads a purpose-built team of creative and strategic professionals with expertise in advertising and branding, strategic planning, digital media, social and mobile development, science and medicine – all dedicated to connecting healthcare brands with the people who need them. Agencies under her leadership include the global agencies of Digitas Health LifeBrands and Publicis Life Brands.
Her expertise in healthcare, creative innovation, and marketing have made her a sought after speaker at industry-leading events and as a juror in global creative awards including Cannes Lions Health, Creative Floor Awards, the Clios Healthcare Awards, Advertising Week, CES, and the Procter & Gamble Alumni Association. In 2013 she was named to the PharmaVOICE 100 list of inspired life sciences leaders, the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction, and the Medical Advertising Hall of Fame in 2012.
Senior Advisor, Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House
Claudia Williams is Senior Advisor for Health Technology and Innovation at the White House, in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role she galvanizes the blue button movement which now gives more than 150 million Americans access to their own digital health data and builds partnerships with private and public entities that are leveraging HITECH, open data and ACA to remake the digital landscape in health care, producing cost savings, health improvements and new business opportunities. She co-leads OSTP’s Ebola response team.
Claudia previously led the health information exchange portfolio and team for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), providing strategic direction to ONC’s efforts to rapidly enable information exchange to achieve meaningful use and improve health care. Prior to joining ONC, she was Director of Health Policy and Public Affairs at the Markle Foundation, where she led Connecting for Health, a 100 member public-private collaborative of tech, provider, consumer and health plan leaders working to improve health and health care through health IT.
She holds an MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA from Duke University.
An operating executive turned venture capitalist, Michael joined Comcast Ventures in 2009. He focuses on consumer Internet applications and services.
Previously, Michael was a Vice President/General Manager at Yahoo! in the Media Group as well as the Local Markets & Commerce Division. During his tenure at Yahoo!, he managed Yahoo! Autos, Yahoo! Real Estate and Yahoo! Health; co-led Yahoo! Shopping; and was part of the team that formed Yahoo!’s strategic alliance with the Newspaper Consortium. He’s also worked at Atlas Venture, Zaplet, and was a member of AOL’s Business Affairs team.
Michael graduated from Harvard University with an M.B.A. and the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School.