Notable Speakers

From the keynote to breakout sessions and special events, learn more about our featured guests.

Keynote Speaker

Amy Purdy

Amy Purdy

Top-Ranked U.S. Adaptive Snowboarder, Author
Motivational Speaker

Amy Purdy

Top-Ranked U.S. Adaptive Snowboarder, Author, Motivational Speaker

Amy Purdy lost her legs to bacterial meningitis when she was 19. Given less than a 2% chance of survival, she beat the odds and accepted her new reality—but not any limitations. As a three-time Paralympic medalist, Purdy has evolved into a powerful inspirational speaker who shows others how to use challenges to live a life without barriers.

Notable Speakers

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Matthew Rizai, Ph.D.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Workiva

Matthew Rizai, Ph.D.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Workiva

Prior to cofounding Workiva in 2008, Mr. Rizai was the Cofounder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Engineering Animation, Inc. (NASDAQ: EAII) from 1990 to 2000, when it was acquired by Unigraphics Solutions (now part of Siemens USA). Mr. Rizai has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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Marty Vanderploeg, Ph.D.

President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director
Workiva

Marty Vanderploeg, Ph.D.

President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director, Workiva

Prior to cofounding Workiva in 2008, Mr. Vanderploeg was a Cofounder of Engineering Animation, Inc. (NASDAQ: EAII) and served as the company’s Chief Technology Officer of EAI from 1989 to 1999 and as its Executive Vice President from 1993 to 2000, when it was acquired by Unigraphics Solutions (now part of Siemens USA). Mr. Vanderploeg has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.

Yasser Mahmud

Vice President of Product Marketing
Workiva

Yasser Mahmud

Vice President of Product Marketing, Workiva

Yasser Mahmud is Vice President of Product Marketing at Workiva. Prior to Workiva, Yasser spent over 20 years in leadership positions across multiple disciplines ranging from strategy, marketing, and business development to consulting, engineering, and product management at companies including Oracle, Primavera Systems, Infor, Manhattan Associates, Motorola, and Toshiba. Yasser holds dual bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and industrial systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • The closing reception and keynote speaker were incredible. They were above and beyond my expectations. This was such a high-quality event, and I definitely plan to attend in the coming years!

  • A key aspect of this conference is that it covers more than just the Wdesk product. Light users can come and learn about industry trends and SEC developments. That's a selling point to senior leadership at my company.

  • The overall atmosphere was inspiring and motivating. General session speakers were informative and entertaining. The sessions provide relevant and timely information that can improve how we use Wdesk.

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