Notable Speakers from 2017

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

Keynote Speaker

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Scott Kelly

History-Making U.S. Astronaut
Retired U.S. Navy Captain

Scott Kelly

History-Making U.S. Astronaut, Retired U.S. Navy Captain

Captain Scott Kelly’s epic "Year in Space" solidified his status as one of the great pioneers in history. Now, he shares his insights that will inspire and challenge you to dream big, test the status quo, and “choose to do the hard things.”

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.
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Mitz Banarjee

Executive Vice President of Global Operations
Workiva

Mitz Banarjee

Executive Vice President of Global Operations, Workiva

Prior to Workiva, Mr. Banarjee was Director of Client Services at Yodle (acquired by Web.com in 2016). Previously, he managed customer relationship teams at AT&T and AOL. He has a B.A. in Information Systems from the University of Lincoln in England, UK.
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Joseph Howell

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Workiva

Joseph Howell

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Workiva

Prior to cofounding Workiva in 2008, Mr. Howell was the Managing Director of Financial Intelligence. He has been the Chief Financial Officer of Eid Passport, Webridge Inc., EMusic.com (NASDAQ: EMUS), and Merix Corporation (NASDAQ: MERX). Mr. Howell has served as the Acting Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer for Borland Software (NASDAQ: BORL), and has an M.S. in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University.
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Mike Rost

Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Workiva

Mike Rost

Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Workiva

Mike Rost is a key contributor to product strategy at Workiva and works with business leaders in the areas of financial reporting and compliance. With more than 25 years of experience assisting organizations using technology to optimize business processes, Mike has an extensive background in finance and accounting, corporate performance management, and GRC technology. Mike was a founding member of XBRL International with involvement in the XBRL initiative dating back to 1999. He has also been active in industry associations, including the Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Mike has a bachelor's degree in economics and an M.B.A in marketing and finance from the University of Minnesota.
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Steve Klei

Chief Financial Officer
Kabam, Inc.

Steve Klei

Chief Financial Officer, Kabam, Inc.

Steve Klei is Chief Financial Officer for Kabam, a fast-growing, mobile game software developer. He has more than 25 years of experience managing in high-growth environments, both as an operator and as a board member for private and public companies. Steve has been the CFO for five successful VC backed companies in Silicon Valley. He is on the board of two SaaS software companies, Demandbase and Tribe Dynamics. Steve is also a member of Silicon Valley Bank’s CFO Advisory Board, which is comprised of CFOs from across the United States and a variety of backgrounds and industries. Earlier in his career, Steve was corporate controller of Esprit de Corp. He started his career with Ernst & Young and is a CPA.
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Stuart Miller

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Workiva

Stuart Miller

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Workiva

Prior to Workiva, Mr. Miller was a Managing Director of Colonnade Advisors, a mergers and acquisitions advisory firm that he founded in 1999. Previously, he was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Department of J.P. Morgan. Mr. Miller joined J.P. Morgan from Credit Suisse First Boston, where he had worked in the Investment Banking Department. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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Ian Charles

Chief Financial Officer
Host Analytics

Ian Charles

Chief Financial Officer, Host Analytics

Ian Charles is a strategic CFO for Host Analytics with broad financial experience and a passion for building businesses. He has more than 20 years of experience in senior finance roles. Prior to joining Host Analytics, Ian was a managing director at The Brenner Group and CFO at RMG Networks. Ian was also CEO at IMC Capital Partners, where he led many successful software investments and advised technology startups in strategic development and financial analysis. He holds an M.B.A. in finance from The University of San Francisco.
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Eileen Gannon

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Workiva

Eileen Gannon

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Workiva

Eileen Gannon is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Workiva. She has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, public relations, finance, wealth management, and investments. In the last 5 years, Eileen and her team have won 10 awards for corporate communications, public relations, and investor relations. She has a B.S. in journalism and an M.B.A. in international finance from Iowa State University.
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