Notable Speakers and Entertainers

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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Marty Vanderploeg

Chief Executive Officer
Workiva

Marty Vanderploeg

Chief Executive Officer, 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.
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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.

Will Gregg

Vice President of Solutions
Workiva

Will Gregg

Vice President of Solutions, Workiva

Will has spent the last 11 years in enterprise software, and since joining Workiva in 2011, Will has held a number of leadership roles across sales, product marketing, and product development. Prior to Workiva, Will worked for a large software reseller in the mechanical engineering and physical product development space. Will holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and is an instrument rated pilot.

Mitz Banarjee

Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Workiva

Mitz Banarjee

Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, 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.

Notable Entertainers

Granger Smith

Granger Smith

Singer, Songwriter

Granger Smith

Singer, Songwriter

Granger Smith headlines entertainment during the closing reception at the Wildhorse Saloon on Thursday, Sept. 20. Granger's #1 hit "Backroad Song" propelled him into the country music spotlight, and his high-energy performance has taken him to 10 countries and 3 different continents.

The event takes place at the Wildhorse Saloon, in downtown Nashville, from 7:00–11:00 p.m. Heavy appetizers will be served, and the dress code is casual. Transportation from the Gaylord Opryland Resort to the Wildhorse is provided, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Clare Dunn

Clare Dunn

Singer, Songwriter

Clare Dunn

Singer, Songwriter

Clare Dunn is the opening entertainment at the Wildhorse Saloon on Thursday evening.

Singer/songwriter Clare Dunn is a dynamic new artist who has garnered critical praise as a “masterful guitar player who can do it all” (CMT). Catching the attention of American rock icon Bob Seger, Clare joined him for his Ride Out Tour, where she earned nightly standing ovations, and audiences across the country took notice of her ability to command a stage. The Colorado native with “swaggering confidence and soulful vocals” (Rolling Stone) has been named “One to Watch” by USA Today, Billboard, The Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone, wrote all of the songs on her self-titled EP, including fan favorites “Move On,” “Tuxedo,” and the emotional “Old Hat,” plus, her brand new, tenderhearted single, “More,” playing at radio now.

Danielle Bradbery

Danielle Bradbery

Singer, Songwriter

Danielle Bradbery

Singer, Songwriter

Danielle Bradbery, Season Four winner of NBC's The Voice, opens the general session at the Workiva User Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

At only 16 years old, this country pop singer/songwriter won over America's heart as the Season 4 winner of The Voice. Since then, Bradbery has come into her own as a vocal powerhouse, telling her own story for the first time on sophomore album "I Don't Believe We've Met," which includes seven self-penned songs. Along with her legions of fans, the music industry has taken note, honoring Bradbery this year with an ACM Awards nomination for "New Female Vocalist of the Year" and CMT Music Awards nominations for "Breakthrough Video of the Year" and "CMT Performance of the Year."

  • 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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