Speakers

From keynote addresses to breakout sessions and special events, we have more speakers than ever before.
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Keynote Speaker

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.”

Workiva Executive Speakers

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, Matt was a cofounder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Engineering Animation, Inc. from 1990 to 2000, when it was acquired by Unigraphics Solutions, now part of Siemens USA. Matt 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.

Marty Vanderploeg, Ph.D.

President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director
Workiva

Marty Vanderploeg, Ph.D.

President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director, Workiva

Before cofounding Workiva in 2008, Marty was a cofounder of Engineering Animation, Inc. and served as Chief Technology Officer from 1989 to 1999 and Executive Vice President from 1993 to 2000, when it was acquired by Unigraphics Solutions, now part of Siemens USA. Marty has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.

Mitz Banarjee

Executive Vice President of Global Client Services
Workiva

Mitz Banarjee

Executive Vice President of Global Client Services, Workiva

Mitz was Director of Client Services at Yodle (acquired by Web.com in 2016) before joining the Workiva team. He has also managed customer relationship teams at AT&T and AOL. He has a B.A. in Information Systems from the University of Lincoln in Lincoln, UK.

Joseph Howell

Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Workiva

Joseph Howell

Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Workiva

Joe was Managing Director of Financial Intelligence prior to cofounding Workiva in 2008. He has been Chief Financial Officer of Eid Passport, Webridge Inc., EMusic.com, and Merix Corporation. He has also served as Acting Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer for Borland Software. Joe has an M.S. in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University.

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.
  • There were such great speakers presenting, which truly made a leadership impact.

  • A key aspect of this conference is that it's more than just the Wdesk product. People who are light users can come and learn about industry trends, SEC developments, etc. That's a key 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 be used to improve how we use Wdesk.

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