In keeping with our tradition of motivating, stimulating and highly interesting keynote speakers, We are happy to announce that Chris Shipley and Lori Collins have accepted to be our keynote speakers.
Chris Shipley is chairman and CEO of Guidewire Group, Inc., a global analyst and advisory firm focused on early-stage technology companies. (www.guidewiregroup.com). A leading technology and product analyst for 25 years, Chris is dedicated to the success of technology entrepreneurs, focusing exclusively on identifying market opportunities and building value into the most promising young companies. As the executive producer of the reknowned product launch conference DEMO from 1996 until September 2009, Chris identified and helped bring to market more than 1,500 products, including WebEx, VMWare, salesforce.com, TiVo, Xfire, Ribbit, and Ironport.
Chris has covered personal technology since 1984 and has worked as a writer and editor for a variety of technology and consumer media. She has won numerous awards for her writing and often has been cited as a leading influencer. Fortune Small Business Magazine called Chris one of “ten small business thinkers worth paying attention to” and the San Jose Business Journal named her a "Woman of Distinction."
She is on the board and past chairman of the Forum for Women Enterpreneurs and Executives, and is a board member and advisor to a number of early stage companies. Chris holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Literature and Communication Arts from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa.
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Lori Collins was a member of the original Executive Team at LendingTree that grew the company from IPO through the acquisition by IACI and expansion into the direct lending business.
As SVP and General Manager of the LendingTree Exchange, she was responsible for sales, relationship management, and product management, increasing revenues from $31 million to $224 million over seven years.
Prior to LendingTree, she was SVP at Bank of America, where she was led national marketing and product development for Nations Funds, which grew to $68 billion in mutual fund assets during her tenure. Collins also served as VP at Fidelity Investments in Boston, where she launched the first mutual fund marketplace and drove assets in FundsNetwork from zero to more than $9 billion in three years. Earlier, she was a director of marketing at American Express Company in New York. Collins earned her MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University, and her B.S. in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.