KEYNOTE speakers

Opening Keynote   |   Closing Keynote


T.K. Rengarajan

Opening Keynote: Data Dreams: Creating Customer Value in a Data Driven World

T.K. "Ranga" Rengarajan,
Corporate Vice President, AI and Research, Microsoft

Recipient of 2017 Distinguished Fellow Award, UW E-Business Institute
T.K. “Ranga” Rengarajan, a Corporate Vice President within Microsoft AI and Research, is responsible for global aspects of engineering. Among his responsibilities are all Microsoft Global Development Centers located in China, India, Israel, New England, Silicon Valley and Vancouver; the Garage program to drive grass root innovation; and advanced technology projects in the areas of system and performance. Previously, Ranga led engineering for Microsoft’s Database and Big Data businesses driving significant cultural transformation in the Data Platform team.

Before Microsoft, Ranga held senior leadership positions at SAP, Wily, Sybase, Digital Equipment Corporation and at several Silicon Valley startups. At SAP, he was responsible for the Business Analytics and Hana applications. Before that, he ran Wily’s application management solutions. He also has held executive positions in engineering, operations, and support at Silicon Valley startups focused on customer experience management, wireless, security, and internet messaging services. Earlier in his career, Ranga ran database server development for Sybase, Inc. At Digital Equipment Corporation, Ranga was among the youngest individuals elected as a Distinguished Engineer.

Ranga holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two daughters.



Carey Lohrenz

Closing Keynote: High Risk Into High Reward:
Lessons in Leadership

Carey Lohrenz
First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy

Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2.

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Carey is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

The same challenges are found in business: markets change, customer needs evolve and if you do not adapt quickly, your company is at risk.

In her motivating and engaging keynote presentation, Carey shares her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world's most challenging environments - an aircraft carrier. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world.

Carey's timely message about high performing teams and developing a culture of learning is based on the best practices of high reliability organizations. The processes of planning, briefing, debriefing and adjusting help businesses manage risk while becoming a high performing organization. This message resonates with diverse audiences at every level of the company.

Carey is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging leadership, high performing organizations and diversity training that directly impacts a company’s ROI and bottom line. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the lessons learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform on women’s leadership.

Carey grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where she was a varsity rower, also training at the pre-Olympic level. After graduation, she attended the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School before starting flight training and her naval career. She is the author of The Wall Street Journal best-seller, "Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck" and is currently working on her master’s in business administration in strategic leadership.

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