Aug 20 - 21, 2013

GTC West 2013 Overview

Speaker Presentations:

A New Beginning
Speaker: Christopher Brydon >> Download Presentation

Big Data - You Got It, Now What?
Speaker: Bill Briggs >> Download Presentation

Citizen Engagement
Speaker: Dustin Haisler >> Download Presentation

Enabling Mobile Workstyles
Speaker: David Pearce >> Download Presentation

Extreme Government Makeover
Speaker: Dale Jablonsky >> Download Presentation

Speaker: Marina Leight >> Download Presentation

Gamification in the Public Sector
Speaker: Doug Thomas >> Download Presentation

Integrating Geospatial With Business
Speaker: Garrett Dunwoody >> Download Presentation

IT Modernization
Speaker: Eric Steen >> Download Presentation

Next Generation IT Workforce
Speaker: James Jones >> Download Presentation

Planning for the Post Millennial Generation
Speaker: Brenna Rowe >> Download Presentation

Public Cloud MythBusters
Speakers: Jeff Irby and Sowmya Murthy >> Download Presentation

Security Silicon to Seattle
Speaker: Stephen Poeppe >> Download Presentation

Turning Thought Into Action
Speaker: Michael Aspland >> Download Presentation

Winning the Cyber Security Battles
Speaker: Tom Osborne >> Download Presentation

Work Life Balance
Speaker: Tom Naramore >> Download Presentation

Keynote Speakers

Susan Ershler tours the world speaking about her life journey and sharing with others her secrets for success, determination, and achieving seemingly impossible goals.

Susan's record would be remarkable enough if it only detailed her business achievements. During her 23-year corporate career, she has held a series of increasingly responsible executive positions in the sales divisions of Fortune 500 companies. She led teams to sales records, beating quotas from $1 million to $600 million. Ending as a vice president of sales for a multi-national telecommunications corporation, she was responsible for their fast-growing Internet division. She also worked at US WEST, United Technologies, FedExKinko's, and GTE (Verizon). During her business career, she earned 11 annual President's Club sales awards -- the top honors awarded to the sales people in these companies.

But as she was marking these achievements, she and her husband Phil, a professional mountain guide, were climbing the Seven Summits -- the highest mountain on each of the world's seven continents.

That remarkable journey culminated at the top of Mount Everest on May 16, 2002. With that climb, she and Phil became the first couple in history to climb the Seven Summits together. They've written a book on their adventure, Together on Top of the World: A True Story of Love and Courage, published by Warner Books.

That feat earned them world-wide media attention, including Good Morning America, CNN, The New York Times and many others. As Alex Ward of The New York Times put it, "Surmounting Everest's 29,035 feet remains one of the great mythic achievements, an undisputable display of skill and courage against ice and rock, bottomless chasms, body-numbing temperatures and tent-shredding winds, all in an oxygen-deprived danger zone. Ms. Ershler worked hard to get there."

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Tuesday Aug. 20 9:00AM

Keynote - Personal Best, Professional Best

Sue learned an important, simple truth from her quest to reach the top of Everest: to achieve something that seems impossible, you've got to first... more

Before joining the LBJ School faculty, Lieutenant General Howell served as director of NASA's Johnson Space Center until 2005. In that post he was responsible for planning and directing all of the center's programs, including the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. He also held specific responsibility for such areas as spacecraft engineering and design, flight crew training, space and life sciences research, and mission operations. Prior to this, Howell served with distinction in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he flew more than 300 combat missions, eventually becoming Commander U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific, responsible for over 80,000 personnel. He has held various staff positions at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Marine Corps Headquarters, the Pentagon and NATO. Howell is the recipient of numerous military decorations and awards, including the Department of Navy's Distinguished Service Medal. In 1980 he received the John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership from the Navy League of the United States. Howell has a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in economics from the University of Texas.

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