AWS Summit Chicago

August 25, 2022 | McCormick Place – South, 2301 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616

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Scale…anything. The AWS Summit is coming to Chicago.

Join us in person for AWS Summit Chicago. See the keynote, walk the Expo, and talk with the experts. See how your peers and competitors are using the cloud to their advantage and learn all the ways you can use AWS to jump-start, grow, or supercharge your business and career to the next level. AWS Summit Chicago is a free event.

What to expect at AWS Summit Chicago

Keynote Speaker

Francessca Vasquez, VP, Customer Experience and Technology, Amazon Web Services

Francessca is responsible for Technology Architecture, Enterprise Modernization & Migration, Innovation Engineering, and Workforce Diversity Equity & Inclusion across the Worldwide Commercial Organization. She and her team support global startups, digital native companies, Independent Software Vendors, Small Midsize Businesses, and Enterprises. Her team helps customers enable digital transformation, new customer experiences, and business innovation outcomes. Her organization focuses on prescriptive solution guidance across 200+ full featured AWS services and solutions such as business continuity, compute, storage, databases, cloud operations, artificial intelligence and machine learning, security, people transformation, and management governance. Francessca also serves as the Executive Sponsor for the AWS Global CIO Council.

Prior to AWS, Francessca spent 11 years with Oracle, most recently as the Group Vice President of the North America Cloud Infrastructure team. She’s held numerous leadership roles in consulting, business development, and business-technology architecture strategy with Salesforce, CSC (now DXC) Sun Microsystems, and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). 

Her studies include a Master’s degree in Science and Technology Public Policy from George Mason University, a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Lynchburg. She is a STEM advocate and active participant in non-profits that inspire cultural inclusion, equitable access, and diversity such as the First Tee, Year Up, the Information Senior Management Forum, Hispanic IT Executive Council,, and Rainier Scholars – a 12-year program offering a pathway to college for low-income students of color. Francessca is a Board of Trustee member at the University of Lynchburg.


Keynote Customer Speakers

Laura Kohl, CIO, Morningstar, Inc.

Laura Kohl is a recognized technology leader with extensive global business experience across multiple industries, including financial services, travel and transportation, retail, supply chain and quick service restaurants. She is the CIO for Morningstar, a global financial services firm providing an array of investment research and investment management, including software and data platforms for investment professionals. Most recently, she joined Morningstar to lead its technology efforts by transforming employee experience and tools. Her responsibilities include deploying a new content management platform, along with managing and upgrading global corporate systems, infrastructure, cloud services, security and operations.

McNeel Keenan, VP, Product Management, Cvent

McNeel Keenan is a Vice President of Product Management with Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider.  McNeel has been with Cvent for 15 years where he now leads product management for Cvent’s Event Management and Marketing Platform. In response to the pandemic, McNeel led the development and launch of Cvent's virtual event solution Attendee Hub in just 4 months and it went onto become Cvent's fastest growing product line in company history. Previously, he led the development and launch of Cvent’s onsite solutions in 2014 which features native, mobile solutions for onsite check-in, badging, attendance tracking, and lead retrieval at events. McNeel knows the world of the minimum viable product and building a 'startup within a startup' while Cvent has grown to a 4,700+ person company since its inception in 1999.

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