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Matthew Duncan - Culturati

Matthew Duncan

Head of Thought Leadership on the Future of Work at Microsoft

Matthew is a thought leader and innovator at the intersection of human performance, advanced technology and the employee experience. He leads the market movement behind the Future of Work for Microsoft, setting the stage for how digital transformation will shape the way we work, collaborate and build community in the human-first workplace.

With more than 25 years in technology sector, Duncan’s market playbook has led to two IPOs, four acquisitions and the founding and sale of his customer experience company, Resolute. He started his career at Silicon Valley giant Oracle Corporation and found purpose in delivering technology-enabled microfinance to lift the world’s poor at Grameen Foundation.

Mr. Duncan speaks at industry conferences and university workshops on the future of work, work-life culture, category creation, and the effect of total well-being on productivity. As a strategic advisor for...


Brooke Weddle, Ph.D

Partner at McKinsey & Company, Washington D.C.

As a leader in the firm’s People & Organizational Performance Practice, Brooke helps organizations across the world achieve sustained performance through transformation. Globally, she leads the Change Leaders Forum, our executive capability-building series on transformational change, and our organizational work in advanced industries (aerospace and defense, automotive, and electronics). In addition, she leads the firm’s culture-and-change management work in North America.

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Bill Schaninger, Ph.D

Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company Philadelphia

Since joining McKinsey in 2000, Bill has focused his work on driving large-scale organizational and cultural change for diverse clients across North America, Europe, and the Middle East. An expert on the role of culture, values, and leadership in improving business outcomes, he helps top executives enhance organization-wide management effectiveness.

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Rajkumari Neogy, MA

Founder iRestart, Executive Coach utilizing epigenetics and neurobiology

Rajkumari Neogy, MA has spent 25 years at the intersection of technology and culture. - She is the creator of the epigenetic coaching framework and the author of The WIT FACTOR: Shifting the Workplace by Becoming Your Optimal Self. - She sits quite comfortably at the intersections of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Culture, Technology and Empathic Language for Business. A rare blend of techno-babble and touchy-feely invites her keen insights to transform individuals and organizations organically.

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Dr. David Altounian

Vice Provost, Graduate and Professional Studies at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. He is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Altounian was the founder and former Co-Chairman and CEO of Motion Computing, a leading provider of mobile computing products for vertical markets. Motion was founded in 2001 and acquired by Xplore Technologies in 2015. He also was a founder of iTaggit Inc., an early web 2.0 company focused on item management.

Dr. Altounian has over 30 years of leading marketing and operations organizations in the technology sector with leading companies including Dell, Motorola, Compaq Computer Corporation and Ashton-Tate. He is a partner at the Capital Factory, an entrepreneurial co-working space, incubator, accelerator, and education facility. He is also the former Interim Dean and Associate Dean in the Bill Munday School of Business at St. Edwards University, a former board member of the Greater...

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Chris Gagnon, MBA

Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company Austin

Chris is former leader of our Global Organization Practice. He works with clients to improve their performance and health by taking an integrated approach to align Org design with culture, talent, change management and leadership. He has worked with clients in many sectors including consumer products, technology, private equity and hospitality and leisure.


Dr. Ethan Burris

Professor and Chair of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Ethics at the University of Texas at Austin

Ethan Burris is an associate professor of Management and the Chevron Centennial Fellow at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also director of the Center for Leadership and Ethics. He earned a Ph.D. in management from Cornell University and has served as a visiting scholar at Google and Microsoft. He teaches and consults on topics relating to leadership, people analytics, talent insights, managing power and politics, building engagement in groups and teams, social enterprise and negotiations. The recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, Burris received the McCombs School Award for Research Excellence in 2017 and 2015, the Fawn and Vijay Mahajan Teaching Excellence Award for Executive Education in 2015, the Hank and Mary Harkins Foundation Award for Effective Teaching in Undergraduate Classes in 2012, the...

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Albert Swantner

VP of Engineering at Clerk & 2021 Co-Chair Culturati

Albert Swantner is the VP of Engineering at Clerk, a venture backed retail tech company solving core challenges in the grocery industry like out-of-stock tracking, planogram management, and in-store marketing. Clerk gives brands and retailers a way to connect with and better address the needs of their customers. Albert is also a Partner at The Fund Austin investing in early stage startups and a Co-Founder of Tandem Brands, the parent company of Slow Ride Coffee.


Josh Jones-Dilworth

Founder/CEO, JDI & Co-Founder, Culturati

I’ve spent my career making sure that the right things get the attention they deserve. At work and in life, I’m passionate about science and technology; my specific expertise lies in the areas of “brains, bots and bodies” as well as education and education technology. I spend most of my professional time working with innovators in the fields of artificial intelligence, big data, healthcare IT and "omics," neuroscience, robotics, chemistry, material science, and aerospace, as well as scientific research commercialization generally.

I founded JDI (Jones-Dilworth, Inc.) in 2009 to bring emerging technologies to market. I love our clients and my team. Think of us as an outsourced, full-stack marketing department, with a domain emphasis on computer science, life science, and both the social and physical sciences. I’m also a co-founder of Litmus Health, Culturati, The Daily Dot and Totem.

Outside of my professional career,...


Eugene Sepulveda

CEO, Entrepreneurs Foundation, CEO & Co-Founder, Culturati

Eugene Sepulveda has long operated at the intersection of business, government and nonprofits. According to the Austin Business Journal, “Sepulveda’s deep connections to the machinery of City Hall are not newly acquired. By mining his deep political connections, this longtime friend to entrepreneurs has become a linchpin within an economy that’s taken odd beatings lately.” Eugene is the CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, co-creator of the Culturati Summit, and advises Capital Factory, Notley Ventures and Austin Mayor Steve Adler. He previously served as the President and CEO of Marfa Public Radio and as co-chair of President Obama’s LGBT Leadership Council.

Eugene’s long advised tech startup founders and corporate, nonprofit & government executives on team & community engagement and on building corporate cultures that contribute to performance and...

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Myste Wylde

Manager Culturati, Co-Founder & Partner at Black Key

Myste is a highly-awarded hospitality professional with an extensive events and marketing background. She founded her first company in Los Angeles at the age of 25 and ran it as CEO for five years. She crossed into the luxury travel space at Protravel International Beverly Hills under the mentorship of industry icon, Mickey Weill.

During that time she ran the L.A. chapter of Millennials in Travel as Officer of Development and Co-Chaired the SoCal ASTA Millennials & Mentors program. She has been awarded SoCal ASTA “Millennial of the Year,” Travel Agent Central “Top 30 under 30,” Travelage West “Trendsetter,” and the Travel Weekly Magellan award for best “Community Outreach” program. She has served as a Millennial advisory board member for both the Antigua & Barbuda and Cayman Islands departments of tourism and has been a featured speaker at TravelCon and Travel Industry Exchange.

After spending six...



Janice Omadeke

CEO, The Mentor Method

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Albert Swantner

Co-Founder & CTO, Mobile Tech RX


Caitlyn Conner

People Operations, Popspots


Suraj Hinduja

Director, Rock the Road at Rockbridge


Mitch McKay

Strategic Business Development, BigCommerce and Co-Founder, YWC Sports Management


Jamie Catanach

Head of Customer Success, Trend


Vaishali Jadhav

Program Manager, Global Manager Development


Lauren Washington

Cofounder, Black Women Talk Tech and Fundr


Leo Ramirez

CEO, Encast


Matt Wood

Controller, vcfo, Inc.