Keynotes in the General Session Theater are the headline addresses where SAP and ASUG executives and their guests offer inspiration, their vision of the future, and unveil exciting new announcements and breakthrough innovations. These major keynotes take place in the largest theater on the show floor and are scheduled to last for 1.5 hours. These keynotes are always a highlight of the conference.
Here are some of the top keynote speakers this year:
Tuesday, June 5: 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. SAP Opening Keynote
Bill McDermott & Guests
CEO and Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE
Bill McDermott is chief executive officer of SAP, the world’s business software market leader. He leads the company’s more than 88,500 employees and 2+ million-person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision to help the world run better and improve peoples’ lives.
Since becoming CEO in 2010, Bill’s innovation-led strategy for SAP has resulted in expansive increases in customers, total revenue, market value, and profitable growth. One of the most popular leaders in business, Bill’s approval rating from SAP employees on the “Glassdoor” website hovers around 99%. As the only American in history to lead Europe’s most valuable technology company, Bill advises world leaders and policymakers on issues including youth unemployment, digital government, and international trade policy. He is a member of the European Roundtable of Industrialists and the U.S. Business Council.
Tuesday, June 5: 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ASUG Keynote - Olympic style!
Lindsey Vonn - 2018 Winter Olympic Downhill Skiing Medalist
Lindsey Vonn is the most successful female alpine skier in the history of the sport and is on her way to becoming the most successful ski racer ever.
Over the course of her career, she has captured a world-record 81 World Cup wins en route to 20 FIS Alpine World Cup titles (surpassing Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark), including four overall crystal globes and two World Championship titles. In 2016, Vonn broke the all-time Downhill record (42 wins), claiming the season’s Downhill title outright, on top of achieving the sport’s Super-G record (28 wins).
Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux - 2018 Women’s Hockey Olympic Championship Team
Graduates of the University of North Dakota with both Bachelors and Masters degrees, the ladies have each played in over 125 games for the U.S. Women’s National Team and participated in 3 Winter Olympics (Vancouver, Sochi, PyeongChang) and 7 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championships.
Throughout their careers, both women have given back both locally and nationally to different causes. One of those is to Snider Hockey (founded by Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider) which uses the sport of hockey to build lives and unite communities, helping educate young people to succeed in the game of life in the greater Philadelphia region. The ladies over the past 3 years have made both ﬁnancial donations of CCM hockey equipment, hosted female athletes during their pre-Olympic Tour game in Boston and spent time on and off the ice in Philadelphia with kids in their program.
Amy Purdy - 2018 Paralympics Snowboarding Medalist, Co-founder Adaptive Action Sports
Amy Purdy has lived an incredible life. She grew up with the love of Nature, health wellness and travel. She was also a passionate snowboarder. At 19, her life took a detour. After experiencing ﬂu-like symptoms, Amy was rushed to the hospital in a state of septic shock. When she entered into the hospital she was given less than a 2% chance of survival, put on life support and placed into a coma.
After multiple blood transfusions, and the removal of her ruptured spleen, doctors diagnosed Amy with Meningococcal Meningitis, a vaccine preventable bacterial infection. Due to the lack of circulation she had suffered, doctors had to amputate her legs below the knee. She later received a donated kidney from her father a week before her 21st birthday.
After going through this life-altering experience, Amy challenged herself to move on with her life and attain goals that even those who have both legs struggle to achieve.She is one of the top ranked adaptive snowboarders in the world, the 2014 Sochi Paralympic bronze medalist and is currently the only double-leg amputee competing in snowboarding at the world-class level.
After the Tuesday Keynotes, don't forgot to join us and our partners for the SAP SAPPHIRE NOW afterparty. RSVP and learn more...
Wednesday, June 6: 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Hasso Plattner - Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SAP SE
The Intelligent Enterprise and SAP Leonardo
SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner shares our vision for the intelligent enterprise. He explores a future in which self-optimizing and context-sensitive processes will free people to focus on the essentials of their business. Leading experts take the stage to provide insight and show our latest innovations.
Thursday, June 7: 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Jen Morgan - Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Global Customer Operations
SAP’s Impact Around the World
SAP’s strategy comes to life through the eyes and experiences of its customers and innovation partners. Adaire Fox Martin and Jennifer Morgan, together with customers and special guests, share their unique, frontline view on SAP’s strategy and innovation priorities as the leaders of SAP’s customer-facing field organization.
Jon Bon Jovi
Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation
Musically and philanthropically, Jon Bon Jovi’s work honors the spirit of America and salutes the principles that define our nation. Self-reliance, optimism and community are key concepts he embodies, in his music and his charitable efforts. These common threads have resulted in heightened awareness on issues that adversely impact our society and millions of dollars raised
He is the frontman of the iconic, Grammy Award winning band Bon Jovi, who have set the bar for over three decades as one of the most successful rock bands in the world. Globally, they have sold more than 130 million albums, performed more than 2,900 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 37.5 million fans.
Mr. Bon Jovi is also the Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing about positive change and helping the lives of those in need “one SOUL at a time.” The Soul Foundation focuses on solutions with programs and partnerships targeted at breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. To date, Jon Bon Jovi and the Soul Foundation have provided funding for affordable housing for thousands of low-income individuals and families throughout the country.