Join NACD North Texas and your director peers on February 11 for an all-star panel discussion on the Future of Cities:
Three million people are moving to cities every week - the population of the City of Chicago. Combined with aging infrastructure and an influx of data, cities are faced with incorporating technology and analytics to better serve their communities and create a resilient and "smart" future. Join us to explore the past, present and future of cities, the major challenges to reaching their potential, and who is leading the pack. Hear from industry and government leadership including:
An executive leader in IoT, Smart Cities, Cloud & Telecommunications. In her current role, as the Chief Commercial Officer at Hitachi, she embraces leadership philosophies that foster teaming and collaborative strategies, while driving sales, revenues and organizational enhancements.
Beverly has spent most of her career as a change agent within large corporations, most recently as the Chief Commercial Officer at General Electric - Current and the Head of IoT & Emerging Markets for Ericsson where she was responsible for managing international cross-functional, multi-regional teams in the areas of Cloud Services, Industrial, Enterprise & Consumer IoT, and Smart Cities.
For the past 20 years, Beverly has run international and domestic enterprise organizations within Fortune 10 companies, as well as more than six years as CEO of an IoT start-up. She enjoys defining best-of-class standards and methodologies and enterprise-wide initiatives
Beverly studied at the University of Washington, Seattle University and Seattle University School of Law where she earned degrees in Finance, Marketing, and a JD cum laude.
She is passionate about family, travel and giving back, and currently sit on the Advisory Board for DIA, USGBCC, and IDEAS For Us, as well as recently representing Ericsson as the North American Sustainability Lead.
Her Areas of Influence enhance 6 specific areas: Net-New Business & Territory Improvement / Development of High-Performing Teams / Organizational Performance Management / Strategic Development & Execution / Sales Strategies / and Operational Excellence & Leadership Collaboration.
Ruthbea Yesner Clarke is the global VP of the Government and Smart Cities Strategies practice at IDC. In this practice, Ms. Yesner coordinates IDC's government and Smart City research worldwide. Ms. Yesner's research discusses the strategies and execution of relevant emerging technologies and non-technology best practice areas, such as governance, innovation, partnerships and business models essential for Smart City development and government digital transformation. Ms. Yesner's research includes the Internet of Things, Big data analytics, cloud computing, mobility and social media in public works, transportation, public safety, smart water, community engagement and Open Data initiatives. Ms. Yesner contributes to consulting engagements to support state and local governments' Smart City strategies and IT vendors’ overall Smart City market strategies.
Ms. Yesner contributes to the IDC Community and in publications such as Government Technology, Government Computer News, CivSource, M2M Evolution, CIO magazine, SmartGrid News, Connected World and StateTech magazine. Ms. Yesner's publications include a chapter with PTI and the Global Institute on the first developmental model for smart cities in Smart Cities for a Bright Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective which is available on Amazon. Her latest publication is on smart city measurements and assessments, published in February 2017 in Managing for Social Impact: Innovations in Responsible Enterprise, by Springer. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events.
Ms. Yesner joined IDC following work as a product manager in Internet start-ups in Silicon Valley. Prior to that, she worked in state social services as a director of programs serving young adults and adolescents diagnosed with substance abuse and mental health issues.
Ms. Yesner holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston College with an MBA and MSW joint degree.
In September 2015, Jennifer Sanders co-founded the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) a public-private partnership dedicated to the design and execution of a smart cities plan for Dallas. DIA brings together the City of Dallas, nonprofit and civic organizations, academic institutions and leading corporations to take a best-minds approach to creating a smarter, more connected Dallas. DIA will develop a scalable smart cities model that leverages the region’s distinctive strengths and leaves a legacy of innovation, sustainability and collaboration for future generations. DIA’s goal is to elevate Dallas as a city that is not only prepared for – but a driving force in shaping – the future of cities, and provide opportunities for prosperity for its citizens.
Jennifer Sanders joined Perry Street Communications as Managing Director in 2011, and brings more than a decade of experience counseling clients in a variety of strategic capacities including financial communications, integrated media and public affairs campaigns, crisis communications and executive thought leadership. She brings expertise in the energy, technology, financial, economic development and real estate sectors, with representative clients including Duff & Phelps, TXU Energy, Crow Holdings, Shell Oil, SAP, Austin Chamber of Commerce and Tuesday Morning Corporation.
She is actively involved with numerous civic organizations, currently serving as President of the Mayor’s Star Council, on the Board of the Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas, an Ambassador for the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) and the Advisory Board for Dallas-based retail and lifestyle startup, Need, among others.
She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor concentration in Economics.
Specialties: stakeholder engagement, community building, investor relations, media relations, project management, crisis communications, traditional and renewable energy, technology, enterprise software