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At each and every Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, speakers from all areas of business provide partners with inspiration, insight, and ideas on how to implement new, cutting-edge strategies. Over the years, our speakers have helped create an impactful conference where partners can truly get business done.

Check out these highlights of the powerful speakers we saw at WPC 2015 for just a small taste of what our speakers bring to the conference:

As we prepare to secure well-known speakers and deliver high-caliber content again at WPC this year, we’ll be announcing those speakers over the next few months. Today, I’m thrilled to announce a few of the speakers who will join our partner community for the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto, Ontario.

Vision Keynote Speakers

Based on your feedback, we’re taking a different approach to our Vision Keynotes. This year, we’ve changed the agenda and will have shorter, daily Vision Keynotes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of WPC. You’ll still hear from a great lineup of speakers but will do so in a more concise format. To kick off WPC, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella returns to the stage on Monday, July 11, outlining Microsoft’s vision for the year ahead and highlighting new opportunities for us to pursue together. It is the power of our uniquely collaborative partner community that provides us with the foundation for achieving bigger and bolder things—where better to build upon that strong foundation than at WPC, our biggest partner event?

Satya Nadella – Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft

Satya WPC Blog PostSatya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.

Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.

Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. In this role he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.

Originally from Hyderabad, India, Nadella lives in Bellevue, Wash. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He is married and has three children.

During the morning Vision Keynote on Wednesday, July 13, you’ll hear from Microsoft COO Kevin Turner. Looking for actionable steps to grow your business? Kevin will outline key sales opportunities for partners and the ways you can leverage your partnership with Microsoft to drive success for your company. He’ll put Microsoft’s company strategy in concrete terms so you leave WPC 2016 understanding your role in our forward path together.

Kevin Turner – Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft

Kevin Turner WPC BlogAs Microsoft’s chief operating officer, Kevin Turner leads the company’s worldwide sales, field marketing, and services organization. He also manages support and partner channels, Microsoft stores, and corporate support functions including information technology, licensing and pricing, and operations. His organization of over 51,000 employees in more than 190 countries is responsible for delivering Microsoft’s family of products and services to customers and partners around the world to help them achieve more.

In his 10 years as chief operating officer, Turner has driven a strong track record of results, execution excellence and improved efficiency, while also driving customer satisfaction scores to the highest in company history. Microsoft ended fiscal year 2015 with 8 percent growth and $93.6 billion in revenue through his leadership on the company’s transformation.

Prior to his role at Microsoft, Turner spent nearly 20 years at Wal-Mart Stores, where he rose through the ranks and was the youngest corporate officer ever at age 29. He held various leadership positions at Wal-Mart, including chief information officer for Wal-Mart Stores and president and chief executive officer of SAM’S CLUB, a $37 billion division of Wal-Mart Stores.

Worldwide Partner Group Corporate VP Phil Sorgen will also be returning to discuss the growing cloud opportunity. Regardless of where your business is in its journey to the cloud, Phil will present a number of strategies to help maximize growth during and after this transition.

Phil Sorgen – Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft

Phil Sorgen WPC BlogAs head of the Worldwide Partner Group, Phil Sorgen is responsible for setting the channel strategy for a broad network of diverse partner companies worldwide, a channel that drives just over 90% of Microsoft’s annual revenue. Phil’s team is responsible for activating partners on Microsoft on-premises and cloud offerings at scale, with particular emphasis on helping partners transition their business models to meet the needs of our customers in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Phil has oversight of partner capacity management, sales and technical readiness, partner incentives and digital engagement. Internally, Phil is focused on ensuring Microsoft’s go-to-market decisions are made with a partner-led approach, one that emphasizes our partners’ opportunity to build a more profitable business with Microsoft.

Prior to this expanded global role, Sorgen held a number of different roles within Microsoft including the Small and Mid-market Solutions and Partners US Subsidiary lead, President of Microsoft Canada, and General Manager of Microsoft’s US Enterprise Sales Operations Team.

Sorgen is passionate about the positive impact of technology supported efforts and has worked with children’s hospitals to launch Child Life Interactive Computers for Kids (CLICK) and online safety initiatives such as Take Back the Net education and awareness programs. Sorgen has a BA and MBA from the University of North Texas.

Be sure to visit our Featured Speakers page in early April, as we’ll announce more Vision Keynote speakers in the coming months.

General Session Speakers

We are also planning a great line up of both Microsoft and external speakers in our General Sessions. These speakers are experts in their field and are preparing content targeted to your businesses’ specific focuses. Today, I’m thrilled to announce the following Microsoft executives who will deliver General Sessions.

Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector

Whitlley WPC Blog SmallAs corporate vice president of Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft, Toni Townes-Whitley is responsible for leading a team of over 2,000 sales professionals serving government, public safety, education, and non-privatized healthcare customers and partners in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Townes-Whitley was president of CGI Federal, where she was responsible for a portfolio of more than $1 billion, leading 6,600 employees in over 70 countries to deliver greater value to US Government civilian, defense, and intelligence sectors.

David Smith, Vice President, Worldwide SMB, Microsoft

Smith WPC Blog SmallAs Vice President, David Smith is focused on working with the Small and Medium Business (SMB) partner ecosystem. In this capacity, he is responsible for a global team of sales, marketing and partner management professionals to ensure Microsoft’s ecosystem of partners delivers technology-based high value experiences meeting the unique needs of over 100 million SMB’s across the world.

Since joining Microsoft in 1998, David has engaged with partners as well as strategic ISVs to develop scalable, agile, real-time, and secure solutions that allow companies of all sizes to realize their full potential.

Prior to Microsoft, David worked at Digital Insight (Internet Home Banking vendor acquired by
Intuit) and at Morgan Stanley. David completed his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego.

Julia White, General Manager, Microsoft Cloud Platform

White WPC Blog SmallJulia White leads product management of Microsoft’s Cloud Platform including Microsoft Azure, Enterprise Security and Mobility, Windows Server and System Center. In this function, Julia is responsible for the value proposition of the Cloud Platform, global go to market strategy, customer engagement and evangelism.

Julia joined Microsoft in 2001 as a product manager. In her tenure at Microsoft, Julia has held roles in Enterprise Server product management, the United States subsidiary channel sales, Exchange product marketing and most recently led Office 365 product management.

Julia holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with honors from Stanford University.

Jamie Wylly, General Manager, Public Safety and National Security, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft

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Jamie Wylly is the General Manager of Public Safety and National Security in Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector and is responsible for driving Microsoft’s strategy for mission engagements and sales in Defense, Intelligence, Police, Fire, and Justice around the world.
Prior to joining the Worldwide Public Sector team, Jamie directed Microsoft’s U.S. Defense Sales Teams in Washington DC for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps where he led the effort to operationalize Microsoft’s approach to Defense and to consolidate business into fewer and more targeted contracts.

Jamie holds two Postgraduate Degrees – an MBA (Finance) from the University of Rhode Island where he was inducted into the International Business Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma, and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Neil Holloway, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Business Solutions

Neil WPC Blog SmallNeil is responsible for Sales operations worldwide for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP product suites; the development and health of the Microsoft Dynamics channel ecosystem and customer service programs; ERP & CRM sales worldwide via Time Zone teams, as well as field and integration with the broader Microsoft sales organizations.

Since joining Microsoft in 1990, Holloway has held a number of strategic roles in its UK subsidiary. He was appointed Managing Director of Microsoft Ltd. in July 1998 and subsequently was appointed Vice President of Microsoft EMEA in April 2000.

Holloway has an MPhil in Operational Research and Control Engineering from Cambridge University and a BSc Hon. in Mathematics from the University of Bath.

Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft

Anthony-March-17-SmallAnthony helped launch Microsoft’s cornerstone education programs while working as the general manager of education in the United States. He was also at the center of Microsoft’s involvement in the creation of the School of the Future – a pioneering partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and now the first of many Microsoft Showcase Schools around the world.

He is involved with a variety of outreach projects and serves on the boards of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Junior Achievement of Washington, the European Foundation for Management Development, the National Community Education Association and Western Governors University. With a belief that educators will forever be the heroes of the classroom, Anthony authors Daily Edventures (, which highlights the inspiring stories of educators, students, education thought leaders and school leaders from around the world. He regularly tweets at @AnthonySalcito

These are just a few of the great speakers you can expect at WPC. Be sure to look forward to a future blog where we announce several of our external speakers—where you’ll get insights from other leaders in the industry.

You won’t want to miss any of our engaging speakers this year in Toronto. To join us for WPC 2016, register before April 21 to receive your all access pass for the reduced price of US$1995.

I look forward to seeing you there!