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Keynote Speaker - Emmitt Smith

Pro Football Hall of Fame Running Back, Businessman and Entrepreneur

Emmitt Smith is a professional football icon and one of the greatest to ever play the game. In his 15 seasons in the National Football League, Smith amassed many records that still stand today, including the most career rushing yards and the most career rushing touchdowns. Smith’s impressive resume includes three Super Bowl championship rings and his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

As a first-round pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, Smith was the cornerstone of the Dallas Cowboys offense for 13 seasons. The eight-time Pro Bowler was the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in 11 consecutive seasons and on October 27, 2002 he surpassed Walter Payton as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher.

After his playing days, Smith served as a football analyst and then took his television career a step further when he won the third season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, during which he was dubbed “the king of effortless cool.” He also added author to his list of accomplishments, publishing Game On, which outlines the principles that helped him succeed both on and off the field.

Currently, Smith has transitioned to the role of businessman and entrepreneur and runs several companies spanning real estate, construction and technology. Active in charitable outreach both in the Dallas area and on a national level, Smith founded Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities with his wife to provide unique

Ellen M. Carney

Principal Analyst, Forrester

Ellen is a principal analyst with Forrester, serving application desi professionals.  Her research focuses on insurance technologies and solution providers and best practices for implementation for property & casualty, life, and group insurers and their distribution partners globally.  Ellen works with insurance clients to understand the strategies that insurers are employing to win, serve, and retain their customers and agent/broker partners. Ellen has worked in various aspects of technology businesses from network implementation services and consulting for nearly 30 years and has been a Forrester analyst for more than a decade serving technology marketing, sales enablement,  digital business strategy,  and most recently business technologist roles.

Karen Furtado

Partner, Strategy Meets Action

Karen Furtado, a Partner at Strategy Meets Action, is a well-known authority on insurance technology and how it fuels transformation within insurance companies. Her focus is helping insurers prepare for the future of the industry through the decisions they make today by connecting solutions to business and IT requirements. Prior to joining SMA, Karen the Vice President of CGI’s Insurance Practice and Insurance Practice Director at Collaborative Consulting.

Jeff Goldberg

Senior Vice President, Research and Consulting, Novarica

Jeff Goldberg is a Senior Vice President of Research and Consulting at Novarica. His expertise includes data analytics, SaaS and cloud computing, and data governance. Prior to Novarica, Jeff served as a senior insurance analyst at Celent, Vice President of Internet Technology for Marsh Inc., Director of Web Technology for Harleysville Insurance, and a software consultant for insurers.

Donald Light

Director, North America Property/Casualty Practice, Celent

Donald Light is the director of Celent’s North America property/casualty practice. Donald's coverage areas include: technology and business strategy; transformative technologies such as insurtech, digital, connected cars and homes, the Internet of Things, core systems; and insurance technology M&A due diligence. Prior to joining Celent, Donald was an insurance subject matter expert with Sapient and for his own firm Donald Light Consulting, where he advised senior managers at major insurers and other financial institutions. He has also held a senior research position in Allstate’s Research and Planning Center.

Jay Sarzen

Senior Analyst, P&C, Aite

Jay Sarzen is a senior analyst with Aite Group’s P&C Insurance practice. He brings to Aite Group over 15 years of experience delivering strategic advice to a wide variety of clients, primarily in financial services. Since coming to Aite Group, Mr. Sarzen has focused his efforts on understanding innovation along the P&C insurance value chain by examining topics such as how new entrants are disrupting traditional distribution channels and how technology is altering underwriting and claims operations.