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Bill McDermott, Arianna Huffington and Michael J. Fox to Headline at SuccessConnect® in Las Vegas

September 5, 2018

SAP NEWSBYTESAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced a lineup of prestigious speakers slated to appear at the SuccessConnect® event in Las Vegas, taking place September 11–13 at the ARIA Resort & Casino. Leading companies including American Airlines, Microsoft and Allstate will join Arianna Huffington, Michael J. Fox and top SAP executives including CEO Bill McDermott in presentations addressing leadership, culture and effective human resources (HR) strategies. This dynamic group of speakers will offer SuccessConnect attendees a rich dialogue about leading with purpose, the pursuit of innovation, diversity and inclusion, well-being at work and transforming the workforce experience.

SuccessConnect will offer a forum for thousands of HR professionals and business leaders to discuss successful workforce management. The event agenda is packed with keynotes, breakout sessions and networking that will address the topics keeping HR leaders awake at night. Highlights include:

Opening Keynote, “Reinvent. Reinvigorate. Reawaken. HR Means Business.” with SAP CEO Bill McDermott, SAP SuccessFactors President Greg Tomb and SAP SuccessFactors Global Head of Product Amy Wilson

Wednesday, September 12, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT
HR is reinventing itself, and it is reinventing how businesses run. Because its processes touch every single employee, HR plays a pivotal role in transforming the workforce to drive performance and deliver exponential growth. Bill McDermott, Greg Tomb and Amy Wilson will examine how SAP® SuccessFactors® solutions are helping organizations around the world build a more intelligent enterprise. Tapestry Global Human Resources Officer Sarah Dunn and American Airlines Managing Director of HR Shared Service Mark Mitchell will also join the opening session to explore integrated processes and real-time analytics, ways to motivate a diverse and evolving workforce with more engaging experiences, and best practices for managing talent in a rapidly changing global climate.

Leadership Theater Session, “Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast?” with Harvard Business School Professor Frances Frei

Wednesday, September 12, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PDT
Frances Frei returns to the SuccessConnect stage for a dialogue on culture and leadership. Frei will share insights about how the best leaders build purpose-driven cultures, accelerate the development of executives and create truly diverse teams. She will be joined by EY Global Leader of HR Services Penny Stoker to discuss the importance and impact of executive learning and leadership reskilling.

Leadership Theater Session, “HR and the SAP Intelligent Suite” with Amy Wilson

Thursday, September 13, 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PDT
Wilson will share the SAP SuccessFactors solution road map addressing the future of work and the vital role workforces play in transforming organizations to become digital, intelligent enterprises. Product leaders will discuss key innovations and demonstrate what is on the horizon for the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite, including its role in the intelligent suite from SAP.  

Closing Keynote, “Thinking Big: How HR Can Change the World” with Arianna Huffington, Michael J. Fox and SAP Executive Board Members Jennifer Morgan and Stefan Ries

Thursday, September 13, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT
Today, every business is a global business as organizations routinely reach across borders to find talent or rely on an increasingly diverse workforce at home. HR is thinking big about how to manage the challenges and opportunities that diversity brings with it: from gender parity to pay equity to well-being at work. Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington and award-winning actor and advocate Michael J. Fox will join SAP Americas and APJ President Jennifer Morgan and SAP CHRO Stefan Ries in the closing session to examine the changing nature of work and what inclusivity and diversity really mean in today’s workplace. Attendees will learn how new, more creative ways of thinking can help people work more passionately to increase productivity, foster innovation, address talent scarcity and drive performance.

Keynote and leadership theater presentations will be followed by breakout sessions with SAP experts, partners and customers. SAP partners play a strategic role in helping companies of all sizes — across all industries and geographies — to buy, build, implement, service and support SAP SuccessFactors solutions. The Sapphire-level sponsor for SuccessConnect in Las Vegas is Deloitte, the Diamond-level sponsors are Accenture and ADP, and the Platinum-level sponsors are EY, IBM, Infosys, /N SPRO and Veritas Prime.

Keynotes and select breakout sessions will be streamed live here.

To learn more about SuccessConnect Las Vegas, follow the event hashtag #SuccessConnect or visit To register, visit

For more information, visit the SAP SuccessFactors website or visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP SuccessFactors solutions on Twitter at @SuccessFactors and SAP at @sapnews.

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