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Welcome Message from Secretary Ross & Opening Keynote: Building Technology Worthy of Humanity with Aden Van Noppen

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Secretary Wilbur Ross
US Department of Commerce, Secretary

Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as the 39th Secretary of Commerce on February 28, 2017. Secretary Ross is the principal voice of business in the Trump Administration, ensuring that U.S. entrepreneurs and businesses have the tools they need to create jobs and economic opportunity.

Secretary Ross is the former Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of WL Ross & Co. LLC and has over 55 years of investment banking and private equity experience. He has restructured over $400 billion of assets in the airline, apparel, auto parts, banking, beverage, chemical, credit card, electric utility, food service, furniture, gypsum, homebuilding, insurance, marine transport, mortgage origination and servicing, oil and gas, railcar manufacturing and leasing, real estate, restaurant, shipyard, steel, textile and trucking industries.  Secretary Ross has been chairman or lead director of more than 100 companies operating in more than 20 different countries.

Named by Bloomberg Markets as one of the 50 most influential people in global finance, Secretary Ross is the only person elected to both the Private Equity Hall of Fame and the Turnaround Management Hall of Fame. He previously served as privatization adviser to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the board of the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund. President Kim Dae-jung awarded Secretary Ross a medal for helping South Korea during its financial crisis and, in November 2014, the Emperor of Japan awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star.

As a philanthropist, Secretary Ross has served as Chairman of the Japan Society, Trustee of the Brookings Institution and Chairman of its Economic Studies Council, International Counsel Member of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Trustee of the Blenheim Foundation, President of the American Friends of the Rene Magritte Museum in Brussels and Director of the Palm Beach Civic Association.  He also was an Advisory Board Member of Yale University School of Management.

Secretary Ross is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School (with distinction). He and his wife Hilary Geary Ross have four children, Jessica Ross, Amanda Ross, Ted Geary and Jack Geary.

Aden Van Noppen
Mobius, Founder and Executive Director

As the Founder and Executive Director of Mobius, Aden provides tech leaders with the tools, knowledge, and community to create technology that brings out the best in all of us. She was a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the Obama White House Office, where she developed programs that leverage tech as a tool for social and economic justice, including co-founding The Opportunity Project. She went on to explore the intersection of tech, ethics and spirituality as a Resident Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, was an Affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and is currently an Affiliate with Data & Society.

Before joining government, Aden worked in social enterprise and impact investing, first at the social venture capital fund, Acumen Fund, in both New York and Nairobi, and then at an affordable housing start-up in Delhi, India. She was also part of the founding leadership team of The Sanctuaries, a racially and religiously diverse spiritual community, grounded in the arts and social justice. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Wired and elsewhere.


After 2 packed afternoons of keynotes, lightning talks, and live demos on everything from stewarding our planet to putting the civics back in civic tech, Day 3 will focus on enabling our community to learn and grow.  

First, don't miss a message from Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross!

Then, join us for an opening keynote by Aden Van Noppen, the Executive Director of Mobius, that will captivate and ground us.  With the significant influence that technology has over our lives, it is more important than ever to prioritize human wellbeing and examine technology’s role in fostering or impairing our own individual and collective  balance and health. Fueled by a deep passion to serve, Aden was a Senior Advisor to the US Chief Technology Officer at the White House, and was also the Co-Founder of The Opportunity Project. As Demo Week looks to the future on Day 3, how will we apply  what we’ve learned to serve more holistically with technology? Join us for an opportunity to learn about what work has been done to strengthen a spiritually healthy relationship with tech within organizations and imagine what is possible for the future. Featuring a live collective visualization.