Speakers range from industry leaders and respected insurance analysts to high-profile business transformation and innovation experts.

The 2018 Speaker Lineup :

Neil Jacobstein

Neil Jacobstein

Chair, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Singularity University
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, MediaX at Stanford University

Neil Jacobstein is the chairman of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University, whose mission is “to educate, inspire and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.” He also served as SU president from 2010–2011. He is a distinguished visiting scholar in the Stanford University Media X Program, where his research focuses on augmented decision systems.

Jacobstein delivers a thoughtful, easy to understand, and up-to-date view of the future of technology. He addresses how it will impact a variety of tasks and industries. He explores technology innovation, disruption, and the real-world applications of AI and Robotics. Energetic on stage, he provides powerful visuals and jaw-dropping insights, addresses business, technical, and ethical issues, customizes his talks to his audiences’ industries, and enjoys interactive Q&A.

Mike Massimino

Mike Massimino

Former NASA Astronaut, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University

The first person to tweet from space and a four-time spacewalker on two missions to the Hubble Space Telescope, including the final Hubble servicing mission, which has been called the most dangerous and complex mission in space shuttle history, Mike Massimino uses humor and his unique storytelling ability to inspire audiences to identify the passion in their work, to use teamwork and innovation to solve problems, to provide leadership in the face of adversity, and to never give up when pursuing a goal.

When not in academia or at NASA, Massimino has made several television appearances including a recurring role as himself on the CBS hit comedy, The Big Bang Theory. In addition, he frequently appears in specials on Discovery, History, PBS and National Geographic Channels, along with national and cable news. He has also been a guest on many of the late night talk shows including The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Ty Sagalow

Ty Sagalow

Founding Member of Lemonade, Founder and CEO of Innovation Insurance Group

Ty is a 36-year senior insurance executive veteran. Most of Ty’s career was spent at AIG, where over a 25-year period,he held various positions including Chief Underwriting Officer and General Counsel of AIG Executive Liability (D&O, E&O), Chief Operating Officer of AIG eBusiness Risk Solutions (Cyber insurance) and President of AIG Product Development. Following AIG, Mr. Sagalow was Chief Innovation Officer of Zurich North American and Chief Innovation Officer of Tower Group. Immediately prior to Lemonade, Ty founded Innovation Insurance Group, LLC, a premier consulting firm to the insurance industry.

Founded in 2015, Lemonade is the first licensed and regulated InsurTech insurance company in the United States. Lemonade offers homeowners and renters insurance powered by artificial intelligence and behavioral economics. On July 1, 2017, Ty retired from his position as Chief Insurance Officer of Lemonade but continues as a board member of the Lemonade Insurance Company, and regularly advises other companies in the Fintech/InsurTech space.


Dr. Tricia Wang

Co-founder of Sudden Compass, Global Tech Ethnographer

Global technology ethnographer Dr. Tricia Wang, helps companies innovate and grow by integrating big data — all that you know about your customers and your market — with thick data, the human element that is invisible to quantitative data analysis. Tricia is the cofounder of Sudden Compass, a consulting firm that helps companies achieve growth by scaling and extracting insights from data about their customers. She’s also co-founded Magpie Kingdom, a content and strategy company showcasing stories about the Chinese internet through a weekly newsletter and advising companies on how to understand the Chinese consumer. On the platform, Tricia is a warm and natural speaker, a creative and expressive storyteller.


Eric O'Neill

Cyber-Security Expert, Inspiration for Film Breach

Eric O’Neill is an attorney, security consultant and professional public speaker. In 2001, Eric helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history: Robert Hanssen, a 25-year veteran of the FBI. The remarkable true events of his life are the inspiration behind the critically acclaimed dramatic thriller Breach, starring Ryan Philippe as O'Neill. The film is the story of the greatest security breach in US history.

Eric began his career in the FBI as a “Ghost” – an undercover field operative tasked to surveil and monitor foreign, national, and domestic terrorists and spies. During the Hanssen investigation, Eric worked directly undercover with the spy within the FBI’s Information Assurance Division – created to protect all classified FBI intelligence.

Currently, Eric runs The Georgetown Group, a premier investigative and security consultancy out of Washington, DC. Eric is also the National Security Strategist for Carbon Black, the leader in next generation endpoint protection.

Jake Wood

Jake Wood

Co-founder and President of Team Rubicon, and author of Take Command on leadership and molding military service for good

Jake Wood is cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that utilizes the skills of military veterans to deploy disaster response teams. Under Wood’s leadership, Team Rubicon has responded to over 100 disasters since the 2010 Haiti earthquake and grown from eight to 35,000 members. Wood is a leading veterans’ advocate who has briefed President Obama on veterans’ issues, met with former Presidents Bush and Clinton on disaster response and testified before the Senate. As a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Wood deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper and earned the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal.

Paul Carroll

Paul Carroll

Editor-in-Chief of Insurance Thought Leadership

Paul is the Editor-in-Chief of Insurance Thought Leadership, which is pulling together the best ideas from the best thinkers on insurance and risk management to lead the industry in important new directions. Previously, Paul spent 17 years as an editor and reporter at the Wall Street Journal, which nominated him twice for the Pulitzer Prize. He later founded Context magazine, a pioneering publication on digital strategy that was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, the industry's highest honor.

While at the Journal, he wrote Big Blues: The Unmaking of IBM, a major best-seller published in 1993. He has written or co-written six other books related to innovation, including Billion Dollar Lessons and The New Killer Apps: How Large Companies Can Out-Innovate Start-ups. His books have drawn rave reviews from the Wall Street Journal and many other publications.

He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s in communication (at age 19) and earned a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University the following year.