Keynote Speakers

We are extraordinarily lucky to have the following keynote speakers for True North Dreamin 2019. Their names are famous in the Ohana circles, but just in case you don’t know them, here’s a little snippit of their success stories.

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Chris Duarte

VP of Trailhead Content at Salesforce

Chris is a multi-year Dreamforce presenter and a top Salesforce influencer on Twitter @TheChrisDuarte. When she's not at the office, you can catch her sewing, following Liverpool FC, or spending time with her family.

While Chris may be one of the most humble and approachable people we know, our organizers know her as generous, creative, inspiring, wicked smart, grounded, and a true pleasure to learn from.

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Leah
McGowen-Hare

Senior Director of Trailblazer Storytelling and Developer Evangelism at Salesforce

As a Developer Evangelist, Leah inspires people to build and create on the Salesforce Lightning Platform.  Leah was an accomplished and dynamic Master Technical Trainer for Salesforce - for many of us on the TND team, our first interactions with Leah included having our minds blown in Dev 401 and similar courses.   

Leah leverages her knowledge and experience to demystify and make technology more accessible to youth, girls, communities of color and Veterans’ through organizations such as BlackGirls Code, Girls Who Code, Vetforce and the Be A Multiplier movement to help bring education and opportunity to everyone.

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Peter Coffee

VP for Strategic Research
at Salesforce

Peter Coffee has been with Salesforce for twelve years. He works with customers and partners on CIO strategies and emerging technology opportunities.

He previously spent eighteen years writing for publications including eWEEK, Computer Language and AI Expert, and worked for ten years as an AI application analyst and desktop computing manager at The Aerospace Corporation and in project management roles for various divisions of Exxon.

He has lectured on innovation strategies and AI techniques at Stanford, CalTech, UCLA, Harvard Business School, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT; he advises on curriculum in analytics and "big data" initiatives for three other U.S. universities.

His two published books are "How to Program Java" and "Peter Coffee Teaches PCs"; his current work appears often on the UK news site "Diginomica."