Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad added to Forecast lineup and Agenda Announced

Forecast 2015 is just a few weeks away, and the anticipation is building! We’re thrilled to share two big announcements with you: the agenda for this year’s conference has been released on our website, and we’ve added some great new speakers to our lineup.

Forecast 2015 is all about learning from the most relevant sales innovators and business moguls. We’ve scheduled talks on everything from the science of sales to what it takes to build a sales machine because we want to make sure that you walk away knowing something of real value. Check out all the details and see what we have planned on forecast2015.com.

And the speakers are….

We’ve got an impressive lineup of some great sales innovators and the list keeps growing! These top dogs are leading the way for sales and we’re looking forward to hearing their perspective on the sales landscape. Read on to learn more about the sales gurus we’ve got coming your way:


Parker Conrad, CEO-Zenefits

As the co-founder and CEO of a company that has just been valued at $4.5 billion, it’s safe to say that Parker Conrad is the newly crowned “golden boy” of the Silicon Valley tech world. Parker’s brainchild, Zenefits, has taken the business world by storm, bringing human resources to the masses in a simple, freemium Saas model. Zenefits is one of the fastest growing Saas companies out there right now, and Parker Conrad will be giving us some exclusive perspective on how to build a sales machine.


Mark Roberge, CRO-Hubspot

Where would marketing be without Hubspot? Probably still in the stone age. As the Chief Revenue Officer at Hubspot, Mark Roberge has been at the helm of pioneering inbound marketing. And his achievements go far beyond his current role. Prior to Hubspot, Mark was ranked #19 in Forbes’ list of the Top 30 Social Sellers in the world, and was awarded the 2010 Salesperson of the Year at MIT’s Sales Conference. Understand what it takes to create a winning sales formula from someone who has engineered it themselves.


Nick Mehta, CEO-Gainsight

If there’s one thing Nick Mehta knows, it’s how to develop a successful company. As the CEO of Gainsight, who increased their revenue by 357% in 2014, Nick has established the new gold-standard for customer success. Let’s not forget, this is Nick’s second company; his first venture, LiveOffice, was acquired by Symantec in 2012 for a hefty $115 million. Hear Nick’s perspective on scaling sales as a CEO, and find out how he’s managed to build a reputation for successful sales teams.


Kate Leggett, VP & Principal Analyst- Forrester Research

Forrester Research is one of the respected and influential research and advisory firms in the world, and Kate Leggett is their go-to CRM authority. She’s a renowned CRM expert and has been published everywhere from the Wall Street Journal and Forbes, to CRM Magazine.  As a well-established analyst with years of industry experience under her belt, Kate will be showing us what the sales terrain looks like today, and where it’s headed.


Mike Derezin, VP Sales Solutions- LinkedIn

Where would the professional world be without LinkedIn? Who knows, and thank god we don’t have to imagine it. Mike Derezin, VP of Sales Solution at LinkedIn, knows the best solutions for sales professionals and organizations because of one easy explanation: he helped launch the Sales Solutions division at LinkedIn. Mike is passionate about social selling and loves to engage with an audience. If you want to learn about scaling and leading a global sales team, Mike’s your guy.


Bridget Gleason, VP of Sales- Yesware

Bridget Gleason understands the ins and outs of the sales cycle because she’s been in the business to know exactly what it takes to close deals. With 20 years of experience in sales and sales management in the tech field, Bridget understands the foundation of sales and where it’s headed. She will be going behind the buzzword to share her thoughts on the new frontier that is “sales productivity.”


Ben Sardella, Co-founder/CRO- Datanyze

Ben Sardella, Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder of Datanyze, is a sales guru with an impressive track record. His career has taken him everywhere from Kissmetrics to NetSuite, and now Ben is hard at work developing a next-gen sales solution. Learn from someone who eats, sleeps and drinks sales productivity on a panel that is sure to pack a punch.


Mamoon Hamid, Partner- Social+Capital

To say that Mamoon Hamid has the golden touch would be an understatement. Mamoon is the founder of the Social+Capital Partnership and was featured on Forbes’ Midas List of top investors. He’s backed numerous wildly successful companies like Yelp, Box and Yammer and is now on the board for companies like Clearslide, Netskope and Cloudon, just to name a few. Find out Mamoon’s perspective on building a sales machine in his fireside chat with Parker Conrad.


Roger Lee, General Partner- Battery Ventures

Roger Lee is an entrepreneur at heart who has turned to investing into some of the largest and most successful companies. Like fellow speaker Mamoon Hamid, Roger has been recognized in Forbes’ prized Midas List, which comes as no surprise given his accolades. He has invested in numerous companies including Gainsight, 6Sense and Groupon and has also co-founded companies like CORIO, which was acquired by IBM. Who better to show you what it’s like to invest in a sales driven culture.


Steve Walske, Managing Director- Myriad Investments| Former CEO- PTC

If there’s someone who understands the importance of sales culture, it’s Steve Walske. As the CEO of Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) for 11 years, Steve has a passion and love for managing successful sales teams. Since then he has held multiple executive board roles for companies like BladeLogic, Inc. Steve is currently the Managing Director of Myriad since and will be giving us an inside look at the CEO perspective for scaling your sales solution.


Robert Brewster, VP Global Sales- Twilio

With 20 years of sales and leadership experience under his belt, it’s safe to say that Rob knows a thing or two about sales. He’s lead sales teams at a wide range of CRM and Marketing Automation companies, including Salesforce.com, Siebel and Eloqua. Understand his take on the future of sales management when he shares his perspective on this top-notch VP sales panel.


Rory O’Driscoll, Partner- Scale Venture Partners

As a founding member and partner at Scale Ventures, Rory O’Driscoll has played a part in a number of software companies. Over the past 20 years, he’s invested in numerous Saas companies that are now in the limelight, including DocuSign and Box. It must come as no shock that Rory was in the Forbe’s Midas List in 2012 and 2013. We’re excited to hear this power player’s thoughts on what its like to invest in a sales driven culture.

We’ve got even more amazing speakers in the works, so stay tuned for more announcements. Forecast is only a few weeks away and we know you’re just as excited as we are to meet the most influential leaders in sales. Who are you excited to see at this year’s Forecast Sales Conference? Thoughts on some of our scheduled topics of discussion? Don’t be a stranger, let us know in the comments below.


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