8 Unforgettable Moments from Salesforce World Tour DC
By Marissa Kraines
The Salesforce World Tour in Washington DC was packed with powerful customer stories, amazing product launches and inspirational leadership discussions. We celebrated our stand for equality on Equal Pay Day, looked to the future with artificial intelligence, and discussed the 21st Century workplace. Oh, and we also had a lot of fun and gave back, too. The best part? We can relive it all through these top 8 moments:
1. Making Our Path Together
Our main keynote, Our Path Together, started the event off with a bang. Marc Benioff and Parker Harris joined special guests like Billie Jean King and our friends from Amtrak.
2. Blazing a Trail for Equality on Equal Pay Day
On average, a woman earns 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. To commemorate Equal Pay Day, Salesforce Chairman and CEO, Marc Benioff hosted a conversation with equal pay pioneers who have dedicated their lives to closing the gender wage gap. Panelists include Billie Jean King, humanitarian and sports icon, Patricia Arquette, Academy Award-winning Actress, and namesake of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration act and equal pay activist, Lilly Ledbetter. This panel discussed closing the gender wage gap and highlighted how these leaders have personally championed the fight for equality.
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3. Predicting the Future of Business with AI
Artificial Intelligence is already transforming how we make decisions and interact as consumers. Now, AI is beginning to redefine the workplace, changing the workforce landscape, employee productivity and ultimately, customer experience. How will you prepare for the intelligent workplace? Moderator Alexis Sobel Fitts, editor at Backchannel, discussed the big questions around AI with panelists John Frémont, AI Go-to-Market Lead for North America, Accenture; Michael Chui, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute; and Sarah Aerni, Data Scientist at Salesforce.
4. Preparing a 21st Century Workforce
The booming technology industry presents vast job opportunities, but without the access to education and training needed to succeed in these future jobs, many risk being left behind. While experts estimate computing jobs will more than double by 2020, underrepresented minorities earn only 11% of engineering degrees and women earn only 17% of computer and information sciences degrees. How can we prepare the next generation with the training and skills needed to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow? Moderator Stephanie Ruhle, Anchor, “MSNBC Live” and Correspondent, NBC News, discussed these topics with panelists The Honorable Suzan DelBene, Member of Congress (D-WA-1); Christopher Liddell, Assistant to the President, Daniel Villao, Deputy Administrator, Apprenticeship USA, U.S. Department of Labor; and Jay Banfield, Chief Officer of Innovation & Scale and Managing Director, California, Year Up.
5. Year Up on the Way Up.
World Tour attendees offered career advice to Year Up students based on their own experience. Year Up is a nonprofit organization that has partnered with Salesforce.org for many years, and provides low-income young adults, ages 18–24, with a combination of technical and professional skills, as well as corporate internships and wraparound support.
Through technology, community engagement, and philanthropy, Salesforce.org supports nonprofit organizations that help to build a more diverse, equitable, and skilled workforce. Salesforce incorporates Salesforce.org initiatives in major Salesforce events — and the recent Salesforce World Tour in New York was no exception. Hundreds of World Tour Customer Trailblazers shared professional advice with young adults who are aspiring to enter the professional world.
Learn more about this Salesforce World Tour DC activity by watching an interview with Year Up’s Jay Banfield and Year Up internship alumni, and current Salesforce.org employee, Marleen, below!
6. Government Cloud Goes Big.
Government Cloud recently achieved Impact Level 4 (IL4) certification, which enables Department of Defense (DoD) mission owners and authorized contractors the ability to utilize Government Cloud to manage personal identifiable information, protected health information and controlled unclassified information. In addition, on the local level, the City and County of Denver has implemented 311 in Government Cloud to connect with their citizens in new ways.
Anne Cadwell and Jon Moore from Salesforce gave us a tour of the awesome government zone at the Salesforce World Tour DC, and gave additional insight on the announcements.
7. Fireside Chat with Christine Lagarde
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff was joined in conversation with Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, as they discussed gender equality and the social and economic benefits of empowering women around the world.
8. A Fantastic Audience Joined Us — in D.C. and Beyond.
We were so happy to meet the attendees who joined us in person in D.C., and were just as excited to be joined by over a million viewers online.
With lots of passionate attendees capturing their Salesforce Tour experience on social, we pulled together a look at the Salesforce Tour in our official Twitter moment.
Also check out our top live Tweeting moments here.
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