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Opening General Session Guest Speaker

Christine Albert

Christine Albert is an Austin, Texas based singer-songwriter, studio owner and Founder & CEO of Swan Songs, a non-profit that fulfills musical last wishes. Christine is also the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Recording Academy (known for the GRAMMY ® Awards) - the first independent artist and only the second woman to hold this esteemed position.

She has released 12 independent CDs as a solo artist and as part of the Folk/Americana duo “Albert and Gage” with her husband, Chris Gage. 3rd Coast Music noted that Christine has “one of the best and purest female voices in Austin”. She is well known in Texas for a series of beloved and critically acclaimed albums of Franco-Lone Star fusion entitled “Texafrance.”

Ms. Albert has appeared on “Austin City Limits,” was awarded “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Kerrville Folk Festival Music Awards and is co-founder of the Austin Songwriters Group. She is host of “Mystery Monday” a gathering of Austin’s musical luminaries that has evolved into one of the most popular weekly residencies in Austin.

Opening General Session IBM Speaker

Katrina Troughton

Katrina Troughton is General Manager, Social and Smarter Workforce Client Success. Katrina leads IBMs worldwide sales force for collaboration, social, exceptional digital experience, and smarter workforce solutions.

Katrina has more than 23 years' experience in the IT industry, with more than 20 years spent in senior management roles at IBM. Prior to leading this sales team, Katrina led the Business Analytics team for IBM's Growth Markets Unit, IBM's WebSphere business for IBM's Growth Markets Unit, both, after spending four and a half years as Managing Director for IBM New Zealand. Other key roles include Software General Manager for IBM Australia/New Zealand, and sales executive for Information Management for IBM Asia Pacific.

Katrina has served on a number of external boards including New Zealand Advisory Board for Global Women, and Uniservices (the commercialisation arm of Auckland University); additionally, she chaired the NZ Government Digital Strategy Advisory Board (2006 2008).

Troughton holds a BSC / BCom, with majors in Pharmacology, Physiology and Economics, from Auckland University.

Opening General Session Musical Performance

Kevin Chin

Kevin Chin of Northshore Media Productions, is a multi-award winning Studio Owner, Music Producer, Multi-instrumentalist, Composer/Arranger, and Grammy Member. Kevin also excels at the guitar, an instrument he has played for over 20 years.  He has played in front of a 50 piece symphonic wind ensemble, toured through villas in Italy with a Jazz Big Band, and now with several popular bands in Austin. Equally just as dynamic onstage as he is behind the studio desk, it's no wonder he has been able to engineer and produce many artists in the world of Blues/Jazz, Indie/Rock, Electronica, and R&B/Hip Hop, in addition to corporate and commercial productions.

Melissa Ndettemi

Melissa Ndettemi who goes by the artist name of Babe, The Siren, traded the comfort of her hometown of Wichita, Kansas, for the more suiting and thriving eclectic music scene of Austin, to develop a talent already well beyond her years. In the short time that she has been in Austin, she has already become an in-demand Studio Session Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist. Crafting soothing melodies rooted in Folk, Soul and Alt-R&B, Melissa impressively engages her audiences in her heavily emotive and empowered messages effortlessly; she is emerging well onto her way to becoming the voice of her generation.