NS2 Now - Keynote and Featured Speaker


Malcolm Gladwell

Best-selling and award-winning author, renowned podcast host

Erica Keswin

Author, workplace strategist, and professional dot-connector


Dean Pianta

Cloud Director, National Security Group, SAP NS2.

Angela Hughes

Director, Office of the CEO, SAP NS2.

Greg Reeder

Vice President, Marketing SAP NS2  | Managing Director, NS2 Serves

The intersection of trust, data, and the future

Can we truly trust people, systems and security?  Is data-driven decision making the best approach to problem solving? Does artificial intelligence drive us toward a better future? We’ll dive into a discussion with Malcolm Gladwell about these topics and more in this main keynote session.


– Malcolm Gladwell, Best-selling, award-winning author, renowned podcast host
– Greg Reeder, Vice President of Marketing, SAP NS2  | Managing Director NS2 Serves

The Spaghetti Project: Unlocking the Magic of Rituals at Work

Join the discussion with best-selling author and workplace strategist, Erica Keswin, on improving organizational culture & performance in today’s new normal. Find out how global brands, companies, and teams are cultivating inclusive work cultures through shared rituals and thriving during these turbulent times.


– Erica Keswin, Author, workplace strategist, and professional dot-connector
– Dean Pianta, Cloud Director, National Security Group, SAP NS2

Dive Deep on Data Security with Mark Ryland from AWS

Join Mark Ryland as he dives deep on AWS capabilities around Data Security. Learn about the behind the scenes systems that AWS uses to protect your most sensitive and critical workloads.

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Featured Keynote Speaker

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.

He explored how ideas spread in The Tipping Point, decision making in Blink, and the roots of success in Outliers. In his newest book, The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War Malcolm weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history.

Malcolm is also the host of a 10-part podcast, Revisionist History, now in its sixth season. In the podcast, Malcolm re-examines overlooked or misunderstood past events.

He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has won a national magazine award and been honored by the Ameri-can Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. He was previously a reporter for The Washington Post.

Malcolm has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.

Erica Keswin

Featured Guest Speaker

Erica Keswin

Erica Keswin is a workplace strategist who has worked for the past twenty years with some of the most iconic brands in the world as a consultant, speaker, writer, podcast host and professional dot-connector. Her first book Bring Your Human to Work: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World, a Wall Street Journal bestseller in its first week, serves as a powerful guide to a workplace revolution that honors relationships and puts people first.

Erica’s next book, Rituals Roadmap: The Human Way to Transform Everyday Routines Into Workplace Magic (McGraw-Hill 2021) is the authoritative guide to workplace rituals and how they can transform any organization. With workplaces around the world moving to digital platforms in the midst of a global threat, rituals have never been more important to keep individuals and teams feeling psychologically safe and connected to their purpose.

Speaker - Innovation Panel | Moderator - The Spaghetti Project

Dean Pianta

Dean is the Cloud Director for the National Security Group at SAP NS2. He has over 25 years of experience with the design, development, and delivery of solutions for both public and private sectors. Breaking down information stovepipes and improving both customer and employee experiences have been a central theme across solutions for the Public sector.

Dean brings extensive subject matter expertise (Talent Development, Knowledge Management, Collaboration and eLearning technology) to his current work with the Dept. of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and the Federal Civilian market.

His career spans a broad spectrum of use cases: Marine Corps logistics; Commercial Game Development; Military Training & Simulation; Anti-Money Laundering; Collaboration and eLearning – architecting, training, and consulting globally; Experience Driven Learning; and now, a focus on the Secure, Intelligent Enterprise.

Dean holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from George Mason and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Moderator - The Spaghetti Project

Angela Hughes

Joining NS2 in June 2019, Angela Hughes works as the director of the CEO office. 

In this role, she’s responsible for streamlining strategic initiatives, overseeing program management, and communicating objectives between departments. Throughout her career, Angela’s played an active role in business management, with a special focus on executive-level advising, marketing and interdepartmental collaboration.

Moderator - Keynote with Malcolm Gladwell

Greg Reeder

Greg’s background spans more than 30 years leading in business, senior government management, and the military. He has experience as a public affairs director, strategic communications manager, web developer, social media advisor, business executive, media division president, information tech consultant, magazine publisher, market analyst, editor, U.S. Marine, and helicopter pilot.

Greg has helped to motivate audiences, smooth media relations, convince policy makers, and show senior leaders the way toward marketing and digital strategy success.  He continues to lead the charge to improve communications, user experiences, digital innovation, and creative media production.

Greg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Business and an M.B.A. in Technology Management.  He is also a graduate of the Defense Information School and Stanford University design thinking academy.

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