SAP Spotlight Tour Comes to New York City on December 8

Can predictive analytics diagnose a person before they become a patient? Can you apply a mathematical formula to millions of data sets and prevent your quarterback from ever throwing out his arm?

The opportunities are limitless in applying big data analytics in the health and sports industries. Today, data science is starting to be used to not only to help patients and athletes live longer and healthier lives, it’s also enabling them to play an active role in their health plan.

On Tuesday, December 8, SAP will host its Spotlight Tour in New York City. At the event, participants can learn how the latest technological advances have transformed two of the world’s biggest industries – healthcare and sports – making them more personal, predictive and preventative.

The event promises to deliver:

  • Significant announcement of SAP’s commitment to personalized medicine. With 30% of the world’s data coming from the healthcare sector alone, the opportunities are endless.  Thought leadership in healthcare to share how they are making a difference in individual lives: the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • Engaging conversations with a panel of sports heavyweights, including participants from the New York Giants, Stanford Health, Under Armour and University of Notre Dame, among others, about how the Internet of Things and big data analytics are enabling athletes from high school to college to the professional level train wiser, live healthier, predict and prevent injuries, and perform at their very best.

An expert panels run from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at Chelsea Piers, located at 23rd street and Hudson River Park. SAP will offer a networking lunch just after and showcase demos until 2:00 p.m. ET.

The working agenda is included below. This event is by invitation only; those looking to join can contact Jackie Montesinos at for more information.


Time (ET) Topic Speaker(s)
9:30 a.m. –
10:00 a.m.
Arrivals and Registration
10:00 a.m. –
10:10 a.m.
Welcome Address from Master of Ceremonies Alexis Glick, GENYOUth Alexis Glick,
10:15 a.m. –
10:35 a.m.
SAP’s Commitment to Personalized Medicine
Unlocking the value of patient data to help doctors make informed, real-time decisions and predictions of a patient’s health
Greg McStravick, Global Head of Database & Technology
10:25 a.m. –
11:15 a.m.
Personalized Treatments Starts at the Genome
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Stanford University School of Medicine Demonstrate how by breaking down genomes they can uncover mutations to deliver individual treatment options
Carlos Bustamante, Professor of Genetics, Stanford University Medical School

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, Member, CancerLinQ LLC Board of Governors, ASCO President, 2013-2014

11:15 a.m. –
12:15 p.m.
The Formula to Win: Analytics as a Game Changer for Athletes
A panel of sports heavyweights, including Under Armour, the New York Giants and ESPN, among others, will discuss how the Internet of things and big data analytics is enabling athletes to train wiser, live healthier, predict and prevent injuries, and perform at their very best.
Panel moderated by Marty Mrugal, Chief Innovation Officer, SAP North America
Bill Seringer, Stanford Health Clinical Supervisor Outpatient Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame Vice President and Director of Athletics

Kathleen Stroia, WTA SVP Sports Sciences & Medicine and transitions

Kevin Abrams, Assistant General Manager NY Giants

Kurt Kendall, Global Head of Consumer Engagement for Under Armour

Stacy T Sims, PhD – Environmental Exercise Physiologist-Nutrition Scientist, CISSN

12:15 p.m. –
1:00 p.m.
Networking lunch
1:00 p.m. –
1:30 p.m.
Healthcare deep dive and demos with speakers
1:30 p.m. –
2:00 p.m.
Sports deep dive and demos with speakers


Moderator: Alexis Glick, CEO GenYouth Foundation:

GlickAlexis Glick, a veteran media personality and former Wall Street executive, is a strategic advisor for a wide range of media and finance companies. She recently helped launch the Fox Business Network, the largest cable news launch in history, and has become a frequent guest and contributor to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “AC360,” “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” and “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.” Glick has also become an emerging philanthropic leader. She is a strategic advisor to the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, an international forum of business CEOs and chairpersons focused exclusively on corporate philanthropy.

Throughout her career, Glick has interviewed some of the world’s most recognized leaders and newsmakers across politics, business and sports, including President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator John McCain, Warren Buffett, Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and more. Glick has worked for NBC News, CNBC and others, and earlier was an executive at Morgan Stanley where she headed floor operations at the New York Stock Exchange.

Greg McStravick, GM and Global Head SAP Database & Technology

McStravickGreg McStravick is the General Manager and Global Head of SAP Database & Technology. In this role, he is responsible for leading the go-to-market teams and strategy for one of SAP’s core innovation areas. With more than 20 years of progressive experience as a leader in technology solution sales management and global strategy, Greg has held senior leadership positions throughout SAP since joining the organization in 2002.

Prior to his current role, Greg served as President, U.S., and GM of SAP U.S. Sales.  Before that, he served as Senior Vice President of SAP Strategic Customer Program and also as Senior Vice President of SME business solutions.

Martin Mrugal, Chief Innovation Officer, SAP North America

MrugalAs chief innovation officer, Martin Mrugal is responsible for SAP’s innovation agenda for North America including the Chief Customer Office, Solution Engineering, Industry and Value Engineering, and the Customer Center of Excellence (CoE) organizations. As the executive sponsor for SAP S/4HANA, Martin is responsible for the North America launch, customer adoption, and success of SAP’s next generation computing platform.

Since joining SAP in 1998, Martin has held a number of diverse management and executive leadership roles. Prior to his current assignment, he was chief operating officer (COO) for cloud procurement and business networking at SAP Ariba. He has served as COO for industry solutions, as global head of manufacturing industries and solutions business, and spent time on assignment for the SAP Executive Board working on a software development change management program. Prior to his Board assignment, Martin was national vice president and general manager, responsible for solutions and products for midsize companies. In this role, he directed the North America strategy, launch, and sales of SAP® Business ByDesign solution. He also successfully led industry, presales, and product management teams in past roles.

Prior to SAP, Martin spent 12 years at Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail), where he held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, finance, and supply chain strategy. During his tenure, he successfully started new lines of business, analyzed complex supply chains for industrial manufacturing companies, and developed new distribution strategies and facilities. Examples of the clients he worked with include Chrysler, DuPont, GM, Ford, Honda, and Toyota.

Martin studied supply chain logistics, economics, and marketing as an undergraduate, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. He completed SAP’s Global Leadership Development program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Carlos Bustamante, PhD Professor, Genetics, Stanford University

BusamanteCarlos is Co-Founding Director of the Stanford Center for Computational, Evolutionary and Human Genomics (CEHG), Director of Informatics at the Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine and Professor of Genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a population geneticist whose research focuses on analyzing genome wide patterns of variation within and between species to address fundamental questions in biology, anthropology, and medicine. Much of his research is at the interface of computational biology, mathematical genetics, and evolutionary genomics. His most current research focuses on human population genomics and global health including developing statistical, computational, and genomic resources for enabling trans- and multi-ethnic genome-wide association and medical sequencing studies of complex biomedical traits.

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, Member, CancerLinQ LLC Board of Governors, ASCO President, 2013-2014

Hudis_CliffordClifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, is Vice President for Government Relations and Chief Advocacy Officer and Chief of the Breast Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City. He is also a Professor of Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is co-leader of the Breast Disease Management Team at MSKCC, co-chair of the Breast Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (formerly Cancer and Leukemia Group), and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Since joining ASCO in 1991, Dr. Hudis has proven his dedication to the Society through his active service and leadership. From 2009 to 2012, he has served as Treasurer of the ASCO Board of Directors and as a member of the Board’s Executive and Planning Committees. He also was Co-Chair of the Board’s Finance and Governance Subcommittee and Chair of the Finance Committee from 2009-2012. Previously Dr. Hudis served as Chair of ASCO’s Integrated Technology Committee and Co-Chair of the Breast Cancer Symposium. He was the President of ASCO 2013-14.

Dr. Hudis received his BA from Lehigh University and his MD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1983 following the completion of a six-year combined BA and MD program. From 1983 through 1987 he trained in internal medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and served as chief medical resident. His hematology/oncology training was completed at MSKCC in 1991 and since then he has been a member of the Breast Medicine Service at Memorial Hospital becoming Chief in 1998. His team conducts a broad range of clinical and translational research and has established many new standards of care during his tenure.

Dr. Hudis’ personal research interests include drug development with a particular focus on treatment and prevention. His current research addresses the role of the obesity and resulting inflammation on breast and other cancers.

Kurt Kendall, Global Head of Consumer Engagement, Under Armour

KendallKurt Kendall is the Global Head of Consumer Engagement at Under Armour.  His team is focused on creating value for consumers across Under Armour’s apparel, footwear, and digital businesses.   With over 150 million users globally, Under Armour’s Connected Fitness™ platform is the world’s largest fitness and nutrition community providing digital solutions to help athletes of all levels lead healthier and more active lifestyles.  Key initiatives for his team include the creation of a single integrated view of the consumer, personalizing a consumer’s experience at every digital touchpoint, and the development of new premium services for mobile consumers around the globe.

Kendall received a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science magna cum laude from the University of Maryland.

Kevin Abrams, Assistant General Manager of the New York Giants

AbramsKevin Abrams is in his 14th season as the Giants’ assistant general manager. He previously served three years as the team’s salary cap analyst. Abrams also works with the College and Pro Personnel departments to evaluate players in preparation for the NFL Draft and free agency. He is the primary negotiator for player contracts and responsible for managing the Giants’ salary cap and player salary budget, related strategic planning for football operations and coordinating the organization’s compliance with the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Abrams was raised in Toronto, Canada. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario, and earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University where he is currently a member of the Sports Administration Advisory Board.

Jack Swarbrick, Vice President and Director of Athletics, Notre Dame 

Sep. 27, 2014; Notre Dame Fighting Irish director of athletics Jack Swarbrick chats on the sideline before the game against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium. (photo by Matt Cashore)John B. “Jack” Swarbrick Jr. is Notre Dame Vice President and Director of Athletics, responsible for overseeing all the athletic teams and operations at the prestigious University. A “Fighting Irish” alum, Swarbrick has served in this role for the past 7 years having achieved a significant amount of success including Notre Dame’s entrance into the Atlantic Coast Conference (except football and hockey), an extension of the partnership with NBC Sports through the 2025 season, and an unmatched 10-year relationship with Under Armour that also includes collaboration between both organizations in the areas of sports technology, product development and athletic performance.  Swarbrick is also driving new initiatives such as the launch of Fighting Irish Digital Media for better access to the University’s athletic programs, stadium expansion plans, fostering student-athlete programs and new community outreach activities among others. Under Swarbrick, the Fighting Irish experienced its best across-the-board athletic season in Notre Dame history in 2013-14 as Irish men’s programs claimed the Capital One Cup and 22 of 26 sports overall advanced to postseason play, enabling Notre Dame to finish a best-ever third in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics all-sports standings.

Before coming back to Notre Dame, Swarbrick rose to national prominence as a lawyer, consultant and executive in the collegiate and Olympic sports industries.

Kathleen Ann Stroia, M.S., P.T., ATC, Senior Vice President, Sport Sciences & Medicine and Transitions, WTA

StroiaIn her role as Senior Vice President, Stroia has been responsible for supervising the Sport Sciences & Medicine and Transitions staff and overseeing all departmental functions, including development, budgets, marketing efforts, setting policy/procedures, and health and medical services for WTA players and events. In her time with the WTA, she has developed and expanded the department’s individual programs, which has included establishing standards for tournament physicians, and the implementation of research projects related to tennis, injury prevention, women’s health issues and new high performance/sports medicine products. She was also instrumental to developing and implementing the Age Eligibility Rule and Player Development program initiatives since its inception in 1994. Stroia’s exceptional involvement with the Sport Sciences & Medicine department at the WTA has led it to become one of the most highly recognized programs and a leader in the professional sporting world that aims to enhance career performance, safety, fulfillment and longevity of female tennis athletes. Stroia also facilitated the launching of the Transitions program in 2010, which provides sophisticated education, training and career guidance to maximize opportunities for athletes during and after their tennis careers.

A native of Merrillville, Indiana, Stroia earned a B.S. in Sports Sciences/Athletic Training, an M.S. degree in Athletic Training and a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy. Stroia joined the WTA full-time as a staff Primary Health Care Provider in 1990. Stroia has served on several sport committees, published numerous health articles and gives professional presentations covering a multitude of sports medicine topics. Stroia utilizes her strengths to give back to the community and has coordinated health coverage for sporting events such as the 2012 Olympics, Special Olympics and Arthur Ashe AIDS Foundation fundraising events to name a few. Stroia was named in Tennis Industry Magazine as one of the “40 under 40” exceptional talents that will bring tennis into the new century and is a 2007 recipient of the prestigious “Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award” presented by the Athletic Trainers Association for making exceptional and unique contributions to the field.

Bill Seringer, Clinical Supervisor, Outpatient Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Stanford Health

SeringerBill Seringer is Clinical Supervisor Outpatient Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for Stanford Health.  For almost a decade he’s a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and one of only 100 therapists in the country that is Dual Board Certified in Sports and Orthopedics.  Seringer is a also Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. His track record includes many accomplishments such as the lead team in creating full academic residency curriculum and program from the ground up. He has authored a chapter of the book Physical Therapy Treatment of Common Orthopedic Conditions: “Rotator Cuff Impingement.”  Currently at Stanford he’s in charge of clinical operations which also includes training and development for staff and managing data analytics and metrics analysis.

Stacy T Sims, PhD – Environmental Exercise Physiologist-Nutrition Scientist, CISSN

SimsDr. Stacy T. Sims, MSc, PhD, has contributed to the environmental exercise physiology and sports nutrition field for more than 15 years as both an athlete and a scientist. The chief research officer/co-founder of Osmo Hydration, Dr. Sims served an exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist in the human performance lab at Stanford University from 2007-2012 where she specialized in sex differences of environmental and nutritional considerations for recovery and performance. Her personal interest in sex differences and performance has been the precedence of her academic and consulting career, always looking at true physiology to apply innovative solutions in the sport nutrition world.

Not only an elite athlete herself, Dr. Sims has extensive experience working with athletes at all levels: from beginning recreational athletes to the Olympians and Tour de France-caliber cyclists. In 2012 she left her full time academic position at Stanford to become a mom, launch a start-up (Osmo Hydration ) and start her own consultancy practice – all to disseminate science into real world applications for athletes, coaches, educators, and colleagues.