Ochs, the industry keynote, is a member of the IPED channel research, consulting and training arm of The Channel Company. Prior to IPED, Ochs served as Oracle's senior vice president, North American alliances and channels and senior VP of worldwide alliances for BEA Systems. She began her career with 15 years at the IBM, ultimately rising to vice president, America's software channel, according to the event website.
Rooney, the motivational keynote, is a retired F-16 fighter pilot who founded the Folds of Honor Foundation to provide educational assistance to the dependents of soldiers killed or disabled in combat. In just a few years, this organization has raised more than $21 million and awarded nearly 4,000 scholarships, the website said.
In addition to the keynotes, the event will feature a trade show, networking time and panels on topics such as the cloud and state of the carriers.
The Sales Partner Evolution Event will be held Thursday, May 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.