Get inspired as the Career Center hosts “Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office” — a fireside chat with tech company SAP SE CEO Bill McDermott on Tuesday, February 5, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater.
During this intimate conversation, McDermott will discuss his working class upbringing. Born and raised in Amityville on Long Island, at the age of 16 he bought the Amityville Country Delicatessen for $7,000. The business helped pay for his undergraduate education at Dowling College. After that McDermott earned his MBA at Northwestern University and then completed the Executive Development Program at Wharton School of Business.
In 2002 McDermott became CEO of SAP America and in 2010 he became co-CEO of SAP AG. In 2014 McDermott was the first American to become CEO of the company, now known as SAP SE. Since 2010 SAP’s market cap has increased from $39 billion to $144.7 billion.
McDermott advises world leaders and policymakers on issues including youth unemployment, digital government, and international trade policy. He is a member of the European Roundtable of Industrialists and the U.S. Business Council. McDermott also serves on the boards of directors for Under Armour, ANSYS Inc., and Dell SecureWorks. He has received numerous awards for his civic leadership and is a supporter of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Jefferson Health in Philadelphia.
McDermott’s stories and leadership lessons are shared in his worldwide best-selling autobiography, Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office, which was awarded the gold medal for business memoir of the year in 2014 and has been published in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and China.