In technology and in life, if you are using the word “experience,” you are probably having a conversation, and attendees at the 2016 Adobe Summit in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 had quite an experience when a conversations took place during the day’s two-hour keynote.
While Adobe and it’s products are the focus of this three day gathering of digital marketing professionals, some star power really caught the attention of attendees, Adobe employees and media on Wednesday. Entertainer, Donny Osmond, started off the keynote festivities with a little song and dance. With over 50 years in the entertainment industry and the top-rated show on the Las Vegas Strip, Osmond is more than qualified to tell stories and discuss his long career. Quite possibly, nobody has reinvented himself more than the ageless Osmond and he said he is still pitching ideas to networks and doesn’t expect his career to end anytime soon.
Next, two iconic brands in Mattel and Cirque du Soleil were able to have their stories told by company executives. Mattel, the venerable toy company owns such brands like Hot Wheels, Monster High and of course Barbie has been a part of most of our lives since we came out of the womb. Mattel takes pride in updating the “Barbie” line so it now includes Barbies of different sizes and looks. Cirque du Soleil now has multiple productions in Las Vegas and touring the world, but it wasn’t that long ago that many people in America weren’t familiar with the name. Adobe and it’s line of products and services deserves much of the credit for the success of Mattel and Cirque, along with other forward thinking companies with names you all know.
U.S. soccer star, Abby Wambach was next on stage as she gave a talk on what she’s up to since her retirement from competitive soccer, last year. Wambach is out giving speeches, like she did this week in Las Vegas, signed a recent deal with ESPN and is out fighting for the causes she believes in deeply. One is equal pay for players on the U.S. Women’s National Team as compared to the U.S. Men’s squad. Wambach came from a large family, she knows her sports and is a fighter in everything she does in and out of the world of sports. A true inspiration to female athletes all over the world.
In a city of bright lights and big stars, George Clooney was the main attraction of day, and 10,000 turned out to hear his opinions. Clooney has had an amazing career in Hollywood, but he surprisingly took time to talk about one of his flops, as he portrayed a superhero in 1997’s Batman & Robin.
“It’s a little bit of guessing,” Clooney mused. “You try to do movies that people would like to see. Most people don’t get to make that decision (and) most of your career, you just take a job.
“Most of you might not remember, but I almost destroyed the Batman franchise,” Clooney smirked. “When I got the call, to star in what is widely regarded as one of the worst movies of all time, I told my friends, and I told them, ‘I’m going to do Batman!’”
Clooney has the ability to poke fun at himself and his friends. Of course he mentioned his friendship with Brad Pitt and some other Hollywood types, but mostly Clooney was just being himself and that is really what he does best.
Kudos for Adobe for putting on such a lively, entertaining and diverse Summit. When a tech conference gets people talking about tech and non-tech issues, it’s a success. A success, just likes Adobe’s ever-evolving product line.