Keynote Speaker Bio

David Mantica serves as Vice President and General Manager for SoftEd US. Fueled by his passion for developing empowered knowledge workers, he helps companies develop their teams through training and coaching, equipping them with today’s critical skills needed to work effectively in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world. 

Drawing from his experience in successfully building a B2B training firm, growing it from scratch to $13M in seven years. David speaks and shares his insights and tactics on the impact of technology on leadership and management. His work at SoftEd helps organizations not only cope but thrive even with the ever-changing demands and complexities of modern business. 

With over 30 years of experience and more than 700 speaking engagements, he inspires better work practices in marketing, product management, project management, software development, executive management, and other key areas of technology and business operations. 

David’s home base is Raleigh-Durham, NC. From here he provides consulting to business owners here and worldwide. Driven by his love for helping people grow while maintaining their mental health, he also mentors several rising executive leaders, providing pro bono career coaching services that utilize his career insurance methodology. David is well known for his Manticaisms, a unique ability to refine or as he might say butcher the English language. His playful demeanor and style attracts and humanizes us all. 

Keynote TitleReignite Your Career with AI 


Disruption and change means opportunity. The opportunities opening with the deployment of GenAI and AI technologies in companies are significant. The earlier you act, the better outcomes you can expect!  In this session we will get into the nitty gritty of what AI and GenAI really is, in pragmatic terms from a value, productivity and business prospective.  We’ll discuss current use cases and near-term future opportunities (AI Agents and GPTs).  From there we will discuss the skills needed to stay competitive which include but technical, tool and power skills. Although GenAI looks like a tooling solution, it is so much more and influences what you work on and how you work. 

Learning Objectives: In this session we will:

  • How GenAI creates value and uses cases to create value 
  • What a GPT is and the idea of a public / private hybrid LLM capability 
  • The tooling skills needed to successfully engage GPT capabilities. 
  • The Power Skills needed to create real value in an AI World