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The CEO’s Journey: Technology and Innovation

Friday, September 24, 2021 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT

Event Overview

You are the visionary of your business.
Are your eyes open?

As Bill Gates said, “If you don’t expect to see change, you won’t look for it.” As CEO, it is imperative you are leveraging not only what is right now, but what is coming next.
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[/su_column] [su_column size=”2/3″ center=”no” class=””] Keynotes Adaora Udoji and Andrew McAfee will explore the big-picture and industry-specific nuances of innovation in the current reality — the greatest era of transformation since the Industrial Revolution.

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Join your Vistage peers for cutting-edge insights to ensure you stay out of the weeds, ahead of the competition, informed to perform, with new connections to back you up.
Leave motivated and prepared to incorporate new tech into your corporate DNA, with actionable takeaways to command your business’ next move.

Now is the time to lead boldly. Even the smallest innovation can have a resonant impact.

Event Speakers

Andrew McAfee

Co-Founder and Co-Director of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy

The second machine age

Self-driving cars. Jeopardy!-champion supercomputers. Cheap, flexible, useful robots. 3-D printers. And so much more.

We are living in a time of brilliant technologies. These breakthroughs are ushering in a Second Machine Age — the greatest era of transformation since the Industrial Revolution. In this presentation, Andy McAfee will explore the great promise — and thorny challenges — of creating and deploying future digital technologies once thought to be the stuff of science fiction.

Adaora Udoji

Media innovator

There will be winners

Tech is no longer in the IT department. Innovation is no longer a project — it’s a state of being.

From advanced algorithms, to spatial tech, 3D, 5G and robotics, disruptions are impacting every aspect of your business. What are the perfect realizations of these evolving technologies, and how do you use them to your competitive advantage? Adaora Udoji will explore the successful strategies companies employ to keep abreast of relevant advances (hint: not every advance is meant for everyone), the organizational and cultural factors that encourage success, and where to start.

Leave with tangible concepts and processes to improve your business’ acumen for using new technology effectively. There will be winners — will you be one of them?


Virtual Event

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.
Conference opening and welcome remarks

8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
KEYNOTE: Andrew McAfee, The second machine age

9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Deep Dive | Andrew McAfee presentation learnings

9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Innovation Studio

  • Using AI and data science in today's competitive environment
  • App exchange: Share your favorites + learn from peers

  • 10:00 - 10:10 a.m.

    10:10 - 11:10 a.m.
    Targeted Learning Breakouts

  • The Cyber War – Companies aren’t ready for the real attackers
  • Disruptive Innovation: Impacts and Opportunities
  • Innovating every day
  • The future and how to prosper in it

  • 11:10 - 11:20 a.m.

    11:20 - 12:25 p.m.
    KEYNOTE: Adaora Udoji, There will be winners

    12:25 - 1:00 p.m.
    Deep Dive | Adaora Udoji presentation learnings

    *agenda subject to change

    Breakout sessions

    9:15 - 10:10 a.m.

    Innovation Studio | Using AI and data science in today's competitive environment

    Presenter: Michael Stratta , Founder and CEO, Arcalea

    What is Moneyball for business? In this interactive session, learn how to use artificial intelligence and data science to market in today’s increasingly global, dynamic environment. Explore real-world applications of AI, and see how your business can create immediate competitive advantage. Learn how integrating analytics-driven initiatives contributes to revenue growth, increased efficiency, and strategic focus. Key topics:

    • Defining artificial intelligence and its applications in marketing.

    • Assessing strategy using AI and machine learning.

    • Eliminating bias and providing organizational focus using data and decision sciences.

    9:15 - 10:10 a.m.

    Innovation Studio | App exchange: Share your favorites + learn from peers

    Presenter: Mike Foster , CEO, The Foster Institute

    How often do you hear about a fantastic app, and you wish you’d known about it sooner? This interactive session is the remedy. Come prepared with a list of one, two or three of your favorite apps. In round-robin style, each participant will have 60 seconds to share their recommendations and an elevator pitch on what makes their apps extraordinary. This high-speed session guarantees you a CEO-approved list of powerful apps that could revolutionize your business and personal success.

    10:10 - 11:10 a.m.

    Targeted Learning Breakout | The Cyber War – Companies aren’t ready for the real attackers

    Presenter: Richard Avery, Titanium Computing

    We have all heard of Ransomware at this point but the other side of Cyber Security has left us without focus on the larger adversary which are not kids in hoodies. They are as advanced and as capable as any Cyber Professional can be. Learn about how Cyber Weapons that are created are falling into everyone else’s hands and they are being coupled with ransomware to be directed at you.

    10:10 - 11:10 a.m.

    Targeted Learning Breakout | Disruptive Innovation: Impacts and Opportunities

    Presenter: Mike Mahon, CEO and President, Zia Consulting

    Disruptive innovation is likely taking place within your organization, whether you realize it or not. Simple applications and processes are being implemented by employees and existing systems are being displaced or becoming outdated quickly. The key for any organization is to maintain control of these changes and their content.

    Join this interactive session to discuss the challenges of disruptive innovation and the actions you can take to tame it:

    • Integrating or extending complex systems to work together, configured through APIs

    • Using digital automation solutions to route and transfer information between systems

    • Gaining insight into your content to make data-driven decisions

    10:10 - 11:10 a.m.

    Targeted Learning Breakout | Innovating every day

    Presenter: Holly Green , Speaker, Business Leader & Behavioral Scientist

    The biggest threat to your business may not be new technologies, changing markets or unseen competitors. It’s what you think you know, and what has made you successful to-date.
    In today’s chaotic markets, unlearning has become just as important as learning. This session will demonstrate how to uncover what’s in your head that keeps you stuck in the past. Learn how to get unstuck, replace the old with the new, and stay focused to get the results you want. While it’s not easy, it is possible. Topics to be explored include:

    • Exploring why and how success gets you stuck.

    • Changing your thinking to get clear on what is possible.

    • Unlearning tried-and-true innovation eradicators.

    • Practicing innovation techniques including unlearning, filling your brain with diverse data, focusing on a target, changing perspectives, and questioning the right answer.

    10:10 - 11:10 a.m.

    Targeted Learning Breakout | The future and how to prosper in it

    Presenter: Dave Nelsen , President, Dialog Consulting Group

    Make better business decisions. Drive innovation more effectively. With improved future vision, a leader can do both — and this session is your guide to getting started.
    Consider the human genome. First sequenced in 2003, at a cost of $2.7B, today, DNA sequencing is available for less than $70. That’s the effect of exponential acceleration — and it’s affecting everything. Computing. Artificial intelligence (AI). Augmented Reality (AR). 3D printing. Image recognition. The Internet of Things (IoT)... and beyond. This session will help you better prepare to prosper today, and into the future. Topics to be explored include:

    • Profiting from the rise of the cognitive machines and capturing the dramatic productivity gains.

    • Building a clearer, richer future vision to accelerate innovation in your business.

    • Mastering ontology-driven search, a critical new core competency.