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6th Annual Technology Innovation & Leadership Summit - 2018

Launching & Growing Your
Innovation Program!


In this key summit, we’ll discuss the key strategies successful CIOs, Innovation & Digital Executives are using to either launch or grow their innovation program. Whether you work for a large enterprise with an innovation lab or center, or a smaller, mid cap organization and you just want to create more innovative ideas for your company, this event is for you.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Key Strategies for Launching your innovation center or program, including models, funding, staffing, location.

  • How area companies have launched their innovation program.

  • The 5 stages of innovation processes and how to transcend from each level to the next.

  • Leadership Principles for driving a culture of innovation and rapid experimentation.

  • Differences between MidMarket innovation and large enterprise innovation strategies.

  • The impact of your technology stack, architecture and capacity on your ability to innovate.

Be sure to register now to ensure a seat. These Summits sell out.

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Faculty & Agenda:
Check back for new Faculty and Sessions as they are added.

James Jordan, CIO, Ascension Health

Hope Arenas, Director and Founder, Bosch mLab

 
Roman Dumiak, Director - Technology Innovation, Allstate

Roman Dumiak, Director - Technology Innovation, Allstate

 

 
David Westfall, VP Innovation, Alight Solutions

David Westfall, VP Innovation, Alight Solutions

 
Christine Stone, VP, IT Program Management Office, General Growth Properties

Christine Stone, VP, IT Program Management Office, General Growth Properties

 
Christine Watts, IS&T Chief Architect, AIM Specialty Health

Deanna Shannon, Director of IT Strategy & Planning at Panduit

 

 

Manish Rege, Global Director ITS & Business Partner, Kimberly Clark

 
Alex Welch, Director Business Analytics, E*Trade

Alex Welch, Director Business Analytics, E*Trade

 
Robert Holzer Innovation Acceleration Advisor, Health Care Service Corporation

Robert Holzer Innovation Acceleration Advisor, Health Care Service Corporation

 
Jim Krueger, CIO, Hydrite Chemical Co.

Jim Krueger, CIO, Hydrite Chemical Co.

 
Kathi Chrisos, Director, IT Release and Project Delivery, U.S. Cellular

Kathi Chrisos, IS Project and Release Delivery Director, U.S. Cellular Co.

 

Robert Blackwell, EKI Digital

Robert Blackwell, President, EKI Digital

 
Biff L. Myre, Director, OnX Managed IT Services & Cloud Solutions (formerly Worknet Inc. now a CBTS company)

Biff L. Myre, Director, CBTS


 
John Quirk, Partner, PSC Group, LLC

John Quirk, Partner,  PSC Group, LLC

 
Chris Johnson, Director of Business Solutions at PSC Group

Chris Johnson, Director of Business Solutions at PSC Group

 
Charles Herman, Director, Information Technology Executive Search, Judge Group

Emcee: Charles Herman, Director, Information Technology Executive Search, Judge Group


Palak Patel , Product Senior Consultant, Solstice

Palak Patel , Product Senior Consultant, Solstice

 


Event Agenda

Welcome and Introduction

    Charles Herman, Director, Information Technology Executive Search, Judge Group

    Emcee: Charles Herman, Director, Information Technology Executive Search, Judge Group

    As Director for Judge Group's Information Technology Executive Search & Direct Hire practice, Charles skillfully fuses a powerful combination of creative strength and business acumen. With precision and insight, he serves as a strategic business partner and an honest, knowledgeable search and career consultant. Engaging proven recruitment methodologies with an instinctive aptitude to generate effective talent matches, Charles knowledgeably recruits mid to executive level professionals in the emerging technologies space.

    Charles works closely with clients to develop and deliver recruitment solutions that create genuine business value, including customary contingency searches as well as engagement-based solutions that empower Charles and his team to leverage the firm's deep national resources to deliver exceptional talent for key IT business positions. With insightful connections, creative finesse, and an unwavering focus on execution, he delivers consultative service and expert results with each and every search.

Session I. Architecture & Capacity as the key to Sustainable Innovation

    Robert Blackwell, EKI Digital

    Robert Blackwell, President, EKI Digital

    Robert Blackwell Jr. is a father and entrepreneur that lives in Chicago, IL who enjoys history, economics and helping people realize their dreams through entrepreneurial endeavors.

    Starting at IBM in 1981, Blackwell began his long career in building innovative systems that improve business operations. With a passion for entrepreneurship, he went on to found several Chicago-based companies, including Urban Fishing Development, Bytewise International and Blackwell Consulting Services. For several years Robert was a trader specializing in creating and executing trading strategies.

Session II:  Keynote Panel: Key Strategies for Launching AND Growing your Innovation Process as a Driver of Digital Transformation

In this panel we'll highlight how both Mid Market and Enterprise companies have successfully launched their innovation center or processes and used them as a driver of transformation and growth.

    Manish Rege, Global Director ITS & Business Partner, Kimberly Clark

    Manish Régé is Global Director & Business Partner Marketing and Innovation for Kimberly Clark. In this role, Manish is responsible for driving digital strategy, maturity and capability building with KC’s regional markets globally. As a digital thought leader and evangelist of consumer centricity, he helps drive the vision and strategy for building capabilities that help KC establish a connected marketing ecosystem.
    Manish is a disruptive thinker and has a long history of driving innovation and transformation in several industries including financial services, insurance, automotive, CPG and retail. Prior to Kimberly Clark, Manish served in several global leaderships roles most recently as the digital strategy lead at Accenture Interactive, and Global Director of eCommerce at Wolters Kluwer.

     

    Christine Stone, VP, IT Program Management Office, General Growth Properties

    Christine Stone, VP, IT Program Management Office, General Growth Properties

    Christine Stone is a strategist, connector and coach. Christine's career began with technical project management - quickly evolving into project recovery, developing top performing IT teams, building business technical strategies and financial plans, then changing and building IT organizations to execute.Currently with General Growth Properties as the VP of PMO, Christine leads Strategic Planning, Budget, Governance and Talent Development for IT, and honed her skills at VW/Audi, EMC2, McDonald’s and consulting firms.  Leading technical change and developing people is a natural part of Christine’s approach, formalized in her graduate work in Organizational Behavior.  She mentors with Chicago Innovation, is active with the Chicago Women in Tech community including ARA, i.c.Stars, Chicago Executive Women’s network and others.  She is an organic connector of technology and people.

     

    Robert Holzer Innovation Acceleration Advisor, Health Care Service Corporation

    Robert Holzer Innovation Acceleration Advisor, Health Care Service Corporation

    Robert (Bob) Holzer serves as acceleration advisor at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC). He has worked at HCSC for the past 15 years in various roles from Enterprise Architecture, where he led a team of solution and data architects, to his current role on the HCSC Innovation Platform team. Bob is focused on bringing to life an innovation capability where his team along with key stakeholders will be exploring and experimenting with new and transformative technologies to determine when is the right time to adopt or invest in these technologies. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Administration and Management from Eastern Illinois University. 

     

    Jim Krueger, CIO, Hydrite Chemical Co.

    Jim Krueger, CIO, Hydrite Chemical Co.

    Hydrite is a midsized chemical manufacturer and distributor with eleven locations in the upper Midwest, Texas and California.  Jim is responsible for developing and implementing Hydrite’s IT strategic plan that is tightly aligned with the business strategy.  He is the driving force for Hydrite’s quest to become a digital business.  Jim has been Hydrite’s CIO for 28 years.  Prior to joining Hydrite he held positions in Information Technology, Software Engineering, Manufacturing Operations and Materials Planning at GE Health Care Systems.   Jim has a BS in Mathematics and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.

     

    Biff L. Myre, Director, OnX Managed IT Services & Cloud Solutions (formerly Worknet Inc. now a CBTS company)

    Moderator: Biff L. Myre, Director, CBTS


    Biff is a thought leader in the realm of availability, resiliency, and disaster recovery and business continuity. A consummate professional who works within many regulated industries including financial, insurance, transportation, utilities, and healthcare.

  
Session III:   Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Would you hire a group of kindergarteners to run your company? After hearing this talk, you might rethink your answer. In a world in which ideas are the new currency and the only constant changes, Palak Patel, Senior Digital Strategist at Solstice, will dive into why cultivating the right culture continues to be the fasting way to drive meaningful, impactful and lasting change.

    Palak Patel , Product Senior Consultant, Solstice

    Palak Patel , Product Senior Consultant, Solstice

    Palak Patel is a Digital Strategist at Solstice. She is an alumnus of University of Illinois, she is passionate in understanding business challenges and providing customer-centric solutions that drive businesses to transform digitally. She has over 10 years of experience working at technology consultancies, startups and agencies. Outside of work, Palak loves traveling around the world, trying new recipes and learning to play tennis.

     

Session IV:  Case Study Blueprint - Creating and Evolving an Innovation Program

Organizations today are struggling to cope with shifting consumer demographics, new digital technologies and business models, and changing regulations. Today, innovation remains a driving force in a defining era.  Even companies that consider themselves “fast followers” could be in trouble! Company CEO’s are increasingly realizing they need to get ahead of the curve or risk getting left behind.  But in a world where unexpected events are part of the normal course of business, how should teams leverage innovation in their organizations and decision processes?

To be successful, it’s not about investing more in technology than your competitors do.  There are many different types of organizations, with different mandates, budgets and resources. Understanding that we’re all different, there are some steps that we can all take to drive creativity in our organizations. This session will cover the five key stages that a Center for Innovation can go through regardless of your organizational model.  It will also detail simple steps that you can take to drive organizational Innovation.

    Roman Dumiak, Director - Technology Innovation, Allstate

    Roman Dumiak, Director - Technology Innovation, Allstate

     

Session V:  Agile Isn’t Just for Development

“Fail fast.  Welcome change.  Meet face-to-face.  Work together daily.  The best solutions emerge from self-organizing teams.”

These Agile tenets shouldn’t start and end with development.  In this session, we examine specific Agile principles that promote a culture of open communication and accountability within your development team, but can drive meaningful change in other organizational verticals, too.

    John Quirk, Partner, PSC Group, LLC

    John Quirk, Partner, PSC Group, LLC

    John Quirk has been advising clients and leading consulting organizations for more than 20 years. In his nearly 15 years at PSC Group, Mr. Quirk has worked with hundreds of clients on technology strategy, architecture and implementation.  He led, at various times, an Advisory Services Practice and an Enterprise Solutions Practice. He has been part of the PSC Executive Leadership team since 2008 when he took over responsibility for PSC’s Chicago Operation. John was highly involved in creating PSC’s Five Points of Excellence Employee Development Program, and has helped lead the organization to be named a Crain’s Chicago Business Best Place to Work. John was part of a management team that purchased PSC Group from the Founders in 2012. Today, along with interacting with Client Executives and leading the Delivery Team, Mr. Quirk is working to roll out a new agile based development and communication methodology, the PSC Way and helping the organization move to an agile sales model.

       
    Chris Johnson, Director of Business Solutions at PSC Group

    Chris Johnson, Director of Business Solutions at PSC Group

    Chris is the Director of Business Solutions at PSC Group, a business technology consulting firm based in Chicago and Kansas City. He focuses on cloud architecture and DevOps, with 8+ years’ experience architecting and building enterprise solutions for clients in industries ranging from professional services to construction to fleet management, and many more in-between.  He regularly speaks at IT events around the country, including at Microsoft Ignite.

Session VI:  Case Study Blueprint - Innovation: Expectations from a Cultural and Organizational View

Culture is, perhaps, the most important component of innovation. Without a culture which supports, encourages and defends risks and non-conventional thinking, innovation rarely thrives. Many companies have put their stamp on the process. From how to appropriately set goals, to how to deal with failure there are many small changes you can make to angle the course of the ship towards an innovative culture. There are also common pitfalls which show up that need to be minded and avoided. During this presentation, Alex Welch will share with you his experiences in creating and growing a culture of innovation and advancement. 

    Alex Welch, Director Business Analytics, E*Trade

    Alex Welch, Director Business Analytics, E*Trade

    Alex Welch is the Directory of Business Analytics at E*TRADE with 8 years of experience in analytics and data. His organization is responsible for almost the entire ‘data’ spectrum, ranging from reporting, architecture design, advanced analytics, and innovation. Having worked at both Fortune 500 and mid/early stage companies, Alex has successfully built teams and programs which have elevated the organization. He was part of the core team which drove the 2016 $725M acquisition of OptionsHouse by E*Trade. He also works closely with university data science programs to help them develop relevant curriculums and position their students for successful careers.

Session VII:  Keynote Panel: Creating a Culture of Innovation and Rapid Experimentation to Drive Meaningful Change

In this panel, we'll learn how companies have successfully created a corporate environment of failing fast, innovation and rapid experimentation as a vehicle for driving transformation and change.

    Christine Watts, IS&T Chief Architect, AIM Specialty Health

    Deanna Shannon, Director of IT Strategy & Planning at Panduit

    Deanna Shannon is currently the Principal Enterprise Architect, and Director of Strategy, Planning, and Governance at Panduit. She has enabled the evolution of Customer Relationship Management strategies across multiple Fortune 500 organizations. Her experience in enterprise architecture design and emerging technology is helping to drive a new breed of innovative customer engagement.

       
    David Westfall, VP Innovation, Alight Solutions

    David Westfall, VP Innovation, Alight Solutions

    David leads Alight Solution’s innovation efforts for human centered product innovation and design.   By leveraging a design for business methodology, he brings a multi-disciplined approach to product and business innovation.  David leads Alights efforts to rethink how to engage the most precious resource – the talent and skills of our client’s employees.  We focus on the digital experience that puts the human being at the center as the most precious resource we and our clients have.

    David joined the Aon Hewitt, now Alight Solutions in 2013.  Before joining the firm, David served as VP for business and innovation at AHIMA and Unity Medical—driving the product strategy roadmap, innovation, and $40M P/L responsibilities for those organizations. He also served as Vice President of Emerging Technologies at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he helped lead an internal investment and incubation center for the medical system, combining nearly $60M of funding for new ventures. 

       

    Hope Arenas, Director and Founder, Bosch mLab

    Hope and her team support strategic projects and provide services for startups from the Connectory and the various brands and divisions in the Bosch family. She identifies and consults on potential investments and partnerships and is the innovator behind both the Bosch Next and connectiCity platforms.

    A 20 year veteran at Bosch, Hope leverages her network to align creative, strategic and financial opportunities to build best-in-class experiences. Her recent portfolio spans various mobile, internet of things, virtual and augmented reality experiences. She is a techy at heart, UX evangelist, and known for driving innovation in various roles throughout her career.

       
    Kathi Chrisos, Director, IT Release and Project Delivery, U.S. Cellular

    Kathi Chrisos, IS Project and Release Delivery Director, U.S. Cellular Co.

    Kathi leads the IS Project and Release Delivery department at USCC.  Kathi has spent most of her career in Telecom working in both the Wireline and Wireless industries.  She has held several positions within Information Systems –Business Analysis, Project Manager, Test Manager, and Director.  She has a strong passion for growing talent and taking on new projects that can transform a company and culture.  Her most recent strategic initiative is to drive transformation of U.S. Cellular from a Waterfall to an Agile Delivery culture.

* YOU MUST QUALIFY TO ATTEND THIS EXCLUSIVE EVENT *

Questions whether you qualify? Please contact Maria Tuthill at (847) 837-3900 x1


Who Should Attend:

  • CIOs
  • CxOs
  • Chief Innovation Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Chief Marketing Officers
  • Digital Officers
  • VPs & Directors responsible for driving change

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LOGISTICS

Lake Forest, IL
Aug 23, 2018,
8AM to 5:30PM

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
Conway Park
1905 W. Field Court, Lake Forest, IL 60045

8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Program begins



Questions? Call Maria Tuthill 847-837-3900 x 1

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Get Sponsorship Information:
Call Alex Jarett at 847-837-3900 x 2 or email.


*This event is only open to CIOs, Senior Technology Executives, Chief Innovation Officers, CxOs, Digital Officers and their senior team members Director and above.

CIOs, CTOs, and CxOs from established Technology Consulting Firms and Solution Providers may attend and add to the conversation as long as they are NOT in a field sales position.  An established firm is defined as 50 million in revenue or above.

Technology consulting firms, solution providers and other industry service organizations must be sponsors to participate.

Questions? Call Maria Tuthill 847-837-3900 x 1

Sponsorship Questions? Contact Alex Jarett at 847-837-3900 x 2 for information

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Pre-registration required. Must be Qualified.

Professional business-casual attire required.

Final speakers and topics are subject to change.

 

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Event Sponsors


PSC Group


Solstice mobile

 

Open Legacy
 
 
 
 
 
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Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Garden Inn Lake Forest Mettawa
26225 Riverwoods Blvd, Mettawa, IL 60045
(847) 735-8374


Holiday Inn Express-Vernon Hills
975 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 367-8031


Hotel Indigo Chicago-Vernon Hills
450 N Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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