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Technology Innovation & Leadership Virtual Seminar

Innovation, Management, Strategy & Execution

While the many "mysteries" of innovation have been unlocked through technology and dev ops strategies, the key to creating consistent returns and the occasional "breakthrough" is balancing the four pillars of:

  • Strategy - Balancing the dual needs of evolutionary innovation for the current business model while simultaneously creating the new.

  • Innovation Management - Manage the entire process of innovation, from idea generation, to portfolio management and agile project development and project management.

  • Utilizing an Integrated Technology Operating Model - Modern models integrate it, development and the business together as single units and not separate operations.

  • Execution - Combining effective management techniques for leveraging virtual development using combinations of dev ops and new development and SAAS tool sets.

Join us as we explore how successful companies are successfully managing these four pillars for modern Innovation Strategy, Management & Execution.

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

Stefan Rank, Director Global Innovation, DHL Supply Chain

Chris Hayes, Vice President IT and Digital Strategy, CDO, National Business Furniture

Roman Dumiak, Executive in Residence for Industry, DePaul Innovation Development Lab

Greg Woodard, Principal, Solve

Zeev Avidan, Chief Product Officer, OpenLegacy

Dan Stolarski , Sr. Managing Director, Kin + Carta Advise Americas and NYC Office


Keynote Panel

Stefan Rank, Director Global Innovation, DHL Supply Chain

As Director of Global Innovation, Supply Chain Solutions with DHL, a $16B provider of supply chain, transportation, and third-party logistics solutions, Stefan leads an organization charged with defining the company's next-generation supply chain, scouting, architecting, and implementing the emerging technologies and solutions that serve as a competitive advantage in the rapidly evolving logistics field. To date, he and his team have delivered proofs of concept on a series of highly promising technologies being planned and integrated into DHL's global model. Prior to this, as Director of Information Technology Project Management and Vendor Management with Ascena Retail Group, Inc., Rank led a team of 25 shaping and influencing the IT strategy, services and solutions for the $7.1 billion specialty retailer building Ascena's Project Management Office into the organization, driving the deployment of IT and service delivery programs.


Chris Hayes, Vice President IT and Digital Strategy, CDO, National Business Furniture

Chris Hayes - National Business Furniture is an experienced IT Leader with a proven track record for identifying and implementing new technology and processes to increase revenue, reduce costs, and optimize systems. Chris utilizes his past experiences from Human Resources, Corporate Training, Application Development and Operations to help guide his team to build market ready products and services. In his current role as Chief Digital Officer, Chris is focused on leading National Business Furniture through their Digital Transformation.

Roman Dumiak, Executive in Residence for Industry, DePaul Innovation Development Lab

Currently, Roman Dumiak is the Executive-in-Residence for Industry at the DePaul University Innovation Development Laboratory (iDLab). As the Executive-in-Residence, Roman acts as the liaison between the DePaul faculty and corporate enterprises that are currently engaged with DePaul's iDLab. working to bridge the gap between the business and academic communities developing innovative solutions. Previously, Roman held several positions with Allstate Insurance including Director of the Technology Innovation group, Chief Enterprise Architect and Sr. IT Planning Consultant. His focus included both strategic planning as well as directing and facilitating efforts utilizing innovative software and hardware solutions from the ideation phase through implementation as part of Allstate Technology and Strategic Ventures.

Session: SOLVE

Greg Woodard, Principal, Solve

Greg is a Principal with Solve, and is based in Chicago, IL. He architects solutions to provide data warehouses, dashboards and visualizations. The goal is data discovery, predictive analytics and reporting across the full breadth of functions within organizations. For the past 25 years, Greg has worked on BI and custom application solutions for Manufacturing, Supply Chain / Distribution, Financial Services, Insurance, Professional Services, Telecom, and a variety of other industries.

Session: OpenLegacy

Zeev Avidan, Chief Product Officer, OpenLegacy
Zeev  has been involved with the concept of integrating systems since the early days of EAI and SOA. During the past 20 years he has seen first-hand the pitfalls and challenges with integration and legacy systems and believes APIs and microservices are a way to simplify and solve issues from the past to accelerate digital innovation

Session: Kin + Carta

Dan Stolarski , Sr. Managing Director, Kin + Carta Advise Americas and NYC Office

Based in New York, Dan has 20 years of experience partnering with operators and investors in developing and executing growth strategies, operating models, operational improvements, digital strategies, turnarounds, and transformations. Dan holds MBA and BA degrees from the University of Michigan. He is also Six Sigma Black Belt certified. Prior to K+C, Dan held various leadership roles at The Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte and PRTM Management Consultants. He has deep hands-on experience across virtually the entire consumer value chain. He also has significant global experience, having worked with clients in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America.




Questions Please contact Maria Tuthill at (847) 837-3900 x1


Who Should Attend:

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





Aug 27, 2020

10:00 am to 1:00 pm CST


This "Virtual Seminar" Webinar is Complimentary

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


Event Sponsors
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