Velocity Forum – New York City

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June 25, 2019 — Innovate and learn faster. Join us to hear from industry leaders on increasing business agility in order to become an innovation powerhouse.

The Velocity Forum is an invitation-only, half-day forum for enterprise executives carefully curated to provide attendees with actionable lessons from companies on the front lines of disruption and those that have been hard at work to disrupt themselves. Learn More

More than half of the companies that were in the Fortune 500 fifteen years ago have disappeared.

Rapid technological change and shifting consumer preferences have shortened product cycles and widened the competitive gap between companies that can innovate and execute quickly and those that cannot. Innovation requires speed, agility, and skill; does your company have what it takes?

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Agenda

What to expect

Our agenda is updated regularly as we add speakers. More details coming soon!

9:00 AM

Opening Keynote: The Company of the Future

Speaker: Jenny Dearborn, CEO, Actionable Analytics Group and former Chief Learning Officer, SAP

Big data, technology, social connectivity, demographic shifts, career complexity, and rapidly evolving markets are compelling companies to reimagine how work gets done. But it’s not only technology that’s playing a role in this disruption. It’s being as customer-centric as possible.

9:45 AM

Lessons from the Front Lines of Disruption

Featuring: WeWork and Former CPO of Warby Parker

Learn from hypergrowth companies on how they’re able to disrupt industries and themselves.

10:30 AM

Break

11:00 AM

Our Agility Journey – Anheuser-Busch InBev

Speaker: Flavio Sodre, VP, Global Risk Management, Ab-InBev

ABI is one of the top performing CPG companies in the world. With good reason. They operate like no other company. They move fast, give people “missions” instead of jobs, and use technology to better understand the skills and expertise they need to get mission-critical work done. Flavio will share what makes ABI a growth powerhouse.

11:45 AM

Disrupting Ourselves

Speaker: Patrick Petitti, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Catalant

The way we work is changing. Companies need to be more agile in order to adapt to changing customer preferences, innovate, and grow. Pat will share his experience working with the Fortune 500 and helping them operate with agility

12:30 PM

Break Out & Lunch – The Dos and Don’ts of Corporate Innovation

Speaker: Kendall Miller, Chief of Staff and Head of Strategic Partnerships, TheGuarantors

As the former VP of Innovation at New York Life Ventures, Kendall has seen innovation from many different angles. She’ll share what works and what doesn’t during this breakout exercise.

Speakers and Participants

Who you’ll be joining

New participants and speakers added regularly. More details coming soon!

Jenny Dearborn

CEO, Actionable Analytics Group and former Chief Learning Officer, SAP

Jenny is CEO of Actionable Analytics Group, an advisory firm supporting Human Capital Management and Education Tech startups from Seed to IPO. She helps mature enterprises navigate the HR innovation landscape and prepare for the future of work. Recognized for five consecutive years among the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council, Jenny Dearborn is a thought leader in human capital management, corporate culture, global workforce, gender equity, the future workplace and data analytics. Previously a c-suite executive in HCM Sales, Services and HR at five global technology companies, Jenny has supported companies across industries in their journey toward the future of work. She has also consulted to government leaders in the US and abroad on meeting future workforce challenges.

A champion of equality, diversity and community involvement, Jenny has most recently been recognized with honors including the Stevie Award for Female Business Executive of the Year, Athena Leadership Award, and Financial Times Top 20 Global Executive LGBT Allies. She co-founded the Silicon Valley Apprenticeship Consortium and serves on the boards of Plum.io, Emplay, The Commonwealth Club, the Lucas Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University. Jenny is a former board member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Association for Talent Development, the leading organization for talent professionals globally.

Jenny is a regular contributor to mainstream business and industry news media. She is the author of The Data Driven Leader: A Powerful Approach to Delivering Measurable Business Impact Through People Analytics, Data Driven: How Performance Analytics Delivers Extraordinary Sales Results, a top 10 of “What Corporate America is Reading” in 2015, and a forthcoming book on the future of work. In 2015 she was Executive Producer of the popular twice-monthly radio show “Game Changers: Women in Business” on the Voice of America Radio Network. She is an independent director at two start-ups and advises many others.

Before starting her own venture, Jenny served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Chief Learning, Talent & Leadership Officer at SAP. She was previously Chief Learning Officer at SuccessFactors, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, and Docent (now Sum Total Systems), leading award-winning teams that drove measurable business impact. She began her career as an instructor and instructional designer.

Jenny earned an MBA in Organizational Development from San Jose State University, Masters of Education from Stanford University, BA in English Literature from University of California at Berkeley and AA in Social Sciences from American River College in Sacramento. Living with undiagnosed dyslexia, ADHD and OCD until age 18, Jenny now harnesses these challenges as sources of strength. Jenny’s passions include film (screenwriting and production), fitness and painting large-scale acrylic on canvas pop-art. She and her husband of 27 years have four active children and live in Palo Alto, California.

Sam Lee

SVP, Head of Growth, WeWork

Sam Lee is SVP, Head of Growth at WeWork, an exponential start-up that is redefining the way people live and work. He and his team are responsible for developing the new products, services, and omni-channel experiences that will enhance customer experience and revenue growth.

Prior to joining WeWork’s Leadership Team in 2016, Sam held various strategy and general management roles in the financial services (Goldman Sachs) and consumer Internet industries (AOL). Sam is a board member, advisor, and investor in various venture-backed and non-profit organizations that span the enterprise SAAS, InsurTech, healthcare, and education industries. Sam was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic in 2019. He earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters in Finance and Public Policy from Harvard University.

Kendall Miller

Chief of Staff and Director of Business Development, TheGuarantors

Kendall is currently the Chief of Staff and Director of Business Development at TheGuarantors, an insurtech startup that helps residential and commercial landlords minimize risk while better serving tenants. Previously, she was Corporate Vice President of Innovation at New York Life Ventures, and an Engagement Manager with Doblin, Deloitte’s boutique innovation consulting firm

Liz Gough

SVP, Strategy & Accounts, Conde Nast

Biography coming soon

Pat Petitti

CEO & Co-founder, Catalant

Pat Petitti is the co-founder and CEO of Catalant Technologies, the market leader enabling companies to get mission critical work done faster. Forward-looking executives partner with Catalant to transition to an agile operating model and access the skills and expertise they need to rapidly innovate and stay ahead of disruption.

More than 30 percent of the Fortune 100 use Catalant’s best practices and platform to frictionlessly access and deploy talent, ranging from employees to over 50,000 independent consultants and 1,000 boutique firms in Catalant’s Expert Marketplace. Anonymized data from leading companies train Catalant’s AI-powered skills matching and recommendation engine, inform its best practices, and surface intelligent insights that get smarter over time. Based in Boston, Catalant serves thousands of clients, including GE, Hess, and Unilever, as well as countless others on a confidential basis.

Petitti is also co-author of a book titled, Reimagining Work: Strategies to Disrupt Talent, Lead Change, and Win with a Flexible Workforce, which lays out a vision and path for a new relationship between global companies and talent.

Prior to founding Catalant, Petitti was a consultant at negotiation and conflict management consulting firm Vantage partners, and before that at Booz Allen Hamilton. Petitti received his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a Bostonian born and raised.

Prior to joining WeWork’s Leadership Team in 2016, Sam held various strategy and general management roles in the financial services (Goldman Sachs) and consumer Internet industries (AOL). Sam is a board member, advisor, and investor in various venture-backed and non-profit organizations that span the enterprise SAAS, InsurTech, healthcare, and education industries. Sam was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic in 2019. He earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters in Finance and Public Policy from Harvard University.

Susan Lee

Chief People Officer, SeatGeek

Biography coming soon.

Locations

We’re coming to YOU

This workshop is taking place in New York City, but we will be hosting our workshops in other areas across the globe that may be easier for you to attend. You can find more details about each location below.

June 25, 2019

New York City, NY

November 2019

Chicago, IL

January 2020

Atlanta, GA

TBA 2020

London, England

March 20, 2019

San Francisco, CA

Recap

Highlights from San Francisco

Senior executives from leading enterprises in the San Francisco Bay area gathered at One Kearny Club in downtown San Francisco to immerse theirselves in peer-to-peer paneled discussions, presentations, and an action-oriented workshop.

 

Thanks for making the San Francisco Velocity Forum a success! See more highlights from San Francisco and from our annual event, the ReWork Fall Summit 2018

CONTACT

Angie Malerba
amalerba@gocatalant.com
860.861.1653

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