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. This event has already ended, but you can click here to be notified of our next Velocity Forum!

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?



What to expect

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

8:30 AM

Breakfast and Networking

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

Panel: Lessons from the Front Lines of Disruption

Featuring: Sam Lee, SVP of Growth, WeWork

Vijay Subramanian, former Chief Analytics Officer, Rent the Runway

Charlie Schilling, General Manager, Enterprise Business, General Assembly

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

10:15 AM


10:30 AM

Panel: The Reinvention of Iconic Brands

Featuring: Liz Gough, SVP, Strategy & Accounts, CNX, Conde Nast

Chris Lang, SVP of Strategy and Transformation, Tommy Hilfiger

Disruption is an ongoing concern for business leaders who worry that startups are on the verge of disrupting their business and changing their industry. Hear from two iconic brands on the transformations they’re undergoing to make sure they are successful in an uncertain, tech-driven future.

11:00 AM

Fireside Chat: Investing in Innovation

Speaker: Tom Allison, VP, Head of Investment Strategy and M&A at ZX Ventures, Anheuser-Busch 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. Tom will share what investments ABI is making to remain a growth powerhouse.

11:45 AM

Keynote: 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 insights on the common obstacles to agility and how to overcome those obstacles to create new sources of value, drive efficiency, and accelerate growth.

12:30 PM

Lunch Time Breakout: 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 and now an operator at a disruptive startup, 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, 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.

Charlie Schilling

General Manager, Enterprise Business, General Assembly

Charlie Schilling is the General Manager of the Enterprise Business and a member of the Executive Committee at General Assembly. General Assembly (GA) is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in demand skills. Prior to joining GA, Charlie was General Manager, Corporate Markets at GLG, a member of the CEO’s Office at Bloomberg LP, and a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Charlie began his career as an investment banker focused on technology, media, and telecom. Charlie holds a B.A from Georgetown University and an M.B.A from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

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.

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.

Tom Allison

Head of Investment Strategy & M&A, ZX Ventures, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Biography coming soon!

Christian Lang

SVP, Business Strategy and Transformation, Tommy Hilfiger

Christian Lang is an German-American who has worked at PVH Corp., PVH Europe, & TH Americas. Chris joined TH Americas as SVP of Business Strategy & Transformation in 2018, overseeing Business Development and strategic initiatives across the entire organization as well as the end-to-end business transformation arm responsible for process design and improvement. In the past, Chris joined PVH in 2014 with the Supply Chain Strategy group using his experience in Production & Planning to stand up Supply Chain Speed Models for PVH Corp. He has over 12+ years of experience and started his career in Banking and Consulting including tenures at Deloitte & Touche, Google (Contractor), & Victorinox Swiss Army

Vijay Subramanian

Chief Analytics Officer, Rent the Runway

Vijay Subramanian was a founding team member at Rent the Runway (RTR), a disruptive eCommerce rental platform valued at $1B. He wore several hats across technology, product, data, finance and operations in scaling the company from 0->today. He architected the core systems that made rental unit economics viable – from intelligent inventory sourcing to a home-grown “reserve logistics” platform, via which large volumes of inventory cycles in and out from customers with very little lead-time.

On the demand side, he assembled the growth team which spanned pricing, paid marketing, product iterations and personalization, and drove significant lifts to user and revenue growth. Prior to RTR, he was a lead scientist and director at ProfitLogic, the first startup of its kind building software and algorithmic solutions for retailers at scale. ProfitLogic was acquired by Oracle.

Vijay received a Bachelor’s of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, and both a Master of Science and PhD in Operations Research from Purdue University.


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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 2020

New York City, NY

February 2020

San Francisco, CA

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June, 25, 2019

New York City, NY

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March 20, 2019

San Francisco, CA

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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


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