Velocity Forum – San Francisco

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Transform Innovate Accelerate

March 20, 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 taken place, but click here to be notified of our next Velocity Forum!

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?

Velocity 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.


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 2020

New York City, NY

February 2020

San Francisco, CA

Event Ended

June, 25, 2019

New York City, NY

Event Ended

March 20, 2019

San Francisco, CA

Event Ended

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.

Patricio (Pato) Prini

Global VP of Innovations, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Patricio (Pato) Prini is currently Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s Global VP of Technology Innovations. He is an Argentine citizen with more than 20 years of experience in technology applied to CPG. In his last two roles, Patricio created the Analytics capability center in India in 2016, and since 2017 runs the Technology Innovations offices for the company on a global basis. He is based in Mountain View California, where he leads a group of incredibly talented people in what is called the Beer Garage. In his current role, Patricio and his team must enable big business transformations by applying breakthrough technology.

Pablo Pollard

Director, North America, Workplace by Facebook

Pablo Pollard, Director, North America for Workplace by Facebook, is passionate about transforming organizations into connected, empowered and purposeful communities. With experience ranging from market development to enterprise SaaS leadership, he has learned, first-hand, what drives digital transformation in today’s workforce.

Prior to Facebook, Pablo held a variety of sales leadership roles at both early-stage startups and high-growth, market-leading technology companies. With the majority of his career at Salesforce, he played an instrumental role in the Commercial Business Unit’s growth, leadership and culture. He draws upon his ~20 years’ experience in enterprise technology to help Facebook bring the best of consumer technology to today’s leading organizations

Dara Treseder

Chief Marketing Officer, Carbon

Dara Treseder is the chief marketing officer of Carbon, a leading Silicon Valley-based digital manufacturing company.

Previously she was CMO of GE Ventures, GE’s venture capital arm, and GE Business Innovations, focused on new business creation, new market development and technology licensing. Before joining GE, Dara led marketing and growth efforts at Apple and Goldman Sachs.

As an expert on marketing and technology, Dara has been noted for her knowledge and achievements. In 2018, she was named to Forbes’ “CMO Next” list, which identified 50 individuals redefining the CMO’s role and shaping the future of marketing. Dara was also named by AdAge as one of 2018’s “Women to Watch.” She was called one of the “30 Inspirational Women to Watch in Tech” by Inc. magazine in 2017.

A sought-after speaker, lecturer and advisor on the topics of marketing, innovation, growth and creating more diverse workplaces, Dara has delivered presentations and keynotes at several premiere industry conferences, such as those hosted by the Forbes, Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen, INBOUND, the Association for National Advertisers (ANA), and AfroTech, among others. She is a frequent contributor to leading publications, including Adweek, MarketingProfs, The Marketing Insider,, and Marketing Daily.

She is also a champion of public health and women’s issues, serving on the board of directors of the Public Health Institute.

Dara graduated with highest honors in African and African American Studies from Harvard University and holds an MBA from Stanford University.She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two young children.

Melissa Schneider

VP of Global Market Operations, GoDaddy

As VP of Global Market Operations, Melissa Schneider is focused on improving GoDaddy’s global marketing, analytics, care teams’ ability to deliver critical business and customer outcomes by way of innovative organizational strategy, process improvements and community building. Melissa joined GoDaddy in 2013 and for five years led Product Marketing across multiple high growth lines of business. Prior to GoDaddy, she held roles in both product management and marketing at Intuit and LinkedIn.

Melissa has a BA in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and two daughters, ages 4 and 20 months.

Marshall Tyler

VP of Strategy, ServiceNow

Tom Maguire

General Manager, UBER

Anddria Varnado

Head of Strategy, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Pat Petitti

Co-Founder, Catalant Technologies


What to expect

8:30 AM Breakfast & Networking
9:00 AM Opening Keynote: The Company of the Future

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

9:30 AM Our Agility Journey: The Innovation Imperative

Pato Prini, Global VP of Technology Innovations, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Moderator: Pat Griffin, VP of Sales, Catalant

10:00 AM Panel: Lessons from the Frontlines of Disruption

Pablo Pollard, Director (North America), Workplace by Facebook
Tom Maguire, General Manager (West Coast), UBER
Dara Johnson, CMO, Carbon

Moderator: Sirena Ong, Director of Sales (West Coast), Catalant

10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Panel: Making It Real: Examples of an Agile Journey

Melissa Schneider, VP of Global Marketing Community, GoDaddy
Marshall Tyler, VP of Strategy, ServiceNow

Moderator: Steven Duque, VP of Product Marketing, Catalant

11:15 AM Adapt or Die: The Future Belongs to the Agile

Pat Petitti, Co-Founder, Catalant

11:45 AM Breakout: Now What? Becoming a Change Agent

Moderator: Rich Gardner, Catalant Advisor

12:35 PM Lunch Keynote: Reimagining Our Customer Experience

Anddria Varnado, Head of Strategy, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Moderator: Rob Biederman, Co-Founder, Catalant



Senior executives from leading enterprises in the San Francisco Bay area gathered at One Kearny Club in downtown San Francisco for the invitation-only, half-day event. Thanks for making the San Francisco Velocity Forum a success!

Highlights from ReWork 2018


Our annual thought leadership event, the Reimagining Work Summit brings together an exclusive group of executives and thought leaders to discuss best practices for building an agile workforce and staying ahead of disruption. Read more about the 2018 Reimagining Work Summit here.

See more highlights from ReWork Fall Summit 2018 and from the ReWork Spring Summit 2018

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