Velocity Summit – 2019

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September 29th- October 1st, 2020 | Boston, MA

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The Velocity Summit brings together a curated community of forward-thinking thought leaders, Fortune 500 executives, policy makers, academics, and others to discuss how to get from strategy to execution, faster. Today’s executives are faced with rapidly evolving market demands, changing consumer preferences, and the continuous threat of disruption. To compete and win, they need to innovate, fast. Join us to hear how some of the world’s leading companies are accelerating growth, creating new sources of value, and driving efficiency to impact their business outcomes.

Velocity Summit – 2019
Velocity Summit – 2019
Velocity Summit – 2019
Velocity Summit – 2019

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


What to Expect

Our agenda is constantly being updated so please visit the site regularly to stay updated with the most recent schedule. If you haven’t already, you may add the event to your calendar by clicking here.

Day One — October 2nd

A Night at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

We’re thrilled to kick off this year’s Velocity Summit with an exclusive experience, unique to Boston! In 1990, the single largest unsolved art theft in the world took place at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Join us for a private, after-hours tour followed by an account  of the heist from the museum’s Chief of Security, Anthony Amore.

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Day Two — October 3rd

Transforming with Velocity

We’ll begin with a breakfast prior to hearing from our keynote speaker, Jenny Dearborn. Throughout the day you’ll hear from and speak with executives, innovators and thought leaders about how they are accelerating growth, creating new sources of value, and driving efficiency to impact business outcomes. The day will conclude with a networking activity of your choice.

See the agenda below!

Day Three — October 4th

Boston Innovation Tour

Meet for breakfast at Catalant’s Headquarters in the very heart of Boston’s Innovation district. From there, we’ll visit the offices of one of the most innovative companies in Boston and hear directly from their executives about how they are focusing on customer centricity and innovation to accelerate and succeed in today’s business landscape.

Please note, advanced registration is required as space is limited!

See the full agenda below.

Speakers and Participants

Who you’ll be joining

Participants will hear from Fortune 500 executives, academics, and future of work thought leaders on topics like solutions for the skills gap, managing an on-demand workforce, company culture, and workplace innovations.

2019 Featured Keynote

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.

More about Jenny

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.

2019 Speakers

We are continuously adding speakers to our 2019 event. More speakers will be announced soon!

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.

Neil Gupta

Founder, Boston AR

Coming Soon

Bill McNichols

Managing Partner, Goldfinch and Former SVP, Starbucks

Bill is a passionate and committed investor and company builder at Goldfinch Partners which he co-founded in late 2018 after 20 years in banking, private equity and between 2011-2018 building and running global corporate and business development at Starbucks. He earned his BA from Colgate University and went on to complete his MBA at Harvard Business School.

Kristin Sharp

Partner, Entangled Solutions

Kristin Sharp is a Partner with Entangled Studios, focused on building out the future of work, automation, and ed/workforce technologies portfolio.

Prior to joining the company, Kristin co-founded the Shift Commission and launched the ShiftLabs and Work, Workers, and Technology projects at New America, examining the impact of automation and AI on the workforce. Earlier in her career, she had a long stint in technology, innovation, and national security policy in the US Senate, working in senior staff roles for senators and committees on both sides of the political aisle.

When she isn’t working to transition our education and workforce systems from the industrial economy to a knowledge-based one, Kristin is running, hiking, biking, or swimming to keep up with two energetic boys, and is an avid reader of sci-fi/dystopian fiction.

Amy Villeneuve

Board Director, Past President and COO Amazon Robotics

Amy Villeneuve is a tech executive, board director and advisor to technology startups. As President and COO of Kiva Systems and Vice President of Amazon, Villeneuve spearheaded the growth of this robotics startup into a profitable venture, ultimately leading to Kiva’s acquisition by Amazon for $775M. Villeneuve then led Kiva’s successful integration into Amazon, driving the automation of fulfillment centers worldwide, and positioned its rebranding as Amazon Robotics.

Prior to joining Kiva, Villeneuve was EVP at Cross Country Automotive Services (now Agero), a strategy consultant at The Parthenon Group (now Parthenon-EY), and an operations leader running component division factories in the auto industry (GM Delco, Stoneridge). Villeneuve is also a board member of 6 River Systems, Ori Systems, and 4moms; an advisor to REsurity and Catalant; and a startup mentor through MIT’s Venture Mentoring. She holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a BS from Clarkson University.

Fuat Koro

Head of Corporate Strategy and Innovation, Bose

Fuat leads Corporate Strategy & Innovation at Bose – a group focused on identifying, planning, and developing next-generation technologies and businesses. The group’s activities include Strategy, Insights, Technical Research, Internal and External Ventures. Prior to his Corporate role, Fuat held various positions across all Bose business units: For the Professional division, he led Global Sales & Marketing covering 82 countries. For the Consumer division, he led a product planning group responsible for roadmaps that shaped the company’s Bluetooth and Wave speaker systems. For the Automotive division, he was as product development manager for Japanese OEMs. Fuat also worked in management consulting. As a manager at Innosight, a boutique strategy firm founded by Clayton Christensen, he worked with executive teams in Fortune 500 companies to address their most critical issues in growth strategy, innovation capability, and business model design. Early in his career, Fuat worked in multiple R&D roles at Delphi and General Motors where he invented and developed new engine technologies to improve fuel economy. Fuat holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. – all from the University of Rochester.

Joseph McCabe

Vice Chairman, Korn Ferry

Joe is a Vice Chairman for Korn Ferry,
based in the firm’s Boston office. He
specializes in the recruitment of senior
executives in both the human resources
function and also the employee
benefits/HR outsourcing industry.

Joe’s unique background makes him a valuable resource to the firm’s financial services and human resources practices. He is known as the search industry’s leading expert in the recruitment of senior management for the defined contribution, annuities, and other related employee benefits and retirement businesses and was named to 401kWire’s list of the 100 most influential people in the industry. Previously, Joe was Vice Chairman of CTPartners Executive Search where he was a member of the executive committee. Previously, he was the managing partner of
Heidrick & Struggles where he ran the Human Resources practice and the Boston office. During Joe’s tenure as an HR executive, he gained broad experience in managing all aspects of the ever-evolving function. While with Raytheon, he held roles of increasing responsibility, including compensation and benefits manager and manager of labor relations. He served as employee relations manager for Ametek Aerospace Products, formerly GE Aircraft Engines. Later Joe headed the HR function of Coca-Cola’s New England division. His corporate career culminated as vice president of human resources for Fidelity Investments’ 401(k) business. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Gannon University, Joe earned a masters of business administration degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A graduate of Suffolk University’s School of Law, he is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Larry Kleinman

EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Highmark Health

Larry Kleinman is executive vice president, chief human resources officer for Highmark Health. Having joined the organization in 2015, Mr. Kleinman is responsible for all aspects of human resources across Highmark Health, including compensation, organization effectiveness, benefits, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion and talent management.

Prior to joining Highmark Health, Mr. Kleinman worked for Covenant Health, where he served as executive vice president of human resources. His career experience has also included SAP, a global HR software company, as well as Providence Health & Services and Campbell Soup. He brings to Highmark Health extensive experience in developing and implementing workforce and organizational change strategies, succession planning and talent acquisition and management.
Mr. Kleinman holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Ithaca College in New York and a master’s degree in human resources management from the New School for Social Research in New York. He also completed the Harvard Executive Program.
Mr. Kleinman is active in the community through his past involvement on several boards including United Way of Knoxville, Legacy Parks and Tennessee Wesleyan College.

Mike Volpe

CEO, Lola & Former CMO, Hubspot

Coming soon

Thomas Roberts

VP, Worldwide Business Enablement and Insights, Catalant Technologies & Former VP, Advisory Leader, EMEA Corporate Finance Practice, Gartner

Coming Soon

Jorge Fernando Peña

VP Business Transformation, Catalant Technologies & Former Director of Business Transformation, Qualtrics

Coming Soon

Michael Cappetta

SVP & Head of Transformation Strategy, U.S. Bank

Coming Soon

Juan Carlos Fuenmayor

Global Director, Venture Strategy and Finance, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Coming Soon

Lucy McQuilken


Lucy McQuilken is Chief Financial Officer at WHOOP, Inc, a leading Sports Wearables company in Boston MA. She formerly served as part time CFO at several Boston and NY area start-ups including Zagster, where she was a Member of Board, and at Access Sports Media, ThirdChannel, Jebbit, and Accion-Systems, among others. Ms. McQuilken co-founded Groove Mobile in 2001, and served as its Chief Executive Officer. She joined Intel Capital in 2004 and for nine years specialized in global consumer internet investing. Prior to her venture career working both sides of the funding table, Lucy worked for nine years at Agilent and Hewlett Packard as a Key Account Sales Manager, Product Manager, Engineering Manager and Manufacturing Manager. Ms. McQuilken also worked as an ASIC Test Engineer at Analog Devices and a Product Engineer at AMD. Ms. McQuilken holds a B.S.E.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Clark University.

Craig Slavtcheff

Head of R&D, Campbell Soup Company

Craig Slavtcheff was named Senior Vice President – Global Research & Development (R&D) in September 2019. Craig reports to Mark Clouse, President & Chief Executive Officer. He is a member of the Campbell Leadership Team.

Craig leads Campbell’s R&D function, including strategy, product development for all divisions, as well as Campbell’s regulatory, nutrition, innovation and culinary teams. Since joining Campbell in 2012, Craig has led his teams to combine culinary inspiration with product
and packaging technology to develop innovations that appeal to consumers’ desire for delicious, affordable, real foods. Under his leadership, the Global Biscuit and Snacks Division posted category beating growth rates, and nearly doubled the percentage of net sales through innovation over a 3-year average. His International teams developed emerging market innovations based off of such brand icons as Arnott’s Tim Tam.

Craig joined Campbell as Vice President-Science and Technology, Global R&D, in 2012. He was named Vice President-R&D, Global Biscuits and Snacks and International Soup, Sauce, and Beverage, in 2015, and was promoted to Head of R&D in 2018. In September 2019 he was promoted to Senior Vice President – Global Research & Development. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of R&D and Quality Assurance with The Sun Products Corporation, a North American private equity held detergent manufacturer that was later acquired by Henkle. As part of the corporate leadership team, he created and delivered the company’s innovation strategy and oversaw the quality assurance function including five manufacturing plants, suppliers, and co-packers. Before that, Craig spent 16 years at Unilever in global and regional roles, including an international assignment in Tokyo as Vice President of R&D for Asia running labs in India, Thailand, Japan, and China, and culminating with his role as Vice President of R&D, Home and Personal Care, in North America. He started his career as a Staff Scientist with Procter & Gamble in the Richardson Vicks division. He served on the Board of Trustees and as an Executive Committee member for the American Institute of Baking (2013– 2019). Previously, he served as a board member and executive team member with The American Cleaning Institute, and a board member on the Industrial Advisory Board of The University of Connecticut’s chemical engineering department.

Craig has been named as an inventor in more than 80 US and global patents, covering a wide range of product categories, many of which protected key innovations that generated growth platforms for the businesses he supported. Craig earned his B.S. degree, magna cum laude, in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Jessica DeVlieger

President, Americas, C Space

Jessica is the President of the Americas, in her previous position as SVP of Sales and Marketing, Jessica oversees go-to-market strategy and is responsible for topline revenue performance at C Space. Jessica’s team includes field sales, sales operations and marketing. Jessica has been with C Space for 12 years, always in a sales and sales management capacity.

Outside of work, most of Jessica’s time is spent with her husband, 11-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter. She loves traveling, cooking and is an avid downhill skier. Jessica is on the board of Positive Tracks, an organization that combines philanthropy with athletics to get kids active in both.

Kristi Robinson

EVP, Head of Talent Acquisition, Citizens Bank

Coming Soon

Teresa Hassara

Head of Workplace Solutions, MassMutual Financial Group

Coming Soon

Rob Biederman

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Catalant Technologies

Coming Soon

Pat Petitti

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Catalant Technologies

Coming Soon

Pat Griffin

VP, Enterprise Sales, Catalant Technologies

Coming Soon

2018 Speakers

For our previous summit, business leaders at world leading enterprises came together to engage in forward-thinking conversations and share valuable insights that can help propel these companies forward.

We were fortunate to hear from the following people on how they managed their organization amidst the constant change and disruption happening in markets, and how to do so successfully.

Click to view last year’s speakers

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Jim Koch

Founder, Boston Beer Company

Mr. Koch founded Boston Beer in 1984 and currently serves as its Chairman. Until January 2001, Mr. Koch also served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. He also served as the Company’s Secretary and Clerk until May 2010. Prior to starting Boston Beer, he had worked as a consultant for an international consulting firm, with a focus on manufacturing.

His thirty-four years at the helm of Boston Beer, during which it has grown from a small start-up company to its current position as a leading craft brewer, are a testament to his skill in brewing, strategy, brand development, and industry leadership.

Caroline Missen

Business Advisor to Downstream Director, Shell

Caroline Missen is the Business Advisor to Shell’s Downstream Director. She joined Shell 15 years ago in the UK and has held a number of European and international marketing roles in the Global Commercial business covering B2B segments, automotive manufacturers and channel partners, based in London, Beijing and in Washington DC. More recently Caroline has been focused on digitalization for Shell, piloting new business models and non-traditional approaches to working.

In Australia, she worked with Ford, and in executive roles with two industry associations. She also owned and managed a boutique winery for five years. Caroline has a Science degree from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Marketing from Monash University. She is a Trustee of London based charity, The Food Chain and has recently become Chair of Balance, Shell’s employee network focused on driving gender equality in the UK, building on her passion for developing and mentoring people.

Fabio Kapitanovas

VP of People and Management, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Mr. Kapitanovas is Ambev’s People and Management Executive Officer. Since 2000, when he joined the Company as a trainee, he held several positions, including Regional Industrial Officer – South/SPI, Corporate Executive Officer of Logistics Projects and Executive Officer of the Shared Services Center. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Politécnica de São Paulo, in addition to a Corporate MBA from Ambev. He participated in the AIGLE Program (Instead – Wharton Alliance) and in the Global Supply Chain Logistics Program, from MIT.

Kristin Sharp

Executive Director of Shift, New America/Bloomberg

Kristin Sharp directs New America’s Initiative on Work, Workers, and Technology. In 2016, she co-founded and ran Shift: The Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology, a joint project of New America and Bloomberg.

Prior to launching SHIFT, she had an extensive career in technology, innovation, and national security policy in the U.S. Senate, most recently serving as deputy chief of staff to Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), and the architect of his initiative examining the impact of the on-demand economy and contingent workforce on capitalism.

In the Senate, Sharp also held positions as legislative director for Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). In addition, she held a variety of senior staff roles on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and was an advisor to Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

In addition to her work at New America, she is a frequent speaker on the future of work and advises a variety of private start-ups and venture capital firms. Sharp is a member of the board of the Herbert Scoville Peace Fellowship. She has an M.A. from Duke University in Political Science, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Dan Nova

Partner, Highland Capital

Dan joined Highland in 1996 as a Partner to establish and build the firm’s internet investment practice.

He continues to be an active investor focusing on technology and consumer investments with specific experience and interest in internet, digital marketing and media technologies. Dan has led the firm’s investments and served on the boards of a number of successful companies including: Amp Resources (acquired by Enel), Ask Jeeves (IPO), BeFree (IPO), Coremetrics (acquired by IBM), eToys (IPO), Fastclick (IPO, acquired by ValueClick), Gamesville (acq’d by Lycos), Lycos (IPO), MapQuest (IPO, acquired by AOL), N2 Broadband (acquired by TANDBERG), Navic Networks (acquired by Microsoft), NextCard (IPO), NYTimes Digital (acquired by New York Times), Qihoo 360 (IPO), (acquired by Lycos), Raindance (IPO), RoweCom (IPO), StyleFeeder (acquired by Time, Inc.) and YogaWorks (acquired by Great Hill Partners).

His current portfolio includes CafeMedia, Catalant, Kyruus, RapidSOS, Remote Year, Rent The Runway, ThredUp, Trilogy Education Services and Yipit. Dan has been recognized by the prestigious Forbes Midas List as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry.

Prior to joining Highland in 1996, Dan was a Partner at CMG@Ventures where he co-led the partnership’s investment activities in early-stage internet companies. While at CMG@Ventures, Dan conceived of and formed Lycos, Inc. after securing an exclusive technology license from Carnegie Mellon University. Dan provided the initial (and only) venture capital investment, recruited the senior management team, and played an integral role from the company’s inception through its IPO and eventual sale as a public company. Prior to joining CMG@Ventures Dan was a Senior Associate at Summit Partners focused on later-stage technology and clean tech investments. He also worked at Wang Laboratories from 1983 through 1989 in a variety of sales management and sales positions.

Dan earned a B.S., Computer Science and Marketing from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

David Fialkow

Co-founder and Managing Director, General Catalyst

David Fialkow is a co-founder and managing director of General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in Boston, New York, and Silicon Valley, and approximately $5 billion in total capital raised. His portfolio of investments includes: CLEAResult (acquired by General Atlantic); Datalogix (acquired by Oracle); Datto (acquired by Vista Equity); Highwinds; and Vitrue (acquired by Oracle). He is a graduate from Colgate University and Boston College Law School.

His non-profit boards include Facing History and Ourselves and The Pan-Mass Challenge. David is on the board of Boston Beer Company and is Chair of the Investment Advisory Committee of The Engine (MIT). David and his wife Nina produce documentary films focusedon social justice, including their two most recent films, Bending the Arc and Icarus, for which he won the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film.

Tricia Patrick

Managing Director, Advent International

Tricia Patrick joined Advent International in 2016 as a Managing Director focusing on buyouts and growth equity investments in the retail, consumer and leisure sector. Prior to Advent, Ms. Patrick spent 15 years investing across both Bain Capital Private Equity and the Private Equity Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. She has closed transactions across the retail, healthcare, business services, real estate and media sectors as well as internationally. Her current directorships include lululemon (NASDAQ: LULU) and First Watch Restaurants. Ms. Patrick earned an AB in Biochemical Sciences cum laude from Harvard College and an MBA, with high distinction, as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School.

Charlie Schilling

General Manager of 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.

Meghan Verena Joyce

General Manager, Uber North America

Meghan Verena Joyce is Senior Director and Regional General Manager for Uber US & Canada. She is responsible for business outcomes as well as rider and driver experience in 244 Uber markets across the US and Canada. Over the past several months, she led US & Canada Rides, Uber’s largest business, as Uber reported 70% YoY growth and $2.5B in quarterly profits. She also led the much-discussed (and entirely internally produced) “Moving Forward” campaign, which is aimed at give Uber a fresh start with riders and drivers and has included such new features and policies like in-app Emergency Assistance and strengthened driver screening.

Meghan has been a leading voice in Uber’s culture turnaround and brand transformation efforts. Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and COO Barney Harford recently charged her with an (also much-discussed) initiative to tackle internal bureaucracy and move faster across the company’s global Rides organization. She also oversees Uber’s HBX program, which last year brought strategy and leadership training to over 6,000 of Uber’s 15,000+ employees around the world.

Meghan joined Uber in 2013 as the General Manager of the Boston market, where she oversaw unprecedented growth of the market and expanded coverage throughout New England. During her tenure, she launched Uber in Rhode Island, Cape Cod and Western Massachusetts. She later served as Regional General Manager of the East Coast, and spearheaded a global effort to scale Uber’s carpooling option, uberPOOL, by coordinating product and operational teams.

Meghan is a Co-Chair of the Robert S. Brookings Society at the Brookings Institution, a member of the Board of Overseers of Big Brothers Big Sisters Massachusetts Bay, and a member of the Executive Advisory Council of WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station. She received her Bachelor of Arts in the History of Science from Harvard College and her MBA at Harvard Business School.

Deborah Quazzo

Managing Partner, GSV Acclera TE

Deborah is the Managing Partner of GSV AcceleraTE, a venture capital fund investing in exceptional entrepreneurs and their companies in the $75B education and talent technology sector. In addition, she is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of the ASU+GSV Summit and Founder and Senior Advisor of GSV Advisors. Now in its 10th year, the ASU+GSV Summit celebrates innovations and innovators across the global “preK to Gray” learning and talent landscape and attracts over 4,000 attendees.

Deborah currently serves on the boards of Ascend Learning (a portfolio company of Blackstone and CCCP), Degreed, The Educational Testing Service (ETS), Lightneer, Remind, and (NASDAQ: WWWW). She is a board observer at CreativeLive and RaiseMe, and an advisory board member of Area9 Lyceum. She is a member of the boards of The Common Ground Foundation, Harvey Mudd College, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, The Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, The Khan Academy Thought Leadership Council and The Board of Dean’s Advisory Council at Princeton University. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. She previously served on the board of a number of education organizations including The Chicago Board of Education (CPS) and KIPP: Chicago.

Deborah received the 2014 Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Distinguished Service to Princeton Award from the Princeton University Club of Chicago, the 2014 Visionary of the Year Award from CFY PowerMyLearning, the 2016 LEAP Innovator in Education “Champion” Award from LEAP Innovations, the 2016 Inaugural Impact Award from Golden Apple Foundation, and the 2017 Visionary Award from the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1987.

Stuart Kliman

Founder & Partner, Vantage Partners

Stuart Kliman is a founder and Partner of Vantage Partners, a strategy and management consulting and training firm that helps its clients devise and implement transformational strategies through the power of more effective internal and external collaboration. Stuart works with his clients on issues of the Future of Work, on change management, and how best to leverage partnerships across the value chain. He is a well-known speaker and writer on these issues. He received his JD cum laude from the Harvard Law School.

Scott Kirsner

Columnist at the Boston Globe & Editor and Co-Founder of Innovation Leader

Scott Kirsner is Editor and Co-Founder of Innovation Leader, a Boston-based information service focused on helping innovators in large companies. Scott has spent two decades as a business journalist and contributing editor at the Boston Globe, Wired Magazine, Fast Company, Variety, The New York Times, BusinessWeek and other publications. His focus on how innovations that matter get introduced to the world has taken him to the White House, the Sundance Film Festival, the United Nations, and the innovation labs of Google, Disney, General Motors, Delta Air Lines, iRobot, and many other companies. Scott is the author of several books on innovation and technology, including a highly-acclaimed collaboration with George Lucas, “Inventing the Movies,” which explores the challenge of bringing new ideas to a century-old, change-resistant industry: Hollywood.

He has presented leadership strategies to corporate leaders, technologists and entrepreneurs at Harvard Business School, MIT R&D Conference, South by Southwest, the Sundance Film Festival, Mass Tech Leadership Council, SMPTE Annual Tech Conference, HubSpot Inbound, Internet Week, Churchill Club, and NAB Futures Summit. Scott has also appeared on NBC’s Today Show, NPR’s Science Friday, the Discovery Channel and WBUR’s Radio Boston.

You can follow Innovation Leader on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or Instagram: @innolead.

Antonis Christidis

Partner & Workforce of the Future Co-Leader at Mercer

Antonis is a Partner in Mercer’s Career business. He currently co-leads the Mercer and Oliver Wyman partnership in helping organizations transform their workforces for the future.

He joined Mercer in 2009 as a Principal consultant. He is actively engaged in helping organizations understand and incorporate future workforce and workplace trends that will shape the relationships between employers and employees. He has extensive experience working with Consumer Goods, Automotive, Technology, Energy and Engineering organizations all over the world.

Antonis is a regular conference speaker. He is passionate both about the past and the future. In his current role he is thinking about how technology and new ways of working disrupt established norms, both in the marketplace and within organizations.

Antonis holds a B.Com in Economics and Business Administration from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and a M.Sc in Financial and Business Economics from the University of Essex in the UK. He has lived and worked in Greece, South Africa, the UK, Brazil and South East Asia and held regional roles working across Europe. He is now based in New York.

Joe Fuller

Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

Joseph Fuller is a Professor of Management Practice in General Management and co-leads the school’s initiative, Managing the Future of Work. He currently teaches the General Management Processes and Action course in the second year of the MBA program and formerly headed The Entrepreneurial Manager course in the program’s first year. A 1981 graduate of the school, Joe was a founder and first employee of the global consulting firm, Monitor Group, now Monitor-Deloitte. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of its commercial consulting operations until 2006 and remained a Senior Advisor to the firm until its acquisition by Deloitte in 2012. During his three decades in consulting, Fuller worked with senior executives and policymakers on a wide variety of issues related to corporate strategy and national competitiveness. He has particularly deep experience in industries with a heavy reliance on technology, such as life sciences, ICT and the defense and aerospace industries. He is currently researching the evolution of the role of the CEOs and the C-suite in public companies.

Kate Gulliver

Vice President, Global Head of Talent, WayFair

Kate lead the Talent team at Wayfair where she is responsible for global human capital management including recruiting, organization design, compensation, talent analytics and learning and development. Katestarted her career at Wayfair as the Head of Investor Relations. Prior to joining the Wayfair team Kate was a private equity investor at Bain Capital for nearly 5 years. She started her career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Kate holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University.

Peter Mahoney

Founder & CEO, Plannuh, inc.

Peter is the founder and CEO of a Boston-based SaaS marketing software firm called Plannuh.  Plannuh is used by marketing professionals to build, manage, and collaborate on their marketing plans and budgets.

An active member of the Boston tech scene, Peter is a board member and advisor to CEOs and CMOs.

Before founding Plannuh in early 2017, Peter spent nearly 30 years in executive roles at several leading technology companies in the Boston area. Most recently, Peter spent 13 years at Nuance Communications, where he was the Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Dragon voice recognition software business.

Peter is also a passionate advocate for people with disabilities and has spent much of his professional career working with accessible technologies. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board Emeritus of Easter Seals Massachusetts.

Peter grew up in Boston, graduated from Boston Latin School and earned degrees in Physics and Computer Science from Boston College. He lives in Newton Centre with his wife and three young-adult children.

Craig Buerstatte

Director of Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, US Department of Commerce

Craig Buerstatte is a former Army Officer turned entrepreneur, having first tested his innovation skills in remote areas of Iraq, developing new supply chain solutions when resources were strained. Craig received the Bronze Star Medal in 2009 for his creative combat leadership and leveraged this experience to found a technology firm in Austin, Texas, and later transitioned into venture capital before returning back to public service in 2014 to help build the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (OIE) at the US Department of Commerce.

Today, Craig serves as Acting Director for OIE; working to foster a more innovative economy through policy initiatives and grant programs that focus on turning new ideas and inventions into businesses that create jobs, increase competitiveness, and economic growth. ​This capacity-building mindset is the focus of the Regional Innovation Strategies Program, OIE’s flagship grant program that has over $125 million to support business incubators, accelerators and the creation of early-stage venture funds. These programs have created over 6,000 jobs, helped raise over $200 million in venture capital, and support the commercialization of hundreds of market-changing technologies.

Craig earned a B.S. in Economics from The United States Military Academy at West Point, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, but learned much more from founding businesses and working with startups.

Matt Jahansouz

Managing Director, Global Head of Recruiting Goldman Sachs

Matt is global head of Human Capital Management (HCM) strategy and branding. In this role, he helps develop and drive the firm’s people strategy, and is responsible for helping position Goldman Sachs as an employer of choice. Previously, Matt was global head of recruiting for the firm. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff for HCM and worked across several areas within the division. Matt joined Goldman Sachs in 2010 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2015.

Prior to joining the firm, Matt worked in the HR Transformation practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Matt earned a BS in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University.

Raquel Suarez

Global HR Innovation and Leadership Development Director at Unilever

Raquel is a thought leader whose purpose is to increase people’s welfare by powering up technology. She believes in the digital revolution as a key enabler for exponential human’s development releasing time for purposeful work and self. Today, she is the Open Talent Economy global lead in Unilever as well as SEAA talent and digital Innovation Dir. She has implemented E2E Digital recruitment processes and has provided Unilever with the first digital external-internal marketplace powered by AI matching tools, resulting in an increased capability and capacity for business growth while boosting people purposeful development within a flexible and agile environment.

Bryan Fontaine

Executive Vice President, Global Operations & Corporate Development Engineering at Bose

Bryan Fontaine is Executive Vice President, Global Operations & Corporate Development Engineering. His areas of responsibility include Human Resources, Corporate Support Services, Legal, Lean Enterprise Deployment, Corporate Development Engineering, and Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain.

Bryan began his career with Bose Corporation in 2004 as the Vice President of Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain. Prior to joining Bose, Bryan served in leadership roles at Digital Equipment Corporation, Quantum Corporation, and was Vice President of Manufacturing at EMC Corporation. He has over 30 years of high tech experience with deep knowledge in areas of process development, operations, supply chain management, quality management, and new product introduction. He is responsible for a worldwide organization of over 8,000 employees.

Under Bryan’s leadership, numerous strategic initiatives have been implemented, designed to bring value to Bose. These included the implementation of a corporate wide sourcing program, the implementation of Lean Six Sigma, numerous operational excellence programs across the Bose factories, strategy alignment processes with all the Business Units, and focused leadership development and mentoring programs for talent development.

Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University.

Craig Driscoll

Partner at Highland Capital Partners

Growing up outside of Boston and close to the MIT/Kendall Square technology community, Craig developed a strong curiosity for technology and entrepreneurship. That early passion for technology has translated into a career working in the venture capital industry as an entrepreneur, executive recruiter and investor.

Over the past 11 years at Highland Capital Partners, Craig has led all talent and recruiting activity for the firm. He advises Highland’s portfolio companies on executive recruiting issues. Craig has helped build the leadership teams of some of the most innovative technology companies across a range of industries and geographies.

More recently, Craig has leveraged his broad networks and team building acumen to pursue investments in several areas including the Future of Work. Craig is on the board of Remote Year and Trilogy Education Services, and actively involved with Catalant, INXPO, and SessionM. He was previously active with the boards of Bullhorn (acquired by Vista Equity) and Quattro (acquired by Apple).

Craig joined Highland from Korn/Ferry International where he was an executive recruiter in Korn/Ferry’s Boston office focusing on venture-backed technology companies. He completed C-level, Board of Director and senior executive placements at several industry leading companies.

Previously, Craig was Vice President, Business Development at JacobsRimell, a London-based software startup and Fidelity Ventures’ portfolio company. Craig was an Associate at Fidelity Ventures where he focused on investments in the communication infrastructure sector. Craig also worked as a research analyst at the Yankee Group.

Craig was a founding team member of Beacon Power Corporation, an alternative energy company. He began his career with SatCon Technology Corporation, a publicly traded technology company.

Craig holds a B.E., Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

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Our Schedule

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

October 2nd

Welcome Reception: A Night at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

This event is limited to 50 guests.  If you would like to join us at the welcome reception, please confirm your attendance with Katherine Adams (

5:30 PM

Catalant Provided Transportation Departs the Godfrey Hotel

If you would like to take our provided transportation, please confirm with Katherine Adams (

6:00 PM

Cocktail Reception and Detailed Account of the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist

In 1990, the single largest unsolved art theft in the world took place at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Join us for a private, after-hours tour followed by a detailed account of the heist from the museum’s Chief of Security, Anthony Amore, who has been investigating the heist for more than a decade.

Anthony Amore, Chief of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

7:00 PM

Dinner and Keynote Address

Bill McNichols, Former SVP of Starbucks and Founder & Managing Partner of Goldfinch Partners will kick off the Velocity Summit this year. Bill led Starbuck’s global business development, M&A and investment activities on an end-to-end basis. Bill will share how Starbucks was able to get from strategy to execution on over 40 transactions, including over $11 billion in M&A and investment activities.

Bill McNichols, Former SVP at Starbucks, Managing Partner and Founder, Goldfinch Partners

9:00 PM

Welcome Event Concludes and Provided Transportation Departs for the Godfrey Hotel

If you would like to take our provided transportation, please confirm with Katherine Adams (

October 3rd (Main Day)

Transforming with Velocity

8:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM

Keynote: What is Driving Transformation Across Enterprises?

Rapid technological advancements, shifting consumer expectations, and evolving definitions of relationships between employers and employees is compelling organizations of all sizes, across all industries, across geographies to reimagine what their strategies should be and how they’re going to execute them.

The data suggest that grappling with these issues is more pressing than ever. The pace of change is only quickening, titans of yesteryear are unceremoniously falling to the wayside, and faster, more nimble upstarts are creating value while larger, better-heeled competitors are figuring out that they’re even competing.

The fuel that drives companies’ ability to achieve its business outcomes largely resides in people, who may be inside or outside of a given company. What people are needed to execute strategy — and the capabilities needed to achieve goals — isn’t an HR question; it’s a business question.

Jenny Dearborn, former Chief Learning Officer at SAP

9:30 AM

How Forward-Looking Enterprises are Creating New Sources of Value: The Bose Story

The pressures on organizations thirty years ago largely called for continuous and sustaining innovation, but the world has changed and the solutions optimized to innovate this way, in most cases, don’t quite cut it anymore. Incremental iterations on the old way of doing things aren’t keeping pace with what consumers want and how they want to get what they want.

Some leaders aren’t standing by while the ship goes down. They’re taking proactive measures to disrupt themselves before they get disrupted. Attendees will hear different examples of how Bose is innovating at the enterprise.

Fuat Koro, VP of Corporate Strategy and Innovation, Bose

10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM

Panel: Leveraging Data to Accelerate Efficient Growth

The era of the Internet of Things (IoT) has provided better instrumentation of all sorts of activities and is generating more data than ever before. Making sense of these data is also easier, enabled by stronger computers, smarter algorithms, and people who are focused on the questions that the data can answer.

Companies that make better use of the universe of data available to them will be able to make more intelligent decisions on where to place bets, how to optimize execution, and how fast they can grow — with minimal waste.

Vijay Subramanian, former Chief Analytics Officer, Rent the Runway

Jessica DeVlieger, President, CSpace

11:00 AM

Keynote: Creating and Scaling a $1B Transformation

It’s rare for an enterprise-wide transformation would be run by the CHRO, but that’s exactly what’s happening at Highmark Health, the second-largest integrated delivery and financing system in America. Larry Kleinman is leading the charge of a multi-million-dollar effort to transform how a 43,000 person healthcare enterprise is delivering value to its customers and making smarter strategic decisions about how they wield resources against their most important work.

Larry Kleinman, CHRO, Highmark Health

11:30 AM

The Catalant Journey to Disrupt Itself

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 how Catalant has innovated to meet new demands from the market and customers and why he believes every company should be doing the same thing.

Pat Petitti, Co-Founder, Catalant

12:00 PM

Networking Lunch

Catalant Platform Demos Available Upon Request

12:45 PM

Round Table Discussions

Burning questions you’d like to surface to your peers? Need input on mission critical work you’ve been tasked with? This is your opportunity to learn and share directly with your peers in breakout sessions built around two topics of discussion. Choose to join one of two sessions led by Summit speakers:

Session One: Getting from Strategy to Execution Faster: The U.S. Bank Story
Discussion led by Michael Cappetta, SVP & Head of Transformation Strategy, U.S. Bank

Ranked among the largest banks in the nation with 74,000 employees, U.S. Bank is a massive organization that, like many large, established companies, is hyperfocused on how they can win in an increasingly competitive business landscape. Michael Cappetta, SVP & Head of Transformation Strategy at U.S. Bank, will share examples of how U.S. Bank is identifying new strategies for growth and what they are doing to get from strategy to execution faster. Attendees will participate in a group discussion led by Michael and focused on designing and implementing programs to help you get from strategy to execution on your most important business initiatives.

Session Two: From Risky to Resilient: How Corporate Enterprises Can Design Workforces of the Future
Discussion led by Kristin Sharp, Partner, Entangled

Automation risk is present in all industries and across all levels of education. At the same time, a growing skills gap inhibits companies from recruiting and retaining employees. To address these challenges, companies should design workforce transition pathways to develop talent pipelines from within. But identifying, mapping, and designing such pathways requires visibility and innovation. Kristin Sharp, Partner at Entangled, an innovation and strategy firm, will lead a series of interactive exercises to guide participants in mapping automation risky jobs onto resilient ones and identifying roadmaps for that transformation.

1:30 PM

Campbell Soup Company Goes Agile, From Soup to Snacks

Consumers have long demanded five simple things in the food they buy and consume: it has to be safe, nutritious, delicious, accessible and affordable. The modern day food system has been built around 150 years of advances in science to provide an ever higher degree of delivery against these benefits. In the past decade, however, consumers have fundamentally shifted their purchasing criteria around their perception of “safe”, leading to more scrutiny regarding what is in their food and how it is grown and processed. Consumers are demanding simpler food designs with fewer, more recognizable ingredients. This rebuilding of the design approach combined with a heightened competitive environment requires a shift in speed and accuracy as it relates to design work. Agile Development helps isolate the unique challenge in each recipe and get to real food solutions in less than half the time

Craig Slavtcheff, Head of R&D, Campbell Soup Company

2:00 PM

Creating New Sources of Value & Enabling Rapid Innovation at Anheuser-Busch InBev

Anheuser-Busch InBev is the largest brewer in the world and one of the top performing CPG companies globally. And 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. Juan Carlos Fuenmayor, Global Director of Venture Strategy and Finance will share how AB InBev successfully enables rapid innovation and continually creates new sources of revenue.

Juan Carlos Fuenmayor, Global Director, Venture Strategy and Finance, Anheuser-Busch InBev

2:30 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM

Panel: Mapping Resources Management to Business Outcomes (to Avoid Flying Blind)

Getting the necessary visibility and insight into capabilities needed to execute work, who across the organization has those capabilities, and the impact of those resources on the business outcomes work is driving toward is a far-off dream to most executives.

For many employees and their employers, when companies organize and allocate resources— especially human ones — it often feels arbitrary or, even worse, biased.

But technology is enabling organizations and their leaders to attain unprecedented visibility, surface (in some cases) unexpected insights, and make more informed decisions that are premised on how specific resources contribute or fail to contribute to their business goals.

Participants will hear varying points of view on how technology is enabling them to make smarter resource decisions.

Joe McCabe, Vice Chairman, Korn Ferry

Teresa Hassara, Head of Workplace Solutions, MassMutual Financial

Kristi Robinson, Head of Talent Acquisition, Executive Vice President, Citizens Bank

4:00 PM

Keynote: Catalant's Vision for the Future

At Catalant, we’re fortunate to get a view into some of the most important work taking place at some of the world’s leading enterprises. We’re able to learn from those organizations where they want to be in the future, and where we, as a strategic partner,  need to go in order to get them there. Hear from Jorge Pena, former Director of Business Transformation at Qualtrics and Catalant’s VP of Business Transformation on the most important insights we’ve learned from working with strategic executives at 30% of the Fortune 500 and how that’s shaped where we are headed. 

Jorge Fernando Peña, former Director of Business Transformation at Qualtrics, VP of Business Transformation, Catalant

4:30 PM

Cocktail Reception

5:30 PM

Social Networking Activities (Advance Sign-up Required)

After digesting a day of content and conversation, take advantage of the opportunity to network with your peers! You’ll have the option to choose between simulated golf at Lynx Fitness, or a private cooking class at Boston Public Market. Transportation will be provided from the Summit to evening activities. The evening activities will conclude around 8PM. 

*Advanced sign up is required, since space is limited, but the activities are free of charge.

October 4th

Boston Innovation Tour

8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

Join us for breakfast at Catalant’s HQ in Seaport – Boston’s Waterfront Innovation District

9:00 AM

Panel: Lessons from the Front Lines of Disruption

Learn from some of Boston’s fastest growing companies on how they’re able to disrupt entire industries, and themselves.

Amy Villeneuve, Board Director, Past President and COO, Amazon Robotics

Mike Volpe, CEO, Lola and former CMO, Hubspot

Lucy McQuilken, CFO, WHOOP, Inc.

9:45 AM


Following the panel, transportation to the Innovation & Design Building will be provided by Catalant.

10:00 AM

Boston Innovation Tour

Coined the Silicon Valley of the East, Boston is home to a growing hub of cutting-edge organizations. The Innovation & Design Building houses some of Boston’s most disruptive companies. Originally an Army waterside storehouse, the IDB has been converted into corporate work space inspired by an entrepreneurial spirit and intended to lend itself to rapid innovation and hypergrowth. You’ll get the rare opportunity to hear, see and feel the environment in which companies at the forefront of innovation and disruption operate.

Fidelity Labs, MassChallenge, Reebok, Autodesk, American Test Kitchen

12:00 PM

Networking Lunch

Wrap up the Innovation Tour with lunch from Flour Bakery + Cafe, the brainchild of 2016 James Beard Award Winner, Joanne Chang.

12:30 PM

2019 Velocity Summit Concludes


Where to stay in Boston

We have arranged a group rate for the nights of October 2nd and 3rd  at The Godfrey Hotel, located down the street from Convene. Reservations can be made using this link: Catalant Group Booking. Please email or call Vanessa O’Connor (, 781.439.5809) with any questions regarding the room block.


Previous Summits

October 9th - 10th

Fall 2018 | Boston, MA

February 25th - 26th

Spring 2018 | Dallas, TX





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