|8:45 – 9:45 am||Opening Keynote | Humanity Is The Killer App: How The Robots & AIs Will Humanize Us|
Keynote: Humanity Is The Killer App: How The Robots & AIs Will Humanize Us
Bombarded by articles of job-killing robots and AIs going rogue, Automation’s real story escapes our view: but these technologies won’t rob humans of their value—on the contrary, they’ll give humanity the tools to create unprecedented levels of value.
Where mobile apps demand our attention, intelligent bots will act on our behalf. AIs will flip reactive “sick care” into predictive health care. Robots will enable the elderly to live independently, the disabled to move about freely, and doctors to never face borders again: they’ll simply perform surgeries remotely.
And the “CoBots” will give executives what has eluded them most—more time to focus on the innovations that matter.
Even this era’s most critical of success factors won’t be technological: it, too, will be uniquely human. A Reskilling Revolution—unrivaled in size, scope, and scale—is just around the corner. Join us for a lively discussion of how the Robots will liberate us, AIs will revolutionize us . . . and Automation will humanize us.
Keynote Speaker Bio: Christina “CK” Kerley, Futurist, Professor Rutgers Business School for Executive Education
Powerhouse speaker, futurist, and professor Christina “CK” Kerley pushes Fortune 500s AHEAD of the curve through the 10+ tech that will dominate the next 10 years.
A forerunner across 20 years of digital revolutions, CK’s electrifying performances have been featured at: Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, Prudential, The United Nations, Best Buy, The Ad Council, Neutrogena, Verisign, Janssen, The ANA, The IAB, and IDG.
Along with being a top-rated faculty member on next-gen tech at Rutgers Business School for Executive Education, she has also guest lectured at Stanford, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Saint Peter’s, and Northwestern.
Her portfolio of tech spans: Mobile, IoT, Robotics, AI, Big Data, Wearables, Health Tech, Blockchain, Cloud, and Immersive Technologies (AR, VR, MR). Her eBooks were all firsts, with her unique views cited in various media outlets and business books.
Through her pro bono program, ImpaCKt, she partners with groups who are also committed to closing the digital divide.
Constantly reinventing her business—and herself—CK is always on-trend, ahead of the curve, and in pursuit of the next BIG thing.
For CK’s videos, speeches, and media, please visit: http://allthingsCK.com
Breakout Session Speakers
|11:20 – 11:45 am||Breakout Session | TED-Style Talk – Empathy is the New Black: How Brands, Organizations, and People Can Put Compassion Into Action and Find Success|
TED-Style Talk – Empathy is the New Black: How Brands, Organizations, and People Can Put Compassion Into Action and Find Success
Sexism. Ageism. Deep-seated, mind-clouding prejudices.
Furious customers and failed business launches. Partnerships abandoned out of fear, projects destroyed by misunderstanding.
Every problem that exists in the business world can be traced back to a single, common origin: Lack of empathy.
When we are unwilling to place ourselves in someone else’s shoes—unwilling to talk, listen, or understand another point of view—we remain paralyzed. Instead of finding solutions, we repeat the same mistakes. This impacts our professional reputation, team’s productivity, customer’s experience and organization’s performance.
Hear brand strategist, author and speaker Maria Ross explore the value of compassion as an engine for success. Learn how you as individuals and leaders can amplify empathy through your work and bring your organizations along with you to create a better world.
With fascinating stories from company founders, change-makers and brands we know and love, Ross reveals exactly how empathy makes organizations stronger and more sustainable.
You will learn:
- How empathy helps you do good while doing well financially: Empathy is not just good for the world but it can be a competitive advantage. We’ll walk through the financial & organizational benefits of acting with empathy–and how you can persuade others in the organization to do the right thing.
- How to avoid the “empathy veneer:” Rather than simply play to good press, there are three levels your organization (regardless of size) must address to truly act with empathy and walk your talk. And learn the crucial role you play to kick this into motion.
- How to flex your empathy muscle: Five ways you and your organization can cultivate empathy in your own sphere of influence, big or small, so you can have a big impact on your team, brand and the world.
Maria Ross, Brand Strategist, Speaker and Author
Maria Ross is a brand strategist, speaker and author who believes cash flow, creativity, and compassion are not mutually exclusive. She is the founder of Red Slice, a brand consultancy that helps startups and fast-growth SMB’s craft irresistible brand strategies that attract and engage their ideal customers. Maria inspires business leaders and entrepreneurs to use their platform or business, regardless of size, to be a force for good. Maria has appeared in numerous media outlets, including MSNBC, ABC News, Forbes.com and Entrepreneur. She is the author of several books, including Branding Basics for Small Business and Rebooting My Brain and is currently wrapping up her latest book, Empathy at Work. Maria lives with her husband, four year-old son and feisty Black Lab in the San Francisco Bay Area and works with clients all over the world.
|1:15 – 2:05 pm||Breakout Sessions | Digital Transformation|
Digital transformation will be an ongoing “current state” for years to come. The spectrum of where companies fall on the curve is as vast as the sky. We have assembled leaders in this space, as well as, selected panelists from varied industries who will share their insights on overcoming obstacles and creating the necessary collaboration for success!
Moderator: Karan Sorensen, President of Sorensen Strategies, LLC
Karan Sorensen is an award-winning technology and business management executive. She has special expertise in executing innovation, digital, information and technology solutions, building businesses, implementing operational excellence programs, and developing leaders. Karan is a visionary and inspirational leader adept at shaping technical and business strategies, creating an energetic climate for growth and excellence, delivering large-scale goals, and motivating others to achieve their highest levels of growth and performance. She has a reputation for excellence in creating high performance global teams and organizations. She has lead several organizations in turn-around revitalizations and has been acknowledged for her accomplishments by CIO magazine and other executive and industry publications and organizations.
Karan is President of Sorensen Strategies, LLC, a strategic management-consulting firm specializing in businesses and organizational transformation, innovation and technology solutions and driving profitable growth and operational excellence for corporate and institutional clients. Karan has over 30 years of experience in executive and general management roles in Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries. A proven leader and technopreneur, she also serves as a board member and advisor for technology start-ups, colleges and universities, business and industry standards organizations.
Prior to Sorensen Strategies, Karan served as Chief Information Officer for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, Centocor R&D, and Life Technologies. At Johnson & Johnson, she also served as Total Oncology Digital Officer and Vice President of Global Infrastructure Programs. Her earlier career experiences included planning and implementing information technology, manufacturing and engineering solutions for Merck, Jacobs Engineering, General Electric and DuPont.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Moterum Technologies, RedZone Technologies, SAFE-BioPharma and the SC Better Business Bureau (Board Treasurer).
Karan earned a BS in Management Information Systems and Business Administration from Charleston Southern University, an MS in Management of Technology from Stevens Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Stevens Institute of Technology. She has also been a guest lecturer at MIT, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, the College of Charleston, the Citadel, and Stevens Institute of Technology.
Jaclyn Ahearne, Global VP of Digital Strategy & Human Capital Leadership at BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
Alissa Johnson, Vice President Chief Information Security Officer, Xerox
Kimberly Tableman, Clinical Data Domain Owner, GlaxoSmithKline
|1:15 – 2:05 pm||Breakout Sessions | C We Can!|
C – We Can!
It’s hard when your career path feels more like a trek through the rainforest and it’s just you and your machete. Many of us can’t envision our futures because all we see are the roadblocks and pitfalls. Our panelists are leaders who serve as visible examples that we can overcome incredible obstacles to achieve individual and organizational success.
C – We Can: Be Authentic.
C – We Can: Be Examples.
C – We Can: Be Motivators.
Anjana Harve, Head, Global Commercial IT Services & Operations at Novartis
Dr. Helen Sun, CTO, STATS
Leona Thomas, COO, Wylei
|2:55 – 3:45 pm||Breakout Session | C-Suite Bootcamp|
If you’ve got a drill sergeant yelling in your face, you better listen. We’ve gathered our group of C-Suite drill sergeants to share their “truths” on how to sail over the last hurdles to joining the C-suite. Not every truth is easy to hear, but most of us need to hear it and then put the advice into action!
Cindy Finkelman, CIO, FactSet Research
Daphne E. Jones, Retired – Senior VP, CIO, GE Healthcare Diagnostic Imaging
Mary LeBlanc, Former Global CIO, Novartis Pharmaceutical
Warren Lenard, VP IT, Finish Line
Kelly Lyman, CIO, PECO
Viola Maxwell-Thompson, President, ITSMF
|3:50 – 4:50 pm||Closing Keynote | A Rebel with a Cause|
A Rebel with a Cause
Our panel of “Ones” saw a need and started an organizataion or initiative inside their company which has translated into amazing groups with amazing business results. Who among your team will be the “one” that will inspire others into action? Is it you?
Closing Keynote – Panel Moderator, Elisa Camahort Page
Known as the co-founder and COO of scrappy start-up-turned-global women’s media company BlogHer, Inc., Elisa is now advising entrepreneurs, thought leaders, authors, and organizations big and small as they bring their big ideas to life. Elisa’s first book, Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All, co-authored with Carolyn Gerin and Jamia Wilson, is being published by Ten Speed Press this September. elisacp.com
A Very Special “Extra” Session and Event
|1:15 – 3:45 pm||Breakout Session: Seven Principles of Moth Storytelling|
|6:00 – 7:30 pm||Evening Event: SIM Women Story Slam|
Seven Principles of Moth Storytelling
Whether you are looking to motivate your team, secure budget funding, or demonstrate your culture in action, storytelling is a powerful leadership tool. SIM Women has asked the Peabody Award winning storytelling organization, The Moth,to facilitate an afternoon storytelling workshop at the SIM Women Leadership Summit! This workshop is open to the first 50 registrants and you’ll learn the Seven Principles of Moth Storytelling while building your own story on the theme of STRENGTH.
SIM Women StorySLAM
SIM Women StorySLAM – where five select workshop attendees will compete in a storytelling competition which will be judged by SIM Women members! We will also hear short stories from key leaders and the founder of SIM Women. STRENGTH stories will be the perfect culmination to a day of leadership training and deep learning!
Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Through ongoing programs in more than 29 cities, The Moth has presented over 30,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 550 live shows each year. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school students and adults in underserved communities through their Education and Community Programs and develops innovative applications for Moth storytelling through their Corporate Program. The Moth podcast is downloaded over 47 million times a year, and each week, the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour is heard on over 450 radio stations worldwide. The Moth’s first book, The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hachette) was an international bestseller and its new book All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown from The Moth (Crown) is available now.