Agenda: Metis Strategy Digital Symposium, September 2021

August 13, 2021
BY Steven Norton
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September 22, 2021
Noon – 3 p.m. EDT

Join best-in-class technology leaders to learn how today’s top companies are driving digital transformations and maintaining an innovative edge amid a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty.

Our agenda is below. CIOs and other technology leaders, register here to reserve your spot today, and stay tuned for more updates.



Welcome and introduction to the Metis Strategy team.

Peter High, President, Metis Strategy

12:10 – 12:25

Fireside Chat: Barbara Lavernos, Deputy CEO, L’Oréal

Barbara shares lessons from the company’s remarkable transformation, which has fused science and technology to create cutting-edge beauty products and design new digital journeys for customers.

Barbara Lavernos, Deputy CEO for Research, Innovation, and Technology, L’Oréal

Peter High, President, Metis Strategy

12:25 – 12:45

Panel: Digital Acceleration and Innovation in Times of Uncertainty

By all accounts, the global pandemic has further accelerated the already rapid pace of digital transformation and increased the urgency for more robust business capabilities across all aspects of organizational operating models and business ecosystems. In this context, many organizations have found ways to strengthen business capabilities for the benefit of all stakeholders. The global CIOs of Corteva Agriscience and Johnson & Johnson will share how their teams have found unique ways to innovate, achieve higher levels of agility, and build sustainable resilience in the face of ongoing uncertainty.

Debra King, SVP, Chief Information Officer and Chief Transformation Officer, Corteva Agriscience

Jim Swanson, EVP & Enterprise CIO, Johnson & Johnson

Moderated by Alex Kraus, Vice President and East Coast Office Lead, Metis Strategy

12:45 – 1:00

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Mickey Boodaei, Transmit Security

Just weeks ago, Transmit Security raised $543 million in Series A funding and had a pre-money valuation of $2.2 billion, marking the largest Series A in the history of cybersecurity and one of the highest valuations for a bootstrapped company. In this fireside chat, Transmit Founder and CEO Mickey Boodaei the evolution of identity and authentication as the world moves toward a post-password future.

Mickey Boodaei, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Transmit Security

Moderated by Peter High, President, Metis Strategy

1:00 – 1:20

Panel: How Fifth Third Bancorp Drives a Culture of Innovation  

Fifth Third Bancorp is among the largest money managers in the Midwest, with $483 billion in assets under management as of June 30. Greg Carmichael, the company’s President, Chairman, and CEO, joined the company in 2003 as Chief Information Officer. In this discussion, he shares lessons learned on his path to the CEO role and chats with the company’s current CIO about the company’s investments in FinTech and its continued push to build world-class digital capabilities for its customers.

Greg Carmichael, Chief Executive Officer, Fifth Third Bank 

Jude Schramm, Chief Information Officer, Fifth Third Bank 

Moderated by Peter High, President, Metis Strategy

1:20 – 1:35

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Ed Jennings, Quickbase

The CEO of Quickbase describes how automation, low-code and no-code platforms are enabling organizational agility and the role of Citizen Automation in the future of work.

Ed Jennings, Chief Executive Officer, Quickbase

Moderated by Peter High, President, Metis Strategy

1:35 – 1:55

Panel: IT-Led Breakthroughs and the Digital Shift in Insurance

Technology leaders from two major insurance companies will discuss the role of IT in defining and enabling the future of work, IT-led digital breakthroughs, and the foundational changes that digital capabilities are bringing to the insurance industry.  

Lisa Davis, SVP & Chief Information Officer, Blue Shield of California

Mike Shadler, SVP & Chief Information Officer, Pacific Life

Moderated by Chris Davis, Vice President & West Coast Lead, Metis Strategy

1:55 – 2:15

Panel: A People-Focused Approach to Transformation

Organizations increasingly acknowledge that creating an outstanding customer experience requires enabling an equally outstanding employee experience. In this session, technology leaders will discuss how digital efforts focused on people are driving engagement and enabling the development of new capabilities.

Mike Giresi, Chief Digital Technology Officer, Molex LLC

Tim Dickson, Chief Information Officer, Generac

Moderated by Steven Norton, Co-Head Executive Networks, Research, and Media, Metis Strategy

2:15 – 2:30

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Bernadette Nixon, Algolia

Algolia processes more than 1.5 trillion searches per year across more than 10,000 business customers. In this session, CEO Bernadette Nixon discusses what’s next for search and the growing role that APIs play in delivering seamless customer experiences.

Bernadette Nixon, Chief Executive Officer, Algolia

Moderated by Peter High, President, Metis Strategy

2:30 – 2:50

Panel: Combining AI and IoT to drive digital processes

Companies today rely on a rapidly evolving combination of artificial intelligence and Internet of Things applications as they modernize their operations for the digital age. In this discussion, technology leaders share their insights on successfully scaling and monitoring these digital processes to drive efficiency and product innovation.

Vagesh Dave, GVP & Chief Information Officer, McDermott International

Danielle Brown, SVP & Chief Information Officer, Whirlpool

Moderated by Michael Bertha, Managing Director and Central Office Lead, Metis Strategy

Click here for highlights from our last Digital Symposium, or view the panel discussions on YouTube.

December 02, 2022

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