Agenda: Metis Strategy Digital Symposium, June 2021

May 21, 2021
Steven Norton
BY Steven Norton
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Executives at some of the world's largest companies share their perspectives on the evolving nature of work and how technology leaders can foster stronger relationships with C-suite peers.

June 24, 2021
Noon – 3 p.m. EDT

As leaders continue to position their organizations for a new normal, they are re-tooling their operations for hybrid working models, automating a growing number of processes, and creating data-driven digital experiences for customers and employees. As the pace of change accelerates, understanding technology and its potential to deliver value is a mandate not only for technology leaders but also for their peers in the C-suite. For CIOs, this presents an unprecedented opportunity to be a catalyst for transformational change across all levels and functions of an organization.

On June 24, we are excited and honored to welcome an outstanding lineup of CIOs, Chief Executive Officers, and other C-suite leaders to share their perspectives on the evolving nature of work, the critical role that technology plays in enabling future growth, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. We will also hear from prominent CIOs-turned-CEOs who will reflect on their journeys and share practical advice for building strong relationships between chief executives and technology leaders.

If you are a CIO, CDO, CTO or other senior technology leader, register here to reserve your spot. We look forward to welcomging you!


Noon – 12:05

Welcome and introduction to Metis Strategy team.

Peter High, President, Metis Strategy


12:05 – 12:25

Panel: The Future of Hospitality

The pandemic upended the way the world travels. In this session, technology leaders from travel companies IHG and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts share their thoughts on the future of work and the ways in which the hospitality industry will evolve in the years to come.

Dan Blanchard, Chief Technology Officer, InterContinental Hotels Group

Scott Strickland, Chief Information Officer, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

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


12:25 – 12:40

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


12:40 – 1:00

Panel: Scaling Sustainable Innovation

As digital initiatives continue to accelerate, technology leaders must create the structures that enable scalable and sustainable innovation. This session will explore how CIOs can align vision, skill sets, and culture to foster an innovation capability that is primed to deliver results.

Nick Colisto, Chief Information Officer, Avery Dennison

Helen Vaid, Chief Customer Officer, Pizza Hut

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


1:00 – 1:30

Panel: How Vanguard Leads and Innovates in Trying Times

Tim Buckley, Chairman and CEO of financial giant Vanguard, served as the company’s Chief Information Officer, Managing Director for Retail Investors, Chief Investment Officer and President before taking on the top job. In this session, Tim will reflect on his pathway from CIO to CEO and speak with current Chief Information Officer John Marcante about the ways in which technology is driving growth and innovation across the organization.

Tim Buckley, Chief Executive Officer, Vanguard

John Marcante, Chief Information Officer, Vanguard

Moderated by Peter High, President, Metis Strategy


1:30 – 1:45

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Rakesh Loonkar, Transmit Security

In this session, Rakesh will describe how companies are evolving their identity management and authentication practices for a post-password era.

Rakesh Loonkar, Co-Founder and President, Transmit Security

Moderated by Peter High, President, Metis Strategy


1:45 – 2:05

Panel: Defining and Architecting a New Normal

Leaders from American Airlines and real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield reflect on recent evolutions across their respective industries and describe how to build for growth during a time of continued change Technology leaders at some of the world’s largest airlines and commercial real estate firms.

Maya Leibman, Chief Information Officer, American Airlines

Adam Stanley, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer, Cushman & Wakefield

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


2:05 – 2:25

Panel: Rapid Innovation Amid Increasing Uncertainty

In this session, technology leaders from Moderna and Nationwide will describe how their firms managed a massive digital acceleration amid the pandemic and how the growing importance of data across all aspects of their organizations’ operations.

Marcello Damiani, Chief Digital and Operational Excellence Officer, Moderna

Jim Fowler, Chief Technology Officer, Nationwide

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


June 22, 2021

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