*This schedule is subject to change.

Day 1: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:10 am

Welcome and Participant Introductions

9:15 am - 10:00 am

Start with the Answer

Presentation by author and CEO Emeritus of Saatchi & Saatchi, Bob Seelert

10:00 am - 10:15 am Coffee Networking Break
10:15 am - 11:15 am

Shaking Things Up:  Transitions from Multiple Perspectives


  • Carol Juel, CIO & EVP Synchrony Financial
  • Wendy Kahn, Chief Executive & Brand President, Stuart Weitzman
  • Steve Raab, President, Sports News New York (SNY)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch and Learn with Coach Geno Auriemma
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Never Stagnant:  Publishing Executive Shares How He's Retooled

Interview with Lincoln Millstein, Senior Vice President, Hearst Corporation

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Building Winning Transition Teams


  • George Aylward, President & CEO, Virtus Investment Partners
  • Melissa Kivett, Senior Vice President & Strategy Officer, Prudential Annuities
  • Peter Valenti, Division President, Breast & Skeletal Health Solutions, Hologic
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Check into Rooms
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

To the Hoop We Go:  Watch Geno Auriemma in Action!

Exclusive UConn Women's Basketball practice for conference attendees.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Networking Reception
Day 2: Thursday, October 27, 2016
8:30 am - 9:15 am Breakfast
9:15 am - 9:30 am Welcome Back - Lucy Gilson/Geno Auriemma
9:30 am - 10:15 am

Buzzer Beater:  Leadership Transitions - From Coca-Cola to the WNBA

Presentation by WNBA President Lisa Borders

10:15 am - 10:30 am Coffee Networking Break
10:30 am - 11:15 am

You're R-E-T-I-R-I-N-G?  How to Plan a Smooth Business Transition for All


  • Bob Chauvin, Former President, Tyco SimplexGrinnell
  • Aaron Saak, Vice President & General Manager, Tyco SimplexGrinnell
11:30 am - 12:15 am

What to do when Transitions are NOT Planned


12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunch and Learn:

‘If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?’

Bestselling author Gina Barreca

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Muscle that Goes with the Title: What can Leaders Really Accomplish?


3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Coffee Networking Break
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

One Year Later: Is the View from the President’s Suite still Sweet?

Presentation by John Ciulla, President, Webster Financial Corporation and Webster Bank


“Only Geno Auriemma could recruit such a diverse and talented ensemble of speakers to motivate and inspire an audience.  The format of this conference gives attendees rare access to individuals that would otherwise be unattainable including; Military leaders, publishing executives, athletic manufacturers and CEO’s from the nation’s top insurance companies and financial institutions. Each speaker shares unique insights as a result of personal experiences. Hearing directly from the heads of companies with regional, national and global reputations for excellence will force you to re-examine your definition of leadership and how you lead your team on a daily basis.”

Karen F. Munson
President, Munson’s Chocolates