Session Descriptions

2019 Conference

Leading People and Your Business Through a Spin-Off; What I Am Learning Along the Way

One of the most difficult challenges any leader can undertake is steering a business, and its employees, through a corporate spinoff.  Judy Marks, CEO of Otis Elevator, will share her insight on this journey as Otis prepares to leave parent company United Technologies Corp. and become an independent corporation. Marks will discuss how she has created a new business structure, reassured employees, and preserved strong customer relations in the midst of enormous change.

You’ve Got Mountains of Data: Now What Can You Do With It?

From the perspective of two very different industries, these panelist will focus on how they use data, lots of data, to help understand complex situations, make difficult decisions, and hold themselves and their teams accountable.

Can Employee Success in Handling Complexity & Ambiguity be Measured?

What’s one of the traits that YouTube seeks in its employees? You might be surprised to learn that it is the ability to handle complexity and ambiguity. This discussion will focus on the importance of dealing with complexity in a fast-moving, dynamic organization, where 400 hours of content are uploaded every minute!

How Can You Develop Authentic & Collaborative Leadership?

In a world that is changing rapidly, how can you be the kind of leader that your employees trust, respect, and turn to in times of uncertainty? Both of these executives have experienced industry turmoil during recent years and will share their personal and professional strategies for steering the ship on stormy seas.

The Tools You Need to Build a Sustainable Organization

Sustainability initiatives are about reducing negative impact while positively impacting the environment and lives of those you touch. Both Stanley Black & Decker and the CT Girl Scouts are committed to making a difference in their community by providing their employees, clients, and customers the tools necessary to build a better future.

Messaging, Storytelling, and Communication

Communication is one of the most complex and powerful tools that an organization has at its disposal. Alicia will address new ways to inspire, instill brand loyalty and increase sales while Jim will add to this panel by discussing the juxtaposition of having to communicate while at the same time keeping company data private and safe. His many years at the FBI add a whole new dimension to this conversation.

  • Alicia Young, Founding Managing Partner, Finn Partners
  • Jim TrainorFormer Head of Cyber Security, FBI, Senior Vice President of Cyber Security, Aon
  • Mary CaravellaFaculty Facilitator, University of Connecticut

Making the Hard Calls

During her career, Dawn has been at the forefront of two very large, diverse, and visible organizations. In both organizations she has had to manage major “situations” in front of the media. Here, Dawn will discuss how leaders have to juggle both perceptions and reality and empower their employees to drive change.

  • Dawn Hudson, Former President, Pepsi North America, Chief Marketing Officer, National Football League

Embracing Disruption

Industry disruption is a monumental challenge. Some say it’s like leading people down a dark hallway; and that people will be afraid. But you, as a leader, cannot be reluctant to embrace change and the growing pains that accompany it. George will talk about his experience and often emotional journey leading media disruptions, including at the New York Times, and ultimately embracing digitization at the WWE.

Listen to the Finance Experts: Innovation is an Unmistakable Financial Strategy

These two top CFOs will share the mindset that investing in innovation is one of the smartest choices that executives can make, regardless of financial climate. When times are uncertain, people turn to the CFO because they control the purse strings. Understanding your role in the company’s future, and seeing innovation as an essential as part of your financial strategy is necessary for survival and ultimate success.

For Entrepreneurs, Complexity, Uncertainty, and Ambiguity are Called ‘Wednesday’!

West Hartford native Geoffrey Tracy is a chef and co-owner of Chef Geoff's Deluxe Hospitality, a restaurant group with eight locations in and around Washington D.C. A Georgetown University theology graduate, he went on to earn a second degree at the Culinary Institute of America, then opened his first restaurant at age 27. In a recent interview, he said there has never been a better time to be a diner in Washington, "but there's never been a more competitive time to be a restaurant owner." Tracy is married to CBS News' Norah O'Donnell.