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Guest Speakers

Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries

Event Host, Communication Consultant and Presentation Coach

Ben Casnocha

Ben Casnocha

Author of The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

Jordan Ellenberg

Jordan Ellenberg

Professor and Author, How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

Dr. Steve Morlidge

Dr. Steve Morlidge

Visiting Fellow, Centre for Business Performance, Cranfield University School of Management

Steve Player

Steve Player

Managing Partner, The Player Group

General Sessions

Day 1: Create an Adaptive Organization

Monday May 18th
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Mark Jeffries, Event Host
Alistair Rennie, GM, IBM Analytics
Ben Casnocha, Author of The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
Dr. Steve Morlidge, Visiting Fellow, Centre for Business Performance, Cranfield University School of Management
Steve Player, Managing Partner, The Player Group

Business as usual is not an option. The world of business is becoming increasingly complex and the information around us is exploding. In the face of complexity, organizations that distribute responsibility to the front line and enable these employees are more effectively able to adapt to market conditions. To succeed in this environment, analytic champions must adopt an entrepreneurial mindset that will enable them to be a powerful force of change within their organization. Join Alistair Rennie, GM IBM Analytics, and world-class speakers and authors on a journey to explore how you can create a more adaptive organization through the strategic application of analytics by removing latency and empowering everyone in the organization, from the top to the bottom.

Day 2: Scale the Power of Knowing

Tuesday May 19th
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Mark Jeffries, Event Host
Jordan Ellenberg, Professor and Author, How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

Your journey to analytic maturity begins with innovation. In this session, you will hear from world-renowned speakers, authors and executives to understand how an analytics-rich ecosystem can transform valuable insight into real business value. Learn how to harness big data and cognitive technology using Watson Analytics to unlock key business insights. And discover how IBM is investing in a broad range of analytic solutions to power a smarter enterprise with data-driven knowledge. A client panel will reveal how they are using analytics solutions to derive value from data-driven insights in their organizations.

Event Host: Mark Jeffries

Former Merrill Lynch stockbroker turned author, meeting host and keynote speaker, Mark Jeffries, has become a trusted adviser and communications consultant to some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations. He speaks at and moderates conferences, summits, sales meetings, user forums and conventions all over the world for clients including IBM, Ernst & Young, SAS, HP, Zurich Insurance, Gartner, Microsoft, Royal Bank of Canada, Deltek & Bank of America.

With his depth of event experience, many of Mark’s clients now also use him as an event consultant, working alongside the production team to create an event with audience appeal, a memorable impact and an effective message.

Dividing his time between The United States, Canada and Europe, Mark’s ideas, inspiration and guidance are sought across virtually all industries.

As an economist, former stockbroker and TV host, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the events he speaks at and facilitates.

A true all-rounder Mark is an entertaining and experienced ‘MC’, an incisive and knowledgeable facilitator able to quickly master the intricacies of business within any industry and a popular speaker with a “hugely entertaining” and “immensely practical keynote entitled “The Art of Business Influence – Selling without Selling”.

Guest Speaker: Ben Casnocha

Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and executive in Silicon Valley. He is coauthor with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of the recent New York Times bestseller The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, which has become one of the most sought-after management frameworks on how to recruit, manage, and retain entrepreneurial employees. He is also co-author with Reid of The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, the bestselling guide to the new world of work.

Ben is also a technology entrepreneur and executive. He founded Comcate, Inc., a leading e-government software company, at age 14 and incubates startups at Wasabi Ventures. He recently served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman at LinkedIn.

BusinessWeek named Ben “one of America’s top young entrepreneurs.” He’s been featured on CNN, Charlie Rose, CNBC, and in The Economist. Human Resources magazine named Ben one of the top trendsetters in the talent industry for the year 2015.

Ben has led inspiring conversations about the future of work, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking with large audiences in more than a dozen countries around the world.

Guest Speaker: Jordan Ellenberg

How early should you get to the airport? Why do tall parents have shorter children? What’s the best way to get rich playing the lottery? In his "refreshingly lucid" (New York Times) bestseller How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how math touches everything we do, in the same way that Freakonomics brought economics into the popular discourse. He unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts math’s power in our hands—in business and in life.

Math, as Jordan Ellenberg says, is “an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength.” Math helps every kind of thinker think better—it hones our intuition, sharpens our judgment, tames uncertainty, and lets us see the deeper structure and logic of our world. The Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Ellenberg is the author of two books: How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, and The Grasshopper King, which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.

Ellenberg has held an NSF-CAREER grant and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and in 2013 he was named one of the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Wired, The Believer, and the Boston Globe, and he is the author of the “Do the Math” column in Slate. His Wired feature story on compressed sensing appeared in the Best Writing on Mathematics 2011 anthology.

Guest Speaker: Steve Player

Steve Player serves as the North America Program Director for the Beyond Budgeting Round Table (BBRT) and works with BBRT member companies to implement continuous planning processes. He has over 30 years experience with improving performance management and implementing strategic planning processes. He is also the Managing Director of Beyond EPS Advisors, a Business consulting firm, and founder of ABM SMART.

He is the co-author of Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting and Beyond Performance Management as well as five other books. He writes the “Finance Transformation” column for Business Finance Magazine featuring CFO interviews from leading organizations on innovative finance and planning processes.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Steve Morlidge

Steve is a Visiting Fellow with the Centre for Business Performance. He is an accountant by background and has 25 years of practical experience in senior operational roles in Unilever, designing, and running performance management systems. He also spent 3 years leading a global change project in Unilever. He is a former Chairman of the European Beyond Budgeting Round Table and now works as an independent consultant for a range of major companies, specializing in helping companies break out of traditional, top down ‘command and control’ management practice.

He has recently published ‘Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting’ (John Wiley 2010), and has a PhD in Organisational Cybernetics at Hull Business School. He also cofounder of Catchbull, a supplier of forecasting performance management software.

He is regularly engaged as a public speaker, drawing on his years of experience at the leading edge of performance management thought and practice.