The average age of corporations in this country is shrinking, thanks to the speed of disruption. Is your company ready to beat the odds? Join us to hear highlights from CES® (the Consumer Electronics Show), "the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies," and to learn about innovation oversight in a rapidly changing marketplace. Erin Essenmacher, President and Chief Strategy Officer, NACD will share key trends from the January 2020 CESshow, then moderate an all-star panel.
Our panelists will cover the potential strategic impacts of important innovations and global technologies, such as 5G, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain, retail tech, voice, digital money, health care, robots, and self-driving cars. We will go deeper than the buzzwords to consider how today's director can bring appropriate oversight to a company’s innovation and technological evolution.
Key takeaways to take back to your boardroom will include:
New technologies that could disrupt industries and impact shareholder value;
Some of the strategic opportunities and risks accompanying these technologies;
The key questions directors should be asking at board meetings;
How boards from all industries can engender an innovation culture.
Erin Essenmacher serves as the chief programming officer for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), responsible for the content curation, strategy, and execution of more than 60 virtual and in person education programs and events each year. Essenmacher is also an award-winning writer, director, and producer with more than 20 years of experience in media production. She has written, directed, and produced films for PBS, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the History Channel, and Court TV, and she produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed independent documentary, MINE. Essenmacher currently serves on the boards of Docs in Progress and EILEEN FISHER, Inc.
Gerry M. Czarnecki is currently chairman and CEO of The Deltennium Group Inc., a consulting organization focused on the leadership and governance of technology and disruptive strategies. He has previously served as general manager of the fourth largest bank trust department; CFO of the eighth largest bank holding company; CEO of a large, publicly held bank; CEO of a privately held bank owned by former Secretary of the Treasury William Simon; IBM senior vice president and chief of staff; president of UNC Inc., a manufacturing, repair, and overhaul company serving the aviation industry; chairman of a boutique investment bank; CEO of the largest charitable remainder trust administrator; and executive producer of TV programs airing on Lifetime TV, including the "Balancing Act," "Designing Spaces," and "The Suzanne Show," with Suzanne Somers as his co-executive producer and host of the show.
Czarnecki is chair of the Audit Committee, Jack Cooper Enterprises; chair of the board, ECO Building Products; member of the board, NuraHealth Inc.; chair of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee, RFD & Associates Inc.; chair of the Board of Trustees, National University System; chairman emeritus, National Association of Corporate Directors Florida Chapter; and founder and chairman, National Leadership Institute. He is also a former 15-year director of State Farm Insurance, where he served as member of the company Executive Committee and was chairman of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of State Farm Bank.
Nora M. Denzel is a Silicon Valley technology executive. Before transitioning to full time board work, she was the interim CEO of Redbox and held several C-Suite positions in technology companies encompassing leading Big Data, Consulting, Enterprise Software and Storage businesses. As a board member, her expertise is in the application of technology to transform companies, applying innovation at scale, and turning technical concepts into narratives and strategies everyone can understand.
Nora has served on six public boards and is currently a Board Director of AMD, Ericsson and Talend SA. An NACD Fellow, she was awarded a CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in 2018.
Until 2012, Nora was a key C-Suite executive at Intuit (the makers of TurboTaxÂ® and MintÂ®). She retired as the SVP of Big Data and was responsible for driving data analytics company-wide to delight Intuit's 50M customers.
Ralph de la Vega is the founder and chairman of the De La Vega Group. Mr.
de la Vega is the former Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of Business
Solutions & International. In that capacity, he had overall responsibility
for the company’s integrated Business Solutions group which, at the time
served more than 3.5 million business customers in nearly 200 countries and
territories, including nearly all of the world’s Fortune 1000 companies. He
also had overall responsibility for AT&T’s wireless business operations in
Mexico and DIRECTV in Latin America.
Previously, he was President and CEO of AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions,
where he had overall responsibility for the company’s wireless and business
services operations. Before that, he was President and CEO of AT&T Mobility.
Under his leadership, AT&T Mobility became one of the world’s leading
smartphone and mobile Internet providers and expanded into new growth areas such as connected cars, and home
security and automation.