7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Program
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 CES show, 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.
Deborah is a former CEO with extensive global board experience,
who is focused on the intersection of consumer products and services,
technology, and digitization. She is a frequent speaker on private
equity investment, activist investor engagement, board governance,
and women’s leadership. Ellinger was recognized by the National
Association of Corporate directors for her governance work in
2018 and was honored as a Top 100 Director in 2019.
Deborah has 15 years of public and private board experience, and
was Lead Director of iRobot (maker of the Roomba vacuum cleaner) during a period
that included an activist engagement, significant director change, rapid growth, record
revenues, and record share price. She is still a director of iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT) and
also of Covetrus (NASDAQ: CVET), a $4Bn tech-enabled veterinarian services and
supply company. Previous board memberships include Interpublic Group (NYSE:IPG),
National Life Group, Sealy, Inc. (NYSE:ZZ) and several private companies.
CEO and Chair, Retail Impulse Group; Director North America, Schneider Group; Director, Ziel Process Solutions; Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Russia
Robert Courtney is a digitally savvy global entrepreneur, CEO and member of multiple boards, recognized for pioneering new international trade and business models in challenging environments. He currently is CEO and General Counsel of Retail Impulse Group, which successfully brought a new-to-market commercialization business to shopping centers across Russia, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. He also is Director North America for Schneider Group, an international consulting firm providing market entry and advisory services and business processing outsourcing in Eurasia, Eastern Europe and Russia. Over 30 years of executive, transactional and board experience, he has developed expertise in driving organic business growth, leading multi-cultural teams, and successfully navigating economic volatility, geopolitical risk and shifting regulatory environments. He also offers real-world expertise in bringing artificial intelligence and machine learning to business processes and people management, as well as oversight of corporate cybersecurity initiatives. Bob’s 30 years of entrepreneurial business and board leadership span manufacturing technology, retail, education, real estate, health care and consulting for businesses across the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.