The quality of speakers and content is excellent. Worth blocking time to attend. Look forward to future events.

Joel Munch, Contract CIO - Colorado Hospital Association

This was a well-organized event and a great opportunity to meet with and learn from CIOs with a variety of backgrounds.

Christopher Mumby, CIO - City of Lansing

One of the best forums. I’m attending every year.

Avi Ashkenazi, COO & CIO - BHU USA

This was an OUTSTANDING forum. I learned a lot, found some great people to connect with and received some great nuggets!

Patrice Walker - North Carolina Central University

When it comes to hosting events whether they be in person or virtual Premier Connects is best in class. The events are well organized, well moderated and contains relevant topics with impressive speakers.

George Reichert, CIO - Genworth Financial

Agenda | YOU SURVIVED, NOW LET'S THRIVE

11am – 2pm EST

Welcome & Introductions From Reset to Thrive: How to Lead a Growth Journey

  • Host
    Dr. Rebecca Homkes, Lecturer, Director, London Business School, Strategic Management Centre
Uncertainty challenges leadership teams to adapt, and to navigate their organizations through a journey of surviving (stabilizing the business with a growth mindset) to resetting (updating the existing direction and plans) in order to thrive or dramatically grow and prosper. Dr. Homkes will kick off our discussions by discussing the Survive Reset Thrive journey and how to lead the transition from reset to thrive. She will share stories of successful companies that are building robust organizations for growth and provide insights of how you can do the same! Then she will introduce her B.L.A.S.T framework that describes successful high-growth companies and their teams prepare for a successful growth path. She will challenge us as CIOs to embrace the challenge and build organizations ready to blast off and grow!

Opening Keynote A Closer Look at 2021s Most Innovative CIOs

  • Moderator
    Dr. Rebecca Homkes, Lecturer, Director, London Business School, Strategic Management Centre
  • Panelist
    Miao Song, Global CIO, Mars Petcare
  • Panelist
    Alessandro Ventura, CIO and VP Analytics and Shared Services for North America, Unilever
Globally and across a range of industries, 2020 took existing patterns of activity for CIOs and sped them up radically and unexpectedly. Some organizations were more prepared than others. However, a select few overachieving teams solved these challenges in remarkably creative ways. In this session, we will dig deeper on strategies that allow for companies to not only survive, but thrive. In addition, we will explore companies who ‘broke the mold’ in 2020 and the strategies they plan to adopt as they take on 2021.

General Session The Way Forward

  • Presenter
    Spencer Levy, Global Chief Client Officer & Sr Economics Advisor, CBRE
The pandemic has completely disrupted how we live, work and play. Join an expert from CBRE discuss their thoughts on The Way Forward for the economy and commercial real estate, especially as conditions evolve due to a new U.S. administration and the vaccine.

General Session Driving Business Transformation in Retail Using AI

In this session, we discuss how retailers are working with Google Cloud on machine learning and AI to transform their business. Retailers face numerous challenges in their business every day. This session presents an overview of the AI Platforms, products, and solutions Google Cloud is building to address those challenges across digital and omnichannel personalization, merchandising, the supply chain, and optimizing operations. Hear real world examples of how customers are using Google Cloud AI in practice today.

General Session Beyond Place: Adapting to a Boundless Retail Workplace and Shopping Experience

In this session we will discuss the evolution of a new digital workplace in the retail world towards a distributed model. Modern ways of shopping means dealing with new ways of working and experiences. Therefore, retail organizations need to reshape their IT strategy by providing employees the right business tools, secure technology and devices. Learn more how Chrome OS, a versatile, secure cloud-native operating system can support your distributed workforce. Hear how DFS Furniture created a digital culture and improved in-store experiences with Chrome Enterprise.

Closing Remarks Are you Ready to Grow?

  • Presenter
    Dr. Rebecca Homkes, Lecturer, Director, London Business School, Strategic Management Centre
We will pull together key insights and end with a call to action including recapping shared guidance on how CIOs can lead their organizations, accelerate learning and thrive through 2021 and beyond.

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CIO Industry Forum | Retail

5.12.21

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