VP Strategic Alliances and Corporate Consulting Engineering
If there is one company on the planet that has a vision of the future and what businesses will need to become to remain relevant, it is Cisco Systems, and at the center is . . .Read more >
Consultant and Visual Ethnographer
Lisa Swarbrick delivers a fresh ethnographic perspective of possibilities through her understanding of corporate culture, individual potential and her camera lens. . . .Read more >
Agenda | Oct 29th & 30th, 2014
UnleashWD provides two unprecedented days designed to unleash the innovative genius in you and your team.
Our storytellers are purposefully curated to inspire you to look at your business in new ways as we explore each component of The Innovative Distributor model.
Speaker: Andrew Berlin
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
Andrew’s keynote will shed million dollar insights into how one of the best leaders in all of distribution, lifted the lessons of an innovative distributor and shifted them into baseball to resurrect a failing franchise.
David Houle, Futurist, Author of Entering The Shift Age
- ENTERING THE SHIFT AGE: David will explain the dynamics and forces that have shaped our world and will continue to reshape it for the next 20 years. The Innovative Distributor™ must peer into the future to develop value propositions, products, services and business models that insure relevancy in that future. David will show us the way.
Steve Steinhilber, Cisco Systems
RESHAPING YOUR VISION TO BECOME INVALUABLE: If there is one company on the planet that has a vision of the future and what businesses will need to become to remain relevant, it is Cisco Systems. At the center of helping c-suite leaders understand this future is Steve Steinhilber. “We are at the very beginning of a super-interconnected world,” Steve says. Steve will show us how to look into the future by examining how we compete in a world of digital enabled “things” that measure, monitor and control the physical world – and talk to digital apps more than we talk with other humans.
Lift & Shift Q&A
Gary Shapiro, President & CEO, Consumer Electronics Association
NINJA INNOVATION: The game plan of successful and innovative companies include mission-oriented strategy, agility, creativity, decisiveness, and reinvention. The Innovative Distributor™ will creates a culture in which these essential strategies are unleashed and Gary will provide these leadership secrets you can bring to your business.
Dru Dalton, Founder, Real Thread
It’s OK TO START WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING: Dru is one of these Millennials that distributors have been talking about the last few years. He is also the passionate and innovative entrepreneur who founded Real Thread which is setting new standards and expectations in apparel screen printing. Dru has created a digital company (in an analog industry) and a unique culture that attracts great talent and inspires innovation by looking at the business as a craft and leading from core values.
Lift & Shift Q&A
Lynn Casey, CEO, Noesis
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CUSTOMERS IN THE IMAGINATION ECONOMY. Lynn Casey sees how creativity, collaboration and culture will re-energize today’s global economy – and your business. She makes her clients smart and nimble in a fragmented world. She and her team are insight hunters, insatiably curious and have a unique way of getting to the why. As businesses look to escape the trap of non-differentiation and sameness, Lynn shows us how creativity and imagination are quickly becoming the driving force behind business success today.
Steve Riddell, Chief Sales Officer, Blinds.com
INNOVATING THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE: Steve will share the Blinds.com innovation secret sauce – how they created a differentiated value proposition while competing in a world of sameness as well as the innovative customer experience they deliver with each customer interaction, winning Blinds.com a numerous innovation awards.
Lift & Shift Q&A
Jay Rogers, CEO & Co-Founder, Local Motors
A WORLD OF VEHICLE INNOVATIONS: Jay Rogers is CEO and co-founder of the next-generation car company: Local Motors. Identifying that traditional car companies have lost the ability to innovate based on what people want, Jay has created an innovative business model that harnesses an online community of enthusiasts who act as idea generators, designers, and early customers. Jay will share his radical new business approach that is also seeding wider experimentation among suppliers and starting to percolate up into the thinking of more established companies. This is cool stuff! You’ll never look at your business the same after Jay’s story.
Shama Hyder, CEO, Marketing Zen Group
GROWTH HACKING: HOW TO BUILD A THRIVING BUSINESS IN THE DIGITAL AGE: Known as the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Entrepreneur Magazine and the “Millennial Master of the Universe” by Fast Company, Shama Hyder is a visionary strategist for the digital age. Shama will help us understand how to build a thriving business in the digital era examining the digital trends that will shape your company’s future.
Dr. Bill Putsis, Marketing, Economics, & Business Strategy Professor, Kenan-Flager Business School at UNC
COMPETE SMARTER, NOT HARDER: Relationship. It is a key differentiator for many distributors. The the internet, mobile technology, and the ubiquity of information however is quickly changing the foundation of which many distributor’s relationships were built. Bill will provide deep insight into the changing definition of relationship and a framework for success.
Dr. Jay Parkinson, MD, Co-Founder and CEO, Sherpaa, The Doctor of the Future
RE-IMAGINING YOUR BUSINESS MODEL OF THE FUTURE: Jay Parkinson is transforming healthcare – a very important, yet broken industry, he is fundamentally making it better. Through his start-up Sherpaa, he is tackling the most profound part of healthcare that is broken and ripe for disruption – the delivery of healthcare. At Sherppa, Jay and his growing team prevent 70% of office visits from happening at all – a fundamentally massive change. Jay will share his story of Shrepaa’s transformative business model and inspire new thinking as to how you can re-imagine your business model of the future.
Lift & Shift Q&A
George Kennedy, Head Swim Coach, John Hopkins University
WE CAN DO BETTER: Fortune Magazine name George one of the worlds 50 greatest leaders. He’ll share how self directed continuous change can create championship results.
Barbara Trautlein, PhD, Principal, Change Catalysts
INNOVATORS ARE CHANGE CATALYSTS: Barbara Trautlein knows that change is both a mindset and a behavior. It is a matter of rather than doing things to them, change occurs when you do things with and for them. To lead change, Barbara provides the insight and tools to engage the brain, inspire the heart and help the hands to get people moving in new ways.
Lisa Swarbrick, Consultant and Visual Ethnographer, Main Captiva
THE LEADERS LENS – YOU CAN DO THIS!: Legacy. As a leader in distribution you find yourself in a once-in-a-career opportunity to create a culture of change, transformation and innovation. The choices you make leaving UnleashWD will begin to cement your legacy. Lisa Swarbrick delivers a fresh ethnographic perspective of possibilities through her understanding of corporate culture, individual potential and her camera lens. She’ll remind you of your awesome ability to take the lessons learned from our two days together, return to your business, and to create a new future and a legacy you will be proud of.
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