8 Sessions Not To Be Missed At UnleashWD Innovation Summit
Our UnleashWD Innovation Summit has become two of the most important days of the year for distributors who understand that the status quo is the enemy.
It’s a fantastic chance for you and your close knit of company leaders (current and next-gen leaders) to learn, think about the business differently, and to create innovative and game changing strategies.
After months of listening to leaders throughout distribution, I have curated the two days of our November 6 – 7 UnleashWD Innovation Summit, to be the most meaningful of all our events to date, by specifically addressing the most strategic issues impacting distributors.
This is not your average conference!
Here are the 8 can’t miss sessions:
1. Let The Disruption Begin – Your Call To Innovate
I have decided to shake-up and change how every conference you have ever attended starts. I’ll leave it a surprise for now, but let’s just say … we will use the inspiration (and challenge) I received from Graybar CEO Kathy Mazzarella so that within the first hour your commitment to innovation will be more focused than ever before.
When you come in … don’t get too comfortable.
2. How To Accelerate Through Disruption At The Speed Of US
Facing the disruptive forces of change, the majority of distribution leaders – 72% to be exact believe that the pace of change is too slow in their business. How do you accelerate the needed change and innovation? Wendy Whiteash, Executive Vice President of Culture at US LBM Holdings will share the practicality of their unique culture and how this transformative distributor helps their people tackle the realities of today and prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. With speed!
Culture eats strategy for lunch …. you won’t leave this session hungry!
3. Clearly Data Is The Essence Of Your Future
In the new digital economy, data is the great destroyer of business value. It is also the great creator of business value. Data being central to sustainable business models and differentiating value propositions is not a future state – it is NOW. John McDonald, Chairman & CEO of ClearObjects will help you see, understand and capitalize on digital driven services, while Lara Lee, Founder and CEO of Creative Renewal will anchor you in the essence of your business as you strategize your digital future.
OK … Data eats legacy models all day long!
4. How To Build The Organization Of The Future
Building the organization of the future requires transformation. Digital transformation to be exact. How does a long-established distributor, with time-honored beliefs and processes transform itself into a digital distributor? Four Millennials from Valin Corporation will share the roadmap they used to lead the digital transformation that is taking Valin into the future. Will Sparks, professor of leadership at Queens University of Charlotte will then help you identify the actualized leader within you to embrace your role in transforming your business.
Digital transformation …. it’s much more than the technology!
5. Get It On! What it Means to Lead the Way
A fundamental belief of UnleashWD is that … Companies don’t change, transform, and innovate. People Do. Leaders do. We’ll conclude day one with Keni Thomas, who like no other speaker you’ve seen before, will remind us that disruptive times, and the lessons learned during hard times, can make each of us a better leader, capable of greatness. Keni, is a decorated U.S. military veteran and will share his gut wrenching experiences in the chaotic 1993 Battle of Mogadishu to express a unique set of leadership lessons and inspired view of our greater purpose.
Purpose driven leaders … transform businesses.
6. How To Win In The Age Of Digital Marketplaces
While 81% of distributors believe they are operating with outdated business models, Amazon Business has become a top 20 B2B distributor – in just three years’ time. Late last year Amazon Business announced more than $10 billion in annualized sales. Nick Johnson is a Principal at NYC based Applico, a digitally focused consulting firm that helps incumbents build or buy their own platform business to beat big tech at its own game. After learning the B2B Playbook from Nick, we’ll hear from Michael Werner and his team at HomeX, a startup platform business being led by former executives of eBay and Amazon.
Platform businesses … The modern monopoly.
7. How To Boldly Lead In Times Of Profound Change
An innovation lab director, retired U.S. Army officer, and the lead guitarist for Carrie Underwood will lift the fog and friction of your leadership role once you understand the urgency of change. Ed Eason, lives in the music industry where lives and businesses have be disintermediated, and Joe McNamara understands the power of leaders intent to create initiative throughout your organization to get hard things accomplished. Beth Ladd, will show how cross functional and diverse teams unlock creativity and innovation.
You’ve been called to lead… So lead!
8. Lift & Shift™ Your Boldest Idea For Innovative Transformation
The speakers have come and gone. New connections made and deep collaborative conversations have been had. Your book is full of notes, and your head is spinning with thoughts and ideas. You’re ready to get back and start putting it all into practice. But not yet! You have one more thing to do before heading to the airport. In our final session, Dirk Beveridge, your host and founder of UnleashWD will lead you through our proprietary Lift and Shift™ workshop, where you will take your biggest, baddest, and boldest idea and transform it into an action plan to start your innovation journey without delay.
We own the future … if not us, who?
Come Innovate With Us
This year’s UnleashWD Innovation Summit is cued up and set to help leaders like you drive the change, transformation, and innovation needed in today’s disruptive time. I’d hate for you to miss out. Come innovate with us.
UnleashWD Innovation Summit
November 6-7, 2019 | Chicago, IL
Founder | UnleashWD
The Premier Gathering For Innovative Distribution Leaders
Join us as we host the most driven leaders throughout distribution – from almost every imaginable line of trade – with the purpose of providing the inspiration, education, and connections needed to transform their business in this age of disruption. Your participation will leave you excited, charged, and prepared to return to your work with the vision and energy needed to lead your business to a profitable, sustainable, and relevant future.