GMA Leadership Forum at The Broadmoor

GMA Leadership Forum at
The Broadmoor

General Program Agenda Overview

Please see the schedule below for the program at-a-glance and list of speakers. Or download the printer friendly PDF version.
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  • Thursday, August 13

    9:00 am – 5:00 pm SRAC Committee Meeting
    1:30 pm –3:00 pm Finance and Audit Committee Meeting
    3:15 pm – 5:00 pm Executive Committee Meeting
  • Friday, August 14

    7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration and Dinner Desk
    8:30 am – 9:30 am Health & Wellbeing Meeting & Breakfast
    9:00 am – 2:30 pm Information Systems Meeting & Lunch
    10:00 am – 2:45 pm Board of Directors Meetings
    11:00 am – 1:00 pm Advisory Council Meeting
    11:00 am – 2:00 pm CFO Committee Meeting & Lunch
    12:00 pm – 5:15 pm Emerging Leaders Program & Lunch
    12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Partner Power Connect
    12:30 pm – 5:00 pm Human Resources Share Group Meeting & Lunch
    2:00 pm– 5:00 pm Sales Committee/IDAC Committee Meeting
    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Meeting
    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Industry Affairs Council Meeting
    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm CFO Committee Reception/Dinner
    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm CEO Leadership Forum & Emerging Leaders
    Reception & Dinner
  • Saturday, August 15

    6:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration and Dinner Desk

    7:15 am – 8:45 am

    Breakfast & Keynote Signature Series:
    Using Hard Trends to Transform - How We Market & Sell
    Daniel Burrus,  Founder & CEO Burrus Research Associates
    Moderator: Thom Blischok, Chief Retail Strategist and Senior Executive Advisor, PwC
    Sponsored By: PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
    What if you could have the foresight to see invisible opportunities before anyone else, including your competition? What if you were certain enough about the future to reinvent and re-position your retail business now, before it’s too late? What if you could skip your biggest problems and move forward quickly? Sound impossible? It isn’t! Daniel Burrus has been helping Fortune 500 executives from companies such as Lever Brothers, Lexus, Miller Coors, Cadbury Schweppes, Kellogg’s, General Mills, GE, American Express, Google, Toshiba, Procter & Gamble, and Honda to see invisible opportunities and solve seemingly impossible problems. In this highly insightful and motivating presentation, Daniel Burrus will help you to see both the forces that are driving the transformation of marketing and retail and how to use those forces to drive innovation and growth.

    9:00 am – 11:30 am CEO Leadership Forum
    9:00 am – 4:00 pm Partner Power Connect Program
    9:00 am – 10:00 am Executive Leadership Tracks
    The Digital Store of Future & CPG Collaboration in the New Age of Omni-Channel Commerce
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    The future of customer experience will be driven by digital capabilities and the ability of retailers and CPG companies to have a consistent customer experience across channels. Providing a seamless channel agnostic, customer-focused view is what retailers are aspiring to. Cognizant has partnered with global retailers to help them strategize and realize the vision of "Digital Store of the Future" through Omni-channel capabilities geared towards improving customer engagement, which in turn increases traffic, conversion and basket size, completely transforming retail performance. As retailers mature their operations to move towards supporting the digitally enabled store, how do CPG companies need to reinvent themselves? This panel discussion will reveal the latest trends that retailers and CPG manufacturers are following to collaborate and make the “Digital Store of the Future” a reality.
    Girish Dhaneshwar, Senior Director, Supply Chain Practice Lead, Consumer Goods & Retail Business Consulting, Cognizant
    Meena Surti Patel, Assistant Vice President for Consumer Goods & Retail Business Consulting, Cognizant

    Mark Batenic, President and Chief Executive Officer, IGA, Inc.
    Dennis Donelon, Senior Director, Customer Supply Chain Integration, PepsiCo Chicago

    From Dabbling to Doing: The Age of the Intuitive Enterprise
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    The world will never be slower than it is today. Current decision processes and underlying decision-support capabilities are unprepared for the convergence of digital, analytics and agile process, which together can enable a new kind of Intuitive Enterprise. Leaders no longer dabble in big data, digital or analytics; instead, they are transforming their businesses and putting these capabilities on the center stage. Simply hiring an engineer or a data scientist is not the solution, and often results in overhyped expectations being missed. During this panel discussion, we’ll build on the GMA’s disruption, Big Data and analytics research to discuss how leaders are going from dabbling to doing – becoming more agile and intuitive – and thereby capturing new sources of growth!

    Ben Stiller, Principal, Deloitte
    Frank Tataseo, Executive Vice President, New Business Development, The Clorox Company
    Elis Costa, Vice President of Finance, Unilever,
    Nick Soukas, Senior Director Marketing, Unilever

    Beating the Trade Promotion Trend with a Revenue Management Roadmap
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    Across the consumer goods landscape, consumer choices are becoming more complicated due to rising competition, increasing channels and volatile input costs. The combination of these and other factors have retailers and manufacturers re-evaluating their promotion options to boost profitable sales by delivering the right value to consumers. However, the latest Nielsen research of more than 92 million promotions finds that two-thirds of all trade promotions in the U.S. don’t break even. During this session, we’ll discuss key promotional trends, hindrances to trade efficiency, winning promotional strategies and case studies demonstrating insights-enabled roadmaps for promotional overhauls.
    Doug Bennett, Senior Vice President Custom Analytics, Nielsen
    10:00 am –10:30 am Coffee Break
    10:30 am – 11:30 am Executive Leadership Tracks
    Navigating Waves of Change in Consumer Markets: Creating a More Flexible and Agile Organization to Win in the Marketplace
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    In an environment where change is the new normal, success favors fit, agility, flexibility and preparation. Companies must dedicate time, energy and resources both to sensing weak signals of potential disruptors to understand upcoming “game changers” and to establishing the capabilities to adapt to those changes. This panel of speakers will explore the concepts of sensing and adapting, and facilitate a discussion to explore how companies are beginning to proactively identify and address marketplace shifts, creating adaptable, agile organizations that produce and sustain long-term competitive advantage. Participants will leave with insights into sensing disruptive implications/weak signals in order to proactively develop strategies that address and harness these disruptions. They will also understand the elements necessary to create a flexible and adaptable organization better positioned to respond to changing markets.
    John Farrell, Consumer Markets Advisory Leader, KPMG, LLP
    Victoria Dolan, Corporate Controller, Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Jeanne Johnson, Consumer Markets Omni-Channel Leader, KPMG, LLP

    Owning the Relationship with Your Best Consumers
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    Many brands use behavioral data to execute more relevant communications, but few understand how to scale those efforts to maximize the impact for both the brand and the consumer. For the first time, General Mills and 84.51° will take attendees through GMI’s revolutionary approach to managing owned media, bringing together first-party data and actual purchase behavior to create the right strategy, deliver the right message, and drive incremental sales for brands. Hear how to drive incremental sales lifts in-store, drive loyalty, and develop smarter acquisition strategies that grow reach among the right consumers.
    Amy Halford, Director, Owned Media and Publishing, General Mills, Inc.
    Barbara Connors, Director, Brand Media Capabilities, 84.51°

    Revitalize, Re-Engage and Grow: A Study of Consumers and Shopper Behavior
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    Retailers look to their supplier partners to employ the latest in consumer understanding and uncover new paths to growth. In collaboration with manufacturers that have made retail partnerships their highest priority, Nielsen has found that the greatest growth lies in breathing new energy into the shopper experience. In this session, we’ll discuss how shoppers’ expectations and experiences provide a path to revitalization and the direct, measurable impact of highly engaged consumers. We’ll also examine case studies demonstrating how CPG companies are already leveraging cost effective developments in primary research and data they already have to crack the code category revitalization.
    Karen Fichuk, President, North America Buy, Nielsen
    Jeff Watters, President & CEO, Ainsworth Pet
    Walt Wdowiak, VP of Marketing Services, Ainsworth Pet

    11:55 am – 1:15 pm
    Awards & Recognition Lunch
    Sponsored By: EY 

    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Executive Leadership Tracks
    What Can Physical Retail Learn from E-commerce?
    Over the past 10 years, much of the innovation in retailing has come from the e-commerce world. The use of real-time metrics and analytics to drive optimization of pricing, merchandising and promotions is now standard fare on all major e-commerce sites. As real-time metrics and analytics become available for physical retail, brands have an opportunity to use the same innovative methods to revolutionize the merchandising methods and metrics the industry has relied on for years. Participants will learn the real secrets to success for e-commerce and how brands can apply those to selling in physical stores. We’ll specifically explore the strategies and tactics prevalent in e-commerce that CPGs can use in brick and mortar. We’ll also look at how CPGs can gain the same agility in-store as e-commerce and what has to change in a CPG’s thinking or process to truly innovate.
    Dirk De Vos, Senior Vice President of Commercial Marketing, Heineken USA
    Karen Etzkorn, Chief Information Officer, Home Shopper Network, Inc.

    Glenn Hartman, Senior Vice President, Starbucks Coffee Company

    Making Winning Bets in Grocery E-commerce
    While e-commerce has disrupted retail with vibrant new marketplaces and shopping tools, one sector has been blissfully above the blast area: consumer packaged goods. Online alternatives were few and provided little incentive to woo buyers. In fact, online accounted for less than 1% of total 2013 sales in packaged food and 2% in non-food.  As the industry is moving towards a tipping point, there is a new imperative for manufacturers to develop winning strategies. This session will discuss how CPGs should think about winning as this transition plays out. We will take a look at the dynamics of e-commerce, both supply-side and demand-side, to forecast how far and how fast the space will evolve. We’ll also look at the economics of various operational models (e.g. home delivery, click and collect, pickup points) to understand which types of retailer will face the strongest headwinds or tailwinds based on their starting point, footprint and capabilities. And we’ll present the actions we recommend suppliers take to ensure they ride the wave, including picking & partnering with channel partners, and tactical recommendations to drive sales and maintain or grow share.
    Kelly Ungerman, Partner, McKinsey & Co
    Shawn P. O'Grady - Senior Vice President; President, Sales and Channel Development, General Mills
    Jim Dinkins, Chief Retail Customer Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
    Kari Alldredge, Partner, McKinsey & Co
    Matt Laszlo, Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Office, The Clorox Company

    Millennials’ Changing Path to Purchase: Navigating the New Realities of Millennial Family Decision Making and Their Evolving Shopper Journey
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    There are multiple transformations occurring in the marketplace, but few as important as the impact of Millennials. This group’s dollar share of CPG spending will grow by an estimated 70 percent between now and 2020. But now, an additional shift is occurring, as Millennials who were mostly single until recently, are now marrying and having families, dramatically changing their shopping attitudes and behaviors. During this session, attendees will explore new research on Millennials that will shed light on the unique shopping attitudes of Millennial parents. We’ll examine the profoundly different, targeted messaging, product and shopper strategies required to appeal to Millennials. Attendees will gain new insights into strategies that will address the needs of this enormous, but still misunderstood group of shoppers as their life journeys evolve into parenthood.
    Robert I. Tomei, President, Consumer & Shopper Marketing, IRI
    Laura Knebusch, Senior Director, Shopper Insights & Marketing, Georgia Pacific
    George Carey, CEO and Founder, The Family Room Strategy Group

    A Conversation on the Disruptive Forces Impacting the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry
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    The results of the 18th Annual PwC Global CEO Survey are in. It is clear, fundamental forces of change are sweeping across all industries, and few are impacted more than the Consumer Packaged Goods industry.  During this session we will engage a panel of senior CPG executives in a conversation to discuss what we learned from the survey, and more importantly, to understand how they are responding to these changes. We will focus on how they are creating value through digital transformation, developing diverse and dynamic partnerships, as well as using diversity to find different ways of thinking and working.
    Tanya Domier, CEO, Advantage Sales & Marketing
    Tracey Massey, President, MARS Chocolate, North America
    Carolyn Tastad, Group President, P&G North America

    Dr. John Sviokla, Head of Thought Leadership, PwC

    2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Coffee Break
    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Executive Leadership Tracks
    Competing in the Digital Now: Winning in the New Digital Era
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    The world is rapidly changing – a proliferation of new technologies, disruptive digital business models, changing consumer behaviors, and a significant shift in growth in US grocery to eCommerce. In this unprecedented and dynamic environment, it is critical that large CPGs up their games to build competitive advantage in a constantly changing digital landscape. Drawing from the second phase of our joint industry working task force on building a winning digital proposition, we'll preview a set of practical recommendations to put the right playbook in place to win from multiple perspectives – from managing channel pricing conflicts, to how best to work with key eCommerce players such as Amazon and Walmart, to evaluating and prioritizing digital media investments, and putting the right organization and capabilities in place to win in this new environment.

    Gabrielle Novacek, Partner, BCG
    Bob Black, former Group President Kimberly Clark & Annie's Board of Directors
    Dan Cooke, General Manager, Global eCommerce, Kellogg Company

    Winning CPG Strategies in Online Grocery
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    Online grocery is one of the most important growth opportunities for consumer products manufacturers.  Indeed, shoppers already buy a large percentage of several major categories online, and most industry observers expect online share of sales to grow from 1 to 2 percent today to 7 to 8 percent over the next four to five years, five to six times faster than conventional channels. Most CPGs are experimenting with online strategies, but few, if any, have cracked the code. During this session the presenters will discuss where growth is most likely to occur – from both a category and consumer segment standpoint – and what CPG manufacturers must do to develop successful strategies to win in online grocery. Attendees will gain insight into how the North American online grocery market is likely to evolve over the next decade and strategies for manufacturers to take advantage of this key growth trend.
    Nilam Ganenthiran, Head of Strategy & Business Development, Instacart
    Nick Rellas, Chief Executive Officer, Drizly
    Mir Aamir, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer,
    Randy Burt, Partner, A.T. Kearney

    Making the Turn
    What does it take to make a company profitable? For more than 20 years now, Tony Sarsam has used his experience and leadership to turn around divisions and improve upward climb. In this session, he’ll focus on key strategies to turning divisions/companies to become more profitable. He’ll also share details of how he has taken divisions and companies under his stewardship and transformed them into strong performers.  We’ll discuss the power of research and industry trends to meet customer needs with the right product at the right time. Tony will address how he is transforming Ready Pac and revitalizing the fresh food industry. Attendees will hear specific success stories, along with tips to staying innovative and on-trend, hiring the right people and establishing a clear identity for your company.

    Tony Sarsam, CEO, Ready Pac Foods, Inc.

    Touchdown! Get your Clients to the End Zone with Lessons of Exclusive Messaging and Engagement from the Atlanta Falcons
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    The Atlanta Falcons along with Legends Global Sales, who have more than $5 billion in sales and sponsorships worldwide, was looking to enhance fan experience, increase sponsorship and oversee the franchise’s premium and season ticket sales project for the New Atlanta Stadium. Utilizing digital technologies they implemented a seamless fan engagement throughout their stadium. Using immersive environments, data capture & analytics and social platforms is crucial to creating the exciting experience that ensures fans not only remain loyal, but more importantly, return time and again. This personalized engagement is allowing Atlanta Falcons group understand and please their fans like never before. In this session you will hear how LGS uses technology and a custom content management system to keep their fans loyal and involved. You will also understand the synergies for consumer goods companies and how CPGs need to participate in the “theater of retail” to keep their brands flying off the shelves. Hear how leveraging the shelf edge and other store real estate can make your products winners!
    Michael Drake, Vice President of Sales & Service, Atlanta Falcons
    Kevin Howard, Founder, CEO, ICG


    Vikas Gurugunti, Vice President, Consumer and Retail Industry, HP Enterprise Services


    4:00 pm – 5:45 pm



















    Industry Award Presentation, State of the Industry & Keynote Signature Series

    Hall of Achievement Award:
    George E. Deese, Chairman of the Board, Flowers Foods

    State of the Industry:
    Consumer Information Transparency Initiative
    Pamela G. Bailey, President and Chief Executive
    , GMA
    Jim Flannery, Senior Executive Vice President,
    Operations and Industry
    , GMA
    For the past year, over 300 people from 90 different companies have been working on a game-changing project to understand how to help consumers learn more and more about the products they use and consume. Project research demonstrated that the ability for a consumer to access product information builds trust while trust is eroded if consumers cannot find information when they want it. The Consumer Information Transparency Initiative leverages existing and emerging technology to meet this consumer need. Join this session to understand how your company can participate. Find out why Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with the GMA Board of Directors on April 29 to discuss a range of issues and praised GMA’s work on the information transparency initiative as "cutting edge."

    Keynote Signature Series
    Staying Ahead of the Curve: Securing a Nation Amid Change
    General Keith B. Alexander, USA, (Ret.)

    John G. Maxwell, Global Leader, Retail & Consumer Industry, PwC
    Dr. John Sviokla, Head Of Global Thought Leadership, PwC
    Sponsored By: PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
    With advanced degrees in both physics and electronic warfare, an unprecedented tenure as head of the NSA, and over 40 years of top-level experience as a leader, General Keith Alexander is among the most influential figures in national security to date. A colossal undertaking given the rapidity of change and the vulnerabilities that change brings—specifically when policy, technology and ways of thinking or looking at the world lag behind—Alexander’s methodology is more than fit for the task. It is multipronged, highly complex, comprehensive, and largely straddles his efforts to protect the nation from cyber attacks. A critical figure in developing and advocating the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative and leading USCYBERCOM, Alexander’s approach to national security helped to bridge the gap between agencies and focus the efforts of the government in ways that not only paralleled but jumped ahead of the trajectory. An agent of change who truly understands its impact, Alexander has transformed the way we think about new domains of warfare and security. In a detailed discussion of critical import to countless members of the public and private sectors, Alexander examines the nation’s current state of affairs, what’s on the horizon, and offers solutions about what we can do to stay ahead of the curve to protect America’s most vulnerable targets and secure our nation for future generations.

    6:30 pm – 7:15 pm Welcome Reception
    Sponsored By: KPMG, LLP
    7:15 pm – 9:00 pm BBQ on the West Lawn
    Sponsored By: Hewlett-Packard Company

  • Sunday, August 16

    6:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration
    7:00 am – 1:00 pm Dinner Desk
    7:30 am – 12:30 pm Silgan Containers Corporation Tennis & Golf Tournaments
    Sponsored By: Silgan Containers Corporation

    8:00 am – 4:00 pm Partner Power Connect Program
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Executive Leadership Tracks
    Driving Growth Among Disruption: Capitalizing on the Shifting Consumer Food Value Equation
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    Consumers’ expectations of and preferences toward food have evolved in a significant and structural way. While traditional factors such as taste, price and convenience were once the dominant drivers of purchase decisions, now other factors like health & wellness, safety, social impact, experience, and transparency are increasingly important. This shift is no longer a niche phenomenon – it is hitting mainstream America and as a result, radically changing growth opportunities for many food companies, especially large, established ones. Furthermore, consumer trust in the food ecosystem wavers as consumers are increasingly exposed to and seek out information on topics like recalls, GMOs, and corporate policies. Consumers are redefining the value equation for food and are creating both opportunities and threats for companies throughout the food value chain. This panel of executives including leading brand owners, ingredients suppliers, and a retailer will explore opportunities to not just get ahead of these shifts, but convert them to growth and market share.
    Tom Phillips, Director, Deloitte Consulting
    Mark Baum, Senior Vice President of Industry Relations and Chief Collaboration Officer, Food Marketing Institute (FMI)
    Beth Ford, Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain and Operations Officer, Land O’Lakes
    Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont
    Rob Aukerman, President, North American Commercial Operations, Elanco Animal Health

    Carolyn Sakstrup, VP Guest Center of Excellence, Target

    Using Digital to Enhance the CPG / Retailer Partnership
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    In Omni-channel retailing, there's much hype and excitement about technology advances in the retail environment as well as the almost daily reports of how essential it is to capitalize on changing consumer preferences. Some are materially beneficial, some are fads, and some will fundamentally change retail operations. Where this was once a marketing or IT issue, charting a strategy for the digital age and executing on the strategy is now a board-level issue whose implementation affects most departments. This session will dissect the most successful retailer and manufacturer partnership, and explore the operational implications of Omni-channel strategies. What is the future of trade funds?  What technology investments yield consumer benefit and profitability?  What data will retailers and manufacturers collect and share in the future? Our panel of practitioners and experts will share their stories of challenge, transformation and success!

    Thom Blischok, Chief Retail Strategist, PwC
    Duncan MacNaughton, Former Executive Vice President and Chief Merchant, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Michael Walton, Global Head of Manufacturing Industry, Google, Inc.
    Mark Elkins, Vice President, Digital and Ecommerce, Coke Enterprises, Europe

    Benno Dorer, Chief Executive Officer, The Clorox Company

    LeaderShift 2020 and Beyond
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    For more than two decades, the GMA Hall of Achievement Award has recognized the service and extraordinary contributions of distinguished CPG industry leadership at the individual leader level. This session will feature the recent hindsight 20/20 wisdom, insights and maybe even some Secrets of Leadership Success from this year’s GMA Hall of Achievement Award winners. We’ll open the Kimona and expose the specifics that guided these storied CPG CEO’s along their LeaderShift journey and hear their advice and lessons learned that will help us lead our organizations and the CPG industry going forward.
    Gregory Wasson, Former President and CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance
    Joseph Hunt, Managing Partner, Hunt Executive Search, Inc.

    3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Networking Break

    3:15 pm – 5:40 pm



    Industry Award Presentation, State of the Industry & Keynote Signature Series

    Hall of Achievement Presentation: Gregory D. Wasson, Former President and CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance

    The New Era of Value Creation: Agility Efficiency and Growth
    The consumer goods industry is at an inflection point, with revolutionary changes underway defining a new normal. As consumers continue to demand healthier lifestyles and products, the channels to consumers are becoming increasingly blurred with greater expectations for product customization. Volatility brought on by fluctuating consumer demand, commodity prices and economic pressures will increase, and new forms of competition will enter the picture. Consumer goods companies are faced with the challenge of how to increase value and profits today while preparing for success tomorrow. Hear from the experts on their vision of the future of the consumer goods industry, sharing insights on consumer disruptions and strategies to be prepared and responsive. Their vision of the future of the industry will also be underpinned with insights from both 2015 CAGNY and CAGE, followed by a CEO panel conversation on the implications to their organizations, sharing their plans and lessons learned.
    J.P. Bilbrey, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hershey Company
    Thomas Greco, Chief Executive Officer Of Frito-Lay North America, PepsiCo, Inc.
    Kees Kruythoff, President, Unilever North America, Unilever
    P. Justin Skala, President, Colgate North America & Global Sustainability, Colgate-Palmolive Company

    Keith Barringer, Senior Managing Director, Accenture

    Keynote Signature Series:
    Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America
    David Gergen, Senior Political Correspondent for CNN and Former Presidential Adviser

    Moderator: Keith Barringer, Senior Managing Director, Accenture

    Sponsored By: Accenture
    From Nixon to Clinton, Watergate to Whitewater, few Americans have observed the ups and downs of presidential leadership more closely over the past thirty years than David Gergen. A White House adviser to four presidents, both Republican and Democrat, he offers a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of their struggles to exercise power and draws from them key lessons for leaders of the future. As the world's economic and political dynamics continue to evolve, a new age is ahead for America, but its realization will depend heavily upon the success of a new generation at the top. Drawing upon all his many experiences in the White House, he offers seven key lessons for leaders of the future. What they must have, he says, are: inner mastery; a central, compelling purpose rooted in moral values; a capacity to persuade; skills in working within the system; a fast start; a strong, effective team; and a passion that inspires others to keep the flame alive.

    5:40 pm – 6:30 pm Evening Break
    6:30 pm – 7:15 pm Sunset Reception
    Sponsored By: Janrain

    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

     “Oh What A Night!” Closing Dinner & Concert Celebration
    Featuring: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons!

    Sponsored By: IRI




  • Keynote Speaker and Special Guest Bios

    General Keith B. Alexander
    General Keith B. Alexander, USA, (Ret.) served as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) from 2010 to 2014 and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) from 2005-2014. During his time as Commander and Director, he led the defense of DoD computer networks, national foreign intelligence, combat support, and U.S. national security information system protection responsibilities.
    John P.  Bilbrey    
    Mr. Bilbrey is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hershey Company, a position he has held since April 2, 2015. Prior to that, he had served as President and Chief Executive Officer since May 17, 2011. From November 2010 to May 2011, Mr. Bilbrey was Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and from December 2007 until November 2010, he was Senior Vice President, President Hershey North America. Prior to joining Hershey, Mr. Bilbrey held executive positions at Mission Foods and Danone Waters of North America, Inc., a division of Groupe Danone, responsible for all operations of Groupe Danone’s North American water division. He also served in positions of increasing responsibility in the United States as well as numerous international assignments during his 22 years at The Procter & Gamble Company. Mr. Bilbrey has been a director of Colgate-Palmolive Company since March 2015 and previously served as a director of McCormick & Company, Incorporated from November 2005 to May 2015. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kansas State University.

    Daniel Burrus
    Considered one of the world’s leading futurists on global trends and innovation, The New York Times has referred to Daniel Burrus as one of the top three business gurus in the highest demand. As a true visionary, his accurate predictions date back to the early 1980s. He became the first and only futurist to accurately identify the twenty technologies that would become the driving force of business and economic change for decades to come. The founder of six companies and best-selling author of Flash Foresight, he now serves as the strategic advisor to executives from Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, American Express, Google, Toshiba, Honda, and IBM.

    David Gergen
    A senior political analyst for CNN and co-director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, David has served as an adviser to four U.S. presidents of both parties. He is a professor of public service at the Harvard Kennedy School and in 2000 he published the best-selling book, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton. An active speaker on leadership, he is also a board member of Teach for America, the Aspen Institute and The Mission Continues. David is a member of the Washington D.C. Bar and the Council on Foreign Relations and holds 25 honorary degrees

    Tom Greco
    Thomas (Tom) Greco is Chief Executive Officer, Frito-Lay North America, a unit of PepsiCo. In its global portfolio of food and beverage brands, PepsiCo has 22 different brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. With net revenues of over $66 billion, PepsiCo’s main businesses also make hundreds of other enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world. Tom assumed this role in September 2011 and is responsible for overseeing PepsiCo’s snack and convenient foods business in the U.S. and Canada. Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) is the company’s most profitable operating division. Tom joined PepsiCo in Canada in 1986 and has served in a variety of positions, including region vice president, Midwest; president, Frito-Lay Canada; senior vice president, Sales, Frito-Lay North America; president, Global Sales, PepsiCo; executive vice president, Sales, North America Beverages; and most recently as executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Pepsi Beverages Company (PBC). In this role, Tom was responsible for leading PBC’s retail selling efforts across the U.S. and Canada. Tom was previously with  at Procter & Gamble before joining PepsiCo.

    Kees Kruythoff    
    Kees Kruythoff is currently the President of  Unilever North America. During his extensive career with Unilever, Kees has worked in different roles within the company traveling around the world, from Europe, Africa, Asia to Latin America, before being appointed president of Unilever North America cluster. Kees started his career at Van den Bergh in the Netherlands where he held several marketing and sales roles. In 1999 he became Vice President of marketing for the foods business in South Africa. In 2002 he joined the Board of Unilever Bestfoods Asia as Senior Vice President, Beverages NEA with the intent to build a foods and beverages business in Asia. In March 2008 Kees became CEO for Unilever Brazil, the second largest Unilever business, and was nominated as one of the country’s top 10 sustainability leaders. In September 2011, he moved to the United States to lead the Unilever NA Cluster. Kees currently serves on the board of Grocery Manufacturers Association and Enactus Worldwide.

    P. Justin Skala    
    P. Justin Skala is President, North America for the Colgate-Palmolive Company.  He also has Global responsibility for the corporation’s Sustainability strategies and initiatives. Since 2013, under Justin’s leadership, Colgate North America is evolving to a commercial hub operation serviced by Centers of Excellence in Digital, e-Commerce, Analytics/Insights and Retail capabilities. Additionally, the corporation’s 2015 – 2020 Global Sustainability strategies have been developed and broadly communicated. Justin joined Colgate in the Global Marketing Development Program in 1982. He has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, sales and general management over the subsequent years including assignments with Colgate in France, UK, Hong Kong, Thailand, Canada and the US.  Justin holds a BA degree from Northwestern University and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He sits on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Greater New York City, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the American Cleaning Institute and the Northwestern University Regional Alumni Council.

    Frankie Valli
    Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” are all the rage all over again. With the play on Broadway, and five other casts performing Jersey Boys nightly from Las Vegas to London, the real Frankie Valli is also packing venues around the world. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Seasons’ first hit “Sherry,” Frankie toured England, Australia and New Zealand in 2012, in addition to currently keeping up his busy schedule in the U.S.



    George E. Deese, Chairman of the Board, Flowers Foods
    As the former CEO of Flowers Foods from 2004 to 2013, George Deese’s career with the company spans 50 years. During this time, he led Flowers’ unique culture, stressing the value of every employee and is supported by the principles he defined: integrity, service, quality, and commitment.

    Gregory D. Wasson, Former President and CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance
    Serving as CEO and a member of the board of directors since 2009, in December 2014 Greg Wasson oversaw the completion of the merger with Alliance Boots, a pharmacy-led health and beauty group. His career with the company began in 1980 as a registered pharmacist. He currently serves on the Board of the Museum of Science and Industry and is a member of The Business Council.