Digital Futures:  Transitioning for success and growth

When:  Monday, October 14, 2019 – Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Where:  Case Western Reserve University – Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

Conference highlights

Session slides

Keynote Speakers:

Kathy Fish
Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer
Procter & Gamble Company

 


Youngjin Yoo
Professor in Entrepreneurship and Information Systems
Case Western Reserve University

 


Sherry Sanger
Executive Vice President, Marketing
Penske Transportation Solutions

 

Check out the full speaker line up

Thank you to our Partners

Schedule at a Glance

Opening Night Reception

Monday, October 14, 2019

5:30pm - 7:00pm

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    5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Networking Reception at Sears think[box] on the campus of Case Western Reserve University

    Your #1 place to network! From idea to innovation, Sears think[box] illuminates the pathway for aspiring entrepreneurs and university researchers to create real-world impact. From 3-D printers to laser cutters to grinders, sanders and blasters, this iconic seven-story, 50,000-square-foot facility features a world-renowned makerspace for prototyping ideas as well as a full spectrum of resources for entrepreneurs. Enjoy light refreshments as you move through the space and mingle with IRI and CWRU leadership, guests, and conference participants.

Day 1

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

8:30am - 9:00am

8:30am - 9:00am

Breakfast

9:00am - 9:15am

9:00am - 9:15am

Welcome

9:15am - 10:15am

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    9:15am - 10:15am

    Digital Maturity - The Digital First Framework with Youngjin Yoo, Case Western Reserve University

    Youngjin Yoo, Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professorship in Entrepreneurship
    Faculty Director, D&I Initiatives
    Professor, Design & Innovation, Case Western Reserve University

    Learn about the nine elements of digital maturity introduced in the Digital First Framework and take a private self assessment to determine the areas that you should focus on over the course of the conference.

10:15am - 10:30am

10:15am - 10:30am

Break

10:30am - 12:00pm

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    10:30am - 12:00pm

    Digital Partnership - Jennifer Thomas, Managing Director, Plug and Play Tech Center; Sarah Mihalik, Managing Director, UH Ventures; Sarah Stamp, General Manager, Innovations and Operations, Cleveland Clinic

    Plug and Play helps corporate partners through three phases of innovation:
    1) exploring the startup ecosystem to discover, meet and evaluate startups
    2) creating corporate value by facilitating startup proof of concepts and pilots with defined solutions that fit the company
    3) transforming culture by generating successful solutions that permeate the whole company
    Plug and Play’s strength are 10,000+ startups in our network, a global reach and over 25 locations around the world. Hear from two practitioners who have worked with Plug and Play on the importance of executive buy-in, internal champions, a definitive list of innovation objectives, commitment of time, and financial resources.

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    10:30am - 12:00pm

    Digital Talent Panel - Sue Helper, Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics, Case Western Reserve University; Gene Sasso, Director, Career Development, Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, Case Western Reserve University; Cheryl Hay, Director of Project Talent Acquisition, JobsOhio

    Recruiting and developing human-centered, digital first, design-savvy, and multi-disciplinary employees

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    10:30am - 12:00pm

    Digital Organizing - Geoff Waite, Management Team Member, PA Consulting; Jamison Roof, Managing Consultant, PA Consulting

    Organization for end-to-end consistent customer experiences through a platform

12:00pm - 1:00pm

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    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Lunch and TIM Talk: Ed McQuiston, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Hyland

    TIM Talks, which stands for Technology Innovation Management, are a new creative approach for our sponsors to deliver relevant content. The TIM Talk short delivery is designed to enhance learning and retention.

1:00pm - 2:30pm

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    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Digital Strategy Enablers in Sparse Data Worlds - Bob Graf, Vice President, Data Science & Analytics, The Lubrizol Corporation

    Much attention has focused on big data and the architecture, hardware and software necessary to handle and take advantage of it. The challenges of sparse data are different. Like many industrial B2B companies, we inhabit a sparse data world in a universe rapidly going digital. Using a robust data base platform, we have built predictive models for several business applications. These model suites in turn provide a desktop simulation capability which enables speed and flexibility in how we operate. This breakout session will focus on the tools and practices necessary to succeed with sparse data predictive analytics. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own experiences and practices with sparse or big data to share.

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    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Digital Organizing - Shawn Horner, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Digital Initiatives, Parker Hannifin Corporation

    The presentation and discussion will focus on the organization structures required to effectively implement digital transformation efforts across an industrial enterprise.

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    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Digital Partnership - Creighton Warren, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, USG Corporation

    Digital Partnerships are an integral component of the Digital First Framework. In this breakout, we will discuss the importance of establishing digital partnerships as a leadership imperative as well as thoughts around building and fostering the necessary digital suppliers and convergent channel distribution partners.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Networking Break

3:00pm - 4:00pm

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    3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Digital Value Creation - Jason Norman, Vice President of Innovation, and Tom Culver, Senior Innovation Advisor – Lead, Strategic Foresighting, RTI Innovation Advisors

    Making Digital Transformation a Reality – Michelin Case Study
    The Digital Futures conference will explore and envision many aspects of what it means to become a digital organization, but making the transformation is challenging. This session will breakdown what it takes to manage the “transformation” part of digital transformation and bring it to life with a case study. Using a digital evolution assessment (DEA) framework RTI Innovation Advisors will share how the 130-year-old global tire company Michelin made its own digital transformation journey a reality. RTI will share its DEA framework to help you organize a holistic and successful digital transformation for your organization.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

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    4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Digital Innovation Process Panel - Alex Foessel, Lead Architect for Automation to Autonomy, John Deere; Erin Spring, Director, New Ventures, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Betsy Bolman, Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts and Chair of the Department of Art History, Art and Art Education, Case Western Reserve University; Moderator: Marguerite Johnson, Innovation Leader, Leggett and Platt Automotive

    The panel will explore themes under the umbrella of digital innovation process, including:
    • Why digital innovation processes are mission critical to the survival and thriving of traditional pipeline ‘established businesses’
    • How the definition of product has expanded and has created new competitors, new business models, and new user experiences
    • Integrating digital enterprise-wide in a sustainable way
    • Shifting to outside-in generative innovation processes

5:00pm - 6:00pm

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Networking Reception

Day 2

October 16, 2019

8:30am - 9:00am

8:30am - 9:00am

Breakfast

9:00am - 10:00am

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    9:00am - 10:00am

    Digital Strategy Keynote - Anand Swaminathan, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

    Most digital strategies don’t reflect how digital is changing economic fundamentals, industry dynamics, or what it means to compete. There are specific reasons why most digital strategies fail and we will discuss the common pitfalls with most digital strategies and contemplate how to build a truly robust and effective digital strategy that will serve the organization over a sustained period of time.

10:00am - 10:30am

10:00am - 10:30am

Networking Break

10:30am - 12:00pm

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    10:30am - 12:00pm

    Digital Organizing - Moisés Noreña, Vice President of Innovation, Fortune Brands Home and Security; Michael Poloha, Group Manager for IOT Products, Fortune Brands Home and Security

    Organization for end-to-end consistent customer experiences through a platform

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    10:30am - 12:00pm

    Digital Enablers - Subbian (Raj) Govindaraj, System Architecture Manager, Rockwell Automation; Michael Regelski, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Electrical Sector, Eaton; Brandon Cornuke, Vice President of Startup Services, MAGNET; Michael Trebilcock, Managing Director, Innovation Division & President of Community Innovation Partners, MCPc; Moderator: Ken Loparo, Nord Professor of Engineering and Chair of Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University

    The panelists below will each present on their listed topic for 20 minutes. This will be followed by 10 minutes for Q&A.
    • Raj Govindaraj, Rockwell Automation; Title: Digital Transformation and The Connected Enterprise
    • Michael Regelski, Eaton; Title: Cybersecurity & the Industrial Internet of Things
    • Brandon Cornuke, MAGNET; Title: IIOT in Small Businesses
    • Michael Trebilcock, MCPc; Title: Modeling the Future - Tech - Talent - Capital

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    10:30am - 12:00pm

    Digital Talent - Robert Arbogast, Director - People Systems, The Timken Company

    Recruiting and developing human-centered, digital first, design-savvy, and multi-disciplinary employees
    Digital transformation requires people transformation, so the ability to design, monitor and manage the workforce experience in a digital savvy way can be the difference between success and failure in the digital workforce. Designing a digital experience for people rather than HR is one of the keys in creating the enabled workforce. The new challenge is to create the optimal Human Experience utilizing an integrated model to enable and align business leaders, HR and employees.

12:00pm - 1:00pm

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    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Lunch and TIM Talk: Cliff Tironi, Managing Partner, DevelapMe; Bryan Merckling, CEO, Thinaer

    TIM Talks, which stands for Technology Innovation Management, are a new creative approach for our sponsors to deliver relevant content. The TIM Talk short delivery is designed to enhance learning and retention.

1:00pm - 2:30pm

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    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Digital Enablers - Joshua Ness, Senior Manager, Verizon 5G Labs

    5G and the Impending Technology Revolution: How Connectivity Will Redefine Digital Transformation, and Why NOW is the Time to Start Thinking About It

    5G is rumored to be a golden solution, the bringer of a "killer app" that will change the way we collectively live, work, and play. But how will this new connectivity standard really impact important advancements across business and consumer industries? In this interactive workshop, you'll learn what you can expect from 5G in the near-to-mid future and how you can start preparing for it now. You will also participate in a group setting to see firsthand how 5G will impact various layers of front-end and back-end innovations, as well as how business can help their own customers rise to meet the challenges ahead.

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    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Digital Talent Panel - Pawan Divakarla, Data and Analytics Business Leader, Progressive Insurance; Bill Nottingham, VP of Growth, Nottingham Spirk; Moderated by Kalle Lyytinen, Distinguished University Professor, Iris S. Wolstein Chair; Department Chair, Design and Innovation Department, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

    Recruiting and developing human-centered, digital first, design-savvy, and multi-disciplinary employees

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    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Digital Partnership - Cosmin Laslau, Director, Research Products, Lux Research

    Succeeding in Digital Partnerships for Data
    In recent years, data from outside sources has become increasingly available, affordable, and easy to integrate using APIs. However, with that availability also come potential issues, such as vendor evaluation, reusage rights, integration, and most importantly, extracting valuable insights. This presentation will focus on best practices to find success in digital partnerships that focus on data, including an evaluation of technical data sources and case studies on how companies are using such digital partnerships to guide their internal decision-making.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Networking Break

3:00pm - 4:00pm

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    3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Digital Leadership Panel - Kathy Fish, Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer, Procter & Gamble; Sherry Sanger, Executive VP, Marketing, Penske Transportation Solutions; Sherry Neubert, Chief Information Officer and the Vice President of Information Technology, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Moderator: Ellen B. Van Oosten, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Faculty Director of Executive Education, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

    The three panelists will discuss leadership challenges from their own perspectives as they face digital transformation in their own organizations and industries.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

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    4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Digital Operations Panel - J.-F. Barthelemy, Agency Digital Transformation Lead, NASA Headquarters; Socka Suppiah, Chief Operating Officer, Saggezza; Dinakar Deshmukh, Vice President, Data Sciences and Analytics, GE Aviation; Moderator: Lee Ann Cochran, Partner, Amphora Consulting

    The panel will explore themes under the umbrella of digital operations, including:
    • The ability for digital and physical assets to deliver intelligent and personal user experiences through digital touchpoints
    • The structures and processes in place in successfully integrated digital operations
    • Implementing and institutionalizing digital through all operations