Past Events


April 27, 2021 | ONLINE

What will it take to drive growth in the years ahead? Hospital and healthcare services CEOs, CFOs and Board Members will convene for a critical conversation on leadership and the future of healthcare.

Featured Speakers:

  • Michael Dowling, President & CEO, Northwell Health
  • David Sides, Chief Operating Officer, Teladoc



April 1, 2021 | ONLINE

Profound business and societal changes brought new challenges–and new opportunities–to mid-market companies. Chief Executive brought together three business masters to help executives grow their businesses in today’s landscape.

Featured Speakers:

  • Bill Bartlett, Senior Vice President, Sandler Training
  • Jonathan Byrnes, Author, Choose Your Customer: How to Compete Against the Digital Giants and Thrive and Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink; Senior Lecturer, MIT
  • Kara Goldin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hint Inc.
  • Verne Harnish, Founder, Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO); Founder and CEO, Scaling Up; Author, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits and Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0)

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CEOs of PE-backed companies have unique opportunities—and pressures. This intensive workshop is custom-built to help you tackle these specific challenges, with world-class experts and peer-learning from fellow CEOs and seasoned PE leaders with decades of hands-on experience.

Featured Keynote: David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Exec15utive Chairman, The Carlyle Group

You’ll come away with new ideas for:

  • Managing the PE Firm Relationship
  • Winning the Culture and Talent Equation
  • Growth Strategies that Work—Now
  • Nailing the Exit from the Very Beginning



This event featured two of the most influential business thinkers of the last 25 years for a candid conversation about the essential leadership craft of building lasting value, no matter the economy: What works, what doesn’t—and why.

Attendees joined David Cote and Ram Charan, the most in-demand CEO coach in the world, as they dig into strategies and tactics outlined in David Cote’s new book, Winning Now, Winning Later: How Companies Can Succeed in the Short Term While Investing for the Long Term.

Featured Speakers: David Cote and Ram Charan



November 5-6, 2020 | ONLINE

Bring mid-market best practices into your organization. The 2020 Chief Executive Leadership Summit offers peer-tested tactics and strategies that will help you and your organization accelerate growth and profitability.

It’s a unique opportunity to tune up your strategic assumptions, future plans and tactical priorities in collaboration with leading mid-market CEOs and senior executives and world-class speakers and thought leaders.

With compelling speakers and engaging peer roundtable discussions, this is a unique opportunity to work “on your business” for 2 days and come away with valuable insights to improve your company and your own performance.  

2021 Dates: NOVEMBER 4-5, 2021


September 24-25, 2020 | ONLINE

Talent should be your organization’s biggest competitive advantage. CEO peers and leading experts gathered to explore relevant lessons from sports, the military and leading corporations to gain invaluable insights to evaluate current and future people strategies, recruit and onboard top talent, master the ability to build an adaptable organization, and retain high performers.

This Summit helps CEOs evaluate their current and future people strategies and develop a plan to meet the challenges creatively and effectively, including recruiting top talent, onboarding, engaging, evaluating, rewarding and retaining your best employees.



August 11, 2020 | ONLINE

The military coined a term for times like these: VUCA. Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity. It demands leadership that is stronger, more resilient, more engaged—and prepared to handle whatever happens next.

Back by popular demand, Chief Executive Group joined forces with General (Ret.) James Mattis, 26th Secretary of Defense, Lieutenant General (Ret.) Tom Bostick and Major General (Ret.) Barbara Faulkenberry to bring you the CEO Rising Summit 2.0.

For more details, visit the CEO Rising Summit event page.

CEO Rising Summit 3.0 Date to be Announced!


June 2020 | ONLINE

The inaugural CEO Rising Summit featured four world-renowned business thinkers for a powerful afternoon of learning, including:

  • Ram Charan
  • Jim Collins
  • Verne Harnish
  • Patrick Lencioni

For more details, visit the CEO Rising Summit event page.

CEO Rising Summit 3.0 Date to be Announced!


June 3-4, 2020 | ONLINE

Exclusively designed for leaders from mid-market companies, the 2020 Smart Manufacturing Summit focused on how manufacturing leaders are navigating the crisis and adjusting to new norms. Timely insights from experts on smart strategies to steer your organization through and beyond today’s unprecedented pandemic environment.

2020 Topics Included:

  • Operating Safely with Covid
  • Opportunities in expansion
  • Industry 4.0
  • Talent to drive recovery
  • The new economy

2020 Speakers Included:

  • Tom Bell, Chairman and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America
  • Bill Berrutti, Chief Executive Officer, Plex Systems
  • Gary Bertoline, Dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and Co-Founder, Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC)
  • Jim Glynn, Vice President of Worker Safety, General Motors
  • Nigel Thurlow, Former Chief of Agile, Toyota Connected; CEO, The Flow Consortium

For more details, visit the 2020 event page.



May 7-8, 2020 | ONLINE

Monitoring strategy execution and understanding the associated risks and opportunities are at the top of every board member’s to-do list. Directors must truly understand how new technologies are reshaping business models in every industry across the world, so they can make better decisions and stay relevant on the boards they serve.

That’s why we’ve created the Disruptive Tech Summit. Tailor-made for busy corporate directors, this focused, interactive 2-day masterclass is designed to get board members like you up to speed on how breakneck technology is impacting the way businesses operate.

Limited to just 125 participants, this exclusive and interactive series of sessions will be taught by experts from some of the world’s top academic and business organizations.

2020 Topics Included:

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Platforms
  • Blockchain
  • Augmented Reality
  • Quantum Computing

2020 Speakers Included:

  • Colleen Brown, Board Member, Big 5 Sporting Goods, TrueBlue and Spark
  • Jonathan Byrnes, Board Member, MSC Industrial Direct; Senior Lecturer, MIT; Author, Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink
  • Randall Crowder, Chief Operating Officer and Director, Phunware
  • Michael Cusumano, Sloan Management Review Professor of Management, MIT; Author, Competing on Internet Time and The Business of Platforms
  • Jan Estep, Board Member, ACI Worldwide; Retired President and CEO, Nacha
  • Mark Weber, Strategy and Operations Lead, MIT-IBM Watson A.I. Lab



February 24, 2020 | San Francisco, CA

Cyber Risk isn’t just about hacking anymore. It’s about seismic shifts in the regulatory landscape impacting every aspect of business data. It’s a radical revision of customer privacy expectations. It’s nation-state actors infiltrating and manipulating the world’s top brands for geopolitical influence. And it’s about unparalleled opportunity for those who master new business models faster than their rivals.

The year ahead promises the most profound, complex changes at the intersection of business and technology in history—changes that will require smarter, savvier decision-making by every public company board member.

2020 Topics Included:

  • The next generation of emerging cyber threats
  • Regulatory landscape for privacy — beyond GDPR
  • Assess risk with more confidence by asking management the right questions
  • Benchmark company performance against the best in the industry
  • Hear the most critical questions your board should be asking management

2020 Speakers Included:

  • Richard Clarke, Former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counterterrorism (1998 – 2003); Author, Cyber War (2010) & The Fifth Domain (2019)
  • Jacqueline Atiles, Insider Threat Program Director, U.S. Department of State
  • Alisa Bergman, VP/Chief Privacy Officer, ADOBE
  • Colleen Brown, Board Member, TrueBlue, Spark and Big5 Sporting Goods
  • Jamil Farshchi, Chief Information Security Officer, Equifax
  • Emily Heath, Chief Trust and Security Officer, DocuSign; Former CISO, United Airlines

For more details, view the 2020 event page.


smart manufacturing summit

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