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Strategic C-Suite Forum

Rethink Strategy. Champion Disruption. Capture Opportunity.

June 14, 2022

10:00 am – 3:00 pm ET

In this lightning-quick, customer-centric era, business plans age overnight, and yesterday’s assumptions are today’s trap doors. Continuous recalibration isn’t a nice-to-have. It’s the essential skill for your leadership team. In order to accelerate growth and protect your company from being disrupted, you must improve your competitive position, align your team’s strategy for future conditions, and help your leadership team become part of the solution.

Join an exclusive meeting of future-minded, mid-market C-Suite executives and strategy experts for a unique opportunity to come together as a team to answer two fundamental questions: What can you do now to determine what businesses you should be in—and out of—and how can you compete to ensure your place in advanced and future markets?


Winning No Matter What: How Ed Bastian Rebuilt Delta Air Lines To Soar

Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines

Ed will share how he and his C-Suite team executed a powerful story of redemption to help you overcome:

  • labor shortages
  • supply chain snarls
  • worker safety issues
  • inflation

The Power of Challenge-Based Strategy

Richard Rumelt, Author, Good Strategy, Bad Strategy and The Crux: How Leaders Become Strategists

Richard will radically change the way you and your leadership team create a strategy to ensure you are prepared to:

  • Find the crux of a challenge and take decisive, coherent action
  • Distinguish your strategy apart from financial targets and aspirational goals
  • Focus your organization’s energy on what really matters
  • Navigate uncertainty and determine the best path forward

Creating a Culture of Accountability to Drive Performance

Lia Garvin, Author, UNSTUCK: Reframe Your Thinking to Free Yourself From the Patterns and People that Hold You Back; Senior Team Operations Lead, Google

There is one quality, that when present, will lead to higher performing teams, longer lasting results and a reduction of burnout: accountability. Lia will provide pragmatic, practical tips to help your executive team:

  • Reframe accountability from blame and punishment to ownership and clarity in expectations
  • Leverage the power of accountability to transform the workplace as we know it
  • Create a greater sense of meaning (and buy-in) for employees
  • Minimize employee burnout—and increase productivity

Think bigger.

Can you reimagine your vision to attack the businesses you should be in—versus the businesses you are in today?

Make people matter.

How do the best companies in the world align their HR function to create more meaningful goals — and build actual value?

Sharpen your finances.

How do masters of capital allocation seize opportunities by deploying resources with more intelligence and precision?

Attack tech.

How can technology changes open new opportunities to your operation?


Pressure test your strategy.

You know that the market is shifting; what the customer will need in 5 years is fundamentally different than what they need today. You’ll work with experts and peers to rethink assumptions and test scenarios before costly deployments.

Get out of your silos.

Instead of hiring a consulting firm to review your business strategy, bring your team together for a fraction of the price and dedicate a half-day to work on your business.

Leverage your peers’ experiences.

Learn how others are solving your same workforce, customer, business model, manufacturing, supply chain, and technology challenges. Specialized sessions available for CEOs, CFOs, CIOs and CHROs.

Drive Change.

CEOs know they can't overhaul an entire business strategy on their own - it takes a team. Help your key executives learn how to rethink and critique strategy, and become the leaders your business needs.


All times Eastern. 15 minute breaks incorporated throughout schedule.

10:00 AM

Keynote: The Power of Challenge-Based Strategy

Described by McKinsey Quarterly as “strategy’s strategist,” Richard Rumelt is one of the world’s most influential thinkers on strategy and management. He’ll radically change the way you and your leadership team create a strategy.

11:00 AM

Winning No Matter What: How Ed Bastian Rebuilt Delta Air Lines to Soar

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian has seen it all, leading his team from the brink of bankruptcy 15 years ago to the top of its industry. From labor shortages to supply chain snarls, worker safety issues to inflation, Bastian will share how he and his C-Suite team have executed a powerful story of redemption and purpose after the Covid crisis took the company’s revenue down to 5% in 30 days.

12:00 PM

Creating a Culture of Accountability to Drive Performance

High performing teams have a certain buzz to them, work gets done effortlessly, people share creative ideas, and there’s safety in working through tough problems. And there is one often overlooked quality that, when present, will lead to higher performing teams, longer lasting results, and a reduction of burnout: accountability. Leaning into nearly 10 years of experience working in some of the most influential companies in tech including Microsoft, Apple and Google, Lia Garvin will help you reframe your relationship with accountability to overcome common challenges found in the modern workplace and maximize your team’s impact.

1:00 PM

Peer Breakouts: CEO, CFO, CXO, CHRO

Participants will be divided into peer groups based on their C-Suite role to dive deeper into strategic issues.

CEO Track

Facilitated by Stephen Brown, Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center & Sandy Torchia, Vice Chair, Talent and Culture, KPMG LLP

Corporate strategy, financial performance, and competitive advantage all hinge on attracting and retaining the right people, which has become a top challenge for companies today. Shifting worker expectations—accelerated by the pandemic and America’s racial reckoning, and evident in the Great Resignation—point to a sea change in the employee/employer dynamic. In this session, we’ll examine the factors and key questions shaping talent strategies today. Is the new employee mindset—prioritizing personal wellbeing, work/life balance, and corporate purpose—here to stay? Are talent acquisition and retention closely linked to corporate culture? And what are the keys to recruiting and retaining mission-critical talent in an increasingly tight, multi-generational labor market?  

CFO/Finance Track

Facilitated by Sharon Watkins, Chief Executive Officer, RadiusPoint 

Controlling costs is the often-overlooked side of the coin when it comes to the success of every business strategy. In today’s inflationary environment, coupled with an energy crisis and supply chain woes, every company is being impacted by increased commodity costs, and in turn, increased fees on general costs of doing business. What are smart strategies to improve your expense management processes and mitigate these cost increases?  

It starts with digitally transforming your expense management processes. Join other CFOs to explore actions you can take to automate manual processes to gain a better line of sight into your supply chain costs and ensure you are not over budget because of increased costs that are out of your control. Learn proven tactics to more effectively analyze underlying invoice data to ask the right questions, assess your contracts, renegotiate rates, and save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.  

CXO Track

Facilitated by Josh Haley, Director of Field Strategy, Cohesity

Industries are changing at a rapid click, pressed on one hand by emerging technologies and competition and, on the other, by changing consumer habits and preferences. Every member of the C-Suite and every department head plays an important part in these strategic, technical and management initiatives—from information security and algorithms to customer experience and leveraging data—that drive business growth. We’ll explore how your organization can better tap into AI, automation and data analytics to put your employees in a more favorable position to succeed and harness new opportunities to serve your customers.  

HR Track

Facilitated by Giselle Mota, Principal, Future of Work, Global Enterprise Solutions, ADP 

A strategy means nothing without the right people to execute it. And in today’s environment, most everyone appreciates that DE&I is critical to the success of an organization’s strategy execution. In diverse organizations, leaders lead differently and employees respond to training and engagement differently. That means you need to think about DE&I differently. We’ll explore how HR executives are using emerging technologies—like AI, data analytics and augmented reality—to improve their talent pipelines and leadership development efforts. From analyzing data to surface pay equity gaps and turnover risks and using AI to provide personalized coaching to managers based on their strength profile, to implementing new inclusion practices and hybrid work options, we’ll explore the tools and processes you can implement as you seek to develop winning teams. Additionally, we’ll share pitfalls to watch out for and important steps to avoid unintended biases in your DE&I efforts.  

2:15 PM

Peer Breakouts: CEO, CFO, CIO, CHRO

Participants will be divided into peer groups based on their C-Suite role to dive deeper into strategic issues.

CEO Track

Facilitated by Steve Rutan, President, Rutan Management Consulting

You already have a strategic plan in place, you review it at least once per year.  The senior management team signs off on the document – but, somehow, it fails to engage and motivate the organization to achieve superior results.  In this interactive session, we will discuss the important elements of creating sound strategy and the management and organizational requirements for making it real and effective.

CFO/Finance Track

Facilitated by Chuck Smith, Executive Director, Chief Executive Network and Senior Executive Network  
Although many finance organizations have automated traditional financial and accounting processes, due to the time consumed in performing rote and repetitive manual tasks like accounts reconciliations, they’re just beginning to take the next step in becoming a digital-first enterprise. And while technology is at the center of most growth strategies, you can’t do it without the right talent. How will you compete for the digital and technology experts you need to drive your strategy forward? How do you recruit candidates with critical thinking, business know-how and a good cultural fit? And what are you doing to mitigate the risk of your top finance talent leaving? Join this breakout to learn how strategic CFOs are building their finance teams of the future.  

CXO Track

Facilitated by Wayne Cooper, Chairman, Chief Executive Group 

Today’s digitally-driven world requires far more tech-savvy talent. According to a Korn Ferry study, 2030: The Very Human Future Of Work, the U.S. could lose out on $162 billion worth of revenues annually unless it finds more high-tech workers. At the same time, The Great Resignation is driving more workers to freelance, and with a high demand for freelance specialists, the price for this talent is ever-increasing. So how can you address your talent shortages? Join your peers to share creative solutions and new approaches that go beyond salary increases, flex work and vacation benefits to address talent sourcing. We’ll help you rethink recruitment, reskilling/upskilling employees, automation and untraditional approaches to talent acquisition

HR Track

Facilitated by Manny Larenas, Senior Consultant, Impact International and Sarah Osteen, Senior Consultant, Impact International  

How do you foster and sustain a true learning culture across a remote and disparate enterprise? Join this thought-provoking dialogue with fellow Sr. Leaders and Executives facilitated by Manuel Larenas and Sarah Osteen from Impact.  This dialogue will focus on identifying and addressing opportunities to elevate human connection across the workforce with an emphasis on shared responsibility to continuously learn.   

3:00 PM

Event Concludes

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Ticket purchase provides access to the live event and session recordings on-demand for 30 days.


Single pass
$ 495

Small Group

For teams up to 5
$ 1495

Large Group

For teams up to 10
$ 2195


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Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.