Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pre-Summit Informal Gathering 6:30 - 8:00 PM

UnleashWD attracts some of the best thinkers and leaders from distribution - from all lines of trade. So, built into our plans are numerous opportunities to get to know your fellow innovators.  And ... meeting of the like minded begins the night before the summit. Don’t miss this opportunity to join us for an informal gathering of networking and getting to know our storytellers and other attendees. Dirk, is your host to break the ice over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. In prior years, past attendees have said this is the perfect start to the summit - be sure to make your travel plans to attend. And this year we are adding a great new twist to the gathering.  One of our storytellers - Colin Hunter is the CEO and Co-Founder of Alton Lane an innovative company that is out to disrupt and revolutionize the luxury men's clothing market.  We're going to be gathering at their Chicago showroom at 49 E Oak Street, 2 Floor in Chicago. Alton Lane Chicago

Come join us.  Get comfortable.  And let the random collision of unusual suspects begin!

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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Morning

7--The-innovative-Distributor-VC-50

7:30 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Unleashing Possibilities
Dirk Beveridge

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Opening Keynote - Our Life's Work - Innovation Required

Donald R. McNeeley, Ph.D. • CEO • Chicago Tube and Iron
Don McNeeley 700 by 400 v1Don believes we are obligated to prepare the next generation.  His message, beliefs, leadership, and the way he sees the world - how he is able to connect the dots - guarantees you'll look at the world, your business, and the opportunity in front of you in completely new ways.  The perfect start to our two days of innovative new thinking.

Lift & Shift™ Q&A
Get your questions answered directly from our keynote speaker so that you can take the ideas right to your business.

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 - Noon

Vision’s Role In Innovation

Without vision there is no innovation.  Yet, in disruptive times it's easy to get lost in the fog of uncertainty.  During this morning's session our three speakers will help us peer into the future with an eye on crafting a vision to lead our organization to a relevant and sustainable future.

Larry Keeley • President & Co-Founder | Director • Doblin Inc. a unit of Deloitte Consulting LLP
Larry Keeley 700 x 400Larry Keeley has worked for thirty years to develop more effective innovation methods to help teams succeed at the toughest innovations they try to pursue.  BusinessWeek named Keeley one of seven Innovation Gurus that are changing the field and specifically cited Doblin for having many of the most sophisticated tools for delivering innovation effectiveness.  Recently, they also selected Keeley as one of the 27 most influential designers in the world.

Back CameraDavid Spear • Industry Lead for the Apple Partnership • IBM

David brings 25+ years of experience in a variety of industries, travelling across the globe working with customers and clients to drive strategic innovation, value and ROI. Dave continually finds himself at the intersection of brand, consumer and digital, which normally necessitates some level of transformation work.

Lift & Shift™ Q&A
Get your questions answered directly from our storytellers so that you can take the ideas directly to your business.

Noon - 1:00 PM

Provided Lunch

Afternoon

8--The-innovative-Distributor-VP-50

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Creating A Culture of Innovation

A culture of innovation is the lifeblood of your business.  Creating the environment where people can do their best work while encouraging them to bring their ideas forward is what attracts the best and the brightest.

DeEtta Jones • Principal • DJA Consulting
DeEtta Jones 700 x 400DeEtta Jones has been helping people around the world for more than twenty years improve their leadership and strategic vision.  She hosts a weekly Internet radio show with her partner, Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent.  DeEtta's work centers on helping leaders understand the power of vision to unleash innovation potential and provides a workable framework to create directional force and creative energy - the key ingredients needed for innovation.

Faisal Hoque • Serial Entrepreneur | Founder • SHADOKA

faisal.hoque300dpi2013Serial entrepreneur and thought leader, Faisal Hoque is the founder of SHADOKA and other companies.  He has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Technology and one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders. American Management Association (AMA) named him one of the Leaders to Watch in 2015. Formerly of GE and other global brands, he regularly contributes to Fast CompanyBusiness Insider, and Huffington Post. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street JournalBusinessWeekMergers & AcquisitionsForbes, and Leadership Excellence among other publications.

Steven Handmaker • Chief Marketing Officer • Assurance
Steven 700 x 400Assurance is not your average insurance broker.  Their innovative culture aims to inspire and improve.  Ranked #1 Best Place to Work in insurance by Business Insurance Magazine and the #4 best workplace in the United States by Great Places to Work Institute and highlighted in Fortune magazine.  We've asked Steven to share how Assurance has actually made a legacy business like insurance cool.  You'll take away lessons on creating a culture that increases employee productivity, customer satisfaction and loyalty as well as more innovative and creative thinking.

Lift & Shift™ Q&A
Get your questions answered directly from our storytellers so that you can take the ideas directly to your business.

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:00 - 4:30 PM

Innovating Value Propositions

Most distributors are trapped in a world of sameness.  Distributors who win are the ones who innovate to provide the most compelling value proposition.  These distributors are anything but "me too," and are obsessed with the voice of the customer.

Donna Peeples • Engagement Engineer & Journey Strategist • Motivated, Inc.
DP Headshot_700x400Donna Peeples is an expert on growing and evolving commerce through customer experience, new business concepts, and brand management.  Time and again, throughout her career, Donna has introduced category changing thinking while guiding purposeful and adaptable practices with positive results for customers and profitable returns for her companies.  Donna's career spans top corporations from her role as Regional Sales Manager with Lennox Industries to Chief Customer Officer of AIG Property and Casualty.

Caine Smith • Founder • Atelier | AirVu

TED-Cayman-bCaine Smith founded Atelier which consists of an Experience Design team that specializes in helping businesses maximize the use of technology to create new and exciting customer experiences.  Clients include Disney, Carnival Cruise Lines, Vail Resorts, SharpShooter Imaging, and The Experience Engine.  Caine is also the co-founder of AirVu, a sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft Services) start-up.  The team implements compete integrated UAV solutions based on the varied requirements of diverse industries.  

Bayard Winthrop • Founder & CEO • American Giant
Bayard Winthrop 700 x 400Bayard Wintrhrop founded American Giant after spending nearly 20 years running businesses in the consumer products space.  Under Bayard's leadership, American Giant was named one of the Worlds 50 Most Innovative Companies 2105 by Fast Company Magazine for breathing new life into U.S. apparel manufacturing.  Their innovative value proposition is based on admiration for the passion, personal initiative, and hard work that are building this country.  Bayard and the company believe that good enough is the enemy of great and that complacency leads to decline.  DON'T GET COMFORTABLE is not just a tagline, it's what drives the company.

Lift & Shift™ Q&A
Get your questions answered directly from our storytellers so that you can take the ideas directly to your business.

Wednesday Evening Networking

4:30 - 6:30 PM

Reception

After a day of mind blowing insight, it’s time to come together in a relaxed environment to discuss all the innovative ideas we all have and to meet others with similar outlooks, challenges, and opportunities you have.

6:30 PM

Dine Around Dinner With Speakers & Attendees

Past attendees have called this “Brilliant.”  We assign you to a small group, make your reservations for you and you join a selected group of other attendees and storytellers to break bread and develop career lasting relationships.  Each individual picks up their own tab, but this is a not to be missed networking and learning opportunity

Thursday, September 17, 2015

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Morning

Business Model

7:30 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Unleashing Possibilities - Squared
Dirk Beveridge

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Business Model Innovation

Many distributors are using business models that are 50 years old.  As a result, 85% of distributors believe they need to reinvent their business before someone else does.  Finding new ways to create, deliver, and capture value will be the focus of this morning's session.

Erica Orange • Executive VP & COO • The Future Hunters
Erica Orange 700 x 400Erica is the Executive VP & COO of The Future Hunters, one of the world's leading futurist consulting firms.  She evaluates emerging social, technological, economic, political, demographic and environmental trends - and identifies the strategic implications of those trends for several of the most influential Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and public sector clients.  Erica's ability to connect-the-dots, spot patterns and to think critically and analytically, and translate that into actionable strategies is what has made her an invaluable asset to her clients.

 

Kaihan Krippendorff • CEO • Outthinkers
Kaihan KrippendorffKaihan Krippendorff is the CEO of Outthinker LLC, a former McKinsey consultant and author of four business strategy books - most recently Outthink the Competition.  He writes one of the most popular blogs for Fast Company Magazine and is the founder of the Outthinker Network, a global community of creative innovators.  Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mohammad Yunus has said "Kaihan shows that with a compelling idea anyone can change the world," and this message has made Kaihan one of the most sought-after business speakers in the world.

Colin Hunter • CEO & Co-Founder • Alton Lane
Colin Hunter 700 x 400From business strategy to marketing, new product development and supply chain logistics, Colin Hunter is directly responsible for all aspects of Alton Lane's brand experience.  Colin and his co-founder Peyton Jenkins did not set out to join the luxury men's clothing market.  They are "here to revolutionize it."  While the impetus for founding Alton Lane began with Colin's excitement about disruptive business models, in the end the two founders built the kind of value-focused luxury men's clothing store where they themselves wanted to shop.  Prior to founding Alton Lane, Colin was a consultant with Bain and Company.  In Atlanta, New York, and South Africa, he consulted with dozens of Global 1000 companies in a variety of industries.

Lift & Shift™ Q&A
Get your questions answered directly from our storytellers so that you can take the ideas directly to your business.

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 - Noon

Transformative Leadership

Companies don't change, transform, and innovate ... People do.  Leaders do.  In this age of disruption we need new thinking, new outlooks, and leaders who guide the organization to break the gravitational pull of the status quo ... to change the rules.

Dov Baron • Authentic Leadership Expert • Inc. Magazine Top Leadership Speaker
Dov Baron 700 by 400Dov Baron was named by Inc Magazine as one of the Top Leadership Speakers to hire.  He is the leading authority on Authentic Leadership, or as he calls it "Full Monty Leadership."  He works with leaders and executive teams in creating a corporate culture that becomes Fiercely Loyal.  Dove is a bestselling author of several books and his latest book is titled Fiercely Loyal - How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Talent.  Dov believes that what the world needs today, are more leaders who are authentically committed to standing in their truth, sharing their inner genius, and empowering others to do the same.

 

George Kennedy • Head Coach, John Hopkins University Swimming & Diving
Kennedy_George 700x400One of the Worlds 50 Greatest Leaders - Fortune Magazine

George's four favorite words are. "we can do better." As one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history, George will share his story of molding raw talent into a cohesive and focused team energized to produce outstanding results.

Lift & Shift™ Q&A
Get your questions answered directly from our storytellers so that you can take the ideas directly to your business.

Noon - 1:00 PM

Provided Lunch

Afternoon

Transformative Leadership

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Keynote - Lessons From The Disruption of Kodak

Jeffery Hayzlett • CEO, The Hayzlett Group
Jeffery Hayzlett 700 x 400The former Chief Marketing Officer of Kodak shares lessons from the disruption of this iconic brand.  

Lift & Shift™ Q&A
Get your questions answered directly from our keynote speaker so that you can take the ideas directly to your business.

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:00 - 4:30 PM

Biggest, Baddest, Boldest Lift and Shift™

Dirk Beveridge • Founder & Curator • UnleashWD
Dirk-Innovative-Distributor-black-and-whiteDo not leave early!  This final component provides an exciting framework for you to process everything that you have learned - the 100’s of ideas you have and to filter through them all and determine your specific and transformative moves immediately upon return.  This is unlike anything you have experienced and any other conference.  We are committed to you leaving with a roadmap of execution…but you must stay until the end.

5:00 PM

Depart for Airport or Hotel

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