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The Chicago business community is overflowing with innovation, and entrepreneurs and startups are disrupting the status quo and tapping into new markets. Join Exec Club, Accenture, and Bank of America on June 21, 2023 at the Disruption Summit for cutting-edge ideas, thought leadership, and insights from industry leaders who are driving innovation in the Chicagoland area.

Schedule Of Events

7:30 am: Registration

8:30 am: Introduction to Total Enterprise Reinvention

9:10 am: The Ongoing Technology Revolution

10:00 am: Finding Disruption through Total Enterprise Reinvention

10:45 am: Sustainability + Disruption

11:35 am: Grassroots Total Enterprise Reinvention – how we can transform communities through SMBs

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The Ongoing Technology Revolution Breakout

Disruptive and innovative technology like Generative AI, digital identities, the metaverse, and more are taking the world by storm, and the business sector is not immune to the gravity of these advancements. As the world becomes more acclimated to these new advancements, businesses must seize the opportunities these technologies provide and utilize them to elevate their organizations. By creating integrated systems of digital tools, companies can create resilient, cohesive operations and strategies that will allow for the rapid development of new capabilities.

Learn from Technology Experts who have answers to pressing questions: Why is it urgent for organizations to adopt new technologies? How can an organization create an integrated system of digital tools? What are the true benefits of investing in these resources?

Arnab Chakraborty, North America Data & AI Lead, Accenture

Arnab Chakraborty is a Senior Managing Director who leads Accenture’s North America Data and AI practice. In his role, he is responsible for scaling capabilities and shaping innovative Data and AI powered solutions to drive business transformation across industries and functions. He actively works within the AI ecosystem in Silicon Valley to bring disruptive innovation.

Shivani Vora, Managing Director, Accenture

As a Managing Director and part of the Accenture North America (NA) Leadership team, Shivani leads Innovation for Accenture in NA. Shivani is an innovative leader with over 24 years of international experience in growth strategy and digital transformation. She has delivered sustained results in corporate and consultancy roles by helping enterprises shape their growth strategy and then deliver impact through implementation of the strategy. She excels in helping companies take ideas from concept to commercialization. Her experience ranges from hiring and mentoring high performance work teams to managing annual budget and P&L in North America, Europe and Asia.


Finding Disruption through Total Enterprise Reinvention

Total Enterprise Reinvention is a deliberate strategy that aims to set a new performance frontier for companies and in most cases, the industries in which they operate. Centered around a strong digital core, it helps drive growth and optimize operations.

Total Enterprise Reinvention isn’t a to do; it’s a to be. It requires continuous, dynamic reinvention. It becomes a unifying force across the C-suite and every function and business area, because, by definition, all are involved and accountable for its success. And it requires new skills and an increased depth of understanding of technology, change management, communication and how to leverage partners to achieve results faster.

Join us as we bring to life how Total Enterprise Reinvention can disrupt and drive operational excellence.

Samardh (Sam) Kumar, Co-Head, Software and Technology Investment Banking, Bank of America

Sam is co-head of the Emerging Growth and Regional Coverage (“EGRC”) group, and is based in San Francisco. The group is responsible for delivering the full suite of investment banking products to emerging growth companies, venture capital firms, mid-market private-equity firms and middle-market clients. Sam joined BofA in Q4 2019 from Citigroup, where he was the Global co-head of Software Investment Banking, and was also the US Head of Internet Investment Banking. Prior to Citigroup, Sam spent 14 years at Deutsche Bank and was responsible for their Internet Investment Banking efforts.

Beth Marrion, Senior Managing Director, Chicago Office Managing Director, Accenture

Beth Marrion is a Senior Managing Director at Accenture. Beth serves as the Office Managing Director for Accenture’s Chicago office, leading 6500 people at the newly-opened Accenture Tower. Beth is also Senior Client Account Lead for one of Accenture’s largest clients globally, with P&L responsibility across all four dimensions of Accenture’s business (Strategy & Consulting, Song, Technology and Operations). Beth has over 25 years of consulting and transformation experience as an advisor to c-suite and business leadership. She is a complex commercial deal shaper, innovation leader, and Senior Client Account Lead. Beth has a strong track record of building leadership, I&D sponsorship, collaboration, teaming and people development.


Sustainability + Disruption Breakout

As organizations navigate the macroeconomic disruptions and ever-changing realities of the economy, they can harness the power of sustainability to anticipate and adapt to changing market conditions, gain a competitive advantage, and create long-term value for stakeholders. By focusing on healthier, inclusive futures for all, companies secure their own futures while innovating for the good of the communities they serve.

Join this session for answers to key questions surrounding sustainability and disruption: How are innovation, long term organizational success, and sustainability linked? In what ways can an organization properly implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to drive innovation and transformation? How does a focus on sustainability give organizations a competitive edge?

Matt Elliott, President, Bank of America Michigan and Sustainability Executive

Matt serves a dual role as Sustainability Executive and Michigan Market President, furthering Bank of America’s mission to improve the financial lives of our clients and better the communities we serve. As Sustainability Executive for Business Banking and Global Commercial Banking, he partners closely with the enterprise sustainable finance teams to drive strategy and enable our salesforce to support our client needs on Net Zero and other sustainability topics. As President, Matt is Bank of America’s enterprise leader in Michigan, working with company leaders to deliver the full breadth of BofA’s capabilities to clients and communities throughout Michigan.


Grassroots Total Enterprise Reinvention – how we can transform communities through SMBs

Startups are often agile and innovative with a high tolerance for risk, while incumbents have established brand recognition, resources, and customer relationships. By collaborating, startups can leverage the resources and scale of incumbents to accelerate their growth, while incumbents can tap into the innovative and disruptive ideas of startups to stay ahead of the competition. Together, the two can disrupt the status quo and transform the way organizations collaborate and operate for the better.

In this closing session, leaders will explore exciting questions about the future of startup and incumbent partnership: What does it take for successful collaboration? What is needed to facilitate true cohesion and collaboration? How can partnerships between startups and incumbents drive innovation for growth and opportunity?

Alex Cestero, Global GSI Strategic Alliance Leader, Stardog

J Alexander “Alex” Cestero is an accomplished strategic alliance leader with a proven track record in the startup landscape. With an extensive background in business development and partnerships, Alex has forged successful collaborations between startups and industry leaders that cater to growth. He has consistently delivered win-win outcomes and created mutually beneficial alliances that drive innovation and market expansion. Alex has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by startups and possesses a unique ability to identify synergies and strategic opportunities to achieve enterprise-level growth.

Will Kawalek, Senior Vice President, Technology Partnership Development, Bank of America

Will Kawalek serves as senior vice president and Technology Partnership Development (TPD) manager in Global Technology. The team is responsible for developing strategic partnerships between the bank, technology companies, and venture capital firms to drive innovation in bank products, services, and technology infrastructure. In his role, Will is responsible for driving emerging technology solutions focusing on partnerships within the software development, cloud infrastructure, and software as a service (SaaS) market.

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