Influential Presentations. Influential Discussions. Influential People.

Who: Executives, Government Leaders & Members of Academia

Where: Bentley University, Waltham, MA

When: December 12th, 12:00pm-6:00pm

Transform is an exclusive day for senior leaders to come together for high-impact conversations – through guest speakers and facilitated discussion – on how your industries and businesses will need to transform today in order to thrive in an exponentially changing business environment in the next one to three years.

The day will include two guest speakers who will focus on readying your workforce and adapting your technology, products and services as we continue headlong into an AI-centric and data-driven world. The speaking sessions will be followed by facilitated discussion with the audience members, providing a forum to ask questions, stimulate reflection and creative thinking, offer insights, and share experiences among peers.


William Kerr
D’Arbeloff Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School


Jim Tracy
Woodrow Wilson Academy

Sophie Vandebroek
VP Emerging Technology Partnerships


1:00pm- 2:00pmCase Study Presentation
Presenter: William Kerr, D’Arbeloff Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
2:15pm-3:15pmHow Emerging Technologies will Accelerate Your Business
Presenter: Sophie Vandebroek, VP Emerging Technology Partnerships, IBM

Artificial Intelligence is enabling the exponential growth of new knowledge creation, BlockChain is redefining the way valuable assets are transacted and Quantum Computing is challenging today’s Cybersecurity methods. Emerging technologies such as these will become an integral part of the business processes in all industries. This talk will demonstrate how the future of intelligence, human-machine interaction, problem solving, security and transactions will have a positive impact on entire industries.
3:30pm- 4:15pmCreating a Ready Workforce
Presenter: Jim Tracy, President, Woodrow Wilson Academy

It has become a truism that we are living through a time of disruption, but what are the pathways for optimizing the transition of workers to new skills to fill emerging jobs and meet changing company needs? How should we be forging an effective integration today - of government policy, corporate leadership, and workforce development/training. During this talk, Jim will challenge some of the assumptions about what skills are needed today that undergird current skill-force programs, arguing that mistaken premises may be leading to unnecessary waste and failed outcomes for corporations to ensure a competitive global edge in Massachusetts and across the nation.
4:15pm-5:15pmFacilitated Discussion
Led By: William Kerr, D’Arbeloff Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
5:15pm-6:15pmNetworking Reception

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