|Topics of Discussion|
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012|
Leading in the 21st Century: What
are the questions CEOs are asking themselves?
Ecolab’s purpose is to make the world cleaner, safer and healthier – protecting
people and vital resources. To deliver
on that purpose, Ecolab’s 2015 strategy calls for: 1.) Uncompromised customer
focus 2.) World-class global talent and leadership 3.) Superior technology and
innovation and 4.) Market-recognized one Ecolab.
What keeps Jim Miller, President of Global Service
& Specialty Sectors, up at night is how to deliver on those strategies to
win in the U.S. food service industry.
How to achieve a strong ROI on IT investments, particularly with
customer-facing technology? How to
evolve the role of IT in the organization?
How to break the tendency of managers to hire and promote others just
like themselves? How to break down
business silos, and get people to work together and operate as "one
Ecolab’s approaches and experiences in trying to
answer these key questions will provide insights and perspective relevant to
anyone in business today.
|Thursday, June 7th|
Plenary Session I: The IBM Transformation - Leadership and Succeeding in
the Global Market|
Tom Watson Jr. famously said: "If an organization is to meet the
challenges of a changing world, it must be prepared to change everything about itself,
except its beliefs." Looking back, IBM at its best has always
embraced the future and transformed to meet new challenges and opportunities.
Over the last decade, IBM has again re-defined itself by capturing new markets,
inventing breakthrough technologies and building an organization able to
deliver superior results over the long term. Mark Loughridge, SVP and
CFO, Finance and Enterprise Transformation will share insights about how IBM is
making the process of transformation an integral part of the company's
operations. He will focus on leadership, the shift to higher
value, operating as a globally integrated enterprise and IBM's 2015 Roadmap
providing clarity about our business model, objectives and key factors driving
|Plenary Session II:
Looking Beyond – Opportunities in Turbulent Times
Agustin Carcoba, CEO, GE Capital Franchise Finance, will go over relevant megatrends and how these are creating volatility
and opportunities at the same time. The next decade the world will continue to
experience volatility related to the divergence of growth in emerging vs.
mature market growth, resource scarcity, on-demand consumer customization and
social networking. Traditional business models relying on stable market growth,
mass marketing and control hierarchies will be challenged. However those
businesses who evolve their value propositions to address these trends will
enjoy fast profitable growth. The conference will address the growth and safety
paradox that the winners of the new normal will have to thrive in.
Plenary Session III: Happiness and
Leadership – They’re Cut from the Same Cloth
happiness is not about always being in a good mood or the absence of setbacks
and challenges. Happiness is about
making choices that lead to a predominant and underlying sense of well-being
and contentment that sustains us even in times of difficulty and crisis. Interestingly the choices that lead to
happiness are remarkably similar to the choices that lead to effective
leadership. In fact happiness and
leadership are both founded on choices that lead to meaningful purpose and
effective relationships. Doug Smith will
discuss a number of choices that enable us to find both greater joy in life and
enhance our ability to lead.
on Leadership – A CEO’s Perspective
Letts is a Region President and CEO for SunTrust Bank in Richmond Virginia,
where she manages a team of 850 people in Commercial and Retail Banking,
as well as Private Wealth Management. She also serves at the region’s community
ambassador representing over 4500 teammates in the Central Virginia
region. With nearly 30 years experience in the financial services
industry, Ms. Letts has learned several valuable lessons throughout her career
to share with other business professionals. She shares these lessons with
practical advice and humor.
asked, what does it take to be a successful leader, Ms. Letts shares her "10
lessons of leadership”. These lessons include personal integrity, executive
presence and managerial courage. Ms. Letts doesn’t believe there is a
"road map” to success; however, her leadership tips will help better navigate
#Plenary Session IV : Finding a Balance: Energy,
Technology and Leadership
When it comes to investing in
the electric grid and the technology behind it, there is no single right
answer. Yesterday’s perfect solution may be seen as folly tomorrow. In the
absence of certainty, a balanced approach to investing is required. Successful
managers also bring a balanced approach to leadership. Progress Energy CIO Dede
Ramoneda will share how a flexible approach to leadership can steer an
organization through uncertainty and on to its long-term goals.