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Leadership Summit Agenda

The future of work will be driven by forces like an increased focus on diversity and inclusion, the impact of digital transformation on employees and organizations, and the rapid advancement of technology.  The NC TECH Leadership Summit will convene leaders and experts to explore the challenges and opportunities that these dynamics present for the future workforce.   

Thursday, August 9

4:00 pm | Board of Directors Meeting (invitation only)

5:30 pm | Private Reception – Board of Directors + Board of Advisors (invitation only)

Featured guest: 

CAPT Carrie Hasbrouck, USN (Ret.),
Former CIO – US Navy SEALs



6:30 pm | Welcome Reception

7:30 pm | Dinner + Keynote

Keynote: Back to the Future...of Work

Technology has changed the landscape of not only how we work, but also the jobs that are available.  Anita will share some history and data around the workforce of yesterday and today and what we can expect in the future.

Anita Brown-Graham

Anita Brown-Graham, ncMPACT Director and
Professor of Public Law and Government - UNC School of Government 



9:00 pm | Leaders on the Lawn Reception 

Friday, August 10 

8:30 am | Registration + Continental Breakfast

9:00 am | Program Begins

Keynote: The Future of Work - The Importance of Culture

Company culture is becoming increasingly important to the retention of top talent.  Rod Arnot will discuss the importance of company culture and the work Dell has done while integrating two large corporations and continues to do to ensure they get and keep the best talent in the market.  

Rod Arnot

Rod Arnot, Vice President, Sales


9:45 am | Leadership Panel

Digital Transformation: Transforming Operations to Keep Pace with Consumer and Employee Expectations

Digital transformation has been changing the way businesses interact and transact with their customers and employees. The pace of innovations and expectations continues to accelerate.  This panel will discuss how organizations are leading through these challenges and opportunities. 

Pat Dolan, Head of Enterprise Sales West
Crown Castle Fiber

10:45 am | Break

11:00 am | Talent Panel

What Is Your Role In A Digital World?

With the world moving quickly to adopt AI and Machine Learning advances, to improve value and cost efficiency, there is a major concern of job displacement.  Supporters of the digital future believe there will be an abundance of new jobs that will be created and in need of a trained workforce.

Dan McGurrin, PhD

Dr. Daniel McGurrin, Director, Executive Education
Poole College of Management – NC State University


12:00 pm | Luncheon + Closing Keynotes 

Executive Briefing: Tech Market Watch – Update from the New York Stock Exchange

Carolyn Saacke, Chief Operating Officer - Capital Markets
New York Stock Exchange 



Talent Briefing: The SAP Autism at Work.  Talent, Redefined.

Diversity & Inclusion is broader than traditional definitions.  SAP has pioneered the integration of persons on the autism spectrum into their workforce, as recently featured on CBS News.  And NC TECH is partnering with the National Governors Association and the North Carolina Governor’s Office to acquaint companies and organizations in our state with programs and opportunities to follow suit.

José Velasco, Vice-President of Operations and Strategy
Global Co-Lead, Autism at Work – SAP



1:30 pm | Closing Announcements / Adjourn