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  • Robin Kelly

    Congress woman

    Robin Kelly

    Congress woman

    Congresswoman Robin Kelly was elected to represent Illinois’ 2nd District on April 9, 2013. As a former State Representative, Kelly brings extensive legislative experience to the 2nd District. She successfully sponsored bills to protect consumers from fraud, support economic development and increase the minimum wage. She also led the fight for landmark legislation to protect victims of domestic violence and improve public safety. During her tenure in the Illinois Legislature, Kelly mentored progressiv

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    Elected to represent Illinois’ 2nd District
  • Raj Surti

    VP Services

    Raj Surti

    VP Services

    Raj Surti is currently working as Vice President of Global Customer Delivery at Alcatel-Lucent - America’s Network Engineering and Field Force, where he is responsible for the planning and deployment of wireless, wireline, optical and core data network integration services for the region. Mr. Surti is a results driven executive with over 25 years experience in the telecommunications industry - focused on increasing customer satisfaction, outstanding product execution and delivery, and generating revenue

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    Alcatel-Lucent
  • Pranav Doctor

    VP of Sales and Services Technology

    Pranav Doctor

    VP of Sales and Services Technology

    The group owns applications development and support activities for all channels for Allstate Insurance Company. Internet, mobile, social, call center and agency force. Prior to working at Allstate Mr Doctor also worked at Wells Fargo in various roles. He was SVP and Chief Architect for Consumer Lending Group. Responsible for the architecture and road map for 1300+ applications across 6 different business units like Mortgage, home equity, auto finance, student loans, credit card and consumer loans.

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    Allstate
  • GP Singh

    SVP - Commercial Development

    GP Singh

    SVP - Commercial Development

    Currently working as of Senior Vice President of Commercial Development at National Express. Mr Singh oversees the commercial development team which is responsible for new business, client retention, marketing and overall business strategies Mr. Singh served in leadership roles in multiple transportation organizations. Mr. Singh also worked as Vice President - IT Application Development and Support at First Group America.

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    National Express
  • Anupy Singla

    Journalist and Television personality

    Anupy Singla

    Journalist and Television personality

    Anupy Singla is an award-winning journalist turned foodie turned author. Anupy began her reporting career as a business reporter for Bloomberg News in Princeton and then moved to cover commodities in Chicago. From there, she quickly transitioned from print to television, providing up-to-the-second market updates several times a day for Chicago’s WGN-TV and Bloomberg Television. After several years reporting live from the Chicago Board of Trade and Mercantile Exchange, Anupy transitioned to local news covera

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    ASapplepie
  • Manu Bhardwaj

    Senior advisor Technology and Internet Policy

    Manu Bhardwaj

    Senior advisor Technology and Internet Policy

    Manu has served as the primary adviser to three U.S. Ambassadors at the U.S. State Department. In this role, Manu has helped develop U.S. positions on international privacy and technology laws relating to electronic surveillance, cloud computing, location privacy, and data protection. Manu also represents U.S. positions on telecommunications and internet governance matters before international authorities, including the United Nation's General Assembly, the International Telecommunications Union, the OECD, the European Commission, and the Internet Governance Forum, among others. 

    At the State Department, Manu also served as the Chief of Staff to a U.S. Ambassador for a treaty conference, called the "World Conference on International Telecommunications," in Dubai, UAE. For that conference, Manu developed U.S. positions or priorities; coordinated strategic outreach to approximately 144 participating nations; managed the U.S. delegation of 110 government and private sector representatives; assessed critical alliances needed; and identified key speaking events and global thought-leaders. All recommendations relating to outreach and U.S. positions were accepted.

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    US State Department
  • Toby Chaudhuri

    Co-Founder

    Toby Chaudhuri

    Co-Founder

    Toby Chaudhuri works with PresidentObama’s Administration, where he advises the White House’s race-based initiatives, as well as democracy and governance projects for the U.S. State Department.

    Chaudhuri is co-founder of SocialxDesign, a new strategy consulting firm dedicated to bridging the worlds of social movements, online engagement and offline experience. With offices in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., Chaudhuri helps NGOs, governments and businesses to grow by deliberately empowering the people they serve. In addition to the White House and State Dept., his clients include the AARP and Morehouse College.

    Chaudhuri has managed more than $100 million in state and federal campaigns in the U.S. and abroad and has worked at the helm of national media operations. His clients include major membership organizations like the AARP and historic educational institutions like Morehouse College. Heworked hard to protect children as civil rights leader Marian Wright Edelman’s spokesman and media strategist at the Children’s Defense Fund; took on corporate polluters to provide safe drinking water and clean air as a political appointee to President Bill Clinton; and worked to elect several principled state and federal candidates including serving as deputy press secretary to Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. He helped re-elect President Obama and helped DilmaRousseff become the first female president of Brazil; he also helped re-elect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in major upset elections in the last midterm elections.

    Chaudhuri has received several accolades for his work, including the American Association of Political Scientists’ Pollie Award, Campaigns & Elections Magazine’s Rising Star Award and the highly-coveted Reed Award and India Abroad’s Community Service Award.He has appeared in many major daily newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and< The Times of Indiaas well as in Newsweek and Time Magazine and as a commentator on National Public Radio, the BBC, MSNBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera English.

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    SocialxDesign
  • Sri Donthi

    SVP and CIO

    Sri Donthi

    SVP and CIO

    Sri Donthi is the SVP and CIO for PepsiCo BIS Function. In his dual role, he owns business relationships for PepsiCo’s global groups and corporate functions to develop IT strategy to enable top-line growth and deliver efficiencies. In addition, Donthi has responsibilities for global infrastructure operations including computing, network and end user services.

    Previously, Donthi was the VP and CIO for PepsiCo International Transformation. In this role, he was responsible for delivering the capability required to run, grow and transform how PepsiCo does business across our international markets. Donthi joined PepsiCo in 2004 as VP global infrastructure management; he was responsible for infrastructure services. He was instrumental in implementing standard operating procedures, implementing highly available, scalable and efficient infrastructure in support of SAP deployment. This work enabled the business to realize significant productivity gains and efficiencies. Prior to joining PepsiCo, he spent 10+ years at Motorola in delivering the IT agenda and building strategic business partnerships across global motorola operations.

    Donthi holds an executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a master of science in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology.

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    PepsiCo BIS Function
  • Terri Friel

    Dean

    Terri Friel

    Dean

    Terri Friel is a seasoned professional engineer whose extensive experience with analysis, strategy and turnaround makes her adept at complex organizational analysis, formulating strategy and planning implementation. Her expertise includes continuous improvement, business process restructuring and organizational change management.

    With corporate management experience in Procter & Gamble, Fries & Fries, PepsiCo and academic management at Butler and Roosevelt University, Friel has demonstrated her ability to solve difficult problems, manage complex and diverse projects, while building a coalition for solving problems to develop new opportunities. At P&G she managed to save $2 million through cost savings projects using internal craftsmen by reducing job backlogs; ultimately capitalizing 50% of internal labor costs. At Pepsi she was responsible for the $2 million plant expansion and high speed can line installation and start-up working with multiple subcontractors such as Sverdrup and Continental Can. The start-up was the best in the history of the company; 90% productivity in 90 days. At Butler University she was responsible for the budget of the college and the $22 million Lilly Foundation grant. She initiated and oversaw the design and installation of the $2.5 million college classroom and office upgrade with $250,000 for new technology.

    With 17 years of teaching experience, her expertise in training and developing people is considerable. She combines her management abilities and her training and development abilities for a unique perspective on how to get the best from individuals and creatively build an organization. The Pepsi start-up was successful in great part due to her training program for the operators that she designed and ran concurrent to the installation. At Butler the $250,000 in new technology was successfully utilized by Butler University faculty due to her training program for the faculty that is now a standard procedure at the University. She and her team have an article on this process in Computers and Education.

    She served 2 years on the Lexington Cooperative Grocery Board, and currently as Dean is responsible to the Roosevelt University Board of Trustees. She chairs a 30 member RU Heller College of Business Advisory Board that she built in two years from five members. She has served as the president of the OMEA (Operations Management and Entrepreneurship Association). She is currently on the executive board of the MBAA (Multidisciplinary Business Association of America). In addition Friel is a graduate of the Boardroom Bound® Boardology™ Institute and profiled in the National Director-Candidate Database©.

    Friel has served as a Federal Baldrige Examiner which focuses on advising an organization on how to improve and build upon its existing foundations to achieve a higher level of success. The Baldrige program is a roadmap for how to build a great organization. Dr. Friel is an active participant in the Executives Club of Chicago serving on the Civic and Hospitality Committees as well as the Mentoring program. She is also a Circle of Friends member of the YWCA of Chicago and a finisher of the 2010 Chicago Triathlon, a training and fundraising program,”Team to Eliminate Aids.”

    Friel has a Doctor of Engineering and MS in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University. She also has a Bachelor of Science Chemical Engineering and Master of Engineering in chemical engineering and a BA in French. She is fluent in French, conversational in Spanish and can speak tourist Japanese and Gaelic.

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    Roosevelt University Board of Trustees
  • Sundaram Nagarajan

    Executive Vice President

    Sundaram Nagarajan

    Executive Vice President

    Sundaram Nagarajan is Executive Vice President of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a Fortune 200 global diversified industrial manufacturer of value-added consumables and specialty equipment with related service businesses. The Company focuses on solid growth and strong returns across its worldwide platforms and businesses. These businesses serve local customers and markets around the globe, with a significant presence in developed as well as emerging markets. The company has operations in 58 countries that employ approximately 60,000 women and men who adhere to the highest ethical standards. These talented individuals, many of whom have specialized engineering or scientific expertise, contribute to our global leadership in innovation.

    Professional Background

    Sundaram Nagarajan is currently the Executive Vice President –Welding Group. Mr. Nagarajan has worldwide responsibility for ITW’s Welding and Cutting businesses. Mr. Nagarajan originally joined Hobart Brothers in 1991. After various roles of increasing responsibility in Engineering and General Management at Hobart Brothers, Mr. Nagarajan was promoted to Group Vice President, Welding Group in 2006 and Group President, Welding International in 2008.

    Educational Background

    • BS degree from South Gujarat University, India
    • MBA from Wright State University, Ohio
    • MS and Ph.D. from Auburn University, Alabama.

    Professional and Personal Affiliations

    • Mr. Nagarajan is a Board of Director, EWI, Leading North American Engineering and
    • Technology Organization, Board of Directors, Hobart Welding Institute and Technology,
    • Former Board of Trustees, AWS Foundation, Inc, Co-Chair of ITW’s National United Way Campaign (2013 and 2014), member of the Chicago Economic Club, Executive Club of Chicago and American Welding Society (AWS).

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    Illinois Tool Works Inc
  • Koti Narasimham

    Country Manager

    Koti Narasimham

    Country Manager

    Mr. K. R. L. Narasimham (Koti) is an Engineering Graduate from IIT Kharagpur, India, and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Xavier's Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur.

    Mr. Narasimham has been associated with Indian Heavy Engineering industry for most part of his career of which last 29 years have been with the L&T Group. Within L&T, he has worked at various locations within India and has been deeply involved with construction machinery and plastic machinery divisions of the Company. He has successfully handled Branch and Regional operations, covering many corporate functions and product lines and has played a key role in restructuring of the company in early 2000.

    Mr. Narasimham moved to L&T Infotech in late 2000 and has been operating from the United States since then. He has played a key role in building L&T Infotech business in North America and has been actively involved in generating new business from the USA including multi-year / multi-million dollar mega deals with Fortune 100 companies. He has also been involved with the Engineering Services business of L&T and was heading the same for some time.

    Mr. Narasimham is currently the Country Manager for the L&T Group in Americas including Brazil and plays a key role in supporting various L&T businesses from a corporate perspective.

    An active Rotarian, Mr. Narasimham is a Paul Harris Fellow and is based out of Chicago.

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    L&T Group
  • Ina Stewart-Murray

    Market Manager/Executive Vice President

    Ina Stewart-Murray

    Market Manager/Executive Vice President

    Ina is an accomplished banker with 27 years of experience in Retail Banking.  She is a highly talented Leader and has successfully built many teams in diverse markets.   She joined PNC Bank in October of 2006, and recently relocated from the Greater Washington DC Area to oversee the Consumer Bank for St Louis and Down State Illinois markets.   She is highly skilled in building an effective team of managers and staff who market, sell, and maintain consumer banking products and services.  Her area of expertise includes sales management, launching new De novo markets, creating and developing local marketing strategies for business within the region, and creating and promoting community based initiatives that support Financial Education and Community Development. 

    Prior to joining PNC Bank, she spent a major part of her management career working for Washington Mutual Bank in Southern California.  When Washington Mutual decided to enter the Chicago market she was asked to join a team of Regional Managers who launched one of the largest De novo markets in the history of banking.  She, along with six other Regional Managers opened 167 new De novo stores for Washington Mutual Bank in the Chicago-land area in less than 36 months. 

    Ina has a strong passion for the community and over the years has participated in various initiatives promoting Financial Education.  Her support included launching the Faith-Based Initiative in 2002 where she partners with Faith Leaders and other non-profits to promote Financial Education Workshops.  Her community outreach has afforded her to be the recipient of various service awards including CRA recognition for outstanding work in the South Central community of Los Angeles and Chicago. 

    Ina attended Cal State Dominguez Hills and majored in Business Administration.  She graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington in 2005.  She is married and a proud mother of two who enjoys traveling and quality time spent with family and friends.

    Ina Murray, Ina.Stewart-Murray@PNC.Com, (314) 898-1249-office (571) 643-2005-cell

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    PNC Financial Services Group
  • Ashish Rangnekar

    CEO and Cofounder

    Ashish Rangnekar

    CEO and Cofounder

    Ashish Rangnekar is the CEO and Co-Founder of BenchPrep, an educational technology startup based in Chicago. 

    BenchPrep helps educational companies deliver innovative digital learning experiences to students. BenchPrep is used by the world's best education publishers and training companies to engage students and improve academic outcomes. More than 1 million students have used the BenchPrep platform.

    At BenchPrep, Ashish designed the first testing and assessment engine for iOS in 2008 and led the product development for the first cross-platform exam prep app. As the CEO of BenchPrep, Ashish successfully raised more than $8MM in funding and built of team of 28 professionals across Chicago, NY, Uruguay and India. He has helped several education publishing companies and advised their executive teams on mobile distribution strategies.

    He is also a mentor at TechStars NY and Founders Institute where he has helped various startups and entrepreneurs. He was amongst the Crain's Chicago's Tech 50 Entrepreneurs and has been featured in Wall Street Journal, NY Times, TechCrunch, Publishers Weekly and Fast Company as a leading education innovator. He has written articles focussing on education technology for Huffington Post and Wired.

    Before BenchPrep, Ashish worked on new business development and corporate strategy initiatives at Capital One Financial. He also has an insider perspective in education: at 18, he ranked amongst the top 0.01% students who took in the world famous IITJEE exam; at 22, he was an adjunct lecturer teaching Mathematics at City University New York; at 28, he ranked amongst the top 3% GMAT test takers. He holds an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics at City University New York, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai.

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    BenchPrep
  • Sivasankaran (Soma) Somasundaram

    CEO & President

    Sivasankaran (Soma) Somasundaram

    CEO & President

    Sivasankaran (“Soma”) Somasundaram serves as Apergy’s President and CEO, and also as a member of its Board of Directors. Soma most recently served as a Vice President of Dover Corporation and as President and CEO of Dover Energy since 2013. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Dover Energy, Executive Vice President of Dover Fluid Management, President of Dover’s Fluid Solutions Platform, President of Dover’s Gas Equipment Group, and President of Dover’s RPA Process Technologies. Prior to joining Dover in 2004, Soma served in various global leadership roles at GL&V Inc. and Baker Hughes Inc. Soma received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

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    Apergy
  • Mark Hacker

    Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer

    Mark Hacker

    Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer

    Mark S. Hacker, 44, is executive vice president, general counsel & chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. He leads the company’s legal, government affairs, communications, human resources and global marketing teams, as well as the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

    Hacker was previously senior vice president and general counsel overseeing legal, government affairs and corporate communications. Prior to that he was corporate vice president of commercial law and legal operations. He became vice president in 2009 after holding a variety of other law leadership roles. Before joining Motorola in 2001, Hacker was a corporate finance associate with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and an accountant with Arthur Andersen, both in Philadelphia.

    He is a member of the Illinois and Pennsylvania state bars, has been a certified public accountant, and is a volunteer adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law. Hacker is on the board of directors of St. Rita High School in Chicago and the 100 Club of Chicago, an organization that provides for the families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

    Hacker earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Villanova University and a law degree from Villanova University School of Law.

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    Motorola Solutions
  • Rajan Nagarajan

    Vice President - Strategic Business Process Transformation at Kraft Foods

    Rajan Nagarajan

    Vice President - Strategic Business Process Transformation at Kraft Foods

     

    Rajan is Vice President – Business Process Excellence at Kraft Foods Group. In this role he is responsible for driving process transformation towards linking strategy and execution excellence in pursuit of the company’s goals of customer satisfaction, innovation, cash flow excellence, and cost competitiveness. Rajan’s professional tenure includes senior leadership roles at – Ford, Kellogg, Philips Medical Systems, and JBS Swift. He also founded and led a consulting business engaged in business process transformation and integrated change management to drive operational excellence. His 34+ years of global leadership and entrepreneurial experience have given him a deep and practical understanding of the organizational imperative to inculcate a process DNA to drive execution effectiveness and efficiency. His breadth and depth of experience, with a focus on a firm’s core value chain, have enabled him to drive process excellence with an integrated and holistic approach. His work experience is grounded in methodologies/tools like BPR, Lean, VSM, and Six-Sigma to drive end-to-end process “simplification”. He is passionate about enabling organizations to achieve sustainable and positive change through creating and sustaining a culture that integrates “people, processes, and performance”. Rajan has completed executive leadership programs at Harvard, University of Michigan, and Duke. Rajan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, and an MS in Computer and Information Science. He has also completed training at the Supply Chain Council on the SCOR methodology.

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    Kraft Foods
  • Socka Suppiah

    Co-Founder and COO

    Socka Suppiah

    Co-Founder and COO

    Socka is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded three successful companies.  He is currently the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Saggezza based in Chicago.  He is passionate of making business better through relentless pursuit of innovation and enablement of emerging software technologies.  Socka received his BS in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University and lives in Saint Charles, IL.

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    Saggezza
  • Amy Best

    SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

    Amy Best

    SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

    Best became the CHRO upon close of the Exelon-Constellation merger in March 2012. She is responsible for developing, organizing, implementing, directing and evaluating Exelon’s HR function and performance. She participates in the development and implementation of Exelon’s plans and programs as a strategic member of the executive team. Best led post-merger integration work, including staffing and selection of 25 percent of Exelon positions, development of the employee benefit platform, total compensation program alignment, and integration of diversity, talent management and succession processes.

    Prior to this role, Best was the vice president of human resources for Exelon Generation, which includes the nuclear fleet, power operations, and power trading. She was responsible for setting the human resources strategy and service delivery for 9,500 employees as a member of the senior leadership team. This includes employee relations, compensation, talent development and retention, recruitment, pipeline development, demographic analysis, and knowledge transfer and retention. She has worked as a lead on prior merger, integration and new business activities. She also was involved with the Nuclear Energy Institute working groups and the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition’s minority business steering committee.

     

    Previously, Best was the director of human resources for Exelon Business Services Company and led the HR function to support the finance, IT, supply and legal groups. She also was the director of leadership development for Exelon. In that position, she was responsible for executive development for the company’s top leadership positions, as well as design and delivery of programmatic leadership training across the company.  She was also accountable for the design and governance of talent management processes that are implemented in all Exelon operating business units.   

     

    Best has worked in varying human resources capacities at Exelon’s Quad Cities Station, Dresden Station, nuclear headquarters, and corporate offices. Prior to Exelon, she worked at Sara Lee Corporation and Ravenswood Hospital while pursuing her master’s degree. .

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    Exelon Corp
  • Sujatha K

    President & CEO

    Sujatha K

    President & CEO

    K. Sujata is a strong advocate for women and girls with broad experience in Chicago’s philanthropic, business and nonprofit communities. She serves as president and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women, a grantmaking organization dedicated to increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls in the greater Chicago area.

    Sujata has worked at several notable nonprofit agencies in Chicago: director of programs for the Eleanor Foundation, executive director of Apna Ghar, director of Chicago Continuum of Care (now Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness), and director of planning and development at Interfaith Housing Development Corporation. Before joining the nonprofit sector, Sujata trained as a scientist at Northwestern University, received an MBA from IIT, and studied engineering in her native India.

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    Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Shiraz Hasan

    Area Vice President Industrial IoT Solutions

    Shiraz Hasan

    Area Vice President Industrial IoT Solutions

    Shiraz brings more than 15 years of expertise in developing and implementing strategic business solutions, managing process improvement initiatives, technology integration, Building Industrial IoT & Mobile Applications solutions.

    Shiraz serves as an Area Vice President for Industrial IoT Solutions Business development for AT&T’s Enterprise customers. Shiraz’s professional experience as strategic management executive has focused on deployment of process improvement, product innovation, technology integration, and transformational ideation for all of AT&T’s Business customers. Shiraz runs a team of IoT subject matter experts around the globe who help customers across many industries develop and deploy IoT solutions and applications. 

    Shiraz has an extensive background in developing dynamic enterprise mobility solutions, instituting organizational transformational business process improvements, and leading marketplace execution of world-class sales force / field service force automation capabilities.

    Prior to this role, Shiraz led the Mobile Applications Development Practice in the Central US, responsible for mobile application and M2M solutions for the AT&T business customer segment. His team worked with Line-of-Business, IT and vertical industry executives to define, design and deploy business solutions that helped corporations wirelessly enable their business applications. 

    Prior to AT&T, Shiraz led Gateway Computer’s Business Professional Services Team as the National Director of Business Enterprise Solutions. Shiraz has held several positions with Gateway, including Director of Emerging Technologies. 

     

    Shiraz has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management with specialization in Computer Information Systems and Telecommunications Analysis from Cal Poly Tech University in Pomona California.

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    AT&T
  • Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham

    Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. I, Distinguished Professor

    Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham

    Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. I, Distinguished Professor

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    The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Dr. Venkata Majeti

    CEO

    Dr. Venkata Majeti

    CEO

    Dr. Venkata C. Majeti is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Loment, Inc. a growth stage company in Integrated Communications, Technologies and Mobile Value Added Services area. Dr. Majeti received B.Tech (Civil Engineering) from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Transportation Systems from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1988.

    Dr. Majeti started his employment career with AT&T Bell Laboratories initially focusing on Tele-Traffic Theory and Performance, mathematical modeling and capacity planning of communications networks. He later switched to product development in 5ESS Switch, and worked on National-ISDN, Advanced Intelligent Networks, Integrated Digital Loop Carrier Systems, access, transport, signaling, OAM&P (operations, administration, maintenance and provisioning) and all aspects of the then communications networks. In addition, Dr. Majeti worked on system design for Text-to-Speech (TTS), speech recognition and adjunct product development for telecom networks. He proposed and became a champion of early cable modem and asymmetric cable data network design which led to DOCSIS standards. Venkata joined U.S. Robotics and later Westell to help in the early DSL systems and the development of first IP-DSL and DSLAM systems.

    Dr. Majeti was the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Cadant, a leader in DOCSIS CMTS (cable modem termination system) products, now distributed around the world by Arris Corporation. He continued work on DSL Systems, database applications, RBAC (role-based access control), the talent management systems part of the HRD (human resources development), and other areas. In the last four years, Venkata concentrated on software applications in the mobile environment.

    Loment products emphasize: Privacy, Security, Identity Management, Hibernation, Backup, Restore, Wipeout, Multiple-Languages support, conveniences such as Drafts, Templates, Archives, Visual Cues, Organization of Messages, Reports, Long Messages, Synchronization, etc. all in a single package without the need for dedicated backend support. Carriers and Service Providers maintain control of the network through Activation, Deactivation, and other anti-piracy features built into the system design. The collective feature set enables Loment customers and partners to reach banking, payments, mobile commerce, health, insurance, and national security applications. Loment offers Peanut secure SMS text messaging, Walnut secure email and Cashew Nut secure http messaging applications.

     

    Dr. Majeti is the recipient of nineteen (19) U.S. Patents and a number of related International Patents for his work on cable data systems, switching systems, electronic software distribution and, most recently, for secure communications. A few patents are pending in the current areas of his work in integrated media and communications.

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    Loment
  • Girish Chiruvolu

    Vice President Information Security

    Girish Chiruvolu

    Vice President Information Security

    A strategic out-of-box thinker, passionate hi-tech executive and a management professional with a passion for solving real problems that add value to customers, and mankind in general. As a well-rounded Techno-MBA with years of experience, he balances the technology and business aspects; an expert in building business and marketing plans, innovative products launch and their lifecycle management, team management and handling P&L. Accumulated deep market insights into several verticals such as Telecom, E-commerce, Finance, Healthcare and Enterprise.

    As a Founder and CEO of Truesigna, he has been instrumental and passionate about bringing change in the Cyber security and online fraud by addressing the fundamental issues such as smart authentication and ID management, payments, banking (online/mobile), Enterprise (Microsoft), and cloud computing exceeding some of the industry standards such as FFIEC, HIPAA, PCI DSS and SOX. He is spearheading the efforts on both R&D and Marketing/Business development setting traction in motion.

    Prior to Founding Truesigna, he held several senior roles at Alcatel-Lucent, from Sr. Marketing and Product management roles to Research and Innovation/development helping business units meet customer's needs. He has been instrumental in evangalizing new technologies even before their prime adoption. 

    A speaker at several selected conferences and workshops, with over 17+ patents and several publications has also been an adjunct faculty at UT Dallas, SMU, U Dallas, and UNT Dallas.

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    Citbank
  • Sarita Rao

    President, Wi-fi Services

    Sarita Rao

    President, Wi-fi Services

    Sarita D. Rao, President, AT&T Wi-Fi Services, is responsible for the global sales and operations for AT&T’s Wi-Fi business.

    Sarita joined AT&T in 1990 as an Account Executive.  Over the years, her career has consisted of a variety of assignments that have given her hands-on experience in complex supplier contract negotiations; leading large scale union-based work centers; and as a founding member of AT&T Wholesale, she had a key role in facilitating the launch of the Wholesale Sales organization.  Sarita also gained extensive sales leadership experience by leading the National Wireless Segment, as well as leading AT&T’s strategic IBM Go-to-Market relationship across the globe.   Prior to her current role, Sarita lead a team that was focused on building an effortless customer experience through a variety of net promoter initiatives across sales, product  and operations.

     

    In November 2011, Sarita was awarded the “Technologist of the Year” at the Women of Color STEM Conference in Dallas, Texas.  This is the first time someone at AT&T received this national organization’s top honors.

     

    Having a strong desire to support her interests in both children’s nutrition and the arts, Sarita sits on the Executive Board of Common Threads and The Redmoon Theater.  She is also working with her family to establish free clinics in rural South India, which will enable proactive health maintenance and diabetes treatment.  Additionally, Sarita is an active member of the Kellogg Alumni Community and Mentoring team.

     

    Sarita holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in Commerce from DePaul University. She is also a graduate of the Management Program for Executives from the University of Pennsylvania.

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    AT&T
  • Harish Parvathaneni

    Consulate General of India

    Harish Parvathaneni

    Consulate General of India

    Mr.Parvathaneni Harish assumed charge as the Consul General of India, Houston on 30 July 2012. Since joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1990, he has learnt Arabic at the American University of Cairo and passed the examination with distinction.

    He has served in Indian Missions in Cairo and Riyadh and headed the Post as Indian Representative to the Palestinian Authority stationed in Gaza city. He was on secondment to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) as the Chief of the Policy Analysis Unit at UNRWA Headquarters in Gaza.

    He thereafter worked in the East Asia and External Publicity Divisions in the Ministry of External Affairs. For a period of five years since 2007, Mr. Harish was the Joint Secretary and Officer on Special Duty to the Hon’ble Vice President of India and Chairman of the Council of States of the Indian Parliament, Mr. M. Hamid Ansari.

    Mr. Parvathaneni Harish is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Osmania University College of Engineering, Hyderabad. He is married to Mrs. Parvathaneni Nandita and has two daughters, Ayushi and Amani.

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    at Houston
  • Jai Shekhawat

    Founder & CEO

    Jai Shekhawat

    Founder & CEO

    Jai Shekhawat is the Founder and CEO of Fieldglass, an SAP company. Under his leadership, the Fieldglass platform has grown globally with users in 100+ countries and 18 languages. He was Ernst & Young's 2012 Midwest "Entrepreneur of the Year” as well as the 2012 recipient of the Peter Yessne Staffing Innovator Award, recognized for pioneering the Vendor Management Software (VMS) space. Fieldglass was also recognized as the Illinois Venture Capital Association's 2014 Private Equity Portfolio Company of the Year.

     

    He is a former strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company where he served clients in areas of corporate strategy, technology and cross-border alliances. He is also a former senior executive at Syntel, a software services firm in Michigan and the co-founder of Quinnox, an application outsourcing firm in Naperville, Illinois.

     

    Jai has held various civic and board positions including serving on the Mayor's Council of Technology Advisors (MCTA) for the City of Chicago, the Membership Committee of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Board of TiE Midwest and the Board of Metrosquash. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Field Museum of Chicago, is a board member for 1871 (Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub for digital startups) and Fleet Complete in Toronto, and is a founding member of the Firestarter Fund, which mentors and invests in Chicago startups.

     

    Jai holds an MBA with specializations in finance and strategy from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and a bachelor's degree in management science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.

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    Fieldglass
  • Dr. Mukesh Aghi

    President

    Dr. Mukesh Aghi

    President

    Dr. Mukesh Aghi is the President of the U.S.-India Business Council.

    With over 27 years of experience across diverse industries and geographies, Dr. Aghi has a proven track record of leading various international business giants. His last assignment was as Chief Executive and Member of the Board at L&T Infotech. Earlier he served at Steria, Inc. - India, as its’ CEO, Asia-Pacific and Global Executive Sales Director. He brings with him unique market knowledge and access in Europe and extensive experience in several verticals in the Services industry. He was responsible for Steria Inc. – India’s top 50 global accounts with revenues exceeding $ 1.5 billion and was instrumental in the successful merger with Xansa, creating a multi-billion dollar technology services business. In his previous roles, Dr. Aghi has associated with Universitas 21 Global (world's largest consortium of research-led universities and a global leader in providing post-graduate online education); IBM Corporation where he was the President of IBM India; Ariba Inc.; JD Edwards & Co. to name a few. His expertise spans across management of global consumer and corporate strategies; building and maintaining talents across geographies; profitable turnaround of operations through effective business strategies; management of global joint ventures and alliances and building strong leadership teams.

    Dr. Aghi holds an advanced Management Diploma from Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Claremont Graduate University in California. An MBA in International Marketing from Andrews University, Michigan, Dr. Aghi has also completed his BA in Business Administration from the Middle East College, Beirut, Lebanon. Fluent in many international languages, Dr. Aghi was recognized by Esquire magazine as a Global Leader and has won many awards including the J. R. D. Tata Leadership award. A major marathon and mountaineering enthusiast, Dr. Aghi has competed in over 22 international marathons and has climbed some of the highest peaks both in North America and Europe.

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    U.S India Business Council
  • Raymond Stanton III

    Co-Partner

    Raymond Stanton III

    Co-Partner
    • Co-Founder of SaveAround and lead strategy and direction of organization

    • Co- Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ValueCentric Marketing Group “VCMG” (Acquired by NYSE: FIS in October 2010).

    • Investor and Board member on Morgenthau Venture Partners

       

    • Served as President and co-owner of Dine-A-Mate, Inc., a highly profitable and rapidly growing private loyalty marketing organization.

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    Savearound
  • Rishi Shah

    CEO

    Rishi Shah

    CEO

     

    Rishi U. Shah, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Contextmedia, is a successful media and technology entrepreneur who founded ContextMedia in 2006 to improve health outcomes by serving actionable health information to chronic disease patients. Today, the company’s digital place based media networks and mobile media offerings impact hundreds of millions of patient visits across 4,000+ hospital & health systems and the firm’s clients include 18 of the 20 largest pharmaceutical companies.

    Rishi serves on the Board of Directors of many civic organizations including Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Institute for Student Business Education at Northwestern University and the Academy for Global Citizenship, an internationally renowned charter school. In 2012, he co-founded a personal venture investment firm, Jumpstart Ventures, through which he has made over 30 investments in fast growing early to late stage startups. Additionally, Rishi serves as a mentor for numerous technology start-up accelerator/incubator programs including TechStars Chicago, 1871, HealthBox and Blueprint Health.

     

    Previous to ContextMedia, and while in his first year in college, Rishi founded the Northwestern Business Review, a Northwestern University-based collaborative publication distributed to more than 60 leading campuses worldwide. In high school, he founded a home computer consulting firm whose clients were acquired by a national electronics retailer. Rishi has also started and led several non-profit initiatives at the intersection of youth, education and media including the Urban-Suburban Domestic Exchange Initiative, a program sponsored by the Gates foundation to facilitate cross-school interaction.

    Crain’s Chicago Business recognized Rishi as the youngest ever member of their annual 40-Under-40 class in 2009 and he frequently lectures at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management & McCormick School of Engineering.  A Chicago, Ill- resident, Rishi is an avid fan of his hometown Bulls, ancient Indian philosophy and smoothies.

     

     

     

     

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    Context Media
  • Arnav Dalmia

    Founder & CEO

    Arnav Dalmia

    Founder & CEO

     

     

    1) Co-founded a company that designs and manufactures connected fitness products

     

    2) Raised $293K on Kickstarter, one of the most successful campaigns from Chicago

    3) Graduated from Healthbox Chicago Accelerator in December 2014

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    FitnessCubed
  • Shashi Kusuma M.D

    Founder & CEO

    Shashi Kusuma M.D

    Founder & CEO
    From a very early age, Dr. Kusuma was interested in the human form and function. This interest combined with his love of art and medicine led him to pursue his undergraduate studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. There, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology. In addition to his biology degree, he also attended the Gouizetta School of Business at Emory University where he earned a Bachelors of Business Administration (B.B.A) with honors.

     

    After completion of his undergraduate studies he matriculated at the Medical college of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. There he excelled in medicine and graduated with an M.D. degree at the top of his class with the prestigious AOA honor society. He then completed two years in General Surgery, including his internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He subsequently completed Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the same institution.

    He was board certified in the field in 2005 by the American Board of Otolaryngology, an accredited board by the ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties). He then pursued additional training for two years in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his plastic and reconstructive training in 2006.

    He was board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, an accredited board by ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) in 2007. He served as a Staff Surgeon in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for the subsequent 4 years. Currently, he continually strives to establish a center of plastic surgery excellence in South Florida

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    Symplast LLC & Suriya Plastic Surgery
  • Srinivas Veeramasuneni

    Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer

    Srinivas Veeramasuneni

    Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer

    Srinivas Veeramasuneni is Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, at USG Corporation. He is responsible for leading the Corporate Innovation Center (CIC) organization and the promotion of collaborative research to enhance USG’s competitive position and profitability by continuously developing effective research programs. 

    Veeramasuneni first joined USG in 1998 with a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Utah and has held various research and management positions during his tenure with the company. 

    Throughout his career, Veeramasuneni has been involved in innovation strategy, talent management, change management, technology road mapping and process improvements. 

    Veeramasuneni has an extensive background in surface science and related application areas, including crystallization, mineral processing, and building materials.  He published nearly 25 papers in surface science related journals. 

    Veeramasuneni has been awarded 12 U.S. patents related to building materials, and has received numerous awards, including: the AIME Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award; Technology awards from USG Corporation; and SME Industrial Minerals Division Young Scientist Award. He was recently recognized as a 2017 Chicago Business Leader of Color by Chicago United. 

    Veeramasuneni is active in external organizations and has held executive positions in ASTM committees, Industrial Minerals Division of SME, and Innovation Research Interchange (IRI). He is currently serving as a Board Member of LUMITY and Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC).

    USG Corporation is an industry leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions. Headquartered in Chicago, USG serves construction markets around the world through its United States Gypsum Company and USG Interiors, LLC subsidiaries and its international subsidiaries, including its USG Boral Building Products joint venture. Its wall, ceiling, flooring, sheathing and roofing products provide the solutions that enable customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play. Its USG Boral Building Products joint venture is a leading plasterboard and ceilings producer across Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. For additional information, visit www.usg.com.

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    USG Corporation
  • Katie Lawler

    Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

    Katie Lawler

    Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

    Mary K. (“Katie”) Lawler joined ITW in 2014 and previously served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for GATX Corporation. Prior to joining GATX, she held a wide range of positions in operations, human resources and law with Tribune Media (formerly Tribune Company).

    Ms. Lawler began her professional career as an attorney in private practice handling labor and employment matters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

    She currently serves on the Area Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Chicago. From 2009-2013, Katie served on the Board of Directors for the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, and was Board Chair from 2012-2013.

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    ITW
  • Andrea Sreshta

    Entrepreneur

    Andrea Sreshta

    Entrepreneur

    At the intersection of public good and efficient capitalism, you'll find LuminAID.

    It's a compact solar-powered light invented to help people in emergencies, but it's also racking up sales among campers and other outdoor adventurers.

    Andrea Sreshta, a full-time MBA student at Chicago Booth, was a graduate student in architecture at Columbia University when a massive earthquake in Haiti jolted her and classmate Anna Stork into action.

    They turned their class project into a humanitarian mission.

    "She and I did some initial research and identified emergency lighting as an area that wasn't really addressed on the ground when something like the earthquake in Haiti happened," Sreshta said. "There were other priorities, including medical needs, food, water, shelter. But in the meantime you had all these people who were forced to move into tent cities at night and there was no lighting and people felt very unsafe and just couldn't function after dark."

    Sreshta and Stork developed LuminAID, a stand-alone lighting system useful in struggling regions where governments ration electricity. LuminAID provides hours of lighting after dark for families to cook and gather food and water.

    At Chicago Booth, Sreshta and Stork's idea won the 2012 Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC), a yearly competition co-organized by the Social Enterprise Initiative and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. SNVC helps students launch for-profit and nonprofit ventures that have a social impact mission and a model for sustainability. They tackle case studies, receive mentoring, and take classroom instruction to increase their products' chances of changing lives without hurting the bottom line.

    "What's unique about SNVC is that it's a 10-week experience, not just a one-off competition," Sreshta said. "Tons of helpful professors, classmates, and it also provides a chance to take a step back and really work on your business plan and your pitch."

    That paid off when LuminAID Labs team won the 2012 SNVC and the $25,000 first-place prize. That led to more competitions.

    "The plan that we further developed while in the Social New Venture Challenge was kind of the one that we took with us to the types of competitions moving forward, so SNVC was very, very productive that way."

    In April 2013, LuminAID won a $100,000 prize sponsored by the US Department of Energy at the Clean Energy Challenge. In addition, the innovative light source has started capturing the attention of campers, who prefer the lightweight, waterproof, diffused LEDs to bulky lanterns. But it's in disasters that LuminAID really shines.

    In tent cities and refugee camps, "People rely on candles as a primary source of light, which is very dangerous when you're living in those kinds of conditions in which basically everything could catch fire," Sreshta said.

    "To be able to provide a safer source of light has made a big difference in a lot of the situations."

    Sreshta and company are figuring out two areas Booth stresses in social enterprise: measuring impact and reaching sustainability.

    "Booth has been extremely valuable in helping me navigate that," she said. "The school is very practical about the challenges that entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs confront. The challenges of running a business are the same, but [with social ventures] there's the additional challenge of being mindful of both your bottom line and your social mission."

  • Janese Murray

    Vice President Diversity and Inclusion

    Janese Murray

    Vice President Diversity and Inclusion

    Janese Murray currently serves as the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Exelon Corporation where she is responsible for leading a team in the development and execution of effective strategies to increase workforce diversity and create an inclusive environment.  Janese previously served as the Executive Director of Talent Development and Inclusion for Constellation Energy, where she started in April, 2007.  In that role, she led a team that was responsible for enterprise wide talent management, leadership development and diversity and inclusion programs.

     

    Janese grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.  After starting her career in retail management, she moved into human resources. Over the past 30 years, Janese has moved to roles of increasing responsibility in several companies including CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and Black and Decker.  In addition to Janese's current responsibilities, she has experience in talent acquisition, employee relations, HR operations, and executive onboarding and support.  In addition to her HR experience, Janese is also a personal and professional coach.

     

    Janese is also involved in the community and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Notre Dame of Maryland University. She is also very active with Morgan State University where she was recognized as Alumni of the Year for the MBA Program.  She teaches one session per semester in a Business Ethics class.

     

    Janese is married to Reverend Brian Murray and is the proud mother of two daughters, Rachel and Alexis. 

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    Exelon
  • Lyndon A Taylor

    Partner in Charge

    Lyndon A Taylor

    Partner in Charge

    Lyndon A. Taylor is the partner in charge of the Chicago office of Heidrick & Struggles. He is a member of the Financial Services and CEO & Board Services Practices with a focus on the asset management, banking, and consumer financial services sectors. Additionally, Lyndon co-leads the firm’s Diversity Advisory Services Practice.

    Lyndon has more than 15 years of executive search experience and focuses on leadership search and assessment assignments for executive, functional, product, and regional leaders as well as board directors for both publicly-traded and privately-held organizations.

    Prior to rejoining Heidrick & Struggles in 2014, Lyndon spent more than 10 years with another global executive search firm where he led more than 200 senior assignments for clients in the financial services industry. Earlier in his career, Lyndon worked in investment banking with UBS and Merrill Lynch and spent time in corporate development with a global energy company. He also served in the U.S. Navy prior to college.

    Lyndon serves on the Board of Directors of the CFA Society Chicago and is a member of the Economics Club of Chicago and the University Club of Chicago. He also previously served on the Board of Directors of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

    Education:

    Lyndon received a bachelor of arts degree in history and bachelor of science in ethnic studies from Southern Methodist University and his master’s degree in business administration in business policy and strategy from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.

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    Heidrick & Struggles
  • Niren Chaudhary

    President

    Niren Chaudhary

    President

    Niren Chaudhary is President of the KFC Division and reports directly to the KFC Division CEO. Chaudhary has more than two decades of experience of which he has spent over a decade working at Yum! Brands in various positions. He oversees KFC’s business in Thailand, Asia FBU (Franchise Business Unit), Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to his current role, Chaudhary served as President of Yum! Restaurants India from 2011-2015. He has grown KFC into the fastest growing quick service brand which was named the “Most Trusted Quick-Service Restaurant Brand” in India by The Brand Trust Report 2015 study. Pizza Hut has been named the “Most Trusted Food Service Brand” by The Economic Times (India) for the last 10 consecutive years. Chaudhary was also instrumental in bringing Taco Bell to India. Prior to this, he was the General Manager of KFC Netherlands & Germany. Chaudhary has also been the Operations Director of Pizza Hut and KFC India. Prior to joining Yum! Brands, he worked with Tata Administrative Service from 1986 to 1994

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    KFC
  • Salim Sunderji

    Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Financial Officer of Tax & Accounting

    Salim Sunderji

    Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Financial Officer of Tax & Accounting

    Salim Sunderji is responsible for the overall finances of the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters including capital allocation, acquisitions and divestitures.

    Salim has diverse business experience spanning several industries and leadership experience in finance, sales, transformation and general management.

    Prior to his promotion to CFO he was senior vice president of corporate transformation, a role in which he co-sponsored technology and go-to-market transformation work streams for Thomson Reuters. Before that, he was global head of finance for investors in the Finance & Risk business of Thomson Reuters.

    Before joining Thomson Reuters, Salim work for IBM, Eastman Kodak, and Enhansiv. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Physics from University of Mumbai and a MBA from Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University.

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    Thomson Reuters
  • Sowri S Krishnan

    VP, Digital Works Technology and Digital Engagement Practice Head

    Sowri S Krishnan

    VP, Digital Works Technology and Digital Engagement Practice Head

    Global business and technology leader with 20 years of experience building and directing global business and technology operations. International experience across the U.S., Europe and the U.K., India, Mainland China, and Southeast Asia.

    Digital transformation leader and enterprise digital strategy evangelist with a deep expertise driving global digital transformation initiatives that enable the business to revolutionize their offerings, create an omni-channel digital experience, and gain a competitive market advantage across the digital stack, including:

    ◄ Mobile ◄► Social ◄► Big Data ◄► Cloud ◄► Internet of Things ►

    Proven, entrepreneurial-minded team leader that is able to foster a collaborative, innovation-driven culture by carefully guiding, mentoring, and inspiring creativity across diverse resource teams.

    The result:
    ►►► Disruptive thinking to help business succeed in the new digital era ◄◄◄

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    Cognizant
  • Ankur Agarwal

    Partner

    Ankur Agarwal

    Partner

    Ankur Agrawal is a Partner at McKinsey’s Chicago Office and a leader of their global Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) service line. Over the past 12+ years of his affiliation with the CPG industry, Ankur has lived and worked across four continents in Asia, Middle East, Europe and now USA and extensively worked with global Consumer Goods and Retail chains in shaping a variety of leading edge topics like Design for growth, Digital, Value based Pricing, Operations as a competitive advantage, Complexity management and Agility in Supply chain. Ankur has a lot of personal passion for growth and innovation and he mentors several companies and startups across the globe on market entry and growth topics. Ankur also serves on the board of many Non Profits and Startup Clubs including at Business Schools and within McKinsey leads the strategic investments and New Ventures initiative for the Consumer Sector

    Prior to McKinsey Ankur worked at Procter and Gamble and Infineon Technologies in a variety of roles, including leading the startup of the first Baby Care Plant for P&G in India. Ankur holds an engineering degree from Jacobs University in Germany. Ankur is married to Pratiksha who is a Prosthodontist in Chicago.

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    Mckinsey
  • Ameeth Sankaran

    Partner

    Ameeth Sankaran

    Partner

    Ameeth runs private equity and venture investing for 2M (the family office of Morton H. Meyerson) and invests in health care and technology companies.  He sits on the Board of 8 companies, most are at the intersection of health care and technology.  These include Picmonic (Healthcare education technology), Therabracelet (Wearable healthcare technology) and is an advisor to Elemental Machines (IoT Healthcare technology) among other companies. Prior to 2M, Ameeth spent over eight years at The Boston Consulting Group based on both Dallas and Mumbai focused on helping drive revenue acceleration for global companies. Earlier in his career, he started a software company focused on recruiting.  Ameeth received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in New York.

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    2M Companies
  • Lei Zhang Schlitz

    Executive Vice President

    Lei Zhang Schlitz

    Executive Vice President

    Dr. Lei Zhang Schlitz is Executive Vice President of the Food Equipment segment. She joined ITW in 2008 as Vice President, Research & Development at the ITW Technology Center. Most recently, she served as a Group President within the Food Equipment segment, managing the Global Ware-wash and Refrigeration platforms. She was appointed Executive Vice President in September 2015.

    Prior to joining ITW, Dr. Schlitz spent seven years at Siemens Energy and Automation. She was a Business Manager within Siemens, holding P&L responsibilities of a new business. Lei also held various positions managing product development groups at Siemens. Prior to joining Siemens, she spent four years at GE Global Research and GE Industrial Systems. She started her career at the Innovation Center for Eaton Corporation.

    Dr. Schlitz has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. As a native Chinese, Lei earned her B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers.

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    ITW
  • Maryam Saleh

    Vice President

    Maryam Saleh

    Vice President

    Maryam is passionate about moving research into the market, where it can have impact and improve lives. Her path started off at Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, Inc. where she teamed up with neuroscientists at Brown University to spin out a brain implant designed to help restore movement in paralyzed individuals. She’s also performed research herself, while pursuing her PhD in computational neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Most recently, she founded the Center for Device Development at Northwestern University, a fellowship program in medical device innovation, where doctors and engineers test drive their own medical device business ideas. Through her work, she’s come to realize the importance of building bridges between stakeholders in order to move opportunities forward. Her goal as MATTER’s vice president of programs is to actively engage with MATTER’s members to build an experience that is customized to address their individual needs.

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    MatterChicago
  • Suja Chandrasekaran

    Chief Information Officer

    Suja Chandrasekaran

    Chief Information Officer

    Ms. Sujatha Chandrasekaran, also known as Suja, has been the Chief Information Officer at Kimberly-Clark Corporation since May 16, 2016. Ms. Chandrasekaran has more than 25 years of experience in technology and leadership roles in both the consumer packaged goods and retail industries. She has a strong track record of leading technology and digital organizations to deliver significant value to customers and across an enterprise. Ms.

    Chandrasekaran served as Senior Vice President, Global Chief Technology Officer and Chief Data Officer at WalMart Stores Inc. Ms. Chandrasekaran served as Global Chief Information Officer at The Timberland Company. She served as a Vice President and the Chief Technology Officer of PepsiCo North America, where she led digital and technology strategy and delivery for its business units including Frito Lay, Pepsi Beverages, Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade and Pepsi Bottling. As the Chief Information Officer of Transformation for Nestle Americas, she led the world's largest food & beverage company's business transformation initiatives including business process, technology and data transformation for it's Global Business Excellence (GLOBE) across Nestle Americas. She served as an Advisor of Retail Innovation at Retailigence Corporation since July 2015 until April 26, 2016. Her career has spanned across multiple continents including Australia, North America/USA, Latin America and Europe and has led some of the world's greatest retail and CPG organizations. She led technology and data transformation for WalMart US, Sam's Club and WalMart International. She has been a Director of Symphony EYC Solution UK Limited since October 2016. She serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Atmio Inc. She has been Additional Non Executive Director of 8K Miles Software Services Limited since February 8, 2017. She has been a Member of Strategic Advisory Board at 8K Miles Software Services Ltd since May 9, 2016. Temple University's FOX School of Business awarded Ms. Chandrasekaran the IT Leader of the Year award in 2013 for her accomplishments in global digital leadership as a big data and advanced analytics leader and practitioner. She has been named as one of Top 10 Digital & Technology Leaders in the United States by Financial Times. Other honors include being named as one of the Top 50 Diverse Executives of 2014 by Diversity MBA Magazine and as one of the world's most "ICONIC" Women Leaders in Technology by Interop, InformationWeek, India. She is a Global, Digital, Technology and Business Transformation Executive and a tech industry leader. She has executive development education from London Business School. She earned her Master of Business Systems/MBA from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and her Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India.

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    Kimberly Clark Corporation
  • William Bosway

    President & CEO of the Refrigeration & Food Equipment Segment

    William Bosway

    President & CEO of the Refrigeration & Food Equipment Segment

    Bill Bosway is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Refrigeration & Food Equipment Segment of Dover Corporation, having joined the Company in June 2016. Prior to joining Dover, Bill spent 25 years with Emerson Electric in a variety of global management positions including manufacturing, marketing, product management, and general management. Most recently, Bill was Group Vice President for the Emerson Climate Technologies Refrigeration, Solutions, and Global Electronics business group, and also had responsibility for the Climate Technologies business in Latin America. Bill also led Innovation/Research & Development, Supply Chain, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, and business development groups for the Climate Technologies organization. Previously with Emerson, Bill spent nine years working and living in Asia, based in Hong Kong, where he was President for the Climate Technologies business for the region. Bill earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Miami University in 1987 and earned an M.S. in Management from Purdue University in 1989. Bill currently serves as a member of the Miami University Athletic Director’s Advisory Board, a Foundation Trustee for Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney, Ohio, and has also served on the Dayton Development Coalition Board as well as a number of Emerson company Boards in the U.S. and Europe.

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    Dover Corporation
  • Sara Greenstein

    Senior Vice President - Consumer Solutions

    Sara Greenstein

    Senior Vice President - Consumer Solutions

    Sara A. Greenstein joined United States Steel Corporation in December 2014 as senior vice president – Consumer Solutions.  Under Mrs. Greenstein’s leadership, Consumer Solutions has three business segments, which include home appliance and electrical, packaging and container, and construction.  She is working toward aligning the company’s vast capabilities and assets with key markets and customers, driving sustainable profitability and creating innovative solutions to help customers win their markets.

    In January 2016, Mrs. Greenstein also assumed accountability for plant operations at the following facilities, which service the majority of her commercial entities’ customers: Mon Valley Works, East Chicago Tin, Fairfield Works’ # 5 coating line and the Double G Coatings joint venture with ArcelorMittal.

    Mrs. Greenstein joined U. S. Steel from Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) where she most recently held the position of president – UL Supply Chain and Sustainability.  In this role, she used her strategic vision to recognize the ever-changing market demands of customers and create innovative technology-driven solutions.  During her 12-year tenure at UL, Mrs. Greenstein held a series of increasingly responsible positions while building a well-respected reputation for strategic planning and driving profitability, from developing and launching the UL technology and software businesses to expanding UL’s geographic footprint to include Japan, India and China. 

    Mrs. Greenstein spent the early part of her career in consulting at both Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and Boston Consulting Group, providing strategic and business transformation guidance to help large, global clients drive profitable growth. 

    During her career, Mrs. Greenstein has earned two prestigious honors from Crain’s Chicago Business: She was named one of the top 40 executives under 40 years of age in 2007, and she was named the “Chicago Executive of the Future” in 1999. 

    Mrs. Greenstein earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

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    United States Steel Corporation
  • J Schwan

    President & CEO

    J Schwan

    President & CEO

    J is a Chicago-based serial technology entrepreneur.  He is the Founder and CEO of Solstice, one of the country’s largest digital innovation consultancies with over 400 employees worldwide.  J sold Solstice to the St. Ives Group in 2015 at one of the year’s highest multiples and continues to operate the business.  J also founded MiGym, a mobile customer engagement platform for health clubs; scaling it to over 2,000,000 members and subsequently selling the business to the Constellation Group.

     

     

    J received his Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and began his career at Accenture.  J is in the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, was an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist and was awarded the University of Illinois College of Engineering Young Alumnus of the Year award.  J is an active member of the Lurie Children’s Hospital Foundation Board.  He lives in Glen Ellyn, IL with his wife Gina and their 5 children.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    About Solstice:

     

     

    Solstice is an innovation and emerging technology firm that helps Fortune 500 companies seize new opportunities through world-changing digital solutions.  As strategists and consultants, we help organizations evolve their digital strategy to solve mission-critical problems.  As designers and developers, we build incredible hardware and software solutions that transcend a standalone product and transform an organization’s relationship with its customers.  As instructors and coaches, we help companies transform from the inside out by adopting a high-speed culture of innovation.  We’re strategists, researches, designers and engineers hell-bent on changing the way the world does business.  We’re headquartered in Chicago and have delivery offices in New York, London, and Buenos Aires. Additional information is available at www.solstice.com.

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    Solstice
  • Prasanna Gopalakrishnan

    SVP, Chief Digital & Information Officer

    Prasanna Gopalakrishnan

    SVP, Chief Digital & Information Officer

    SVP, Chief Digital & Information Officer at Boston Private 

    Prasanna Gopalakrishnan is a Fintech executive who has been leading the financial services industry for 20+ years. She is currently the SVP, Chief Digital & Information Officer at Boston Private - a private banking and wealth management firm headquartered in Boston.

    She specializes in Digital transformation efforts centered around Client experience and works closely with her Board and CEO to drive growth and new business model centric strategy through Digital Transformation. 

    Ms. Gopalakrishnan served as the Chief Information Officer of Campus Services at Harvard University, where she led an IT organization supporting a portfolio of 12 business units within a diversified set of industry segments of Harvard Campus Services. Prior to that, she also served in various leadership roles at Fidelity Investments, Thomson Reuters and State Street Bank.  In 2015, Diversity MBA Magazine recognized Gopalakrishnan as one of the “Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leaders.

    She holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Management from the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, Boston and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India.

     

     

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    Boston Private Financial Holdings
  • Mohanbir Sawhney

    McCormick Foundation Chair of Technology, Clinical Professor of Marketing &

    Mohanbir Sawhney

    McCormick Foundation Chair of Technology, Clinical Professor of Marketing &

    Prof. Sawhney is a globally recognized scholar, teacher, consultant and speaker in business innovation, technology marketing and new media.

    His research and teaching currently focuses on advanced digital marketing, engagement marketing, business innovation and enterprise analytics. He has pioneered concepts like the Innovation Radar, e-Hubs, Innomediation and the Sentient Enterprise.

    Prof. Sawhney has written six books as well as dozens of influential articles in leading academic journals and managerial publications. His most recent book is Fewer, Bigger, Bolder: From Mindless Expansion to Focused Growth, published by Penguin in 2014. His research has been published in leading journals like California Management Review, Harvard Business ReviewJournal of Interactive Marketing, Management ScienceMarketing ScienceMIT Sloan Management Review, and Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. He has also written several influential trade articles in publications like Fortune, Forbes, Business Week and Financial Times. He has won several awards for his teaching and research, including the 2006 Sidney Levy Award for Teaching Excellence at the Kellogg School, the 2005 runner-up for Best Paper in Journal of Interactive Marketing, the 2001 Accenture Award for the best paper published in California Management Review in 2000 and the Outstanding Professor of the Year at Kellogg in 1998. He has been nominated for the Outstanding Professor of the Year at Kellogg in 2008 and 2009. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. In 2012, he was named among the 50 most influential thinkers of Indian origin. In February 2016, he received the Thought Leadership Award from NASSCOM India.

    Prof. Sawhney advises and speaks to Global 2000 firms and governments worldwide. His speaking and consulting clients include Accenture, Adobe Systems, AT&T, Boeing, CA Technologies, Cisco Systems, Dell, DuPont, Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, GE, General Mills, HCL Technologies, Holland & Knight, Honeywell, IBM Consulting Services, Infosys, Jeronimo Martins, Jones Lang LaSalle, Jenner & Block, Kellogg Company, McDonalds, Microsoft, MTV Networks, Nissan Motor, SAP, Sony, Teradata, Textron Inc., WMS Gaming and Zurich Insurance. He serves on the board of directors at Reliance Jio Infocomm and Bahwan Cybertek.  He also serves on the advisory boards of several technology startups including Georama, Legalogic, MotiveQuest, PomVom, vMock and Wattcoin. He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, a Fellow of the Institute for Study of Business Markets (ISBM) at Penn State University and a member of the advisory board of the Chicago Innovation Awards.

    Prof. Sawhney holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta; and a Bachelors in Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. 

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    Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation Northwestern, Kellogg
  • Jack Sanders

    President and CEO

    Jack Sanders

    President and CEO

    M. Jack Sanders became Sonoco’s eighth CEO on April 1, 2013. He serves on the Board of Directors, executive committee and leads the Company’s management committee.

    During his 25-year career with Sonoco, Sanders has played an integral role in growing the Company by leading all Consumer, Industrial and Protective packaging businesses at various points. Prior to assuming his current position, he was president and chief operating officer with global leadership, sales and operating responsibility for all of Sonoco’s diversified packaging businesses.

    Sanders, a 1976 graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in finance, joined Sonoco in 1988 as national sales and marketing manager, Wire and Cable Reels. In 1992, he was asked to build and lead Sonoco’s new Protective Packaging division, and he took the role as general manager. He was promoted in 1998 to division vice president and general manager of Protective Packaging. Sanders was elected a corporate officer and named vice president, Industrial Products, North America in 2001. He was subsequently named vice president, Global Industrial Products in January 2006 and senior vice president in October 2006, before assuming additional responsibility for all industrial converting businesses in July 2007. In 2008, Sanders was named executive vice president, Industrial, with global operating responsibility for all of the Company’s businesses serving industrial markets, including Sonoco’s tube and core, paper, wire and cable reel, protective packaging, paperboard specialties and recycling business. He then served as executive vice president, Consumer, from January-December 2010.

    Before joining Sonoco, Sanders was the western regional manager for Republic Packaging Company based in Chicago, Ill. He spent 13 years with Republic Packaging in positions of increasing responsibility.

    He and his wife, Sheri, live in Florence, S.C., and have three grown children. Sanders serves on the boards of Sonoco, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation and the Charles W. Coker and Elizabeth H. Coker Foundation.

    Professional Associations

    Current

    • Board of Directors, Sonoco
    • Board of Trustees, South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics
    • Board of Directors, Charles W. Coker and Elizabeth H. Coker Foundation
    • Board of Directors, American Forest and Paper Association

    Education

    • Bachelor of Science degree, finance, Louisiana State University, 1976

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    SONOCO
  • Manickam Mahalingam

    Chairman

    Manickam Mahalingam

    Chairman

    The Sakthi Group is an Indian Conglomerate Company with operational areas in India, China, Europe, Middle East and Detroit, MI, USA. The group has operations in sugar, dairy, industrial alcohol, automobile distribution and components, transportation, energy, textiles, IT, education and health care. Dr. M. Manickam is the Chairman of the Group.

    Dr. M. Manickam, M.Sc., MBA serves as Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Sakthi Auto Component Limited. Dr. Manickam has been an Executive Chairman of Sakthi Sugars Limited since November 12, 2014 and has been its Executive Director since October 25, 2006. He served as an Executive Vice Chairman of Sakthi Sugars Limited until November 12, 2014. Dr. Manickam served as Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Sakthi Sugars Limited until June 28, 2013. He was the President of Indian Sugar Mills Association from 1996 to 1997. He has been the Non-Executive Chairman of Sakthi Finance Limited, since October 24, 2007. He has experience of about 25 years in the field of Business and industries. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Sakthi Finance Limited, since December 12, 1991. He has been a Director of Sakthi Auto Component Limited since February 19, 1999. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Sri Chamundeswari Sugars Limited since July 27, 1987.

    He serves as a Director of Sri Sakthi Textiles Ltd., Pollachi, ABT Ltd., Coimbatore, ABT Industries Ltd., Sri Bhagavathi Textiles Ltd., ABT Infosystem (P) Ltd., Sakthi Management Services (Coimbatore) Ltd., Sakthi Properties (Coimbatore) Ltd., Turbotech Precision Engineering (P) Ltd., Kovai Medical Centre & Hospital Ltd., ABT (Madras) Private Ltd., ABT (Madurai) Private Ltd., ABT (Trichy) Private Ltd., ABT Two Wheeler Private Ltd., ABTTransports Private Ltd., ABT Textiles Private Ltd., The Gounder and Company Auto Ltd., Sakthi Beverages Ltd., Sakthi Synthetic Gems Co. Ltd., and ABT Foods Retailing (India) Ltd. Dr. Manickam holds a Masters Degree in Statistics from Madras University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University, USA.Non-Executive.

    The Sakthi Group is an Indian Conglomerate Company with operational areas in India, China, Europe, Middle East and Detroit, MI, USA. The group has operations in sugar, dairy, industrial alcohol, automobile distribution and components, transportation, energy, textiles, IT, education and health care.

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    Sakthi Group
  • Jan Henrich

    Senior Partner

    Jan Henrich

    Senior Partner

    Jan leads our Consumer Packaged Goods Practice in North America. His client service has focused on topics in areas such as strategy, commercial and operational transformations, and organization. His consulting experiences include engagements in Asia, Europe, and North and South America.

    Examples of his work include:

    • leading a broad-based commercial and operational transformation for a global food company, including revenue growth management, marketing effectiveness, design-to-value (DTV), and procurement transformation
    • developing a multiyear innovation strategy for a leading global consumer company to build a 3-to-5-year road map; the focus of the work was deep root-cause analysis of current challenges and transforming into a new ecosystem that delivers more breakthrough innovation
    • guiding the global margin transformation for a leading food and beverage company, including topics such as zero-based budgeting, trade and promotion effectiveness, and network transformation
    • leading a holistic operations transformation for a leading consumer-packaged-goods company, including the development of a comprehensive supply-chain strategy and an end-to-end lean transformation of the extended enterprise
    • building a comprehensive corporate and business strategy for a multi-division agriculture company; the work included a detailed multimarket assessment and development of market-by-market deep dives
    • driving a holistic turnaround of a private equity–owned medium size company; the focus of the work was to expand top- and bottom-line results in 1 to 2 years through distribution, revenue growth management, network restructuring, DTV, manufacturing, and organizational levers

    Prior to joining McKinsey, Jan held different roles in merchandising and store operations at a German retailer and worked in engineering for a car manufacturer. He is fluent in English, German, and Spanish.

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    McKinsey
  • Chintan Mehta

    Chief Technology Officer

    Chintan Mehta

    Chief Technology Officer

    Chintan is the Chief Technology Officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance and is responsible for all consumer facing experiences across all digital channels globally. As a part of this role, Chintan also heads the innovation team responsible for all our work across new areas like telemedicine, in-store digital experiences etc. Prior to WBA Chintan was Vice President of Engineering at American Express responsible for developing a range of digital payments capabilities and Solutions. Chintan has a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire.

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    Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Neeta Bhushan

    Consul General of India - Chicago

    Neeta Bhushan

    Consul General of India - Chicago

    Mrs. Neeta Bhushan joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1994. As a career diplomat, her overseas assignments have included political and information work in Tokyo (Japan), Head of the Press, Culture and Information Wing in Dhaka (Bangladesh), and Head of the Economic and Commercial Wing in the Indian Embassy in Berlin (Germany). She also worked as Director in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and as Joint Secretary (Parliament & Coordination) in the Ministry of External Affairs.  

     

    She is married to Mr. Anurag Bhushan. He was Consul General of India in Dubai and presently he is Joint Secretary in the Ministry of

     

    External Affairs. She has a daughter and a son. Before joining as Consul General of India in Chicago, she was Deputy Chief of Mission in Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi.   

  • Michael Menendez

    IT Vice President

    Michael Menendez

    IT Vice President

    Michael Menendez is a Fortune 100 Information Technology executive with two decades of progressive experience in the Energy industry.  Mr. Menendez’s experience includes IT strategy definition, digital transformation, large scale program delivery, organizational design and strategic sourcing, and leading Fortune 500 “M&A” activities.  Michael is formally trained and certified in Project Management, ITIL, and Six Sigma disciplines. 

    Michael currently holds the position of IT Vice President for customer technology for the six Exelon Utilities.  In this role, he is responsible for billing & payment processing, metering, energy procurement, and call center technology.  Michael is also the technology leader responsible for transforming the organization’s digital customer channels.

    Michael graduated Summa Cumme Laude from Drexel University.  He is a graduate of the Leadership Philadelphia Core Program and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Philadelphia Futures.

    Michael currently resides in Collegeville, PA with his wife Cathy and two children, Cole and Kaden.

     

     

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    Exelon Corporation
  • Anisha Madan

    Sr VP Finance and CFO

    Anisha Madan

    Sr VP Finance and CFO

    Anisha Madan is a Senior Vice President of Finance for Change Healthcare, one of the largest, independent healthcare technology companies in the United States.  Change Healthcare provides software and analytics, network solutions and technology-enabled services to multiple stakeholders in the healthcare system, including commercial and governmental payers, employers, hospitals, physicians and other providers, and consumers.

    She has over 15 years of finance leadership experience.  Previously holding leadership positions in finance in GE Transportation, GE Power, GE Healthcare and Aon-Hewitt.  In those positions, she has been based out of Milwaukee and Chicago.  Her position at Change Healthcare has recently brought her to Atlanta, Georgia which is now where she calls home after 17 years in the Midwest. Anisha is originally from India.

    She has earned a B.A in Economics and Accounting at Illinois Wesleyan University and her M.B.A in Marketing, Finance, Strategy and International Business at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago.  She has also completed Executive Education in Strategy at the Harvard Business School. She has received many accolades in her career but is most proud of her family: husband Samyukth Shenbaga & daughter Indira.

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    Change Healthcare
  • Kanchana Raman

    President

    Kanchana Raman

    President

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    Avion Networks
  • Nithya Narasimhan

    VP Client Services

    Nithya Narasimhan

    VP Client Services

     

    Nithya is focused on driving excellence in client experience within the large enterprise segment at ADP by leading efforts in strategic insight service delivery, client account management operations, as well as building client loyalty and advocacy across multiple client roles and personas. Prior to this, she was SVP of Strategy in SunTrust Bank, where she led a variety of strategic initiatives across the company, including client segmentation-led business strategy.   Nithya has previously worked in Deloitte Consulting, focused on strategy and operations engagements within the Financial Services space. She has an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a post-graduate degree in Management from the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India. 

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    ADP
  • Tony Fogel

    Chief People and Culture Officer

    Tony Fogel

    Chief People and Culture Officer

    Anthony (Tony) S. Fogel Chief People and Culture Officer, Coveris Group 

    Mr. Fogel is the Chief People and Culture Officer for Coveris Group, a $3B global packaging manufacturer with 70 facilities and 12,000 employees. In addition to leading global Human Resources across 22 countries, he is responsible for Corporate Communications and Non-Production Procurement.   

    Prior to joining Coveris, he was the Chief Human Resources Officer for two publicly-traded global companies: Ciber, a $1B technology company and, Level 3 Communications, a $4B telecommunications company. Previously, he was the Chief Human Resources Officer at Marathon Asset Management where he established an HR organization and provided consulting to Marathon's deal teams and portfolio companies. Mr. Fogel joined Marathon from Lehman Brothers, where he had been a Managing Director and the Global Head of Human Resources for Asset Management, Private Equity and Private Banking. He served his first five years at Lehman Brothers, based in London, as the Head of Human Resources for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before Lehman Brothers he was with Morgan Stanley, for several years in both New York and London, and he spent his first working decade with PepsiCo. 

    He has published or contributed to articles on gender equality in hiring, engagement surveys, and how to turn job candidates into fans. He has been recognized for innovations in diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition and training.  

    Mr. Fogel serves on the Board of Work Bright, a mobile first company that provides a solution for onboarding paperwork without the paper or the work. He is an advisor to Stella, a leader in the application of artificial intelligence to talent acquisition. 

    Mr. Fogel graduated magna cum laude from Northern Arizona University with bachelor’s degrees in both business and psychology, and he completed Harvard Business School's Strategic Human Resources Management Program. 

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    Coveris Group
  • Diane Earll

    VP, Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness

    Diane Earll

    VP, Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness

    Diane Earll is the Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness, USG Corporation.  In this role she is responsible for building a best in class human resources function to support USG Corporation and its growth strategy.  She also leads the leadership development and succession planning, recruiting and staffing, training and development and workforce diversity.  

    Diane joined USG in 1992 and she has held various leadership roles at USG Corporation including Vice President, National Accounts; Senior Director Retail Sales; Senior Director Product Management; Senior Director Customer Service

     

    Diane serves as a board member of United Way Leadership Giving of Chicago and HIRI (Home Improvement Research Institute).  

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    USG Corporation
  • Kunal Kapoor

    Chief Executive Officer

    Kunal Kapoor

    Chief Executive Officer

    Kunal Kapoor, CFA, is chief executive officer of Morningstar. Before assuming his current role in 2017, he served as president, responsible for product development and innovation, sales and marketing, and driving strategic prioritization across the firm. 

    Since joining Morningstar in 1997 as a data analyst, Kapoor has held a variety of roles at the firm, including leadership positions in research and innovation. He served as director of mutual fund research and was part of the team that launched Morningstar Investment Services, Inc., before moving on to other roles including director of business strategy for international operations, and later, president and chief investment officer of Morningstar Investment Services. During his tenure, he has also led Morningstar.com® and the firm’s data business as well as its global products and client solutions group. 

    Kapoor holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental policy from Monmouth College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago, and served on the board of PitchBook, a private firm that provides a comprehensive private equity and venture capital database, prior to its acquisition by Morningstar in late 2016. Kapoor is also a member of the board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy in Illinois. In 2010, Crain’s Chicago Business named him to its annual 40 Under 40 class, a list that includes professionals from a variety of industries who are contributing to Chicago’s business, civic, and philanthropic landscape.

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    Morningstar
  • Michael Zimmerman

    Executive Vice President

    Michael Zimmerman

    Executive Vice President

    Mr. Zimmerman is Executive Vice President of the Construction Products segment. He joined ITW in connection with the company’s acquisition of Permatex in 2005. Most recently, Mr. Zimmerman served as Group President for the Welding Oil & Gas Platform and was previously a Group President in the Polymers & Fluids Segment. He was elected Executive Vice President of Construction Products in 2015. He is responsible for the global construction group, which manufactures and sells fasteners, anchors, tools, and software for residential and commercial construction applications.

    Mr. Zimmerman graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. degree and holds an MBA from Columbia University.

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    ITW
  • Dilip Bhattacharjee

    Partner

    Dilip Bhattacharjee

    Partner

    Dilip leads operations analytics in North America. In his consulting work, he partners with top executives as they bring big data and advanced analytics to bear on complex business problems. He advises airlines, railroads, logistics companies, and other industrial organizations through the steps required to build new analytics capabilities, workflows, and processes. Many of the initiatives Dilip leads involve tracking and analyzing new data sources in order to uncover opportunities for improved service levels and greater efficiency.

    Examples of his work include helping a freight railroad optimize how they plan, schedule, and dispatch trains; assisting a leading logistics company to rationalize their network footprint by balancing speed and operational costs, driving resource reductions for moving the same volume of freight; creating a portfolio of analytics use cases for a rental car company to uncover significant margin improvements; designing an analytics roadmap for a global airline to drive margin improvements and an organization plan to deliver on the opportunities.

    In addition to his client work, Dilip is building a team in India that provides full stack delivery of advanced analytics and is working to expand the talent base and reach of our other analytics centers. Interested in fostering discussion and debate, Dilip has published articles in the McKinsey QuarterlyHarvard Business Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar.

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    McKinsey
  • SHARAT MATHUR

    EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

    SHARAT MATHUR

    EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

    Sharat Mathur is an EVP with IRI in Chicago. In this role, he leads three practice areas – Revenue Management, In-Store Excellence and Marketing Effectiveness as well as all analytics and solution delivery.

     

    Prior to joining IRI, he spent about 15 years in management consulting – primarily with Booz

    &amp; Co as well as Archstone Consulting. Most recently he was the founder and president of

    Analytic Harmony Inc., an analytics and strategy services firm. Sharat has worked across a

    range of industries, including food and beverage, home and personal care, airlines, alcoholic

    beverages distributors, household building products, healthcare, financial services,

    government agencies and others.

     

    Sharat holds a Ph.D. in marketing from The University of Iowa, as well as a MBA from the

    University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India, where he also graduated with honors with a bachelor’s

    degree in economics

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    IRI Worldwide
  • Dominic Dannessa

    EVP & Chief Customer & Innovation Officer

    Dominic Dannessa

    EVP & Chief Customer & Innovation Officer

    Dannessa is a sought-after thought leader in manufacturing and building systems technology as well

    as economic growth, and his commentary has appeared in publications including The Chicago

    Tribune, Chicago Business Journal, Construction Business Owner Magazine and The U.S. Chamber

    of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Conference.

     

    Dannessa joined USG in 1978 as a project engineer and has held a multitude of leadership roles across the business,

    including senior vice president, Manufacturing; vice president, Supply Chain; chief information officer and plant manager

    for more than 15 years. Dannessa holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as

    well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Youngstown State University.

     

    He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Gypsum Engineering Company. Dom is active in the National Association

    of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Naval War College, and is a past participant of the Harvard University&#39;s Joint Center for

    Housing Studies and a past Board member of the Industrial Research Institute and USG Boral Building Products.

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    USG Corporation
  • Pete Kyrychenko

    Vice-President

    Pete Kyrychenko

    Vice-President

    Pete Kyrychenko is the Vice-President, Talent Management and Leadership Development at

    ITW. In this role, he is responsible for providing key leadership and support in developing

    sufficient quality, depth, and diversity of global leadership talent for the enterprise. Pete holds a

    doctorate degree in business psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology,

    master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Roosevelt University, and a

    bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Illinois University.

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    ITW
  • Sumit Dangi

    SVP & CFO, Global Data & Information Management

    Sumit Dangi

    SVP & CFO, Global Data & Information Management

    Sumit Dangi currently is SVP & CFO, Global Data & Information Management at HSBC. Seasoned well-rounded Strategy, Finance and Operations professional with broad analytical and problem-solving skills and strong track record of delivering outstanding results. 20+ years of global experience spanning Asia, North America and Europe. Experience in leading cross-functional teams, strategic analysis, implementing financial and operational transformation, influencing broad range of stakeholders, communicating with Senior Executives and managing bottom-line impact.


    Industry Experience: Consulting, Financial Services, Retail Banking, Credit Cards, Wealth Management, Treasury, Private Equity, and CPG (consumer packaged goods)

    Areas of expertise: Strategic Business Analysis, Thought Leadership, Cost management and Optimization, M&A Due Diligence, Large Scale Turnaround & Transformation, Metrics/ KPI development, Financial Planning & Analysis, Internal Audit, Financial Valuation, Expert Witness, and Forensic Accounting

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    HSBC
  • Anne Pramaggiore

    CEO

    Anne Pramaggiore

    CEO

    Anne Pramaggiore is president and CEO of ComEd, an electric utility company delivering electricity to 3.8 million customers in Chicago and Northern Illinois.​

     

    Pramaggiore joined ComEd in 1998 to work on the company's transition to competitive energy markets under the Illinois Consumer Choice Law of 1997. In her role as ComEd's lead lawyer and as head of Regulatory Policy, she led major policy work around the restructuring of the Illinois electric industry.

     

    In 2009, Pramaggiore was appointed as ComEd's COO and became responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations on the electric grid and in customer operations. In that role, she led the company's effort to set the legislative framework for ComEd's smart grid build-out, a leading model nationally for modernizing one of the largest utility systems in the country.

     

    Pramaggiore was promoted to her current position in February 2012. She is the first female to hold the post of president and CEO at the electric utility.

     
    Pramaggiore serves as a board member of Chicago Federal Reserve Board, Motorola Solutions, Inc., and several civic and community organizations.
     
     
    She is a 1989 graduate of DePaul University School of Law and served as editor-in-chief of the school's Law Review. She has a bachelor's degree in Communications and Theater from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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    Senior Executive Vice President, Exelon and CEO of Exelon Utilities
  • Vicki Arthur

    Senior Vice President, Plastic Packaging and Protective Solutions

    Vicki Arthur

    Senior Vice President, Plastic Packaging and Protective Solutions

    Vicki B. Arthur, 58, is Senior Vice President, Plastic Packaging and Protective Solutions at Sonoco Products Company. In this role, Arthur has responsibility for Sonoco’s plastics businesses, including flexible packaging; thermoformed, injection molded and extruded plastics; and Protective Solutions, which includes the Company’s consumer durable paper-based packaging, molded foam components and temperature-assured packaging operations. Combined, these businesses have 52 operating facilities in North America, Europe and Asia with combined sales of approximately $1.5 billion and more than 4,000 associates.

    Prior to this promotion, she was Vice President of Protective Solutions. Before heading Sonoco’s fastest-growing business segment, Arthur was Vice President of Global Corporate Customers from 2008 through 2011, where she had P&L responsibility for Sonoco’s seven largest global packaged food (CPG) customers with annual sales of more than $1 billion.

    Arthur joined Sonoco in 1985 and has held senior leadership positions in finance/accounting, sales and operations. During her tenure at Sonoco, she has held numerous management-level positions in corporate accounting, financial reporting and Treasury. She served as Staff Vice President and Controller for several Sonoco businesses before being named Sonoco’s Staff Vice President and Corporate Treasurer in 2002. Arthur reports to Sonoco’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and is a member of the Company’s Corporate Executive Committee. She also provides executive oversight for the Company’s Global Quality and Service Excellence programs.

    Arthur graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in accounting and originally worked in public accounting, becoming a Certified Public Accountant. She maintains an active CPA license in South Carolina. In 2000, she received an MBA from Duke University.

    Arthur is a member of AICPA and the South Carolina Association of CPAs. She is a member of the South Carolina Automotive Association and Automotive Council of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. She remains involved in community activities, serving as past president of the Hartsville YMCA and on the boards of Coker College, the Byerly Foundation and the Darlington County Economic Development Partnership.

    Arthur is married with two grown children. She is a passionate tennis player and remains involved in competitive leagues and associations and is a member of the USTA.

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    SONOCO
  • Anand Chari

    Strategic Technology Advisor

    Anand Chari

    Strategic Technology Advisor

    Mr. Anand K. Chari has been Strategic Technology Advisor of Gogo Inc. since May 1, 2018. He served as the Chief Technology Officer at Gogo Inc. since August 2011 until May 1, 2018 and its Executive Vice President since February 2013 until May 1, 2018. Mr. Chari served as a Senior Vice President of Engineering at Gogo Inc. since August 2011. He has over 20 years of experience in the wireless communications and telecom industry. He joined Aircell, Inc. in 2003 as a Consultant. Prior to joining Aircell, he founded and served as President of Simma Technologies Inc. He served as Vice President of Sales and Business Development at ISCO International, Director of Business Development at 3Com, Director of Advanced Technology at Ameritech and Manager at Telephone and Data Systems. Mr. Chari received his Master of Business Administration degree from University of Chicago, his Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from National Institutes of Technology, Trichy, India.

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    Gogo Air
  • Farhan Siddiqi

    Chief Digital Officer

    Farhan Siddiqi

    Chief Digital Officer

    Farhan Siddiqi is currently Senior Vice President, Global Chief Digital Officer, and US Chief Digital Officer at McDonald’s. His responsibilities involve oversight of several digital functions including, Global Product Strategy, Development, Innovation and Business Development. Prior to joining McDonalds in 2016, he held a number of executive positions at Bank of America, Target, and GE. Siddiqi has significant experience in profit and loss management, devising strategies, business development and designing products for e-commerce, financial services, digital payments, high-tech and consumer industries. Earlier in his career, he was involved in software development, distributed computing architecture, e-commerce and mobile solutions, and worked at technology startups and consulting companies. Siddiqi holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from The University of Chicago.

     

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    McDonald's Corporation
  • Girish Juneja

    SVP & Chief Digital Officer

    Girish Juneja

    SVP & Chief Digital Officer

    Mr. Girish Juneja serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Dover Corporation. Mr. Juneja served as the Chief Technology Officer of Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. since August 8, 2014 until April 7, 2016. Mr. Juneja was responsible for guiding Altisource's technology vision, creating cloud-enabled development platforms that Altisource and its Labs' portfolio companies are using to rapidly build the next generation of software applications for the financial services sector. He co-founded and served as Senior Vice President of Product Management at Sarvega, Inc.

    Mr. Juneja is a seasoned technology executive with roots in big data, cloud infrastructure and software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms. He leads technology teams across its global footprint in Atlanta, Bangalore, Boston, Dallas, Irvine, Luxembourg, Los Angeles and Seattle. Before joining Altisource, he served as General Manager of Big Data Products and Chief Technology Officer of Data Center Software at Intel Corporation from January 2012 to January 2014, there he led the Data's big data software strategy, drove the technology vision for Intel's data center software and launched the Intel Hadoop platform worldwide. As part of Intel's executive team, he helped lead several strategic acquisitions including the acquisition of McAfee, Inc. He joined Intel through the acquisition of Sarvega, Inc., a company he co-founded that led industry innovations in XML acceleration. Prior to assuming his current role and since Sarvega's inception, Mr. Juneja led the Sarvega engineering & customer services organizations to develop Sarvega's industry leading core XESOS technology & XML Networking products. Before co-founding Sarvega, he held senior various senior technology & management roles at Thomson Financial Services, Verizon and MCI Telecommunication responsible bringing to market leading-edge products that focus on customized content delivery and data interchange using the Internet technologies. He has more than 15 years' experience in the high technology industry with extensive product management, product strategy, engineering management and technology marketing expertise.

    He is a frequent speaker at business & technology conferences. Mr. Juneja has an undergraduate degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and MBA from the University of Chicago.

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    Dover Corporation
  • Sid Karri

    Partner

    Sid Karri

    Partner

     

    Sid Karri is a Partner in the Chicago office of Bain & Company and a member of the firm's Technology, Media, and Telecommunications, Strategy, and Customer Strategy and Marketing practices.

     

    Sid has extensive experience in transformation programs, growth strategy, customer experience & loyalty, organizational design, merger integration, and commercial due diligence. He has worked in Bain’s Chicago and Johannesburg offices serving global clients in a range of industries including telecommunications, technology, industrial goods, financial services, healthcare, and consumer products.

     

    Prior to joining Bain, Sid worked for Deutsche Bank in SE Asia and Europe.

     

    Sid earned an MBA with High Distinction from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering) from the National University of Singapore.­

     

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    Bain & Company
  • Kenneth Escoe

    Vice President & General Manager

    Kenneth Escoe

    Vice President & General Manager

    Kenneth Escoe currently serves as Vice President & General Manager at ITW Hi-Cone, a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW). In this capacity Mr. Escoe has full P&L responsibility for the division and oversees strategic and day to day operations of the division globally. Prior to his appointment at ITW HiCone in 2016, Mr. Escoe was Vice President & General Manager of the Welding Accessories & Cutting Division of ITW. He was appointed to this position in 2014 after joining ITW. Prior to joining ITW, Mr. Escoe was Co-founder and Managing Partner at Energy Growth Partners in Washington, D.C from 2011 to 2014. In this capacity, he led private equity deal sourcing and investing on behalf of the firm’s limited partners. Prior to his tenure in private equity, Mr. Escoe has held multiple commercial and operational leadership positions at the Danaher Corporation (2004 – 2011) and at The Timken Company (1993 – 2004). Mr. Escoe holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Escoe is married with three children and enjoys global travel, and engaging in community involvement initiative to encourage underprivileged populations to leverage education, entrepreneurship, and capitalism to foster economic development.

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    ITW Hi-Cone
  • Sue Kolluru Barger

    Partner & Managing Director

    Sue Kolluru Barger

    Partner & Managing Director

    Sue Kolloru Barger is a member of The Boston Consulting Group’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications; Global Advantage; Operations; People & Organization; and Strategy practices.

    Since joining BCG in 2005, Sue has developed deep expertise throughout the technology, media, and telecom industries. She has helped cable operators, wireless carriers, and device manufacturers on issues of operational efficiency, large-scale cost reduction, postmerger integration and divestiture, and organization design and effectiveness.

    Sue has worked with clients in the US, Indian, and Southeast Asian markets on growth, customer, and sourcing strategies, and on customer segmentation.

    Sue also leads BCG’s Women’s Initiative in the Atlanta and Miami offices. Before joining BCG, she was an account manager and consultant in Lucent Technologies’ global-consulting division for North American and Asian carriers. Sue previously worked as a hardware engineer in the semiconductor division of Nortel Networks.

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    Boston Consulting Group
  • Syed ("Ali") Raza

    Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer

    Syed ("Ali") Raza

    Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer

    Syed (“Ali”) Raza serves as Apergy’s Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer. Ali most-recently served as President of Dover Energy Automation, part of Dover Energy, a position he held since 2016. Prior to joining Dover Energy, Ali was with Honeywell Process Solutions as Vice President and General Manager—Advanced Solutions, General Manager Advanced Solutions—Europe, Middle East & Africa, General Manager—Americas, and Director, Global Business Development. Ali received a B.E. in Computer Systems Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology and a MSc in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University.

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    Apergy
  • Vishal Patel

    Vice President, Marketing & Customer Solutions

    Vishal Patel

    Vice President, Marketing & Customer Solutions

    Vishal joined CHEP in 2004 and was named Vice President for Marketing and Customer Solutions in February 2018. During his first few years at CHEP, Vishal held various roles in Supply Chain, Strategy and General Management. In 2007, he helped launch the CHEP business in India and served as Director, Supply Chain until June 2011. After returning to the U.S., Vishal led the strategy function for CHEP Americas until August 2013, when he was named Vice President for Retail Supply Chain Solutions for CHEP USA. In that role, Vishal managed relationships with the company’s top 100 retail customers.

    Vishal has previous supply chain experience in the apparel and pharmaceutical industries. He holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

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    CHEP North America
  • Jana Kanyadan

    SVP & Chief Information Officer

    Jana Kanyadan

    SVP & Chief Information Officer

    Jana Kanyadan is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Senior Vice President of IT at Mohawk Industries, Inc. In this capacity, Jana is responsible for leveraging technology to achieve Mohawk’s strategic objectives and drive innovation across the global enterprise.

    After earning graduate degrees in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, Jana spent the past two-decades growing his leadership skills in technology roles up to the CIO level. His career has been focused in the manufacturing sector, including time with leading global companies such as Cummins, Ingersoll-Rand, Eaton and Ecolab. Jana’s previous roles have included significant manufacturing, engineering and finance assignments; and, to further enhance his business acumen, he earned an MBA from Duke University. 

    Mohawk Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of Always in Style floor covering products for residential and commercial markets globally. 

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    Mohawk Industries Inc.
  • Dr. Sriraam Natarajan

    Director Center for Machine Learning and Associate Professor

    Dr. Sriraam Natarajan

    Director Center for Machine Learning and Associate Professor

    Associate Professor

    Director Center for Machine Learning
    Department of CS 
    Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science,
    The University of Texas at Dallas,

    Dr. Sriraam Natarajan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science at University of Texas Dallas. He was previously an Associate Professor and earlier an Assistant Professor at Indiana University, and at Wake Forest School of Medicine, a post-doctoral research associate at University of Wisconsin-Madison and had graduated with his PhD from Oregon State University. His research interests lie in the field of Artificial Intelligence, with emphasis on Machine Learning, Statistical Relational Learning and AI, Reinforcement Learning, Graphical Models and Biomedical Applications. He has received the Young Investigator award from US Army Research Office, Amazon Faculty Research Award, Intel Faculty Award, XEROX Faculty Award and the IU trustees Teaching Award from Indiana University. He is an editorial board member of MLJ, JAIR and DAMI journals and is the electronics publishing editor of JAIR. He is the organizer of the key workshops in the field of Statistical Relational AI, co-authored the book on this topic and has offered tutorials on the topic. He was also the co-chair of the AAAI student abstract and posters at AAAI 2014 and AAAI 2015 and the chair of the AAAI students outreach at AAAI 2016 and 2017.

    http://utdallas.edu/~sriraam.natarajan/

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    UT Dallas
  • Jude Soundararajan

    Senior Executive, Service

    Jude Soundararajan

    Senior Executive, Service

    Jude Soundararajan is the Executive Director, Health Information Technology, for the Social Security Administration. Previously, he served as an Associate Deputy General Counsel and ethics counselor for the Army Office of the General Counsel where he focused on financial compliance and ethics.

    Jude has also served as a policy advisor for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

    In addition to his civilian position, Jude serves as a Major in the Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps. In his military capacity, he regularly travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to teach ethics and advise on conflict mineral issues.

    Before entering public service, Jude was a Senior Compliance Officer at JPMorgan Chase, concentrating on banking compliance, internet and technology issues. Jude also advises early stage technology companies, including 8tracks, a leading streaming audio mobile application.

    Before practicing law, Jude worked as a database administrator for ABN-AMRO and Grant Thornton with a concentration on Sybase, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server.  Jude’s experience in traditional databases lead to his interest in blockchain, artificial intelligence, and big data.

    Jude received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois, and a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow in the Truman National Security Project, a Board Member of the Filipino Veterans and Recognition and Education Project, and The Unforgotten Fund, which assists waste pickers in developing countries. 

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    Federal Government
  • Seth Green

    Executive Lecturer and Founding Director Baumhart Center

    Seth Green

    Executive Lecturer and Founding Director Baumhart Center

    About

    Seth Green is the founding director of the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility and an executive lecturer in the Quinlan School of Business. Green joined Quinlan after leading three social ventures at the forefront of fighting poverty and expanding opportunity.

    Most recently, Green served as executive director of Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), a Chicagoland nonprofit that prepares low-income youth for post-secondary and life success. During his tenure, he spearheaded a three-fold expansion of Y.O.U.'s programs and he envisioned and led a $16.4 million fundraising campaign to build a new youth center and financial endowment.

    Green began his career as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, where he worked with private sector clients on strategic planning and change management. A recipient of McKinsey’s Community Fellowship, he spent one year of his time at the firm supporting nonprofit clients, including the Gates Foundation and United Way.

    Green is a sought after speaker on social entrepreneurship, non-profit leadership, and corporate social responsibility. He is also a frequent media contributor, having served as a guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, CNN, and MSNBC. For his social innovation leadership, Utne Reader named Green one of 50 “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

    Degrees

    • JD, Yale Law School, 2007
    • MSt, Humanities Division, Oxford University, 2003
    • MSc, International Development Department, London School of Economics, 2002
    • AB, Department of Politics, Princeton University, 2001

    Academic Positions

    • Adjunct Lecturer, Harvey Kapnick Center for Business Institutions, Northwestern University, 2014-2017

    Research Interests

    • Corporate social innovation
    • Nonprofit leadership
    • Social entrepreneurship

    Professional & Community Affiliations

    • YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Member of Impact Investing Advisory Council (2018 to Present)
    • Network for Social Work Management, Chair of 30th Annual Management Conference (2018 to Present)
    • Loyola Limited, Member of Council of Advisors (2018 to Present)
    • Economic Club of Chicago, Member (2018 to Present)
    • Americans for Informed Democracy, Board Chair (2007 to 2015) and Board Member (Present)

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    Loyola University Of Chicago, Quinlan School of Business
  • Andrew Mines

    Executive Vice President

    Andrew Mines

    Executive Vice President

    Andrew Mines is the Executive Vice President, Construction Products of Illinois Tool Works Inc. Andrew joined ITW Automotive in 1996 as a Project Engineer within the Seat & Trim Components business. From 1998, he held a series of Project Management, Sales and Manufacturing Leadership roles that spanned Europe. In 2008, Andrew was promoted to General Manager, Automotive Release & Trim Germany & Czech Republic. In 2009, he assumed the responsibility of Vice President & General Manager for the North American and European Release & Trim Components businesses. Andrew became Group President for the Automotive Body & Interior Platform in 2010 which included responsibility for the ITW Automotive Components business activities in China, South Korea and Japan. In 2013, Andrew assumed the responsibility of Group President, European Construction Products. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President of the Construction Products segment.

    Andrew graduated from Southampton University (UK) in 1993 with a B.A. degree in Design, Technology & Engineering.

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    ITW
  • Kathleen Carroll

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

    Kathleen Carroll

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

    Kathleen Carroll was named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) in December 2018. Her responsibilities include aligning and implementing talent and workplace strategies across the enterprise that support a high-performance culture and strengthen the company’s brand as an employer of choice. 

    Kathleen has more than 25 years of experience in leading human resources and organizational strategies to drive business results. Her expertise encompasses end-toend talent acquisition, learning and development, employment branding, succession planning, compensation and benefits, diversity and inclusion, and related metrics and analytics.

    Prior to Grainger Kathleen was with First Midwest Bank, where she served as Executive Vice President and CHRO. Prior to that, she held a number of leadership positions with Aon Corporation, which included Global Head of Talent Acquisition and HR Lead for Mergers and Acquisitions. Kathleen also had management positions with Sprint and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she began her career in consulting and accounting.

    Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri and received a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

    She also is a board member of Leadership Greater Chicago and the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation.

    W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2018 sales of $11.2 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO), with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor.

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    W.W. Grainger, Inc.
  • Bala Subramanian

    Chief Digital Officer

    Bala Subramanian

    Chief Digital Officer

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    AT&T
  • Robin Kelly

    Congress Women

    Robin Kelly

    Congress Women

    @ IACS

    Elected To Represent illinoi's 2nd district
  • Toby

    Co-founder

    Toby

    Co-founder

    Toby Chaudhuri works with PresidentObama’s Administration, where he advises the White House’s race-based initiatives, as well as democracy and governance projects for the U.S. State Department.

    Chaudhuri is co-founder of SocialxDesign, a new strategy consulting firm dedicated to bridging the worlds of social movements, online engagement and offline experience. With offices in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., Chaudhuri helps NGOs, governments and businesses to grow by deliberately empowering the people they serve. In addition to the White House and State Dept., his clients include the AARP and Morehouse College.

    Chaudhuri has managed more than $100 million in state and federal campaigns in the U.S. and abroad and has worked at the helm of national media operations. His clients include major membership organizations like the AARP and historic educational institutions like Morehouse College. Heworked hard to protect children as civil rights leader Marian Wright Edelman’s spokesman and media strategist at the Children’s Defense Fund; took on corporate polluters to provide safe drinking water and clean air as a political appointee to President Bill Clinton; and worked to elect several principled state and federal candidates including serving as deputy press secretary to Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. He helped re-elect President Obama and helped DilmaRousseff become the first female president of Brazil; he also helped re-elect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in major upset elections in the last midterm elections.

    Chaudhuri has received several accolades for his work, including the American Association of Political Scientists’ Pollie Award, Campaigns & Elections Magazine’s Rising Star Award and the highly-coveted Reed Award and India Abroad’s Community Service Award.He has appeared in many major daily newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and< The Times of Indiaas well as in Newsweek and Time Magazine and as a commentator on National Public Radio, the BBC, MSNBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera English.

    @ IACS

    SocialxDesign
  • sri

    SVP & CIO

    sri

    SVP & CIO

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    Pepsico Bis Function
  • Jojo Dutta Roy

    Partner at Ernst & Young

    Jojo Dutta Roy

    Partner at Ernst & Young

    Soumojyoti(Jojo) Duttaroy currently serves as Managing Partner in EY’s Financial Services advisory practice overseeing large scale transformation programs. He is also the Financial Services Central region Innovation leader across all market segments and service lines. Mr.Dutta Roy is an alumnus of the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University and completed his executive leadership education from Harvard Business School. Prior to joining EY, he has held several leadership roles at other Tier 1 consulting firms serving Fortune 100 clients. Additionally, Mr.Duttaroy has several industry thought leadership and publications to his name and also serves on the Board of Directors for several not for profit organizations working for social/philanthropic causes in US and India.

  • Kelly Stoks

    Transformational Coach

    Kelly Stoks

    Transformational Coach

    Kelly Stoks is a certified Life Coach and Energy Therapy Practitioner. She teaches workshops, conducts corporate programs, and has an international base of private clients. Kelly has worked with Dr Jonathan Stegall at the Center for Advanced Medicine in Atlanta, where she advised patients and their families on strategies for stress reduction in the face of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Specializing in helping professionals gain and maintain peak performance, Kelly has helped executives reduce stress and achieve balance in managing the demands of a thriving business. She has worked with leaders to build confidence for important events and presentations, supported those managing career and life transitions, helped employees remain vibrant and relevant throughout the life of their career, and guided young adults to become highly valued employees. Kelly helps professionals stay at the top of their game. Kelly began her career in corporate sales and marketing. For the past 15 years she has been studying how the body’s energy system plays a vital role in staying healthy, reducing stress, and maintaining balance. Her mentors are dignitaries in the field of energy psychology and she holds several certifications in a variety of systems and mindfulness techniques. She is passionate about helping others improve their health and wellbeing

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    EFT International
  • Christopher Carvey

    Chief Mindfulness & Meditation Warrior

    Christopher Carvey

    Chief Mindfulness & Meditation Warrior

    Christopher “Chase” Carey spent 20 years in Corporate America’s Health Insurance and Consulting industry, in significant positions. In 1998, as a VP of Underwriting for Aetna, Inc., he contacted the Chief Medical Officer telling him of the benefits of Meditation and other Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) techniques. He offered to help the company become a major force in bringing these techniques to the health insurance industry and the people it took care of. He received a courteous reply admitting it all made sense but that he was simply “too far ahead of them.” 17 years later Aetna started teaching its employees to Meditate. Don't wait 17 years to learn Mindfulness and Meditation.

    MEDITATION TRAINING. In the 1990’s his Meditation work began at The Monroe Institute in Virginia. He participated in 6 week-long programs consisting of 24/7 immersions into deep Meditative states and guided exploration within them. The training enabled him to re-enter any number of Meditative states, near instantaneously, at will, anywhere, anytime, including at work while solving complex problems as a career insurance executive. He can teach you to do this too. He also trained with Karen Malik, MA and Harvey Grady of the Center for Human Consciousness and others.

    Chase teaches his personally developed Advanced forms of Meditation: Inner Essence Meditation(TM), Professional Meditation(TM), and Stress Domino Stress Reduction Meditation(TM) and is a Certified Meditation Teacher for the Sarah’s McLean’s SEED Method(TM). Chase became a “whil. Certified Mindful Leader” in 2017.

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    Chasing Mindfulness
  • Jyothi Chennu

    Head of Cloud Services

    Jyothi Chennu

    Head of Cloud Services

    @ IACS

    IBM
  • Mike Kellogg

    Principal Technology Strategist

    Mike Kellogg

    Principal Technology Strategist

    Mike Kellog is currently Principal Technology Strategist at Microsoft. In this role he acts as a virtual Chief Technology Officer for his customers, engaging with business and IT decision makers to create strategies and solutions. He has wealth of experince in building technology driven solution across diverse set of industries including - Consumer Products, Aerospace & Defense, Transportation, Insurance, Banking & Finance, and Manufacturing.

    @ IACS

    Microsoft
  • Sai Reddy Thangirala

    Manager, Partner Solutions Architecture

    Sai Reddy Thangirala

    Manager, Partner Solutions Architecture

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    Amazon Web Services
  • Dr. Nazeera Dawood

    President

    Dr. Nazeera Dawood

    President

    Dr Nazeera Dawood is President Vendorship Inc. & Nazeera LLC. She has diverse experience in the public sector and as a doctor who served the community to work towards creating healthier communities, economies and giving individuals the knowledge to believe in their personal power to pursue all of their professional and personal ambitions. Dr.Nazeera strongly believes that effective collaborations, collective wisdom and mutual support can help achieve the greatest impact in the community and beyond. She is the former Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chairman, Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

    Nazeera led her team and hundreds of collaborative partners in designing and implementing S.M.A.R.T initiatives that continue to make huge impacts on building policy, systems and environmental changes that address chronic diseases. Nazeera is the current President of the South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA), has served as a Board member of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) Atlanta Chapter & Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy. She has collaborated with several local South Asian entities to initiate projects to promote preventive health, civic engagement, youth leadership and unity. She has served two term committee member of the Health Equity and Social Justice Committee at NACCHO. She has a medical degree from the Bangalore University and a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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    Vendorship Inc. & Nazeera LLC.
  • Christopher Griffin

    President & CEO

    Christopher Griffin

    President & CEO

    @ IACS

    USG Corporation
  • Milton Silva Craig

    Chief Executive Officer

    Milton Silva Craig

    Chief Executive Officer

    Milton G. Silva-Craig has been the Chief Executive Officer of Q-Centrix for the past five years, recently leading the company through a successful sale from private equity firm Sterling Partners to TPG Growth.

    With more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare information technology industry, Silva-Craig has demonstrated success in leading and growing healthcare businesses. Prior to Q-Centrix, he served as president of TransUnion’s healthcare business unit. There, he developed and executed a strategic business plan focused on repositioning and growing TransUnion in the healthcare marketplace. His work resulted in an eight-fold increase in the business unit.

    Prior to TransUnion, Silva-Craig served as the President and Chief Operating Officer at Emageon Inc., leading the company’s strategic direction and operations. He grew revenues from several hundred thousand dollars to more than $100 million, and eventually led Emageon through its initial public offering. He was also president and CEO of Technology Solutions Company and held executive positions at General Electric Medical Systems.

    Silva-Craig earned a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Law in Madison and obtained his M.B.A. and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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    Q-Centrix
  • Karen Dunning

    Corporate VP, Human Resources & Chief Administrative Office Operations.

    Karen Dunning

    Corporate VP, Human Resources & Chief Administrative Office Operations.

    Karen Dunning is corporate vice president, Human Resources and Chief Administrative Office Operations at Motorola Solutions. She leads the entire HR team and has improved hiring and employee support and standardized reporting while reducing costs. She leads financial management, business operations and systems solutions for the CAO, where she uses data-driven analytics to reduce costs, improve processes and manage change.

    Karen joined Motorola at our Plantation, Florida facility in 1985. For two decades, she worked in the LMR, Paging and Cellular business units – forecasting product shipments, defining products, mapping out strategies, managing an engineering team and leading operations. She spent a year in Fort Worth, Texas with the Cellular Subscriber unit before returning to Paging, where she was vice president, Strategy & Business Planning for North American Paging. When that sector shut down, Karen transitioned to the labs and law department, working on technology licensing.

    Under Karen’s leadership, Motorola Solutions has received numerous awards for legal and human resources excellence. In 2016, the legal department MSI legal won Best USA Legal Department: Industrial & High Tech Sector at the International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards in New York City. Karen is also a recognized thought leader in the legal industry with numerous published articles.

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    Motorola Solutions
  • Sumit Dutta

    Partner

    Sumit Dutta

    Partner

    Sumit is a partner in McKinsey’s Midwest office, having joined the firm in 2000. He leads our work in supply chain and logistics and is a leader in our Operations Practice in North America. He has led engagements on strategy, comprehensive operations turnarounds, and supply chain transformations across multiple industries, including manufacturing, technology, and telecommunications.

    Sumit’s recent experience includes a comprehensive performance transformation for a chemicals player, including strengthening global sourcing, manufacturing and sales; logistics cost transformation for a commodity chemicals client and leading an end-to-end supply chain transformation for an auto component provider. He has also led large-scale operational transformations and turnarounds for telecommunications and technology clients. He helped revamp the key accounts go-to-market engine for a business-to-business technology provider.

    Prior to McKinsey, Sumit worked as a project manager at Infosys.

    EDUCATION

    Indian Institute of Management,
    Bangalore
    MBA

    Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
    BTech, electronics

    @ IACS

    McKinsey
  • Jay Kloosterboer

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

    Jay Kloosterboer

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

    Jay Kloosterboer is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Dover, having joined the Company in January 2009. As a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, he oversees the company’s worldwide Human Resources and Communications functions, as well as the India Innovation Center for this global diversified industrial manufacturer. Prior to joining Dover, Jay spent nearly six years at AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 Company that generates and distributes electrical power. He last served as the Executive Vice President of Business Excellence at AES. Before joining AES, Jay held a variety of Senior Human Resource roles at Honeywell, Morgan Stanley and GE. Jay serves on the Board of Directors of Chicago Public Media/WBEZ.

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    Dover Corporation
  • Faisal Pandit

    SVP & Chief Digital Officer

    Faisal Pandit

    SVP & Chief Digital Officer

    M. Faisal Pandit is the Sr. Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America (PSSNA). A Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the mission of PSSNA is to strengthen and expand Panasonic’s North American system solutions business by delivering customers smart, integrated, value-added hardware, software and services ready for IoT interoperability.

    As SVP and CDO, Mr. Pandit heads several organizations including:

    • Industrial Solutions (Factory Automation) : North American manufacturing business, encompassing electronic assembly equipment, microelectronics, robotic welding, software and professional services
    • Security Solutions : Public and private security business including mobile and fixed end-to-end connected solutions for numerous markets including law enforcement, transportation authorities and educational institutions
    • Food and Retail Solutions : Customer engagement business bringing connectivity and automation to restaurant, retail and hospitality industries to personalize the customer experience and maximize satisfaction through complete integration of best-in-class hardware and software for HD security, digital signage and back office applications
    • Digital Solutions Center : Panasonic’s North American software competency center, an ecosystem of world-class, cloud-based, IoT platforms that bring connectivity to value-added edge devices for diverse business sectors including public safety, security, manufacturing, food & retail, supply chain, theme parks and entertainment destinations

    Previously, Mr. Pandit held several roles including President of Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America, which is now the Industrial Solutions organization within PSSNA.

    Notable achievements in his 25+ year career at Panasonic include

    • Leading the development, sales, and support of PanaCIM® Enterprise Edition, an award-winning and globally deployed Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software platform that connects, optimizes and automates processes ranging across machine, line and cloud levels.
    • Delivering “Smart Factory Solutions for Any Mix, Any Volume”— the industry’s first offering of unified software integration expanding beyond a provider’s own equipment to include best-in-class technology partner equipment and other factory systems

    Mr. Pandit holds a BS from the University of Illinois, MS from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. With a strong belief to contribute to society, Mr. Pandit is a board member of the Arden Shore Child & Family Services to rebuild children’s lives in a caring community and an active member of the WINGS Program, which provides housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence.

    Mr. Pandit is married with three children and resides in the Chicagoland area.

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    Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America
  • Jamie Cleghorn

    Partner

    Jamie Cleghorn

    Partner

    amie Cleghorn is a partner in the Chicago office of Bain & Company. He is a member of Bain's Technology and Customer Strategy & Marketing practices. Jamie leads the Bain B2B Commercial Excellence practice in the Americas and is one of the developers of Bain's Elements of Value℠ for B2B.

    He focuses his time advising clients on their biggest opportunities and challenges, primarily in the areas of growth strategy, go-to-market effectiveness and leading transformational change.

    While at Bain, Jamie has worked extensively in the technology, telecom, industrial goods, healthcare and consumer products industries. His client work has spanned a variety of areas including corporate and business unit strategy, customer and go to market, performance improvement, organizational effectiveness and M&A.

    Prior to joining Bain in 2005, Jamie worked in healthcare marketing.

    He has an MS in Marketing from Northwestern University and a BA in History from the University of Illinois.

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    Bain & Company
  • Kathi Moore

    VP HR

    Kathi Moore

    VP HR

    Kathi is a Human Resources executive with deep knowledge of Talent Management and Global Compensation & Rewards. She is a pragmatic leader and understands the needs of the business and is skilled at advising leaders on a variety of human resource issues. She has broad-based industry experience with Ameritech, Tellabs, and McDonalds. She joined Motorola in 2007.

    Kathi's MSI Accomplishments include:

    • Redesign and implementation Executive Talent Management and Succession Planning
    • Leading transformation to eliminate annual merit focal review in 2017; which resulted in increased pay differentiation for high-performers and the utilization of one-time awards
    • Overseeing successful business transformation and change initiatives, including organizational restructuring; post-merger integrations, acquisitions and divestures; outsourcing and insourcing; “lifting and shifting” of functions, technology implementations and process redesign.
    • Implementing online manager training, the first global leadership program for managers to be fully accessible on a mobile device.
    • Leading talent and compensations function since 2017, including strategy, philosophy, and process; and, providing innovative compensation solutions, through collaboration with global HR and business leaders, in a geographically diverse matrix organization.

    PERSONAL:

    • Kathi received her B.A. in Business Management from Benedictine University
    • Certified Compensation Professional since 2004
    • August 2016 elected to the Board of DuPage Pads, a non-profit whose mission is to end homelessness in DuPage County

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    Motorola Solutions
  • Jehanzeb Noor

    VP& GM

    Jehanzeb Noor

    VP& GM

    Amcor Flexibles Americas is one of three business groups within ~$9 Billion global packaging leader Amcor.

    Jehanzeb is currently serving as Vice President & General Manager at Amcor Flexibles Americas. Jehanzeb runs an autonomous business P&L with $650m post-Bemis in Americas, and Global Medical Sales Leader for $1.1bn global Medical sales. Jehanzeb uses his intimate knowledge of the Healthcare value chain to serve primary and sterile packaging needs for the global medical device and pharma industries. He has overview of 13 production sites and 2000 employees across North America, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil and the Caribbean. He also oversees product management, sales, marketing, products, production operations, finance, HR and other support functions. Currently, he is also leading a CEO project to set up cost synergy workstreams across 5 global regions for the $5.3Bn Bemis transaction

    Prior to joining Amcor Flexibles Americas Jehanzeb was a partner at Mckinsey. He was Leader of the Americas Petrochemical practice and Big Data Advanced Analytics

    PIn the near future, Jehanzeb will transition over to a medical device maker as a public company CEO

    Jehanzeb holds Masters of Science and Bachelor of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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    Amcor Flexibles Americas
  • Neel Gonuguntla

    President

    Neel Gonuguntla

    President

    Mrs. Neel Gonuguntla serves as the President of the US India Chamber of Commerce Dallas Fort Worth (USICOC). The USICOC is a 501(c)(6) organization made up of nearly 3000 individual and corporate members and is dedicated to supporting professional, business and economic development throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area. The USICOC also facilitates trade between India and the North Texas area by connecting member companies with resources to aid in their successful expansions.

    As President, Mrs. Gonuguntla oversees strategic planning activities for the Chamber in addition to providing oversight of daily operations including, but not limited to, member services, event management and fundraising for the organization. Under her leadership, the Chamber has grown its member participation by 34% and event-based activity by 40%.

    Prior to joining the Chamber, Mrs. Gonuguntla served as President of ReadyToWork®, an education and workforce development consulting company where she oversaw the streamlining of operations and the creation of new revenue streams. She managed teams of remote employees, supervised all business development and operations, and provided legal and regulatory oversight.

    Mrs. Gonuguntla received her education from Boston University and Baylor University where she earned her Bachelors in Political Science and her J.D./M.B.A, respectively. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association as well as the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.

    Mrs. Gonuguntla is also an active community volunteer dedicating her time to causes including women’s empowerment, inner-city education, and foreign aid.

    Currently, she serves on the boards of the following organizations:

    • CHETNA which supports victims of domestic violence in North Texas
    • COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF THE DALLAS REGION which supports the education and well-being of over 10,000 at-risk youth attending Dallas area public schools
    • OPPORTUNITY PLUS which supports women entrepreneurs and community development in North Texas and India
    • US GLOBAL LEADERSHIP COALITION which provides support for the United States’ diplomatic and development efforts among both politicians and the public

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    US India Chamber of Commerce
  • Monique Wedderburn

    Director Asia Center

    Monique Wedderburn

    Director Asia Center

    Monique Wedderburn is the Director of the University of Texas Dallas Asia Center. She provides overall leadership for the Center’s programs, ensuring intellectual and cultural education about Asia’s foreign policy, business and public policy.

    Ms. Wedderburn has over 20 years’ experience working with professionals and students around the world. She is skilled in bridging gaps by coordinating a wide range of international educational programs, advanced economic development projects, and community outreach activities.

    Ms. Wedderburn came to the University of Texas at Dallas in 2011 from her prior work as Senior Program Officer at the East West Center (EWC; Honolulu, Hawaii). At the EWC, she coordinated short-term professional development and led visits to Vietnam, China, Thailand, Japan, Bangkok, Cambodia, and Washington, D.C. that addressed topics such as intercultural leadership, politics of globalization, and economic development. In her work with the Pacific Business Center and U.S. Department of Interior she completed economic development work for communities in Hawaii, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and Palau.

    Ms. Wedderburn spent her formative years in Mexico, Zaire (currently the Democratic Republic of Congo), Pakistan, Thailand, and Zimbabwe. She earned her MBA (with Honors — Beta Gamma Sigma) from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai’i and her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Colorado State University. Ms. Wedderburn is an alumna of the Board of Directors for the Texas Lyceum, graduate of Leadership Women, and her volunteer efforts have included serving on community boards.

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    University of Texas Dallas
  • Namratha Sharma

    Head Semiconductor Market Segment

    Namratha Sharma

    Head Semiconductor Market Segment

    Namrata Sharma currently heads the SemiChip business segment for the Engineering and R&D Business Unit of HCL Technologies where she is responsible for building collaborativerelationships at CxO level to strategically align goals and capabilities. She is driving HCL’s expansion in these segments by working closely with global engineering teams to define innovative solutions and implement services in this space. Namrata has extensive experience in the Telecom and Semiconductor domains having worked for Motorola and Dell Services as well as consulting for Tier-1 Telecom Service Providers. In her previous role at HCL Technologies, she successfully led the charge to bring new service lines to the market in 5G, SDN/NFV and DevOps. Nam as she is known, is a multidimensional leader who believes in building long term trusted relationships with her co-workers, customers and friends.

    oming from a family of strong female role models, she is a big advocate of gender parity and is actively engaged in creating awareness to promote gender diversity at the workspace and beyond. Nam leads the diversity initiatives at her business unit in HCL and the following quote by the Canadian – Indian poet Rupi Kaur reflects Nam’s thoughts

    about her goal :

    “our work should equip the next generation of women to outdo us in every field this is the legacy we’ll leave”. – Rupi Kaur

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    HCL Technologies
  • Kathleen Carroll

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

    Kathleen Carroll

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

    Kathleen Carroll was named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) in December 2018. Her responsibilities include aligning and implementing talent and workplace strategies across the enterprise that support a high-performance culture and strengthen the company’s brand as an employer of choice. 

    Kathleen has more than 25 years of experience in leading human resources and organizational strategies to drive business results. Her expertise encompasses end-toend talent acquisition, learning and development, employment branding, succession planning, compensation and benefits, diversity and inclusion, and related metrics and analytics.

    Prior to Grainger Kathleen was with First Midwest Bank, where she served as Executive Vice President and CHRO. Prior to that, she held a number of leadership positions with Aon Corporation, which included Global Head of Talent Acquisition and HR Lead for Mergers and Acquisitions. Kathleen also had management positions with Sprint and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she began her career in consulting and accounting.

    Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri and received a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

    She also is a board member of Leadership Greater Chicago and the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation.

    W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2018 sales of $11.2 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO), with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor.

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    W.W. Grainger, Inc
  • Nageswaran Vaidyanathan

    EVP, Chief Technology Officer

    Nageswaran Vaidyanathan

    EVP, Chief Technology Officer

    Nag is currently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of OneMain Financial and is accountable for applications delivery and operations, infrastructure and IT Security, data and digitaltransformation

    Prior to the current role Nag served as EVP and CIO of Personal Banking for Danske Bank accountable for Mobile banking, Mobile Pay, Cards processing, security and Advice and Sales functions. The work is executed globally and serves and supports customers in the Nordics and UK.

    Nag also served senior director with Allstate Insurance Company’s Connected Consumer Engineering team. Vaidyanathan was responsible for leading a global team that engineers and develops an open Application Program Interface (API) platform, websites and mobile applications. Vaidyanathan’s accountability included supporting the Connected Consumer roadmap involving crowd sourcing and technology contests, known as blitzes, with academia and external developers; an evolving, highly strategic, multi-million dollar initiative for the company.

    Earlier Vaidyanathan was senior director with Product Technology. He was accountable for the completion of the point of sale system catering to more than 15,000 Allstate exclusive agents and their staff, 1,200 independent agents, call centers, and other business units to be able to bind, quote and endorse policies across multiple product lines. Vaidyanathan was also responsible for retiring Allstate’s 30-year-old legacy point of sale system; work that involved more than 600 resources in multiple continents and was completed per plan.

    Before joining Product Technology, Vaidyanathan was a senior director in Claims Technology, where he led day-to-day operations and solution design of Claims capabilities for the Claims platform. He fostered the development of a state-of-the-art Claims management system, including back-office payment processing and operational controls, enterprise application integration, reporting, dashboards and analytics capabilities and electronic signature

    Vaidyanathan was the technology organization’s leader in the Allstate Cultural Transformation initiative.. Outside of work, he volunteers for Chicago’s Pratham, a non-profit organization core team involved in helping underprivileged children in India with basic education. Vaidyanathan is on the leadership panel for the Advisory Board of Indo American Community Services (IACS), helping students and entrepreneurs professionally through formal mentoring programs.

    Vaidyanathan received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Technology in India. He also received a Master in Business Administration from DePaul University.

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    OneMain Financial
  • Pete Kyrychenko

    Vice-President

    Pete Kyrychenko

    Vice-President

    Pete Kyrychenko is the Vice-President, Talent Management and Leadership Development at

    ITW. In this role, he is responsible for providing key leadership and support in developing

    sufficient quality, depth, and diversity of global leadership talent for the enterprise. Pete holds a

    doctorate degree in business psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology,

    master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Roosevelt University, and a

    bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Illinois University.

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    ITW
  • Ankur Agarwal

    Founder & CEO

    Ankur Agarwal

    Founder & CEO

    Ankur Agrawal is a Founder and CEO of Inhabitr. Inhabitr Furniture is looking to disrupt the Furniture space. Just like Uber makes you wonder should you own a car, Inhabitr aims to make furniture rental so competitive and convenient, that people will not want to own furniture. Inhabitr is a local Chicago based Startup, growing rapidly and looking to build a team of top notch professionals

    Prior to Inhabitor Ankur was a Partner at McKinsey’s Chicago Office and a leader of their global Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) service line. Over the past 12+ years of his affiliation with the CPG industry, Ankur has lived and worked across four continents in Asia, Middle East, Europe and now USA and extensively worked with global Consumer Goods and Retail chains in shaping a variety of leading edge topics like Design for growth, Digital, Value based Pricing, Operations as a competitive advantage, Complexity management and Agility in Supply chain. Ankur has a lot of personal passion for growth and innovation and he mentors several companies and startups across the globe on market entry and growth topics. Ankur also serves on the board of many Non Profits and Startup Clubs including at Business Schools and within McKinsey leads the strategic investments and New Ventures initiative for the Consumer Sector.

    Prior to McKinsey Ankur worked at Procter and Gamble and Infineon Technologies in a variety of roles, including leading the startup of the first Baby Care Plant for P&G in India. Ankur holds an engineering degree from Jacobs University in Germany. Ankur is married to Pratiksha who is a Prosthodontist in Chicago.

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    Inhabitr
  • Reddy Gottipolu

    Chief Supply Chain Officer

    Reddy Gottipolu

    Chief Supply Chain Officer

     

    Reddy Gottipolu, MS, MBA, PhD, FASQ

    Chief Supply Chain Officer, Memorial Hermann Health System

    Dr. Reddy Gottipolu is a Chief Supply Chain Officer at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, TX. He currently oversees Supply Chain Management, Sterile Processing, Clinical Engineering and Asset Management functions. Prior to this, he was a Vice President of Supply Chain at Adeptus Health in Lewisville, TX where he played a key role in building supply chain team, and systems to support rapidly expanding business into multiple markets. Prior to joining Adeptus he was a Vice President of Supply Chain Services at MedAssets, a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) located in Plano, TX. There he provided supply chain leadership services that include assessment of supply chain operations, develop strategic road maps, and deploy new technology solutions.  He also served as a Senior Director & Interim Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN. Prior to moving to healthcare, he gained several years of Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma and Supply Chain Management experience at General Motors and General Electric. He has a proven track record of transforming operations and improving margins of the organizations in which he served. He also served as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Most recently, he taught Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership course in collaboration with BelMont University in Nashville, TN.

    Dr. Gottipolu received a PhD in Industrial Engineering, an MBA, a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is certified in Six Sigma, Supply Chain Management, and FEMA Incidence Command System.

    He is currently serving as a member of Amazon Healthcare Supply Chain Advisory Board. He was a board member of twin cities health systems co-op. He was also a member of Editorial Board of Computers in Industry Journal.

    He has published several articles in the areas of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Assembly Process Planning, Lean Manufacturing, and Error Proofing in reputed international journals and conference proceedings. He also spoke on Lean Concepts in Healthcare Supply Chain and Role of Supply Chain in Greening Healthcare at national and international forums.

    He is a Fellow of American Society for Quality (ASQ), a member of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and a member of Association for Health Care Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM).

     

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    Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Dr. Amanpreet Randazzo

    Psychologist, PsyD

    Dr. Amanpreet Randazzo

    Psychologist, PsyD
    Achieving health and wellness requires the alignment of mind and body. Dr.Randazzo focuses on building a healthy outlook through introspection, understanding how our thoughts drive feelings and actions, and learning how to harness thoughts to feel better and act with more purpose. She emmpowers individuals, couples, and families to embrace challenges as opportunities and build strong connections with self and the world around you. She helps set goals for personal & emotional development to achieve the balance that is required.
    Her practice focuses on adult psychopathology, eating disorders, and geriatrics. She has worked extensively with couples and families.
    Dr.Randazzo has active practice in Southlake and Keller focuses on helping individuals deal with depression, anxiety, and emotions related to various life-changing events.
  • Shashi Vangala

    Vice President Data services

    Shashi Vangala

    Vice President Data services

    Transformational Healthcare BI/Analytics Executive with across the continuum experience spanning payers, providers and pharmaceuticals/life sciences industries. Proven experience includes:
    • developing and implementing innovative strategies involving data assets to derive positive
    business impact
    • organizing, motivating and leading large cross-functional teams in driving complex initiatives to
    fruition
    • solving healthcare challenges through effective and efficient use of technology

    Speaker at National conferences on various topics in the area of Healthcare Data and Analytics.

    Believes in giving back through sharing experiences with other healthcare organizations so as to influence strategy and positively impact project outcomes where and when needed.

    Regular presence at local universities playing the bridge role between industry and academia with interest in shaping talent for the industry and research studies/outcomes.
     

     

    LinkedIn Profile

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/shashivangala/

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    Baylor Scott and White Health
  • Mimi Park

    Executive Director Data Science and Machine learning

    Mimi Park

    Executive Director Data Science and Machine learning

    Mimi Park is a business-outcome focused Data Scientist and leader with more than 10 years of experience in machine learning, data science and analytics. Mimi is passionate about making sure ROIs in data are realized by starting with immediate, relevant and actionable opportunities. She has helped numerous companies in the DFW area uncover the potential of their data by leveraging advanced insights and machine learning algorithms to drive decisions that create value and save costs. Most recently, she helped a Fortune 50 company build and implement a customer-facing product recommendation algorithm on their eCommerce platform that increased conversion and revenue. She also advises senior leaders on modern data platforms, data science strategy, Agile data science, data democratization, building data science teams, and more.

    − 10 years of hands on data science and machine learning experience with strong academic background in mathematics and statistics
    − Vast experience in dealing with large databases to draw business insight and build predictive models
    − Proven track-record in successfully executing innovative and large-scale projects
     

     

    LINKED IN PROFILE

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/mimi-park-1557b219/

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    JPM Chase
  • Vinith Chaudhary

    Global Head, Digital,

    Vinith Chaudhary

    Global Head, Digital,

    Vinith Chaudhary is the Head of Digital for Banking, Financial Services & Insurance (US East) & Industrial Manufacturing at Tata Consultancy Services.

    Vinith’s focus is to help organizations transform & grow leveraging TCS “Business 4.0” approach. Fundamentally, putting Digital technologies like AI, Automation, Cloud & Data Analytics at the core of every organization to harness the abundance of vital resources and enable them to develop the agility they need to embrace risk and innovate rapidly.

    Leveraging a variety of Industry exposure over last 19 years, he is passionate about reimagining cross industry value chains through a consumer lens and user experience design focus.

     

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    TCS
  • Gowri Selka

    President

    Gowri Selka

    President

    Gowri Selka is the former Head of Data Analytics and Corporate Technologies for Walgreens Boots Alliance where she implemented integrated analytics platforms across multiple lines of businesses and led Walgreens data strategy.

    Gowri is currently the CEO of Volantsys Analytics Inc, where she partners with organizations in taking their businesses to the next level with the power of data and analytics.  

    Volantsys brings unique solutions to the current consulting market that: bridge the gaps between business and technology teams, enable organizations to eliminate barriers to adopt advanced analytics, and re-train client’s staff to effectively develop data science solutions in a collaborative manner with Volantsys people, tools, and frameworks in a cost-effective manner.

    Gowri’s goal is to make Volantsys a launching pad for organizations to attain sustainable successes by embracing emerging technologies and developing a highly engaged environment for both their customers and employees.

    In addition to her years in corporate executive and leadership roles, Selka is a futurist thinker with a deep commitment towards the community.

    • A Recognized Top 50 Technology Leader and Patents holder
    • Co-organizer of AI DAYS Chicago  http://www.chicagoaidays.com/
    • Founder and Director, ChickTech Chicago North https://chicagonorthsuburbs.chicktech.org/
    • Speaker at: Dataworks Summit,  AI Congress, Open Data Science Conference, CQAA forum
    • Board Member at A Safe Place - Domestic abuse prevention organization
    • University of Chicago alum and Relaunch program sponsor

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    Volantsys
  • Billie Jo Waara

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Billie Jo Waara

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Billie Jo Waara joined Cicis as Chief Marketing Officer in 2017. She is responsible for overall brand evolution, marketing, creative and culinary development for the Original, Unlimited Pizza Buffet restaurant chain. Since joining the team, Billie Jo has launched several strategic initiatives including re-evaluation and refinement of brand positioning, pricing standards and technology-enabled Guest occasions such as online ordering. She has led innovative marketing initiatives for several industries including hospitality, quick service restaurants, travel, tourism and retail for the past 20 years.

    Prior to joining Cicis, Billie Jo was Chief Marketing Officer for Taco John’s International. Billie Jo’s previous experience includes advertising agency leadership, she was the Director of the South Dakota Office of Tourism and served as a locally elected official as the Minnehaha County Treasurer. Waara graduated from Augustana College with a double major in Business Administration and International Government, and received her MBA from the University of South Dakota.

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    CiCi's Pizza
  • Ashotosh Dekhne

    Partner

    Ashotosh Dekhne

    Partner

    A core leader of McKinsey’s Operations Practice, Ashutosh advises clients on operations issues, with a specific focus on end-to-end supply-chain design, logistics, procurement, manufacturing transformation, supply-chain function, omnichannel operation, procurement transformation, and strategy. His experience spans a broad range of industries, including consumer packaged goods, retail, automotive, industrial, pharmaceutical, and high tech.

    Ashutosh is a leader of the firm’s manufacturing and supply-chain work within the Operations Practice and coleads McKinsey’s logistics work globally.

    Examples of his recent client experience include the following:

    • leading a supply-chain strategy and network-optimization study at a high-tech company, with subsequent value capture and implementation to improve overall supply-chain costs by 17 percent annually
    • developing a holistic operations transformation for a consumer-packaged-goods company to reduce manufacturing costs by 17 percent and logistics costs by 14 percent while improving customer-service levels to 98 percent, from 87 percent
    • spearheading an end-to-end supply-chain-planning transformation to improve service levels by 30 percent and reduce inventory days on hand by 25 percent
    • supporting an indirect procurement-spend transformation at the online and network retailer of a consumer company, with work that included global procurement capability building and transformation, to deliver approximately 13 percent yearly savings
    • leading a supply-chain planning and order-to-cash transformation, resulting in warehousing savings of 13 percent, transportation savings of more than 10 percent, and inventory reduction by 20 percent
    • deploying lean warehousing to improve efficiency by 40 percent while reducing cost by 30 percent on a spend of $21 million for an industrial heavy-duty-parts manufacturer and distributor

    Ashutosh has worked as the head of a beverage company’s global logistics group, with responsibility for logistics procurement and management, automation, digital logistics, and productivity across all business units. He also spent ten years at a global transport and logistics company based in Switzerland, leading projects in network optimization, transportation modeling, warehouse design, warehouse start-ups, and warehouse- and transportation-management-system implementation. He ultimately headed the company’s solutions engineering and operations group in North America across the high-tech, retail, automotive, and industrial sectors.

    He has spoken at several conferences, including the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit, Supply Chain World, and SummerCon.

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    Mckinsey & Company
  • Bidisha Rudra

    Senior Managing Director

    Bidisha Rudra

    Senior Managing Director

    Bidisha Rudra is the Senior Managing Director for Essilor Transitions and has been with Essilor for 13 years. She has enjoyed variety of roles including Market Research and Analytics, Managed Care Sales, Business Development, and Corporate Strategy, with the latter two stints out of the Asia Pacific headquarter in Singapore. She also serves as the President of Essilor Womens’ Network since the beginning of 2018. She firmly believes that achieving gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace is not something that can be done by just a handful of employees it is a collective effort. Bidisha earned a Ph.D in Applied Economics from University of Georgia, Athens. She was born and brought up in New Delhi, the capital city of India, and through her journey in life in different cities, she made a permanent stop (hopefully!) in Big D, Texas. When she is not busy working on achieving sales targets, Bidisha spends her time running around after her eleven year old twin young boys, Niseem and Nirvan, which is no less challenging!

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    Essilor Transitions