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The CEO's Journey: Technology and Innovation 

Join Vistage members and member candidates from across the country for these topic-driven, powerhouse events featuring renowned keynotes, guided discussion sessions, nationwide networking, and more. Initially held virtually, events will be in-person when safe to do so. We will be joined by Mike Walsh and Lisa Bodell for this half day conference.

Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. A global nomad, futurist and author of the bestselling book, The Algorithmic Leader, he advises some of the world’s biggest organisations on digital transformation and disruptive innovation in this new era of machine intelligence. A dynamic and engaging keynote speaker, Mike has given over a 1,000 talks over the last decade, from strategic briefings for the boards of companies like Verizon and Raytheon, to an employee summit for a healthcare corporation that filled a sports stadium with an audience of over 25,000 people.

Lisa Bodell is a globally recognised futurist, expert on innovation and corporate trainer. Lisa ranks among the Top 50 Speakers Worldwide and is the best-selling author of Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins. She’s a global leader on simplification, productivity, and innovation, whose keynotes leave audiences inspired to change and arm them with radically simple tools to get to the work that matters. Bodell brings a compelling perspective to the sought-after topics of simplification and innovation. A thought leader and serial entrepreneur, her transformational message has inspired executives at top-ranked organisations such as Google, Cisco, Citigroup, and the U.S. Navy War College.

James Alexander is a Director of, an open-source think tank and advisory delivering foresight, strategy and innovation to some of the world’s leading organisations (e.g. Amazon, BP, Mastercard, WWF). James leads the Strategy practise where recent work includes leading whole organisation strategy development for WWF and Which?

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Mike Walsh

Rules for a New World

COVID-19 is not only changing our way of life, it will hasten the arrival of a radical new future of business. While for many of us working from home has been a new and unexpected challenge - that is just the start of a much bigger transformation set to reshape every organisation and industry. In order to survive, every organisation will have to virtualize.

Whether it be serving customers through digital channels or leveraging AI, algorithms and automation to ensure business continuity - we are likely to experience in the next twelve months, a decade's worth of change. Not every business will make it, but those that do will never be the same again. And for leaders, now more than ever, is a time to upgrade their capabilities, embrace new technologies, and reimagine what they do.

Mike Walsh's inspiring keynote presentation will offer audiences an insight into the organisations and leaders that are successfully navigating this period of change, and how to create a playbook for their own transformation. Becoming future-proof is more than just about getting through the current crisis - it is about being ready for the new world that awaits us on the other side.
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James Alexander

Innovation Matters

'Innovate or die' has arguably never been more true. The longevity of organisations is shrinking, as is the time to scale for successful new organisation and propositions. At the same time, technology-led disruption continues apace and COVID-19 has further accelerated the digital transition for many. So innovate then. But innovation is easy to say but often much harder to do. 

How then as CEO can you help unlock innovation - delivering more value both for your customers and for your organisation?  

Entrepreneur, innovator and business strategist James Alexander’s inspiring keynote presentation will share his truths about innovation, provide three essential ingredients for success and outline the importance of building a simple but powerful innovation narrative. You and your fellow Vistage Members will then choose which you believe will be be the most impactful foresights for the next decade and start to build your own innovation narrative.       

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Lisa Bodell

Killing Complexity

Imagine what you could do with the time you spend sitting in meetings and writing emails every day. Complexity is killing companies' ability to innovate and adapt, and simplicity is quickly becoming the competitive advantage of our time. Drawing on research and themes from her latest book, Why Simple Wins, our CEO, Lisa Bodell, inspires leaders and their teams to proactively move beyond the feelings of frustration and futility that come with so much unproductive work in today’s corporate world, to create a corporate culture where valuable, essential, meaningful work is the norm, and space for innovation is a priority.

● Get informed by examples that resonate: consumers will pay more for simpler experiences; people recommend companies that exemplify simplicity; employees are brand champions in companies that operate with simplicity.
● Identify areas for simplification within your organisation
● Learn techniques to make simplification a habit.
● Understand which tasks take the most (unnecessary) time both individually and as a team.
● Start to create a culture of simplification and exemplify its practices.

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08.30 AM - 12:45 PM GMT+1

Virtual Event


Welcome - Arti Halai
Keynote: Mike Walsh - Rules for the New World
Coffee Break
James Alexander - Innovation Matters
Coffee Break
Keynote: Lisa Bodell - Killing Complexity
Vistage Member Breakout Sessions, Experience Vistage for Guests and Sponsored Breakouts
Event Close
*Agenda subject to change
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