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Tuesday, Oct. 22
1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Conference Registration and Information

8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Golf Event at the Waldorf Astoria

11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lunch and Presentation by Pat Williams of the Orlando Magic

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Clean the World Volunteer Service Project

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception and Dinner
Terrace Pool, Hyatt Regency Orlando

Wednesday, Oct. 23
7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Conference Registration and Information

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast Buffet

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mark Jeffries
, Conference Host

8:40 – 9:40 a.m.

Keynote Address:
Timeless Leadership

Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, best-selling author of Steve Jobs, and former Chairman and CEO of CNN

What leadership secrets do history’s luminaries share? Esteemed author Walter Isaacson is widely considered to be one of today’s most insightful biographers. Isaacson’s ability to brilliantly capture the unique cultural currents surrounding America’s greatest leaders and creative thinkers is showcased in his best-selling books on Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin and Henry Kissinger. Isaacson discusses the vital information that can be learned from them – including the common traits they share and how those traits can be used to empower today’s business leaders. Sharing fascinating details of how success came to each of these men through the questioning of conventional wisdom and a willingness to explore new ideas, he provides an astute analysis of timeless leadership principles and the lessons they can teach us on fostering the creativity and innovation necessary to compete in a new century of globalization.


Fireside Chat and Interview with Jim Goodnight, CEO, SAS

9:40 – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address:
Treat Data Like Money

Jim Davis, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, SAS

Data can be as valuable to your company as cash as long as you develop an investment strategy. And the first thing you’ll need is an investment strategy. Traditionally, we were told to ask: Are we using data to support business operations? Has it been woven into our business units? But in the big data era, the questions are different: How can I use data to create new products and services? Can I share data with another organization for a new business initiative? How can I enter a new market using company data?

Using analytics helps organizations capitalize on the full potential of data. When you invest wisely in managing and analyzing data, you’ll discover ways to add revenue to the business, turning the old adage "It takes money to make money" into "It takes data to make money."

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Keynote Address:
Big Data: The Management Revolution

Andrew McAfee, author and Principal Research Scientist, MIT

Big data is significantly improving the performance of companies and, as a result, revolutionizing the decision making culture. Thanks to big data, we can measure and predict more precisely than ever before. Big data's tools and philosophies challenge long-held notions about the value of experience, the nature of expertise and the practice of management. Becoming a big data-enabled organization is a complex process and requires hands-on ‒ or in some cases hands-off ‒ leadership. But it is a revolution that executives need to embrace today.

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion:
Big Data in Big Companies: Pragmatic Research Results and Implementation Strategies

Thomas H. Davenport, co-author of Competing on Analytics and Analytics at Work, and Research Director of the International Institute for Analytics
David Judson, Senior Director of Business Intelligence Initiatives, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Jill Dyché, author and Vice President of Best Practices, SAS
Mark Jeffries, Moderator

Big data is one of the most promising business trends of the decade, yet it invites as many new questions as it does opportunities. What is big data? How is it different than what we’ve done? Where do we begin? In this engaging panel discussion, Tom Davenport and Jill Dyché present the results of their new research study, Big Data in Big Companies. The study cites examples from early adopter organizations, including Citibank, GE, Macy’s, UPS and UnitedHealthcare. Their findings offer executive perspectives on how companies are adopting big data technologies, justifying their budgets, hiring new skills and realizing fresh business benefits.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch
Thought Leader Lunches (preregistration required)

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

Thursday, Oct. 24
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Conference Registration and Information

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast Buffet

9:00 – 10:10 a.m.

Keynote Address:
Leadership, Transparency, Innovation and Growth

Sir Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco PLC

In this keynote presentation, Sir Terry Leahy will discuss how Tesco went from being seen as a down-market domestic food retailer to being the No. 2 global giant retailer in the world after Wal-Mart. Leahy will share the 10 essential management lessons that emerged from his intensive turnaround of the company as well as his observations of other companies and leaders. He understands the value of data-based decision making and believes that, even now, few firms realize their full potential to understand their business, their customers and what is needed to achieve their goals.

10:10 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.

Keynote Address:
Y-Size Your Business

Jason Dorsey, The Gen Y Guy and best-selling author

Gen Y has arrived. With about 80 million Gen Yers in the US alone, they are the fastest-growing segment in both the workforce and customer base for many companies. Gen Y brings a new set of priorities, interests, skills and communication styles. These differences can be a frustrating challenge or a breakthrough opportunity, depending on how you respond. Jason Dorsey ‒ a member of Gen Y himself ‒ will explore how to increase communication, connection and, ultimately, results in a multigenerational environment.

11:45 – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch
Thought Leader Lunches (preregistration required)

1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Knowledge Exchanges

1:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Networking Hall Activities

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Closing Cocktail Reception