AGENDA is unlike any other conference. It’s immersive, interactive and focused on giving you and your colleagues the practical tools to lead change for the year ahead. In between sessions with our roster of carefully curated speakers and workshop leaders, you’ll network with top digital achievers and rising technology leaders. You’ll take home strategies to drive further digital innovation with measurable business results.
Business and technology leaders: C-level, VPs, Directors, Managers — of Marketing, Operations, Finance, Technology, Innovation. In short, the team that leads innovation and change (including you).
Robyn Benincasa, Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero and Bestselling Author
Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world champion adventure racer, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full-time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own. With these credentials plus being a 3x Guinness World Record Distance Paddler and proud owner of 2 metal “bionic” hips, Robyn definitely knows a thing or two about creating Human Synergy – “that magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together.” Her New York Times best-selling book How Winning Works, published by Harlequin, has been reviewed as “an excellent resource for all business owners on approaching challenges with a team mentality.”
For the last 20 years, she and her teammates have been competing at the front of the pack in the most unique and compelling classrooms on earth – the jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rainforests of Ecuador and the desert of Namibia – studying the good, the bad, and the not-so-pretty in extreme teamwork and mastering the skills required to inspire a group of semi-exhausted people through a seemingly endless series of checkpoints, in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal, working against crazy deadlines, in constantly changing conditions and all in pursuit of a huge hairy audacious goal. Sounds a lot like your life as a business leader, right?
It is through these harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of World Class Teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that win as one in times of great challenge and change. Whether you’re trying to beat the competition to market, scale a looming mountain of a project or simply get your team all marching in the same direction, Robyn’s 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy will coach you to the finish line of success.
Scott Kirsner, Editor & Co-Founder, Innovation Leader; Columnist, The Boston Globe
The question at the center of Scott’s writing, speaking, and conference-organizing is this: How do innovations that matter get introduced to the world? That question has led him to some interesting places, from the White House to the Sundance Film Festival, from the United Nations to the laboratories of dozens of biotech and medical device companies, from Google to Walt Disney World. (The food at Google is far better.) Scott writes the weekly “Innovation Economy” column and blog for the Boston Globe and Boston.com. He has served as a contributing writer for Fast Company and Wired, and his writing has appeared in other places, too, including the New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, Salon, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, the San Jose Mercury News, CIO Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is part of the founding team of three conferences that focus on the innovation economy in New England. He is also involved in hosting, speaking at, and moderating panels at a number of other events, most of them related to that big question above, and also how established industries and organizations can be more hospitable to innovative thinking.
“AGENDA18 provided an environment that combined the right topics toward the relevancy of forward thinking and strategy for digital transformation with the right people to collaborate with to bring broad perspectives to how best to address those challenges.” Brett Caldon, Head of Business Operations, Workgrid Software
“The conference was a celebration of current achievements in technology, with a focus on the most pressing tech issues organizations face today. We saw exciting innovations in artificial intelligence, digital assistants, machine learning, data management and blockchain from some incredible leaders at the forefront of these emerging technologies. We left inspired and excited to continue conversations about the transformative value information technology is delivering.” Shelley Lineham, cShell Consulting Inc.”
“The real benefit to this conference is hearing real life examples of how others in various industries faced and resolved their challenges, whether those challenges were technical, process related, cultural or behavioral. We’re able to take their solutions, build on them and then apply them to our particular and unique set of challenges.” David Whitten, Field Communciations Leader, Pioneer Natural Resources
“AGENDA18 provided inspiration through real life use cases demonstrating where peers have driven digital transformation. It provided a blueprint to follow in the upcoming year.” Greg Thompson, Director, Infrastructure and Operations, EnPro Industries
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