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6th Annual Technology Innovation & Leadership Summit - 2018

Proven Innovation & Leadership Strategies for Driving Digital Transformation & Growth

Learn the proven strategies executives are using to drive digital transformation and growth through innovation best practices.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Key Strategies for Launching and growing your innovation center or process.
  • Driving a culture of innovation and rapid experimentation
  • Innovation Management best practices
  • Differences between mid market innovation and large enterprise innovation strategies.
  • Recognizing the different stages of corporate technology innovation and how to move your company to the next level.
  • The impact of your technology stack, architecture and capacity on your ability to innovate.


Conference note

We are now booking our keynote sponsors and panels.

Be sure to register now to ensure a seat. These Summits sell out.

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Faculty & Agenda:
Check back for new Faculty and Sessions as they are added.

Robert Blackwell, EKI Digital / Killerspin, Chairman


Event Agenda

Welcome and Introduction

Session I. Architecture & Capacity as the key to Sustaninable Innovation

    Robert Blackwell, EKI Digital / Killerspin, Chairman

    Robert Blackwell Jr. is a father and entrepreneur that lives in Chicago, IL who enjoys history, economics and helping people realize their dreams through entrepreneurial endeavors.
    Starting at IBM in 1981, Blackwell began his long career in building innovative systems that improve business operations. With a passion for entrepreneurship, he went on to found several Chicago-based companies, including Urban Fishing Development, Bytewise International and Blackwell Consulting Services. For several years Robert was a trader specializing in creating and executing trading strategies.

    Robert currently runs two companies:
    EKI-Digital, a digital strategy and application platform management company that helps organizations turn IT into $ by implementing Lean Digital Experience Ecosystems that create compelling customer experiences and efficient modernized work. The result is usually faster time to market at 10-25% lower operating costs.

    Killerspin is the world's only company that creates physical ecosystems of connectivity through play as a service. Killerspin connects people to their families/friends/customers/employees through highly designed table tennis equipment and experiences. Killerspin create the media and luxury category for table tennis. The Killerspin Revolution SVR is the #1 selling high end table tennis series in the world and Killerspin table tennis content has been view by over 30M people. 
     Robert has and continues to serve on several boards.

Session II:  Keynote Panel: Key Strategies for Launching AND Growing your Innovation Process as a Driver of Digital Transformation

In this panel we'll highlight how both Mid Market and Enterprise companies have successfully launched their innovation center or processes and used them as a driver of transformation and growth.

Session III:  Innovation Best Practices for the Enterprise

How Enterprise companies are embracing innovation and digital transformation.

Session IV:  Practical Strategies to Transform Your IT Delivery Model to Transform your Business

    Presented by PSC

Session V:  Case Study Blueprint

Learn how a leading area company transformed it’s IT delivery system to a culture of innovation and was able to lead their company innovation process.

Session VI:  Keynote Panel: Creating a Culture of Innovation and Rapid Experimentation to Drive Meaningful Change

In this panel, we'll learn how companies have successfully created a corporate environment of failing fast, innovation and rapid experimentation as a vehicle for driving transformation and change.

    Check back for Faculty to be Added


Questions whether you qualify? Please contact Maria Tuthill at (847) 837-3900 x1

Who Should Attend:

  • CIOs
  • Senior IT and LOB Executives
  • VPs & Directors
  • Any IT Executives who want to develop leaders at their organizations

Aug 24th, 2017



Lake Forest, IL
Aug 23, 2018,
8AM to 5:30PM

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
Conway Park
1905 W. Field Court, Lake Forest, IL 60045

8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Program begins

Questions? Call Maria Tuthill 847-837-3900 x 1

Get Sponsorship Information:
Call Alex Jarett at 847-837-3900 x 2 or email.

How to Register
1. Member Registration


Nonmembers*: $299

If you have a promo code enter it on the payment screen

*This event is only open to CIOs, Senior Technology Executives, Chief Innovation Officers, CxOs, Digital Officers and their senior team members Director and above.

CIOs, CTOs, and CxOs from established Technology Consulting Firms and Solution Providers may attend and add to the conversation as long as they are NOT in a field sales position.  An established firm is defined as 50 million in revenue or above.

Technology consulting firms, solution providers and other industry service organizations must be sponsors to participate.

Questions? Call Maria Tuthill 847-837-3900 x 1

Sponsorship Questions? Contact Alex Jarett at 847-837-3900 x 2 for information

Pre-registration required. Must be Qualified.

Professional business-casual attire required.

Final speakers and topics are subject to change.


What Participants Say About
Our Summits

"The Summit was a great day's investment for any CIO/IT leader to heighten knowledge of technology trends and IT leadership insight."
Tom Hupp, VP of IT Young Innovations, Inc.

"I was so inspired I couldn't wait to get back into the office and start changing the world!"
Julie Garnter, Director of Information Systems & Technology, Kenall

"Amazing how Tec pulls in such high quality presenters and panels.  Great job Alex & Maria!"

"I was so engrossed and interested in the program I didn't check my phone or email all day."  

"The depth and breadth of information shared is priceless"

"Mind and career expanding, thank you!" “Very informative"

"Informative and inspiring!"  "Excellent!"  

"Strong content, topics, participants"  "Great education"

"Great, thought provoking session”    "Fantastic leadership insights "

"Good insights and examples of management approaches"

"Good event!  Thought provoking.  I'll attend the next one."

"Outstanding examples and use cases to clarify points" 


Earn Continuing Educational Credits

Earn certification credits while you learn!

We will provide each attendee with a certificate toward continuing education.


Event Sponsors

PSC Group

Solstice mobile



Contact Alex Jarett at 1-847-837-3900 x2.

Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Garden Inn Lake Forest Mettawa
26225 Riverwoods Blvd, Mettawa, IL 60045
(847) 735-8374

Holiday Inn Express-Vernon Hills
975 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 367-8031

Hotel Indigo Chicago-Vernon Hills
450 N Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 918-1400

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