Strategic Growth Forum

November 17 – 19, 2020

In the never normal, is ingenuity the new currency? Join to hear luminaries and seasoned entrepreneurs virtually deliver the guidance and insight needed to design what’s next and beyond.  

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Tuesday, November 17

Tuesday AM sessions

11:00am ET | Welcome

Mark Jeffries
Author, Host, and Moderator

Lee Henderson
Americas EY Private Leader

11:10am ET | Best Buy CEO: successfully transitioning from on-site to online

Corie Barry
CEO, Best Buy

Interviewed by Kelly Grier
EY US Chair and Managing Partner and Americas Managing Partner

11:40am ET | Concurrent sessions
Financing growth: capital-raising trends and strategies in a tumultuous economic environment

Ann Chung
Managing Director, Blackstone

Scott Kupor
Managing Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Andy Cantwell
Managing Partner, Carlson Private Capital Partners

Moderated by Phillip Mazzie
Managing Partner, EY San Francisco Office

Evolution of public listing alternatives: the pros, cons, and how-tos of SPACs, direct listings and other alternatives

Andrea Tarbox
CFO and Board Director, Live Oak Acquisition Corporation

Moderated by Jackie Kelley
West IPO Markets Leader | Partner, Americas FAAS Capital Markets Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

Rethinking strategy: as businesses look beyond the pandemic crisis, what are the rules for developing effective long-term strategy?

Mike Tattersfield
CEO, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation 

Moderated by Jeff Wray
Americas EY-Parthenon Strategy Leader

12:25pm ET | Meaning and motivation at work

Adam Grant
Organizational Psychologist, The Wharton School of Business, Best-selling author

Interviewed by Marna Ricker
EY Americas Vice Chair - Tax

12:55pm ET | Free time to visit the Unstoppables Gallery featuring Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 regional winners and the EY Innovation Center, as well as chat privately with fellow attendees

Tuesday PM sessions

2:00pm ET | Zoom CEO: handling explosive growth and becoming a “verb”

Eric S. Yuan
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Zoom Video Communications

Interviewed by Carmine Di Sibio
EY Global Chairman and CEO

2:30pm ET | Concurrent sessions
Future of health: how the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the transformation of health care and life sciences

Patty Obermaier
Vice President US Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft

Arda Ural

Moderated by Arda Ural
Americas Health Sciences and Wellness Industry Markets Leader, EY

Manufacturing innovation and design amid market disruptions

John Nottingham
Co-President, Nottingham Spirk

Mitali Sharma
EY-Parthenon's Strategy Practice

Moderated by Jerry Gootee
Global Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Products Leader, EY

3:15pm ET | Election 2020: what we've learned and where we go from here

Karl Rove
Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush

David Axelrod
Senior Political Commentator, CNN and Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama

Moderated by Mark Jeffries
Author, Host, and Moderator

3:45pm ET | What's on for tomorrow

Wednesday, November 18

Wednesday AM sessions

10:30am ET | Kauffman Foundation’s 1 Million Cups program: caffeinating an entrepreneurial nation, one cup at a time

Philip Gaskin
VP of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation

Matthew Condon
Chief Executive Officer, Bardavon Health Innovations

Melethia Campbell-Tugg
Owner & President, Robin Steel LLC

AJ Jordan 
Americas Entrepreneur of the Year® Director, EY

Moderated by Laurie Brown
Program Manager of New Entrepreneurial Learning, Kauffman Foundation

11:05am ET | America’s global standing: what’s at stake for business and diplomacy

Fareed Zakaria
Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN

Sam Johnson

Interviewed by Sam Johnson
EY Americas Vice Chair - Accounts

11:35am ET | Concurrent sessions
Reimagining employee and customer experience in the digital and physical world

Scott Griffith
CEO, Ford AV & Mobility Businesses, Ford Motor Company

Rob Gurney
CEO, oneworld

Moderated by Cheryl Grise
EY Americas Solutions Leader

Bigger ecosystems, bigger threats: creating cyber resilience in your business

Moderated by Marios Damianides
Cyber Security Leader, US-East, EY

12:20pm ET | How midmarket companies become intelligent enterprises

Jason McCann
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Vari

Craig Storey
Chief Financial Officer, Vari

Moderated by Greg Petraetis
SVP and General Manager Midmarket and Ecosystem, SAP North America

12:50pm ET | Free time to visit the Unstoppables Gallery featuring Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 regional winners and the EY Innovation Center, as well as chat privately with fellow attendees

Wednesday PM sessions

2:00pm ET | Entrepreneurship for all: three transcendent founders redefining the possible

Adam C. Walker
CEO, Summit Packaging Solutions

Leen Kawas, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Athira Pharma

Carmen Castillo
President & CEO, SDI International Corp. 

Moderated by Deborah Norville
Anchor, Inside Edition

2:40pm ET | Impact investing: generating measurable positive social or environmental impact alongside financial return

Maya Chorengel
Co-Managing Partner, TPG, The Rise Fund

Edward Dugger III
President, Reinventure Capital

Moderated by Chris Hagler
EY Americas Climate Change and Sustainability Services Managing Director

3:25pm ET | Keynote to be announced
3:55pm ET | Close of the Forum: get ready for Entrepreneur Of The Year® National Awards gala tomorrow

Thursday, November 19

1:00pm ET | Welcome to the Entrepreneur Of The Year® National Awards gala

Hosted by Seth Meyers
Host, Late Night with Seth Meyers

|    National sponsors

National, Forum and Session sponsors

Entrepreneur Of The Year US®

Through the Entrepreneur Of The Year® program, we recognize and celebrate unstoppable entrepreneurs who transform our world.

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