Distinguished Speaker Series

New Leadership Requirements for a Digitally Driven World

GE is undergoing an ambitious transformation, repositioning itself as the world’s premier digital industrial company. Join us to hear Jeff Erhardt, Vice President of Intelligent Systems of GE Digital, discuss how the 125-year-old company sees the world changing, how they are adapting, and what new managerial capabilities it will require. Learn how GE is reinventing itself, what it means for your company, and future leaders.

The Fall 2017 Distinguished Speaker Series, presented by The Paul Merage School of Business and the Center for Digital Transformation, highlights the leadership perspectives, ethical frameworks, decision-making processes and insights of top business leaders in the industry. This is a great opportunity to network with approximately 300 corporate professionals, community leaders, MBA students, faculty members and campus staff.

The event will be held in the Merage School auditorium. Admission to the presentation is complimentary. We encourage you to register early as seats are on a first-come basis. Business attire required.

Registration: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Speaker Event: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Post reception: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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The Center for Digital Transformation works to advance the competitiveness and productivity of businesses in the digital economy. Through our annual Road to Reinvention conference, Executive Briefings, CIO Roundtable, educational programs and research, CDT provides executives with a better understanding of the dynamics of the digital revolution and what these forces mean for their industries and organizations.

For more information, please contact Leslie Fell at

Distinguished Speaker

Jeff ErhardtJeff Erhardt
VP of Intelligent Systems, GE Digital

Jeff Erhardt currently leads the intelligent systems effort on behalf of GE. He joined the company via the acquisition of, a machine learning platform company, where he was CEO. Jeff has nearly 20 years building and running data-driven organizations, and has extensive operating experience at both high-growth private companies and large public enterprises. He has managed global organizations and has extensive business experience in Asia and Europe, including leadership of multi-billion dollar international transactions. He began his career as a technologist at Advanced Micro Devices, where he founded and ran one of that industry’s first organizations to use large-scale data and advanced analytics to systematically drive new technology development and manufacturing. Before joining Wise, Jeff was COO at Revolution Analytics, where he built the company into the leading disruptive provider of advanced analytics prior to its acquisition by Microsoft. Jeff holds more than 30 patents, an engineering degree from Cornell, and an MBA from the Wharton School.


Location - Auditorium

Merage School Auditorium
4293 Pereira Drive
Irvine, CA 92697


parking map

Parking for Main Buildings (SB1, SB2 and MPAA)

From Campus Drive, turn in toward the campus at the light at Stanford to immediately enter the Social Sciences Parking Structure.
For visitors without a parking pass: All-Day ($10) or By-The-Hour ($2/hour) parking passes can be purchased at the kiosk located in the right lane entrance to the parking structure. You may park in any stall that does not have reserved signage. 

Parking passes can be purchased at the dispenser or via the attendant at the Social Sciences Parking Structure.

Past Events

Speakers 2016-2017

David Pyott
Former Chief Executive Officer
March 9, 2017

Newth Morris
President, Telogis Route
Co-founder, Telogis Navigation
October 19, 2016

Speakers 2015-2016

Craig Boundy
Chief Executive Officer
Experian North America
November 18, 2015

Brian Niccol
Chief Executive Officer
Taco Bell
January 28, 2016

Speakers 2014-2015

Kimberly Cripe
President & Chief Executive Officer, CHOC Children's
November 12, 2014

Cynthia Stoddard
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, NetApp
March 4, 2015

Matthew Costello
Chief Operating Officer, Beats by Dre at Apple
April 16, 2015

Speakers 2013-2014

Richard Afable, MD, MPH
President & Chief Executive Officer, Covenant Health Network
November 13, 2013

Chris White
General Manager, Sports & Entertainment Solutions and Vice President, Global IOT Solutions, Cisco
February 13, 2014

Brad Losson
Vice President & Senior Divisional Managing Director, Schwab Advisor Services, The Charles Schwab Corp.
April 30, 2014

Speakers 2012-2013

George A. Kalogridis
President, Disneyland Resort
November 29, 2012  (view event recap.)

Alan Pellegrini
President and Chief Executive Officer, Thales USA
January 30, 2013

Myron Gray
President, US Operations, UPS
May 8, 2013


Members of the press should contact Anne Warde at to obtain a press pass and make any other special arrangements.


Event Details

Date: 11.06.2017
Time: 07:00 p.m. - 09:00 p.m.
Event Type: Public