UCI Road to Reinvention a one-day conference for executives on leadership in the digital age

Road to Reinvention is unlike other conferences. We bring together experienced executives, technology leaders, and the latest academic thinking with one goal: to help you navigate the road ahead.

We have planned an exciting day of thought-provoking conversations with leaders and luminaries. Learn how incumbents are forging ahead while startups continue to disrupt; how AI is enabling a fundamental shift in how businesses operate and making it far more important to manage the associated risks; how you can acquire the necessary talent and capabilities for the future; and how to lead responsibly in a technology-intensive world.

Join us for this exclusive event.

Thursday, March 12, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Who Should Attend
  • C-level executives who develop the vision, objectives, and strategy of their organization
  • Board members and financial executives who oversee the process
  • Senior executives who are leading digital transformation
  • Business unit and functional managers who are executing the digital transformation

8:00-8:45 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

8:45-9:00 a.m.

Enrique Lavernia, Distinguished Professor, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, UCI

9:00-9:30 a.m.

Digital Transformation 2020: Facing the New Realities
Vijay Gurbaxani, Founding Director, Center for Digital Transformation

Companies in every industry – retail, pharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, transportation, medical device, telecom – are becoming software companies. Yet as software becomes ever more powerful and more knowing, there are new concerns. How do we lead our companies forward responsibly?

9:30-9:55 a.m.

Growing the Software Economy
Ha McNeill, COO, BSA | The Software Alliance

Every industry is a software industry and every job is becoming a software job. Software is a key driver of economic growth. What policies and practices do we need to continue to drive innovation with software? A leading industry expert shares her insights.

9:55-10:20 a.m.

Nordstrom: Modern Technology and Old School Service
Edmond Mesrobian, CTO, Nordstrom

Nordstrom wants to be the best fashion retailer anywhere. Through in-store and mobile technologies, data and AI, they are singularly focused on providing the next generation customer experience. Edmond Mesrobian explains how this renowned retailer will take customer service to the next level.

10:20-10:50 a.m.

Driving into the Future: Autonomy, Partnership and Business Models
Kyle Quinn, SVP & CTO, PACCARChuck Price, CPO, TuSimple

Even though the self-driving challenges for a semi-truck are more complex than for cars, autonomous trucks are more likely to hit the market first. Learn from Kyle Quinn and Chuck Price how PACCAR is partnering with TuSimple to get on the road.

10:50-11:20 a.m.


11:20-11:45 a.m.

Le Tote: When Technology Meets Tradition
Rakesh Tondon, CEO & Co-Founder, Le Tote

Le Tote, a 7-year-old clothing rental company for professional women, just bought venerable retailer Lord & Taylor. Rakesh Tondon shares the story of Le Tote’s remarkable journey from startup to sensation. Hear how this AI-powered disruptor plans to succeed in the competitive world of retail.

11:45-12:10 p.m.

Philips: Personalizing Healthcare with AI
Jeff Wang, Head of Strategy & Business Development, Philips

Philips wants to make the world healthier. Learn how Philips is connecting data, technology and people to personalize healthcare, improve patient outcomes and drive down the cost of care.

12:10-12:35 p.m.

When Software is Therapy
Timothy Peters-Strickland, MD, VP, Global Clinical Development, CNS and Digital Medicine, Otsuka

Pharma companies are becoming software companies. Otsuka is developing an app to treat major depressive disorder. The goal is to have the app approved as a medical device. Learn how digital medicine will dramatically increase the reach and effectiveness of treatment.

12:35-1:45 p.m.


1:45-2:00 p.m.

Digital Innovator Awards Announcement

2:00-2:30 p.m.

What Tech-Savvy Boards Are Talking About
Melissa Lora, Board Director, Conagra Brands, KB Home and MGIC Investment Diana McKenzie, Board Director, MetLife and Change Healthcare Lisa Hammitt, Board Director, Clear Channel and Global VP of Data and AI, Visa

The stakes have never been higher. Catastrophic failures, privacy concerns, security breaches, ethical AI and risky investment decisions are now prominent on the board agenda. Three tech-savvy directors explain how their boards are addressing these issues.

2:30-2:50 p.m.

Carbon: Printing the Perfect Fit
Joe DeSimone, Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, Carbon

3D printing at scale is finally here. Carbon is the world’s leading digital manufacturing platform making custom products for companies as diverse as Adidas and Ford. Hear Joe De Simone talk about how Carbon’s digitized chemistry is cracking the code of 3D printing.

2:50-3:10 p.m.

The United Difference: Connections Matter
Ravi Simhambhatla, VP & CTO, United Airlines

Running an airline today is equal parts aviation and technology. New software is the key to United’s drive for operational excellence. Emerging technologies – smart terminals, mobile apps and in-flight entertainment – are enabling experiences one could only imagine a generation ago. Hear what steps United is taking to build a connected airline and how your life as a passenger is going to change for the better.

3:10-3:40 p.m.

Reinvention: A Case Study
Jim Walsh, CTO, GlobalLogic

3:40-4:05 p.m.


4:05-4:25 p.m.

T-Mobile: Focusing on the Frontlines
Cody Sanford, EVP & CIO, T-Mobile

For T-Mobile, digital transformation began at the points where it interacted with its digitally-savvy highly mobile customers. The company launched a comprehensive attempt to create outstanding digital customer experiences and develop a technology stack to support these goals. Hear from Cody Sanford who spearheaded the company’s reinvented vision and strategy.

4:25-4:45 p.m.

Bringing Your Vision to Life: Leveraging Real-Time 3D Development
Dave Rhodes, CRO, Unity Technologies

From its start in the video game industry – half of all mobile games are developed on Unity’s platform – the company is enabling the use of real-time 3D in industries as diverse as film, automotive and real estate. Dave Rhodes tells us how we can accelerate creativity and monetize experience.

4:45-5:05 p.m.

Leading Responsibly with Technology
Lisa Hammitt, Board Director, Clear Channel and Global VP of Data and AI, Visa

All companies must address issues of personal data and privacy, cybersecurity, responsible and ethical use of AI, and develop the appropriate governance mechanisms. Lisa Hammitt, who oversees data and AI at Visa, shares her perspective on how a company should navigate this challenging terrain.

5:05-5:25 p.m.

Navigating the Transformation Journey
Chet Kapoor, Chairman & CEO, DataStax

Digital transformation is about the right vision and the right execution. It’s bigger than IT investments or even platform strategies. It requires overhauling the organization’s operating model. Chet Kapoor, seasoned startup and established company executive, shares his principles for a successful digital journey.

5:25 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m.


About the Center for Digital Transformation

The Center for Digital Transformation works to advance the competitiveness and productivity of businesses in the digital economy. It conducts and disseminates research on digital transformation. As a university-based center, it focuses on educating the workforce at all levels of an organization to navigate the changes in the business environment driven by digital technologies.



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