Road to Reinvention Conference

Save the Date - March 19, 2020 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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.



Roxanne Austin Roxanne Austin
Board Director
Target, Abbott Labs, AbbVie

Pierre Baldi Pierre Baldi
Chancellor’s Professor, ICS and Director
Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics, UC Irvine

Brian Behlendorf Brian Behlendorf
Executive Director

Andy Cheadle Andy Cheadle
Engineering Director
McLaren Applied Technologies

Michael Chui Michael Chui
McKinsey Global Institute

Vasant Dhar Vasant Dhar
Professor, NYU Stern School of Business and the Center for Data Science
Founder, SCT Capital Management

Mary Dillon Mary Dillon
Ulta Beauty

Gerry Egan Gerry Egan
Ingram Micro

Vijay GurbaxaniVijay Gurbaxani
Founding Director
Center for Digital Transformation

Don Jones Don Jones
Chief Digital Officer
Scripps Translational Science Institute

Noah Kerner Noah Kerner

Sean LennonSean Lennon
SVP & Global Chief Information Officer

Matt Lockhart Matt Lockhart
EVP of Strategy and Business Development

Mike Manowski Mike Manowski
VP Application Development
Delta Dental

Alejandro Martinez Alejandro Martinez
Walgreens & Global IT Transformation
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Shantanu Narayen Shantanu Narayen
President & CEO

Philip NelsonPhilip Nelson
Director of Engineering
Google Accelerated Science

Geraldine Ramezani Geraldine Ramezani
SVP, Chief Information Officer
First American Title

Shashank Samant Shashank Samant

Greg SpierkelGreg Spierkel
Board Director
MGM Resorts, PACCAR, Schneider Electric

Marisa Thalberg Marisa Thalberg
Global Chief Brand Officer
Taco Bell


Digital Transformation 2.0: Leading Amidst the Techlash
Vijay Gurbaxani, Founding Director, CDT

Adobe: Dreaming Bigger
Shantanu Narayen, President & CEO, Adobe

Scaling Innovation: Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow
Noah Kerner, CEO, Acorns  

Ulta Beauty: Loyalty Is Everything
Mary Dillon, CEO, Ulta Beauty

The Board Mandate: How Digital Strategy Drives Governance
Roxanne Austin, Board Director, Target, Abbott, AbbVie, Teledyne
Greg Spierkel, Board Director, MGM Resorts, Schneider Electric, PACCAR
Mary Dillon, CEO, Ulta Beauty and Board Director, Starbucks, KKR 

McLaren: The Formula is Digital
Andy Cheadle, Director of Engineering, McLaren Applied Technologies 

Digital Innovator Awards

Five Ways You’ll Take Care of Your Health in the Future
Don Jones, Chief Digital Officer, Scripps Research Translational Institute 

Google: Building the Future with AI
Philip Nelson, Director of Engineering, Google Accelerated Science 

When Should We Trust Machines?
Vasant Dhar, Professor, NYU Stern School of Business and the Center for Data Science; Founder, SCT Capital Management

Driving Digital Innovation: A Multi-Industry Perspective
Sean Lennon, EVP & Global CIO, Allergan
Mike Manowski, VP Application Development, Delta Dental
Gerry Egan, VP & CTO, Ingram Micro
Geraldine Ramezani, SVP & CIO, First American Title

Live Más Digitally
Marisa Thalberg, Global Chief Brand Officer, Taco Bell

Designing the Next Generation Business for the Next Generation Customer
Shashank Samant, CEO, GlobalLogic
Alejandro Martínez, SVP, CIO-Walgreens & Global IT Transformation, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Hyperledger: Building the Future with Blockchain
Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger

Town Hall: What AI Can and Can't Do For Your Business
Pierre Baldi, Chancellor's Professor, ICS and Director, Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics, UCI
Vasant Dhar, Professor of Information Systems, The Stern School of Business, NYU
Philip Nelson, Director of Engineering, Google Accelerated Science


This event will be hosted at The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering which is adjacent to the UC Irvine campus.

Beckman Center

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center

100 Academy
Irvine, CA 92617
(949) 721-2200

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Directions and Parking


Complimentary parking is available on-site and on the street. Irvine Company is graciously allowing our conference attendees to use their adjacent 101 Academy parking lot. Please only park in the designated parking spaces.

We recommend carpooling with colleagues whenever possible.

Directions and Parking Guide (PDF)

The Beckman Center (Google Maps)

Custom Map with Parking (Google Maps)


The UC Irvine campus has the benefit of easy accessibility throughout the central Orange County area. All major hotel chains have properties near the airport and around the campus. For those looking for a getaway, there are also many luxury properties in a convenient radius. For additional information regarding hotels, please click here. Please note that the University of California, Irvine rates may fluctuate depending on the property’s overall capacity.

Flying In

The venue is located just miles from the John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County. The campus is approximately 25 miles from the Long Beach Airport (LGB), 45 miles from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and 85 miles from the San Diego International Airport (SAN). To view the conference site’s general proximity to nearby airports, click here.

Local Activities

Whether you are seeking an adventure or have a passion for the arts, the Orange County area has many sites to explore. To learn more, including seasonal activities,

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 leaders who are executing the digital transformation


  • Invention and Reinvention: Lessons from the Frontlines
    C-Suite executives tell us how they are driving digital innovation
    • Adobe, Taco Bell, Ulta Beauty, Acorns, McLaren
  • Transformation Playbooks
    Do you have the knowhow to redesign your company? Learn how to rethink your business, engage your customers, and leverage software platforms to innovate and thrive in the digital age.
    • GlobalLogic, Allergan, First American Title, Ingram Micro, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Delta Dental
  • The Promise and Peril of AI:  Technology Pioneers Tell Us How They See the Future
    Hear from the innovators who are building the future
    • Google, UC Irvine Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Role of the C-Suite and Boards: How Market Leaders Are Different 
    Successful transformation requires leadership from the top and a digitally-savvy board that understands what it takes to succeed
    • Target, Abbott Labs, Abbvie, Schneider Electric, MGM Entertainment, Ulta Beauty



  • Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation

  • The Beall Family Foundation

Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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Support This Program

The Center for Digital Transformation shares thought provoking and useful ideas from industry and academic experts with hundreds of professionals at its events every year. As a part of The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, CDT strives to be an independent and impartial influencer, providing curated and relevant knowledge to help executives navigate the digital world.

The key to the future is unlocking minds today. Support from the corporate community enables us to produce research and programs to empower business leaders. Support our vision by supporting this program.

Learn more about sponsoring Road to Reinvention: Leadership in the Digital Age by emailing our Executive Director, Ed Trainor.