Road to Reinvention Conference

R2R LogoThursday, March 21, 2019 | 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.

We have planned an exciting day of thought-provoking conversations with leaders and luminaries. Learn how incumbents are reinventing and startups are rapidly scaling to disrupt; what AI can do for your business and ways to manage its risks; and how you can acquire the necessary competencies to drive change when skills are scarce.


Shantanu Narayen Shantanu Narayen
President & CEO

Mary Dillon Mary Dillon
Ulta Beauty

Jonathan Neale Jonathan Neale
McLaren Group

Noah Kerner Noah Kerner

Marisa Thalberg Marisa Thalberg
Taco Bell

Shashank Samant Shashank Samant

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

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

Philip NelsonPhilip Nelson
Google Accelerated Science

Vijay GurbaxaniVijay Gurbaxani
Center for Digital Transformation

Vasant Dhar Vasant Dhar
Professor of Information Systems
The Stern School of Business, NYU

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

Martin Giles Martin Giles
San Francisco Bureau Chief
MIT Technology Review


Digital Transformation – What’s Next?
Vijay Gurbaxani, CDT

Adobe: Reimagining Creativity
Shantanu Narayen, President & CEO, Adobe

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, Northshore University HealthSystem

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

McLaren: The Formula Is Digital
Jonathan Neale, COO, McLaren Group

Live Más Digitally
Marissa Thalberg, CMO, Taco Bell

Designing the Next Generation Business
Shashank Samant, CEO, GlobalLogic

Driving Digital Innovation
Guy Thier, CIO, Arbonne
Moderator: Matt Lockhart, EVP of Strategy and Business Development, Magenic

When Should We Trust Machines?
Vasant Dhar, Professor of Information Systems, The Stern School of Business, NYU

Moving to Light Speed: How Google Is Building the Future with AI
Philip Nelson, Director of Engineering, Google Accelerated Science

What AI Can and Can’t Do For Your Business
Pierre Baldi, Chancellor’s Professor, ICS and Director, Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics, UCI


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, McLaren, Taco Bell, Ulta Beauty, Acorns
  • 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, Arbonne
  • 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

Platinum Sponsors


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.