2017 Convention Program

The 2017 Convention will be held at the Inn at Penn. Click here for Hotel Accommodations


Sunday, September 24, 2017

9:00-5:00pm Wharton Executive Education Class: “Effective Corporate Boards for Mid-Market Companies” (Room TBA)
6:00pm Welcome Reception: Join us for cocktails & hors d’oeuvres (Room TBA)

Monday, September 25, 2017

7:30-9:00 am Breakfast and Registration (Room TBA)
9:00-10:00 am General Session: Welcome from Honorary Chair of the Convention, Joel Benkie, Andy Bodea, Chief Global Operations Officer, Equifax, and CEO of CEO Connection, Kenneth Beck (Room TBA)
10:00-10:30 am Break
10:30-12:00 pm Breakout I Session Options (Rooms TBA)
A.   10:30-12:00 pm | Panel: Talent Management: Winning the War for Talent
B.   10:30-12:00 pm | Panel: Access to Capital for the Mid-Market
C.   10:30-12:00 pm | Workshop: Organizational Alignment
12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch
1:00-2:30 pm Breakout II Session Options (Rooms TBA)
A.   1:00-2:30 pm | Panel: Emerging Markets: Maximize Access; Minimize Risk
B.   1:00-2:30 pm | Panel: Cyber Security and Protecting Your Trade Secrets
C1.  1:00-1:40 pm | Workshop: Strategic Planning for Mid-Market Companies Battling Giants
C2.  1:50-2:30 pm | Workshop: Going Public: Are You Ready for an IPO
2:30-3:00 pm Break
3:00—4:30 pm Breakout III Session Options (Rooms TBA)
A.   3:00-4:30 pm | Panel: Innovation: Make and Buy Opportunities
B.   3:00-4:30 pm | Panel: Social Impact: Enlightened Self Interest to Drive Growth
C1.  3:00-3:50 pm | Workshop: Tax Policy Updates
C2.  4:00-4:30 pm | Workshop: Board Management: CEO’s Responsibilities in Managing the Board
4:30—5:00 pm  Break
5:00-5:30 pm General Session: Closing Remarks for the Day
5:45-7:00 pm Board Connection Private Reception
*Private event matching CEOs with board seats (registration required, limited to 25 CEOs)
Member Benefits Showcase
Opportunity to learn about the many benefits available to you as a CEOC member as CEO Connection is part peer group, part co-op purchasing group, and part trade association
7:00 pm CEO Connection Reception: Join us for cocktails and dinner at Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

7:30-9:00 am Breakfast (Room TBA)
9:00-10:00 am General Session: State of the Mid-Market Keynote Address

Speaker: Ed Jankowski, CEO, XpresSpa

Speaker: Blake Irving, CEO and Board Director, GoDaddy. 2017 Mid-Market CEO of the Year.

10:00-10:30 am Break
10:30-12:00 pm Breakout I Session Options (Rooms TBA)
A.   10:30-12:00 | Panel: The Path to Digital Transformation
B.   10:30-12:00 | Panel: Leveraging Diversity: A Key to Mid-Market Growth
C.   10:30-12:00 | Workshop: Organizational Alignment
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (Room TBA)
1:00-2:30 pm Breakout II Session Options (Rooms TBA)
A.   1:00-2:30 | Panel: Education to Create Tomorrow’s Workforce
B.   1:00-2:30 | Workshop: Personal Branding: Managing Your Own Brand
C1.  1:00-1:40 | Workshop: Best Practices in Risk Management
C2.  1:50-2:30 | Workshop: Dealing with Big Data to Build Competitive Advantage
2:30-3:00 pm Break
3:00-4:30 pm Breakout III Session Options (Rooms TBA)
A.   3:00-4:30 | Panel: Government Relations: Access to Resources for the Mid-Market
B.   3:00-4:30 | Panel: Healthcare: Leveraging the Mid-Market for Better Benefits
4:30-5:00 pm Break
5:00-5:30 pm General Session: Thank You and Closing Remarks for the Convention
5:30-7:00 pm Member Benefits Showcase
Opportunity to learn about the many benefits available to you as a CEOC member as CEO Connection is part peer group, part co-op purchasing group, and part trade association
7:00 pm CEO Connection Mid-Market Awards Dinner
An event to honor 4 mid-market leaders; and recognize the Mid-Market 500, Most Influential Women, and Top Private Equity Firms (Woodlands Ballroom)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

9:00-10:30 am Business Plan Showcase
Connecting mid-market CEOs and companies who want to invest in innovation with innovative entrepreneurs looking for capital. (Room TBA)
10:30-12:00 pm Reverse Pitch
Giving mid-market CEOs and companies who want to invest in innovation, the opportunity to pitch both their ideas as well as specific needs to a group of entrepreneurs. (Room TBA)

Note*: Daily programs subject to change.