2014 Mid-Market Convention Highlights

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Program Highlights

Day One

Wharton Executive Education Class

Welcome Reception: Corporate Board Governance for Mid-Market Companies

Day Two

Opening Remarks: Kenneth Beck, CEO, CEO Connection

Welcome Address: Michael Nutter, Mayor, Philadelphia

General Session: John Sheldon, SVP/Group Head of Innovation Management, MasterCard Labs

Breakout I

  • Corporate Security vs. Employee Privacy in the Digital Age
  • Opening the Door to Emerging Markets

Breakout II

  • Competitive Advantage Through Customer Centricity
  • Education to Create Tomorrow’s Workforce
  • Innovation and Scale

Breakout III

  • Corporate Social Impact: Making Your CSR Efforts Count
  • Governance for the Mid-Market

Plenary Session – End of Day Debrief

CEO Connection Mid-Market Awards Dinner

Day Three

Keynote: Bob Greifeld, CEO, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

Breakout I

  • Tax Policy to Promote Growth
  • Social Media for the Mid-Market

Breakout II

  • Healthcare and the Mid-Market
  • Positive Energy

Breakout III

  • Access to Capital for the Mid-Market
  • Jobs for Today, Jobs for Tomorrow

Plenary Session – End of Day Debrief

October 19-21, 2014

The Wharton School

2014 Awards & Honorees


  • Twitter


  • Brian Thomas – CEO, OtterBox/LifeProof


  • Julie Smolyansky – Lifeway Foods


  • Bert Jacob – CEO, Life is good

Conference Speakers

  • Ben Baldanza – CEO and Class III Director, Spirit Airlines, Inc
  • Paul Berkowitz – Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • C. Baird Brown – Partner, Environment and Energy Practice Group, Drinker Biddle
  • Doug Burcin, Global CEO, Havas Health
  • Eric Caballero – Vice President, Venture for America
  • Gerald D. Courage – Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
  • Art Ehuan – Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
  • Jake Ende – Executive Medical Director, Penn Signature Services, UPHS
  • Peter Fader – Professor and Co-Director, Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative
  • Jill E. Fisch – Perry Golkin Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Michael Franson – Managing Director & Head of Technology M&A, KPMG
  • Philip L. Gordon – Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
  • Dan Greene – Director U.S. Online Sales & Operations, Twitter
  • Bob Greifeld – CEO, The NASDAZ OMX Group, Inc.
  • Antwaun Griffin – Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Mauro F. Guillen – Director of the Lauder Institute and Professor, The Wharton School
  • William Haddad – Partner, Reed Smith
  • Patrick T. Harker – President, University of Delaware
  • Andrew Kaplan – VP and Senior Consultant, NY
  • Erika Karp – Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital Inc.
  • Mike Kirley – CEO, International Strategy Leader, McGladrey LLP
  • Katherine Klein – Vice Dean, Wharton Social Impact Initiative
  • Albert Lai – Co-Founder and CEO, Big Viking Games
  • John A. Meyer – CEO of Arise Virtual Solutions Inc.
  • Richard Meyer – Manager, Policy Analysis, American Gas Association
  • Mayor Michael A. Nutter – Mayor, Philadelphia
  • John F. Prato – Consul General of Canada in NY
  • Randy Robason – National Managing Partner, Tax Services, Grant Thornton LLP
  • Robert C. Rubino – Executive VP, Head of Corporate Finance & Capital Markets, Citizens Commercial Bank
  • Christopher Russell – Visiting Fellow, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
  • John Sheldon – SVP/Group Head of Innovation Management, MasterCard Labs
  • Todd Simmens – National Managing Partner of Tax Risk Management, BDO
  • Jon Solheim – CEO, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc.
  • Ron Totaro – General Manager, Global Financial Services, Pitney Bowes Inc.
  • Ted Townsend – Chief of Staff, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Tradey Weber – CEO, Gilt
  • John Whitmore – CEO, Act, Inc.
  • Bob Wise – President, Alliance for Excellent Education Governor, West Virginia, 2001-05