General Session - Disruption in the Market: Leaders that are Changing Business Forever

Monday, June 5, 2017 | 8:30AM - 9:25AM | Room: Coquina Ballroom  |   General Session

 |  Brad Katsuyama | Gillian Munson | John E. Geller, Jr. | Brad Stone |

No matter what sector your company serves, disruptors are quickly changing the way we do business. If you are not the disruptor, you are likely strategizing on how to adapt to changes for  remaining competitive in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven markets. It takes a fearless leader to drive disruption in an industry or to execute a new strategy intended to beat it. During this session, attendees will hear from three executives that have been at the forefront of this revolution. They include the CEO of a new stock exchange, IEX, that was the subject of the Michael Lewis book, “Flash Boys” and the CFO of XO Group, a premier consumer technology and media company (with the nation’s leading wedding marketplace, The Knot) that reinvented itself at a time when digital startups are on the rise and the CFO of one of the leading branded vacation ownership companies, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, which recreated itself after the economic downturn through product innovation, further embracing the sharing economy. The session will be moderated by Brad Stone, a Bloomberg tech reporter and author of “The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World.”  

Learning Objectives: 
  • Hear how these leaders attracted investors to unproven opportunities, communicated their vision to employees, board members and other stakeholders, and managed expectations of investors for the long-term. 
  • Learn about the process of studying markets to identify a need for change and the right strategy for entry. 
  • Get the inside scoop on these executives views of leadership and how to promote a culture that encourages employees to do their best work.