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2021 Agenda
The Big Reset: Digital Enterprises Shift into High Gear

April 7, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Program Introduction & Orientation
April 7, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Program Introduction

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WELCOME TO THE 18TH SYMPOSIUM, FIRST DIGITAL EDITION!

The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is a community of CEOs, CIOs and senior IT executives who connect with academic thought leaders, their practicing peers and IT partners. Traditionally held as an annual one-day conference, held on the MIT campus, this year introduces the first Digital Edition. These CIOs and other senior business executives from around the world gather to explore how leading-edge academic research and innovative technologies can help address the practical challenges faced in today's volatile business environment and economy. 

After opening remarks by David Schmittlein, we will explain logistics for the new virtual MIT Sloan CIO Community, review the agenda, establish expectations for a typical week and answer questions.

April 13, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Future of Work
April 13, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines (Episode #1)

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In the spring of 2018, MIT President Rafael Reif commissioned an MIT-wide task force on the Future of Work to address what may well be the most critical question of the digital economy: as emerging technologies raise aggregate economic output and the wealth of nations, will they also enable people to attain higher living standards, better working conditions, greater economic security, and improved health and longevity?  This question is even more important now, as we struggle to understand the impact of the pandemic on the future of work.  This past November the task force released its final report.  Dr. Elisabeth Reynolds and Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger will discuss the report's key findings and recommendations. 

April 14, 2021
10:30 am - 11:45 am EDT
Future of Work
April 14, 2021
10:30 am - 11:45 am
Will Artificial Intelligence get us through Uncertain Times? (Episode #2)

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There is little doubt that the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation. But should companies double down on AI and automation to navigate through uncertain times? What approaches, technologies and tools hold the most promise to ensure long term success? This panel of experts will explore different techniques including collective intelligence and re-skilling, that can enhance your strategy.

April 15, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Virtual
Future of Work
April 15, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Virtual
Open Discussion: Future of Work

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Join us for an open discussion about the Future of Work. We’ll reflect on the Tuesday and Wednesday panel discussions and hear comments from our community members.

April 20, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Digital Innovation
April 20, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Protecting Your Digital Innovations from Cyber-attack (Episode #3)

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Digital innovations offer great promises for enhanced productivity and profitability, but they rely on new technologies vulnerable to cyber-attack. Panelists from leading companies will share their expertise and insights on creating and executing a cybersecurity strategy to protect these digital innovations. 

April 21, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Digital Innovation
April 21, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Rapid Shift in Talent and Knowledge Acquisition (Episode #4)

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The pandemic forced people to work and learn in new ways and these changes may be here to stay. Will the ability for people to work from anywhere help in attracting talent that would otherwise not want to or be able to move? How will advances in online learning help in the continuous reskilling of talent? ​What new ways of obtaining talent are emerging, such as talent marketplaces for premium expertise or crowdsourcing platforms for innovation?

April 22, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Virtual
Digital Innovation
April 22, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Virtual
Open Discussion: Digital Innovation

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Join us for an open discussion about Digital Innovation. We’ll reflect on the Tuesday and Wednesday panel discussions and hear comments from our community members.

April 27, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Digitalization Trends
April 27, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Building an Enterprise for the World Ahead (Episode #5)

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It is not a question whether digital transformation will come, but when and how. For many companies, the pandemic was a wake up call. In the new digital economy, many enterprises won’t succeed by merely tweaking the management practices that led to past success. To thrive in a digitized universe, businesses of all sizes need to reinvent themselves. Yet leaders often lack a common language to assess the degree of threat digital disruption poses to their business, and—more importantly—the language to create a compelling vision for their enterprise’s success.

April 28, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Digitalization Trends
April 28, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Accelerated Digital Transformation – Where will we land? (Episode #6)

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In April Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said: “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months,” as companies adapt to stay open for business “in a world of remote everything.” What did your company do to adapt to the pandemic and how well has it worked? Will these accelerated changes remain in place in 2021 and beyond?

April 29, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Virtual
Digitalization Trends
April 29, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Virtual
Open Discussion: Digitalization Trends

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Join us for an open discussion about Digitalization Trends. We’ll reflect on the Tuesday and Wednesday panel discussions and hear comments from our community members.

May 4, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Innovation Challenges
May 4, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Innovations that will Transform the User Experience (Episode #7)

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The “new normal” of user experience is the virtual one, be it working, shopping, learning, exercising, meeting with people, getting entertained or receiving healthcare. What technology innovations do you consider the most promising for enhancing the customer experience?

May 5, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Virtual
Innovation Challenges
May 5, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Virtual
The Innovation Conundrum: Should IT or Digital ‘Own’ The Digital Innovation Agenda? (Episode #8)

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In many enterprises, ‘legacy IT’ and ‘digital natives’ bring different cultures, perspectives and capabilities to data, cloud & platforms. Innovation can be orchestrated from the stewards of legacy systems or it can be spearheaded by the next-gen digerati who will supplement, surround and supplant yesteryear’s code. How do you disrupt something without breaking what works? Perhaps CIOs and CDOs must blend these approaches. In this panel we will clarify and discuss the real-world trade-offs as companies confront ‘software is eating the world’ realities. 

May 6, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Virtual
Innovation Challenges
May 6, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Virtual
Open Discussion: Innovation Challenges

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Join us for an open discussion about Innovation Challenges. We’ll reflect on the Tuesday and Wednesday panel discussions and hear comments from our community members.

May 11, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Enterprise Leadership
May 11, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Enhancing Digital Savvy Communications (Episode #9)

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As recently reported by MIT CISR, companies with ‘digitally savvy’ leadership – both at the board level, and across the top management team – outperform peer group against net margin, revenue growth and business valuation measures.  Despite this, most companies lack sufficient digitally-savvy leadership, making strategy, planning and executing digital transformation programs difficult (if not impossible).  This panel will discuss best practices to help bridge this communications gap and some practical, proven solutions for helping enterprises progress with technology modernization agendas.

May 12, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Enterprise Leadership
May 12, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Re-imagining Leadership in the Next Normal…Are CIOs prepared? (Episode #10)

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Before the pandemic, only 12% of executives strongly agree their organization’s leaders have the right mindset to embrace the changes needed to thrive in the digital economy, and a sobering 9% strongly agree that their organization has leaders with the skills to thrive in the digital economy. Ready or not, the pandemic forced enterprises to quickly adapt. This panel will discuss practical and specific recommendations to help CIOs settle into the next normal by increasing transparency, demonstrating authenticity.

May 13, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Enterprise Leadership
May 13, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Open Discussion: Enterprise Leadership

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Join us for an open discussion about Enterprise Leadership. We’ll reflect on the Tuesday and Wednesday panel discussions and hear comments from our community members.

May 18, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Enterprise Strategy
May 18, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
2021 CIO Award Presentation and Panel (Episode #11)

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The MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award honors executives who lead their organizations to deliver exemplary levels of business value through innovative use of IT. The Award, established in 2008, draws applicants from a wide diversity of industries, countries, and backgrounds. Recipients, and their organizations, receive broad recognition for their accomplishments.

May 19, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Enterprise Strategy
May 19, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Fireside Chat: Reshaping Business Strategy for the New (Ab)Normal (Episode #12)

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In his new book, The New (Ab)NormalProfessor Yossi Sheffi studied how businesses grappled with the chaos of the pandemic and which ones are likely to survive and thrive after the pandemic subsides. He shows how the virus accelerated preexisting trends in technology adoption and predicts long term benefits for business performance. Fundamentally, businesses must create a better future in a time of extreme uncertainty. Professor Yossi Sheffi will provide his insights on how to achieve that.

May 20, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Virtual
Enterprise Strategy
May 20, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Virtual
Open Discussion: Enterprise Strategy

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Join us for an open discussion about Enterprise Strategy. We’ll reflect on the Tuesday and Wednesday panel discussions and hear comments from our community members.

May 25, 2021
10:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Virtual
Choose
May 25, 2021
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual
Advice for CIOs from CIOs: Exploring the Future of the Role (Episode #13)

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CIOs are increasingly being asked to advise the board, lead change, and drive growth. As they look to the future, how are CIOs preparing and prioritizing? Genpact surveyed 500 CIOs and technology leaders to find out. Join this session for a discussion with Genpact leadership and a diverse CIO panel to explore the strategies CIOs are adopting to enhance their business impact.

May 26, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Closing & Town Hall
May 26, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Leadership after the Big Reset (Episode #14)

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Enterprises and their CIOs have been tested over the past year. Many have risen to the challenges of these times by evolving their culture and embracing digital technologies while at the same time striving for shared prosperity and security. We will explore what it means to be a true leader in the world ahead.

May 27, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Closing & Town Hall
May 27, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Town Hall

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As the 2021 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium comes to a close, we will reflect on the new digital format, assess what we learned, and listen to suggestions for 2022. Join us and share your thoughts.