Inspiring keynotes, insightful tracks and valuable networking at the UWEBC's largest conference ever

Thank you for attending the 19th annual Business Best Practices & Emerging Technologies Conference! 

The annual conference kicked off a content-packed day with a thought-provoking Opening Keynote by 2017 UWEBI Distinguished Fellow Award recipient T.K. Rengarajan, while Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot, closed the conference with her inspiring story. More than 700 participants attended four tracks in Customer Service, Information Technology, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, as well as informative Strategic Briefings and Table Topics.

We truly appreciate the participation of our attendees, speakers and sponsors that helped make this event a success.

Business Best Practices & Emerging Technologies Conference

7:30 am – 4:40 pm | September 14, 2017

Monona Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin


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Opening Keynote: T.K. Rengarajan, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, AI and Research

T.K. Rengarajan

T.K. “Ranga” Rengarajan, a Corporate Vice President within Microsoft AI and Research, is responsible for global aspects of engineering. Among his responsibilities are all Microsoft Global Development Centers located in China, India, Israel, New England, Silicon Valley and Vancouver; the Garage program to drive grass root innovation; and advanced technology projects in the areas of system and performance. Previously, Ranga led engineering for Microsoft’s Database and Big Data businesses driving significant cultural transformation in the Data Platform team. More »

Closing Keynote: Carey Lohrenz, First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy and Best-selling Author

Carey Lohrenz

Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2. As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Carey is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. The same challenges are found in business: markets change, customer needs evolve and if you do not adapt quickly your company is at risk. More »



Brad Cleveland

Brad Cleveland
Senior Adviser, Author
ICMI

Jeff Rumburg

Jeff Rumburg
Managing Partner
MetricNet

Peter Slease

Peter Slease
Principal Advisor
CEB

Joe Langer

Joe Langer
Director, Global Planning and Support
Schneider

Scott Vifquain

Scott Vifquain
Senior Vice President, Technology
Kohl's Department Stores

Eric LeVin

Eric LeVin
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of AdvantEdge Analytics
CUNA Mutual Group

Karl Richards

Karl Richards
Senior Director of Infrastructure and Information Security
Lands' End

Antony D'Cruz

Antony D'Cruz
Execution Focused Senior IT Leader

Chris Cashell

Chris Cashell
Senior Vice President Business Unit Services
WPS Health Solutions

Paula Kroening

Paula Kroening
North America Partner Lead
Google

Jennifer Polk

Jennifer Polk
Research Director
Gartner

Sara Meaney

Sara Meaney
Managing Director
BVK

Michelle Dauchy

Michelle Dauchy
Chief Marketing Officer
Mercury Marine

Marsha Lindsay

Marsha Lindsay
Chair and Chief Strategist
Lindsay, Stone & Briggs

Joseph Quinn

Joe Quinn
Senior Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations
Walmart

Mark Hersh

Mark Hersh
Director, Supply Chain Strategy
The Clorox Company

Erika Murguia

Erika Murguia
Supply Chain Analytics and Strategy Leader
Cummins Inc.

Tim Gray

Tim Gray
Managing Director
Prophit Systems


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