Thank you for attending!

The 18th annual Business and Best Practices and Emerging Technologies Conference was a great success. We truly appreciate the particpation of all of our attendees, speakers and sponsors that made our conference a memorable event.

The Business Best Practices & Emerging Technologies Conference is Wisconsin's largest gathering of business and technology professionals. The event features four parallel tracks in Customer Service, Information Technology, Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

Business Best Practices & Emerging Technologies Conference

7:30 am – 4:40 pm | September 27, 2016

Monona Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin


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Opening Keynote: J. Walker Smith, Kantar Futures Executive Chairman and Leading Trend Analyst

J. Walker Smith

J. Walker Smith is Executive Chairman of Kantar Futures, the leading global futures consultancy. Walker has been described by Fortune as “one of America’s leading analysts on consumer trends,” and he is the co-author of four highly regarded books, a columnist, a blogger, an avid daily tweeter, and a former public radio commentator. In 2014, he won the WPP Atticus Award for Strategy and in 2013 for Consumer Insights. Walker holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

At the morning keynote, Walker will share his latest perspectives on emerging trends and their transformative impact on businesses. More »

Closing Keynote: Alison Levine, Team Captain of the First American Women's Everest Expedition and Best-selling Author

Alison Levine

Alison Levine is a world-renowned adventurer, explorer and mountaineer. She served as the team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition, scaled the highest peak on every continent and skied to both the North and South Poles. Alison's book, "On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments," is a New York Times best-seller. In addition to having tackled some of the most extreme environments in the outdoors, Alison has also spent more than two decades in healthcare, technology and finance.

Stay for the afternoon keynote to hear Alison share lessons she learned from extreme environments — and how to apply them to business and beyond. More »


Christian Jensen

Christian Jensen
Director of Credit & Customer Service
Kohl's Department Stores

Peter Slease

Peter Slease
Principal Advisor
CEB

Davor Grgic

Davor Grgic
Chief Information Officer & Vice President of Sustainability
Kohler Co.

Leslie Hearn

Leslie Hearn
Chief Information Officer
TDS

Chris Layden

Chris Layden
Managing Director
Experis

Jason Montague

Jason Montague
Senior Vice President
R.W. Baird & Co.

Pawan Verma

Pawan Verma
Chief Information and Technology Officer
Foot Locker

David Carlson

David Carlson
Director of Marketing Communications
Spectrum Brands

Troy Janisch

Troy Janisch
Vice President/Director, Social Intelligence
U.S. Bank

Marsha Lindsay

Marsha Lindsay
Chair and Chief Growth Strategist, Founder 
Lindsay, Stone & Briggs

Laith Murad

Laith Murad
Chief Marketing Officer
PIRCH

Ninveh Neuman

Ninveh Neuman
Vice President of Global Commercial Marketing
Rockwell Automation

Jeff Groux

Jeff Groux
Global Logistics Leader
United Technologies

Sheri Henck

Sheri Henck
Vice President CRHF Global Operations
Medtronic

Margie Flynn

Cora Lee Mooney
Director of Learning
BrownFlynn

Kevin O'Marah

Kevin O'Marah
Chief Content Officer
SCM World

Dave Zamsky
Vice President of Marketing and Business Intelligence
UPS


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