The Economist Events Innovation Forum Set to Examine Disruption in Diverse Industries

Event to Feature Interactive Sessions on Sustainability, Leadership, Cybersecurity and the Modern Workforce

Mar 08, 2016, 09:00 ET from The Economist

NEW YORK, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, March 10, The Economist Events Innovation Forum welcomes thought leaders, scholars, policymakers and senior business leaders from around the world to Chicago for a day of insightful debate on the strategies needed to build a "company of the future."

Editors from The Economist will moderate panels alongside 25 distinguished speakers, guiding the discussion to address key business, economic, workforce and technology trends impacting tomorrow's marketplace.

"The rise of automation will influence the competitive dynamics between companies and the relationship that workers have with their firms," said Alexandra Suich, The Economist's technology editor. "This year's Innovation Forum will discuss how technology will continue to redefine the workplace this year and in the decade ahead."

Speakers and attendees from a broad spectrum of industries and disciplines will provide perspectives on topics including what can be learned from disruptive new market entrants, the future of the platform economy and how global companies can effectively scale innovation.

"This year's forum examines the disruptive forces driving the companies of the future forward and the role of innovation in transforming the company as a whole," said Matthew Bishop, senior editor of The Economist Group.

The full list of speakers includes:

  • Rodney Brooks, Founder, chairman and chief technology officer, Rethink Robotics
  • Aneesh Chopra, Former U.S. chief technology officer
  • Joshua Claman, Chief business officer, Stratasys
  • Nicole DeHoratius, Adjunct professor of operations and management, University of Chicago
  • Michael Dickerson, Administrator, U.S. digital service, The White House
  • Sally Durdan, Head, strategy, consumer and community banking, JP Morgan Chase
  • Roger Dickey, Chief executive, Gigster
  • John Flavin, Executive director, Chicago innovation exchange, University of Chicago
  • Jamil Farshchi, Chief information security officer, Home Depot
  • Martin Ford, Author, "Rise of the Robots"
  • Alexis Glick, Chief executive officer, GENYOUth Foundation
  • Reid Hoffman, Co-founder, LinkedIn
  • Jay Kaplan, Chief executive, Synack
  • Stephane Kasriel, Chief executive, Upwork
  • Brad Keywell, Chief executive, Uptake Technologies
  • David Langstaff, Chairman, Monitor360
  • Stuart Lombard, Chief executive, Ecobee
  • John Mandyck, Chief sustainability officer, United Technologies Corporation
  • Stanley McChrystal, Senior fellow, Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs; former United States Army General
  • Nell Minow, Vice-chair, ValueEdge Advisors
  • Rick Osterloh, President and chief operating officer, Motorola Mobility
  • Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and chief executive officer, Mondelez International
  • Lynn Stout, Professor, Corporate and business law, Cornell University
  • Arun Sundararajan, Professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen faculty fellow, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
  • Klaus Weber, Associate professor, management & organizations, Northwestern University

PwC and The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy are platinum sponsors of this year's event. Blue Daring and Stratasys are silver sponsors of this year's event. Edelman is the communications agency partner. Supporting associations include: Centric, Chicago Booth Alumni Club, Innoget, MATTER, Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), The Illinois Technology Association, The Innovation Resource Consulting Group, The Chicago Innovation Exchange, The International Society of Service Innovation Professionals and WGN Radio.

For more information on the program and speakers please visit the Innovation Forum website.

Please join the conversation and connect with attendees and speakers on Twitter via @TheIdeasEconomy #InnovationForum. For media registration, please contact Stephanie Gonzalez at +1 212-641-9834 or

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