NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Get Ready! Strategy Development and the Fourth Industrial Era of Change

May 9, 2018
Atlanta, GA




Join NACD Atlanta for a panel discussion focused on forward-thinking governance / stewardship in the age of Fourth Industrial Revolution. With AI, Drones, Blockchain, and a host of other disruptive technologies, how does the c-suite and their boards need to think and lead differently when it comes to their strategy, talent, and tools?


Program Title: "Get Ready! Strategy Development and the Fourth Industrial Era of Change"


Program Context: Every company in every industry are facing a much more complex challenge of charting their value creation future. There are an emerging set of thoughtware and insights on how best to co-create the pathways and plans between boards and their management teams. Led by David Nour, the author of several breakthrough books and most recently, Co-Create, we have a panel of leading thinkers and practitioners to unpack some of the latest best practices to ensure preparedness and success.


May Program Objectives

  • Stimulate the audience with a variety of perspective/insights about what it will take for super productive strategy planning in the emerging 4.0 industrial era.

  • Provide the audience with a pre planning checklist/questions that could help them facilitate a future creation exercise between management and the board.

  • Share with the audience the essential capabilities required in the new era for sustainable value creation and competitive advantage recognizing these need to be tailored to different business models.


Location and Time


The Buckhead Club
3344 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 2600
Atlanta, GA 30326

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Speaker Spotlight


Jeff Slovin

Mr. Slovin held the role of Chief Executive Officer of Dentsply Sirona and was a member of the Board of Directors until September 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Slovin served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sirona. From September 2010 until February 2013 he was President and Director of Sirona. From June 2006 until September 2010, Mr. Slovin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Operations. Between June 2004 and June 2006, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Schick Technologies, Inc., from December 1999 until June 2006 as its President and from November 2001 to June 2004 as COO. From 1999 to November 2001, Mr. Slovin was a Managing Director at Greystone & Co., Inc. Served in other various executive capacities: Managing Director and President of Sommerset Realty Investment Corp. from 1996 to 1999; President of Sports and Entertainment Inc. from 1993 to 1994; and Chief Financial Officer of SportsLab USA Corp. from 1991 to 1994. Prior to this, he worked as an Associate at Bear Stearns & Co., specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, from 1987 to 1991. Mr. Slovin is currently a member of the World President’s Organization and the Board of Fellows of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe is CEO of Dot Brand 360, a digital agency and registrar, and the principal of Wolfe Board Advisors where she offers training and consulting for boards and c-suite executives on digital and cyber security trends. She has also served as managing partner of patent law firm, Wolfe, Sadler, Breen, Morasch & Colby and was the first female president of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Capital Association. Her highly acclaimed books - Digital in the Boardroom (2016), Domain Names Rewired (2013) and Brand Rewired (2010) – have been endorsed by senior executives from Microsoft, Uber, Procter & Gamble, DC Entertainment, General Electric, Richemont and the Motion Picture Association of America. Her latest book, Blockchain in the Boardroom (2018) is scheduled for release on Amazon this spring. She has written a regular column in Click Z and Search Engine Watch about future digital trends and was named one of the top IP Strategists in the world by IAM Magazine. She served on the GNSO Council of ICANN and subsequently Chaired the Independent Review of the GNSO. She has a black belt in six sigma process improvement, is nationally accredited in public relations, a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow and was recently certified in cybersecurity oversight by Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute. Jen is an alumnae of the Direct Women Institute and completed the Stanford Law School Rock Center for Corporate Governance Program. For more information, see:

David Nour

David Nour is the author of ten books including the best-selling Relationship Economics, which makes the case that relationships are the greatest off-balance sheet asset any organization can possess. His new book is Co-Create: How Your Business Will Profit from Innovative and Strategic Collaboration. He is a trusted advisor to many leading companies, a global speaker, member of the Marshall Goldsmith #MG100 global executive coaches, venture partner at EGL Holdings, and an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, GA. He also serves as the lead independent director at introNetworks, a venture-backed innovator in visual matching engine and private online communities. For more information, see:

Molly Tschang

Molly Tschang is Founder and CEO of Abella Consulting, a New York-based leadership development and business advisory consultancy that helps senior leaders cultivate the collaborative capacity to elevate individual, team, and organizational performance and accelerate sustained, profitable growth. Molly helps senior executives collaborate more skillfully through heightened individual and team awareness and empathetic understanding that aligns leadership teams around a shared business purpose and interdependently achieving outcomes. Prior to launching Abella, Molly held executive leadership positions at Cisco Systems and U.S. Filter, where she led the integration of over 80 acquisitions, and consulting and business development roles at Deloitte, and IBM. She gained deep expertise in helping senior leaders navigate rapid change and uncertainty in high growth environments. Molly holds a BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from UCLA with a focus on entrepreneurship. She has served as the Executive Director for NetHope and serves on the Cornell Engineering College Council as well as the Board of Advisors of Relief International. An advocate of social enterprise, Molly provides pro bono strategic advisory services to Community Solutions (homelessness), Three Dot Dash (mentoring for global teen leaders), and the NYU Reynolds Program for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2017, Molly was selected from among 12,000 applicants to be a protege of Marshall Goldsmith through his 100 Coaches initiative. In her downtime, she enjoys tennis, yoga, and cooking with family and friends. Learn more at

Manoj Saxena

Manoj Saxena is the Executive Chairman of CognitiveScale and a founding managing director of The Entrepreneurs’ Fund IV, a $100m seed fund focused exclusively on the cognitive computing and machine intelligence market with eight active investments. Previously, he was IBM’s first general manager of IBM Watson (2011-14), where his team built the world’s first cognitive systems for healthcare, retail, and financial services. He received the IBM Chairman’s award for Watson commercialization and helped with the formation of Watson Business Group in January 2014 with a $1B investment from IBM. Prior to IBM, he successfully founded, scaled, and sold two venture-backed software companies within a five-year span. Webify, an emerging leader in industry-specific SOA middleware, was acquired by IBM in 2006, and Exterprise, a business process collaboration company, was purchased by Commerce One in 2001. Saxena also served as Chairman for The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch through December 2017, and oversees the Saxena Family Foundation. He holds nine software patents. An avid auto racing enthusiast, he has completed track, endurance and auto rally races around the world including 24-day Singapore-Malaysia-Thailand-Burma race, a 19-day Trans-America race, a 10-day Madrid to Marrakesh race, and, most recently, the 28-day Safari Classic through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Saxena holds a master’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University, and a master’s in management sciences from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science in Pilani, India.



Question about this Event?

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