Outthinker Networks Chief Strategy Officer & Intrapreneurs Summit
September 28, 2023 | Atlanta, GA

AI Workshop
Culture-Strategy Alignment Roundtable

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Agenda | September 28, 2023

TimeActivity
9:00am-9:30amCheck-in and breakfast
9:30am-12:30pmAI Workshop- Insights and best practices delivered by fellow CSOs (*Coffee break 10:30am-11:00am)
12:30am-1:30pmAfternoon check-in and networking lunch
1:30pm-1:40pmWelcome and Introduction to Ozgecan Kocak | Framing her research and ideas in the context of a corporate strategy and innovation executive.
1:40pm-2:00pmCSO participant introductions and top questions about quantifying culture and using it as a competitive advantage
2:00pm-3:00pmThought leader presentation and CSO group discussion and dialogue
3:00pm-3:30pmCoffee Break, group networking, and 1:1 connection concierge introductions and meetings
3:30pm-4:30pmThought leader follow up remarks and discussion continuation/evolution
4:30pm-5:00pmKey takeaways and close
5:00pm-6:00pmNetworking Reception

    *Final agenda TBD, exact times subject to change

AI Workshop: Insights and best practices delivered by fellow CSOs

In response to overwhelming demand, a Generative AI workshop breaking down the top questions being asked by strategists will facilitated by Outthinker Networks CSOs with real experience and practical insights to share. Most individuals and organizations have begun to explore the benefits of generative AI on a case-by-case basis: marketers are using ChatGPT to develop custom content and developers are harnessing AI to write code, but it has not yet been applied at scale across organizations in the foundation of strategies.

This CSO peer facilitated session will explore, questions such as: 

  • How can we prompt generative AI models to generate novel strategic options and perspectives beyond our normal cognitive biases?
  • How can we broadly train employees on appropriate prompt engineering?
  • What are the latest real-world examples of organizations using AI for competitive intelligence, scenario planning, visioning exercises and other strategy workflows?
  • What governance is required for responsibly leveraging AI and how do we avoid issues such as bias, plagiarism, and factual inaccuracies? 

*More workshop details coming soon

Chris Huff
Chief Growth Officer
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Konstanty "K" Owczarek
Chief Strategy Officer
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Dr. Renee Dye
Associate Professor of Practice
*CSO Emeritus
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Roundtable: Refreshing our Thinking on Aligning Culture to Strategy

Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” When Peter Drucker purportedly uttered these words, he drew attention to the fact that no strategy – no matter how grounded or precise or accurate – can succeed if it conflicts with a company’s culture. Whether we aim to facilitate communication between units, encourage innovation, or create an inclusive climate, we all appreciate the fundamental importance of culture to the success of our plans. We also accept that any significant strategy redesign should be followed by an effort to align our cultural values with the strategic priorities on which our organization’s future depends.  

But what if this assumed approach to cultural alignment is actually, in many cases, false? Recent research puts several broadly accepted assumptions on the topic into question: 

  • Does cultural change have to take a long time, or can it be affected more rapidly?
  • Should cultural change efforts focus on shared values or focus on socializing members into a set of norms? 
  • Should we  pursue cultural alignment or are there instances when cultural diversity should be preferred?
  • Should we align culture to strategy, or should we rethink its relationship with strategy?

In this session, Professors Özgecan Koçak of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School will share some of the latest research and practical examples so we can better understand the intricate dynamics between organizational culture and strategy. We will explore why norms may be more powerful tools for cultural change than values, why and when cultural diversity may be preferred, and how to incorporate culture into the formulation of strategy. Ultimately, we hope that by updating our understanding of cultural change, we can all become more effective at affecting strategy transformation.

Özgecan Koçak

Associate Professor of Organization & Management

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Outthinker Strategy Network Attendees and Guests

Alok Agrawal
Chief Strategy Officer
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Antonio Beniamin
Chief Strategy Officer
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Brian Hankin
Chief Marketing, Innovation, Strategy & Sustainability Officer
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Chris Huff
Chief Growth Officer
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Claudio Garcia
President
*CSO Emeritus
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Jason Ginsberg
Head of Global Strategy
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Konstanty "K" Owczarek
Chief Strategy Officer
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Kaihan Krippendorff Outthinker Networks
Kaihan Krippendorff
Founder
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Kevin Ilcisin
SVP, Strategy and Corporate Development
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Kevin Crump
Founder of Business Fitness Strategies
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Linda Roubinek
EVP, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer
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Ben Nemo
Operating Partner, Strategic Initiatives and Marketing
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Nadeen Matthews Blair
VP, Chief Digital Officer
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Dr. Özgecan Koçak
Professor, Emory Goizueta Business School
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Prasad Padman
Chief Strategy Officer
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Dr. Renee Dye
Professor, Emory Goizueta Business School
*CSO Emiritus
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Stephen Von Oehsen
SVP, Strategy & Business Development
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Ying McPherson
Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer
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Outthinker Intrapreneur Network Attendees

Chris Brunone
EVP, Talent Development and Colleague Engagement
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Chris Gilbert
Director of Research & Development and Innovation
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Darcy Dement
VP, Product Management and UX
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Laura Devoni
Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability
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Travis White
VP, Corporate Strategy and Development
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Tuoyo Ebigbeyi
VP, Global Strategy and Business Development - Energy
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