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Outthinker Chief Strategy Officer Summit & Networking


Join the Outthinker Strategy Network for a day of in-person learning and networking with fellow chief strategy officers. Held at the extraordinary Graduate Hotel on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The event will feature:

  • Small-group breakout sessions where CSO’s discuss today’s most pressing trends and how to solve their challenges.
  • A roundtable presentation on “Creating Value with Ecosystems” with special guest Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Harvard Business School professor and author of Better, Simpler Strategy.
  • Cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, and networking reception at the spectacular Panorama Room with unrivaled views of the Manhattan skyline.
  • 1:1 individual introductions, arranged by the OSN Connections Concierge, based on your needs, challenges, and interests.

Expand your network of personal and professional relationships with other strategy executives. Explore the latest thought leadership on the evolution of the strategy office and the new rules of ecosystem-based competition. Learn actionable best practices from your peers that you can take back and implement with your team and organization.


8:30am-9:30am Sign-in and continental breakfast
9:30am-10:30amOSN Challenge Forums
11:00am-12:00pmTop Question and breakout discussions and problem solving*
12:00pm-1:30pmNetworking, lunch, and afternoon arrivals check-in
1:30pm-1:45pm Announcements & Future of OSN with Claudio Garcia, Outthinker Strategy Network President
1:45pm-3:45pmCreating Value through Ecosystems” Roundtable with Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Harvard Business School
3:45pm-4:00pmSummary & Closing thoughts with Rob Wolcott, TWIN Global
4:15pm-6:15pm Panorama Room Networking Reception

Creating Value Through Ecosystems with Felix Oberholzer-Gee

Developing your company’s strategic plan and objectives that keep your company ahead of the competition is challenging. CSOs and their leadership teams must balance global strategy, technological strategy, innovation strategy, marketing strategy—among others—just to stay competitive. This often puts strain on the company because pursuing too many initiatives results in a complex strategy that lacks clarity, and limits what kind of value they can offer.

In this Roundtable, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Harvard Business School professor, shares his Value-Based Strategy Framework, which has helped many companies create powerful strategic plans that deliver value to all stakeholders. He’ll also show how to leverage the power of ecosystems to tap into resources and benefits that can maximize the value you’re delivering. In this Roundtable, Felix will cover:

  • Focusing on value over profit to maximize success
  • Identifying the highest value-drivers to pursue using the Value-Based Strategy framework
  • Using ecosystems to find complements to your product offering and business that increases value for your stakeholders
  • How to deliver value not just to customers, but employees and suppliers simultaneously using the concepts of willingness to pay from the customer side and willingness to sell from the supplier and employee sides


Adam Zalisk
SVP of Corporate Strategy
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Al Caesar
VP, Head of Strategy
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Amy Downey
EVP and Head of Corporate Strategic Planning
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Ben Clark
SVP Chief Strategy Officer
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Chris Huff
Chief Strategy Officer
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Claudio Garcia
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Claus Jensen
Chief Innovation Officer
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Dave Duncan
Managing Director
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Donald Butts
Sr Director of Strategy
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Ed Knapp
CTO and Strategy Leader
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Elizabeth Haas
Adjunct Professor
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Felix Oberholzer-Gee
Professor of Business Administration in Strategy
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Greg Johnson
SVP of Strategy and Growth
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James Malick
Global Head of Strategy & Corporate Development
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Jason Ginsberg
Head of Global Strategy
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Joanne Sheppard
SVP for Strategy and Investments
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Julia Houston
Chief Strategy And Marketing Officer
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Kaihan Krippendorff
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Kalina Nikolova
VP, Business Operation and Strategy
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Ken Eng
SVP, Head Group Strategy and M&A
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Kevin Ilcisin
SVP, Strategy and Corporate Development
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Matthew Gaylord
Director of Business Development
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Prasad Padman
Vice President Strategy
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Priya Jain
EVP, Chief Growth Officer
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Rich Haas
Global Leader for Business Model Innovatio
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Robert Wu
SVP Strategy and Growth
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Rob Wolcott
Chairman & Co-Founder
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Roopa Unnikrishnan
Chief Strategy Officer,
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Sean Gupta
SVP of Streaming Strategy
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Sukumar Pillai
Head of M&A and Strategic Investments
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Tess Caputo
VP US Strategy, Digital and Analytics
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Tom Gallo
SVP, Head of Strategy and Innovation
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Tom Sholes
Chief Strategy Officer, Managing Director
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Ying Mcpherson
Chief Strategy Officer
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OSN Future CSO Program Attendees

Adam Field
SVP, Technology Strategy and Experience
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Darcy Dement
Head of Strategy for R&D and Product
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Laura Devoni
Director, Business Analytics and Government Affairs
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Liz Benson
VP Strategy
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Travis White
Sr. Director of Corporate Strategy and Development
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