World Cafe on Digital Transformation

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Join industry experts Jon Eisenstein of IronStone Advisors, Sigal Zarmi of PwC, Johnny Dranchak of OneWorld Management, David O’Malley of GE Digital on a World Cafe style discussion of Digital Transformation and its many aspects. The format allows for audience participation and everyone will leave better informed.

Strategy & Planning for Digital Transformation
Johnny Dranchak will discuss how to evaluate the current situation, the need for digital transformation, leadership alignment, planning and successful execution. Participants will have a chance to interact with the speaker to learn the unique challenges, tricks, and techniques to gain constant alignment with the executive and key stakeholders during the digital transformation journey.

The key to a successful digital transformation lies in core cultural and behavioral changes at all levels. Product management, agile delivery, technology enablement – the three pillars of a successful digital organization – are supported by a culture of customer focus, transparency and constant innovation. In this World Cafe talk, David O’Malley will discuss GE’s transformation on a global scale.

The Digital Workforce
A digital workforce is one that integrates technology to connect all elements of the supply chain. Sigal Zarmi will share her practical approach to:

  • Align your workforce and HR strategy with the business
  • Start experimenting with more flexible and agile ways of working using proven digital technologies and tools
  • Define the digital skill gap within the workforce
  • Develop required digital competencies
  • Foster leadership behaviors that fuel a digital culture

AI in Digital Transformation
Jon Eisenstein will discuss the key role of AI in Digital Transformation

  • AI and Staffing – Key Learnings, best practices and real-world payback
  • What can be done with current AI approaches to transform companies
  • The role of the Technology Leaders in a democratized adoption of AI and Digital Transformation platforms


The Speakers:

Johnny Dranchak is VP of Innovation and Digital at oneworld, the global airline alliance. Prior to joining oneworld, he was the CTO, CoreTech and Digital Thread AppStudio at General Electric and was also the CTO and VP of WSJ Digital at Dow Jones. As a consultant he has led Transformations for MTV/Nickelodeon, KPMG, Macy’s, JP Morgan, Mizuho and Subway. Johnny has also been responsible for architecting and building large scale systems for clients such as Nestle, Bank of America and Microsoft.
As an Innovation Coach at GE Digital, David O’Malley is empowered to accelerate GE business adoption of Technology. A veteran of many industries, David has blended a strong technical background with business savvy to bring a holistic view of technology to corporations in many industries.

Sigal Zarmi is PwC’s Global and US Chief Information Officer, responsible for overseeing the technology strategy that powers our PwC professionals, to innovate and use technology to solve our clients important challenges. Technology is at the core of PwC’s business models and Sigal is applying emerging solutions to digitize services and bring our best ideas and solutions to clients.
Prior to PwC, Sigal spent 18 years at GE overseeing technology transformation for several different business units. As CIO of GE Capital, Americas, she spearheaded targeted analytics and mobile technology initiatives to drive business growth and enhance the customer experience for a $105B portfolio of commercial loans and leases.
Prior to GE, Sigal held leadership positions at two financial services firms and began her career as a programmer at Motorola.
Sigal holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University in New York City and a B.S. in engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.
Jon Eisenstein has a 25-year history of creating and delivering cutting-edge, technology-backed companies and products.  His experience ranges from technology leadership in complex corporate environments like GE and PwC to startups (owner/co-founder) of companies like BrandMagnet, FlexPath Capital, and Adtineo and has involved disciplines ranging from business leadership to fundraising.  He is the founder of IronStone Advisors and is an investor and advisor to several early and mid-stage companies where AI, ML and technology are core to the value proposition.  He is a frequent speaker and panelist on AI and Cognitive Automation and is a member of the AI Pioneers Advisory Board.


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