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Digital Aptitude Testing: Can Your Organization Easily Build New Digital Tools?

Carrie Jaquith

Carrie Jaquith, Vice President, Digital Product Manager at Lazard Frères & Co., hosts a night of good food and even better conversation around investing in, and implementing, new digital tools. 


Building new digital tools and systems like apps require hefty resource management, so it's crucial to understand the business needs these tools will solve. Knowing why to build an app, CMS, or digital system will make how to build it that much easier. Gather with other executives to discuss how to pressure test the ability to create new digital tools. 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 6:30 PM

New York, NY

Confirmed guests

Robb Granado
Nathan Stevenson
Jonathan Gass
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Igniting Innovation in Financial Institutions

Michele Teichner Adrianne Kadzinski

Adrianne Kadzinski and Michele Teichner host a night of good food, good drinks, and even better conversation around practices and plans to make innovation an institutional feature in financial companies. 


Institutionalizing innovation in large companies, especially financial institutions, is no easy task. Regulation, "good enough" processes, and general lack of incentive make innovation a slow to start project. Gather with other financial executives to discuss strategies, stresses, and successes of making organizations more innovative as a rule. 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 6:30 PM

New York, NY

Confirmed guests

Sophie Chandauka
Nicholas Gee
Jessica Guild
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RO-Why?: Finding the Return on Marketing Investments

Rosa Alfonso-McGoldrick

Rosa Alfonso-McGoldrick, VP of Corporate Communications at American Express, hosts a night of great food, great drinks, and even better discussion around measuring the impact of marketing initiatives.


Marketers have heard it for years now: "Content is Queen." What kind of queen content is depends largely on how it's measured. Of course, we all want an effective Content Queen like Sansa, but how do we know we're not getting a Content Cersei: lots of investment and negative returns? Gather with other executives to discuss the best ways to measure editorial initiatives and justify their investment. 

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM

New York, NY

Confirmed guests

Bobby Amirshahi
Allan Schoenberg
Mindy Rubinstein
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Bye Bye Bias: Understanding and Avoiding Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process

John  Bongiorno

John Bongiorno, VP of Talent Acquisition at Viacom, hosts dinner and conversation to discuss biases in the hiring process and how to mitigate them efficiently.


Unconscious bias is a constant companion in the hiring process. Some biases are personal: who wants to work with a cat person anyway? Some biases are institutional: candidates from one college are given preferential attention. But improving the hiring process by efficiently reducing bias is necessary to get the best candidates. Gather with other executives to identify biases and formulate strategies to combat them without impacting the hiring experience.


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Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM

New York, NY

Confirmed guests

Ralph Nader
Jarlath Doherty
David Santos
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Finance with Finesse: Finding Elegant Solutions to Inelegant Financial Challenges

Ken  Stelzer

Ken Stelzer, CFO of ZocDoc, hosts a night of good food, good drink, and even better conversation around financial troubleshooting from expenses to exits. 


The role of a CFO can mean chasing down employees for their expenses or chasing down lawyers in preparation for an exit. It means choosing between expense report softwares options or choosing factoring over another investment round. Gather with other finance executives to discuss the challenges and triumphs in the world of ensuring companies from start ups to multinationals have the money they need. 

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM

New York, NY

Confirmed guests

Luc Ferriere
Andrea Blankmeyer
Brian Christu
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Funnel Fixes: The Quick Hits of Improving a Leaky Funnel

David Macdougall

David MacDougall, Divisional Vice President, Ecommerce & Digital Operations at Hudson's Bay Company, hosts a night of great food, great drinks, and even better conversation around plugging leaks in the ecommerce funnel. 


Sometimes we see consumers leak out of our funnels and we feel like trashing the whole thing and starting again. It's the classic "missing the forest for the trees" problem. How do we see the simple things to fix in our meticulously crafted funnels when we're so laser focused? Join other executives to discuss the simple fixes we often overlook when reviewing the funnel. 

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 6:30 PM

New York, NY

Confirmed guests

Herschel Thompson
Jessica Rotnicki
Jinal Shah
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Peas in a Pod? Aligning Marketing and Sales to Maximize Revenue

Gary Schwartz

Gary Schwartz, Senior VP, Marketing at Vidyo, hosts a night of great food, great drinks, and even better conversation around the finding and refining the line between Sales and Marketing. 


In many organizations, Sales and Marketing seem like two peas in a pod. Except they’re not. They’re often two pods in different planters. Aligning those peas and pods to drive growth throughout the garden requires insight, experience, and a leap out of your comfort zone. Gather with other marketing executives to discuss the relationship between marketing and sales, and just how deep that relationship should go.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 6:30 PM

New York, NY

Confirmed guests

Carin Van Vuuren
Steve Bonadio
Marek Banczyk
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The Culture of Growth: Evolving Company Culture as Companies Grow

Christina Sass

Christina Sass, Co-Founder & President of Andela, hosts a night of good food, great drinks, and even better conversation around maintaining company culture at every growth stage. 


The tone and tenor of company culture starts out relatively easy to maintain with small teams and the ability to move nimbly. But as companies grow larger, it can feel like an endless struggle to keep that same culture from the early days. Gather with other company leaders to discuss the tools and tactics necessary to create a culture that grows and evolves with the company as it grows and evolves. 

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Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 6:30 PM

New York, NY

Confirmed guests

Chris Maddern
Liz Wessel
Daniel Chait
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Mastering Digital First Impressions

Stephanie Urban

Stephanie Urban, Vice President, Digital Marketing & eCommerce at Tarte Cosmetics, hosts a night of good food, drink, and excellent conversation around how to create the best first impression possible. 


In a world where new competitors enter the ring on a daily basis, it's important for a brand to stand out from the crowd. While shock and awe might get a brand noticed, does it convert an audience to consumers? Gather with other executives to share insights and experiences in creating a first impression that surprises and delights and creates lasting customers. 




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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6:30 PM

New York, NY

Confirmed guests

Anita Washington
Caryn Brough Suri
Jessie Dawes
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Fueling the Funding: Finances in Growth Stage Firms

Maria Littlefield Jennie Ripps

Owl's Brew co-founders Jennie Ripps, CEO, and Maria Littlefield, President, host a night of good food and drink and even better conversation around finding, securing, and maintaining funding flow. 


Startups do everything from begging, borrowing, and (if you're Billy McFarland or Elizabeth Holmes) steal to keep the lights on. Obviously, lying to your customers will get you more than just "fyred." While reaching profitability, though, maintaining consistent cash flow is crucial. Gather with other executives to discuss the successes and stresses of funding in growth stage companies. 

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 6:30 PM

New York, NY

Confirmed guests

Eileen Li
Chris Chan
Patrick McCarthy
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