Disruptive and emerging technologies of robotics, nanotechnologies, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence are changing and shaping the future of all enterprises, in many cases replacing traditional competitors as a company’s largest threat. As a director, as you asking the right questions to mitigate risk and identify innovative solutions?
Attendees will gain valuable insights from the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and its impact on boards.
You will learn more about the potential impact of some of these innovations and disruptive technologies – artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, self-driving cars, blockchain, robots, and drones – and highlights of the NACD CES® Experience. This unique NACD event is specifically related to the strategic implications of multiple new technologies.
Erin Essenmacher serves as the President & Chief Strategy Officer for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), responsible for strategy, innovation, content curation and execution across the organization's full portfolio of educational offerings. As a member of NACD's executive team, Essenmacher has helped drive a decade of unprecedented growth. Under her leadership, NACD has expanded reach to key constituencies including the venture capital, start-up and small cap governance communities and NACD's flagship event, the Global Board Leaders' Summit has grown to be the largest event in the world for corporate directors.
She has led the design and launch of new products and services including the NACD Director Certification program. Essenmacher is co-creator and co-host of NACD's first podcast Future Fluency, which focuses on the intersection of diversity, innovation and culture and is in the top 20% of most downloaded podcasts for 2019.
Essenmacher is also an award-winning writer, director, and producer with more than 20 years of experience in media production. She has written, directed, and produced films for PBS, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the History Channel, and Court TV, and worked with brands like Sony, Apple, Acura and The Gap. Essenmacher produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed independent documentary, MINE which one the audience award at both SXSW and San Francisco's Doc Fest.
Essenmacher is a past President and former board chair of Women in Film and Video (WIFV) and former board chair of Gandhi Brigade. She currently serves on the boards of Docs in Progress and EILEEN FISHER, Inc. where she chairs the people and culture committee.
D’Anne Hurd is a qualified financial expert and ESG/sustainability authority with more than two decades of experience serving on and consulting to boards of public, private, and family-owned companies. She recently joined the board of EILEEN FISHER Inc. as its first independent director and chairs its nominating and governance committee. Hurd also sits on the audit committee of Pax World Funds and Pax Ellevate Funds, chairs the audit committee of Peckham Industries Inc., and is serving a second term on the board of Camp Dudley. She was lead independent director for Hiperos, a cloud-based, software-as-a-service supply chain and third-party governance, risk, and compliance solutions provider. Hurd previously served on the boards of public companies in the technology, pharmaceuticals, and defense industries. Her business background includes roles as COO, CFO, and general counsel for six rapidly growing, Boston-based technology companies. Hurd is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.