11:30 a.m.: Registration and Networking 12:00 p.m.: Lunch is Served and Program Starts
Attendees will gain valuable insights from the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show. 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, are you asking the right questions to mitigate risk and identify innovative solutions?
Nicole Jordan from Grant Throton and Mimi Thigpen will share highlights of the NACD CES® Experience, a unique NACD event that is specifically related to the strategic implications of multiple new technologies. They will speak about the potential strategic impacts of important innovations and global technologies and most importantly, we will get above the buzzwords to consider how today’s director can bring appropriate oversight to a company’s innovation and technological evolution.
Key insights to take back to your boardroom will include:
New technologies that could disrupt industries and impact shareholder value
Some of the strategic opportunities and risks accompanying these technologies
The key questions directors should be asking at board meetings
Board Director - Technology Intrapreneur - Strategic Management Consultant
Mimi Thigpen is a strategy and technology executive who intuitively sees the opportunities to adopt emerging technologies and disruptive business models as a differentiating tactic to accelerate growth, drive competitive business advantage, and increase shareholder value. While her passion is accentuating the positive side of technology, she is also vigilant that cybersecurity and data risks are fully vetted and mitigated. Mimi is known for her unique ability to synthesize technical capabilities with complex market, stakeholder, and financial data to align an organization’s strategy, business plan, culture, and resources. Mimi honed this unique expertise to connect the dots while scaling global product and service lines from launch to $1B+ in revenues, turning around fledgling acquisitions to deliver profitability, and leading an $800M investment strategy to two times the expected ROI. Her expertise, focus, curiosity, and collaborative approach to guiding leadership teams during critical points of disruption and opportunistic business growth has made Mimi a well-respected, valued, and in-demand independent consultant to both Fortune 500 and fast growing small and medium sized companies.
Mimi serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Globe Life (NYSE: GL), a financial services holding company headquartered in McKinney, Texas, whose affiliates market life and supplemental health insurance to middle income American families. Additionally, Mimi is a member of the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee, and the Risk Oversight Committee of Opus Bank (Nasdaq: OPB), an FDIC insured California-chartered commercial bank serving clients in western markets from its headquarters in Irvine, California. Mimi also serves on the board of AchieveIt, a privately held, software company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, whose integrated plan management solution enables organizations to get their most important initiatives from the boardroom into reality.
Most recently, Mimi held equity backed CEO roles with OpsDataStore, Inc. a real-time analytics and artificial intelligence platform for IT Operations; and North Plains, a digital marketing asset management software company. Earlier in her career, she had senior leadership accountabilities in strategy, product innovation, customer and marketing operations, and new business incubation while a Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation for Cox Communications, Inc., a Managing Director of BearingPoint, Inc. and a Partner for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting. She began her career with the Hewlett-Packard Company, where she led multiple global sales, marketing, and product teams.
Mimi is an active member of the Atlanta community, volunteering her time as a board advisor for honorCode and MBL’s Haiti Initiative.
Nichole’s primary focus is to help Grant Thornton’s clients achieve their most critical business goals, based on a deep understanding of their needs and aspirations. In her role leading our central region, she works from the client’s business outward to take an integrated view of how Grant Thornton can provide the most value. Grant Thornton aligns in three regions and Nichole leads the central part of the country with over 3,000 people and clients across 20 offices.
A large part of Nichole’s role is market-facing, and she works closely with some of our largest clients. She has also fostered the firm’s key alliance relationships in a variety of markets and sectors, as well as built our network of advisory boards and leadership forums around the country.
In her prior role, Nichole has helped lead the firm’s efforts to build a truly digital enterprise. Encompassing technology, operations, growth, performance management and finance, Grant Thornton is developing the digital infrastructure to enable its leaders and all professionals to connect closely with their clients and thrive in the workplace of the future.
Talent and culture are key assets, and Nichole led a team to design an array of programs strengthening Grant Thornton professionals’ ability to build enduring client relationships. She promotes and leverages culture, diversity and inclusion as a strategic advantage and implemented new sales and technology growth tools to support the firm’s client-serving teams. Representing senior leadership in working closely with some of the firm’s largest clients, Nichole has also fostered the firm’s key alliance relationships in a variety of markets and sectors, and built a network of advisory boards and leadership forums around the country.
Nichole is proud to serve as executive sponsor for Grant Thornton’s Veterans & Allies Resource Group. She serves on the board of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and on the Accounting Advisory Council of The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. She was recently elected to CTA’s Board of Industry leaders. In addition, Nichole serves on committees for MIT’s Institute for the Digital Economy, US Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Leadership Board and Corporate Governance Working Group, CTA’s Disruptive Innovation Council and 21st Century Workforce Council and Corporate Board Member. She has served on the boards of the American Heart Association and the YWCA, working as an instructor for the Financial Empowerment Education program.