Strategy Execution

Desert Retreat

October 23-25, 2023 | Scottsdale AZ

The 7th edition of the Accelerate Conference™

Attendees met their strategy execution peers, learned from industry experts, and participated in main stage and breakout sessions to advance their organization’s achievements and their own.

We convened in the beautiful desert in Scottsdale, Arizona, so attendees could zoom out with time to think clearly under warm, clear skies — and bring back ideas and knowledge that supercharge results!

Highlights from Accelerate Conference #7


Deidre Paknad

Deidre Paknad

CEO & Co-Founder

Darren Johnson

Darren Johnson

Expert Partner
Bain & Company

Patrick Thompson

Patrick Thompson

Chief Information & Digital Transformation Officer

Summers Hutchings

Summers Hutchings

Director, Product Delivery & Portfolio Strategy

Athena Murphy

Athena Murphy

VP, Chief of Staff to the CEO and Head of Transformation
Juniper Networks

Joel Neeb

Joel Neeb

VP of Execution and Transformation in the Office of the CEO

John Glander

John Glander

Senior VP, JP Morgan Chase

Duncan Hawksbee

Duncan Hawksbee

Director of Strategic Execution, Trimble

Jamie Temple

Jamie Temple

Results Management Office Executive - Office of the CEO

Bryan Hope

Bryan Hope

Director of Unified Communications and Collaboration

Agenda at a glance

Monday, October 23

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Welcome reception
Meet, mingle and enjoy a meal with peers and the WorkBoard leadership team! Check in and receive your conference materials.

Tuesday, October 24

6:30am - 9:00am

Optional morning activity and breakfast

9:00am - 6:00pm

Strategy Execution in the AI Era
Deidre Paknad, CEO and Co-founder, WorkBoard
Explore the future of AI in driving faster, more profitable Strategy Execution and how enterprises can their own historical results data to fuel smarter OKRs.

Accelerating Innovation and Transformation with OKRs
Joel Neeb, VP Execution and Transformation - Office of the CEO, VMware
Uncover how OKRs can be used to establish complete transparency and create an inclusive, conversational culture and cross-functional alignment in the face of unpredictability.

Building a Strategy Execution Program at Scale and Speed
Summers Hutchings, Director, Product Delivery & Portfolio Strategy, CarMax
How CarMax taps into the superpower of a dedicated Results Management Program and leverages transparency as an accelerator at enterprise scale.

The Trifecta of High Performance, High Cadence & High Engagement - Fireside Chat
Patrick Thompson, Chief Information & Digital Transformation Officer, Albemarle Corporation and Deidre Paknad, CEO and Co-Founder, WorkBoard
How to execute transformation strategies as a partner to results-hungry CEOs and why a Digital Operating Rhythm is imperative to operating with agility in fast-changing markets.

Breakout Sessions

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Sunset networking reception, dinner, and social hour

Wednesday, October 25

7:00am - 8:30pm


8:30am - 12:30pm

OKRs and the Next-Gen Management System
Darren Johnson, Expert Partner, Bain & Company
Dive into the art of building competency for change across an entire organization, as well as the unique role of OKRs in fueling the Next-Gen Management System.

Achieving Intel's Vision Faster: the Evolution of OKRs at Intel
Mary Brett, Senior Director of Strategy to Execution, Intel

Using OKRs to Accelerate Transformation
Athena Murphy, VP, Chief of Staff to the CEO and Head of Transformation, Juniper Networks
Learn how OKRs have enabled Juniper Networks to clarify priorities, align cross-functional teams, and focus 10,000+ employees on the “critical few” at the corporate level. This has been an integral tool which allowed us to execute on major business transformations over the past several years and has also helped shape the culture of our company to accelerate and improve business results.

Breakout Sessions

12:30pm - 1:00pm

Lunch and closing remarks

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Facilitated networking

“The quality of the speakers, the organization of the event itself, and the high levels of interactivity with us as participants is simply stellar.”

— Anthony C., IBM

“This was phenomenal!”

— Yolanda B.

“Fantastic sessions and I love hearing the continuation of each company’s journey.”

— Denise K., Cisco

Take results to the next level!

Whether you lead a business, drive the strategy or spearhead strategy operations, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn and benchmark with peers.

As you face a trifecta of imperatives — transformation, growth, and efficiency — the wisdom of this crowd can help you break through.

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October 23-25, 2023 | Scottsdale, AZ

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