Strategy Execution

Desert Retreat

October 23-25, 2023 | Scottsdale AZ

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The 7th edition of the Accelerate Conference™

Meet your strategy execution peers, learn from industry experts, and participate in main stage and breakout sessions to advance your organization’s achievements and your own.

We’ll convene in the beautiful desert in Scottsdale, Arizona, so you can zoom out with time to think clearly under warm, clear skies — and bring back ideas and knowledge that supercharge results!

Highlights from Accelerate Conference #6


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

Mary Brett

Mary Brett

Senior Director, OKR Execution and Culture

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

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.

Executing Transformation Strategies in the Face of Unpredictability
Patrick Thompson, Chief Information & Digital Transformation Officer, Albemarle Corporation
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.

Evolution of OKRs at Intel
Mary Brett, Senior Director, OKR Execution and Culture, 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

Breakout Sessions:

  • Power of Biz Reviews and Scorecards for Transparency and Alignment
  • Maximizing Strategy Execution Impact
  • Personal and Team OKRs
  • Using AI in Strategy Execution Today
  • Embracing Intelligent Enterprise: Exploring the Future of AI
  • Engaging Your Change Agent Community

Intimate Conversations

Join very small group conversations on specific topics like tactics to improve KR integrity, creating a user group, chiefs of staff role in operating cadence, using OKR coaches, building a new-hire onramp to OKRs and WorkBoard.

WoBo Labs

Get hands on with the newest WorkBoard capabilities and learn how to take fullest advantage of the platform! Learn from other customers and the WorkBoard product team how to use and benefit from WoBo Strategy, scorecards and business reviews, workstreams and project management, integrations, and more.

Ideal for Executives & Strategy Execution Leaders

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.

“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

Past Speakers:

Former president - Google Americas

CIO: Strategy, Planning & Regulatory - National Grid

Chief Digital Officer - T-Mobile

SVP, Public Affairs - Poly, an HP company

Global Director, Cyber Threat Intelligence Operations & Product Strategy - Accenture

VP Execution and Transformation, Office of the CEO - VMware

Senior Director, Transformation, Strategy & Performance - AstraZeneca

Senior EVP and Member, Chairman’s Office - Reliance Industries Limited

VP Digital Product & Business Management - T-Mobile

CIO and SVP Operations - Zendesk

VP Strategic Initiatives, Office of the CEO - DataRobot

Director Strategy & Business Operations - VMware

Transformation Leader and OKR Guru - Cisco

GM & COO of US Cloud & Enterprise Business - Microsoft

Senior Director of Product Security - Avalara

Chief Operating Officer - Iterable

Strategic Program Manager - VMware

Chief of Staff, Sr. Director of Operations - Intel

Director of Product Management - Cisco

Vice President - IBM

Chief of Staff - IBM

Senior Director, Results Management Office - Intel

Sr. Director, Strategy and Operations - Akamai

Typical Attendee Titles:



Chief Digital Officer

Chief Operations Officer

Chief Transformation Officer


Managing Director

SVP Strategy

SVP, Product

VP, Efficiency

VP, Execution & Transformation

VP, Product

VP, Strategy

Chief of Staff

Sr, Director, Innovation & Agile

Sr. Director, Strategic Operations

Sr. Director, Business Operations

Director, Strategy Execution

Director, Corporate Strategy

Director, Results Management Office

Director, Strategy & Planning

Innovation Portfolio Director

Business Transformation & Strategy Lead

OKR Lead

PMO, Enterprise Transformation

Don’t miss this desert retreat! It’s the perfect place to reflect, learn and make real connections with your peers.

The Andaz Scottsdale Resort is an exceptional destination recognized by Sunset Travel 2022, USA Today 10 Best 2022 and Open Table 2022.

We’ve arranged a special room rate of $489/night for Accelerate attendees at our host venue from October 23rd-25th (Room rate available until October 2).

Bring your team and take results to the next level!

Early-bird pricing through July 15th
$199 Individuals
$249 Bring a peer (2 tickets)

Pricing beginning July 16th
$299 Individuals
$449 Bring a peer (2 tickets)

Space is limited. Fee includes light meal at reception Oct 23, all meals Oct 24, breakfast and lunch Oct 25, and conference materials.


October 23-25, 2023 | Scottsdale, AZ