The 2018 Product Strategy and Experience Forum is a two-day, multi-track professional education and development event, featuring vendor-free learning, intimate setting, high-level networking and interactive and engaging topics. This forum focuses on 4 main themes:
- Creating the Right Products
- Analyzing Competitor Products and Market Feedback
- Designing the Right User Experience
- Enhancing the Customer’s Experience
Throughout both days, you will hear best practices and real world examples from successful experts and practitioners currently succeeding in these areas. This forum offers the chance to learn in a variety of formats – best practice/case study sessions, 2 hour in depth workshops, 1-1 speaker/attendee interaction and more. Geared towards manager/director level practitioners, this event will help you solve many of your product, user and customer experience challenges. Learn how to better lead your product teams, grow and innovate your products and gain a new understanding of your products, users and market.
Past JPK Product Intelligence Presenters include:
Simon Hunt – Product Management & Analytics, New Data and Digital Business Models at BMW of North America, LLCSimon heads the Product Management team at the BMW Technology office in Chicago. The group focuses on enhancing the Mobility experience for BMW owners and drivers, allowing them to bring their personalized digital experience into the car and beyond. Key touchpoints to the experience include a iOS and Android smartphone app, wearables, IPAs and in-car features but a central part of the service is the Open Mobility Cloud which applies Machine Learning and Personalization as well as integration with partner services.
Prior to working at BMW, Simon headed up Consumer Insights and Engagement for Xpress Browser Services at Microsoft and Nokia. The service was built up from scratch to support 100M monthly users on Nokia handsets across the world, providing both browsing and personalized recommendations. Nokia acquired the technology for the cloud based browser from Novarra, a 10 year startup where Simon held the position of CTO. Simon holds multiple patents related to distributed browsing technology and user experience.
Erin Overly – Global Marketing Innovator, Former Sr. Dir. Global Innovation at Mondelēz InternationalErin has almost 20 years of experience with diverse categories and brands from Trident to Triscuits to tools to tobacco. Most recently at Mondelez International, she is credited with singlehandedly building, connecting and inspiring a global community of over 400 people across regions and functions in innovation. She has successfully led teams through strategic pipeline planning for growth, global integrated marketing planning, and new business model development and the case for change. In doing so, she became an internal change agent at three different companies helping them change the way they think about and do innovation through capability and positive culture building.
Catherine Macpherson – Vice President Product Strategy and Development and Chief Nutrition Officer at PurFoods, LLCCatherine is a senior leader in healthcare product strategy and product management. She is a product innovation leader who has launched successful multi-channel, consumer-focused, technology-enabled health, wellness and condition management products at leading healthcare companies and organizations.
Catherine is the VP of Product Strategy and Development and Chief Nutrition Officer for PurFoods, the leading national provider of home-delivered meals that allow people to recover and age at home. She also served as Vice President over the Medication Adherence and Immunizations businesses at Walgreens, led Healthcare Product Strategy at WebMD and managed health and wellness products and programs for Ceridian, the National Institutes of Health and the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Catherine earned her Masters of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and her BA from the University of Michigan. She is a Registered Dietitian and has training and expertise in product management, behavior change, weight management, tobacco cessation, medication adherence, health coaching, disease management and culinary arts.
Bill Myers – VP of Corporate Strategy and Product Management at ISCO InternationalBill Myers has over 20 years of experience developing and creating new businesses and products. His combination of customer/market focus, business sense and engineering acumen enable him to drive successful new products and solutions into technology markets.
Bill has held a variety of technical and business roles in research, innovation and intellectual property, product development, product management, marketing, business development, competitive intelligence and strategy at Motorola and BlackBerry. In his current role at ISCO International, Bill leads product management, marketing and corporate development. Bill has an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Ha Phan – Principal UX Architect at HOMMA, IncHa Phan was formerly the product owner and Principal UX Designer for Storytelling at GoPro. Ha focused on driving innovation and strategy through design experiments for video editing in both 2D and 360, resulting in many patents. Currently, Ha is the Principal UX Architect for Homma, a startup focusing on Artificial Intelligence that enables the holistic experience for smart homes. While most of the IoT solutions focus on individual devices, Homma partners with home builders to have the solution built-in from the blueprint stage.
Tenni Theurer – Sr Director Product Management at Yahoo Homepage and NewsOutstanding innovator & operational exec across consumer domains at Yahoo, Visa and IBM. Tenni Theurer’s experience spans 16 years building products, platforms and services. Tenni is currently Sr Director Product Management for Yahoo Homepage and News, managing consumer web and mobile app products that reach over 500 million global users across 13 different markets. As Sr Business Leader - Visa Checkout, she captained the product innovation, strategy, and consumer experiences for Visa’s digital wallet and mobile services, leading launch from conception to market, and growing from 0 to 50+ participating issuers and 35+ merchant partners. Prior to Visa, she held leadership roles in engineering before transitioning into product management leading Search distribution initiatives across the Yahoo Network. At IBM, Tenni worked in the Pervasive Computing group involved in developing high performance enterprise mobile synchronization solutions, a stealth project led by IBM Fellow and VP. She directly championed critical on-site deployments for key B2B customers in US and Europe.
Tenni is a notable guest speaker at events including Tnooz, O'Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, Ajax Experience, Rich Web Experience, AJAXWorld, BlogHer, WITI, and CSDN-DrDobbs. She was a featured guest blogger on Yahoo Developer Network and User Interface Blogs. Tenni has filed for patents to protect 6 inventions in the performance and digital payments spaces. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.
Laura Garcia-Manrique – Chief Product Officer – Stealth Startup in Authentication SecurityLaura Garcia-Manrique is a product management leader with more than 15 years of executive level experience in global product organizations, driving innovation across product roadmaps and the end to end customer experience. Passionate about Design Thinking and the Kano model and how radical collaboration, relentless customer focus and a broad understanding of what creates customer satisfaction and dissatisfaction energizes product teams, drives innovation and can create sustained strategic differentiation. Former Vice President of Product Management for the Norton brand and currently Chief Product Officer for a stealth mode startup in authentication security.
John Barker, JD, CHPC – VP of Strategy and Competitive Intelligence at Wolters KluwerJohn Barker is Vice President of Strategy & Competitive Intelligence in Wolters Kluwer’s Global Platform Organization. In this role, John provides strategic direction for Wolters Kluwer’s global tax, legal, and regulatory content delivery platform, Global Atlas, and shares strategic product design best practices globally across Wolters Kluwer. John has an extensive background in professional publishing, including as a Product Manager and Executive Legal Consultant at LexisNexis, and a consultant, and award-winning Account Manager for Thomson Reuters. John holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, a Master of Science in Regulatory Compliance from Northwestern University, and a BA in Philosophy, magna cum laude, from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. John recently achieved the status of Certified in Health Care Privacy Compliance (CHPC).
Roy Barnes – President Blue Space Consulting; Customer Experience and Performance Management Expert; Former SVP at Marriott Vacation Club International; Author of “Customer Experience 365”Roy has more than 25 years of experience leading work teams and delivering world class results in both the profit and non-profit sectors. During Roy's executive committee role at Marriott Vacation Club International, the company's revenue grew from $400M to $2.5B over six years. As Senior Vice President for Customer Experience Development, Roy managed the introduction and execution of multiple process and strategy management tools that focused MVCI on building a sustainable operating and strategic infrastructure. In the non-profit sector, Roy helped several of the nation's oldest conservation organizations with operation and development strategic planning, leadership team alignment and goal setting. Visit LinkedIn for more detailed experience and professional profile on Roy.
Michael Kanazawa – Partner – Strategy, Innovation and Transformation at EYMichael is currently Partner - Strategy, Innovation and Transformation at EY where he is focused on bringing the model of blended strategic and design thinking to solve clients' needs in innovation, strategy and transformation. Michael is also Co-author of BIG Ideas to BIG Results (FT Press - Pearson Hall, 2008), winner of two awards on innovation and business management and localized for multiple global markets.
Danijel Stankovic – Director, Global Digital Products at McDonald’s CorporationDanijel has spent his career in software product design and development, in engineering and business roles. He started his career as a software engineer at Motorola, designing and building software for mobile networks and devices. Over the next ten years, he held a number of engineering and business roles, as well as represented Motorola at the 3GPP standards committee. After Motorola, Danijel was a Director or Products at Scientific Games, leading product teams to bring to market a new product category and create a new revenue source for the company. After five years at Scientific Games, Danijel joined Redbox as a Senior Director of Products to oversee all Redbox products, and help create a streaming future for Redbox. Currently, Danijel is a Director of Global Digital Products at McDonald’s Corp., helping McDonald’s reach its customers, and provide value in the digital space. Danijel holds a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago, and a MS in Product Design and Development from Northwestern University.
Margret Schmidt – VP Product Development & Chief Design Officer at TiVo
Margret Schmidt is TiVo's Chief Design Officer, and Vice President of Product Development. She leads the engineering and user experience teams for domestic and international TiVo products, including DVRs and set-top boxes, and iOS, Android, and Web apps. Margret has been with TiVo since 2001, and holds 13 patents.
Margret is an alumna of UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She has a Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Television, and has been named one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable for the last seven years. She is a YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women honoree, and one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence. Margret serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern California chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications, and the Advisory Council for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. You can follow her at @tivodesign
Anjali Desai – Sr. Director of Design, User Experience Group at SAP AribaAnjali Desai is the Sr. Director of Design in the User Experience Group at SAP Ariba. She is passionate about user centered design solutions, which are scalable globally, brand aligned and a delight to the end-user. She tries her best to follow her design mantra: S.I.P. 2 DELIGHT Simple + Intuitive + Purposeful = Delightful Design
Prior to joining SAP Ariba, Anjali worked at Intuit, PayPal, Oracle, E+Y, Adobe and other Silicon Valley companies managing multi-disciplinary user experience and design teams.
She holds a Master’s degree in Computer Art and Multimedia and B.F.A in Applied Arts and Typography.
Bill Allen – Senior Product Manager, Mobile Apps at BoseBill Allen has been a part of more than a hundred product-development efforts. In his role as a Senior Product Manager at Bose Corporation, Bill articulated the requirements for – and guided the development of – such market-leading products as the original Bose Wave Radio, more than ten generations of Lifestyle and 3•2•1 music and home-theater systems, and the groundbreaking Videowave TV. He coordinated his team’s global research into products, markets, emerging trends & regulations, and competitors’ businesses, directed staff write-ups of that research in two-page briefs and longer-format whitepapers, and managed weekly, international distribution of those publications to more than 1,000 employees. He holds four US patents. Prior to Bose, Bill was a consultant at Arthur D. Little, and held roles in engineering, OEM sales, and technology licensing at audio innovator dbx, Inc. Bill received Bachelors’ degrees in Engineering from both Dartmouth College and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.
Alliant Credit Union
Belcan Engineering Group, Inc.
Best Buy Canada
Canadian Diabetes Association
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Mars Chocolate North America
Mission Produce, Inc.
Nestle Purina Petcare
The Nielsen Company
University of Washington
As well as many other small and medium sized organizations...
Attendee Participation Rates
Early registration and group discounts below:
||Early Registration Rate Until 7/31/18
||Rate After 7/31/18
Venue and Hotel Information
The summit will take place at:
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North
350 W Mart Center Dr
Chicago, IL 60654
Reserve your room here
$239/night – Limited amount of discounted rooms available —Room block expires September 3rd, 2018
A Modern, Upscale Chicago, IL Hotel, With The Best Views In The City
Chicago beckons as an exciting city escape, from boating adventures at Navy Pier to days spent exploring attractions like the Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago and the Lincoln Park Zoo, or attend an event next door at theMart. Newly updated rooms, redesigned for the ultimate in guest comfort, combined with award-winning service and thoughtful amenities like the best parking value in Chicago, make stays at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza unforgettable.
Meet for drinks at our chic Cityscape Bar with a skyline view considered the best in Chicago. Stop in for a breakfast buffet, or enjoy a new take on comfort food with a hearty dinner at Merchants Cafe. Located in River North, our hotel puts you close to trendy shops, award-winning restaurants, hip nightclubs and must-see sights like the Magnificent Mile and Willis Tower Skydeck.
Parking and Transportation Options
Parking at the venue:
$35/day for overnight guests and $25/day from 7am – 7pm. All tickets must be validated at the front desk.
From O’Hare International Airport: Take the CTA Blue Line Train towards Forest Park and exit at Clark/Lake.
- Head North on North Wells Street for 1 block.
- Turn Left on West Wacker Drive for 1 block.
- Turn Right onto North Orleans Street over the Franklin Street Bridge for 1 block before turning Left onto West Mart Center Drive (also referred to as West Wolf Point Plaza).
- Destination will be on the Right past the first set of revolving doors.
From Chicago Midway Airport: Take the CTA Orange Line Train towards the Loop and exit at Clark/Lake.
- Head West on Lake Street toward North LaSalle Street.
- Turn Right onto North Franklin (Orleans) Street over the Franklin Street Bridge for 1 block before turning Left onto West Mart Center Drive (also referred to as West Wolf Point Plaza).
- Destination will be on the Right past the first set of revolving doors.
The Hotel is located 1 mile from Chicago Union Station, .7 miles from Ogilvie Transportation Center, and accessible via the CTA Brown Line Train at the Merchandise Mart and .4 miles from the CTA Blue Line Train at Clark/Lake.