This intensive workshop summit provides attendees a chance to dive deep into areas of executing competitive intelligence, innovation and growth strategies in today’s business world. Each day features interactive, in-depth workshops and deep dive how-to sessions that allow attendees to not only learn new strategies, but actually create, strategize and formulate frameworks, plans and actionable solutions to bring back to their organization. Attendees will be involved in extensive dialogue and walk away with valuable information, personal growth and useful resources and connections.
We pride ourselves in providing an unmatched learning atmosphere free of exhibitors or software vendors pushing their products allowing attendees to focus on methodology, best practices and strategy that can work within their organization, industry and department. The high level of attendee/speaker collaboration and engagement at the intensive summit truly makes this a unique and favorable offering.
Attendees from a wide range of industry and functional backgrounds make it a goal to attend our educational offerings every year. This broad makeup provides exceptional networking opportunities to enhance attendees’ experience at the event, as well as building lasting relationships for continued learning well into the future.
Below is a preliminary schedule of topics and learning objectives at the summit. Session topics are subject to change. Attendees are able to attend any session they wish and do not have to align to a “track”.
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Past JPK Competitive Intelligence Presenters Include:
Alysse Nockels – Senior Director, Business Services Group at Sedulo GroupAlysse leads the Business Services Division of Sedulo Group where she is responsible for overall execution of the division including project management, professional development, resource management, and client engagement. Prior to joining Sedulo, Alysse was a Principal Engineer and Director of Competitive Intelligence at McAfee and Intel where she built the competitive intelligence function from the ground-up to world class status. Responsibilities included recruiting and leading a team of CI professionals, forecasting competitor software releases, influencing product direction and company strategy, and developing competitive positioning for the sales and marketing teams. Alysse was also a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin where she designed shipboard networks and facilitated Navy security accreditation. She transitioned into CI and was responsible for forecasting competitor proposal strategies and deriving bid prices for multi-billion dollar competitive government contracts. Alysse has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Information Technology, held speaker and thought leader roles at numerous CI conferences, earned CIP-II certification, served as Chair on the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) Board of Directors, and is Pragmatic Marketing certified. She resides in Wisconsin and is a Green Bay Packers shareholder.
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.
Phil Britton – Competitive Insights Manager at ULTA BeautyProud to be a recognized Competitive Intelligence practitioner with over a decade of experience conducting Competitive Intelligence in the retail industry. I've had experience transforming a pure pricing collection function to a true competitive intelligence department while at Best Buy, and established a CI function with my current employer.
I'm a recognized subject matter expert and public speaker on topics such as using Web 2.0 tools in CI, Ethics in Competitive Intelligence, and building a strong CI function. In addition to speaking at CI events both here in the US and abroad, I've led numerous CI workshops in conjunction with executives at CI consulting firms.
These workshops have included topics such as building next-generation human source networks and using a key success factor matrix to move your CI team from a "firefighter" capability to become true futurists. I've also been cited in CI publications such as "The Handbook of Market Intelligence" and quoted in Forbes Magazine on the topic of Competitive Intelligence ethics.
Additionally, I've been honored to have participated in or moderated several insights panels on topics as diverse as competitive intelligence ethics, building a competitive intelligence function from the ground up, using CI to guide strategy and how to develop world-class CI deliverables and products for executive clients.
Victoria Richard- Competitive Intelligence Manager, Greenberg Traurig, LLPVictoria is passionate about building knowledge communities which make intelligence work accessible to all. She has over a decade of experience in insight work, ranging from qualitative non-profit research to market & competitive intelligence for start-ups and young technology companies, and she is currently a Competitive Intelligence Manager for Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Victoria loves to give back to her intelligence community, and is currently chair-elect for the SLA CI division, provocateur for the Boston Insight Circle, and is an active member of SCIP. She holds an MBA and certificate in CI from Johns Hopkins University, and a MA in Communication from UNC Greensboro.
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).
Carrie Scott Zakson – Competitive Intelligence Manager at Walgreens Boots Alliance Corporate StrategyCarrie Zakson leads Competitive Intelligence for Walgreens Boots Alliance, the world-re-known global healthcare company based in Deerfield, IL. Carrie was hired to establish the Competitive Intelligence role within Walgreens in 2008. She is now an integral part of the Walgreens Boots Alliance Corporate Strategy organization, responsible for optimizing the utilization of company and industry insights across the global enterprise. Carrie is the primary information source to decision makers for external industry or company research, and first stop for strategic project teams to identify how to close knowledge gaps to support strategic decisions. Prior to joining Walgreens, Carrie was a Competitive Intelligence Manager for Motorola Mobility, another Chicagoland company, where she first learned and practiced the trade with existing Competitive Intelligence experts. Outside of work Carrie spends as much time as possible with her husband who loves Cross-Fit, 14-year old daughter who is obsessed with gymnastics and 12 -ear old son who plays travel baseball and basketball. Carrie runs, bikes and swims as much as possible to clear her mind and just move. Carrie is always ready to tackle what’s never been done before.
Eric Garland – Managing Director at Competitive Futures
For nearly two decades, Eric Garland has been trusted for his unique insight and analysis on economic trends, geopolitics, and society. He personally consults executives on market growth strategy, leads transformative educational sessions for organizations, and specializes in keynotes that spark conversations.
Mr. Garland is the founder and Director of Competitive Futures, a competitive analysis firm that provides insight and expert guidance to corporate clients and government agencies. A brief list of notable clients includes Energizer, Coca-Cola, Siemens, the country of France, the City of Charlotte, the state of South Dakota, and the Principality of Monaco, to name a select few.
David Nixon – former Senior Director, Competitive Intelligence – Applications at OracleWith more than 25 years of experience working with a range of technology companies and industry advisors, David brings a strong understanding of underlying business issues to his work. He uses that understanding to develop and assess strategies with a particular emphasis on ideas that take advantage of an organization’s strengths and strategic vision. He has worked closely with all organizational levels and brings a passion for working in teams and for helping team members achieve their best.
David holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He’s currently an independent advisor helping technology firms assess market opportunities and sales strategies.
Judith Schieve – Competitive Intelligence Lead at Motorola SolutionsJudy Schieve provides advanced competitor and market intelligence for Motorola Solutions’ Products and Services Organization. She transformed the competitive intelligence role at Motorola Solutions into a dynamic function that is a key part of defining the product roadmap and shaping executive decisions. Judy has been featured in Motorola Solutions Competitive Intelligence Video Series, which provides the latest competitive intelligence and bidding strategies to help support global sales enablement.
Judy also has held a variety of leadership roles in strategy and product management. She has successfully led teams that executed new product launches, including a 3-level supply chain certification program in 4.5 months and a cellular enclosure product that achieved $40M in its first year. She also played a key role in structuring and implementing a new sales division that served 15% of Motorola’s customer base.
She holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Arik Johnson – Founder and Chairman at Aurora WDCArik Johnson is Chairman of Aurora WDC, the intelligence advisory firm he founded in 1995. After stepping aside as CEO in late 2009, today Arik serves as Managing Director and lead architect at Aurora’s R&D lab, think tank network and intelligence policy institute, the Center for Organizational Reconnaissance (COR). Arik is a Fellow of the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals society and has chaired SCIP’s annual international conference (2006), served on SCIP’s board of directors (2004 – 2006), won SCIP’s Catalyst award (2005), and served as a chapter coordinator, as well as, trustee and development committee chair of the CI Foundation.
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