The 2020 Chief of Staff Summit
JOIN CHIEFS OF STAFF FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN OUR VIRTUAL EVENT!
VIRTUAL EVENT DETAILS
Date: Fall 2020
Time: To be announced
Location: New virtual venue
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WHAT TO EXPECT
Learn from business leaders as well as successful Chiefs of Staff past and present in an engaging, interactive, and informative virtual event to help advance your role and your career. Build community, promote idea sharing, and develop personally and
The Summit will include keynote speakers, expert-led workshops, and an all new virtual experience with opportunities for peer-to-peer connection.
WHO CAN ATTEND
Chiefs of Staff of any industry, sector, and field are welcome to attend. If you are seeking professional development, peer connection, and some kick-in-the-rear motivation, this event is for you!
FEEDBACK FROM THE 2019 COS SUMMIT
- 98% enjoyed the overall experience
- 96% learned at least one thing they could implement immediately
- 95% felt the content was relevant to their position
- 93% would recommend to the COS Summit to a peer
- “All the segments were interesting - I learned something from each one.”
- “The speakers; agenda were amazing! The content just stands out as it is relevant; insightful; and informative. Not to mention the ability to network with your peers to gain additional on-the-ground insight has been super beneficial.”
We are proud to have had the following speakers to our 2019 event. Check back for our list of 2020 speakers to be announced soon!
CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
CEO, THE CASE FOUNDATION
Jean Case is a philanthropist, investor and internet and impact investing pioneer who advocates for the importance of embracing a more fearless approach to innovate and bring about transformational breakthroughs. She is the author of the new book,
Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose.
NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR
WHARTON TOP-RATED PROFESSOR
Adam Grant is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world's 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune's 40 under 40. He has been Wharton's
top-rated professor for seven straight years.
CHARLES F. BOLDEn, JR.
MAJOR GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS (RET.)
12TH NASA ADMINISTRATOR
Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden Jr. was the Administrator of NASA from July 2009 until January 2017. Bolden’s 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. After joining
the office in 1980, he traveled into orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions and piloting two others.
Today, Bolden serves as the president and CEO of The Bolden Consulting Group LLC. He also serves as an independent director of the LORD Corporation, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.
VICE PRESIDENT OF SPACE SYSTEMS, AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION (AIA)
Mike French works with AIA’s membership to advocate for policies, regulations, and investments that ensure American leadership and strong industry partnership across the civil, commercial, and national security sectors.
Mike previously served as the Senior Vice President for Commercial Space at Bryce Space and Technology. He has also held several federal government positions, most recently serving as NASA’s Chief of Staff.
BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKERS
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER, WORKBOARD
Deidre Paknad has led several high growth organizations as a founder and as an executive at IBM. Deidre believes that every company should be able to harness the advantage of an aligned organization; and is passionate about WorkBoard’s mission to help
leaders accomplish just that. She has over a dozen patents and has twice been recognized for innovation by the Smithsonian Institute. Deidre and the WorkBoard team pioneered the Enterprise Results Management solution and proprietary methodology for
rapid success with the OKR technique.
VP, CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE CEO, LINKEDIN
For the past five years, Brian has worked alongside the LinkedIn executive team to manage key strategic initiatives and the rhythm of the business, launch and operate new programs, and develop CEO communications and company narratives. Brian is the author
of “Becoming a Chief of Staff”, an online course on LinkedIn Learning, and authored a popular LinkedIn article entitled “What Does a Chief of Staff Do?” in 2014.
FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF PANELISTS
AVP, EMERGING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM, GENPACT
FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF TO CEO, ROLLS-ROYCE
Andrew has 12+ years of experience leading strategic growth, innovation and corporate venture capital teams in both large corporate and small entrepreneurial environments. He is currently based in San Francisco,
developing and leading the innovation arm at Genpact, a digital transformation consulting firm. Previously, Andrew worked at Rolls-Royce, where among other roles, he served as the Chief of Staff to the CEO and the Chief of Staff to the President of
Rolls-Royce North America. Originally from St. Louis and still celebrating the hockey team's recent Stanley Cup Championship. Andrew has a desire to leave the world a little better place than it was before!
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ONE
FORMER DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, US SECRETARY OF STATE DR. MADELEINE ALBRIGHT
Suzy George is ONE’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) where she oversees finance, human resources, information technology, and global operations departments. Suzy previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President, Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff
of the National Security Council under President Obama and National Security Advisor Susan Rice. She also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Department of State for Secretary Madeleine Albright. She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and a
JD from the George Washington University Law School. She is a board member of the National Security Education Board, National Security Action, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and Maret School.
PRODUCT MANAGER FOR CREATION, INSTAGRAM
FORMER BUSINESS LEAD TO THE COO, FACEBOOK
Tessa Lyons is the Product Manager for Creation at Instagram. Her teams build the products that bring people closer to those they love by sharing who they are, including Instagram Stories, Feed, and Camera. Tessa spent three years as Business Lead to
Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, and later served as the Head of News Feed Integrity. Before joining Facebook, Tessa worked at LeanIn.Org, a global community committed to empowering all women to achieve their ambitions. Tessa started
her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, focusing on media and technology. Tessa graduated magna cum laude from Harvard where she concentrated in Social Studies and was Co-President of Harvard’s, Women in Business.
PAUL MONTEIRO (MODERATOR)
CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE PRESIDENT, HOWARD UNIVERSITY
Before his current Chief of Staff role, Paul served in the Obama administration as the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, the national director of AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America, and the head of the Community
Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice. Paul also served as an ex officio member of the National Counter Terrorism Center’s Heritage Council. In 2013, he was awarded a citation from the National Security Council for his work on
a range of international Administration priorities including the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, refugee resettlement and other humanitarian programs, and countering violent extremism (CVE) interventions. He is a proud graduate of the University of
Maryland and the Howard University School of Law.
WENDY MARTINEZ EXCELLENCE AWARD HONOREE
PRESIDENT, COMBS ENTERPRISES
Dia began working for Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs as his executive assistant in 2005 and grew within the company while building multiple brands and businesses under the Combs Enterprises umbrella. Credited for turning Bad Boy Records into Combs Enterprises, Dia
achieved success overseeing the portfolio of brands under the Combs empire which include spirits, fashion, fragrance, content and the Capital Prep schools. Dia was named President of Combs Enterprises in 2017, making her the first president in the
company’s history. Responsible for overseeing over a billion dollars of brand value, she brings her relentless commitment to excellence and her unparalleled track record to Combs Enterprises.
2019 EVENT SPONSORS
We are grateful to our generous sponsors for making our 2019 event possible. If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities in 2020, please contact Megan McDonald at email@example.com.
What is this Summit?
In 2019 Chief of Staff Summit we launched the first annual meeting of cross-sector Chiefs of Staff in the United States. It provided informative and educational programming and networking opportunities for Chiefs of Staff. It was the first event of its
kind to be offered exclusively for the Chief of Staff role. We hope to build on the success of our inaugural year with a slightly different twist utilizing a virtual venue. Stay tuned for more information.
What is Prime Chief of Staff?
Started in 2014, Prime Chief of Staff offers a full suite of services to organizations employing the Chief of Staff role. We also convene a fast-growing Chief of Staff community through The Chief of Staff Collective—a group of impressive thinkers and
resourceful doers who embrace change, and believe the greater good of all is better than the success of one. Learn more about Prime at www.primechiefofstaff.com.
Why this Summit?
It’s the only one of its kind! No other networking and educational event exists that is exclusive to the Chief of Staff role.
What are the benefits of attending the Summit?
The Summit will offer the following benefits to all of its attendees:
- Educational programming: There are few resources that exist for today’s Chief of Staff. This Summit provides tangible education for your position that you can enact immediately—regardless of your industry or sector. There will be panel discussions,
keynote speeches, and more tailored to informing your Chief of Staff role.
- Inspirational guidance: Every professional needs motivation! This Summit will inspire and motivate you with thought-provoking and original messaging and ideas.
- Networking opportunities: We know you rarely get the opportunity to meet your fellow Chief of Staff colleagues. This event will offer connection and camaraderie with your peers from across the globe in a virtual setting.
- Best practice sharing / collaborative thinking: The best ideas can come when we chat with others about our challenges or projects. Being together with your peers will spark thinking and best practice sharing that you can bring back to your
- Exhibitor/sponsor networking: Hear from sponsor companies with a vested interest in the Chief of Staff audience. It may be an opportunity to find a new vendor or partner for your organization.
How long is the Summit?
The Summit will be a virtual meeting and we can't wait to share more details with you! To be the first one in the know, sign up here.
What is covered in my registration fee?
Please stay tuned for more information regarding registration.
Do you have advice for speaking to my employer about attending the Summit?
Yes! Consider downloading this PDF to share with your principal about why your attendance at the Summit is valuable. Review the bullets below
for other ideas.
- Include an event agenda or speaker bios of the educational offerings you plan to attend. Explain how those offerings will help advance your organization’s goals and find solutions to the challenges it faces.
- Provide a list of current and potential peers, speakers, or sponsors you want to meet with and what you plan to discuss with them. Emphasize the cost-effectiveness of being able to meet with so many colleagues from across the globe in one place.
- Commit to sharing your Summit experience with your principal and colleagues. Discuss your impressions, the information and contacts you obtained, and how you plan to apply what you learned.
- Remember this is a professional development opportunity. Tell your principal that an investment in the 2020 Chief of Staff Summit is not only for your benefit, but for both of you and for the organization.
Questions or need additional assistance? Please email Megan McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.