The 2019 Chief of Staff Summit

JOIN HUNDREDS OF CHIEFS OF STAFF AT OUR INAUGURAL DAY-LONG EVENT!

 

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019

Time: 7:30AM-7:00PM ET

Location: National Geographic Headquarters, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC  20036

 
EVENT AGENDA*

7:30-9:00AM                      BREAKFAST AND CHECK-IN

9:00-9:15AM                      WELCOME

9:15-10:15AM                    A CONVERSATION WITH JEAN CASE

10:15-10:30AM                  BREAK

10:30-11:30AM                  FIRESIDE CHAT WITH A CHIEF OF STAFF AND LEADER FEATURING CHARLES F. BOLDEN, JR. & MIKE FRENCH

11:30AM-12:15PM            LUNCH

12:30-1:30PM                    KEYNOTE WITH ADAM GRANT

2:00-4:00PM                      BREAKOUT SESSIONS WITH DEIDRE PAKNAD AND BRIAN RUMAO

4:15-5:15PM                      FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF PANEL WITH ANDREW CUMMINS, SUZY GEORGE, TESSA LYONS, AND MODERATED BY PAUL MONTEIRO

5:15-5:30PM                      WENDY MARTINEZ EXCELLENCE AWARD HONORING DIA SIMMS

5:30-7:00PM                      APRES SUMMIT RECEPTION

*Agenda is subject to change

 

EVENT Registration

This is a professional development event. Please check with your employer about sponsoring your registration and feel free to use this helpful flyer with your principal.

COS Collective Member: $399

Non-Member: $499

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Terms and Conditions

Group Discount

For organizations with five or more Chiefs of Staff seeking to attend the Summit, please contact us about our group registration discount at info@primechiefofstaff.com.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

One day. All about the Chief of Staff.

Learn from business leaders as well as successful Chiefs of Staff past and present in an engaging, interactive, and informative day-long event to help advance your role and your career. Build community, promote idea sharing, and develop personally and professionally.

The Summit will include keynote speakers, expert-led workshops, and plenty of time 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!

 

2019 SPEAKERS

We are proud to welcome the following speakers to our 2019 event. Check back for more speakers to be announced soon!

  

JEAN CASE

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
ADAM GRANT

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.

 

 

 

 

 
MIKE FRENCH

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

 
DEIDRE PAKNAD

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Brian RUMAO

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

 
ANDREW CUMMINS

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!

 

 

 

 

 
SUZY GEORGE

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.

 

 

 

 

 
TESSA LYONS

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

 
DIA SIMMS

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.

 

 

 

 

 

HOTEL AND TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

There are plenty of hotels near the venue and our suggestions are below. We recommend you store your luggage at your hotel if you are departing on Friday late afternoon or evening.

The entire event will be held at National Geographic Society. We strongly encourage car sharing or scooters over car rentals.

Westin City Center: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wascw-the-westin-washington-dc-city-center/

The Mayflower: http://www.themayflowerhotel.com/

Capital Hilton: https://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/district-of-columbia/capital-hilton-DCASHHH/index.html

Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/

 

 

EVENT SPONSORS

We are grateful to our generous sponsors for making this event possible. If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Caroline Pugh at cpugh@primechiefofstaff.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

   

 

    

 

    

 

EVENT FAQS

What is this Summit?

The 2019 Chief of Staff Summit is the first annual meeting of cross-sector Chiefs of Staff in the United States.  It provides informative and educational programming and networking opportunities for Chiefs of Staff. It is the first event of its kind to be offered exclusively for the Chief of Staff role.

 

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 day-long 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 breakout sessions 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.
  • 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 workplace.
  • Exhibitor/sponsor networking: Meet sponsor companies with a vested interest in the Chief of Staff audience at our exhibitor booths. It may be an opportunity to find a new vendor or partner for your organization.

 

How long is the Summit?

The Summit takes place on one day—Friday, November 1, 2019—from 8am-6pm EDT in Washington, DC.

 

Do you offer a group discount for organizations employing multiple Chiefs of Staff?

Yes, we offer a group discount to those registering five or more Chiefs of Staff from the same organization. Please email info@primechiefofstaff.com for more information.

 

What is covered in my registration fee?

Your registration includes all programming during the Summit. The pre-Summit breakfast, lunch, and post-Summit reception are also included. Your airfare and lodging are NOT covered by your registration and must be booked separately.

 

When should I plan to arrive and leave?

For those traveling from out of state, we encourage arriving on Thursday evening and departing on Friday evening or Saturday morning (a one or two night stay).

 

What hotels do you recommend that are close to the venue?

There are plenty of hotels near the venue and a few suggestions are below.

Westin City Center: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wascw-the-westin-washington-dc-city-center/

The Mayflower: http://www.themayflowerhotel.com/

Capital Hilton: https://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/district-of-columbia/capital-hilton-DCASHHH/index.html

Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/

 

Do I need to rent a car?

The entire event will be held at National Geographic Society. We strongly encourage car sharing or scooters over car rentals.

 

Will you have bag check at the event if I plan to leave on Friday?                     

Yes, we will have a bag check at the venue to securely store your bag during the event.

 

What do I need to bring?

Please bring a photo ID for security purposes and possibly a notebook for taking notes. You may also bring your phones and laptops as there will be time for you to check work emails throughout the day.

 

What shouldn’t I bring?

Please do not bring single-use plastic of any kind, including water bottles or food containers, on the premises.

 

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.
  • If cost is a concern, take advantage of our early bird registration rates. If your organization employs multiple Chiefs of Staff, consider taking advantage of our group registration discount.
  • Commit to sharing your Summit experience with your principal and colleagues when you return. Discuss your impressions, the information and contacts you brought back, and how you plan to apply what you learned.
  • Remember this is a professional development opportunity. Tell your principal that an investment in the 2019 Chief of Staff Summit is not only for your benefit, but for both of you and for the organization.
 
EVENT CONTACT

Questions or need additional assistance? Please email Caroline Pugh at cpugh@primechiefofstaff.com.

 
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