General Sessions

G1: Designing your business for the 21st century
'Most companies are simply not designed to survive. They become successful on the basis of one big idea or breakthrough product,' says CEO Mike Walsh of Tomorrow, a global consultancy that helps design 21st century businesses. 'The companies that will thrive in the near future are the ones not only embracing change but breaking the rules.' Companies built to survive the future are no accident. They are a result of deliberate business design decisions smart leaders are making today. In his ongoing research on the world’s most innovative companies, Mike has organized these decisions into seven strategic priorities - that he will explore with audiences as a roadmap for their own reinvention. In this keynote, Walsh will outline the megatrends shaping the future of business and consumer behaviour, and the lessons learned from successful Fortune 500 companies on leveraging disruptive innovation, adopting a data-driven mindset and leading change through digital transformation.

See Mike Walsh speak!

Monday, September 24, 2018, 8:30 am - 10:00 am


Mike Walsh
Founder and CEO

G2: Election Day Preview & The SIIA Political Poll
We’ll start this morning’s general session by getting a glimpse of how SIIA members view various political candidates and a variety of public policy issues. Audience members will be invited to participate via a polling technology tool that allows attendees to vote with their cell phones or other mobile devices. Results will be displayed in real time – it promises to be fascinating!

After this interactive warm-up, Guy Benson will take the stage to share his insights and commentary about the upcoming elections and the hottest political issues of the day. Sometimes referred to as the “The Millennial Conservative,” Guy is the political editor of and a Fox News contributor.

In 2017 the Huffington Post included Guy in its roster of the top 25 millennial broadcasters in American news and politics. In addition, he is regular guest host for the Hugh Hewitt Show and often appears on a variety of political talk shows.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 8:30 am - 10:00 am


Guy Benson
Political Editor