CEO Leadership Council

March 21–23, 2017
The Sanctuary
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA

▲ Back to Top

Overview

Program Overview

On March 21–23, 2017, Cisco will host its eighth biennial CEO Leadership Council at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. We hope you will join us for this exceptional event.

Since 2003, the Cisco CEO Leadership Council has brought together CEOs of the world's largest and most recognized brands for high-level peer-to-peer discussions and relationship building. This unique council unites global CEO and chief technology strategist teams with world–class industry and technology leaders. High–level discussions focus on the transformative issues facing our companies and how to capitalize on technologies that will foster growth in a challenging economy. Intentionally small and exclusive, this meeting is designed for the free–form exchange of ideas. As with past councils, we plan to elevate the level of dialogue with a highly interactive format. This will allow participants to share their ideas openly and candidly, for everyone's benefit.

In 2015, chairmen and CEOs gathered from global companies that included British Telecom Group, Dow Chemical, GE, MetLife, Verizon, and Xerox.

Guest speakers included:

  • The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • The Hon. Shimon Peres, 9th President, State of Israel
  • David Brooks, Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times and author of The Road to Character
  • Clive Crook, Columnist, Bloomberg View

We expect to create another thought–provoking experience in 2017. The event includes an address from Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, distinguished guest speakers, peer-to-peer conversations covering a wide range of key current topics, and small group discussions with global industry leaders and tech visionaries.

▲ Back to Top

Agenda

Agenda and Thought Leadership

Setting the Pace in a Digital World

March 21 – 23, 2017
The Sanctuary
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, U.S.

Preliminary Agenda (as of February 2)

  • The agenda is available for download (PDF - 157 KB)

Facilitator:
Adam Lashinsky, Assistant Managing Editor, Fortune Magazine
Stephanie Mehta, Deputy Editor, Vanity Fair

Tuesday, March 21

8:00 a.m.

GOLF AT OCEAN COURSE

6:00 p.m.

RECEPTION

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP
Around the world in 60 minutes for a view of the geopolitical trends that are getting attention—and the important ones that aren’t

Special Speaker:
Henry A. Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State and Executive Chairman, Kissinger Associates

DINNER

Wednesday, March 22

8:15 a.m.

WELCOME
Opening Remarks
Chuck Robbins, CEO, Cisco

FOCUS ON THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
Starting with the customer is key to the success of any digital transformation
Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente

CEO INSIGHT ON DIVERSE, AGILE TALENT
Cathy Engelbert, CEO, Deloitte

CEO INSIGHT ON SMART DATA, NOT BIG DATA
Toby Cosgrove, President and CEO, The Cleveland Clinic

BLOCKCHAIN FUTURE STATE: WHAT MATTERS AND WHEN?
Will blockchain technology change the way we conduct trade, assign trust, and validate individual identities? Is this your opportunity or threat?

A CASE STUDY IN DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Carlos Torres Vila, Chief Executive Officer, BBVA

12:10 p.m.

LUNCH

1:15 p.m.

THE NEW GEOPOLITICS: A TOWN HALL
A bold geopolitical shift, fueled by populism and a rejection of the status quo, is challenging business and governments alike. What’s next and what can business do?
Mark Blyth, Professor of International Political Economy, Brown University

SEPARATING HYPE FROM REALITY: AI AND MACHINE LEARNING
What is the boundary between intuition and the application of intelligent data? How will the human-machine interaction look?
David Kenny, Senior Vice President, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, IBM Watson

CEO INSIGHT ON TRANSPARENCY
Ursula Burns, Chairman, Xerox

THE IMPACT OF AUTOMATION AND AUTONOMICS
With the power of AI, the potential impact of automation is far beyond what we have seen so far. What are the business opportunities? What are the implications for society?
Devin Wenig, President and CEO, eBay

INNOVATION IN PRACTICE
As co-innovation becomes the name of the game, we must find practical models to make it happen
Kate O’Keeffe, Managing Director, CHILL (Cisco Hyperinnovation Living Labs), Cisco

6:00 p.m.

RECEPTION

6:30 p.m.

A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID CAMERON
Special Speaker:
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom-2010 to 2016

Thursday, March 23

7:30 a.m.

BREAKFAST

9:00 a.m.

CEO INSIGHT ON GROWTH
Sir Martin Sorrell, Group CEO, WPP

VENTURING OUT
While many large companies have venture funds, not all succeed. A conversation about what works and future opportunities, with the perspective of a top VC to offer a view of the big things on the horizon.

A STRATEGIC LOOK AT CYBERSECURITY
A conversation on how leading companies are thinking about cybersecurity—as both a threat and an opportunity
Bill Bratton, Former New York City Police Commissioner and Executive Chairman, Teneo Risk

LEADERSHIP THROUGH ANOTHER LENS

CLOSING REMARKS
Chuck Robbins, CEO, Cisco

12:00 p.m.

LUNCH

▲ Back to Top

Speakers

Speaker Details

(Speakers for 2017 to be announced when confirmed)

▲ Back to Top

Conference Information

Conference Information

Accommodations

We are pleased to once again host the Cisco CEO Leadership Council at the beautiful Sanctuary on Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which is home to several championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course, host to the 2012 PGA Championship.


Getting There


Kiawah Island (shaded area) is to the east of John's Island and just north of Seabrook Island


Nearest Airports

  • Charleston International Airport, 34 miles, 60 minutes
  • Charleston Executive Airport, 17 miles, 35 minutes

Located just 30 minutes south of Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island is easily accessible from the Charleston International Airport (approximately 34 miles). The airport handles more than 100 flights daily, many of which connect directly with Washington, DC; New York City; and other large cities.

The Charleston Executive Airport is also just a quick 35 minute drive to Kiawah Island. It is a public use airport located in Charleston County, South Carolina. The airport serves the general aviation community, with no scheduled commercial airline service.


Ground Transportation

We will reach out to you for your flight information, and we will arrange private ground transportation to The Sanctuary Hotel.