Looking forward to another innovation summit by the Commercial Equipment Marketplace Council in sunny Laguna Beach, CA. This is a gathering of forward-thinking people who are not afraid to challenge the status quo approach to commercial equipment finance. The thing I enjoy most about this event is the diversity of thought.
A new adventure for me, I participated in this year's capitol connections event in Washington, DC. It was a fantastic opportunity to get an entirely new lens on the industry, meet new people, reconnect with colleagues and expand my thinking.
It was an honor to judge five junior teams competing in the annual TechnovationMN Appapaloosa competition.
Girls aged 10 - 14 go through a 12-week program with volunteer mentors to learn the entire lifecycle for building mobile applications to help solve problems in their communities.
In this fantastic program, girls learn important skills such as:
- Using design thinking to identify a problem in the community and brainstorm possible solutions
- Performing market research
- Designing, coding, and testing a mobile application
- Planning and delivering a demonstration of the mobile application
- Planning a presentation and pitching the mobile application via video and live in front of a 4-member judging panel during the competition.
Such an exciting program to encourage girls to develop an interest in pursuing STEM, I would definitely participate again.
As a founding member of the women's council and member of the leadership forum planning subcommittee, I was thrilled with the turnout and the fantastic feedback from attendees of the inaugural ELFA Women's Leadership Forum.
It is so exciting to see a vision like this come to life!
Honored to deliver the history module for the Certified Leasing and Finance Professional academy at US Bank in Richfield, MN. Congrats to all the new CLFPs from US Bank!
Another fantastic planning session with the Operations and Technology committee. The team is planning for another great event in September 2018.
In a rare turn of events, I decided to go ice fishing and get to know the NEFA crowd. It turned out to be an amazingly fun event and I didn't freeze!
The ELFA Operations and Technology Conference and Exhibition will be held in Charlotte, NC on September 11-13, 2017. As chair of this year's conference, I have to say we have one of the best agendas ever our fabulous planning committee is making awesome happen once again.
Looking forward to insightful round table discussions, new ideas, and new connections at the CEMC Innovation Summit. At this event, I will be moderating a panel on “Man and Machine Learning” featuring
Christine Robson, PhD, Head of Product for Machine Learning at Google
Dr. Venkat Srinivasan, Founder and Chief Digital Officer of Rage Frameworks
Justin B. Dickerson, PhD, MBA, PStat, General Manager at Data Robot
CEMC is a community of corporate practitioners in equipment financing. Its charter is to create a forum in which industry executives can get the insight, interaction, and information they need to make good business decisions. Established in 2016, CEMC provides capital providers, online equipment sellers and equipment industry leaders and practitioners with educational seminars, benchmarking surveys, group workshops, an annual Summit and retreat, white paper by expert faculty, a professional networking web site, and regional working groups.
Leading the kick off for planning the 2017 ELFA Operations and Technology program with an awesome team of operations and technology leaders from across the industry. In this meeting we will be setting the vision for this program year.
Facilitating a two day Industry Future Council workshop for the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation. This workshop explores the impacts of exponential technology, market, political, and societal trends on the future of the equipment leasing and finance industry with a cross section of industry executives.
Look for the 2017 Industry Future Council Report to be published by the foundation in March.
Looking forward to the ELFA Annual Convention where I will be speaking in the following two breakout sessions.
Monday, October 24th: Developing Customer Intimacy in the Age of Digital Innovation
Tuesday, October 25th: Technology and the Customer: Are You Claiming the Future for Your Company?
Excited to chair this year's ELFA Operations and Technology conference.