What are the digital innovations that will help address the effect of the pandemic on manufacturing, the supply chain and customer demand? From our new virtual reality AI-based manufacturing to the data security challenges at the center of it all, Washington Post Live will explore what digital transformation looks like in 2020.
Speakers will address what’s happening now and what products are in development, as well as what tech innovations manufacturers are deploying as they adjust to the impact of COVID-19 across the globe. We’ll hear also hear from key policymakers on how regulating bodies are approaching safety concerns and other variables presented by new technology while working to make their states and communities attractive to job-producing, innovative development projects and businesses.
Joanna Coles, Investor and Entrepreneur
Joanna Coles is the chairwoman and CEO of Northern Star Acquisition Company, and Executive Producer of ABC Freeform’s highly acclaimed The Bold Type, now in its fifth season and inspired by her career. She is the former Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, responsible for 300 magazines globally. She sits on the public Board of Directors of Snap Inc. (Snapchat) and Sonos; and private companies Density, a hard and software company which monitors use of physical space, Blue Mistral, a clean beauty company, and the non-profit Women Entrepreneurs New York City, an initiative to expand female entrepreneurship, with a focus on underserved women and communities. She advises several companies including Cornell Capital, a private equity company; the Swedish payment disruptor Klarna and Bustle Digital Media. She has a production development deal at ABC Studios creating TV shows across Disney’s streaming platforms including FX and Hulu. She has two sons with the author Peter Godwin.
Scott Galloway, Author, Investor, Podcast Host; Professor, New York University
Scott Galloway is a Professor of Marketing at NYU’s Stern School of Business and a serial entrepreneur. In 2012, he was named one of the world’s best business professors by Poets & Quants. He has founded nine companies, including Prophet, Red Envelope, L2, and Section4. He is the bestselling author of The Four and The Algebra of Happiness and has served on the boards of directors of The New York Times Company, Urban Outfitters, and Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. His Prof G and Pivot podcasts, No Mercy / No Malice blog, and Prof G YouTube channel reach millions. In 2020, Adweek named Pivot Business Podcast of the Year.
Content from Hitachi
Achieving Manufacturing Resiliency Through Human-Centric Digital Transformation
The novel coronavirus pandemic has disrupted manufacturing operations on an unprecedented scale, laying bare the need for greater resiliency. But, how do manufacturers drive Digital Transformation on the factory floor, compete in an increasingly dynamic market and build resilience in a manner that benefits the human workforce? Learn how Hitachi is accelerating “human-centric Digital Transformation” in the pandemic era and shaping the future of work for the better.
Brad Surak, President, Digital Solutions, Hitachi Vantara
Brad Surak oversees Hitachi Vantara's Digital Solutions business unit, where he drives the global expansion of digital solutions, increases alignment with Hitachi's vertical business units and expands the company's global delivery and co-creation capabilities.
Surak was previously chief product and strategy officer for Hitachi Vantara, which, in 2020, was integrated with Hitachi Consulting and organized into two lines of business: Digital Infrastructure and Digital Solutions. In this position, he oversaw the development of Hitachi Vantara's edge and multicloud solutions portfolio that allow customers to store, enrich, activate and achieve maximum return on their data.
Surak has more than 25 years of success as an "intrapreneur" and over this time, he has helped non-traditional companies through significant digital transformations. Prior to joining Hitachi Vantara, Surak led the formation of GE Digital, a General Electric business, where he served as the company's chief operating officer. Before this role, he served as GE Digital's first chief product officer, where he was responsible for the company's global IoT solutions and digital industrial product portfolio. Before joining GE, Surak served as the general manager of Mobile Analytic Applications and was the chief operating officer of the Business Analytics Solutions unit at SAP. He has also held executive positions with DayNine, Cambridge Technology Partners, and Ernst & Young's technology practice.
Surak holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Purdue University and was awarded the title of Distinguished Science Alumni in 2017.
Bryan Jones, CEO, JR Automation
Bryan Jones first joined JR Automation in February of 1996. He served as Vice President of Sales and Chief Technology Officer before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2015. Prior to working at JR Automation, Mr. Jones spent four years in an engineering role at Automatic Spring Products, and seven years in manufacturing and engineering roles at Prince/JCI (now Yanfeng). Bryan has over 30 years of industry experience and has worked at JR Automation for just over 20 years. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Elise Labott, Adjunct Professor, American University
Elise Labott is a leading journalist covering foreign US foreign policy and international issues, most recently as CNN’s Global Affairs Correspondent. She has reported from more than . 80 countries, traveled the world with seven secretaries of state and has interviewed many world leaders and newsmakers. Elise is the founder of Twopoint.o Media, a digital media platform that aims to engage, inform and inspire citizens to solve today’s most pressing global challenges, and an adjunct professor at American University’s School of International Service. She is a contributor to Politico, provides commentary for MSNBC, NPR, BBC and several other broadcast outlets and is a sought-after interviewer and moderator. Elise also serves as a global ambassador for Vital Voices, an organization that empowers female entrepreneurs around the world and is on the advisory committee of Global Kids DC, a program which introduces high school students in underserved communities to international affairs. Prior to joining CNN, Elise covered the UN for ABC News and also reported on diplomatic and foreign policy issues for Agence France-Presse and other publications. Elise is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a master’s degree from the New School for Social Research.