11th Annual Leadership Forum


May 20, 2016
7:45 AM CDT - 3:00 PM CDT
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Chevy Chase Country Club
1000 North Milwaukee Avenue
Wheeling, IL 60090
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The 11th Annual Leadership Forum is an exclusive, complimentary, and “By-Invitation-Only” event for senior executives (C-suites, VPs, and Senior Directors) from the Chicagoland area. This is an opportunity to network and interact with senior executives facing similar challenges implementing strategic initiatives. 

Hear the CEO view and engage in Panel discussions with Top Level Executives, sharing techniques and real examples of management practices leading to success.

This year event's theme is Strategy for Innovation: The PM Advantage.


Strategy for Innovation: The PM Advantage discusses the key role that project managers have in linking up established companies with start-up companies in order to foster innovation. It is very relevant to Executives of established companies.

If you are interested in attending, please Request Registration to ask for an invite to this event. Seating is limited, so register early.

  Keynote Speakers


CEO of Venture2, Inc.
Author of "Collective Disruption"

Michael Docherty brings a unique perspective on innovation, having been an entrepreneur, senior corporate executive and venture capitalist. It might explain why he’s passionate about the intersection of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. In his new book Collective Disruption, Mr. Docherty reveals how the smartest corporations are learning to partner and co-create with startups for transformative innovation. The book provides established companies with a practical framework for plugging into the startup ecosystem to fuel and incubate new businesses.
As CEO of Venture2 Inc., Mr. Docherty and his organization work with leading companies to develop transformative innovation capabilities, build innovation ecosystems and accelerate the commercialization of breakthrough new products, services and business models.
Michael Docherty holds an MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and BSME degree from Drexel University. He is a highly rated speaker on innovation and corporate venturing and an active supporter of the entrepreneurial community.


Chair of 2016 PMI Board of Directors
Director, Program Management Office, GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is Director of Program Management Office at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines. Previously he worked as Head of Transversal Portfolio Management at BNP Paribas Fortis, where he developed and implemented a company-wide project selection and prioritization process for a portfolio of 150 projects. He was also responsible of monitoring the execution of the roadmap providing quarterly updates to the bank’s executive committee.
Prior to that, Mr. Nieto-Rodriguez was the head of Post-Merger Integration at Fortis Bank, leading what was the largest takeover in the financial service history: the acquisition of ABN AMRO. He also worked for 10 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a senior manager, becoming the global lead practitioner for project management.
The author of the book "The Focused Organization", Mr. Nieto-Rodriguez has been featured in several magazines, including Strategy Business Review, Singapore Management Institute, Project Management Journal®, PM Network® and The Economist. He is also the author of the white paper “Boosting Business Performance through Programme and Project Management”, which was written after he conducted one of the first global project management maturity surveys. Mr. Nieto-Rodriguez is the founder of one of the largest LinkedIn group on Strategy Execution (StrateXecution), which has more than 5,000 experts worldwide.
Born in Madrid, Spain, he undertook undergraduate studies in Germany, Mexico, Italy and the United States. He has a university degree in economics from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and an MBA from London Business School. He is currently studying to obtain his PhD in strategy implementation. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French, Dutch, Italian and German.


Executives from large companies in the Chicagoland area are invited to participate in the Panel Discussion, where they will share real life practices and answer questions addressing the topic of how to foster innovation.

The Main Speakers will join the executives below for the Panel discussions.


Founder and CEO of Practically Digital
Entrepreneur, speaker, and panelist on digital transformation
Former Global Head of Technology and CIO for Grant Thornton LLP

Mr. McGillen is a 23-year veteran of the information technology industry, with leadership experience across five continents in some of the most dynamic regions of the world. As the Founder and CEO of Practically Digital, Mr. McGillen leads a technology consulting firm based in Chicago, IL. Practically Digital specializes in digital strategy formation, innovative technology solutions, cognitive computing applications, and IT due diligence / merger support. Prior to founding Practically Digital, Rob was the Global Head of Technology and CIO for Grant Thornton LLP, a $4b global accounting and consulting firm located in 130 countries. As Global CIO, Mr. McGillen led the worldwide technology organization which provided IT shared services and enterprise business platforms to 40,000 employees, while supporting business transformation through mergers in over 50 countries. A noted speaker, blogger, and panelist on technology innovation and future trends, Mr. McGillen brings practical insights from around the world to technology dialog in the business community. Mr. McGillen holds a BBA from the University of Oklahoma.


Managing Director, Integrated Project Management Company (IPM)

Mr. Myslicki is responsible for IPM’s Chicagoland Life Sciences industry consulting practice, including strategies and actions to drive business growth and ensuring the delivery of value- added services that help clients achieve clients’ business objectives. Andy has over 27 years of experience in the areas of engineering, operations management, and project management, including over 15 years of experience with IPM.  With IPM, he has been involved with a diverse portfolio of projects for pharmaceutical and medical device industry clients.  He began with IPM as a project management consultant directly responsible for managing clients’ project teams through planning and execution.  Later as a Director and then Managing Director, he assumed broader responsibilities for the management of IPM’s consulting teams, client relationship management, and driving business growth.  Andy’s portfolio of experience with IPM includes projects involving product development, business process optimization, manufacturing technology transfer, strategic organizational growth, and establishing/improving Project Management Offices.  Although the list of clients and projects is diverse, IPM’s ultimate approach for each engagement is the same:  to clearly define the client’s objectives, develop strategies and plans to achieve those objectives, and lead execution according to the plans.  Prior to IPM, Andy spent 12 years in the traditional Civil and Environmental engineering fields as a project engineer, project manager, and engineering manager.  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.  He is also a certified Project Management Professional and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.


Vice President Technical Services, Pharmaceutical Operations Akorn

Lisa is currently responsible for the technical support of Akorn operations including commercial product support, product transfers and new product integration. Akorn, Inc. is a niche pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets generic and branded prescription pharmaceuticals as well as animal and consumer health products. Akorn specializes in difficult-to-manufacture sterile and non-sterile dosage forms including: ophthalmics, injectables, oral liquids, otics, topicals, inhalants, and nasal sprays. Lisa has over 33 years of pharmaceutical experience in the areas of operations, quality, compliance, and program management.  She retired from Abbott Laboratories after over 32 years of service.  Lisa began her career with Abbott Laboratories as part of Operations Management.  Throughout her career at Abbott she moved through the various business units including Nutrition, Hospital and Pharmaceutical Operations including positions within Corporate Compliance and Quality.   She began in Program Management in 1995 and has managed pharmaceutical projects both domestically and internationally since that time.  She repatriated to the US from her last position in Basel, Switzerland as Global Product Support Manger, Established Products Division Abbott Laboratories to retire from Abbott in June 2015.  In July she accepted her current position as Vice President Technical Services for Akorn Pharmaceutical Operations.  As part of the senior management staff she is designing and leading a global team addressing Akorn’s technical and program management needs.  Lisa received her B.S from University of Michigan in Chemistry and Molecular Biology.


CEO, MobileAngelo Group
Former President of Global Operations, Leo Burnett Worldwide

Patrick is a senior executive with a track record of driving growth, profitability and innovation at global scale. He held a number of global c-level roles at Leo Burnett Worldwide, the legendary advertising agency with over $1 billion in revenue, 90 offices worldwide and 9,000 employees. His responsibilities ranged from building iconic brands for Samsung, Philip Morris and P&G to leading corporate strategy, M&A, HR and enterprise technology. For a decade, he was a member of the global operating board and chaired the executive compensation committee. Patrick is a transformational leader with a passion for growth strategy, marketing storytelling, digital innovation and operational excellence. He directed Leo Burnett’s global business strategy to focus on key accounts and to expand digital capability through accelerated acquisitions. He was a part of Samsung’s Senior Marketing Leadership Team that transformed Samsung into a top 10 iconic brand with a more aspirational narrative. He launched Leo Burnett-Samsung’s first global social media practice across 24 markets worldwide at lightning speed. Operationally, Patrick was instrumental in increasing the company's global operating margin 600 basis points in six years through better people, production and technology practices. After 23 years at Leo Burnett, Patrick left to found MobileAngelo Group, a technology investment and consulting firm devoted to advancing mobile platforms. Inspired to transform an industry, he initiated a global roll-up of five mobile-app development companies representing $60MM in revenue and 10 offices worldwide. Patrick partnered with private equity to secure full terms of Series A financing, presented LOIs and negotiated buyout terms with target companies. Patrick currently advises a number of public and private technology companies in the mobile, social and data spaces. He holds his MBA in finance, marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago and BA from the University of Iowa.

CRAIG THIELEN - Alternate Panelist

Chief Essentialist, Trissential

Craig is a business and technology professional who has earned the trust of clients because he's managed even the most complex Enterprise Transformations.    Craig has spent the past 20+years leading companies through large-scale transformation and business improvement.  Craig is internationally recognized for his work in Enterprise Transformation and a highly sought after Management Consultant by Fortune 500 organizations. In the process, he's mastered virtually every role required--from strategy and business alignment, to process improvement and technology enablement to program management and organizational change leadership.  As General Manager of Trissential's National Solutions Division, Craig keeps clients at the forefront of relevant strategy, expertise and business improvement.   As the Chief Essentialist for Trissential, Craig leads IP development, new product/service introductions and thought leadership with TriU -- Trissential's learning and development platform.   He is the founder of the Enterprise Transformation Group -- an on-line group of more than 800 enterprise transformation professionals who have a desire to share, learn and make a positive, dramatic impact on their organization



Managing Director, Information Technology, United Airlines
Chair of Executive Council, PMI Chicagoland
Chair of Leadership Forum 2016, PMI Chicagoland
Panel Moderator, Leadership Forum 2016

Silvia Prickel recently accepted an opportunity as Managing Director to lead Enterprise Quality and Release Management (eQRM) with accountability for test environment and data provisioning, test automation, continuous integration, and Release Governance on behalf of the United Enterprise. She is a veteran Information Technology executive with a proven track record of leading, managing and delivering highly successful business solutions to achieve revenue and efficiency targets. Her area of expertise and passion is in Business Strategy and Optimization, Organizational Change Management, and IT Service Management. Silvia is an IT Service Management certified professional, and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Silvia also co-authored three books for IT Professionals. She advocates digital disruption and a technological revolution. Silvia is an active member of the Metropolitan Club Board of Governors, Chair of the Chicagoland PMI Executive Council, and a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Silvia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from Clarke University.

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Press Release 2: April 20, 2016

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