This Catalyst Collaborative format is cohort-based and convened virtually and in person. Collaborative sessions will be held in person in March 2022 and March 2023 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts with virtual sessions in between. The learning format will combine case studies from current leaders, insights from Harvard faculty and researchers, expertise from industry experts, and a cohort-wide initiative to create lasting impact.
The future is emerging all around us. Rapid shifts in consumer and market demands, powerful convergence of social and digital trends, and the global movement to sustainability and stakeholder capitalism are not only upending past strategies and business models, but also opening up entirely new ways to create value and growth. The leaders that come out ahead of these curves are working now to transform their organizations and create an agenda for newfound growth.
Realizing a growth agenda isn’t necessarily easy or quick – progress will require embracing disruption and experimentation, managing multiple business models at the same time, and designing new performance and value measures. And perhaps most importantly, realizing a growth agenda will require leaders to foster the energy, creativity, resilience and endurance in themselves and their teams to press ahead in the face of complexity and uncertainty. In essence, this moment presents the challenge of a lifetime.
To help forward-thinking leaders address this momentous time, Leadership for a Networked World at Harvard University and Anaplan, are bringing together a cohort of hand-picked leaders to share ideas, learn about advanced practices, and co-create solutions that are imperative to a growth agenda. This cohort will work collaboratively along two macro dimensions:
Together, cohort members of the Catalyst Collaborative will not only advance their firm’s capacity to leverage transformation in turbulent times, but also build their personal leadership capacity to create and realize a growth agenda.
Cohort participants are senior-level executives in function (i.e., chief financial officer, chief operating officer, chief information officer, vice-president of human resources, vice president of finance, etc.), as well as “Chief Transformation Officers” in practice, who seek to improve organizational performance in the near term and realize new forms of growth for the long term. This program requires a small, but consistent time investment each month. Attendees can expect to be involved for three to five hours per month to the Collaborative for its duration.
The Catalyst Collaborative is an invitation-only program for senior-level executives of firms utilizing the Anaplan platform. Other applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis, and according in part, to space availability. This event is supported by the hosting and collaborating organizations, so there is no tuition or fee to attend. Travel and hotel arrangements, and related expenses for any in-person events, are the responsibility of individual participants.
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Through in-person Summits and virtual Session Series, LNW has delivered more than 200 learning opportunities and gathered more than 12,000 alumni globally. Below is a sample of events similar to the Catalyst Collaborative.
In 2020, leaders around the world have been tested as they respond to the crisis of our lifetime – COVID-19. This black swan event, characterized by its extreme rarity and severe impact, has created a moment of profound disruption that demands new levels of resilience and growth from firms.
Now, the leadership of chief financial officers and chief operations and supply chain officers has never been more important. Leaders are being called upon to not only respond to this pivotal crisis, but also develop a plan for navigating through an uncertain future. While challenging at every level, this crisis has also illuminated innovations, business models and ecosystems that have the potential to impact growth, agility, and resilience over the long-term.
The Virtual Summit Series features Harvard faculty, subject matter experts, and current chief financial officers and chief supply chain officers. Participants will take a leadership view and address how this crisis can become a catalyst to bolstering newfound strengths and fixing gaps that have been identified in finance and supply chain operations.
Forward-looking and resolute leaders are also keenly aware that health and human services organizations will never fully achieve their mission or legitimacy until all people have equity in opportunity and outcomes in order to achieve their full potential. In our world today, there are still too many communities in need, too many families stuck in generational poverty, and too many gender and racial disparities in outcomes.
Now what’s foremost on the mind of leaders is igniting the vision and mission for a generative future – one in which services and solutions not only address the complex root causes and barriers to better health and human services outcomes, but also invest in community-driven innovation in order to build the social and economic mobility that help individuals and families to flourish. This level of purpose, passion, and impact for the future will require courageous leadership.
The Health and Human Services Summit is the foremost academic research program and event for senior-most leaders to invent and realize the future of health and human services.
What if your customers could co-design an entire service or product virtually with your firm–-how would that change your operations? What if a supply chain could “think” on its own--what would than mean for your business? What if value shifted from single firms to broader ecosystems and networks--how would that impact your current business model, and create new ones?
These questions aren’t alluding to a distant future; they’re highlighting advances that are now driving a new pace of change--one that is faster than ever before.
This Summit brings together select private sector operations and supply chain executives, industry experts and leading academics at Harvard University to understand the changing environment in supply chain strategy, learn about and share ideas on emerging business models, and prepare the next generation of supply chain leaders.
As the global pace of change accelerates, it’s clear that social, digital, and economic disruption is creating new business models while upending long-successful industries and markets. Yet what isn’t clear is how readily organizations and talent can adapt at the same speed, or faster than, the prevailing pace of change, and what talent models are needed for sustainable advantage and value creation.
In this high-velocity world, chief financial officers must now foster talent and teams that can create value in new ways and at a new pace. This is easier said than done. Historically, CFOs and their teams focused on creating sustainable competitive advantage over time in clearly defined and relatively stable markets. Now, talent will be based on renewing value in real-time in rapidly shifting and dynamic environments.
This Summit will bring select private sector financial executives, industry experts, and leading academics together at Harvard University to answer these questions, grapple with the changing pace of change in finance, learn about and share ideas on evolving and emerging business models, and prepare the next generation of talent to become chief financial officers.
The Summit Series has consistently attracted and showcased leaders and vanguards in their field, whose insights and lessons have proven invaluable and inspiring to those they've reached. Below are a sample of lessons gleaned from past Summit sessions.
Leadership for a Networked World’s applied research, student innovation challenge, and on-campus summit programs are an initiative of Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie, Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), part of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TECH is a hub for students, faculty, alumni, and government and industry leaders to learn together, collaborate, and innovate. LNW accelerates these efforts by connecting leaders across sectors and developing cutting-edge thought leadership on innovation and organizational transformation.
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