The 2024 Alumni Conference will take place on Purdue's West Lafayette campus over the span of two days: Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19. This conference schedule will be updated as more details are solidified. Join us in April!
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9–10:15 a.m. ECON 322
10:30–11:20 a.m. MGMT 310
|Option #1: Digital Transformation of Industries
|Option #2: Problem Solving with Analytics
Speaker: Yu Jeffrey Hu
Accenture Professor of Information Technology
Speaker: Sean McCarthy (MS ’97)
Director of End-to-End Commercial Excellence, Highmark Inc.
Digital technologies such as the Internet, IoT, and AI are rapidly and fundamentally transforming today’s companies and industries. This session will use some case studies to illustrate what is digital transformation and the process of digital transformation. We will discuss how digital technologies have enabled completely new ways for companies to organize work, generate innovations, make decisions, and interact with customers, suppliers, and competitors.
This session will explore strategies for understanding, manipulating, and visualizing data. Uncover essential tools and learn how to leverage data for strategic decision-making in this dynamic conference session.
|Option #1: Humans vs. Technology
|Option #2: Elevate Your Data Game: From Excel to PowerBI and Beyond
Speaker: Mohammad Rahman
Professor of Management, Daniels School Chair in Management
Speaker: Jennifer Liu (BS ’98)
Vice President of Business Operations, OBXtek
Explore the balance between humans and technology. Where do we draw the line and plan for upskilling in areas where technology can’t or shouldn’t replace us? Uncover the challenges and opportunities in navigating this evolving relationship.
Elevate your data game by mastering the transition from Excel to PowerBI and beyond. This session provides actionable insights and strategies for seamlessly upgrading your data management practices.
Strings of Success: The Intersection of Craftsmanship and Technology
Speaker: Todd Sandefur (BS Purdue Polytechnic ’95)
Director, USA Operations, Gibson Guitars
Join us for an insightful journey into the heart of Gibson Guitar’s success, where old-school techniques meet the demands of the modern world, creating a harmonious blend that resonates with both musicians and business enthusiasts alike. Learn how Gibson balances tradition and innovation to produce any guitar at any time for any customer while maintaining the highest standards.
Option #1: Exploring the Human Side of Technology Advancement
|Option #2: The Power of Digital Footprints
Kate Zipay, Assistant Professor of Management
Speaker: John Gough
Vice President of Element Three
In this insightful conversation, Roberson and Zipay will discuss the complex interplay between technology advances and human behavior, addressing emotions, leadership, communication, differences, and more. Together, they will puzzle through the most pressing topics on innovation and human behavior and develop a new appreciation for the role of people.
Explore the influential role of digital footprints in modern business through engaging examples and accessible insights. Understand the tools for leveraging this data effectively and the ethical landscape surrounding its use. Walk away with actionable knowledge to enhance your business's marketing, technology, and strategic decisions.
Alumni-Student Rendezvous: Building Bridges, Forging Futures and BOILERMAKER SPECIAL RIDES
Whether you're interested in mentoring a student, expanding your professional network, or simply reconnecting with old friends, this networking event is an opportunity to engage with fellow alumni and current Daniels School students.
Alumni Awards and Celebration Cocktail Hour
Join us on the Mary J. Hanna-Elmore West Terrace of the Purdue Memorial Union for cocktails prior to the Alumni Awards and Celebration Dinner.
Alumni Awards and Celebration Dinner
You don't want to miss this dinner in the Purdue Memorial Union north ballroom. We will wrap up our conference in grand style and recognize our 2024 Alumni Award honorees.