ASME Tech Leadership Summit

September 13, 2022 at IMTS

McCormick Place West | Chicago, IL

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About the Event

A master class in emerging technologies, the Tech Leadership Summit delivers industry leaders their competitive edge in the new manufacturing reality.

The Summit convenes a cross-industry community of technical experts and business decision makers to share strategic insights, best practices, and technical knowledge in deploying digital manufacturing technologies. Focusing on Big Data, AI/ML, Digital Twin, Additive Manufacturing, and Robotics, this dynamic event concept combines industry-leading content, high level networking and connections, and hands-on technology exploration.

Co-located at IMTS - learning opportunities include a curated exhibits tour led by technology innovators small roundtables and interactive panel discussions with leading manufacturers and ample opportunity for making valuable connections.


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Where IT and OT come together.


Who should attend? Technical and business/operations leaders from OEMs, suppliers, and small-medium sized enterprises. Cross-functional collaboration is the name of the game. Meet peers and colleagues from aerospace, medical, automotive, energy and more.

Focus & Format: This is not ‘death by PowerPoint’ but a dynamic event focused on networking, peer-to-peer learning, and building relationships.

  • Panel discussions with industry icons are an interactive 2-way dialogue.

  • Roundtables on key topics - facilitated by industry leaders - encourage small group discussion

  • Curated ‘Tech Tour’ field trip with your expert guide gives ‘hands-on’ and ‘eyes-on’ of the latest technologies and applications throughout the IMTS exhibits – including a stop at the ‘Live Lab’.

  • Aligned with your cohort of industry peers and colleagues – you’re destined to make some strong 1:1 connections.


Morning sessions

include 1:1 discussion time, small group networking, thought-leader panels with live audience interaction and Q&A. Purposefully focused and network-rich.

Afternoon features

an expert-led TECH TOUR of key digital transformation solutions and emerging technologies at IMTS.

Wrap up the day

with a casual debrief and networking session. Catch up and share notes with fellow delegates over drinks and hors d’oeuvres from the top of McCormick Place West.

Join a lively roundtable discussion on:

Getting Organizational Buy-in | Navigating the Tech Stack | Cybersecurity Considerations | Interdisciplinary Mindset | Business Implications of Technology | Common Speed Bumps | Tech Leader or Laggard? | Technology & Business Connections | Technology Progression | Assessing Your Digital Maturity Level | Tech Investment Priorities | Leadership Best Practices | Building Cross-Functional Teams | Digital Twins | Change Management Pitfalls

Technology Focus




Artificial Intelligence


Automation & Robotics




Connected Factory




Data Visualization


Digital Twin


Industry 4.0




Machine Learning


Model Based Enterprise


Modeling & Simulation


8:00AM - 8:30AM

Networking Breakfast

Grab a coffee and connect with colleagues, speakers and advisors in an informal atmosphere.

8:30AM - 8:45AM


Deborah Holton, President, Metrix

8:45AM - 9:30AM

Keynote Panel: Why Digital Transformations Fail

Industrial companies from aerospace to medical, automotive to energy are striving to transform their business with digital capabilities. But why do 70% of digital transformations fall short of objectives? Lack of organizational buy-in, unclear requirements, limited understanding of business implications, and change management are key factors. How can we successfully move from pilot purgatory to full implementation and meaningful results?

Craig Sutton, VP - Industry 4.0, Eaton
Jennifer Herron, CEO, Action Engineering
Berardino Baratta, CEO, MxD

9:30AM - 10:30AM

Group Roundtables: Digital Transformation Breakdown

Facilitated by industry leaders, join an active small group discussion of real world challenges and solutions in your business. Table groups will tackle key topics and share ideas, learnings, and best practices. Build your professional network and expertise at the same time.

10:30AM - 10:45AM


10:45AM - 11:30AM

Panel: Convergence: Moving towards Digital Maturity - Bridging the Gap between Technology and Business

Are you a Tech Leader or a Tech Laggard? World market disruption has created two types of companies - those who are building digital capabilities and growing at a rapid pace and those that are working hard to catch up. As technologies converge - new solutions and use cases are created. Hear how Tech Leaders large and small are capitalizing on this to accelerate their transformation.

Andra Keay, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Robotics
Nick Bullen, Strategic Defense System's Chief Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corp.
Conrad Leiva, VP of Ecosystem & Workforce Development, CESMII

11:30AM - 12:00PM

Group Roundtables: Bridging the Gap between Technology and Business

Facilitated by industry leaders, share your digital transformation journey with your colleagues and build expertise on how to leverage the business and technology opportunities ahead.

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Networking Lunch

Continue the conversation and mingle with other participants over lunch.

1:00PM - 4:00PM

Tours: Technology Exploration at IMTS

Join a curated cohort tour of digital transformation technologies in action. See applications and consult with technical experts who are implementing solutions for a myriad of industries. Led by industry 'tour guides' you will see novel solutions and applications that will move your operation forward.

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Group Debrief & Networking Reception

Rejoin your colleagues for a relaxed debrief, chat with speakers and sponsors, and compare notes over drinks and light hors d'oeuvres.


Nick Bullen

Nick Bullen

Chief Engineer Strategic Defense System - Northrop Grumman

Jennifer Herron

Jennifer Herron

CEO - Action Engineering

IMTS Andra Keay

Andra Keay

Managing Director - Silicon Valley Robotics

IMTS Craig Sutton

Craig Sutton

Vice President - Industry 4.0 - Eaton Corp

Chuck Brandt

Dr. Charles Brandt

VP, Technical Initiatives - ARM Institute


Bill Fienup

VP of Innovation Services & Co-Founder - mHUB Chicago


Joannie Harmon

Workforce Director - IACMI


Nabil Nasr

CEO - REMADE Institute


Maureen Toohey

Deputy Executive Director - ARMI


Berardino Baratta



Conrad Leiva

VP of Ecosystem and Workforce Develoment - CESMII


Matt Bryan

Squad Leader for Manufacturing in Enterprise Data & Advanced Analytics - Siemens Energy


Michael Grieves


Radu Pavel

VP, CTO, and Chief Engineer - TechSolve Inc.


Gillen Young

Chief Architect and Practice Leader for IoT Solutions - AT&T Consulting

Dan Bagley

Dan Bagley

CEO - Athena

Meaghan Ziemba

Meaghan Ziemba

Host - Mavens of Manufacturing

Michael J. Bradford

Michael J. Bradford

Strategic Business Development Director for DELMIA - Dassault Systemes

Will Healy III

Will Healy III


Special Tour Stop: IMTS Live Lab

Dynamic industry collaboration between ASME and AMT – the Digital Transformation.NOW LIVE LAB delivers expert knowledge, hands on experiences and interactive technology that will help you forge your roadmap to the future of manufacturing.


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