Minneapolis Roundtable Discussions


Sunday, April 22, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Roundtable Discussion (catered dinner)
7:00 PM – Cross-councils Opening Cocktail

For the past two years, we’ve been offering *optional* roundtable discussions the night before the Councils begins in earnest. These discussions act as a warm-up of sorts for your private Council sessions and have been very popular with our members. It’s a great place to meet other members with similar interests.

Below is the list of this Fall’s topics. TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK THE BOLD TITLE for the roundtable you’d like to attend and sign up. Some important reminders:

  • These conversations are member-led – please come ready to participate
  • We have limited space for each, so please only sign up if you can commit to attending
  • We heard you! Because these occur over the dinner hour, we’ve organized a catered dinner

Escape the Table! – Design Thinking Workshop
Council member Noel Holmes will conduct a fun, interactive workshop where participants will be challenged to “escape the table”. More than just fun, this workshop will discuss some key design thinking principles and use the table game to show these principles in action.

Influence Within Your Organization
How do you get the resources you need? How do you effectively lobby for your project, your idea, or yourself? What impediments do you face in gaining acceptance of your ideas? Participants should come ready to share current challenges, stories of success, and cautionary tales.

The Orangutan Room
Coined by Warren Buffett’s partner Charlie Munger, the “Orangutan Room” is intended for people who aren’t sure what help they need. Each member briefly describes what they are working on and the group listens closely and responds. The point is this: Just verbalizing your story to a group of smart people is in and of itself helpful (that’s where the Orangutan comes in – we’ll explain).

Software as a Service – SaaS
Welcoming both B2B and B2C SaaS providers, come meet and discuss the unique challenges of doing business as a SaaS provider.

Developing OKRs
Objectives and Key Results – sounds simple, right? This is one of the hotter topics across the councils and participants should come ready to share how their organization approaches OKRs and what things work and where are there opportunities to do better? What tools are you using to monitor and report?

Digitally Transforming a Mature Company
This will be a great session for people who have successfully led digital transformations within more mature organizations, and members who face this daunting challenge.