Speaker Criteria

Outthinker accepts only the best business and strategy veterans to address the group. The ability to share condensed wisdom, knowledge and experience with the group is key. Speakers for roundtable sessions are meticulously hand-picked by our team to satisfy the following criteria.

  • Each speaker’s area of expertise is a top-of-mind issue for our strategy officers—with topics for meetings voted upon by members at the end of each session.

  • Each speaker is an exceptionally forward-looking thought-leader or “Outthinker” who will bring exciting information and a nuanced point of view to the conversation.

  • Each speaker is excited to join our group and take part in the discussion.

Upcoming Speakers


Robert C. Wolcott

Robert Wolcott is a Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Executive Education at the Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern University. Wolcott won Teacher of the Year from Kellogg's EMBA program in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. He is a managing partner at Clareo and the Co-Founder and Chairman of The World Innovation Network (TWIN). Wolcott is a regular contributor on the topics of technology, innovation and society in Forbes and has appeared in MIT Sloan Management Review, strategy+business, The Harvard Business Review, Quartz, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and The New York Times among others.


Past Speakers

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Thomas W. Malone

Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management, a professor of information technology, and a professor of work and organizational studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and was one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on “Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century”. Malone is the author of The Future of Work and more than 100 articles, research papers, and book chapters. He has also been a cofounder of four software companies, an inventor on eleven patents, and a coeditor of four books.

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Chae An (and IBM colleagues)

Chae An is the CTO of IBM’s Global Financial Services Sector, and has worldwide responsibility for the technical strategy and architecture for business solutions for IBM's customers in financial services. He provides architectural guidance, leadership, and strategy on new blockchain technical innovations and digital transformation. Prior to his current position, he held various technical and executive management positions at IBM Software Group and IBM Research, leading research in robotics, supply chain optimization, e-Commerce technologies, and analytics for decision support. Chae is a member of the board at the Banking Industry Architecture Network. Chae received his PhD at MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with the focus on Robotics.


George S. Day

George S. Day is the Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor Emeritus at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His primary areas of activity are marketing, strategy making, organic growth and innovation, organizational change, and competitive strategies in global markets. Dr. Day has authored eighteen books in the areas of marketing and strategic management. He has won ten best article awards, one best book award, and two of his articles were among the top 25 most influential articles in marketing science in the past 25 years.


Bharat Anand

Bharat Anand is the Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School, faculty chair of the HBX initiative, and an expert in multi-business strategy. with a primary focus on media and entertainment. His recent book, The Content Trap, examines digital transformation in the media and entertainment industries, with a view to understanding what we can learn from nearly a quarter century of change.


John Hagel III

Mr. John Hagel III serves as Co-Chairman at Strategy and Technology Center of Deloitte LLP. Mr. Hagel serves as Co-Chairman of The Deloitte Center for the Edge. Mr. Hagel's distinctive expertise involves perspectives on the emergence and evolution of new business models enabled by the Internet, restructuring opportunities created by e-commerce and new approaches to strategy under high uncertainty.

Peter Fader

Peter Fader

Peter S. Fader is the Frances and Pei-Yuan Chia Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His expertise centers around the analysis of behavioral data to understand and forecast customer shopping/purchasing activities. Managerial applications focus on topics such as customer relationship management, lifetime value of the customer, and sales forecasting for new products. Much of his research highlights the consistent (but often surprising) behavioral patterns that exist across these industries and other seemingly different domains.


Rita Gunther McGrath

Rita Gunther McGrath is a globally recognized expert on innovation and growth strategies with an emphasis on corporate entrepreneurship. Recognized as one of the top 10 management thinkers by global management award Thinkers50, her work and ideas help CEOs and senior executives chart a pathway to success in today’s rapidly changing and volatile environments. McGrath is highly valued for her rare ability to connect research to business problems.

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Glenn Finch

Glenn Finch serves as the Global Leader for Technology and Data in the Business Analytics and Strategy practice at IBM. His emphasis on business analytics and optimization is focused on the most challenging and transformative engagements IBM undertakes. He has over 25 years of experience advising global clients on how to achieve greater business value from their analytic environments, as well as to reduce the ongoing cost of running those environments, through large-scale transformation.

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Eric Clemons

Dr. Clemons is Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. A pioneer in the systematic study of the transformational impacts of information on the strategy and practice of business, he has authored numerous books and papers on strategic uses of information systems, information economics, and the changes enabled by information technology.

Outthinker Network and CSO Roundtable

Outthinker Network Member companies have realized immense value from the actionable tools, exclusive insights, fresh ideas and professional connections created at CSO Roundtables and other Outthinker network events. The individuals representing their organizations have describe the Outthinker Network as “invaluable for bringing new ideas and transformative thinking into their organizations” – enhancing the efficacy and success of their strategy teams and furthering the trajectory of their individual careers.

If you are a senior level strategist at a large company Interested in joining the Outthinker Network and attending the next Chief Strategy Officer Roundtable, fill out the form below and we will get back to you to schedule an interview.