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November 13-15, The Venetian

AU LAS VEGAS 2018 / Nov. 13-15
The future of making things

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Leadership Forum

Monday, November 13, 2017

On Monday, November 13, futurists, researchers, educators, technologists, and Autodesk executives will come together with VP- to C-level strategic leaders for a day of discussion and debate on what the future of making things will bring and how to thrive in it all.

Leadership Forum is an invitation-only preconference focused on leadership and management, with an emphasis on developing actionable strategies around technology demands and trends.

Designed specifically for enterprise executives responsible for corporate goals and strategies, Leadership Forum is the most exclusive networking opportunity at AU. To request an invitation before we sell out, contact your account manager.

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  • Learn from futurists and experts from around the world in a cross-industry setting.

  • Solve business challenges and plan for the future.

  • Build strategic relationships with leaders from other Fortune 500 companies.

The details

  • Meet Autodesk CEO and CTO

    Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk CEO, will welcome attendees and share his experience as a new CEO in a business that is being disrupted, just like yours. Jeff Kowalski, Autodesk CTO and SVP, will join Andrew, sharing his long-term technology vision and how you can control risk and determinism in your business.

  • Future of Making Things Workshop

    Facilitated by author and TED speaker Tom Wujec, this workshop will immerse you in real-world challenges and provide practical techniques to build innovation capabilities within your organization.

  • Special Speakers

    Hear from David Rowan, editor-at-large of WIRED Magazine UK, who has traveled across the globe to investigate the companies, entrepreneurs, and radical technologies that are changing our world. Also on this year’s agenda is Greg Brandeau, former EVP and CTO at The Walt Disney Studios and former senior vice president of technology at Pixar.

  • Private Tour and Networking Reception

    Take in everything the Autodesk University Exhibit Hall has to offer with a private curated tour, along with speakers and Leadership Forum delegates. We'll end the day with the exclusive Leadership Forum Networking Reception, where you'll meet and network with the forum speakers, Autodesk leadership, thought leaders, and your peers.

What people are saying

"Seeing how real-world challenges across different sectors are being overcome using Autodesk software was truly inspirational. We all have the ability to shape what is to come! " —Brett Naylor, BECA

"Leadership Forum rocked! The high energy level spread like wildfire, and so did the ideas." —Elizabeth Baron, Ford

"The Leadership Forum is the best part of AU for me." —Chad Dorgan, McCarthy

"I am walking away with ideas and strategies that I can start changing and addressing today." —Lauren Collier, SSOE Group


    • 8:00 a.m-9:00 a.m.

    • 9:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    • noon-1:30 p.m.

    • 1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

    • 5:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

    • Breakfast

    • Morning Session
      • Welcome Message, Callan Carpenter, VP, Global Named Accounts
      • Guest Speaker, David Rowan, WIRED UK Editor
      • Meet Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost
      • Guest Speaker, Greg Brandeau, Collective Genius

    • Lunch

    • Afternoon Session
      • Jeff Kowalski, CTO keynote address
      • The Future of Making Things Workshop: Managing the Mindset of Innovation, Thomas Wujec
      • Customer Report Outs
      • Closing Remarks, Callan Carpenter

    • Networking Reception

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