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The Future of Making Things

November 14-16

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AU Leadership Forum

An exclusive day for leadership teams at AU

Autodesk University gathers 10,000 designers, engineers, and architects to learn, network, and explore new technologies.

Autodesk University Leadership Forum is different. This by-invitation-only, intimate event within AU is only for senior leaders, but the benefits are the same: learn, network, and explore new topics.

On Monday, November 13, futurists, researchers, educators, technologists, and Autodesk executives will come together with VP- to C-level customers for discussion and debate on The Future of Making. We invite you to join us for this unforgettable day.

$1,750 (includes AU Pass)

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Event highlights

  • Peer-to-peer learning

  • Presentations from the Office of the CTO

  • External speakers & bestselling authors

  • Hands-on problem solving sessions

  • Networking reception

What people are saying

  • Albert Alderete
    National Director, Syska Hennessy

    "It was good to represent both sides of man and technology."

  • Elizabeth Baron
    Technical Specialist, Virtual Reality & Advanced Visualization, Ford

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

  • Chad Dorgan
    VP, Technology & Sustainability, McCarthy

    "The Leadership Forum is the best part of AU for me."

  • Lauren Collier
    VDC Manager, SSOE Group

    "I am walking away with ideas and strategies that I can start changing and addressing today."

As a leader in the industry, you know the pace of change is faster than ever. You are thinking about where your industry is headed, where your future talent is going to come from, and what kind of work they are going to do. Autodesk University is an important stop for you and your team in this process.”

—Carl Bass, President & CEO, Autodesk





    • 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

    • 9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.

    • 9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

    • 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

    • 10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

    • 11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

    • 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    • 11:45-12:00 p.m.

    • 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

    • 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

    • 3:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

    • 3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

    • 5:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

    • 5:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

  • Monday, November 14

    • Leadership Breakfast
      Start the day at the exclusive Leadership Forum breakfast. We’ll have everything you need, including an espresso bar.

    • Welcome
      Callan Carpenter, VP, Global Named Accounts Sales is our host for the day.

    • Humans Are Underrated
      Geoff Colvin, Senior Editor at Large, Fortune magazine.

    • Office of the CTO Presentations
      Jon Pittman, VP, Corporate Strategy, and team will discuss technology disruptions versus leadership. How do you select and train talent to use technology in the service of your company vision.

    • AM Break

    • What Does Education Have to Do with It All?
      Randy Swearer, VP, Education, discusses changes in education that you must be aware of to compete for next generation employees.

    • Q&A with Geoff Colvin & Randy Swearer
      Danny Guillory, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, leads a discussion with guest speakers and attendees on building a team of tech-savvy, lifelong learners.

    • So What Are We Going To Do?
      Mickey McManus, Autodesk Fellow and author of Trillions, sets us up for afternoon success.

    • Lunch

    • From Insight to Action
      Mickey McManus will facilitate as you determine next steps to build out the Future of Work for your team.

    • PM Break

    • Report from the Trenches
      From radical collaboration to training life-long learners, hear stories of trial and success from your peers at Ford, Arup, Department of Defense and more.

      Panelists include:
      - Elizabeth Baron, Technical Specialist, Virtual Reality & Advanced Visualization, Ford
      - Zachary Miller, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Department of Defense
      - Alvise Simonetti, Global Leader, Virtual Design, ARUP
      - Tom Grimes, CIO, Industrial Systems at General Electric
      - Mark Buss, Administrative Assistant to the General President, United Association
      of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry, US and Canada

    • Closing Remarks
      Wrap up the day and set up for a successful AU week.

    • Leadership Forum Reception
      Do not leave this reception without a card from the most inspiring or provocative speaker you heard today.