Digital Transformation Summit

Digital Transformation and AI: Reimagining Work in an Age of Disruption

SMU’s invitation-only summit brings together a unique interdisciplinary group of leaders to exchange knowledge and to discuss the hottest topics in the digital transformation world. Join professionals on the forefront of disruptive practice and research to explore ideas and initiatives to help you navigate the new digital age:

  • Immersive technologies in the workplace
  • AI transforming business: blockchain and beyond
  • Political & policy considerations in the new technology age
  • Creativity, disruption, and transformative technology
  • Cyber security and intelligence

Faculty members from all seven SMU schools, as well as academic centers and institutes, will present innovative ideas from their research and practice. Attendees will learn about a wide variety of topics in engaging open sessions, with opportunities for discussion and interaction between speakers and attendees.

The day will begin with a keynote address from industry leader Ed Hess, award-winning author of Learn or Die and Humility is the New Smart, advisor to Fortune 500 companies, and expert on business innovation and growth.

Registration Information

September 26, 2018

James M. Collins Executive Education Center
SMU campus [view map]
3150 Binkley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205

Registration is $149 and includes breakfast, lunch, a signed book and parking.

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Keynote Speaker

Edward D. Hess

Industry leader, author and advisor to Fortune 500 companies

Ed Hess is an internationally-recognized expert on business growth and innovation as well as learning cultures, systems and processes. He is the award-winning author of 12 books, including Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence In the Smart Machine Age; Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization; and Smart Growth: Building Enduring Businesses by Managing the Risks of Growth. Hess has authored more than 100 articles, and his work has appeared in Fortune Magazine,, Washington Post, and Harvard Business Review, among many others. He is Professor of Business Administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, where his current research focuses on applying the science of learning in a business environment.

Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence In the Smart Machine Age

Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization

Closing Keynote Panel

SMU Provost Steven Currall moderates a compelling panel of experts to discuss the future of work.

We are pleased to announce an exciting update! Retired IBM CEO Sam Palmisano and cyber security expert Dr. Fred Chang will join the panel, lending their unique perspectives on the Future of Work.

Sam Palmisano — "The Successful Business Leader." Retired CEO of IBM, Sam brings the business perspective

Fred Chang — "The Technologist." Director of the SMU Deason Institute for Cyber Security and former Director of Research for the NSA, Fred brings cutting edge cyber technology insight

Ed Hess — "The Futurist." A bestselling author, Ed brings a wealth of knowledge on the future of work

Steven C. Currall, SMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs