Benjamin Lavoie is the global head of technology and innovation for Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beverage company, where he is responsible for digital transformation of the global supply organization, which includes making a supply chain consisting of over 1,000 facilities across 126 countries real-time, connected and continuously optimizing. Lavoie is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Agile Scrum Master, Project Management Professional, design thinking facilitator and data scientist. Prior to these roles, he was senior director for operations in North America and also led the global implementation of Lean Six Sigma for Anheuser-Busch InBev. It is through his diverse operational excellence and digital experiences that have allowed him to leverage digital transformation to accelerate Lean Six Sigma programs within one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world. Lavoie has a bachelor’s degree in chemical and biomedical engineering, an MBA in operations management and finance from Boston University, and an executive MBA certificate in supply chain management from Washington University.
Shawn Rhodes is a global expert in how the highest-performing individuals and organizations pivot with change. He's a Tampa, FL-based TEDx speaker and his work studying organizations in more than two dozen countries has been published in news outlets around the world including CNN, Inc., Forbes, NBC, Time, and the Wall Street Journal.
His clients have included ConAgra, Deloitte, Serta-Sealy, and more. Rhodes is also a nationally syndicated columnist with The Business Journals, host of the “Warrior @ Work” podcast and author of the new book Pivot Point: Turn on a Dime Without Sacrificing Results.
Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a business futurist specializing in technology trends including big data, artificial intelligence, fintech, and blockchain. He’s the author of Anarchy, Inc.: Profiting in a Decentralized World with Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, as well as four other books, and has lectured at numerous academic institutions including Purdue and Stanford Universities. He is also a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV, founder of Trend Mastery Inc., and host of the Strategic Business Insights video blog (with over 25,000 subscribers and 5 million views on YouTube). Schwerdtfeger has spoken about business trends, technology, and digital marketing at hundreds of conferences all around the world.
Previous books include Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker (2016, Authority Publishing), Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), Webify Your Business: Internet Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed (2009) and Make Yourself Useful: Marketing in the 21st Century (2008). Three of his books have won awards in their respective categories. He’s been featured by the New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Reader’s Digest, CNN Money, NPR, Fortune, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Associated Press, MONEY Magazine, and Forbes, among many others.