Monday, November 18, 8:00 a.m.
Thriving in Disruption
This kickoff keynote will set the stage for the Quality 4.0 Summit by offering real world examples of how disruption provides an opportunity to improve quality on an enterprise level. The speaker will address the need to layer in innovation, adapt a shifting mindset, and identify opportunities for people to upskill and differentiate themselves and their organizations. He will encourage attendees to participate in Summit with a plan to incorporate session content and networking activities into their approach to Quality 4.0.
Rick Smith is an entrepreneur, connector, bestselling author and TED speaker with an eclectic range of accomplishments. He is the Founder of CNEXT, LLC, matching the most respected former Chief Executives with current leaders to solve critical challenges. He is the Founder of Fast Radius, an Industry 4.0 company backed by UPS which is bringing unprecedented speed, scale and quality to additive manufacturing (industrial 3D printing production).
Smith is the founder of World 50, the world's premier senior executive networking organization whose contributors include Robert Redford, Condoleezza Rice, Bono, Alan Greenspan, President George W. Bush, Francis Ford Coppola and more than 200 other iconic leaders. Smith is also the founder of G100 Next Generation Leadership, the leading CEO succession development program for the Fortune 500, utilizing 35 CEOs as faculty including Jack Welch, AG Lafley, Jim Kilts, and Anne Mulcahy. He is also the founder of the Talent Academy, and a co-founder of Bionic Solutions.
Smith is the WSJ bestselling author of: THE GREAT DISRUPTION (St. Martin Press), The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers (Random House), and The Leap (Penguin/Portfolio), with his work reaching #1 on the Amazon business bestseller list and being translated into 14 languages. He is an active professional speaker, having keynoted more than 250 events.
Smith is a semi-professional singer, songwriter, currently performing with the band Men Without Youth, which has opened for Zac Brown and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He plays guitar, keyboards and harmonica, and is a certified music production engineer.