C-SWEET MIDWEST LAUNCH EVENT
Come join C-Sweet at our inaugural Chicago event featuring a speaker panel on Business Transformation and Empowering your Workforce.
Thursday, October 7th, 6:00 - 8:30PM
The Metropolitan City Club
233 S Wacker Dr Floor 67, Chicago IL 60606
Enjoy fabulous conversation, appetizers, wine & soft drinks, and a fun raffle.
*All Covid protocols will be followed*
Meet our Speakers:
Robin Gareiss is CEO and Principal Analyst at Metrigy, where she oversees research product development, conducts primary research, and advises leading enterprises, vendors, and carriers.
Robin has advised hundreds of senior IT executives, ranging in size from Fortune 100 to Fortune 1000, developing technology strategies and analyzing how they can transform their businesses. Over the past 25 years she's developed industry-leading, interactive cost models for some of the world’s largest enterprises and vendors.
Robin leads Metrigy’s Digital Transformation and Digital Customer Experience research. She also is a widely recognized expert in the communications field, with specialty areas of contact center, AI-enabled customer engagement, customer success analytics, and UCC. She is a highly sought speaker for conferences and trade shows, presenting at events including Enterprise Connect, ICMI, IDG’s FutureIT, Interop, Mobile Business Expo, and CeBit. She currently writes a blog for No Jitter.
Additional entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding and overseeing marketing and business development for The OnBoard Group, a water-purification and general contracting business in Illinois. Robin served as president and treasurer of Living Hope Lutheran Church, led youth mission trips, and ran successful fundraisers for children’s cancer research. She serves on the University of Illinois College of Media Advisory Council, as well.
Before starting Metrigy, Robin was President and Co-Founder of Nemertes Research. Prior to that, she shaped technology and business coverage as Senior News Editor of InformationWeek, a leading business-technology publication. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois.
Vita Merlotti brings 30+ years experience in the advertising, marketing, media & technology industry to her role with Avalon LLC. She is a ‘go-to-executive’ for a number of CEOs, CFOs and COOs to ensure the viability and ongoing health of their organizations. Vita is an executive advisor with a proven track record across the full spectrum of business, operations & technology transformation solutions, with significant experience in growth and distressed situations. Vita is also a Certified Advisory Board Chair, having recently completed her certification with the Advisory Board Centre.
Prior to creating Avalon LLC, Vita was the Director of Business Transformation for The Interpublic Group of Companies, a $7.0+billion marketing, media, entertainment and communication multi-national. Vita has delivered measurable results as an employee, and as a consultant, across a diverse set of responsibilities – Director of Business Transformation, Global CIO, Director of Operations, Chief of Staff, Program and Account Director.
Vita is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wayne State University with additional discipline studies at Northwood Institute. She is a member of the Michigan Women’s Foundation, The Power of 100 Women, Midwest Co-Chair for C-Sweet, on the board of Cook For YOUR Life, and a Certified Facilitator for the Kauffman Foundation FastTrac Tech Venture series.
Beyond her individual mentorship and advisory work, the Avalon LLC team is committed to the health, growth and sustainability of the communities that they live and work in. As part of their efforts to support growth, a vibrant future and long-range success, the team proudly supports advisory, coaching and mentor services for a variety of community and entrepreneurial organizations, including the Michigan Women’s Foundation and the University of Michigan Entrepreneurial Panel.
As senior director of product marketing at Oracle, Jean Lawrence leads a global organization responsible for message strategy, content creation, product launches, analyst relations, press, digital and event content. She helps communications service providers realize the benefits of 5G, cloud and the digital economy by transforming their digital experience, monetizing new services, and automating operations.
In her 20+ years of communications industry experience, Jean held marketing, strategy and product development leadership positions at Computer Sciences Corporation, Motorola, and T-Mobile prior to joining Oracle in 2016. She holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame.
Beth Hilbing, Co-CEO of C-Sweet, is a versatile, experienced, successful executive with extensive experience in managing infrastructure and global client services for the entertainment, insurance, aerospace, and banking industries.
In her most recent role at Boeing Corporation as Sr. Program Manager and Principal IT Business Partner. Beth focuses on innovative technologies in Engineering, Manufacturing and Supplier Management, and Data Analytics. Delivering agile, cost-competitive solutions, so customers can reduce costs, drive efficiency and optimize operations. Manage IT costs and budgets and IT spend in excess of $85M. Beth also remains a Senior Consultant with Strategic Alliance Consulting Division working with client offerings and key engagements.
Prior to that Beth was director of Global Collaboration Services at Northrop Grumman Corporation (NG), focused on engineering and operations to support collaboration technology spanning domestic and international operations for NG. Prior experience includes managing teams up to 500 in size, budget responsibility of $120 million+, Project/Product Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Vendor Management, Cloud, Mobile, Cyber Security, Global Client Service Structure and Support, Application Support, and Financial management.
As a former Vice President for Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union, Beth was responsible for all design and implementation for Information Technology Systems and Program Solutions, including Enterprise Resource Planning programs, Internet security, and disaster recovery.
With a strong ability to clearly articulate how complex technologies improve business operations, Beth is a highly sought-after speaker at executive forums and technical conferences. Her topics include organizational key strategy and leadership, collaboration technology, unified communications, cloud-based services, and mobility.
Beth’s education includes a Master’s in Business Administration from California State University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Webster University. Additionally, she is a certified Project Management Principal, Six Sigma Black Belt, and has earned technical, leadership certifications.
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