2023 Sogeti USA Executive Summit

Scarcity in Abundance

May 24-25, 2023
The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel, CA




Today we live in an oxymoron…

While innovation continues to evolve at lightning speed in abundance all around us, we seem to face true scarcity in so many other areas of our life: an unstable economy pressuring budgets, talent shortages challenging our teams, and even natural resources now stretched to limits.

If technological innovation is plentiful but scarcity is in abundance, how can we effectively balance business value creation and the interests of society at large?

During our Sogeti Executive Summit, we will discuss how emerging technologies can help you build a strong future and will help you craft an action plan to start.

Together we’ll explore these questions:

  • Will we be able to sustain our growth of prosperity, or will it reach its boundaries? And what does this mean for future generations?
  • Are we experiencing the end of consumerism as we know it?  Do Generation Z and Alfa desire more “stuff,” or are they expecting something more?
  • How can your organization better deal with strategic dilemmas?
  • How will the abundance of AI (such as ChatGPT) contribute to making better decisions?

During this two-day intensive program, perspectives from many different experts will be along with interactive peer discussion.


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James McQuivey: Creative AI as the next wave of disruptive innovation

James tracks and predicts behavior change, whether among consumers or employees. In his tenure at Forrester, he successfully forecast the rise of online shopping in 1998 and more recently predicted the arrival of Amazon’s Echo platform before it existed. His models succeed because he focuses on an understanding of core human needs and motivations, using that foundation to predict why, when, and how people will try new things.

In February 2013, James published his book Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation. Currently, he is the research director for Forrester's Future of Work team, guiding a team of analysts to not only identify changes in the world of work but also prepare clients in every industry to approach these changes as opportunities instead of threats.

Previously at Forrester, James ran Consumer Technographics® North America, Forrester's unparalleled consumer research effort. In addition to keynoting at industry events and Forrester forums, James is routinely sought after for comment by such publications as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Peter Leyden: The Great Progression

Peter Leyden has spent his career in a wide range of roles figuring out the future, explaining what’s probably coming next, and helping envision how we can build a better world.

He came to San Francisco at the beginning of the digital revolution to work with the founders of WIRED magazine.  He then learned the futures business working with the founders of the pioneering strategic foresight firm Global Business Network and eventually founded two of his own media startups focused on the future.

Leyden now is considered a thought leader on the future, the impact of new technologies, and the repercussions of megatrends. He has worked for 25 years as a futurist and tech expert through Keppler Speakers, giving keynotes on roughly a monthly basis throughout America. He’s written two influential books on the future that went into multiple languages, and most recently written popular online pieces like The Great Progression, 2025 to 2050.  He is regularly interviewed by the media and podcasts. 

Leyden also is a senior advisor on strategic foresight operating through his firm Reinvent Futures. He frequently takes what he learns about the future and helps senior leaders of organizations think through the strategic implications of what’s coming in the decade ahead. More at www.PeterLeyden.com.

David Weinberger: Knowledge without Understanding

Since the dawn of the web, pioneering thought leader David Weinberger has been deciphering the impact of the technology on our lives, business, and ideas. He has pursued this work as a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, as former co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, as a journalism fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center, a Franklin Fellow at the US State Department, and currently as a writer-in-residence at an AI research group at Google. His many years as a marketing consultant to innovative tech companies, a marketing VP, and entrepreneur have given him first-hand experience in our new economy. A best-selling author, his latest book Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We're Thriving in a New World of Possibility examines how AI, big data, modern science, and the Internet are enabling us to embrace the chaos from which the future arises. Addressing both business and individuals, he explains how we're advancing as never before, not by anticipating the future, but by making it even more unpredictable. His first book, Cluetrain Manifesto has been called a “primer on Internet marketing,” revealing the Internet as a social space years before social networks like Facebook came along.

Eleanor ‘Nell’ Watson: Scarcity of Trust

Eleanor ‘Nell’ Watson, a pioneering ethics and machine intelligence researcher, has been a driving force behind some of the most crucial AI ethics initiatives, including the IEEE 7001 standard on transparency. Her contributions have earned her fellowships from prestigious organizations such as the British Computing Society, Royal Statistical Society, and The Atlantic Council.

Susan Paulson: Abundant Life and Pleasure in Post-Growth Worlds

Susan Paulson serves as Professor at the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies, and previously taught sustainability studies at Lund University, Sweden. For 30 years she has studied human-environment relations in Andean and Amazonian territories, 15 of those years living full-time in South America. Paulson analyzes environmental dynamics from local to global scales, with attention to roles played by class, gender and ethnoracial systems. Her delight in conversation across difference and commitment to engaging wide audiences are manifest in invited lectures delivered in 20 countries, and in publication in scholarly journals representing an unusually wide range of disciplines (anthropology, environmental studies, forestry, gender studies, geography, political science).  For the past decade, Paulson has been exploring paths toward degrowth in diverse forums, among them Feminisms and Degrowth Alliance. Her most recent book, the co-authored The Case for Degrowth (2020), has been translated into eight languages.

Karl Gerth: The Future of Your Consumer: How Recent Trends Suggest Forthcoming Prospects

Karl Gerth writes, teaches, and speaks on the history and contemporary implications of consumerism and capitalism, particularly through the case of China. Currently, he is a Professor of History and the Hsiu Endowed Chair in Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego. His books include Unending Capitalism and As China Goes, So Goes the World, which explores whether Chinese consumers can rescue the economy without creating even deeper global problems. After receiving his PhD from Harvard University in 2000, he taught at Oxford University until his move to UCSD in 2013.

Jeroen van der Most: Art and AI

For over 10 years, Dutch artist Jeroen van der Most has been creating art that combines data, algorithms, and AI. To explore a new use of technology that deepens our relationship with our natural surroundings. His work challenges our understanding of reality by fusing past, present, and future into a mind-bending experience.
Van der Most has been a resident artist at renowned institutions like Technical University Delft and global media frequently covered his work. He created commissioned art for major organizations like NVIDIA, Amnesty International, Nike - Footlocker, the Jumbo - Visma cycling team, and NH hotels. His work has been exhibited worldwide, from ZKM Karlsruhe and CES Las Vegas to AAF Hong Kong.

Hear a short teaser from Nell Watson about her presentation at the 2023 Executive Summit


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Hear a short teaser from Peter Leyden about his presentation at the 2023 Executive Summit


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Wednesday May 24th

7:30 am
Breakfast in Fairmont Hotel

Thursday May 25th

7:45 am
Breakfast in Fairmont Hotel

Practical information


We are excited to host our 5th annual Sogeti Executive Summit for the first time in San Francisco, CA!

Our main sessions will be held at the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel, located at 950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108.


The Sogeti Executive Summit is a VIP, invitation-only event reserved for our top clients.  As such, we look forward to hosting you as our special guest.

You will need to provide your own transportation to and from the hotel. Once you arrive, our team will cover your hotel accommodations for May 23rd and 24th along with all your meals throughout the Summit.

Since our 2023 Summit is held right before the Memorial Day holiday, you may be interested in extending your stay in California. Please note that you will need to make arrangements for any additional accommodations for dates outside May 23rd and 24th.

Once you register, you'll receive an email confirmation.  We will send you a separate email closer to the event to finalize your logistics.

2022 Overview

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Kelly Maroney
Kelly Maroney
Associate Vice President of Marketing