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03/09/18 Austin | Innovation and Disruption

March 9, 2018
Austin, TX

Member Price: Complimentary
Non-Member Price: $75



Disruptive and emerging technologies of robotics, nanotechnologies, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence are changing and shaping the future of all enterprises, in many cases replacing traditional competitors as a company’s largest threat. As a director, as you asking the right questions to mitigate risk and identify innovative solutions? Attendees convened as they gained valuable insights from the recent 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and its impact on boards. They learned more about the potential impact of some of these innovations and disruptive technologies – artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, self-driving cars, blockchain, robots, and drones – and highlights of the NACD CES® Experience. This unique NACD event is specifically related to the strategic implications of multiple new technologies.


Key takeaways to bring back to your boardroom will include:

  • New technologies that could disrupt industries and impact the creation of shareholder value
  • A brief CES® 2018 video clip of the NACD CES® Experience
  • How boards are dealing with the potential impacts of multiple new technologies
  • The key questions directors should be asking outside the annual strategy meetings
  • Considerations for disclosures about the impact of new technologies

Location and Time


Vinson & Elkins
2801 Via Fortuna 100
Austin, TX 78746

11:00 AM - Check in and networking

11:30 AM - Seated lunch and opening remarks

12:00 PM - Presentation

12:30 PM - Audeince Q&A

1:00 PM - Closing and adjourn



  CES Executive Summary
  PowerPoint Presentation
  Executive Summary_030918

Speaker Spotlight


Erin Essenmacher, Moderator

Chief Programming Officer, National Association of Corporate Directors
Director, Gandhi Brigade

Erin Essenmacher serves as the chief programming officer for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), responsible for content curation, oversight and execution of more than 60 virtual and brick and mortar education programs and events a year. Essenmacher is also an award-winning writer, director, and producer with nearly 20 years of experience in broadcast and non-broadcast production. She has written, directed, and produced films for PBS, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the History Channel, and Court TV, and produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed independent documentary MINE. She is the former chair of the board of Women in Film and Video and is serves on the board of Gandhi Brigade.

John Hotta

Director, Seattle Foundation, First Washington Robotics

John Hotta is a retired technology executive and private investor. He began his career conducting artificial intelligence research at the RAND Corporation and subsequently held leadership positions at Accenture and Microsoft, from which he retired. He is a board director at First Washington Robotics and the Seattle Foundation. As a National Association of Corporate Directors' Board Advisory Services faculty member, he helps boards and C-suite leaders understand technology, including artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. The Financial Times named Hotta as one of the Agenda Digital 50.

Eugene Sepulveda

Chief Executive Officer, Entrepreneurs Foundation
Director, McDonald Observatory

Eugene Sepulveda is the CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a director at the McDonald Observatory, and a senior advisor to Austin Mayor Steve Adler. He has played at the intersection of business, government and nonprofits for over 33 years – previously as Austin’s first tech banker, the CFO for a semiconductor startup, and a lecturer at the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business. He founded Culturati Summit, an annual gathering of leaders from across the country who prioritize culture building for organizational success.

Eugene has recently also served as the President & CEO of Marfa Public Radio, co-chair of President Obama’s LGBT Leadership Council, and vice chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. He formerly served as a board member for the KDK-Harman Foundation, the Bazaarvoice Foundation, and the Texas Tribune. He currently serves as a director for the Entrepreneurs Foundation, and the McDonald Observatory.

He’s been recognized by the Austin Business Journal as a Heavy Hitter in Finance, as an Austin Under 40 winner, Best Professor (UT McCombs School Undergrads), Outstanding Elective Professor (nominee, UT MBA), and the City of Austin proclaimed Eugene Sepulveda Days for his civic contributions in 1994 and again in 2015. Eugene is one of the most networked persons in Austin, though he would say he just has a lot of friends.



Question about this Event?

Contact NACD Texas TriCities Chapter 5773 Woodway Dr, Box 258, Houston, TX, 77057 phone: 832-369-7110 email: