At Spectrum Equity, we believe that talent, teams, and culture separate good companies from great companies, which is why we bring our heads of finance, legal and talent teams together for our Leadership Summit. These executives are some of the most gifted leaders in their fields; they are the tone-setters and culture-bearers within their companies; and they have powerful insights to share about navigating growth and building great organizations. They are also our close colleagues and partners – the people we work with, day-in and day-out, to build category defining companies. After a nearly three-year hiatus – with many Zoom meetings and topical webinars in-between – it was especially meaningful to reconnect in person.
We hosted several plenary sessions, including:
The Evolving Software Market with Brittany Skoda, Global Head of Software Banking at Morgan Stanley
Growth through M&A and International Expansion at The Knot Worldwide with Andy Ivanovich, Chief Financial Officer; Emily Markmann, Chief Human Resources Officer; and Felicity Chaban, General Counsel
Leading People During a Pandemic Hangover with Coley Florance, Head of Talent at Spectrum Equity, and Sean Brecker, Chief Financial Officer of Headspace Health
Cybersecurity in a Zero Trust World with John Sileo, Cybersecurity Expert
From Investor to CFO to CEO, a conversation with Ahad Khan, Chief Executive Officer of Kajabi, and John Connolly, Managing Director at Spectrum Equity
Best Practices: Board Reporting, Risk Elevation & Mitigation with Colleen Smith and Kristin Murphy of Latham & Watkins LLP; Molly Josh, Chief Financial Officer of Datassential; and Suzanne Bonotto, Chief Legal & People Officer of Litmus
Breakout sessions for the individual functional leaders in finance, legal and talent included:
The Legal Org with Maggie Drucker, Chief Legal Officer of GrubHub
The Shifting Sands of Privacy: Existing and Emerging Legal Requirements in the US and Beyond with Aaron Simpson and Adam Solomon, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLC
State of the Private Equity Sponsor-CFO Relationship with Hal Polley, Accordion Partners
Scaling Your Business Through Technology with Markham Bennett and Melinda Soto, Connor Group, and Josh Steinfeld and Reed McBride, Carta
The Road to Retention: Boosting Your Employee Value Proposition in a Post Pandemic World with Sarah Larson, Larson & Associates Consulting
Compensation and Benefits Benchmarking with David Knopping, Alpine Rewards, and Greg Mix, Dan Burton, and Zibby Everett, Marsh McLennan Agency
A sincere “thank you” to all of the executives who joined us this year. We are already looking forward to the next one!