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Brightline Initiative Sponsored Panel
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Solving Big Strategic Problems Across Organizational Boundaries
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Everyone is talking about the impact of technology, from giant tech companies becoming too powerful, to what jobs will be taken over by Artificial Intelligence. As organizations struggle to define technology strategies that will deliver competitive advantage, it is vital to shed light on the future of people and organizations.

The panel features a future oriented discussion that links people, organizations, technology and strategy implementation together. The discussion will focus on a number of questions:

  • What kinds of collaborative skills are called for in complex business ecosystems linked by technology platforms? 
  • What is or is not changing in how leaders prepare their people and define their organizations’ culture in this unprecedented wave of technological change? 
  • What would be the impact of technology on the human side of transformation in organizations and vice versa? 
  •  Are the organizations and the workforce changing in a way that fit the future? 
 FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Caterina La Tona’s career spans more than 30 years, serving multiple industries and characterized by successive global roles, setting strategy and delivering cornerstone initiatives. She is now an advisor, focused on realizing business transformation with IT executives and teams. As HP Executive Director, Ms. La Tona led the global transition/transformation and program/project management (PPM) capability, driving predictability and repeatability. People and process development were prime goals. Ms. La Tona strengthened the PPM job family to reflect success profiles and implemented a single global method and lessons learned process. As Transformation Executive for the EDS Manufacturing, Industrial and Energy Industry Group, she drove business results with IT Executives through transformation advisory services and critical change initiatives. All facets of the business were affected, requiring strong leadership, integration and collaboration.

Former roles included global portfolio management, contract negotiations and global manufacturing/engineering function management. The breadth of Ms. La Tona’s experience positioned her to write and speak to diverse groups globally. Topics have included women in leadership, global project/program management, portfolio management, successful transition/transformation and management of change. She has traveled extensively, working with local teams, sharing knowledge and advancing objectives.

Ms. La Tona holds an honors bachelor of computer science degree from the University of Windsor and attended Thunderbird-American Graduate School of International Management program focused on managerial issues in the global enterprise. She is a founding member of the PMI Global Executive Council and has supported multiple PMI initiatives over the years. She has been a mentor for 12 years at EDS, HP and with the Michigan Council of Women in Technology. Ms. La Tona enjoys cross country skiing, hockey and travel. 

Michael is a successful senior executive well versed in international business development, alignment of talent strategy with business strategy, organizational and talent development, product innovation and management, marketing, sales and business process. Seasoned professional / expert in integrated assessment and talent management systems and senior level consulting.

Michael is a recognized thought leader in the talent management sector. He has been quoted in MSNBC, CNNMoney, Fortune, Industry Week, Human Resource Executive, Leadership Excellence, T+D Magazine, MSNCareers, HR Magazine, Toronto Globe and Mail, Canadian HR Reporter, Benefits Canada and

Montazar Muhalhal is General Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Saudi Telecom Company (STC). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from KFUPM. Montazar has over 20 years of experience spanning across strategy, strategic execution, and business development. In his current role at STC, he manages the top strategic initiatives portfolio for the company in order to maximize value and drive superior outcomes.

Tahirou Assane Oumarou has over 15 years of experience in leadership roles, civil engineering and project management. As Director of Operations of the Brightline™ Initiative, Tahirou oversees the activities under the three benefit pillars of thought and practice leadership, networking, and capability building. From 2013-2017, Tahirou worked as the Deputy Director of Infrastructure and Project Management Group in the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) supporting the successful implementation of peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Prior to the United Nations, Tahirou was a Senior Project Manager with the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario where he provided technical capabilities and expertise to ensure excellence in the delivery complex highway projects with multi-disciplinary teams. 




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