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Exploring the people-side of digital transformation (In-Person - Milwaukee Area Networking & Learning Event!)

  • 02/29/2024
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Baker Tilly US, LLP, 790 N Water St, Suite 2000, Milwaukee, WI 53202 US
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Exploring the People Side of Digital Transformation 

Come for the networking & stay for the learning!

ACMP Midwest, in partnership with Baker Tilly, is excited to bring our Milwaukee area members and guests a complimentary opportunity to network with, and learn from, each other in an in-person environment.

Event Schedule:

Check In & Cocktails: 4:00 – 5:15 PM

Panel Discussion: 5:15 – 6:00 PM

Further Networking: 6:00 - 7:00

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the top digital transformation trends (data, AI, cloud, etc.) and the critical factors to transformation success.
  2. Learn strategies for cultivating a digital mindset, overcoming resistance and driving support and adoption for new technologies.
  3. Learn how early assessment of key readiness indicators such as strategic alignment, leadership effectiveness, and organizational culture can influence program success. 

The panel discussion will focus on how change management professionals can navigate the complex and ever-changing digital environment. As OCM professionals, we know digital transformation requires a holistic approach as these systems touch every part of our business, impacting how people and teams perform work, and work together. True transformation only happens when people within your organization are empowered to work purposely towards a common goal, fully committed and accountable for its success before, during, and after the transition from the current state to the future state.

This panel will also discuss best practices on navigating the intersects between leading technology trends and the human side of digital transformation.

Intended Audience: Change management professionals and anyone considering/currently involved in digital transformation initiatives

Meet the host, moderator, and panelists: 

Amanda Klein (Host)

Amanda Klein is a principal with Baker Tilly Digital who leads organizations through all phases of complex business transformation initiatives. She leads activities to define strategic objectives, align with future-state customer experience vision and activates tools to support adoption and engagement throughout. She drives execution of the transformation strategy by leveraging her experience in program management, change management, process improvement and business analysis. Amanda joined the firm in 2007 and has helped clients from a variety of industries including: manufacturing and distribution, financial services and healthcare – achieve their goals. 

Jessica Drexler (Moderator) 

Jessica Drexler is an experienced manager with Baker Tilly Digital who leads organizational readiness strategy at the firm and is an active member of ACMP Midwest. She has 25 years of communications experience supporting the design and implementation of effective change management initiatives to support positive employee and customer experiences. With a focus on cultivating engagement and buy-in across key stakeholder groups, she focuses on impacts relating to culture, employee and customer journeys as well as alignment to organizational strategy to evoke the motivation, desire and commitment required to support sustainable transformation.  

Jordan Anderson (Panelist) 

Jordan is a director with Baker Tilly Digital with more than 10 years of experience in business analysis, strategy, planning and solution architecture across numerous business functional areas and industries. With experience as a strategic team leader, analyst, architect, and developer of analytics solutions, Jordan helps businesses align their goals with Baker Tilly’s strategic and technological resources. He applies a business-first approach throughout the entire analytics and data strategy life cycle, from defining expectations and creating a data solution blueprint to identifying design patterns, models, and best practices to managing and leading consultant teams and driving execution. 

Cindy Bratel (Panelist) 

Cindy is a principal with Baker Tilly Digital, leading the US IFS practice, and has over 25 years of experience helping clients leverage technology to transform and grow their business. Cindy’s experience includes project management, materials and operations management, ERP software implementation, process improvement, organizational restructuring and information technology. She has served clients in multiple industries including automotive, HVAC, consumer products, recreational equipment, food service manufacturing and not-for-profit organizations. She also serves as the technology leader for Baker Tilly’s Center for the Return of Manufacturing, which guides and directly assists manufacturing companies looking to competitively return manufacturing jobs to the US. 

Chad Plahmer (Panelist)

Chad is the Executive Director of Business Transformation at Hydrite Chemical Co. where he recently led their first ERP implementation in 30 years.  Possessing a diverse background in Accounting, Finance, and Operations, Chad has led numerous implementations of new software.  Chad brings a unique understanding of process and a focused approach on execution to organizational transformations.  Understanding that it all comes down to people, he recognizes the importance of Organizational Change Management concepts to empower users to successfully navigate their change journeys. 

Kori Brandl (Panelist) 

Kori is the Director of Business Transformation at Hydrite Chemical Co. and is focused on leading project teams to ensure effective communication, collaboration, and alignment with the organization's goals.  Leveraging over 20 years of experience leading project and program activities in the areas of software implementations, business process automation, and process improvement, most recently Kori provided end-to-end program management for a large-scale ERP implementation at Hydrite Chemical Co.

Kayla Flint (Panelist)

Kayla Flint is a principal with Baker Tilly Digital, leading the Oracle Cloud practice. Her focus is on helping clients shape and execute enterprise strategies that will improve their organization’s ability to thrive. Kayla has led digital transformations for both global and domestic clients ranging from mid-market to Fortune 50 organizations. She has extensive experience bringing together global stakeholders to define common objectives, streamline process and standardize on modern platforms. She is passionate about adoption and long-term viability of cloud technologies and the processes they enable.