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On May 4, 2016, Daniels Executive Education hosted its inaugural SMART event, the SMARTech in Business Conference, which brought together several renowned leaders in business, technology and marketing to share insights on how to turn data into actionable intelligence.

Daniels Dean Brent Chrite welcomed nearly 70 alumni and area professionals from companies such as Arrow Electronics, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Delta Dental, Denver Art Museum and Hewlett Packard, as well as others from the Daniels community. Speakers included faculty members from the Departments of Marketing and Business Information and Analytics, Erik Mitisek, executive director of Project X-ITE, William King, founder and chairman of Zephyr Health, Jed Summerton, VP of enterprise data and analytics at DaVita, Scott Cardenas, CIO of the City and County of Denver, and Michael Kirk, director of machine-to-machine services at AT&T.

Kevin Cuthbert, assistant dean of Executive Education, says that people can expect to see Daniels hosting additional SMART conferences and more intimate SMART talks in the future.

“Daniels Executive Education has historically hosted programs on topics such as leadership, managing change, ethics and business fundamentals and created customized leadership development programs for businesses, but we’re very excited to add convening events like this SMART conference to our portfolio of offerings,” says Cuthbert. “SMARTech was an excellent opportunity for professionals in the Colorado community to come together to talk about timely topics like the internet of things, smart cities, value co-creation, cybersecurity and much more. We’re looking to start dialogues on topics that matter to our stakeholders and contribute to those important conversations.”

Cordell BaanHofman (Executive MBA 2009) is the VP of business development for Greenwood Village-based zvelo, which categorizes the web and determines whether sites are safe or malicious. “This conference provided a great overview of the different industries that rely on data to make better decisions,” says BaanHofman. “Many big data or analytics conferences are focused on the tech side, but SMARTech in Business shared a lot about how to gain valuable, actionable insights from data and use that information to improve your business.”

On September 19, the College will host a SMARTCities Conference, with leaders from a broad spectrum of industries discussing the myriad ways that cities can capitalize on technology to solve problems, engage citizens, change how cities operate and much more. Daniels Executive Education is introducing a number of other events that will be open to the public, including a roundtable on innovation in business, scheduled for late June or early July.

Learn more about upcoming SMART events and other programs and events. To get involved, contact Kevin Cuthbert.