Compass Summit is the conference created by four of the founders of Techonomy in an effort to expand and evolve the original program we debuted at Lake Tahoe in 2010 (see www.techonomyarchive.com). Compass is a broader and more focused look at what’s possible and what’s important when leaders contemplate solutions to some of the big, global challenges and economic opportunities facing their organizations and our society.
The team includes Brent Schlender and Peter Petre, two of the key editorial voices that designed the Techonomy manifesto and program; Carolyn Jones, the creative director who orchestrated the experience of the conference and produced all the video and educational materials from the conference; and Michael Christman, the executive producer. Participants who relished that inaugural effort should take a close look at the Compass Summit program and philosophy to see how we have both remained true to our original ideas, and taken them to the next level.
Brent Schlender has written extensively about the high-tech industries, business strategy, and management and leadership, and also spent many years as a foreign correspondent for both Fortune and The Wall Street Journal in Latin America and Asia. He also co-developed a dramatic television series with Robert Altman and Garry Trudeau called Killer App, and moonlighted playing saxophones in a Bay Area rhythm and blues band for 15 years. He’s best known for his lengthy interviews and profiles of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Andy Grove, Akio Morita, Bill Joy, John Chambers, Peter Drucker, and other notable business leaders.
Peter Petre was executive editor at Fortune, where he directed coverage of information technology, biotechnology, medicine, industrial technology, and science. He co-authored Alan Greenspan’s memoir, “The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World.” Published in 2007, the book was No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Mr. Petre has co-written two other NY Times bestsellers: General H. Norman Schwarzkopf’s “It Doesn’t Take A Hero” and Thomas J. Watson, Jr.’s “Father, Son & Co.: My Life at IBM and Beyond.” He assisted on Steven Rattner’s “Overhaul: An Insider’s Account of the Obama Administration’s Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry” and on Robert S. McNamara’s “In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam.” He is a director of the Authors Guild, America’s largest association of book writers.
Michael Christman is the founding partner of the award-winning creative agency, Opts Ideas, and the co-founder of the 100 People Foundation. Michael founded Opts Ideas during the infancy of the tech boom in the early 1980s, and his firm has been instrumental in helping companies like Microsoft and Apple bring new products and new ideas to market. Opts has evolved to become an industry leader in communicating content to live and virtual audiences worldwide. As co-founder of the 100 People Foundation, Michael has helped create a novel and powerful yet simple way to understand the people with whom we share the planet, and where each of us fit in to the bigger picture.
Carolyn Jones is best known for her socially proactive photographs and documentary films. As co-founder and artistic director of the 100 People Foundation, she has spent the last five years traveling around the world to raise awareness about social issues through stories and photographs. In addition to her role as Creative Director of Compass, she spearheads its partnership with the 100 People Foundation in an effort to better educate students about global issues.
Chris Fitzgerald is one of the 3 Managing Partners at Opts Ideas. Chris’s life is anchored in the realm of ideas. He has been an active partner with Opts since 2003, and has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s most admired companies, helping them with messaging and communications around products, services and events focused on their customers, stakeholders and employees. The idea of launching Compass resonates with Chris’s insatiable drive to make the world a better place. He joined Opts after more than 13 years with The Wall Street Journal where he served as Director of Marketing in Europe, and Director of Market Development in the U.S. Chris lives and works in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley outside of Healdsburg, California, where he crafts wine from his small Cabernet vineyard in his spare time.
Lisa Holland, has been solving production challenges and staging flawless events since 1984. As Opts’ executive producer and budget expert, she is a primary force behind the company’s success. Blessed with an eye for detail, she brings an elegance and effortlessness to live events and a brilliant sense of creativity in planning.