Leadership Forum at Autodesk University 

Monday, November 12  

Leadership Forum is an invitation-only preconference focused on leadership and management, with an emphasis on developing actionable strategies around technology demands and trends. Designed specifically for VP- to C-level enterprise executives, Leadership Forum is the most exclusive networking opportunity at AU. For questions, email us at Leadership@Autodeskevents.com.


Hear from some of the best minds in the business. Connect with innovators, influencers, and experts shaping the future in building, construction, manufacturing, and design. 


Step away from the daily management of your business, hear from experts on the technology trends that are affecting your industry, and gain insight to drive greater success within your organization. 


Network in a relaxed and creative session with speakers and experts. Walk away with new ideas and contacts.

Monday, November 12 

8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. Leadership Forum Breakfast
9:00 a.m.- 9:25 a.m.

Opening Provocation

  • Hype Curves and Catalysts: Callan Carpenter, VP, Global Named Accounts
  • Rules of the Game: Chris Tisdel, Lead Facilitator
9:25 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.

Redefining Work

  • Opportunity of Better: John Hagel, Co-Chairman, Deloitte LLP's Center for the Edge
  • Active Discussion: Chris Tisdel, Lead Facilitator
  • Break
10:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Reimagining Value

  • The Future of Making Things: Jon Pittman, VP, Corporate Strategy and Radha Mistry, Story Strategist
  • A Case Study: Massimiliano Moruzzi, Senior Research Scientist
  • Active Discussion: Chris Tisdel, Lead Facilitator
11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Outsiders Inside

  • Outsider’s View: Mickey McManus, Senior Advisor, BCG and Visiting Autodesk Fellow; Marco Annunziata, Resident Fellow at Autodesk, Entrepreneur in Residence at GE, and Forbes.com regular contributor; and Lieutenant Colonel Tim Spaulding, United States Air Force and Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow at Autodesk
  • Active Discussion: Chris Tisdel, Lead Facilitator
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Leadership Forum Lunch
1:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Q&A with Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost

2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Reflection and Re-invention

  • Looking Forward: Natasha Luthra, Director, Emerging Technologies, Jacobs Engineering
  • Looking Back: Beth Comstock, former GE Vice Chair and author of Imagine It Forward
  • Active Working Session: Beth Comstock and Chris Tisdel, Lead Facilitator
  • Break
3:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Conclusion and Synthesis of the Day’s Provocations: Callan Carpenter, VP, Global Named Accounts
5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception

What people are saying


“The high energy level spread like wildfire, and so did the ideas.” 

“The Leadership Forum is the best part of AU for me.” 

"This forum has re-ignited an idea that innovation thinking will drive us forward.” 

“It exceeded my expectations, overall it was slick, flowed well, and was so relevant, thank you.”  

 Leadership Forum and Autodesk University  

Every year we welcome senior leaders with titles such as CTO, CIO, VP of BIM strategy and development, VP of global research and innovation, VP of manufacturing, and others. They come from across industry silos for energetic discussions about what’s next. 

It will be a day of insight and inspiration. Questions? Contact us at Leadership@Autodeskevents.com.