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Breakthrough Conference

Keynote Speaker

Cheryl Grise EY

Top Trends Impacting Strategy and Leadership in a Transformative Age

October 25, 12:45 - 2:00 PM
Main Ballroom

Cheryl Grise

Americas Solutions Leader, Ernst & Young

Cheryl is the Americas Solutions Leader at Ernst & Young LLP, a US member firm of the global EY organization.

Cheryl joined EY in 2012 and was asked by EY’s Chairman Elect to help implement the new global growth strategy, Vision 2020, across the firm.   It was clear early on that EY’s aggressive growth aspirations relied heavily on shifting its brand promise in the market place from one of Quality in Everything We Do to the new purpose of Building a Better Working World.  Under Cheryl’s leadership EY developed a new methodology and toolset to help activate EY’s new purpose as part of Vision 2020’s implementation.  Subsequently, Cheryl was asked to lead the Global Advisory Strategy practice where she launched the “Purpose Led Transformation” team and capability in market place for clients.  In 2015, she was the co-founder of the Beacon Institute which she helped launch at the World Economic Forum in Davos and introduced new research in partnership with Oxford Said Business School and HBR Analytics on the topic of using Purpose to transform and drive new levels of growth and innovation.  Cheryl also co-founded an exclusive partnership with EY and Simon Sinek to help companies “discover and activate their Why.”

Cheryl has spent the last 25 years of her career in consulting with EY, IBM, and PwC where she held various senior leadership roles. Throughout her career she has served as the Lead Transformation Partner on strategic enterprise programs to optimize clients' business models, processes, and providing support to business systems to deliver significant and measurable returns.   In 2006, Cheryl was a contributing author to the book Can Two Rights Make a Wrong? Insights from IBM's Tangible Culture. She was also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where she taught a graduate course on Transformational Leadership.  In her many years of experience one key theme emerges - Cheryl helps clients transform.