Industry Roundtables—Where you belong!
CONNECT Roundtables are peer-to-peer executive development forums. Roundtables blend events, peer-to-peer interaction, benchmarking and other activities that promote information sharing and problem solving. Roundtables give members the opportunity to benchmark themselves and activities against a broad diversity of innovation companies. Roundtables are organized by functional job responsibilities in order to leverage shared experiences and solutions.
The CEO Roundtable provides a unique forum for CEOs and Presidents of CONNECT-member companies to discuss strategic, operational, and financial issues with their peers. The Roundtables are characterized by an open and honest exchange of ideas and feedback that leaders often do not receive from within their companies. Participation is by invitation and meetings are held monthly.
The CTO/Chief Architect Roundtable is designed for the most senior executive in charge of software development. Its mission is to create a regional peer-to-peer roundtable for senior software executives. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month.
The Finance Roundtables provide a forum for discussion of key topics concerning finance executives. Its mission is to enhance the skills and understanding of finance professionals and facilitate discussion around common issues and challenges.
The Finance Roundtable hosts periodic topic driven events concerning finance issues. These events are open to both CONNECT members and non-member companies and can be located on the CONNECT event calendar.
The Senior Finance Roundtable is held on the second Thursday of the month in alternating months. This invitation-only meeting is designed for senior finance executives to meet in a more intimate environment. Participation is for SME CONNECT/CONNECT members only. Members must be a practicing senior finance executive.
Moss Adams LLP and SME CONNECT Finance Roundtable CFO Benchmarking Report
Moss Adams and SME CONNECT recently hosted a two-hour roundtable discussion featuring a mix of regional area technology company CFOs and other finance executives. The goal was to gather a cross-section of companies in a forum to share the current state of their businesses and identify insights and trends. Participants had the opportunity to benchmark their operations and business challenges against other world-class companies.
Carisa Wisniewski, Moss Adams San Diego office managing partner, hosted the discussion which was focused on three key areas—human resources and operations, sales and marketing, and funding.
During the event, participants anonymously answered questions to key benchmarking questions via electronic polling. For questions with surprising or skewed results, there was a lively discussion about the circumstances behind the answers or the nature of the question that led to the scores.
The report isn’t intended to be a statistical survey. However, it reveals a wealth of interesting information, and participants have already brought forth the insights they gleaned from the roundtable discussion back to use within their companies. We hope that readers will find this information equally as useful.
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The Founders Roundtable provides a unique forum for Founders. Typically the topics discussed are focused on growth. The Roundtable is characterized by an open and honest exchange of ideas and feedback that founders often do not receive. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month. Participation is open to CONNECT members and Springboard Portfolio Companies.
The General Counsel Roundtable provides a forum for General Counsels. Discussion topics vary from public policy issues to operational and other legal issues. These meetings are peer based and members are asked to submit topic areas prior to the meeting. Dates are set by the Chairman/Host. Participation in the General Counsel Roundtable is limited to internal General Counsel or senior legal executives from CONNECT innovation companies.
The HR Roundtable hosts periodic topic driven events surrounding HR issues. These events are open to both CONNECT members and non-member companies and can be located on the CONNECT event calendar.
The HR Advisory Council is held on the first Thursday of the month in alternating months. This invitation only meeting is designed for senior HR executives to meet in a more intimate environment. Members are asked to submit ‘discussion topics’ for inclusion in these meetings. All HR Advisory Council members are also asked to sign an NDA. Participation is for SME CONNECT/CONNECT members only. Members must be a practicing senior HR executive.
Marketing & Sales Roundtable
The SME CONNECT’s Marketing & Sales Roundtable is a community of marketing and sales professionals who meet to exchange ideas, share best practices, learn new techniques and tactics, and network. CONNECT members are provided the opportunity to attend panel, single speaker, joint speaker, or case study events that are interactive and informative around various strategic and tactical sales and marketing initiatives.
The Operations Roundtables provide operations professionals a forum for discussion of common strategic, operational, financial and technical issues.
The Operations Roundtable mission is to share experiences and knowledge to enable members to develop informed positions affecting policy, methods and cost optimization. The Operations Roundtable meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 7:30am to 9:30am (unless noted otherwise). These meetings are topic driven and open to both CONNECT members and non-member companies and can be located on the CONNECT event calendar.
The Senior Operations Roundtable is held the third Wednesday of the month in alternating months starting in January. This invitation- only meeting is designed for senior operations executives to meet in a more intimate roundtable environment. Participation is for SME CONNECT/CONNECT members only. Members must be practicing senior operations executives.
Complimentary attendance for CONNECT members at the Operations Roundtables is provided by CMTC. CMTC’s Mission: To create solutions for manufacturing growth and profitability. CMTC is a private, mission-based non-profit Corporation, affiliated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Our affiliation assures performance standards that translate into customer service with consistent high benefits and satisfaction.
The Global Logistics Roundtable encompasses topics such as Import/Export controls, compliance, customs and related issues. Its mission is to create a regional peer-to-peer roundtable and to be a resource for tech executives responsible for the international transport of their products. Meetings are held quarterly. These events are open to both CONNECT members and non-member companies and can be located on the CONNECT event calendar.
Additonal benchmarking products for members
The Salary Survey series offers members critical benchmarking information, designed to extend beyond compensation these surveys dive deep into job families. The first in the series Sales Compensation Survey was finished in July 2012.
2012 Sales Compensation Survey
*complimentary to SME CONNECT- CONNECT Members
This Survey provides comprehensive pay and plan design information for U.S. based sales organizations within the innovation economy. It also offers compensation data and detailed incentive plan characteristics by market segment. The level of detail is key in making informed decisions regarding how to position your programs relative to both competitors for busienss and those competing for your sales talent.