"Three Essential Pillars to Growing Your Business During the Pandemic"

Thursday, September 24, 2020
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Online

Join GAP for an interactive discussion of how to focus on growth during a time of economic instability.

With several months of the pandemic reality behind us, it's time to once again find your forward momentum, and explore responsible, adaptive strategies that can put your business back on a growth trajectory. GAP has successfully grown our revenue during the months between March and September, and we would like to share our approach and strategies that can help you set the same course. Our teams are distributed by nature, and have been working for over 13 years on building a company foundation informed by a strong culture that fosters a resilient, innovative workplace. This roundtable talk will explore issues related to three pillars of the business: Company Operations, Employees and Clients, and the strategies GAP used in all three to stabilize and financially grow despite the pandemic. 

Who Should Attend: 

This virtual talk is designed for individuals who are decision-makers and own the responsibility for their company's overall growth and success, whether in senior technical or operational roles. Executives, VPs, and Directors who work with leadership to decide on partnerships, employees, and projects will benefit from this conversation.

Thank you to our moderator, Joyce Durst.

Joyce Durst, is the CEO and co-founder of Growth Acceleration Partners (GAP), a continuous software delivery partner based in Austin, Texas. She co-founded the company in 2007 after more than 20 years in the software industry. Bootstrapped from the beginning, GAP has since grown into a thriving and profitable business with other 300 employees and offices in Colombia and Costa Rica.

Joyce’s biggest passion is investing in others, committed to mentoring women CEOs and first-time entrepreneurs. A sought-after speaker on leadership and women in business, Joyce is active with the Women Presidents’ Organization and Special Olympics, and has been awarded for her leadership by the Greater Austin Chamber. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Texas A&M University.

And we welcome our speakers, Travis Fawcett, VP Software Engineering at Arista MD

Travis has been managing and architecting software engineering projects since 2000. He has built scalable software in multiple industries including telecommunications, marketing, biotechnology, life schiences, and healthcare. He has extensive experience in the software deveopment life cycle, IT infrastructure management, risk management of software deployments, cloud architecture, HL7, and developing high performing software engineering teams. He is an active participant in the local technology community including the 7CTO's as a contributor and thought leader, and has been a featured presenter in multiple areas of software development. In 2019 he was awarded the Top Tech Executive in San Diego for start-ups!

Lawrence Hsu, VP Data Analytics at Acxiom

Lawrence serves as the Vice President of Data Analytics at Acxiom, overseeing the company’s services teams in charge of delivering insights, advance analytics and data-driven strategies empowering today’s brands to better engage their customers. Lawrence belies that telling a great story through data is critical in unlocking the power of insights and decision making.

Working directly with top Fortune 500 brands across a wide spectrum of industries, Lawrence leads teams to partner with clients across various strategy engagements, including rapid action workshops, data assessments and strategic roadmaps, helping to solve for critical challenges such as navigating the complexity of the martech and adtech landscape, unifying data across fragmented silos, consumer identity and enabling transparency via closed loop measurement. Through collaborative synergies across both strategy and analytics services, Lawrence and his teams bring to life data-driven customer journeys, insightful customer portrait analyses, robust analytics and knowledge sharing.


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