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FWA-NJ: Reimagining the Future: A Journey Through the Looking Glass - Breakfast
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FWA-NJ: Reimagining the Future: A Journey Through the Looking Glass - Breakfast


When: Thursday, September 14, 2017
From 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Where: BNYMellon - Pershing Plaza
95 Christopher Columbus Drive
Jersey City, New Jersey  
United States

Phone: 212-533-2141

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FWA-NJ: Reimagining the Future: A Journey Through the Looking Glass - Breakfast


When we look around us, we see a world in which digital is now woven into the fabric of our lives. Where the pace of change is accelerating, its trajectory exponential and the convergence of paradigm shifts is now the new norm.

We’re now living in a looking-glass world; where everything we think we know is being challenged, including our long-held notions of success and failure. At the same time it’s a world where we can imagine, create and enable like never before.

These paradigm shifts will require us to think deeply about the future, with a focus on improving the global standard of living, and an emphasis placed on right brain characteristics such as creativity, imagination and reasoning. They will have a profound effect as purpose, structure, value, scenarios, ethics and viability are challenged, re-examined and reimagined.

In this keynote presentation, Frank Diana makes the case that we are entering a very transformative period in history – one that could someday be viewed as the MOST transformative. In a world where change is constant and shifts occur instantly, we can no longer accurately predict the future, but instead must rehearse it.


In this context Frank will incorporate perspectives on such questions as:

  • What are the implications for large financial services firms as these paradigm shifts take hold?
  • What are some of the ways that workforces of large companies can think and work differently in the midst of digital transformation?
  • What are the implications for early career choices and preparations as well as mid-career re-tooling to remain relevant?

As part of his presentation, Frank also uses video clips and survey questions to interact and engage with the audience.

The Q&A session will be moderated by Cheryl Mills, Head of Technology Product Management at BNY Mellon.




Frank Diana, Leader, Strategist, Speaker, Futurist, Digital Transformer
Principal, Future of Business
Tata Consultancy Services


Mr. Diana has served in various executive roles throughout his career, bringing over 30 years of leadership experience. He is currently leading efforts to define and enable the Future of Business for TCS Global Consulting. Prior to joining TCS, Mr. Diana was Executive Vice President of enherent Corp., where he led a business analytics growth initiative focused on leveraging advanced forms of analytics to deliver business outcomes. For Aelera Corporation where he served as Chief Product Officer, he managed the development of a market facing social computing and advanced analytics platform.

Mr. Diana served as CEO of Traxian, Inc., a Silicon Valley software start-up focused on the B2B enablement of small and mid-sized businesses, and as Chief Technology Officer of Fujitsu Consulting, he developed the company’s extended enterprise vision, serving as the face to the market and analyst community. He began his career at AT&T, holding various senior roles including CIO for the company’s international financial operation.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Rider College.


Cheryl Mills (moderator)
Head of Technology Product Management
Client Experience Delivery
BNY Mellon

Cheryl Mills leads Technology Product Management for BNY Mellon’s Client Technology Solutions group. Her focus is NEXEN, BNY Mellon’s new open source, cloud-based technology platform.

Prior to her current role, Cheryl spent 14 years with Pershing in various roles. Most recently she was Pershing Limited’s Business Executive in EMEA for global strategic clients across BNY Mellon. Prior to that Cheryl was responsible for leading Pershing's UK client technology product management, launching NexusClient and NexusComplete, the UK’s investor and professional portals. While based in the US, Cheryl was part of the Pershing CTS team in New Jersey, responsible for product development and management. In this role, she led client advisory boards, developed personas for a strategy that consolidated the broker-dealer, advisor and prime brokerage platforms, managed our third-party content program and successfully transitioned all Pershing clients to the innovative, industry leading platform, NetX360®.

Cheryl is active in BNY Mellon’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN). While in London, Cheryl was the chairperson of Pershing Limited’s WIN chapter and was a member of the WIN EMEA Steering Committee. From 2008-2010, Cheryl was on BNY Mellon’s WIN Steering Committee.

Cheryl spent three years with Chase Manhattan Bank and its online retail brokerage company, Brown & Co., in Boston, where her responsibilities included project and product management. Cheryl has a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the College of William and Mary School of Business.


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Event Schedule
8:30 - 8:45 am Registration/Breakfast/Networking

8:45 - 9:00 am Introductions and Opening Remarks
9:00 - 10:00 am Presentation and Q&A, concluding at 10:00 am

$25 FWA Members, $35 Non-Members | Includes breakfast


Short walking distance from the Grove Street PATH station. There is a parking garage (paid parking) at 100 Christopher Columbus Drive. Please arrive early to allow time for security procedures.

Special thanks to President's Circle BNY Mellon and the Women's Initiatives Network, and especially Laura Ryan, Lauren Kozora, and Meaghan Healy-Orlando.

This event is organized by the FWA New Jersey Committee of the FWA of NY, Inc.



Reservations Required -- Bring Photo ID -- No Walk-Ins

 Reservations/Cancellations and payments are required by Friday, September 8, 2017.


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