SOURCE: Frost & Sullivan

August 04, 2011 10:09 ET

GIL 2011: Silicon Valley Convenes Thought Leaders, Innovators and Legends to Address Today's Global Challenges

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, Asks Organizations Industry-Wide: Will Your Company Still Be Here in 2020?

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 4, 2011) - In an ever-expanding and fluctuating environment, what strategies are companies implementing to withstand the global forces and restraints that befall their industry, as well as the marketplace overall? Frost & Sullivan's premier gathering of senior executives will convene at GIL 2011: Silicon Valley - The Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership ( on September 11 - 14, 2011 at The Fairmont in San Jose, California. The event promises to provide executives the unique opportunity to benchmark and strengthen growth propositions against proven best-practice tools and strategies.

"The real purpose of GIL is to focus on the CEO's number one top priority -- growth," said Frost & Sullivan Chairman David Frigstad. "We are looking at growth, innovation and leadership as three essential characteristics that enable companies to stay ahead of the competition and gain greater market share within their industries. Our thought leaders deliver the necessary tools, strategies and best practices that help support CEOs and their growth teams."

Individual industry think tank sessions help executives fortify their visionary perspective for the future. By examining a unique 360 degree outlook of their business and critical factors influencing market growth within their specific sectors, companies can better anticipate and respond to today's rapidly changing marketplace while positioning themselves for success in the decade ahead. Some highlights will include a collaboration of leaders to gain and share insight into emerging trends transforming industries via:

  • Boeing's perspective on optimizing success with commercialization programs (Aerospace & Defense)
  • Dupont's view on how to champion innovation (Chemicals, Materials & Food)
  • Siemens' on how to succeed and what is next for smart energy and buildings (Smart Energy & Buildings)
  • UnitedHealth Group IT's insight into the rapidly changing pace of healthcare (Healthcare & Life Sciences)
  • BMW Manufacturing Co. on what smart sustainable manufacturing is everybody's business (Industrial Automation & Process Control)
  • Apple Inc. on rediscovering yourself and your business (Information & Communication Technologies)
  • GE Sensing on what is next for the integrated industry (Electronics, Measurements & Instrumentation)

GIL 2011: Silicon Valley workshops, exhibitions, think tanks, networking opportunities and many other dynamic and engaging activities, support executives with accelerating growth and inspiring innovation. Of particular interest is Frost & Sullivan's "Top 20 Global Mega Trends and their Impact on Business, Cultures and Society."

"Frost & Sullivan defines Mega Trends as global, sustained and macroeconomic forces of development that impact business, economy, cultures, careers and personal lives, thereby defining our future world and its increasing pace of change," said Frost & Sullivan Partner Sarwant Singh. "The key lies in our ability to not only identify and evaluate emerging Mega Trends, but to also translate those opportunities into everyday business and personal life -- the macro to micro approach. In other words, we are not just throwing out forecasts for the future, but showing organizations immediate opportunities and threats in the here and now."

In addition to evaluating the advantageous Mega Trend opportunities, the Frost & Sullivan Institute, in cooperation with The Computer History Museum, will launch an inaugural gathering of Silicon Valley pioneers for a provocative and interactive discussion with author and ABC News Online journalist Mike Malone. The Legends of Silicon Valley Forum promises to be one of lively debate, exploring key insights and perspectives from BillDavidow, Federico Faggin, C. Richard Kramlich, Stanton Sclavos and others. Together the group will examine what's driving today's key stake holders including: social media, green technologies, cloud computing and transcendent management issues like innovation and retention of talent.

For more information on joining this unique global community, or to inquire about speaker, sponsorship and media partnership opportunities for GIL 2011: Silicon Valley, send an e-mail to Brian Denker, at, with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, company e-mail address, company website and country.

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