SNS Subscriber Edition • Volume 22, Issue 39 • Week of November 27, 2017


FiRe 2017 in
Review, Part II



SNS: FiRe 2017 in Review, Part II


Join Us for the 13th Annual

SNS Predictions Dinner
in New York

Featuring Mark Anderson's
Top 10 Predictions for 2018

A Special Centerpiece Conversation

And a Fine Dinner in Great Company

Thursday, December 7, 6:00pm
Lotte New York Palace Hotel

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In This Issue
Week of 11/27/2017    Vol. 22 Issue 39





We're pleased to invite you to join us for the 13th annual SNS Predictions Dinner at 6:00pm, Thursday, December 7, at the historic Lotte New York Palace hotel.

016-1201-042-mailer.jpgWe hope to see you on this lively, business-critical evening over a stellar meal with friends old and new, when Mark Anderson will reveal his Top 10 Predictions & Major Industry Shifts for 2018, with a Special Report on China's New Plan.

Join Us along with 70 other leaders in technology, finance, communications, and global press. Mark's Predictions will be preceded by a Cocktail Reception and a dinner Centerpiece Conversation on 'How We Speak with Our Children: Value for the Next Generation,' with Mark and honored keynote speaker Bill Ribaudo, Managing Partner, Digital Risk Venture Portfolio, Deloitte & Touche LLP. Following Predictions, the evening will close with an optional Q&A and Open Discussion.

If you plan to attend, please register immediately to ensure your place at this limited-seat event. As in past years, regular seat prices remain at $295 per person. click on the orange Registration tab to sign up:

We look forward to seeing you soon for another unforgettable evening during this magical season in New York,


Sharon Anderson Morris  
Director, SNS Programs and FiRe Events

Managing Director, FiReFilms

[P.S. from Mark:. I hope you can be with us for this 13th year. We'll also be doing a sneak release and book signing of the first copies of my new book, The Pattern Future.]




FiRe 2017 in Review, Part II
          "Breaking Through on a Century Scale"

            Ed., Sally Anderson


The Sessions: 10.12 - 10.13

Photo 2017 Sally L. Anderson

For FiRe XV - FiRe's 15th anniversary - we returned to the stunning setting of Park City, Utah, at Stein Eriksen Lodge. While there were many attendees who were at least relatively local, FiRe 2017 participants were as wide-ranging as ever, coming also from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York,

Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, Washington DC, and Virginia, as well as Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the UK, and Ukraine.

The flow of the FiRe 2017 Agenda was more evident, largely coalesced around the theme of "Breakthroughs on a Century Scale."

Even for participants, fully capturing the range, intensity, and depth of both people and subject matter over the course of 3-1/2 short days can present a challenge. For those SNS members who weren't able to attend, and for attendees and speakers who weren't able to attend everything, we annually offer this 2-part review of Future in Review.

The main section is built around the blogging efforts of our four SNS/Zions Bank FiReFellows and blog manager Arunabh Satpathy, with me filling in gaps post-FiRe. This year's stellar MBA candidate FiReFellows were Ethan Annis, Rainey Cornaby, Charly Kuecks, and Ahrash Poursaid - who were simultaneously and graciously performing their "real" FiRe duties of making introductions, assisting FiReStarter CEOs and FiRe staff, and meeting experts in their fields of choice, while not losing laser focus on all it takes to earn an MBA. (The original blog posts have been edited and in some cases expanded; comments or corrections can be sent to me at

Many thanks to Arunabh Satpathy, who returned as FiRe's blog manager to guide, mentor, and schedule, while blogging himself; and to photo maestro Kris Krg, the source of all photos here (unless otherwise noted) and the man behind our outstanding FiRe galleries since 2015.

In these session synopses, speakers' names are linked to their bios, which include their SNS iNews profiles as well as links to their FiRe photos over the years, articles that feature them or their company, and their social media links.

Reminder to FiRe attendees about how to connect: You can privately and securely contact other FiRe participants from the Mailroom link at the top of the FiRe homepage at

We hope you enjoy entering or re-entering the deep world of FiRe, that you learn something you hadn't previously known you were curious about, and that we may see you in person next year.

Sally Anderson

Editor-in-Chief and Production Manager, SNS, FiRe, FiReFilms, and FiReBooks


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