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3/20, Fix Process First!  Panel Program 


Joe Rojas, Deepak Lalwani, Kris Orr, Reema Mishra Lakshmiratan

Gordon Adelsberg (moderator)

Date: March 20th, 2018

5:30 pm Networking

6 pm Announcements* & Featured Program 

7:30 pm Raffle, meet Speakers, more networking

Location: Wells Fargo Advisors

*This includes a brief financial presentation by Ronan Cox.


"This new software will solve all our problems!” Well, maybe. Will it solve your problems, or simply digitize them and create new ones? We see companies large and small make this mistake frequently. Well-intentioned managers, in a big hurry to make an impact, invest in technological solutions before they thoroughly understand their entire business or software/system process. Our panel of accomplished tech entrepreneurs will discuss and debate the benefits, risks, and challenges of fixing process first. They will share their personal experiences as well as some high profile historic cases of success and failure.

This talk is for you if you are leading or would like to lead a technology organization. For non-executive tech and business professionals, this discussion will give you further insight into the challenges and tradeoffs that your leaders face every day.


-Joe Rojas, Chief Visionary, Red Sapiens Small Business Advisors
-Deepak Lalwani, Founder & President, Deepak Lalwani & Associates;      Founder of
 Business  & Technology of Greater New York

-Kris Orr, Independent Consultant/Project Manager

-Reema Mishra Lakshmiratan, 2nd Vice President, Moody's Investors


Moderator: Gordon Adelsberg, Principal, Adelsberg Consulting 

Brief Bios:  

Joe Rojas is a business consultant who works with entrepreneurs who seek growth and face time management, process, and financial planning issues. He provides the tools they need to solve these blocks and succeed. Joe is committed to seeing entrepreneurs thrive. He works to transform entrepreneurs’ thinking so they are disciplined and focused on the most productive aspects of their businesses.

Deepak Lalwani has been a change management and business transformation professional for over 15 years. That includes management and technology consulting at Accenture's Talent & Organization Performance practice. At Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group, his work included creating the People & Organizational Change practice unit there. He’s also the founder and host of Business & Technology of Greater New York (BTGNY) – a community networking group.

Deepak was an internal consultant and manager at National Grid and Anthem (Empire BlueCross BlueShield). His earlier consulting clients included Novartis, Mondelez International, Pfizer, MasterCard, JPMorgan Chase, American Express, the Hartford Financial Group, Barclays Capital (Lehman Brothers), EMC, the US Army, AllianceBernstein, the New York City Housing Authority, Interfaith Neighbors, CIBC World Markets, Deutsche Bank, MetLife, and Avon Products. He earned a Masters degree in Organizational Change from Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University.


Kris Orr has 18 years of experience spanning fech and BPM consulting, backend and web development, and enterprise architecture.  He has certifications in MS SQL Server Development and project management (PMP).  Kris has domain knowledge from experience in several industries, including telecom, healthcare, the arts, and real estate.  His technical solutions include custom in-house and customer-facing applications, system integrations, and analytical platforms.  Kris has worked with a number of common platforms across the CRM, CMS, and e-commerce landscape, including Salesforce, Wordpress, Magento, linux & Windows stacks, and cloud micro-services. With background in engineering and business process, he provides strategic roadmaps for pragmatic, forward-looking solutions.


Reema Mishra Lakshmiratan is a 2nd Vice President for Moody's Investors Service, iserving as a Senior Process Manager and Consultant. She has 18 years of experience as a continuous process improvement and project management professional across software development, manufacturing and financial services industries. She has led and designed organization focused continuous business process improvements, SDLC, service quality, and performance measurement programs. She has managed project and program management offices (PMO) along with efforts towards improving metrics and quality culture within organizations.  As member of SEPG (Software Engineering Process Group) she has transformed several organizations software best practices into software Process and project management procedures based on SW-CMM, CMMI and PMBOK. She is trained in Six Sigma Blackbelt and is a PMP. She has participated as a SCAMPI Appraisal Team Member.
She has led and managed several strategic and regulatory transformation implementation projects based on ESMA and Dodd-Frank requirements along with new financial services product launches. She manages operations in a very process centric and metrics and service excellence oriented approach.
She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and enjoys yoga, traveling, reading, painting and spending time with her family.


Gordon Adelsberg helps private equity firms and investment bankers get higher deal value through “boots on the ground” operational due diligence. A little bit of lean manufacturing can lead to much higher EBITDA for everyone. Gordon is a process improvement specialist, management consultant, project manager, corporate trainer, public speaker and serial entrepreneur. He is Principal at Adelsberg Consulting and CEO of Communication for Geeks®.

With over two decades as a business owner and consultant, he has seen how a company can get bogged down with insufficient processes and miscommunication…and also how it can re-focus, retool and redesign to become leaner, more strategically focused, and more profitable. Gordon is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). He has led process improvement teams and delivered training in  Basic Consulting Methodology, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Operations Management, Safety Leadership, Incident Investigations and Root Cause Failure Analysis. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, an MS from North Carolina State, and an MBA from Penn State University.

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Wells Fargo Advisors
150 E 42nd Street
(Between Lexington Ave and Third Ave - Near Grand Central Station)
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