Focus Fridays

CTA’s Focus Friday series are informal and interactive sessions bringing together CTA member companies and industry experts to discuss and share challenges, insights and advice on specific issues technology companies are facing. Registration is free for CTA members. 

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Past Focus Fridays

Scheduled events

EVENT NAME

Date & Speakers

Crypto and Government: What Does the Future Hold?

Description: This week we'll discuss how cryptocurrency is gaining increased attention from federal regulators and policymakers on the Hill. Join CTA for a discussion on the current state of crypto, and what the future of crypto policy might look like under this administration, and ones to come.

May 13, 2022, Noon - 1 PM ET

Speakers: Marvin Ammori, Chief Legal Officer, Uniswap | Kara Calvert, Senior Director for US Policy, Coinbase | Michael Petricone, SVP, Government & Regulatory Affairs, CTA | Bill Rockwood, Esq., Exec. Dir., Future Forum at U.S. House of Representatives

Maximizing Your CES Media Experience

Description: Want a better understanding of what the media is looking for when they come to CES? Join us as the CTA Communications team and CNET discuss how to get in front of the media at CES and successfully package your brand’s story for the best coverage. The last half of the session will include media training tips to help you ace your media interviews.

May 6, 2022, Noon -1 PM ET

Speakers: Dan Ackerman, Editorial Director, Computers and Gaming, CNET | Laurel Caes, Technology PR and CES Lead, John Deere | Katie Castillo, Director, CES Event Communications

The Future is Electric: Exploring CTA’s Electric Vehicle Landscape and Consumer Sentiment Research

Description: Join CTA’s Market Research team and other industry experts to review CTA’s recent report, Electric Vehicle (EV) Landscape and Consumer Sentiment Research. Discover key consumer insights including EV technologies and capabilities, current use, and future integration.

April 29, 2022, Noon - 1 PM ET

Speakers: Drew Bennett, Executive Vice President of Network Operations, Volta Charging | Aron Demers, Sr. Vice President, VOXX Electronics Corp. | Chris Nevers, Sr. Director of Public Policy, Rivian | Lesley Rohrbaugh, Director, CTA Market Research

Cybersecurity an Evolving Threat: Advocacy & Standards on Current and New Vulnerabilities

Description: Join CTA’s VP of Regulatory Affairs, J. David Grossman and leading experts at Wilkinson Barker Knauer on April 22nd for a cybersecurity discussion on recent legislative and regulatory activity, and how CTA’s advocacy and standards work seeks to combat current and emerging threats. Learn more about recent actions on cyber, including IoT and device security, at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Come ready to share thoughts and questions with your industry peers.

April 22, Noon - 1 PM ET

Speakers: J. David Grossman, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTA | Evelyn Remaley, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Counsel to CTA | Savannah Schaefer, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Counsel to CTA

Supporting Women in the Workforce Post-Pandemic

Description: We saw the gender gap widen during the COVID-19 pandemic as women left the workforce at a higher rate than men leading to greater gender inequity in the workforce than pre-pandemic. This conversation will touch on what the tech industry can do to put strategies in place to offer a clear path for women to return to the workforce, from reskilling and returnship opportunities to creating new career pathways, addressing proximity bias, and innovative programs focusing on next gen pipeline development.

April 8, Noon - 1 PM ET

Speakers: Cristene Gonzales, Futurist, Thought Leader, IBM | Megan Hauck, Sr. Program Manager, Diversity Initiatives, CTA | Sally Lange, Founder, Slang

Examining the Mental Wellness Technology Landscape with CTA Research and Ipsos

Description: CTA Research, in partnership with Ipsos, recently conducted research on the mental wellness technology landscape. Join the lead researchers on this project in a discussion about the findings of this unique study and the future of wellness and digital health technology.

March 25, Noon - 1 PM ET

Speakers: Alexis Shoemaker, Sr. Coordinator of Research, CTA | Reena Sooch, Head of Digital and Connected Health at Ipsos | Katie Phillipps, Research Manager at Ipsos | Bianca Caracappa, Sr. Manager, Ipsos Healthcare

Smart Home Technology for the 50+ Consumer: Benefits, Barriers and Opportunities to Expand Adoption

Description: Join CTA and AARP to discuss how smart home technology can improve the lives of adults aged 50+, their caregivers and families. Gain a better understanding of purchase drivers, the barriers to adoption, and the industry's opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of this emerging technology. 

March 18, 2022, Noon – 1 PM ET

Speakers: Bob Fields, CEO, Hibersense | Diana DiAntonio, Sr. Manager, Member Programs, CTA | Dan Fulmer, CEO, FulTech Solutions | Rodney Harrell, Vice President for Family, Home & Community, AARP | Tricia Nystrom, Director, Best Buy Health | Michael Phillips, Technology Strategy & Relationships Director, AARP

Understanding the Policy and Implementation of Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA)

Description: The UFLPA is bipartisan legislation, designed to put teeth in the long-standing prohibition on importing products of forced labor from the Tariff Act of 1930 and eliminate the use of forced labor in China. This session on Mar. 18 will touch on the political dynamics around the law, CTA’s comments to the Administration, and existing programs and initiatives that companies use to ensure that goods produced with forced labor do not enter their supply chains. 

March 11, Noon - 1 PM ET

Speakers: Ed Brzytwa, Vice President of International Trade | Sarah B.W. Kirwin, Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP | Bill Reinsch, Senior Adviser and Scholl Chair in International Business, CSIS

2022 Digital Health Insights on Policy, Privacy and the Future of Innovation

Description: CTA’s VP, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Rene Quashie, and leading experts at McDermott discuss what to expect in 2022 from a digital health regulatory and policy perspective. Hear about CTA’s policy priorities and the regulatory framework to advance digital health while balancing privacy and safety with innovation.

March 4, Noon - 1 PM EST

Speakers: Rene Quashie, VP, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, CTA | Debbie Curtis, Vice President, McDermott+Consulting | Rodney Whitlock, PhD, Vice President, McDermott+Consulting

Privacy Policy Landscape

Description: CTA’s Focus Friday will discuss the current privacy policy landscape and how it may evolve in the next year with potential passage of state and federal legislation, as well as a Federal Trade Commission rulemaking. Come ready to share thoughts and questions with your peers.

Feb. 25, 2022, Noon - 1 PM EST

Speakers: Rachel Nemeth, Sr. Director, Regulatory Affairs, CTA | Dan Kahn and John Heflin, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Counsel to CTA

Exploring the Creator Economy

Description: If you are curious about what content drives great brands, messaging and audience participation then join us as CTA’s own Market Research expert and enthusiast, Sayon Deb, discusses CTA’s newest market research study, Exploring the Creator Economy. Published during CES 2022, the study describes the current landscape of digital content creation by pulling in perspectives of both content creators and consumers of user-created content. Sayon will be joined by discussion guides who will provide their insights and outlook for the growing creator economy.

Feb. 18, 2022, Noon – 1 PM EST

Speakers: Sayon Deb, Manager, Market Research, CTA | Ivana Kirkbride, Global Director, Content Strategy & Programming, Meta | Ben Relles, Head of Innovation at YouTube Originals, Google | Brian Tong, Content Creator, Writer, Producer and CES Host | David Vasquez, Creator Monetization Lead, Content Partnerships, TikTok

Past Focus Fridays

EVENT NAME

Date & Speakers

Crypto and Government: What Does the Future Hold?

Description: This week we'll discuss how cryptocurrency is gaining increased attention from federal regulators and policymakers on the Hill. Join CTA for a discussion on the current state of crypto, and what the future of crypto policy might look like under this administration, and ones to come.

May 13, 2022, Noon - 1 PM ET

Speakers: Marvin Ammori, Chief Legal Officer, Uniswap | Kara Calvert, Senior Director for US Policy, Coinbase | Michael Petricone, SVP, Government & Regulatory Affairs, CTA | Bill Rockwood, Esq., Exec. Dir., Future Forum at U.S. House of Representatives

Maximizing Your CES Media Experience

Description: Want a better understanding of what the media is looking for when they come to CES? Join us as the CTA Communications team and CNET discuss how to get in front of the media at CES and successfully package your brand’s story for the best coverage. The last half of the session will include media training tips to help you ace your media interviews.

May 6, 2022, Noon -1 PM ET

Speakers: Dan Ackerman, Editorial Director, Computers and Gaming, CNET | Laurel Caes, Technology PR and CES Lead, John Deere | Katie Castillo, Director, CES Event Communications

The Future is Electric: Exploring CTA’s Electric Vehicle Landscape and Consumer Sentiment Research

Description: Join CTA’s Market Research team and other industry experts to review CTA’s recent report, Electric Vehicle (EV) Landscape and Consumer Sentiment Research. Discover key consumer insights including EV technologies and capabilities, current use, and future integration.

April 29, 2022, Noon - 1 PM ET

Speakers: Drew Bennett, Executive Vice President of Network Operations, Volta Charging | Aron Demers, Sr. Vice President, VOXX Electronics Corp. | Chris Nevers, Sr. Director of Public Policy, Rivian | Lesley Rohrbaugh, Director, CTA Market Research

Cybersecurity an Evolving Threat: Advocacy & Standards on Current and New Vulnerabilities

Description: Join CTA’s VP of Regulatory Affairs, J. David Grossman and leading experts at Wilkinson Barker Knauer on April 22nd for a cybersecurity discussion on recent legislative and regulatory activity, and how CTA’s advocacy and standards work seeks to combat current and emerging threats. Learn more about recent actions on cyber, including IoT and device security, at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Come ready to share thoughts and questions with your industry peers.

April 22, Noon - 1 PM ET

Speakers: J. David Grossman, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTA | Evelyn Remaley, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Counsel to CTA | Savannah Schaefer, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Counsel to CTA

Supporting Women in the Workforce Post-Pandemic

Description: We saw the gender gap widen during the COVID-19 pandemic as women left the workforce at a higher rate than men leading to greater gender inequity in the workforce than pre-pandemic. This conversation will touch on what the tech industry can do to put strategies in place to offer a clear path for women to return to the workforce, from reskilling and returnship opportunities to creating new career pathways, addressing proximity bias, and innovative programs focusing on next gen pipeline development.

April 8, Noon - 1 PM ET

Speakers: Cristene Gonzales, Futurist, Thought Leader, IBM | Megan Hauck, Sr. Program Manager, Diversity Initiatives, CTA | Sally Lange, Founder, Slang

Examining the Mental Wellness Technology Landscape with CTA Research and Ipsos

Description: CTA Research, in partnership with Ipsos, recently conducted research on the mental wellness technology landscape. Join the lead researchers on this project in a discussion about the findings of this unique study and the future of wellness and digital health technology.

March 25, Noon - 1 PM ET

Speakers: Alexis Shoemaker, Sr. Coordinator of Research, CTA | Reena Sooch, Head of Digital and Connected Health at Ipsos | Katie Phillipps, Research Manager at Ipsos | Bianca Caracappa, Sr. Manager, Ipsos Healthcare

Smart Home Technology for the 50+ Consumer: Benefits, Barriers and Opportunities to Expand Adoption

Description: Join CTA and AARP to discuss how smart home technology can improve the lives of adults aged 50+, their caregivers and families. Gain a better understanding of purchase drivers, the barriers to adoption, and the industry's opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of this emerging technology. 

March 18, 2022, Noon – 1 PM ET

Speakers: Bob Fields, CEO, Hibersense | Diana DiAntonio, Sr. Manager, Member Programs, CTA | Dan Fulmer, CEO, FulTech Solutions | Rodney Harrell, Vice President for Family, Home & Community, AARP | Tricia Nystrom, Director, Best Buy Health | Michael Phillips, Technology Strategy & Relationships Director, AARP

Understanding the Policy and Implementation of Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA)

Description: The UFLPA is bipartisan legislation, designed to put teeth in the long-standing prohibition on importing products of forced labor from the Tariff Act of 1930 and eliminate the use of forced labor in China. This session on Mar. 18 will touch on the political dynamics around the law, CTA’s comments to the Administration, and existing programs and initiatives that companies use to ensure that goods produced with forced labor do not enter their supply chains. 

March 11, Noon - 1 PM ET

Speakers: Ed Brzytwa, Vice President of International Trade | Sarah B.W. Kirwin, Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP | Bill Reinsch, Senior Adviser and Scholl Chair in International Business, CSIS

2022 Digital Health Insights on Policy, Privacy and the Future of Innovation

Description: CTA’s VP, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Rene Quashie, and leading experts at McDermott discuss what to expect in 2022 from a digital health regulatory and policy perspective. Hear about CTA’s policy priorities and the regulatory framework to advance digital health while balancing privacy and safety with innovation.

March 4, Noon - 1 PM EST

Speakers: Rene Quashie, VP, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, CTA | Debbie Curtis, Vice President, McDermott+Consulting | Rodney Whitlock, PhD, Vice President, McDermott+Consulting

Privacy Policy Landscape

Description: CTA’s Focus Friday will discuss the current privacy policy landscape and how it may evolve in the next year with potential passage of state and federal legislation, as well as a Federal Trade Commission rulemaking. Come ready to share thoughts and questions with your peers.

Feb. 25, 2022, Noon - 1 PM EST

Speakers: Rachel Nemeth, Sr. Director, Regulatory Affairs, CTA | Dan Kahn and John Heflin, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Counsel to CTA

Exploring the Creator Economy

Description: If you are curious about what content drives great brands, messaging and audience participation then join us as CTA’s own Market Research expert and enthusiast, Sayon Deb, discusses CTA’s newest market research study, Exploring the Creator Economy. Published during CES 2022, the study describes the current landscape of digital content creation by pulling in perspectives of both content creators and consumers of user-created content. Sayon will be joined by discussion guides who will provide their insights and outlook for the growing creator economy.

Feb. 18, 2022, Noon – 1 PM EST

Speakers: Sayon Deb, Manager, Market Research, CTA | Ivana Kirkbride, Global Director, Content Strategy & Programming, Meta | Ben Relles, Head of Innovation at YouTube Originals, Google | Brian Tong, Content Creator, Writer, Producer and CES Host | David Vasquez, Creator Monetization Lead, Content Partnerships, TikTok

Inside CES 2022 - Trends & Takeaways

Description: CES 2022 tech trends, in-depth insights and expert opinions! CTA’s research analysts discuss the latest trends shaping the technology industry. They’ve combed the CES 2022 show floor to identify the BEST OF in digital health, vehicle tech and more

Feb. 11, 2022, Noon – 1 PM EST

Speakers: Prabhat Agarwal, Sr. Director, Research and Trends, CTA | Brian Comiskey, Sr. Manager, Industry Intelligence, CTA | Sayon Deb, Manager, Market Research, CTA | Rick Kowalski, Director, Industry Analysis and Business Intelligence, CTA | Alexis Shoemaker, Sr. Coordinator, Market Research, CTA