The Hottest Topics in Mobility

Gather at the epicenter of the exhibition floor for the capstone of WCX 2020 SAE World Congress Experience. The Leadership Summit brings executives together to discuss technology and its impact on the business mobility.

  • Keynote Speakers: Hear directly from thought leaders on the critical issues driving quality, performance, safety, design, development and cost optimization.
  • Roundtable Discussions: Hear conversations on the “business of technology” by technical executives in the mobility ecosystem.  Each roundtable is focused on the impact of technologies on the future of mobility and how business decisions are impacted by them.


Watch the 2019 Leadership Summit Replays

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Leadership Summit Programming

April 21


9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks - SAE

9:15 - 10:10 a.m.

Opening Keynote Presentations and Conversation

Jeff DeGraff, Ross School of Business, Univ. of Michigan
John Ellis, Ellis and Associates

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10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Automated Truck

Executive leaders in autonomous trucking sit down to talk automated technology, customer acceptance, business models, powertrain platforms, timelines for mass deployment and lessons learned.



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12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
1:15 - 2:30p.m.
Connect2Car Roundtable

Where are We in Using Connectivity for Vehicle Safety

Thought Leaders will provide key insights on connected technology business models for vehicle safety—including emerging technologies on V2X, IoT, ADAS, Automated Vehicle and AI.


Sponsored by: ESG logo

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

SAE Annual Business Meeting

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony and Reception

Honoring professionals, educators and students who have demonstrated excellence and have significant achievements in virtually every aspect of the mobility industry including innovation and technology advancement.

April 22


8:00 - 8:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks - SAE

8:15 - 9:00 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: Technology and Design

Ralph Gilles, FCA US LLC



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9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Connect2Car Roundtable

What does the Smart City of Tomorrow look like? The Jetsons or Skynet

Public and private sector experts discuss the impact of consumer acceptance and technological growth is currently having on policy, legislation, data privacy, and all other aspects of Smart City.

Sponsored by: ESG logo

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Connect2Car Roundtable

Keeping Consumer Electronics Modernized and Safe Over the Lifecycle of the Automobile

Listen to the thought leaders of today discuss future compatibility issues, technology and ways they envision a future in which all automobiles are fully technology-enabled throughout their lifecycle.

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12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
1:15 - 2:30p.m.

As CTOs of Tier 1 Suppliers, Where are we Spending our Resources?

Executives talk about what will the product development of the future look like, the effects of software and hardware and a technology portfolio which meet customers’ current and future needs.


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3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Jeep Electrification Detroit Premiere

Attendees will enjoy a fully immersive experience filled with critical technical content and insightful conversations with FCA engineers and industry colleague

Sponsored by: FCA logo

April 23


8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Women's Breakfast


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9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Women Leading Innovation- Shared and Micro Mobility

Thought leaders address how technologies can be successfully blended into a mass and personal vehicle transportation systems and their impact on business strategies and enhanced customer value propositions.

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10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

It's Alive - Gearing the Electrified Future

In “Gearing the Electrified Future,” top power-transmission experts discuss the challenges and opportunities of combining new and existing technologies to deliver torque to the drive wheels.


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12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
1:15 - 2:30p.m.

The Impact of Providing Electrification to Vehicle Development and Energy Management

Top executives talk about the challenges and tradeoffs regarding the applications and management of electrification on battery systems, HVAC, TMSS, ECU utilization, safety systems as well as Powertrain/Propulsion system.

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