Opening Plenary | August 23, 12:45pm EST

Clearing a Path for Transformational Leadership

Aaron Montgomery will be addressing a room full of leaders because that is how he sees everyone. As leaders, the audience will be encouraged by his presentation about the need to change and the importance of strategic problem solving. Aaron will also explore the keys to creating cultures of continuous innovation as the way to move forward! This will be a robust, thoughtful, and inspiring 30-minute keynote (including Q/A) for both our in-person and virtual audiences.


Aaron Montgomery

Chief Strategy Officer of Mission Lane, Co-Founder of CarLotz

Aaron Montgomery is Chief Strategy Officer of Mission Lane, a Forbes Top 50 FinTech and Co-Founder of CarLotz (NASDAQ: LOTZ) a disruptive innovation in the used automotive retail market. Prior to CarLotz he was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. and a sales executive at Kiva Systems, a robotics company that was acquired by Amazon in 2012.

In addition to his work at Mission Lane, Aaron is also an author, speaker, and instructor. He recently finished his first book Suspend Your Disbelief as a giveback to the next generation by sharing stories from his life and career He currently teaches Leadership and Strategy at The PowerMBA a platform that is designed to democratize access to executive education, and is a 3X Inc. 5000 honoree (2018, 2019, and 2020), a 2X finalist in EY's Entrepreneur of the Year Program (2015, 2019), and was named Executive Partner of the Year by the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) in 2013.

Aaron holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has served on the boards of the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg and Junior Achievement of Central Virginia.