Voices of the Region: Living With Technology – Ignite Your Next Level And Tech Trends


Join us as we learn from the best voices in the region and inspire a greater St. Louis in our Voices of the Region speaker series.

As technology trends fluctuate daily, it’s critical for businesses to anticipate upcoming needs. In “Living with Technology – Ignite Your Next Level and Tech Trends,” learn how our speakers ignite their company’s impact with today’s newest tech trends.

Date: December 4, 2019

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Location: One Metropolitan Square, Suite 1300, St. Louis, MO 63102


Our Speakers

Drew Carter, President, Maritz Motivation Solutions

Maritz Motivation Solutions President Drew Carter has more than 20 years of experience in senior advisory and executive roles, driving revenue growth using technology, strategy, and analytics. He’s committed to providing clients world-class solutions that deliver massive value, using behavioral sciences, decision sciences, and deep operational execution expertise. Drew has worked with some of the largest companies in North America and Europe, driving growth through loyalty, sales effectiveness, and employee engagement programs, as well as mission-critical strategic planning. Drew holds a patent for marketing effectiveness measurement and optimization. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business/Management from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gavin Helton, President, Mercy Virtual –Clinical Integration

In March 2018, Dr. J. Gavin Helton assumed the position of President – Clinical Integration of Mercy Virtual alongside Vance Moore, President – Business Integration. As co-leaders, they will share accountability for our virtual care strategy, with Dr. Helton focusing on clinical care and Moore on operations. A primary care physician for nearly two decades, Dr. Helton assumed the role of medical director of ambulatory medicine for Mercy Virtual in 2015 and led the successful launch of the vEngagement program (formerly Engagement@Home). In 2017, he took on additional responsibility as medical director for all Mercy Virtual patient care service lines. Dr. Helton believes the integration of virtual care is the next major step in restructuring care delivery – a true patient-focused care continuum. Dr. Helton received his undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University and attended medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, where he also served as Chief Medical Resident. As a member of the faculty staff, he has continued to be an educator for internal medicine residents throughout his career.

Aarti Sharma, Vice President of Enterprise Data Solutions, Mastercard

Aarti Sharma moved from India 20 years ago to St. Louis to work for Mastercard. She is married to a very supporting husband, Sunil, and they have two boys. She loves to balance her journey of running around with the kids to making an impact and creating successful leaders in this change-centric technology world. As the Vice President of Enterprise Data Solutions, Aarti leads a global team and is also a self-proclaimed data geek. At Mastercard, she found a passion for data and its power. She loves being surrounded by data and the insights it brings. She is also pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with a thesis on the factors influencing women to start and retain their careers in the field of technology.

She currently serves on the Board of International Institute of Community Development Corporation (IICDC), a sister organization of International Institute of St. Louis. In 2017, she served as the co-chair of Mathews Dickeys Boys and Girls Sheer Elegance, fund-raising event of the year, highlighting high school girls for their academic, sports, and cultural achievements. In 2018, she was honored to serve as the chair for the same event. She has also served on the Region Council Board of Great Circle (an organization for children with behavioral issues and autism) for two years. For a year, she was a member of the United Way Panel Board for funding allocations. She is a classically trained dancer and loves to dance. She strongly believes in giving back to society to make leaders who create strong and successful communities. She is very passionate to empower and grow future leaders.


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