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Wine Dinners

Technology Acceleration, Digital Demand and Cost Takeout: Where is the balance?

La Grenouille

Sep 15, 2022
New York NY
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Sponsored by

  • Douglas Lavin Vice President, Innovation & Strategy at UST

    Doug is a corporate strategy executive with a track record of driving valuation growth through a broad revenue agenda, increased innovation, portfolio change, and cost reduction. Prior to his work in consulting, Doug worked in M&A for Morgan Stanley in London, covered technology in Europe as a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal in Paris and covered autos for The WSJ in Detroit.

  • Andres Sadler CEO, Global Business Services at Wolters Kluwer

    Mr. Sadler is CEO, Global Business Services since February 2015. In the previous 12 years at Wolters Kluwer, Mr. Sadler has been a thought leader and architect of key strategic initiatives and has helped lead the transformation to a digital enterprise. Most recently, he was the Senior Vice President, Strategy & Operational Excellence.

  • Rachel DeAmbrose Certified Sommelier

    From the team honored with the 2016 James Beard best wine program award, Rachel will lead the tasting with wines hand-selected for the event. She she achieved Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers after completing the International Culinary Center’s, Intensive Sommelier Training. Rachel was the first woman and youngest sommelier at world famous, Bern’s Steak House, known for its award winning wine cellar of rare and extremely sought after vintages.

Technology Acceleration, Digital Demand & Cost Takeout: Where is the Balance?

Sommelier Led Dinner Featuring the Wines of Burgundy at La Grenouille


Rarely have macroeconomic conditions been so uncertain. 

Economists at S&P, Citi and Deutsche Bank say the chances of a recession are 50:50.  Inflation is at a record high. Unemployment is at a record low.  Some companies that held back during Covid are increasing their capital spending – Google’s parent, Alphabet, General Motors and Pepsi to name a few. Others, such as Microsoft and Oracle, are cutting costs.  All are grappling with strategic planning amongst economic instability, supply chain woes, costly cloud services, expensive legacy applications, data management challenges, and talent shortages.

How are you navigating the need for operational excellence and efficiency while becoming more digital and agile?  

Spend an evening thinking through the current climate and ways to reduce spend – optimize cloud consumption, automate and standardize systems around SaaS and more – while increasing your ability to innovate. 

Doug Lavin, Vice President for Innovation and Strategy at UST and Andres Sadler, CEO for Global Business Services at Wolter Kluwers will co-facilitate the discussion

Join us for a Three-Course dinner, curated by the chef and sommelier to complement and enhance the wines of Burgundy; the most sought after, rare and expensive wines in the world. Our James Beard Award winning-Sommelier will then guide you through your dinner and drinks, enlightening you on delicacies of Burgundy wines and answering any questions you may have. 

La Grenouille

La Grenouille is a bastion of old-world glamour, elegance. and manners—complete with an exorbitant budget for floral arrangements. Although this storied enclave still attracts a devoted following, there’s always room for locals, newbies and blinged-out tourists. Everyone looks good in this lavish dining room, where red velvet banquettes, polished wood veneer, and softly lit tables bathe the space with rose and apricot hues


La Grenouille, 3 E 52nd St New York NY 10022


Time Title Description
6:00 pm Attendees arrive & registration opens Champagne & Passed appetizers are served. 
6:45 pm - 7:15 pm UST and Customer begin presentation Our TechTalk host will moderate the discussion fol...
7:20 pm - 8:15 pm Three course chef curated meal is served, complete with wine pairings and sommelier guidance.
9:00 pm Event concludes