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At Ignite 2018, hear from and network with some of the most innovative minds from the biggest brands in the world.
Damion Heredia is VP of Watson Strategic Partnerships at IBM Watson.
Damion Heredia is the Vice President of the “With Watson” business across IBM. He is responsible for strategic partnerships with ISVs (e.g. Slack, Twitter, Salesforce, etc) using Watson technology in their products and services to differentiate in the market.
Damion Heredia was previously head of Products & Design for IBM Bluemix, the world’s largest Cloud Foundry based platform-as- a-service. Damion also launched IBM’s MobileFirst software strategy and led the acquisition of Fiberlink MaaS360, the leading Mobile Device Management platform. Previous to IBM, Damion was VP of Product for Lombardi Software and Trilogy Software in Austin Texas. Damion holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Futurist and innovation coach Robert B. Tucker has brought his practical and empowering message to thousands of audiences around the world. A former adjunct professor at UCLA, Robert is the author of seven books. His latest, Innovation is Everybody’s Business, focuses on how all of us can unleash the innovator’s mindset, toolset and skillset to meet the challenge of accelerating change. In addition to his live presentations, Tucker is a frequent contributor to publications such as Forbes, Strategy & Leadership, Journal of Business Strategy, and Innovation Excellence. He has appeared on Channel News Asia, PBS, Bloomberg, CBS News, and was featured on the recent CNBC series The Business of Innovation, hosted by Maria Bartiromo. A multi-year winner of the Top Five Speaker Hall of Fame, Tucker was recently awarded the prestigious Brand Personality Award by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation, for his contributions to the field of innovation.
Lale Kesebi is Chief Communications Officer & Head of Strategic Engagement at Li & Fung, a role she has held since 2014. She is responsible for the company’s brand and corporate foundation and oversees the workshop, Li & Fung’s newly formed open innovation unit. Lale joined Li & Fung in 2003, has worked in Asia since 1998 and began her career as a litigation lawyer in Canada.
Chuck Whitlock has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry and currently serves as a senior vice president in Duke Energy’s Cincinnati office. Chuck has managed Duke Energy’s Midwest Electric Distribution business serving 1.6 Million customers; led its natural gas transmission and distribution systems serving 500,000 customers in Ohio and Kentucky; served as interim president of Duke Energy’s commercial businesses including Duke’s renewable and international investments; and served as president of the company’s competitive generation and marketing business. Chuck joined Duke Energy (then Cinergy Services) in May 2000 as a power trader after beginning his career at Arco Alaska Inc. where he worked in the finance organization, and later helped grow its natural gas business.
How to Build a Plane While Flying Through a Storm. The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa revealed both great potential and pernicious deficiencies within existing mechanisms for rapid response to public health emergencies. This talk will describe how global coordination ultimately resulted in the development of an Ebola vaccine and the control of the epidemic, and how these lessons are being applied to the ongoing Zika outbreak.
Jim is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Launchpad. He is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and lean innovation educator at number of leading business schools. His private investment fund, Hornthal Investment Partners, has made investments in over 50 early stage companies, including Lending Club, Lyft, Change.org, Hightower Advisors, Krave Jerky, KIND Snacks and Hipmunk.
Mike Isman has over 25 years of experience in the public sector markets and financial services industry. He is currently a Vice President in Booz Allen’s Strategic Innovation Group driving Edge Technologies and Innovative Solutions. In this role, he is responsible for next generation technology, innovative solutions and strategic partnerships to drive the firm forward. He previously led Booz Allen’s Strategic Consulting and Analytics cross-cutting business for DHS, DOJ and DOT (including a CIO Agenda, Strategic Service Delivery (including shared services, business model design, etc.) and a Digital and Analytics platform.
Prior to his time at Booz Allen, Mike was a senior manager at American Management Systems (AMS), where he co-led the startup of AMS’ Wealth Management Practice and managed the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast region of AMS’ Retirement and Insurance practice, which covered four regional offices. Prior to AMS, Mike worked in the Retirement/401K/Trust Management business for both Bankers Trust and Kwasha Lipton.
Joseph A Fernando, PhD is a results-oriented leader active in the areas of Innovation and R&D for the past 20+ years. Joseph has been the driving force behind breakthrough advances and technology platforms that were developed at Unifrax to service key growth markets including automotive emissions technologies, commercial aircraft & marine fire protection systems and solutions for industrial pollution via improved filtration and thermal management technologies. Joseph is passionate about the intersection of strategy and innovation and in mobilizing the entire organization to become part of the innovation process through crowdsourcing, external collaboration/partnerships and cross-functional involvement. He has served as an adjunct professor at Niagara University on the topics of Strategic Marketing and Innovation and currently leads the early stage R&D initiatives, business development and global innovation activity at Unifrax.
Jason Tilghman is Director of Innovation Programs at Fidelity Investments, a role he has held since 2015. He is responsible for engaging with associates at all levels to unlock insights that create business value. He conducts this work at scale, working with every business group at Fidelity, reaching over 26,000 associates each year. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and 3-year-old son.
Julie serves as Director Innovation Support in the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center (SEIC). In that role Julie and her team support innovation activities across the enterprise by leveraging technology and platforms, engaging with the innovation ecosystems internally and externally, and identifying tools that can enhance innovation activities.
Christian Weh leads the Innovation Council for the Consumer SC Environment for Johnson & Johnson. He’s an organic chemist by training, who early on had a chance to engage in the Johnson & Johnson pharma development and innovation processes. After an MBA training and moving into Supply Chain and various procurement functions of increasing priority, Christian had the chance to work out of Switzerland, Singapore and Belgium. It is through these key development steps, that he has reached reached his position today.
Shetal works in EDF Energy’s Blue Lab innovation accelerator which is dedicated to making energy simpler and easier for Customers. She is responsible for developing their innovation ecosystem of start-ups, employees, partners, universities and experts who can support and contribute to this aim. A significant part of this running challenges (internal and external) which drive ideas into the lab. Shetal has over 20 years of experience working in business change and IT covering energy, financial services and consultancy organizations.
John is a middle child, Frankenstein lives in his basement, he eats Reese cups by the bagful, and he likes to make stuff. Currently, John is a member of the Pfizer Worldwide Innovation team responsible for accelerating innovation in the everyday across the 96,000-person organization. He is trained as an innovation champion facilitating teams in solving large business problems using innovation and experimentation tools. He is also responsible for figuring out how to use technology to enable and empower innovation through the large, global enterprise. Before joining Pfizer, he led the deployment of large, enterprise software systems in the healthcare space. he also has worked in the finance and nonprofit sectors enabling those businesses through technology. He resides in Connecticut with his wife and 3-year old twins.
Jennifer is the Communication Director at Stibo Systems. In this capacity, she is responsible for communicating the company’s products, positioning, perspective and messaging. With over 10 years’ experience in B2B marketing, Jennifer focuses on strengthening the company’s brand and culture; while leading client engagement efforts. In her spare time, she is a committed Girl Scout Troop Leader, helping girls build courage, confidence and character.
Jill Waters is the Lean Six Sigma Coordinator at Adventist Health. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and an M.B.A in Business and Strategy. Jill has held a two year Leadership Residency in HealthCare Innovation and is the cofounder of Innovative Award Winning Worksite Wellness Program at Adventist Health, Roseville.
Kat Dransfield currently leads open innovation and marketing efforts at Applied Materials. Kat specializes in how digital systems are created, managed, and used by corporations, governments, and individuals to create competitive advantage. Her work looks at methods of quantifying non-rivalrous digital assets, risk frameworks surrounding catastrophic information loss and manipulations, and the organizational structures and communication methodologies needed to succeed in the information economy. Previously, Kat authored the Department of the Navy’s information strategy with a focus on networked organizations and data-centered design. She holds an MS in Social Science of the Internet from Oxford University, and a BS in English from the United States Naval Academy.
Yi Hoo Ong is a Senior Vice President at Li & Fung Limited and has been with the company for over a decade. In his current role, he oversees strategic engagement, operations, financial reporting and project management. Yi Hoo recognized the power of tapping into the collective intelligence of their employees to support the company’s focus on developing sustainable and innovative ways to do business and deliver results. He holds a Master of Management from Australia’s Macquarie Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in Computer Science from University of Cambridge. Li & Fung Limited is a leading global consumer goods design, development, sourcing and logistics company serving major retailers and brands around the world. Li & Fung was featured on Forbes Magazine’s “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” in 2014.
Mohan Nair is SVP and Chief Innovation Officer of Cambia Health Solutions, and author of Strategic Business Transformation: The 7 Deadly Sins to Overcome. Mohan brings broad experience to innovation, having been a high-tech entrepreneur and computer scientist, educator, strategy consultant and healthcare innovator.
Jill Sheflin, Innovation Program Specialist, has worked in Information Technology for more than 15 years. She has held various roles over the last 15 years at MetLife including Director of Program Management, Director of Project and Program Management Process and Controls, Financial Planning specialist, and currently Innovation Program specialist. In her current role supporting the MetLife Innovation team, Jill helps drive social and facilitated innovation campaigns across the globe to address business opportunities and deliver innovative solutions. The MetLife Innovation Program serves as a catalyst organization, focused on creating a culture and a set of processes that drive innovation. Jill is responsible for keeping the business at the center of innovation by engaging regularly with creative people full of great ideas while helping them focus on the best ideas.
Prior to joining MetLife, Jill began her own company, Jovus, which aided in the implementation of information technology systems. In this role, she supported various clients in the Healthcare, Investment and Insurance industries. Prior to Jovus, Jill also worked as an Information Technology consultant at Accenture. Jill earned her bachelor degree in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University.
My continuous improvement journey started in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region as a Kaizen Workflow Specialist for Long Term Care. In 2016 I embraced a new challenge with Government of Saskatchewan as a Lean Leader for The Ministry of Justice, with Corrections and Policing. My focus is on continuous improvement in adult and youth secure custody facilities, community corrections, and policing as well as strategic alignment within the Ministry and externally for cross ministry upstream initiatives. I believe in and advocate for continuous quality improvement, lean tools, and the importance on sourcing the front-line for innovative solutions.
Paul Lesner heads the cross-function analytics effort within the Customer Solutions team at Duke Energy in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was previously the Director of Operations Analytics for Duke Energy’s Midwest Commercial Generation business unit in Cincinnati, OH. Paul earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and his Masters of Business Administration degree from The College of William and Mary.
Jim Meyerle is Managing Partner of Enterprise Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests directly in enterprises seeking to transform our approach to work. Prior to Enterprise Ventures, Jim was Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Founders Factory – an accelerator and incubator backed by leading global corporations. The Factory provides early stage capital, access to senior teams at leading corporations, as well as an internal team of dedicated operators to support early product development and launch. Prior to the Factory, Jim was Co-Founder of Evolv, ranked by Fast Company as a Top 10 Innovator in Big Data, and backed by top tier Bay Area venture funds, including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, GGV, Vantage Point and Silicon Valley Bank. Prior to Evolv, Jim was Co-Founder of a private equity search fund, investing in the hospital revenue cycle.
Dakota Crow is a Director of Innovation, Research & Development and Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) inside Optum IRD. In his first three years at Optum Dakota was a member of the IRD Garage team. In this role, Dakota was responsible for helping create, develop, and lead new innovation concepts within the larger enterprise. His day to day duties involved a multitude of cross-disciplinary approaches including: Enterprise Innovation, Sales & Marketing Strategy, Customer Development, Lean Startup and Lean VC approaches, as well as Agile and Design thinking. Overall he was charged with helping to build, measure, and learn the validity and market opportunity of new businesses and products as quickly and efficiently as possible. While working in the Optum IRD Garage he led multiple innovation projects including the Disability Cost Estimator, Living Large, Garage as a Service, and CompassHx.com, an interactive tool for marketing & sales professionals to more effectively map “Big Health” data.
Saif considers himself an innovation architect and believes that everyone is creative and innovative. He currently works at Rogers Communication, managing the Internal Ideation Program for 27,000 employees, partnerships with start-up ecosystems, and experiments on new ways to nurture a culture of innovation. Outside Rogers he is an advisor at Prepr, a non-profit education organization promoting open education and open innovation. Prior to Rogers Saif built out the TELUS Innovation Program and holds a technology patent. Saif lives in Toronto with his wife and two daughters.