During the two-day Summit, eighteen corporate managers of internationally known companies will share lessons from the real world of innovation. The agenda includes one keynote, one plenary, two powerful panels, twelve breakout sessions, and lots of opportunities for informal conversations and capturing lessons via the “Lessons Project.”

Speakers and their topics include the following:

1.) Wendy Bohling, Director Product Management, Enterprise Solutions, Avaya

Innovating on time takes a recipe with key ingredients. Vision begins with an idea powerful enough to attract support. Add talent, synergistic leadership, and creativity. Account for the environment… to be understood and leveraged. Recognize performance to enable the next project.

Bohling has 19 years in the telecommunications industry across a diverse set of leading edge technologies with AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent, and Avaya. She holds a BS in Mathematics and a Master’s of Computer Science. Wendy’s ability to influence and persuade others is one of her greatest gifts.

2.) Currie Boyle, CTO Vancouver Innovation Centre, IBM Global Services

The dynamic influence of globalization will force companies to reshape and differentiate. That, in turn, requires insight into future business model. IBM has found eight “game changers” that will (or should) impact your decisions.

Boyle is currently Chief Technology Officer at IBM’s largest Innovation Centre (e-business) software development lab. Currie is one of forty global IBMers working on IBM’s contribution to the US Council on Competitiveness initiative. Currie is also the chairperson of IBM’s worldwide Innovation Exchange forum.

3.) Drew Crouch, VP Strategic Development, Ball Aerospace

Thirty-five years after Apollo, humans are stuck in low Earth orbit. Space has lost its place as an innovation catalyst to biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information technology. Events to play out in the coming decade will demonstrate whether we can expect a rebirth of this manifestation of the questing human spirit.

Crouch’s responsibilities include strategic planning, development and implementation; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; intellectual property management, public and corporate relations and communications; inter-segment marketing; and business development coordination.

4.) Dr. Lawrence Farwell, Chairman & Chief Scientist, Brain Fingerprinting Laboratories

Brain Fingerprinting? is a new scientific method for detecting whether specific information is stored in a person’s brain. Though an extensive R&D process developed the system, full innovation would require proofs. More than just proof of process, these needed to be proofs of confidence.

Farwell holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Illinois. Recently TIME Magazine named Farwell to the “TIME 100: The Next Wave,” the 100 innovators who may be “the Einsteins and Picassos of the next century.”

5.) Bill French, Co-founder, MyST Technology Partners

French founded Global Technologies to increase productivity of PC database developers. His dBRIEF had 80% market share when acquired by Borland. Bill co-created LapLink. Today, he’s building personal publishing and knowledge management tools based on Web services and XML standards.

6.) Patrick Gonzales, Senior Staff Engineer, Hewlett Packard Company
In spite of massive investment and staffing, HP, like other companies, struggles with translating innovations into profitable business in a timely manner. Solutions include development strategies to fit each product, and iterating technology to establish a dominant design through recapturing, assessing and re-factoring.

Gonzalez has 12 plus years in chip design and imaging systems development and has held positions in manufacturing, marketing, and R&D as manager and individual contributor. Today, he oversees technology transfer and product implementation to Asian contract manufacturers.

7.) Bob Haimes, Corporate Sr. VP Strategy, eCollege
eCollege began as a new company in a completely new industry. A key to success has been sustaining an innovation model through rapid growth, corporate change and evolving market conditions. eCollege has chosen a winning business model, managed for internal discipline, and maintained its values.

Haimes drives eCollege’s long-term planning efforts and overall growth strategy. Haimes has over a decade of experience at Procter and Gamble, where he held positions in brand management, new business development and product engineering, playing a key role in growth of some of its largest brands.

8.) Kim Hibler, VP Product Development, First Data Corporation

9.) Larry Keeley, President, Doblin

What if almost everything we believe about innovation is wrong? First Data’s new framework will build on the virtues of Stage-Gate to take us from the single idea, opportunity, or project in a business unit to the whole spectrum of innovation in the corporation.

Hibler is a member of FDC’s Innovation Leadership Council and has been instrumental in leading the implementation of common foundation processes and disciplines for New Product Development across each of FDC’s major Business Units. Kim came to First Data after almost a decade with American Express.

A co-founder of Doblin, Keeley is a strategist who applies the emerging science of innovation. He has worked pioneering enterprises such as Aetna, Apple, Motorola, Pfizer, Steelcase, and Texas Instruments. He is a board member and adjunct professor for the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology

10.) Steve Jennings, VP Marketing, Digital Globe

11.) Gene A. Keluche, Chairman and CEO, Native Communities Development Corporation

Jennings has 25+ years experience cartography, aerial mapping, remote sensing and image/data management. Today, he handles marketing strategy, product marketing, communications, vertical market management, and business development initiatives. He has worked with DuPont and Park Aerial Surveys.

Keluche has extensive experience in development and direction of new technology based enterprises in natural resource development, biotechnology, and software. He is a founding Director of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (“UCAR”) Foundation.

12.) Steve Jewett, Patent Attorney, Townsend and Townsend and Crew

Intellectual Property is critical to those relying on innovation to drive revenue, yet protecting innovative IP can be expensive. A cross-functional team can apply rigorous patent screening. Having a patent granted does not guarantee freedom from infringement claims. Determining infringement risk is a separate issue.

Jewett joined Townsend after a 25-year career working with Fortune 500 companies in identifying, protecting, and exploiting innovation. At NCR Corporation, he ultimately became Chief IP Counsel. He is past Chairperson of the Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association.

13.) William Marshall, EVP Research and Operations, Dharmacon

Marshall oversees Dharmacon’s daily operations and directs the company’s research and development programs. Previously, he held senior scientific positions at Amgen from 1992 through 2002. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder in the laboratory of Professor Marvin Caruthers.

14.) Lorraine Martin, Vice President and Deputy, Lockheed Martin
Martin is VP and Deputy of Joint Command, Control and Communications Systems, Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems & Solutions, an organization responsible for both Theater C2 and Strategic C2. She joined Unisys Defense Systems in 1988 as program manager for computer security contracts.

15.) Mike McCracken, Vice Chairman, Tatum Partners

Corporate success always depends abilities insightfully identify and adapt to change. To best leverage internal resources, external resources can be handled through outsourcing. Indeed, businesses will become more and more virtual, supported more by outsourced operations than by internal infrastructure.

In January 1996, Mike joined John and Doug Tatum to embark on creating the first National Professional CFO Firm. Mr. McCracken spearheaded expansion from 10 engagement partners in Atlanta to 350 partners in 28 cities. Mr. McCracken currently serves as Managing Partner.

16.) R.C. Mercure, Jr., Chairman and CEO, CDM Optics

17.) Tom Mahony, Director, Advanced Defense System Business Development, Ball Aerospace

Large companies can no longer rely exclusively on in-house R & D. Outside inventor/innovator become resources for new ideas and technology. On the other side, universities find it difficult to provide innovation to commercial companies. A start-up company bridges the gap.
Mercure founded CDM Optics in 1996. Prior to that, he was Professor of Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He was Managing Director of the universities Optoelectronic Computing Systems Center, and Director of the Master of Engineering in Engineering Management Program.

Mahony is responsible for early identification of Government Defense & Intelligence opportunities and positioning the company to capture the contract award. Prior to that he served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Advanced Photonics Technology Center.

18.) Fred Vail, Intellectual Capital Development, Saudi Aramco

19.) Dave Harden, Co-founder, Knowledge Continuity Center

Ideas from your agents of change can drive corporate performance. Using those ideas demonstrates respect for employers. Come learn how to innovate a system for capturing those ideas and transforming them into measurable financial results.

Vail has designed and implemented intellectual capital development programs for the Saudi Arabian Oil Company that have achieved savings in excess of two hundred and fifty million dollars. In 2003 he was nominated by Harvard University, Project Zero, to participate in the Learning and Innovation Laboratories.

Harden is founder of the Knowledge Continuity Center and coauthor of Continuity Management. Harden is also a U.S. Air Force officer with expertise in leadership, team building, succession planning, continuity management and innovation facilitation. He pilots the $225 million, technologically advanced C-17.

20.) Mike Weiss, Director of Innovation and Marketing, Landmark Graphics
Executing an acquisition can be difficult, but maintaining the intellectual property and fostering its growth is the key. Indeed, the “People” component in this equation represents the largest “wildcard” of your investment.

Weiss is business manager for Landmark’s petroleum exploration and exploitation product line, including marketing, R&D, finance, and analysis of new and emerging geoscience technology trends and players. He was team leader on both the acquisition and assimilation of several of Landmark’s key acquisitions.

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