Our Insightful & Visionary Speakers

For information on becoming and/or nominating a speaker, please contact Caryn Brown at 212-967-2519, or email her at
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Keynote Speakers

Lou Von Thaer

Lou Von Thaer

President and Chief Executive Officer, Battelle

Lewis “Lou” Von Thaer was appointed President and CEO of Battelle, the world’s largest independent research and development organization, effective October 1, 2017. Formed in 1925 as a charitable trust and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle delivers technology solutions for the national security, healthcare, energy, and environmental markets.

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The company has a storied history of innovation and technology advances and is highly regarded for its role in managing seven national laboratories in the United States.

Most recently, Lou served as CEO of DynCorp International, a $2 billion company with 12,000 employees. There he was responsible for driving growth across several federal market sectors including aviation services, intelligence solutions, logistics and contingency operations, and operations and maintenance support.

Von Thaer began his technology career with AT&T Bell Laboratories, serving in a number of engineering and management roles with increasing responsibilities over 14 years, until the purchase of his division by General Dynamics. During his 16 years at General Dynamics, Von Thaer rose to the position of President, Advanced Information Systems and was named a Corporate Officer. In 2013, Von Thaer joined Leidos, Inc. as President of the company’s National Security Sector, a $4 billion business focused on intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, cyber, logistics, and systems solutions.

Michael O. “Coop” Cooper

Michael O. “Coop” Cooper

Founder, Innovators + Influencers

Michael O. “Coop” Cooper is an internationally recognized executive coach, advisor, facilitator and trainer who specializes in working with executive teams to develop the leadership skills, alignment and strategies to grow and thrive in a constantly changing environment.

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Coop has 23 years of experience as a coach, management consultant, strategist and project leader with Fortune 1000 companies and small businesses in over 20 countries. He has worked with leaders at Accuray, eBay, Genentech, Google, Novell, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Southwest Airlines, TeleNav, Wells Fargo, Yahoo, Yammer and hundreds of other organizations large and small. He co-lead the teams to develop the world’s first wireless web platform for Vodafone and Verizon deployed in 27 countries and developed the specifications for the first custom internet car-ordering system for Honda. He has facilitated global summits for Sony corporation and a conference on managing Millennials for the Northern California Human Resource Association. For the past 12 years, he has coached and advised Eric Rodenbeck, CEO & Creative Director of Stamen Design, named by Fast Company as one of the 50 Top Innovative Companies in America and one of the Top 50 Designers in America. He has also been selected to coach the prestigious TED Fellows.

Coop is a contributor to Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur and Wired Innovations. He was the founding president of the International Association of Coaching, has served on the faculty of Sony leadership programs, CoachVille, Thomas Leonard School of Coaching and the Graduate School of Coaching. He completed coach training at Coach U, CoachVille and the School of Shadow Coaching. He received an MBA from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University with a concentration in Information Systems and a special emphasis in Global Strategic Management and degrees in History, Communications Studies and Technology Education at Virginia Tech. He received the (Shop Local / Consulting) Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006 from San Francisco where he lives with his partner and dog. He is an active supporter of the arts and Burning Man community.

Speakers

Andrew Ackerman

Andrew Ackerman

Managing Director, UrbanTech, Dreamit Ventures

Bio is forthcoming.

Mike Arterbury

Mike Arterbury

Vice President, Global Technology Alliances, Dell EMC

Bio is forthcoming.

Ron Baker

Ron Baker

Director of Geospatial Content & Analytics, Smarter Cities Strategist, IBM

Ron is an IBM Distinguished Engineer in the Watson Cognitive Applications organization, which includes the Internet of Things and Weather Company. In this role, he leads the design and delivery of the Watson IOT Platform, and the expansion of AI and Analytics on IOT content.

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Prior to this, he was the Director of Geospatial Content & Analytics in the Weather Company, leading the curation of global location data from our mobile and web properties and their use in industry and consumer applications. This global data lake is one of the largest IOT platforms in the world, with world-class spatial-temporal analytics capabilities. Ron was the technical executive leading the IBM Smarter Cities software portfolio, and its corresponding domain products in Transportation, Water, City Planning & Operations, Video Analytics, and Energy. This software supports cities, regional municipal entities, stadiums, airports, and other operations-based organizations. Bringing together different agencies into a single view, these products were named the industry leader for three straight years by Frost & Sullivan, IDC, and Navigant for their vision and breadth of features. He holds over a dozen software patents.

Ron is currently the President of the Board of Austin CityUPTM, a non-profit organization that works to bring technology to the City of Austin to improve citizen services and the effectiveness of city agencies. He is the cochair of the Housing Committee, where he is working to ease the effects of rapid growth on people that need affordable housing.

Jeremy Balkin

Jeremy Balkin

Head of Innovation, HSBC Bank USA

Bio is forthcoming.

Rich Berens

Rich Berens

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Client Fanatic, Root Inc., Author of What are your Blind Spots?

Bio is forthcoming.

April Bertram

April Bertram

Senior Business Development Director, GOJO Industries

Member – Growth Innovation Leadership Council

April Bertram is the Business Development Director of SmartLink Solutions at GOJO Industries. April joined GOJO in 2002 to lead the product development efforts for the Healthcare vertical market.

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Since then, she has reinvented the GOJO innovation process, from the front end of innovation, to market and product development, through to strategic portfolio management. Most recently, April was tasked with creating new IoT business models in healthcare, commercial building and other core vertical GOJO markets. She develops and cultivates new partnerships in emerging ecosystems to support strategy execution.

April holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication and an Executive Masters of Business Administration. She has earned a GE Green Belt Six Sigma Certification, Innovation Engineering Black Belt Certification, a Certificate in Strategic Design Capability and the VentureWell Lean LaunchPad Facilitator. She has written a number of publications on product innovation and IoT, including several for the Frost & Sullivan Quarterly eBulletin.

Prior to her role at GOJO Industries, April was a small business owner and served in Product and Market Development positions for market-leading brands for The Hygenic Corporation (TherabandTM and Biofreeze®), GE Lighting and CompuServe Network Services/UUNet. Several patents have been awarded through these development capacities.

About GOJO

The GOJO story is one of entrepreneurship and innovation. Notable inventions include the first waterless heavy duty hand cleaner; the first portion-controlled soap dispenser; PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer; PURELL® Surface Sprays, and our latest inventions, PURELL® Brand HEALTHY SOAP® products with CLEAN RELEASE™ Technology and PURELL® ES8 Dispensing Systems with energy on the refill.

Svetlana Dimovski

Svetlana Dimovski

Vice President, Transformation Lab, Pact

Member – Growth Innovation Leadership Council

Svetlana is a VP of Transformation Lab at Pact, an impact and growth engine looking to position Pact as a 4th sector organization. She’s also a leadership and business coach, Kellogg Executive Scholar in Leadership, and Founder of Dharma Growth LLC coaching and consulting company from Arlington, VA.

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Dr. Dimovski brings two decades of professional experience in strategy and change management, innovation leadership, business development, R&D, analytical discovery and product development roles in the lead Fortune 500 companies and academia. Her work on creating space for innovation and growth was recognized with the Best Open Innovation program award at the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officers Summit in 2016. She also appeared in a documentary movie “Experiment 150” in 2016. Svetlana is the Amelia Earhart Fellow, Dragomir Nikolitch Trust Scholar, and Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Young Talents Research Fellow. She is a member of the International Coach Federation, Squad Moderator and an Innovator member of the Ellevate Network, Member of the Materials Advisory Board at Drexel University, Advisory Committee Member for TechConnect World, and grant proposal reviewer for National Science Foundation. She holds PhD in Materials Science and BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering. Her interests include artificial intelligence, learning, performing arts, and meditation. Personal style: Futuristic, Strategic, Maximizer, Learner, Connectedness (Gallup StrengthFinder profile); ENTP (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator); Inspirer (Insights Discovery profile), Conceptualizer (Basadur profile)

 

Angela Femmer

Angela Femmer

Director Competitive Positioning, Brewer Science

Member – Growth Innovation Leadership Council

What inspires you?
Enabling Growth

After earning her BS in Business Management from Bradley University, Angela worked for a label manufacturing company and earned her MBA from Webster University before joining Brewer Science in 2001.

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Her experience included roles ranging from Inside Sales to Label Converting Group Manager. Angela has worked in several positions while at Brewer Science from Quality Analyst to Global Intangible Assets Manager. She has been directing competitive positioning strategies since 2014, aligning competitive intelligence, intellectual property, and marketing to facilitate forward-looking, ecosystem-level solutions for positive impacts and growth.

Raleen Gagnon

Raleen Gagnon

Managing Director, Global Market Intelligence, ManpowerGroup Solutions

Bio is forthcoming.

Viv Goldstein

Viv Goldstein

Vice President, Bionic

Bio is forthcoming.

Mark D. Gordon

Mark D. Gordon

President and Chief Executive Officer, Odyssey Marine Exploration

Bio is forthcoming.

Jim Haudan

Jim Haudan

Co-founder and Chairman, Root Inc., Author of What are your Blind Spots?

Bio is forthcoming.

Peter Hofstee

Peter Hofstee

Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM Power Systems Performance, Professor Big Data Systems, TU Delft, Netherlands

Bio is forthcoming.

Dr. Suraj Kapa

Dr. Suraj Kapa

Director, Augmented and Virtual Reality Innovation, Mayo Clinic

Bio is forthcoming.

Gwen Lighter

Gwen Lighter

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, GoFly

Bio is forthcoming.

Su Le

Su Le

Managing Director, IoT Incubation Services, Cisco

Bio is forthcoming.

Susan Lucas-Conwell

Susan Lucas-Conwell

Executive Vice President, CSIRO US

Member – Growth Innovation Leadership Council

What inspires you?
Creating innovation ecosystems that bring entrepreneurs, academic researchers and large companies together to either create new markets or address significant issues facing our planet and populations. Seeing the results of these collaborations and being a part of making them happen inspires me.  The opportunity to make an impact on our world and guide companies to achieve aspirational goals has been a life-long purpose.

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With more than 20 years of brand-building experience, Martindale’s passion is developing performance-driven global marketing campaigns, and has created, developed and deployed successful industry-leading products and strategies for startups, mid-sized companies and Fortune 500 companies.

In 2017, Susan Lucas-Conwell, Executive Vice President of CSIRO, opened the North American innovation center in Silicon Valley. CSIRO (www.csiro.us) is Australia’s pre-eminent national science organization with partners across diverse science sectors including Space (NASA), Agriculture (The Gates Foundation, UC-Davis), Manufacturing (Boeing) and Energy (DARPA).

Susan is a global business executive, independent Board Director and NACD Fellow, recognized for her successful track record of driving innovation and accelerating revenue growth both in the US and in Europe. She sits on private as well as not-for-profits boards including Women in Sports Tech (www.womeninsportstech.org), Growth Resources, Inc. (www.gri.co) and Wharton Club of Northern California (www.whartonclub.com).  She is also a board advisor to REDF (www.redf.org) Tiatros (www.tiatros.com) and Singularity U (www.su.org). Over the past two decades Susan has advised hundreds of early stage start-ups and founders in cleantech, IoT, and health tech; venture firms including Sapphire Ventures; and spoken on innovation at conferences including TedX and GCVI.

Susan has won numerous awards including Frost & Sullivan’s “Innovator Spotlight”, Watermark’s “Women Who Made Their Mark” and Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Women of Influence”. She earned an MBA in Marketing and International Business from the Wharton School of Business, a MA in Economic History from The Johns Hopkins University, and a BA with Honors in Economic History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   In addition to her professional accomplishments, she is a competitive rower with the Bair Island Aquatic Center.

Chris McLaughlin

Chris McLaughlin

Head of Strategy, Cloud Artificial Intelligence, Google Cloud

Bio is forthcoming.

Kristi Martindale

Kristi Martindale

Chief Marketing Officer, Sarcos Robotics

What inspires you?
Technologies positive impact on humanity.

Kristi Martindale serves as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President for Sarcos Robotics. In this role, she oversees all aspects of marketing, including branding, product marketing, marketing communications, market research and public relations.

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With more than 20 years of brand-building experience, Martindale’s passion is developing performance-driven global marketing campaigns, and has created, developed and deployed successful industry-leading products and strategies for startups, mid-sized companies and Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to joining Sarcos, Martindale spent more than 13 years with Qualcomm Incorporated as Vice President, Global Marketing. In this role, she led marketing for many of Qualcomm’s business units, including software, services, emerging technology and licensing businesses worldwide. She was charged with bringing to market products, services and solutions that spanned a multitude of industries, including augmented reality, proximal communications, healthcare, Internet of Things (IoT), transportation and wireless charging. Martindale also led many notable wireless and mobile initiatives, including the launch of several industry-leading consortia, developer programs, the first smart watch reference design and several other products into the B2B and B2C markets. Martindale previously achieved early career success in executive marketing roles for technology and software companies in e-commerce, supply chain management and wireless communications.

Martindale holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the University of La Verne.

Josh Mason

Josh Mason

Competitive Analysis Lead, IBM

Bio is forthcoming.

Joe Meersman

Joe Meersman

Director of Design Strategy, IBM

Bio is forthcoming.

Jay Nakagawa

Jay Nakagawa

Director, ISG Competitive Intelligence, Dell EMC

Jay is currently Director of Competitive Intelligence at Dell EMC.  He and his team support the multi-billion Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) within Dell EMC, providing realtime competitive intelligence and strategic insights on the competition and their offerings.

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Additionally, Jay and his team provide realtime in-depth analytics of the business relative to the competition and have a number of projects underway identifying monetization opportunities through big data business analytics.

Jay has held a number of positions in product management, marketing, business development, sales, systems engineering and executive positions over his 20+ years in the business with enterprises, startups, and growth companies including IBM, McDATA, Compuware, Datasonix, Spectra Logic, ADIC, BEZ Systems, eNetica, Sun Microsystems and others.

Living in Colorado, Jay and his wife, Veronica, enjoy summer and winter camping, ATVing, hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities.  Jay is a professional trumpet player and has led several jazz and rock bands in the Denver-metro area.  He is also a competitive BBQ-er and his team has received awards competing locally.

Jay is a member of the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP), IEEE, and KCBS (Kansas City BBQ Society).  Jay graduated with a Bachelors degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Masters degree from Regis University.

Lee Ng

Lee Ng

Vice President, Innovation, Travelers

Bio is forthcoming.

Charlie Plauche

Charlie Plauche

Partner, S3 Ventures

Bio is forthcoming.

Bernhard Ries

Bernhard Ries

Senior Director of Corporate Strategy, Intel Corporation

What inspires you?
Using Technology to Maximize Human Potential

I sit happily at the intersection of strategy, communications and organizational development. My 30 year long career in the tech sector has covered roles in software engineering, product marketing, business development, brand marketing, market research and corporate strategy.

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I’ve benefited from assignments in diverse areas operating on three continents (Europe, North America & South America) that have allowed me to learn about different facets of business and how to best work in diverse cultural settings. My strong belief is that business performance always comes back to developing people and activating the power of good leadership.

In my current role as Senior Director of Corporate Strategy at Intel I lead a team responsible for researching and synthesizing key market trends across Intel’s business and bringing them to the attention of Intel’s executive management. The team also engages in industry analysis projects to analyze business and ecosystem forces in specific segments of the market to inform Intel’s business strategy in those segments and provides strategic consulting to the CEO and the Board. One of my key current areas of interest in this space is to push the envelope on how advanced data analytics and machine learning techniques can lead to better strategic insights and actions.

John Ruggles

John Ruggles

Senior Vice President, Frost & Sullivan

Bio is forthcoming.

Richard Sear

Richard Sear

Partner & Senior Vice President: Visionary Innovation, Frost & Sullivan

As Partner & Senior Vice President of Visionary Innovation of Frost & Sullivan Richard Sear oversees our practice focused on mid to long term growth strategies. Richard works with a team of global consultants that are focused on understanding how future transformative developments will impact them and what may sustain long term growth.

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His teams approach is grounded in research, taking key developing indicators to more credibly assess what the future will bring us and how to act on that information. In his role Richard has worked with some of the world’s leading companies such as GE, Intel, Henkel, Agilent, Schneider, Cisco, Boeing, Verizon and many more.

Richard has also served as Vice President of Corporate & Executive Development for Frost & Sullivan. His work covered all aspects of learning and development which focused on corporate education. In this role Richard drove the alignment of strategic initiatives within our client’s workforce. This led to significant experience consulting with Fortune 500 companies on successful implementations in marketing, sales, product management and research development, to name a few.

Richard’s seventeen years at Frost & Sullivan has led him to work in virtually every industry, from Energy, Healthcare, to IT and Chemicals giving him a truly rounded perspective of the global business environment and the trends driving change ranging from Social issues to Mass Urbanization.

Prior to this Richard worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Consultant focusing on the future of wireless technologies. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Middlesex, England and Master’s degree from Cambridge University, England, where his main concentration was looking at the future events that would impact the growth of Southern European countries.  Richard is a frequent and well known speaker at global conferences and corporate events to drive awareness of long term strategic planning and the macro forces shaping our future.

Krishna Srinivasan

Krishna Srinivasan

Global President & Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan

Mr. Srinivasan, Global President and Managing Partner of Frost & Sullivan, has been with the company for over twenty five years. Over the years, he has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility, culminating in the role of President in the year 2000. He has played a key role in reshaping the company from its early days as a market research company to a full-fledged global growth consulting company focused on solving client challenges with customized business intelligence, growth strategies and training & implementation support.

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He is also the architect of Frost & Sullivan’s proprietary Growth Model and Growth Pipeline process, a structured, robust and continuous process that helps clients generate, evaluate and implement growth strategies. He brings to his role a unique blend of technology and business expertise, combined with several years of business research and strategy consulting experience.

Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor

Principal Consultant: Visionary Innovation, Frost & Sullivan

Bio is forthcoming.

Matthew Versaggi

Matthew Versaggi

Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Technology, UnitedHealth Group/Optum

Bio is forthcoming.

Jillian Walker

Jillian Walker

Principal Consultant: Visionary Innovation, Frost & Sullivan

Bio is forthcoming.

Lisa Wardlaw

Lisa Wardlaw

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & Head of Business Transformation, Munich American Reassurance Company

Bio is forthcoming.

Jason Yotopoulos

Jason Yotopoulos

Founder & Head of Channel Partnerships, Mach49

Bio is forthcoming.

Deb Zell

Deb Zell

Director of Customer and User Experience, Dell EMC

What inspires you?
Identifying unmet customer needs and riding my bike

I accidentally found my way into human centered design, best practice research and journey mapping 10 years ago (long before it became a thing) due to a product I launched for Charles Schwab that was a spectacular failure.

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In the years since then, I’ve grown as practitioner of omni-channel, customer-centric design methods, have worked for and with early stage startups and incubators, and led the customer experience design practice at Deloitte Digital.  I was then hired into my current role to bring together the post-Dell and EMC merger offerings in a way that makes sense to customers; in the process am improving internal and external customer experience around all touchpoints: events, sales, product, support and digital experiences.

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