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Summit 2018

Launching & Growing Your Innovation Program!

Architecture & Capacity as the key to Sustainable Innovation

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Robert Blackwell, EKI Digital

Robert Blackwell, President, EKI Digital

Robert Blackwell Jr. is a father and entrepreneur that lives in Chicago, IL who enjoys history, economics and helping people realize their dreams through entrepreneurial endeavors.

Starting at IBM in 1981, Blackwell began his long career in building innovative systems that improve business operations. With a passion for entrepreneurship, he went on to found several Chicago-based companies, including Urban Fishing Development, Bytewise International and Blackwell Consulting Services. For several years Robert was a trader specializing in creating and executing trading strategies.


Keynote Panel: Key Strategies for Launching AND Growing your Innovation Process as a Driver of Digital Transformation

In this panel we'll highlight how both Mid Market and Enterprise companies have successfully launched their innovation center or processes and used them as a driver of transformation and growth.

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Manish Rege, Global Director ITS & Business Partner, Kimberly Clark

Manish Régé is Global Director & Business Partner Marketing and Innovation for Kimberly Clark. In this role, Manish is responsible for driving digital strategy, maturity and capability building with KC’s regional markets globally. As a digital thought leader and evangelist of consumer centricity, he helps drive the vision and strategy for building capabilities that help KC establish a connected marketing ecosystem.
Manish is a disruptive thinker and has a long history of driving innovation and transformation in several industries including financial services, insurance, automotive, CPG and retail. Prior to Kimberly Clark, Manish served in several global leaderships roles most recently as the digital strategy lead at Accenture Interactive, and Global Director of eCommerce at Wolters Kluwer.

 

Christine Stone, VP, IT Program Management Office, General Growth Properties

Christine Stone, VP, IT Program Management Office, General Growth Properties

Christine Stone is a strategist, connector and coach. Christine's career began with technical project management - quickly evolving into project recovery, developing top performing IT teams, building business technical strategies and financial plans, then changing and building IT organizations to execute.Currently with General Growth Properties as the VP of PMO, Christine leads Strategic Planning, Budget, Governance and Talent Development for IT, and honed her skills at VW/Audi, EMC2, McDonald’s and consulting firms.  Leading technical change and developing people is a natural part of Christine’s approach, formalized in her graduate work in Organizational Behavior.  She mentors with Chicago Innovation, is active with the Chicago Women in Tech community including ARA, i.c.Stars, Chicago Executive Women’s network and others.  She is an organic connector of technology and people.

 

Robert Holzer Innovation Acceleration Advisor, Health Care Service Corporation

Robert Holzer Innovation Acceleration Advisor, Health Care Service Corporation

Robert (Bob) Holzer serves as acceleration advisor at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC). He has worked at HCSC for the past 15 years in various roles from Enterprise Architecture, where he led a team of solution and data architects, to his current role on the HCSC Innovation Platform team. Bob is focused on bringing to life an innovation capability where his team along with key stakeholders will be exploring and experimenting with new and transformative technologies to determine when is the right time to adopt or invest in these technologies. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Administration and Management from Eastern Illinois University. 

 

Jim Krueger, CIO, Hydrite Chemical Co.

Jim Krueger, CIO, Hydrite Chemical Co.

Hydrite is a midsized chemical manufacturer and distributor with eleven locations in the upper Midwest, Texas and California.  Jim is responsible for developing and implementing Hydrite’s IT strategic plan that is tightly aligned with the business strategy.  He is the driving force for Hydrite’s quest to become a digital business.  Jim has been Hydrite’s CIO for 28 years.  Prior to joining Hydrite he held positions in Information Technology, Software Engineering, Manufacturing Operations and Materials Planning at GE Health Care Systems.   Jim has a BS in Mathematics and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.

 

Biff L. Myre, Director, OnX Managed IT Services & Cloud Solutions (formerly Worknet Inc. now a CBTS company)

Moderator: Biff L. Myre, Director, CBTS


Biff is a thought leader in the realm of availability, resiliency, and disaster recovery and business continuity. A consummate professional who works within many regulated industries including financial, insurance, transportation, utilities, and healthcare.


Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Would you hire a group of kindergarteners to run your company? After hearing this talk, you might rethink your answer. In a world in which ideas are the new currency and the only constant changes, Palak Patel, Senior Digital Strategist at Solstice, will dive into why cultivating the right culture continues to be the fasting way to drive meaningful, impactful and lasting change.

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Palak Patel , Product Senior Consultant, Solstice

Palak Patel , Product Senior Consultant, Solstice

Palak Patel is a Digital Strategist at Solstice. She is an alumnus of University of Illinois, she is passionate in understanding business challenges and providing customer-centric solutions that drive businesses to transform digitally. She has over 10 years of experience working at technology consultancies, startups and agencies. Outside of work, Palak loves traveling around the world, trying new recipes and learning to play tennis.

 


Case Study Blueprint - Creating and Evolving an Innovation Program

Organizations today are struggling to cope with shifting consumer demographics, new digital technologies and business models, and changing regulations. Today, innovation remains a driving force in a defining era.  Even companies that consider themselves “fast followers” could be in trouble! Company CEO’s are increasingly realizing they need to get ahead of the curve or risk getting left behind.  But in a world where unexpected events are part of the normal course of business, how should teams leverage innovation in their organizations and decision processes?

To be successful, it’s not about investing more in technology than your competitors do.  There are many different types of organizations, with different mandates, budgets and resources. Understanding that we’re all different, there are some steps that we can all take to drive creativity in our organizations. This session will cover the five key stages that a Center for Innovation can go through regardless of your organizational model.  It will also detail simple steps that you can take to drive organizational Innovation.

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Roman Dumiak, Director - Technology Innovation, Allstate

Roman Dumiak, Director - Technology Innovation, Allstate

 

 


Agile Isn’t Just for Development

“Fail fast.  Welcome change.  Meet face-to-face.  Work together daily.  The best solutions emerge from self-organizing teams.”

These Agile tenets shouldn’t start and end with development.  In this session, we examine specific Agile principles that promote a culture of open communication and accountability within your development team, but can drive meaningful change in other organizational verticals, too.

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John Quirk, Partner, PSC Group, LLC

John Quirk, Partner, PSC Group, LLC

John Quirk has been advising clients and leading consulting organizations for more than 20 years. In his nearly 15 years at PSC Group, Mr. Quirk has worked with hundreds of clients on technology strategy, architecture and implementation.  He led, at various times, an Advisory Services Practice and an Enterprise Solutions Practice. He has been part of the PSC Executive Leadership team since 2008 when he took over responsibility for PSC’s Chicago Operation. John was highly involved in creating PSC’s Five Points of Excellence Employee Development Program, and has helped lead the organization to be named a Crain’s Chicago Business Best Place to Work. John was part of a management team that purchased PSC Group from the Founders in 2012. Today, along with interacting with Client Executives and leading the Delivery Team, Mr. Quirk is working to roll out a new agile based development and communication methodology, the PSC Way and helping the organization move to an agile sales model.

   
Chris Johnson, Director of Business Solutions at PSC Group

Chris Johnson, Director of Business Solutions at PSC Group

Chris is the Director of Business Solutions at PSC Group, a business technology consulting firm based in Chicago and Kansas City. He focuses on cloud architecture and DevOps, with 8+ years’ experience architecting and building enterprise solutions for clients in industries ranging from professional services to construction to fleet management, and many more in-between.  He regularly speaks at IT events around the country, including at Microsoft Ignite.


Case Study Blueprint - Innovation: Expectations from a Cultural and Organizational View

Culture is, perhaps, the most important component of innovation. Without a culture which supports, encourages and defends risks and non-conventional thinking, innovation rarely thrives. Many companies have put their stamp on the process. From how to appropriately set goals, to how to deal with failure there are many small changes you can make to angle the course of the ship towards an innovative culture. There are also common pitfalls which show up that need to be minded and avoided. During this presentation, Alex Welch will share with you his experiences in creating and growing a culture of innovation and advancement. 

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Alex Welch, Director Business Analytics, E*Trade

Alex Welch, Director Business Analytics, E*Trade

Alex Welch is the Directory of Business Analytics at E*TRADE with 8 years of experience in analytics and data. His organization is responsible for almost the entire ‘data’ spectrum, ranging from reporting, architecture design, advanced analytics, and innovation. Having worked at both Fortune 500 and mid/early stage companies, Alex has successfully built teams and programs which have elevated the organization. He was part of the core team which drove the 2016 $725M acquisition of OptionsHouse by E*Trade. He also works closely with university data science programs to help them develop relevant curriculums and position their students for successful careers.

 


Keynote Panel: Creating a Culture of Innovation and Rapid Experimentation to Drive Meaningful Change

In this panel, we'll learn how companies have successfully created a corporate environment of failing fast, innovation and rapid experimentation as a vehicle for driving transformation and change.

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Christine Watts, IS&T Chief Architect, AIM Specialty Health

Deanna Shannon, Director of IT Strategy & Planning at Panduit

Deanna Shannon is currently the Principal Enterprise Architect, and Director of Strategy, Planning, and Governance at Panduit. She has enabled the evolution of Customer Relationship Management strategies across multiple Fortune 500 organizations. Her experience in enterprise architecture design and emerging technology is helping to drive a new breed of innovative customer engagement.

   
David Westfall, VP Innovation, Alight Solutions

David Westfall, VP Innovation, Alight Solutions

David leads Alight Solution’s innovation efforts for human centered product innovation and design.   By leveraging a design for business methodology, he brings a multi-disciplined approach to product and business innovation.  David leads Alights efforts to rethink how to engage the most precious resource – the talent and skills of our client’s employees.  We focus on the digital experience that puts the human being at the center as the most precious resource we and our clients have.
 

   

Hope Arenas, Director and Founder, Bosch mLab

Hope and her team support strategic projects and provide services for startups from the Connectory and the various brands and divisions in the Bosch family. She identifies and consults on potential investments and partnerships and is the innovator behind both the Bosch Next and connectiCity platforms.

A 20 year veteran at Bosch, Hope leverages her network to align creative, strategic and financial opportunities to build best-in-class experiences. Her recent portfolio spans various mobile, internet of things, virtual and augmented reality experiences. She is a techy at heart, UX evangelist, and known for driving innovation in various roles throughout her career.

   
Kathi Chrisos, Director, IT Release and Project Delivery, U.S. Cellular

Kathi Chrisos, IS Project and Release Delivery Director, U.S. Cellular Co.

Kathi leads the IS Project and Release Delivery department at USCC.  Kathi has spent most of her career in Telecom working in both the Wireline and Wireless industries.  She has held several positions within Information Systems –Business Analysis, Project Manager, Test Manager, and Director.  She has a strong passion for growing talent and taking on new projects that can transform a company and culture.  Her most recent strategic initiative is to drive transformation of U.S. Cellular from a Waterfall to an Agile Delivery culture.

 

Summit 2017

Actionable Strategies for Driving Technology Innovation

Top Models to Use Technology Innovation to Drive Revenue

In an age of constant technology change we all understand that innovation is critical to success. While many people focus on how IT strategies can sustain a successful business today, there are also those responsible for answering the question “how are we going to keep the business running in two years time?”. Using an internal research and development team we can create a sustainable balance of creative knowledge growth for the individual, matched with the mutual benefit of future proofing the overall organization. With the unrestrained freedom to explore emerging technologies and without the constraints of today’s corporate development policies your best talent can achieve great things, stay engaged, and ensure future success. In this presentation John and Mark will discuss and demonstrate how a creative “labs” team can lead to short, medium and long term benefits for any business willing to invest in technology.

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Presentor:

John Quirk, Partner, PSC

John Quirk, Partner, PSC

John has been responsible for managing PSC's Chicago area operations since 2008. John has extensive experience in leading consulting organizations and providing solutions to clients. John first became involved with collaboration technologies as he created the first use of Lotus Notes at Bank of America. He then moved to Xpedior, Inc, where, as the Global Practice Leader - Enterprise Portals and Knowledge Management, he worked closely with senior executives to provide strategic guidance on e-Business, Enterprise Portal / Knowledge Management and many initiatives.Since joining PSC in 2004, John led the Enterprise Applications and the Advisory Services practices before taking on his current role of Vice President of Operations. As a Partner of the PSC, John oversees all aspects of our Chicago operation. He has been extensively involved in the creation of our Five Points of Excellence program and has helped lead the organization through a phase of steady and consistent growth.


Dr. Mark Roden, Principal Architect, PSC Group

Mark's primary responsibility is enabling delivery excellence and business development through the use of emerging technologies. Mark is a multi-discipline Technical Evangelist and contributor to the Microsoft Office Developer and IBM Cloud communities. Mark has worked in many varied facets of enterprise IT, and gets the most satisfaction from enabling others.


Keynote Panel: How to Get out of IT operations and Into Innovation Innovation: Learn how you can reorganize and energize your IT organization from a IT Operations Focus to a Technology Innovation and Growth Driver Focus

Learn How leading CIO & Technology Leaders are handing their top Leadership Challenges as they drive change.

 

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Mike Cozzi, IT Director, Global products Supply Chain, HAVI

Mike Cozzi is a senior business technology leader with vast experience in development, project management, relationship building, strategic planning, organization design and leadership, vendor management, program management, and systems development lifecycle. Strong business and information technology operations experience in telecommunications, supply chain, and insurance industries.



Mohan Shukla , VP, IT Governance , Information Resources, Inc.

Mohan Shukla leads the business side of IT as VP of IT Governance at IRI, covering Finance, Sourcing, Procurement and PMO. Previously, he has led Project Management Offices, Quality Systems, Six-Sigma programs at global corporations for 20 years. Mohan has a keen interest in organizational culture and leadership development.

 

Patricia O’Shea, Senior Director, Agile Program Management, Cars.com

Patricia O’Shea is Senior Director, Agile Program Management Office (PMO) at Cars.com. Previously she was a McDonald’s Director responsible for global IT digital technology PMO & global IT planning.

 

Jim Tarala, Partner & Director of Innovation, Honkamp Krueger & Co

At Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C., Jim is responsible for aligning technology initiatives with corporate strategic planning, business intelligence/analytics, and program and vendor management.

 

Moderator: Patricia Gavino,  Senior Director Systems Engineering, VMWare

Patricia  leads the America’s Enterprise, Systems Engineers at VMware.  They provide pre-sales support to the sales organization addressing Software Defined Data Centers, Enterprise Mobility and Cloud Services.


Case Studies on Innovation and Revenue Growth

What happens when you find the time and headspace to pull yourself out of the day-to-day details to think innovatively? A world of possibilities. Mike Koleno of Solstice, a Digital Innovation Firm, will provide examples and detail the strategies other IT leaders have used to drive technology innovation and results in their organizations.

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Presentor:

Mike Koleno, CTO, Solstice


Mike is a CTO at Solstice, a digital innovation firm. In this role, Mike leads the Solstice Cloud Native and Modern Software Engineering practice areas as well as the full stack development efforts across a wide-ranging set of clients including Rockwell Automation, Northern Trust, Country Financial, Kohler and more. Prior to joining Solstice, Mike spent over eight years at JPMorgan Chase in various application development and architecture roles across the bank's Treasury & Security Services, Card and Corporate Technology lines of business. When he isn't thinking about technology, Mike is spending as much time as he can with his wife and their three wonderful children.


The 4 Stages of Technology Innovation Transformation

Learn how CNO Financial is moving through the 4 Stages of becoming a more innovative enterprise.

Included in this presentation will be Sean's journey in educating executives as to the difference between getting work done and creating a culture of innovation. As part of that process, Sean and his team have identified four stages of Technology Innovation Transformation. Learn the four stages and how you can map your own companie journey.

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Presentor:

Sean Fallon, VP of Application Delivery, CNO Financial

Sean Fallon, VP of Application Delivery, CNO Financial

Sean Fallon joined CNO in 2012 and currently serves as Vice President of Application Delivery for the Front Office. He supports technology delivery for Bankers Life, Colonial Penn and Washington National, including compensation, CRM, eApp, Recruiting, and License / Appointment. He also supports CNO’s Enterprise Marketing and product development programs. Fallon has over 25 years of IT experience. Prior to joining CNO, he held various IT leadership roles at Northwestern Mutual, Northern Trust, Millennium Partners, CUNA Mutual Group, and Lincoln Financial. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Services, Finance and Management, and a Masters of Finance from the University of Wisconsin. Fallon is also a Fellow, Life Office Management Association (LOMA).


True Transformation: How IT innovation can drive business success

 

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Presentor:

Aaron Shaver, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, US Signal Company

Aaron Shaver, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, leads US Signal’s long-term technology vision, and is responsible for strategic customer partnerships, university collaboration, industry thought leadership and advanced technical solutions.
Prior to joining US Signal, Aaron served as the Executive Director of Information Management for Spectrum Pennock Health Services. He has also lead research and development for US Signal, establishing the MPLS, Carrier Ethernet and Cloud practices.  Aaron has a 20-year background in telecommunications, data center design and information security.
Aaron holds a doctorate in information assurance and computer science and a Master of Science in Information Security.  His research focused on enterprise disaster recovery and mitigation.​


Earning a Seat at the Table

Is it important to be at the (senior executive) table?  Increasingly technology is transforming businesses.  How do you make sure you influence key strategic decisions?   This session will explore the nature of senior executive decision-making and techniques to insert and assert oneself into the process.  Discover ways to assess your environment and take action to build strategic relationships that will demonstrate value and enable you to influence key decisions.

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Patricia Coffey, SVP Allstate Technology & Operations, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management Board and Faculty

Patricia Coffey is Senior Vice President for Allstate Insurance Company. Working at the nation’s largest publicly held insurance company, Ms. Coffey has shaped strategic technology solutions to benefit Allstate’s employees and its customers.  As a member of the senior leadership team for Technology and Strategic Ventures, she currently holds the roles of leader of the Delivery and Risk Management organization as well as Group CIO for Enterprise Applications.  Ms. Coffey is dedicated to finding innovative ways to strengthen Allstate’s businesses with direct oversight of Allstate technology risk management and compliance, enterprise testing and quality, the program management office, and enterprise applications.  In addition, she is a member of the faculty at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

 


Panel - Leverage Your Technology Innovation Initiative to Earn a Seat at the Table.

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Moderator: Alex Jarett, Founder & CEO,
Technology Executives Club

James P. MacLennan, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, IDEX Corporation

Jim MacLennan is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at IDEX Corporation, a Fortune 1000 manufacturer that sells highly engineered products in a variety of markets worldwide. MacLennan has responsibility for Corporate IT services for all IDEX business units, and also drives innovation through initiat

 

Cicero Chimbanda, VP Information Technology, Loop Capital

Cicero Chimbanda is Vice President (VP), CISM, MS Business Technology Managementat DePaul. He is responsible for the Strategic Planning and Execution of the Corporate Information Technology and Security for Loop Capital Markets.

 

Roman Dumiak, Director - Technology Innovation, Allstate

Roman Dumiak, Director - Technology Innovation, Allstate

Roman Dumiak is currently a Director in the Technology Innovation group for the Allstate Insurance Company. His focus includes directing and facilitating efforts utilizing innovative software and hardware solutions from the ideation phase through implementation as part of Allstate Technology and Strategic Ventures (ATSV).
 

 

Mike Hilger, Vice President, Customer Facing Technology, InnerWorkings, Inc.

Summit 2016

Driving Digital Transformation through Innovation Process
and Transformational Leadership

Driving Innovation by Balancing Risk & Opportunity

Technology is increasingly at the root of modern innovation. However, expectations for innovation to magically stem from new technologies is misguided and misunderstood.  Innovation is often mistaken for invention and the important aspect of monetization is often overlooked in the scope of innovation.  Technologists are often ill-equipped to tackle monetization strategies and are frequently improperly biased to assess the risk-reward balance that is required of entrepreneurial innovation.  And while agile methodologies have brought product development discipline to technology teams, there are still gaps in understanding related to risk vs. opportunity, selling value vs. features as well as monetization models.

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Jim Vaselopulos, Vice President and Partner at PSC Group

Jim Vaselopulos, Sr Vice President, PSC Group

Jim is a seasoned business executive with domain expertise in Financial Services, Marketing, Manufacturing and Service Industries. Jim works closely with many firms to help align business needs and technology for competitive advantage. His many roles include Sr. Vice President at PSC Group, LLC, Interim CIO at several organizations and strategic business consultant to many others

 

Innovation Process Success Stories - Achieve success by Implementing a Technology Innovation Process

Join a top panel of CIO's, Chief Innovation Officiers and related senior Technology executives as they share how they successfully implemented an Innovation Center or Practice, created a culture of innovation and the processes they implemented for sucess.

 

 

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Justin Walsh, Chief Innovation Officer, New World Van Lines

Justin Walsh, Chief Innovation Officer, New World Van Lines

As CINO for New World Van Lines, Justin has a wide range of responsibilities, which include shaping the company's technical vision, aligning business needs with the company's technology capabilities, application/web development, data analysis, ensuring the stability and security of company infrastructure and creating innovative, repeatable solutions to the challenges the company faces.

 

John Squeo, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer, Thorek Community Hospital

John Squeo, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer, Thorek Community Hospital

John  leads the Office of Innovation and is responsible for Business Intelligence, Risk Analytics, IT, Quality Analytics, Digital & Marketing and growth strategies.

 

Marian Cook, Chief Strategy Officer, Department of Innovation & Technology, State of Illinois

Marian Cook, Chief Strategy Officer, Department of Innovation & Technology, State of Illinois

Marian Cook, Chief Strategy Officer – Enterprise IT, moved to public service in 2015. She started as a Systems Engineer with IBM, reengineering processes, implementing systems and creating business and technology strategies.

Scott Jansen, Vice President, CX Technology Evangelist, Avtex

Moderator: Scott Jansen, Vice President, CX Technology Evangelist, Avtex

Scott Jansen is the Vice President, CX Technology Evangelist at Avtex. In addition, Scott fulfills a role as a Microsoft vTSP, providing roadmap briefings with Microsoft to customers on the future of cloud solutions. 


Digital Business Innovation: The Four Imperatives

Disruptors and innovators are out to eat your lunch. There are four imperatives that they've already mastered that you must embrace to avoid losing market share: The Customer in Control, Accelerate Idea-to-Value, New Tech = New Business Models, and Culture as Enabler. Digital innovation never stops, nor can you. This talk will help you think big by applying the Four Imperatives to your enterprise. Get your business prepared to create sustainable growth in new areas with breakthrough products and services.
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Kelly Manthey, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at Solstice Mobile

Kelly Manthey, Chief Strategy Officer, Solstice

Kelly Manthey is the Chief Strategy Officer at Solstice. As part of Solstice's executive team, Kelly is responsible for Solstice's global corporate strategy, marketing, digital strategy consulting practice, and new service line development for Solstice's Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual Reality, and Robotics practices. Kelly is actively involved in mentoring the next generation of technology leaders and founded the Women in Technology forum at Solstice as a source of mentorship and support.


Creating a Culture of Innovation at Morningstar

There are two schools of thought for Innovation. One is to create a lab and the other is to create a culture of innovation. Jim will explain how he is working with his team at Morningstar to create a culture of innovation. He will discuss the impediments and common fixes or approaches to converting your organization to a more creative and innovative enterprise. Jim will also discuss the pitfalls to solely using best practices and how to know when it is time to ignore a particular best practice in the interest of true innovation.

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Jim Tanner, Chief Innnovation Officer, Morningstar

Jim Tanner, Chief Innnovation Officer, Morningstar

Jim Tanner joined Morningstar in 2012 as global head of Sales and Business Development, and now serves as their Chief Innovation Officer. Prior to joining Morningstar, Jim was an Executive Vice President of Markit responsible for data distribution services as well as Markit on Demand (previously Wall Street On Demand), a leading provider of services in the design, development and hosting of financial services websites, reports and tools. Jim joined Markit in 2010 when Wall Street on Demand was acquired by Markit. He has 20 years’ experience in the management and display of critical financial information, and has three patents.


Enabling Teams to Create the Future
    
“We’re not very innovative.” “Our people are really good at doing what they’re told, but not very good at developing new things.”  “Our leadership team gets it, but below that…not so much.”
 
We hear this a lot.  What if we coached the skills of deliberate creativity like we coach processes like Lean and Agile?  What if diverse teams had the tools to innovate more effectively?  This session will explore those questions and propose ways your organization can grow its innovation power.

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Steve Hammond, Faculty Member, Lake Forest Graduate School of Managemen

Steve Hammond, Faculty Member, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management 


Steve is a faculty member at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Steve is Principal at stevejhammond.com.  He works at the intersection of learning, innovation, strategy and design.  Steve focuses on leadership development for teams and individuals ranging from young athletes to seasoned executives.  A master facilitator and coach, he combines 30+ years of corporate experience with research in applying deliberate creativity to organizational challenges.




Lessons Learned from Rethinking Customer Experience and Business Process

Learn from area CIO's, Chief Innovation Officers and Senior Technology Executives the lessons learned and success stories from rethinking their customer experiences and business processes.

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Kevin B. Boyd, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology, The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Kevin B. Boyd, CIO, The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business


Kevin has responsibility for the technology at Chicago Booth’s campuses in Chicago, London, Singapore and Hong Kong. Prior to coming to Booth, he was the Vice President of Product Management for Tribune Company. Boyd previously served first as a PMO Director and then as Director of Quality Assurance and Testing for CNA Financial in Chicago.

 

Michael J. Lehman, Chief Information Officer, BatteriesPlus

Michael J. Lehman, Chief Information Officer, Batteries Plus Bulbs

Michael  has been with Batteries Plus Bulbs since 2000, starting as the IT Director, progressing to his current role as Chief Information Officer.  As a Senior Operations and Technology Executive, Michael has helped lead innovative global Supply Chain, eCommerce, and Omni-Channel initiatives. 

 

Ed Rybicki,Global Chief Information Officer, Merieux NutriSciences

Ed Rybicki, Global Chief Information Officer, Merieux NutriSciences

Highly accomplished and forward-thinking Senior Technology Executive with 20+ years of achievement setting and executing information management strategies and operations for dynamic global corporations. Currently in the role of Global CIO for Merieux Nutrisciences, responsible for all IT activities across the 20 countries and 90 sites of business operations.

Sujal Patel, VP-Group Architect, DigitasLBi

Sujal Patel, VP-Group Architect, DigitasLBi

Sujal Patel leads the Chicago and San Francisco Technology Engineering team, and is a co-lead of the North American Technology Architecture Council for DigitasLBi. Sujal also built out the Chicago Innovation Lab which is an environment where both clients and employees can co-create innovative ideas for real business problems through hands-on work with emerging technology.

 

Patrick Emmons, Founder of DragonSpears

Moderator: Patrick Emmons, Founder of DragonSpears
 
Patrick's focus on taking the best of software development methodologies and applying them to building applications that support business goals, has created a solid foundation for the success of DragonSpears. Patrick is an accomplished technical architect who spent the past 15 years as co-founder and COO of Adage Technologies. He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) and his past has also included work as a developer / consultant for Ameritech, Motorola, and Baker Robbins. 

 


 

   
 

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