Wednesday, April 1, 2015

How Powerful Women are Changing the Face of Innovation Leadership

Women's History Month came to a close yesterday, but FEI: Front End of Innovation believes we should honor women driving innovation all year round.

In addition to three can't miss sessions:

2nd Annual Women in Innovation Panel
Kimberly Kleiman-Lee, Senior Executive Leadership Development, GE Crotonville
Denise L. Fletcher, Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Healthcare Payer & Pharma, Xerox Karen Freidt, Creativity & Innovation Design Program Manager, NASA Langley Research Center
Donna Sturgess, Formerly, Global Head of Innovation and VP Marketing, GSK

A Quiet Revolution: Changing How We Work, Lead & Innovate
Susan Cain, TED Phenom & Best-Selling Author, QUIET: The Power of Introverts

Shifting Culture & Social Norms through Media & Products
Miki Agrawal, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, THINX & SUPER SPROWTZ

FEI 2015 plays host to amazing roster of female innovation pioneers at our US and EMEA events we think YOU need to meet, including:

Michele R. Weslander Quaid, Chief Technology Officer (Federal), Innovation Evangelist, Google
Michele is Google's Chief Innovation Evangelist supporting the global user base, and has served as Chief Technology Officer for the Public Sector since joining Google in April 2011. Throughout her career, she has taken on the challenge of creating startups and transforming existing businesses in both industry and government. Through consistent success, Michele is recognized and sought after as a leader of change, innovation, and organizational transformation. "DC's Top 50 Women in Tech" ( Feds coop , 2014) "Power 100" list of influencers ( Washington Life , 2014) "The 7 Most Powerful Women to Watch" ( Entrepreneur Magazine , 2014)

Elke den Ouden, Author, Founder, Elke den Ouden BV
Dr. Elke den Ouden is appointed by the board as TU/e Fellow at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) per 1 april 2014 to further develop strategic collaborations of the university with public and private organizations

Erika Ilves, Founder & Idea Capitalist, road:infinity
Erika  co-wrote a book on the future of the human species and continues writing, speaking and spontaneously digressing on this topic. Her calling is space settlement and she splits time between two ventures that fuel the space frontier in two different ways - one literally, by putting refueling depots in orbit (Shackleton Energy) and another figuratively, by making space easier to invest in (Transplanetary).

Karin Schumacher, Global Product Portfolio Director, Food Preparation, Electrolux
Karin is the global product portfolio director of food preparation at Electrolux, where she's been for several years- as the director of the consumer innovation program and also global product portfolio.

Michelle Augustine, Technology & Innovation Champion, Gore Medical Products
Michelle Augustine is a career technology leader with W. L. Gore & Associates.  After earning her Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware, and early career experiences in Pharmaceuticals, Michelle joined Gore in 1993 and worked on early front-end innovation and technology development to create the next generation of Gore-Tex™ laminates for footwear and garments.

Aline Wolff, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Stern School of Business, NYU
Aline Wolff is a Clinical Associate Professor of Management Communication at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. She teaches courses in innovative thinking for business, as well as business, management and organizational communication for the undergraduates, MBAs and for the Executive Education programs, including the Bankseta program for South African bankers and Communication Strategies: Developing Leadership Presence.

Donna Sturgess, President & Founding Partner, Buyology, formerly, Global Head of Innovation & VP Marketing, GlaxoSmithKline
Donna is a strategist and senior marketer with over 25 years of both US and global experience at GlaxoSmithKline where she led commercial businesses prior to her innovation role. At Buyology she is a visionary proponent of building clients' businesses through a deeper understanding of the non-conscious drivers of attention, engagement and persuasion to better understand customer choice and why people buy what they buy. She also holds the position of Executive in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University where led the strategic plan to create the Integrated Innovation Institute, a unique collaboration of the engineering, business and design schools.

Susan Cain, Best-Selling Author, QUIET: The Power of Introverts
Susan Cain is the co-founder of Quiet Revolution LLC and the author of the award-winning New York Times best seller QUIET: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking, which has been translated into 36 languages, has appeared on many "Best of" lists, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Cain one of its "Most Creative People in Business". Cain's book was the subject of a TIME magazine cover story, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 10 million times, and was named by Bill Gates one of his all-time favorite talks.

Tracey A. Dodenhoff, Founding Director, Center for Research Innovation, Northeastern University
An entrepreneurial leader driven by value creation, Tracey specializes in product commercialization and new market initiatives. Tracey is the Founding Director of the Center for Research Innovation (CRI), an exciting new venture focusing on increasing commercialization activity from research initiatives, where she leads the translation of innovations into tangible commercial successes. She also provides leadership for the University's technology transfer practice.

Carin Watson, Managing Director, Corporate Innovation, SU Labs, Singularity University
Carin Watson oversees the Corporate Innovation Program at SU Labs, helping large enterprises establish an innovation outpost in Silicon Valley and leverage SU's unique global community. She has almost 20 years of marketing, product development and corporate innovation experience with Fortune 500 companies. She loves creating simple but delightful products and experiences, informed by a deep understanding of users.

Cristin Moran, Front End Manager, 3M
Dr. Cristin Moran is the Front End Innovation Manager for the 3M Health Care Business. In this role, she is responsible for leading transformational and disruptive programs, developing and teaching innovation science and methodology, and applying that to the seven divisions within the 3M Health Care Business.

Deborah Arcoleo, Director, Innovation Center of Excellence, The Hershey Company
Deb Arcoleo is Director of the Innovation Center of Excellence for The Hershey Company.  She is responsible for enabling innovation capabilities, unleashing creativity and ensuring a healthy portfolio of beyond product innovation across the enterprise.  She has held innovation positions with Campbell Soup Company, J&J Consumer Group of Companies and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.  She also founded and ran her own organization effectiveness and change management consulting firm for 6 years, and spent 14 years in the management consulting profession, including four years at McKinsey & Company.

Denise L. Fletcher, Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Healthcare Payer & Pharma (HPP), Xerox Commercial Solutions
Denise Fletcher serves as chief innovation officer for Xerox Healthcare Payer and Pharma group. Fletcher is responsible for achieving annual group innovation revenue targets, fueling thought leadership strategies, engaging customers in innovation strategies, and driving innovation through a robust research and development pipeline. She has 6 patents pending in healthcare.

Diana Gabbard, Consumer Insights EOR FVC, BP
BP is a company rich in history and tradition but bringing change into any component of the business can be a challenge.  Diana Gabbard believes uncovering deep human truths helps to break some old habits in innovation and inspires new excitement in consumer program innovation. Consumer empathy can spark innovation and take you down paths that may not have been explored without the inspiration; Insight into how uncovering deep human truths about your consumer can be useful for strategic design and a launching point for future innovation.

Gillian Ferrabee, Director, Creative Lab, Cirque du Soleil Media
Gillian Ferrabee wrote and directed her first play at the age of 10. She has been fascinated with storytelling, and with the connection between creativity, technology and our senses for as long as she can remember. Her first professional career was as a contemporary dancer. Later she became an actor and writer for TV and film. In 2004 she joined Cirque du Soleil's casting team; for many years she travelled the world finding extraordinary talent and scouting new trends in performance and design. She was on the team that cast the Beatles LOVE show, as well as others in the company's repertoire. In 2012 she was named Director of the Creative Lab at the new company, Cirque Du Soleil Media. She now leads a team of creatives in developing projects destined for the International TV, film and new media markets.

Kara L. Sterner, Director of Innovation, Bumble Bee Foods
When a company accepts that its bread & butter category won't be that for much longer, the likely outcome is A) continue to ride the wave for as long as it goes, or B) jump off and catch a new wave. Bumble Bee Seafood's created their own option C) keep riding the current wave and send in a new rider for the next big one because innovation needs a place to start so it can learn and grow.  Bumble Bee's Director of Innovation used insights as ammunition to align stakeholders and focus the business in 3 deep fishing grounds, adopted a process that allowed for quick data driven decision making to meet short/mid/long term goals and harnessed the passion of people through idea generation all leveraging lean resources but yielding meaty outcomes.  Jumpstarting innovation is exhausting, but with a little bit of focus and a lot of drive, the exhilaration from the journey wins every time.

Karen Freidt, Creativity & Innovation Design Program Manager, GROW Mentoring Program Manager, NASA Langley Research Center
With a BFA in graphic design and experience in advertising, Karen brings a creative perspective to her work leading programs at NASA Langley Research Center. She specializes in moving minds and ideas forward while piloting new ways of working within government in support of the NASA vision. Karen is driven to challenge assumptions, build better systems and help paint visionary options in the minds of those around her.

Kimberly Kleiman-Lee, Lead, Senior Executive Leadership Development, GE Crotonville
Kimberly Kleiman-Lee heads the Executive Learning Team for GE Crotonville, focusing on the learning and development needs of the company's senior-most leaders.  Kimberly has been with GE for 15 years; 12 of those years at GE Healthcare. Most recently, she served as Senior Faculty Lead for the GE Officers. 

Julia Austin, Former VP of Innovation, VMWare, Advisor, AustinFish, Co-Founder & CTO, Stealth Start-Up
Julia is a Principal at Austinfish, LLC and works with technology entrepreneurs to help them start and scale great companies. She is a board member, investor and advisor to several startups and is often called upon as a leadership coach with a focus on the Engineering process, staffing and operations.

Rudina Seseri, Partner, Fairhaven Capital, Entrepreneur in Residence, Harvard Business School
Rudina joined Fairhaven Capital at its inception in 2007. She has led Fairhaven's investments in CrowdTwist, Jibo, SocialFlow, and Statisfy. She also serves as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Harvard Business School.

Ivy Eisenberg, Founder, Our IdeaWorks
Ivy Eisenberg is the founder and CEO of Our IdeaWorks, LLC, an innovation consultancy that focuses on innovation workshops and deep customer research.  Since the early 1980s, Ivy has been a passionate advocate for connecting creators/business-builders and users/customers. Her early work on technical communications and user interfaces (before there was a discipline of UI/UX) focused on collaborative innovation, employing techniques that included ethnographic research, "all-fidelity" prototyping, and iterative design and development. She raised eyebrows when she pulled programmers out of their cubicles at a large commercial bank and took them on a "field trip" to observe the data entry clerks who were keeping manual ledger books and would soon be using the new processing system.

Debra France, Leadership Development, W.L. Gore
Since it was founded in 1958, the company has operated in a non-hierarchical manner to optimize its ability to innovate.  Debra helps teams articulate Gore's organic processes for developing leaders and for fostering innovation, so this wisdom can be embedded into the design of learning experiences and organizational processes.

Lilliane Geels, Business Process Manager, Change Management Team, European Patent Office

Catherine Eder, Director, Change Management & Internal Communications - Patent Administration, European Patent Office

Celine Farcet, European Open Research Manager, L'Oreal Research & Innovation

Join these amazing women in Boston this May!

Use code FEI15BL for $100 off the current rate. Register today: http://bit.ly/1F3c4BV

All the best,
The FEI Team
@fei_innovation
#FEI15


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