Visionary Headliners, Rockstars and Fab Facilitators


Chief Innovation & Emerging Technology Officer, Orange County Government

Andrea Wesser-Brawner

Session: Engaging the Workforce in the Early Stages of Next Generation and Disruptive Innovation

Andrea Wesser-Brawner is Orange County’s first Chief Innovation & Emerging Technology Officer where she builds upon Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings’ vision of Orange Tomorrow” and creating a culture of innovation, collaboration and inclusiveness.

In her role, she focuses on creating public and private partnerships throughout the entire organization to leverage technology to keep up with global trends and position Orange County as a leader in the innovation industry. Through the development of strategic plans and collaborating with a variety of critical stakeholders, Wesser-Brawner believes Orange County is set to be a regional, national, and international powerhouse of cutting-edge technology through championing large-scale projects bringing positive impacts to Orange County residents and visitors for years to come.

Ms. Andrea Wesser-Brawner has assisted thousands of entrepreneurs, research faculty and others in starting technology companies, pursuing federal funding for R&D, and generating revenues. She built and led five technology accelerator programs, some with federal partners such as U.S. Department of Energy and Economic Development Administration. Having managed such diverse and large regional initiatives, she has since become a trusted advisor to the development of entrepreneur support and innovation ecosystems, most notably in programming, funding and operations plans. She also handled business development and large federal grant management for BRIDG (formerly, the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research), an industry-led consortium for the manufacturing of sensors and photonic devices.

Andrea has also been an entrepreneur while executive in a number of micro- and nanotechnology based start-up companies. She graduated with Honors from the University of Central Florida with her Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

Rockstar Insights

Senior R&D Engineer and Product R&D Manager, Tupperware Brands Corporation

Hector Barea

Session: Success Story – From Concept to Commercialization

Bio is forthcoming…

Vice President, Connected Products, The MasterLock Company

John Bartucci

Session: The Fix on Meeting the Needs of the Connected Consumer
Session: We Want You To Be an Employee of the Future and We Will Help You Get There!

What inspires you? Customers who are delighted with solutions that solve their problems.

John Bartucci is the Vice President of Connected Products at The Master Lock Company. Since 2011 John has been a servant leader relentlessly driving this now ninety nine year old manufacturing company into digital transformation with a series of successful electronic access control product launches over the past eight years.

As a leader with deep roots in technology, John is passionate about connecting customer needs with innovative and intuitive technology solutions and is responsible for serving markets and industries including real estate, facilities management and operations, telecommunications and education institutions. Over his tenure at Master Lock John has instilled a cultural DNA of rapid customer first support and fail fast but succeed faster to create a nimble and highly responsive team.

Prior to this role, John held engineering and product management positions at both Motorola and 3Com, delivering global intelligent network services and enabling wireless network data solutions to global customers. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University, a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Walden University, and an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University.

Lead Experience Owner, USAA

Jay Bowling

Session:Spotting Your Disruptive Competitors
Session:Insights & Ideas Roundup

Jay works in the currency of the future at the center of human and computer intelligence. As a product management leader specializing in knowledge systems, Jay helps people and organizations transform the way they work, learn faster, and rapidly translate that learning in to action to remain competitive in the face of unprecedented disruption.

At USAA, Jay leads the knowledge architecture experience where his team is responsible for maximizing human potential through ensuring the most valuable knowledge is readily available throughout the organization. Prior to this, Jay was a product manager and led operations teams for knowledge management at Expedia, Inc where he was also the program’s agile, lean start-up, and design thinking practice. He began his career in information and technology as a military Intelligence analyst.

In addition to his day job, Jay is a sought-after speaker and consultant in innovation, knowledge management, and product development and design. He has consulted for organizations ranging from small start-ups and large enterprises to the U.S. Air Force. He also applies his skills to research and teaching and has a passion for enabling the next generation of future technologists.

Jay is a life-long learner and has several advanced and undergraduate degrees in the fields of business, technology, and information science. A few of the institutions Jay studied at include the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Cornell University, and Harvard University. He holds also holds numerous professional designations and is an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Intelligence School.

Senior Business Development Director, PURELL ® SmartLink Solutions, GOJO Industries, Inc.

April Bertram

Growth Innovation Leadership Council Member

Session: Steering External Partnerships

Professional Summary: 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. 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.

Areas of expertise: Business Development

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dominion Aesthetic Technologies

Janet Campbell

Session: Avoiding Shiny Object Syndrome for Incremental PD and Innovation Development

Janet Campbell is Chairman and CEO of Dominion Aesthetic Technologies, Inc. Dominion is pioneering the development and commercialization of a first-in-class platform for non–invasive aesthetic procedures. The target market is focused on the fastest growing aesthetic applications. She has assembled a team comprised of some of the world’s leading laser experts who have developed and commercialized over 75 lasers for an array of industries including the aesthetic market. eon FR is FDA cleared and the company is currently commercializing it.

Chief Innovation Officer, Gore Innovation Center, W.L. Gore & Associates

Paul Campbell

Growth Innovation Leadership Council Member

Session: How Product Teams Can Think (and Execute) Like a Startup

What inspires you? Corporate Innovation Transformations

A serial intrapreneur, Paul Campbell is currently Chief Innovation Officer at the Silico Valley Innovation Center for WL Gore & Assoc. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to mobile, automotive and aerospace electronics.

Prior to joining WL Gore, Paul successfully built new businesses that generated billions in revenue for companies like Hewlett-Packard, Philips Electronics, Schneider Electric, and technology startups in Silicon Valley. These businesses created a stunning portfolio of award-winning products that enabled corporations to enter new markets and strengthen their images as innovation and design leaders. Thanks, in part, to Paul’s leadership these companies earned spots on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies List. All total, Paul has helped companies earn a spot on the list in four of the first ten years that Fast Company has published its Most Innovative Companies List.

Paul is an advisor to the World Economic Forum, the European Commission and numerous accelerators/incubators around the globe. He lectures at Bay Area universities on the unique leadership and organizational approaches necessary for large companies to capture disruptive innovations that lead to outsized growth…and Fast Company recognition.

Vice President,Global Product Development, Rockline Industries

Douglas Cole

Session:Insights & Ideas Roundup

Bio is forthcoming.

Associate Director, Supply Chain Intelligence Systems Product Management, Wayfair

Judy Duff

Session: Ask Me About… Zone 1: Will it Drive ROI?

What inspires you? Integrity, customer delight, everyday joy

Judy Duff is a career professional in software product management. She is responsible for award-winning, customer delighting, highly profitable B2B and B2C products. Her work spans multiple domains including consumer fintech, enterprise performance, learning, compensation, and business productivity systems, and most recently supply chain intelligence systems. Ms. Duff has led teams at every company size from startups to Fortune 500, partnering with engineering in agile development. She has led large, global product management teams, and is well regarded as a mentor, manager, and leader. Ms. Duff has a B.S. in Computer Science from Dickinson College and an MBA from Boston University.

Judy Duff is currently Associate Director, Supply Chain Modeling Product Management at Wayfair, an integrated technology and logistics company that is one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home. The challenge of Wayfair’s supply chain is that the home category is characterized by heavy, bulky, damage-prone items. (Think couches, lamps, saunas, and wine glasses.) Ms. Duff leads the Supply Chain Modeling team a part of the Supply Chain Intelligence Systems that drive Wayfair’s proprietary logistics network, enabling Wayfair to speed up deliveries, reduce costs and damage over time, and increase customer convenience, resulting in a better offering for both customers and suppliers.

Before Wayfair, Ms. Duff led the product team at Aquent. She empowered the human connection at the heart of Aquent’s staffing model by delivering innovative sourcing and selection tools using artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and data-driven insights.

Prior to Aquent, Ms. Duff led ADP’s Talent Management product team, tripling the customer base for ADP’s compensation, performance, learning, and succession planning products. She had similar success leading product management and strategy at Salary.com and BrassRing, substantially growing both revenue and customer count, and leading both to profitable acquisitions. At Salary.com, Ms. Duff built an award-winning pay-for-performance suite to augment Salary.com’s compensation leadership. At BrassRing she focused their applicant tracking system to become the leading system for global 1000 customers, and engaged some of the top global recruiting leaders in a product advisory council, enabling an exchange of ideas and strategic insight that drove innovation.

Vice President, Ericsson

Koustuv Ghoshal

Session: We Want You To Be an Employee of the Future and We Will Help You Get There!

Bio is forthcoming…

Senior Management Consultant & Market Strategist, Frost & Sullivan

Jared Graham

Session: Design and Strategy: Driving Growth Through Customer Focus

Bio is forthcoming…

Vice President, Senior Manager, Innovation, Fifth Third Bank

Justin Hendrix

Session: The Fix on Strategic Planning for the Human Experience

What inspires you? Building a better tomorrow for all.

Justin Hendrix serves as a senior manager of innovation for Fifth Third Bancorp. He is responsible for leading the ONE67 Innovation team to position the Bank as a thriving thought leader as well as educating and inspiring an empowered workforce to transform Fifth Third’s experiences, offerings, and communities through emerging technologies and innovation practices.

Prior to joining the Bank, Justin led as the Director of Design & Experience Engineering at GE Aviation where his teams focused on creating user-focused Internet of Things enabled digital experiences used in the maintenance, repair, and operation of jet engines in use around the globe. Before landing into the world of aviation, Justin worked in consulting and software engineering services for non-for-profit, small business, and insurance companies. His teams were regarded for delivering software that is high impact, productive, and creates a positive experience for the user.

Justin graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a degree in economics and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago in computer science.

Global Marketing Director, Edison Portfolio, GE Healthcare

Allyson Jacobsen

Session: Women In Innovation

Allyson is the Global Marketing Director of Artificial Intelligence and Analytics Solutions at GE Healthcare. In her role, she is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of all global marketing functions.

A highly adaptable marketing executive with over 15 years’ experience, Allyson has worked internationally with successful global brands. At IBM, she directed globally influential teams, providing integrated marketing programs and strategies to increase awareness and revenue. With 360training.com, a B2B and B2C training marketplace, Allyson led a global marketing and ecommerce team focusing on brand awareness and growth campaigns, exceeding annual targets by 200 percent in 2015. Most recently, at an information technology consulting firm known as Trianz, Inc., Allyson developed and implemented global omni-channel marketing strategies responsible for exceeding revenue goals by 22 percent.

Allyson holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Christopher Newport University as well as a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

Former Vice President of Design, Innovation & Sustainability, Converse, Nike

Sean McDowell

Session: How Nike Broke the 2-Hour Marathon

Sean is a 22-year veteran of Nike. He has played a critical role in bringing many technologies to market including: Flyknit, Flywire, Lunar foam, VaporMax, the Renew Collection and 4% effort.

Some of the most notable roles at Nike include VP of Nike Running, Creative Director for the Olympics and VP Design & Innovation  Converse. Sean is the founder of Fountain Design – a product design agency that specializes in complex problem solving, discovering new market opportunities and bringing a fresh perspective to businesses.

Sean is an industrial designer with a long track record of bringing award winning products to market. He has over 50 patents for new inventions and is known for solving complex problems with beautifully elegant solutions. His products are featured in the Smithsonian Museum and MoMA.

Vice President, Patient Advocacy and Stakeholder Manager, Otsuka

Mary Michael

Growth Innovation Leadership Council Member

Session: Growth Innovation Leadership Council Critical Issue Roundtable on Aligning Innovation with Evolving Corporate Strategy

Session: Insights & Ideas Roundup

Bio is forthcoming…

Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Cambia Health Solutions

Mohan Nair

Growth Innovation Leadership Council Member

Session: Insights & Ideas Roundup

Mohan Nair brings broad experience to innovation, having been a high-tech entrepreneur, computer scientist, educator, strategy consultant and healthcare innovator.  Recognized in Forbes.com as a pioneer in cultural transformation of organizations, he enables innovation, accelerates solutions and creates emerging healthcare companies. As Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer, the head of Innovation Force at Cambia Health Solutions, author of three books and a Tedx talk on transformation, Mohan is a business transformation enthusiast.

Associate Vice President of Innovation and Commercialization, University of Central Florida

Dr. Thomas P. O’Neal

Session: Florida Space Institute, University of Central Florida Physics Laboratory and Engineering’s Maker Space

Session: Executive Roundtable on Data Driven Growth

Dr. O’Neal, known as the “entrepreneur in the business of helping entrepreneurs,” has served entrepreneurs and startups in the Central Florida ecosystem for three decades. His pioneering work in business incubation and entrepreneurial ecosystems has helped build Central Florida’s innovation-based economy, which in turn has become an internationally recognized model for economic development used across the globe today.

During the past 30 years, Dr. O’Neal has developed, founded, implemented and managed a comprehensive suite of innovation and entrepreneur-based programs that support the entire entrepreneurial spectrum, from the initial idea phase through the second stage. He has served as the Associate Vice President of Innovation and Commercialization at UCF; Vice President of the UCF Research Foundation; Founding and Executive Director of the UCF Business Incubation Program (UCFBIP); Executive Director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL); and the Executive Director of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program at UCF, Florida’s first I-Corps site.

To further support knowledge based economies, Dr. O’Neal serves on multiple national and local boards that advocate for research, commercialization, and entrepreneurism. He is the Founder and President of the Florida Business Incubation Association (FBIA). Other boards include the National Entrepreneur Center (NEC), The Florida High Tech Corridor Council (the Corridor), FireSpring Fund, and the Florida Research Consortium, among many others. He has won multiple awards for service and excellence, including being named one of Florida Trend Magazine’s Top 500 most influential people in Florida (2018 and 2019); the Economic Development Award – Leadership and Service Award from the Florida Economic Development Council (2015); and one of the Entrepreneurs of the Year – Business Development from i4 Business Magazine (2014), among others.

Critically, Dr. O’Neal is known and has been honored as a top advocate for minority, women, and veteran inclusion within innovation and entrepreneurship, and has created and managed multiple award-winning programs that support diversity, inclusion, and economic parity. These programs include Inclusive Entrepreneurship – Hispanic Entrepreneurs (UCF I-Corps IE-HE), a bilingual I-Corps cohort pilot program in collaboration with Prospera, an economic development non-profit in Tampa, Orlando and Miami, to train Hispanic entrepreneurs, and Veterans Florida, a hands-on, intensive entrepreneurship program specific to U.S. military veterans. Recently, Dr. O’Neal has been awarded several prestigious honors for his work in diversity and inclusivity. In 2018 alone, Dr. O’Neal won the Editor’s Choice Award for Economic Diversity and Inclusivity in the Place + Innovation Category from the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education Awards of Excellence, and the Inaugural Outstanding Diversity Helping Hand award from the Orlando Business Journal.

Dr. O’Neal’s international recognition as an expert in research, engineering, technology transfer, business incubation, and economic development has led to presentations and instructional engagements on five continents. He has presented or taught at 20 international conferences, 48 national conferences, and approximately 250 conferences throughout the State of Florida. His expertise has resulted in requests for consultations from government, academic and private industry leadership across international and national levels. He has been engaged by 25 international organizations and 17 national organizations, and helped them create entrepreneurial ecosystems to advance their community’s economic prosperity.

Dr. O’Neal’s work has 40 refereed conference proceedings, with his major publications including:

  1. O’Neal, T. “The Role of Technology Incubators in Engineering Education,” American Society of Engineering Education, 2005
  2. O’Neal, T. “Evolving a Successful University-Based Incubator: Lessons Learned From the UCF Technology Incubator,” Engineering Management Journal, 2005
  3. O’Neal, T., and Schoen, H. “The co-evolution of the University of Central Florida’s Technology Incubator and the entrepreneurial infrastructure in Central Florida,” International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Accepted chapter, April 2009
  4. O’Neal, T., Ford, C., & Sullivan, D. “Promoting Regional Entrepreneurship through University, Government, and Industry Alliances: Initiatives from Florida’s High Tech Corridor,” 2010
  5. Garibay, I., Hollander, C., O’Neal, T. “An Agent-Based Study on the Regional Impact of Business Incubation in Innovation Systems,” Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland, September 2013
  6. Lasrado, V., Sivo, S., Ford, C., O’Neal, T., Garibay, I. “Do graduated incubated firms benefit from their relationship with university incubators?Journal of Technology Transfer, DOI 10.1007/s10961-015-9412-0, 2015
Senior Director, Technology & Innovation, Cerner Corporation

Nias Puthenveettil

Session: The Fix on Operational Efficiency

What inspires you? Using technology and innovation to improve quality of life

Nias Puthenveettil is Senior Director of Technology and Innovation at Cerner Corporation. He has more than 20 years of global medical devices and healthcare industry experience in three continents. Over the years he worked on development of several medical devices at Siemens, including Computed Tomography (CT), Angiography, Interventional Radiology and Cardiology imaging systems and clinical applications. At Cerner is currently responsible for development of large scale ambulatory and acute care healthcare information systems and analytics applications. He is also and Adjunct Professor of Business at Penn State University, teaching Management Information Systems.

Nias holds a master’s degree in computer science & engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and MBA in Strategy, Marketing & Finance from Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University.

Chief Technology Officer, Fortune Magazine

Jonathan Rivers

Session: Keeping Up with Evolving Customer Expectations in Your Product Portfolio

Bio is forthcoming…

Design Director, Johnson & Johnson

Theresa Scheuble

Session: We Want You To Be an Employee of the Future and We Will Help You Get There!

What inspires you? Innovative Solutions to Transform Patients Lives

Theresa Scheuble is a Design Director in Value Chain Quality for Johnson & Johnson. She is an expert on combination product requirements and considerations supporting all segments of J&J. Prior to her role in J&J Enterprise she was Head of the Combination Product Drug Delivery Systems Development for the East Coast team in Janssen a Johnson & Johnson Company. While at Janssen, Theresa was responsible for Combination Product Device development for 26+ programs, including 3 delivery platforms, 5 proprietary devices in development, and 4 novel drug delivery technologies. She has also led Cross-Sector Initiatives with the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sectors. Theresa has been with Johnson & Johnson for 23 years, working in all Sectors of J&J with 18 years specifically in the Medical Device Sector. She has launched greater than 20 portfolio enhancing products within J&J. She also has experience in the Automotive and Aerospace industries.

Executive Vice President and General Manager/Chief Product Engineer, SharkNinja

Sridhar Solur

Session: Driving Product Discovery and Innovation with a Smart AI Strategy

Sri is a serial intrapreneur and a business leader with a track record of incubating, building, growing and managing businesses in a worldwide capacity. He has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the U.S. and understands the idiosyncrasy of international business. He is a product creator, technologist and a marketeer with a razor sharp focus on user experience.

He has founded and created products in Cloud Computing, Wearables, IoT/Smart Homes and recently launched multiple advanced navigation Robots. He was the founder of HP’s Wearables and Cloud/Mobile Printing business; and created Wearables/IOT products for consumer lifestyle brands like Hugo Boss, Coach, Titan, Ferrari, Movado, etc.

He was the former head of all Product and Engineering for Digital Home at Comcast launching Xfinity XFI and scaling Xfinity Home. He was also the Chief Product Officer at SharkNinja responsible for Foodtech and Appliances. He is currently the EVP/GM of the Robotics division at SharkNinja.

In his spare time, he mentors entrepreneur at 500 startups, and loves long distance running.

Senior Director for Products and Enablers Development, Cable & Wireless Communications

Amilkar Torres

Session: Ask Me About Zone 3: Executing on IoT Strategy for Product Creation and Enhancement
Session: The Fix on Managing Innovation & Product Development in a Global Organization

Amilkar Torres is a Senior Global Telecoms Executive who currently serves as the Sr. Director for Product and Enablers Development for Liberty Latin America (LLA), where he oversees the vision, strategy and execution of all Mobile and B2B Products, serving B2C, B2B and B2G customers. He also serves on multiple startup advisory boards as well as the Digital Marketing Program Board in the University of South Florida.

Before LLA, Amilkar was the Vice President of Product Development for Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC)where he oversaw the development of all Consumer and Business Products, including but not limited Mobile, Video, Broadband, Business Solutions for all of CWC 24 markets, until CWC acquisition by Liberty Global

Prior to joining Cable and Wireless, Amilkar served as Products Director for Digicel Group, playing a key roles in driving the growth of the Digicel business from 5 regional markets to 33 global markets and growth in revenue from 500m to 2.2b.

Amilkar also spent time in senior roles with Orange (former France Telecom), in Slovakia and Dominican Republic.

Amilkar earned an MBA from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in Santo Domingo and a Bachelor of Science in Telematics Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Experience Designer, AdventHealth Innovation Lab

Matias Meirelles van Vliet

Session: Innovation Workshop 1 – Selecting the Best Metrics for Your PD & Innovation Team’s Success

What inspires you? Social Impact, Sports, Sustainability, Travel

Matias Meirelles is a Business and Social Entrepreneurship graduate from Rollins College. He works at AdventHealth Innovation Lab Orlando as an experience designer and project liaison. He has been involved in the social impact space for a long time, having interned for both Ashoka and Sistema B (B-lab partner in Latin America) in Brazil and involved with entrepreneurs both in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. A passionate changemaker who has co-founded a battery startup and excited about sustainable and social investments, Matias will always be interested in having a chat about a potential impact business venture or innovation!

Senior Learning and Development Manager, Baker Hughes

Christopher Valdivia

Session: We Want You To Be an Employee of the Future and We Will Help You Get There!

What inspires you? Passion, integrity, empathy

Senior Learning and Development Manager known for developing high-impact programs, setting and attaining goals, and delivering results through creativity.  With over 10 years of diverse leadership and training experience, influences with and without authority, demonstrated ability to develop employees at all levels, and drives continuous improvement.  Proactive business leader with a high degree of analytical acumen, skilled in developing, tracking, and accomplishing performance metrics, who delivers significant improvement directly in support of organizational initiatives.

I dropped out of college in 1990 to serve during the first Gulf War, and never looked back.  Served over two decades in the Nuclear Navy as both an enlisted sailor and commissioned officer on multiple ships and duty stations on both coasts.  After completion of military service, I have had a highly successful career in the oil and gas industry with a focus on reliability and training.  I began by working offshore on an oil drilling ship off the coast of Africa, and returned to lead a repair and maintenance team at a local chemical factory.  Currently serving as the Senior Learning and Development Leader for a team of 8 globally dispersed trainers, responsible for training, audit, and certification of over 1500 technicians around the world.  Recently stood up a new 2000 s.f. training center at the Jacksonville valve manufacturing factory which will serve over 300 people annually.  In addition, I lead the site health and wellness team, Veteran’s resource group, and our corporate volunteer organization.

I have an MBA from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers).  I am a certified DISC assessment trainer and Coach trainer for GE, and earned a Six Sigma Black Belt from Aveta Business Institute.  I spend my “free time” volunteering for our high school band program, Girl Scouts, and various other community service organizations.  I do my best to read two books a month, workout daily, and make time to enjoy living in Florida.

Principal Consultant, Visionary Innovation Group, Frost & Sullivan

Jillian Walker

Session: We Want You To Be an Employee of the Future and We Will Help You Get There!

What inspires you? Innovation for the greater good

My work as a Principal Consultant with Frost & Sullivan’s Visionary Innovation Group (VIG) concentrates on a deep understanding of the socioeconomic, technological, and demographic megatrends that will impact business, government, and societies through the coming decades. Specifically, in my role with VIG, I have worked in areas as diverse as automotive and transportation, financial services, energy, industrial process, public sector, and education. Topics with recently published research include the Future of Work, Gen Z in the US, 5G as an emerging technology investment area, and Smart Cities. At Frost & Sullivan, I am also an active member of GLOW, the Growth & Leadership of Women, program.

Prior to supporting VIG, I worked with Frost & Sullivan’s Growth Team Membership, whose research concentrated on functional best practices in Corporate Strategy, Marketing, and Research & Development. My academic background includes an ABD Ph.D. in English Literature with a focus on Cultural Studies. This concentration has helped infuse my current work with a highly creative and analytical perspective, which I strive to bring to each and every engagement in which I participate.

Innovation Catalyst, AdventHealth Innovation Lab

Cecil Wiese

Session: Innovation Workshop 1 – Selecting the Best Metrics for Your PD & Innovation Team’s Success

What inspires you? Raising Kids, Riding Motorcycles, Bow Hunting, Reading/Sleeping

Cecil B Wiese has been a Project Liaison at the AdventHealth Innovation Lab since 2012.  Born in the room directly beneath the AdventHealth Innovation Lab, Cecil has traveled the world, far and wide, in order to end up, full circle, right back where he began.  Cecil has a degree in Philosophy from UCF, has taught middle school, worked as a professional craftsman restoring 1955 – 1964 Chevrolets, owns the first FDA licensed Kombucha Brewery in the state of Florida and is always available to perform live background music for your wedding, Christmas party or corporate events!

Fab Facilitators

Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships, 3Pillar Global

Jennifer Ives

Session: Keeping Up with Evolving Customer Expectations in Your Product Portfolio

Jennifer Ives is the Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships for 3Pillar Global, an 8-time Inc. 5000 company building consumer-facing digital products for some of the biggest names in the world, including Equinox, PBS, and Carfax. Jennifer is a seasoned business leader with more than 20 years of experience identifying and driving product-market fit strategies and generating double digit growth results at technology companies and global organizations that range in size from venture-backed startups to Fortune 500 companies.Jennifer began her career as a geospatial engineer where she developed and managed the creation of digital products for national security agencies and global organizations and has worked at the intersection of digital product, business, and people since. Most recently, she was the Senior Vice President of North America at the Top Employers Institute, a global data and analytics organization serving Fortune 100 companies.

Prior to that, she led strategic growth at LiveSafe, a venture-backed emerging technology company that developed an enterprise-class mobile safety and risk mitigation technology now used by universities, the military, and Fortune 500 organizations around the world. She also spent more than 10 years as Director of Business Investment for Arlington Economic Development, where she was responsible for designing and executing one of the most successful and award winning innovation-based economic development clustering strategies in the country, laying the groundwork for the recent Amazon headquarters expansion.A self-described “data geek,” Jennifer was the founder and host of “Talent is Transforming” — a successful podcast series aimed at providing leading-edge people, technology, and business insights to Fortune 500 C-suite executives around the world. A frequent speaker and panelist, she is a sought after advisor and mentor for tech founders, a member of Women In Technology, Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative and Leadership Center for Excellence. She holds degrees from the University of Virginia and George Mason University.

She and her husband have two children and live in Arlington, Va.”Jennifer Ives is an expert at blending strategy with business trends amidst highly competitive environments. She performs and delivers from the field to the board room.”~Jonathon Perrelli, CEO & Co-Founder, LifeFuels

President and Co-Founder, Intelligent Product Solutions

Mitch Maiman

Session: Avoiding Shiny Object Syndrome for Incremental PD and Innovation Development

Mitch Maiman is the President and Co-Founder Intelligent Product Solutions (IPS), a leading product design and development firm. He honed his deep knowledge of product design on the strength of a 30-year career with companies that manufacture commercially successful products for the consumer, industrial, and DoD markets. Prior to launching IPS, Mitch was VP of Engineering at Symbol Technologies.

Always espousing a hands-on approach to design, he holds a portfolio of numerous United States and international patents. Mitch holds a Bachelor of Science from Hofstra University, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

President and Chief Executive Officer, SmartOrg

David Matheson

Session: Pivoting Your Portfolio: Innovating with Strategic Flexibility

What inspires you? Adventures, bicycling, dark chocolate, learning, problem-solving

David Matheson is President and CEO of SmartOrg, Inc. With decades of experience, he has helped senior management in firms around the world improve their results from portfolio management, product development, innovation, R & D, capital investment and strategy. He’s known for finding simple answers to some of the most complicated strategic business issues and is an expert at measuring value and managing uncertainty.

Why does David do what he does? When customers report back to him with 30% improvements in growth or cost reductions, or higher as with the 3X increase in return on innovation experienced by DuPont, David and his team savor the accomplishment of helping customers achieve growth beyond their initial expectations.

He co-authored the bestselling book, “The Smart Organization: Creating Value through Strategic R & D” (Harvard Business School Press) and has authored numerous articles on innovation, portfolio management and decision making. David is a Fellow with the Society of Decision Professionals, an educator in Strategic Portfolio Management, and advises numerous startups. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University, where he has also taught Strategic Portfolio Management at the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

When David isn’t showing executives how to bring about more profitable growth, he’s most likely outside riding his bike and celebrating with dark chocolate.

Vice President, Strategic Growth, Nottingham Spirk

Vikki Nowak

Session: Playbook for Scaling Your Product Cost Effectively

What inspires you? Nature, bravery, equity

Vikki, a designer with a rich history of innovation leadership. Starting her design career working for the CDC in southern Africa, she learned the importance of ethnographic research. She joined American Greetings and led the transformation to a fully digital design and print process. When the internet was born, she joined marchFIRST and led many corporations in leveraging the web to extend their businesses online such as Avery Denison’s RollXchange to manage excess inventory and Moen Faucets interactive part locator. Going inhouse and joining Progressive Insurance, she built a team to establish a robust online service platform with many internet firsts such as mobile payments, digital IDs, and online claims reporting. Now as the VP of Strategic Growth at Nottingham Spirk, the country’s longest standing, privately held innovation firm at 48 years old, she is responsible for guiding client partners through digital transformations and complex market introductions. She also led the roll-out of Vertical InnovationTM, a unique process for rapidly getting to market with a 95% patent commercialization rate. Because the firm works across all industries, she has been fortunate to have been a part of a wide-range of first-in-market product launches such as a water backpack, responsive medication adherence, surgical suite optimization and multifunction outdoor power equipment. Vikki is an advocate for user-centered design practices and is blessed to work alongside deeply tenured, passionate innovators both at Nottingham Spirk and with client teams. She enjoys hiking, live music and enjoys falling asleep watching CSPAN.

Chief Technology Officer, Product Creation Studio

Scott Thielman

Session: Product Strategy and Rapid Prototyping for New Business Model

What inspires you? I want to empower innovators.

Scott Thielman is CTO and co-founder of Product Creation Studio, a full-system product development consultancy based in Seattle. With expertise leading the development of consumer, medical and industrial products, Scott has participated in all aspects of product design and development for emerging and established global brands including Philips, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, Bose and Lilly.

Scott is an expert at combining cutting-edge technology with engaging, user-friendly design and has been instrumental in bringing numerous innovative products to market at Product Creation Studio. Scott’s leadership has helped client companies garner prestigious awards including the Red Dot Design Award, Good Design Award, I.D. Annual Design Review, Medical Design & Excellence Award (MDEA), and an MD&M West Innovation Prize.

With over two decades of experience as an entrepreneur and product innovation expert, Scott is a recognized thought leader on topics ranging from AI and digital health to strategic product opportunity evaluation and innovation best practices. He serves as a regular speaker for events produced by UBM, Xconomy, Frost & Sullivan, Life Science Washington, Association of Managers of Innovation, and more. He also recently served as a juror for the Medical Design & Excellence Awards (MDEAs) and has authored articles for national publications including Medical Design & Outsourcing (MDO) and MD+DI.

Scott is actively involved in the innovation community in Seattle and serves as the Life Science Committee Co-Chair for Keiretsu Forum’s Northwest Chapter, the world’s largest angel investor. He is also on the Board of Wings ­– Washington state’s medical technology angel network – and is involved in Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) as an innovation advisor. Scott holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington and is a licensed professional engineer.

Partner, Data Science, Tenet Partners

Kellan Williams

Session: Extracting Value from Data to Drive Key Outcomes

Kellan Williams is an advanced analytics expert and experienced data scientist with proven analytical acumen. His experience spans many sectors and his skill set has offered him the ability to have high impact roles at IBM Global Business Services, Huntington Bank, Safelite Autoglass, LBrands, and Abercrombie and Fitch.

Kellan has spent the last 12 years helping companies turn their data into actionable insights. Kellan employs advanced methodologies and cutting edge technologies to transform business problems into sustained competitive innovations. He specializes in the areas of text analytics, predictive modeling, and advanced forecasting.

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