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The Big Picture Thinkers: Authors & Academics

  • Alexa Clay, Culture Hacker & Innovation Strategist, Author, The Misfit Economy
  • Christian Gansche, Grammy Winner, World-Renowned Conductor and Management Coach
  • Dan Heath, Best Selling Author, Made to Stick and Decisive
  • Diane M. Gayeski, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of Strategic Communications, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College
  • Donald Sull, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management, Global Strategy Expert, Author, Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex Economy
  • Donna Sturgess, Executive in Residence, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dorothy Leonard, William J. Abernathy Professor of Business Administration Emerita, Harvard Business School
  • Greg Brandeau, former SVP of Technology, Pixar and EVP and CTO, The Walt Disney Studios, Co-Author, Collective Genius
  • Jeremy Gutsche, CEO, Trend Hunter, NYT Best-Selling Author, Better & Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas
  • Jonah Berger, Professor of Marketing, THE WHARTON SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Author, Contagious: Why Things Catch On
  • Per Kristiansen, Partner, Trivium, Author, Building a Better Business with the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ Method
  • Peter Koen, Associate Professor, Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management, Director of the Consortium for Corporate Entrepreneurship, STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
  • Robert Regan, Director Keshishoglou (Kesh) Center for Global Communications Innovation, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College
  • Vijay Govindarajan, Thinkers 50 Winner, Best-Selling Author, Reverse Innovation, Coxe Distinguished Professor at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business
  • William Greenwald, Founder and Chief Neuroleaderologist, Windsor Leadership Group, LLC, Author, Be a Mindsetter

The Corporate Innovation Heroes: Cross-Industry Executives

  • Alison N. Campbell, Research Scientist, Small Molecule Design and Development, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Andreina Rangel, Sr Strategic Advisor, AARP
  • Annette Fritsch, Director of Research and Product Innovation, Boston Beer Company 
  • Bill Corning, Corporate Innovation Effectiveness, Corning
  • Brian Singer, Design Manager for Brand Creative, Pinterest
  • Cory Lommel, Consumer Insights Innovation Lead – US Retail, General Mills
  • Cristin Moran, Front End Manager, 3M
  • Cynthia Bouthot, Director of Business Development, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
  • Deborah Mangone, Senior Director of Worldwide Innovation, Pfizer
  • Denise Fletcher, Chief Innovation Officer, Payer & Pharma, Xerox
  • Frank Stephenson, Design Director, McLaren Automotive
  • Hannes Erler, Director Open Innovation Networks, Research & Innovation, Swarovski
  • James Euchner, Vice President, Innovation, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • jAn Langelius, Senior Project Engineer / Innovation Catalyst, Peterbilt Motors Company
  • Janeen Uzzell, External Affairs & Technology Programs, GE Global Research Center
  • Jay Sales, co-lead of The Shop @ VSP Global, VSP Global
  • Jon Overlie, Innovation Agitator – International, General Mills
  • Julie Anixter, Executive Director, AIGA
  • Karen Hersheshen, Leader, clay street project, Procter & Gamble
  • Kenneth A. Savin, Innovation Advisor, Clinical Innovation, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Kerry Preete, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy, Monsanto
  • Lee Fain, Design Innovation, Electrolux
  • Leslie Muller, co-lead of The Shop @ VSP Global, VSP Global
  • Luis Rojas, Head of Learning and Development, HR Effectiveness, Leader, Wells Fargo
  • Mohan Nair, Senior Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, Cambia Health Solutions, Inc., Author, Strategic Business Model Transformation: The 7 Deadly Sins to Overcome
  • Nancy Go, VP Brand Marketing, Wayfair
  • Natalie Sweeney, Senior Business Innovation Strategy Consultant, Highmark, Inc.
  • Norm Golm, Director of Innovation, Regal Beloit Corporation
  • Richard Smyers, Vice President, Accelerated Innovation, Fidelity Investments
  • Robin Beers, SVP, Head of Customer Experience Insights, Wholesale Internet Services, Wells Fargo
  • Sammy Munuswamy, Senior Principal Engineer, Global Engineering & Innovation, The Manitowoc Company, Inc.
  • Sanji Fernando, Vice President, Innovation, OptumLabs™
  • Shane Wall, Chief Technology Officer, HP
  • Soon Yu, Global Vice President of Innovation, VF Corp
  • Terry Benton, Sr. Innovation Advisor, Employee Innovation, USAA
  • Vera Murton - Director of Future Innovation, Liberty Mutual
  • Vince Voron, Vice President, ECD, Global Brand Content Marketing, Dolby Labs, Former Industrial Design Leader at APPLE, Former Head of Design at COCA-COLA
  • Wesley Slavin, Marketing Manager / Innovation Catalyst, Peterbilt Motors Company

The Problem Solvers: Consultants and Solution Providers

  • Ann Thompson, Cofounder, The Garage Group
  • Anthony Ferrier, CEO, Culturevate
  • C. Brooke Dobni, Founder and Principal, InnovationOne
  • Carrie Nauyalis, Innovation and New Product Development Solution Evangelist, Planview
  • Kristi Zuhlke, CEO & Founder, KnowledgeHound
  • Mitch Sava, Director of Innovation, Design Strategy Group, Fjord
  • Neil Stevenson, Executive Portfolio Director, IDEO

The First Movers: Startups, Entrepreneurs VCs, Angel Investors

  • Andy Saldana, Director of Operations, NY Tech Meetup
  • Antonio Fernandez, former leader of the Latin Kings (Hispanic street gang)
    Kian Gohar, Executive Director, Innovation Partnership Program, XPRIZE & Singularity University
  • Dean DeBiase, Chairman, ReBoot Partners
  • Jeri Andrews, Partner, Intellectual Ventures
  • Kathy Sheehan, EVP, Global Managing Director, Consumer TrendsGfK
  • Lisa Maki, Co-Founder and CEO, PokitDok
  • Matt Walters, Managing Director, Runway
  • Thomas Thurston, CEO, Growth Sciences and Managing Director, Hambrecht Ventures
  • Scott Kirsner, Editor and co-Founder, Innovation Leader, Innovation Columnist, Boston Globe
  • Richard Rayment, Executive Chef, Seaport Hotel
  • Edwin Medrano, Executive Steward & Bee Keeper, Seaport Hotel