Kathy Fish

Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer
Procter & Gamble Company

Kathy Fish is the Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer at the Procter & Gamble Company, leading the Company’s innovation program and strategy; its nearly $2 billion annual investment in R&D; and over 6,900 global R&D employees. Kathy is a member of P&G’s Global Leadership Council and liaison to the Board of Director’s Innovation and Technology Committee.

Sherry Neubert

Chief Information Officer and the Vice President of Information Technology
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Sherry Neubert is the Chief Information Officer and the Vice President of Information Technology at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, where she has been employed since 2002.
Sherry has worked in Operations and IT-related positions for 25 years. She began her career with Goodyear in the Enterprise Data Warehouse leading the Business Intelligence team, and during her tenure she has held various positions in IT and Project Management. Sherry is passionate about data and analytics and especially interested in understanding the role artificial intelligence will have in the workplace of the future.

Youngjin Yoo

Professor in Entrepreneurship and Information Systems
Case Western Reserve University

Youngjin Yoo is the Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Information Systems at the department of Design & Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. An Association of Information Systems Fellow, he is also WBS Distinguished Research Environment Professor at Warwick Business School, UK. and a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, UK.  He is the founding faculty director of xLab at Case Western Reserve University.

Sherry Sanger

Executive Vice President, Marketing
Penske Transportation Solutions

Sherry Sanger is Executive Vice President of Marketing for Penske Transportation Solutions, an $8.4 billion leader in transportation and logistics, whose businesses include Penske Truck Leasing, Penske Logistics, Epes Transport Systems, and Penske Vehicle Services.

She leads Penske Transportation Solutions’ global strategic marketing function including its efforts around connected, autonomous, shared, and electric vehicles; market intelligence; and customer experience.

Anand Swaminathan

Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company

Anand helps organizations across industries unlock the potential of digital and technology, focusing on innovation. He helps clients evolve their operating models and transform their businesses to effectively serve their customers while scaling operations efficiently.

Anand is the coauthor of Digital @ Scale: The Playbook You Need to Transform Your Company (John Wiley & Sons, 2017), which serves as a playbook for senior leaders in organizations to achieve the full-scale benefits of digital. He serves clients across the consumer, energy, hospitality, advanced industries, and financial-services sectors.

Jean-François Barthelemy

Agency Digital Transformation Lead,
NASA Headquarters

Dr. Jean-François (J.F.) Barthelemy is on special assignment with the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA HQ as Agency Digital Transformation Lead. He is responsible for assessing the state of the Agency’s Digital Transformation initiatives and to recommend how to effectively integrate the diverse initiatives.

Prior to that assignment, JF was the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) Chief Technologist since January 2015. He advised the LaRC Office of the Director and Senior Staff on technology matters and provided technical leadership for planning, management and evaluation of comprehensive, Center-wide advanced technology development activities. Prior to that, J.F. was Deputy Director of the LaRC Systems Analysis and Concept Directorate and then of the LaRC Office of Strategic Analysis, Communication, Business Development.

Erin Spring

Director, New Ventures
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Erin Spring has worked in a variety of roles at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company since 2004. She has defined her career as a strategic and innovative leader, with the ability to set strategy and lead a diverse team to deliver on corporate growth initiatives. She was a key leader in building Goodyear’s New Business Innovation capability from the ground up. Today, she leads Goodyear’s New Venture team, focused on building solutions for the future of mobility, across the FACE trends (Fleets, Autonomous, Connected, Electric). New Ventures includes four Innovations Labs globally (San Francisco, Akron, Luxembourg and Shanghai) to connect, prototype and pilot with emerging customers, start-ups and others transforming the mobility ecosystem. New Ventures also has a global incubation team to operate and grow new solutions in-market.

Erin began her career at Goodyear as a Materials Development Engineer, utilizing machine learning techniques to predict performance of tire materials. She then led the Materials Testing organization and implemented lean concepts to drive efficiencies and deliver testing results on-time.

Dinakar Deshmukh

VP – Data Sciences and Analytics,
GE Aviation Digital

Dinakar Deshmukh is the VP – Data Sciences and Analytics, GE Aviation Digital. He leads a global data science and analytics team which delivers advanced data science and analytics-based outcomes for GE Aviation internal and airline customers, focusing on fleet management and airline operations solutions. Dinakar is passionate about bringing contemporary AI technologies (NLP, Deep learning, Time series etc.) to drive differentiated outcomes for both internal and external customers. Dinakar is an aviation enthusiast and has been with GE Aviation for the last 20 years and worked in multiple areas of GE Aviation.

Alex Foessel

Lead Architect for Automation to Autonomy
John Deere

Alex Foessel is lead architect for Automation to Autonomy in John Deere. Previously, in Brazil, he formed and directed the Technology Innovation Center, and led Customer Support for Latin America. Earlier, based in Germany, he oversaw the market launch of the consumer autonomous mower (Tango) in Europe. Other experiences include roles in Enterprise Advanced Marketing and advanced technology development. Alex holds a PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and Electrical Engineering degree from Catholic University in Chile. Alex is passionate about inclusion and diversity of thought in organizations. He is also a rancher raising Angus cattle in Chilean Patagonia, and a proud John Deere customer.

Moisés Noreña

Vice President, Innovation,

Moisés Noreña is vice president of innovation for Moen, the leading plumbing brand in North America. He joined GPG in 2017 and is responsible for driving growth and innovation by identifying unique consumer insights and turning them into desired solutions for consumes and customers.

Prior to GPG, Moisés was Director of Strategic Innovation for Allstate Insurance where he was responsible for identifying and executing opportunities for disruptive innovation across the enterprise. Moisés also served as Global Director of Innovation for Whirlpool Corporation for over 10 years.

Bob Graf

Vice President, Data Science & Analytics,
The Lubrizol Corporation

Robert T. Graf is vice president, data science and analytics for The Lubrizol Corporation. He joined Lubrizol in 1985 and has held a variety of technical management roles throughout Lubrizol including a two-year assignment with GE-Lubrizol, a joint venture company. In 2004 he was named vice president of research and development for Lubrizol Additives, and in 2008 he was named to the executive leadership team as corporate vice president, research and development. He was named to his current position in 2017. Dr. Graf earned his Doctorate and Master of Science degrees in macromolecular science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1985 and 1983 respectively, and his Bachelor of Science in polymer science from the Pennsylvania State University in 1980.

Socka Suppiah

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer,

Socka is responsible for Saggezza’s global operations and strategic business development. He is the fuel in the Saggezza fire and makes sure Saggezza can function on three continents without a hitch. Prior to co-founding Saggezza, Socka was a key member of Cymbal Technologies’ leadership team and consulted for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

Ellen B. Van Oosten

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Faculty Director of Executive Education,
Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

Ellen B. Van Oosten, PhD is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Faculty Director of Executive Education at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Van Oosten is also Director of the Coaching Research Lab. Her research interests include coaching, leadership development, and women’s leadership in STEM fields and emotional intelligence. She is the author of numerous academic and practitioner articles and co-author of the book – Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth – with Richard Boyatzis and Melvin Smith.

Cosmin Laslau

Director, Research Products,
Lux Research

Cosmin Laslau is the Director of Research Products at Lux Research. He leads the development of next-generation research tools and features, including applied machine learning and other innovation-focused analytics, data source selection and implementation, and advanced visualization.
He brings years of experience in managing some of Lux Research’s core analyst teams that focus on energy and mobility. In those roles, Cosmin’s work included developing new analytical methodologies based on primary and secondary research, like data trackers and comprehensive models to address client needs. His research has often been quoted in the press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, and The Atlantic, as well as being featured at invited conferences around the world. Prior to joining Lux Research, he also worked at a nanomaterials start-up.

Joshua Ness

Senior Manager,
Verizon 5G Labs

Joshua Ness is a 5G Labs Manager with Verizon in New York City. He works with enterprise, startups, and academic teams to drive innovation around 5G. He also works to educate, inspire, and connect the dots for businesses interested in moving forward with emerging technology.

Elizabeth Bolman

Department Chair, Art History,
Case Western Reserve University

Elizabeth S. Bolman engages with the visual culture of the eastern Mediterranean in the late antique and Byzantine periods. She pursues scholarship along traditional lines and also engages with digital media in the service of cultural heritage preservation. She is best known for her work in Egypt, in which she has demonstrated the vitality of Christian Egyptian art and presented new understandings of the nature of artistic production in the early Byzantine and Medieval periods. She edited and was the principal contributor to the award-winning Monastic Visions: Wall Paintings in the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea (Yale University Press and the American Research Center in Egypt, 2002) and to The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt (Yale University Press and the American Research Center in Egypt, 2016). This most recent book is the product of a decade-long multidisciplinary project that she founded and directed, which included the cleaning, conservation and 3D laser scanning of spectacular and unparalleled early Byzantine paintings at the Red Monastery church. She was appointed Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts and Chair of the Department of Art History, Art and Art Education at Case Western Reserve University in August 2017, charged with building the Keithley Institute for Art History in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art, and leading the Joint Program between CWRU and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Creighton Warren

Vice President & Chief Information Officer,
USG Corporation

Creighton Warren is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at USG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of building product solutions. In 2019, he was named Global Chicago CIO of the Year by the Chicago CIO Leadership Association. In 2017, he was named a “Premier 100 Technology Leader” by Computerworld, a leading information technology media brand that covers the breadth of business technology. His leadership team received the Most Effective IT Team award sponsored by the Chicagoland chapters of the Society of Information Management (SIM) and Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) in 2014. He joined USG in 2003 and was accountable for the IT portion of major (> $150 MM) customer satisfaction initiative involving the company wide deployment of Oracle eBusiness Suite across fifty plus manufacturing facilities. Immediately prior to his current role, he was Senior Director, Technology – Information Technology at USG Corporation, responsible for the Application, Architecture, and Operations organizations.

Marguerite Johnson

Innovation Leader,
Leggett and Platt Inc.

Ms. Johnson joined Leggett and Platt Automotive, as part of the Advanced Engineering team. She scouts for external partnerships in mobility technologies, end-user markets, and applications to create products, services, business models, and user experiences. She has more than 19-years of leadership in innovation, strategy, business development, and marketing in mobility, automotive electrification, commercial engines, heavy non-road equipment and polyurethane resins, coatings, adhesives, composites, and foams. Marguerite was awarded two U.S. design patents. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from The College of Wooster and a Master’s degree in Acquisitions Management from Central Michigan University, as well as professional certifications in Data Science from Harvard and Innovation Leadership from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

As a Board of Director at IRI, Ms. Johnson collaborates with industry leaders to advance the practice of innovation in IRI Networks Conferences, Community Exchanges, SPRING Programs, and as a thought leader, speaker, and moderator.

Shawn Horner

Vice President Corporate Strategy & Digital Initiatives,
Parker Hannifin Corporation

Shawn Horner is Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Digital Initiatives.
Key responsibilities include leading strategy development at the Corporate level and select enterprise wide initiatives, such as digital transformation. After joining Parker in 2010 as a Business Development Manager for the Instrumentation Group, Shawn was promoted two years later to Manager of Business Planning & Development for the Americas at the Corporate level. In 2015, he joined Parker’s Engineered Materials Group as Vice President, Business Development. He has held the position of Vice President Corporate Strategy since 2017, with responsibility in digital initiatives having been added recently.

Robert Arbogast

Director – People Systems,
The Timken Company

Robert D. Arbogast (Rob) is the Director – People Systems for The Timken Company. Currently Arbogast is leading HR systems, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Engagement, D&I and multiple other activities. He manages activities from strategy through operational excellence.

Arbogast is responsible for the Company’s human capital management system portfolio including the SAP/SuccessFactors suite. He was the executive in charge of the selection and procurement of SuccessFactors and the related system integrator. Prior to implementation, Arbogast was responsible for the development of the enterprise’s human capital management transformation strategy and roadmap.

Pawan Divakarla

Data and Analytics Business Leader
Progressive Insurance

Pawan has over 15 years of experience working on building new business processes in various industries.

Pawan joined Progressive in 2004 and currently is the data and analytics business leader where he oversees the data and analytics strategy for Progressive.

Previously Pawan has worked on direct to consumer acquisition systems and building architecture roadmaps and new user experiences for future customer acquisition systems. He also led BigData efforts at Progressive which includes execution business use cases and infrastructure and capability build out.

Ed McQuiston

Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer

Ed joined Hyland in 2001 as the Director of Healthcare Solutions. In 2016, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing. Having served as Vice President of Global Sales since 2012, Ed took on the responsibility of aligning Marketing and Sales in support of Hyland’s global expansion. In 2017, Ed was promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer. His tenure at Hyland and extensive knowledge of OnBase helps support and expand Hyland’s strategic initiatives.

With more than 20 years of experience in the information management and advanced capture industries, Ed focuses on collaborating Hyland’s global sales and marketing programs and vertical-specific initiatives with worldwide trends, positioning Hyland as the go-to vendor for information management solutions. He serves on the Board of Directors for University Hospitals St. John’s Medical Center and the Northeast Ohio Medical University Foundation (NEOMED).

Tom Culver

Senior Innovation Advisor – Lead, Strategic Foresighting
RTI International

Mr. Culver is a senior member and technology futurist in the Innovation Advisors group at RTI International, a leading global non-profit research institute. He develops, organizes, and teaches nationwide workshops on megatrends and foresighting, breakthrough innovation, technology scouting and market intelligence, in addition to serving as an invited speaker on innovation management topics. He has extensive innovation management experience combined with industry experience in advanced technology and product development. For over 18 years he has delivered innovation advising and insights research solutions for dozens of Fortune 500 companies and large government clients (e.g. NASA, NIST).

Lee Ann Schwope Cochran

Amphora Consulting

Lee Ann Cochran is an affiliated partner with Amphora Consulting. Lee Ann is a well-versed professional with expertise across the aerospace, defense, start-up and non-profit industries. She received her BS in Materials Science & Engineering from The Ohio State University and has advanced her career with experience in research, process scaling, manufacturing, proposal development, commercialization, business development, sales, marketing, licensing and market strategy.

Ms. Cochran serves on the board for the Innovation Research Interchange (IRI), Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) and is the President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Board.

Lee Ann received the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Presidents award in 2018. She was recognized as a 2017 Smart Business Progressive Woman in Cleveland and in 2016 was selected for the Outstanding Soroptimist Award for Columbus and Franklin County. She was also named as one of the 2014 Women You Should Know by Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) and acknowledged by Battelle as a Women’s History Month Honoree for bringing forward ideas to drive change and shape the future. A passionate volunteer, Lee Ann spends her free time supporting causes which champion human rights and equality.

Cliff Tironi

Managing Partner

Cliff Tironi is co-founder and Managing Partner of The Leadership Analytics Group – powered by DevelapMe, a proprietary real-time feedback platform. DevelapMe collects, routes, and analyzes feedback on the people, business processes, and goals that matter most to organizations (www.develapme.com). Feedback is captured from employees, vendors and clients. The Leadership Analytics Group partners with Fortune 100 companies to lead transformation and solve complex business challenges leveraging DevelapMe, strategic analytics and supportive change management consulting.

Cliff recognizes the challenges of harnessing never-ending data—and the need to leverage it in imaginative yet impactful ways. He coaches others to embrace a humanized mindset as a means to making data more relatable and, most importantly, actionable.

Bryan Merckling


Bryan Merckling is a Visionary Technologist and a Serial Entrepreneur who has impacted multiple industries with emerging technologies.
With CommerceOne.net, the world’s largest B2B marketplace Bryan helped create the online procurement space. As co-founder and COO of Webify, Bryan helped shape the Service Oriented Architecture market. Webify was acquired by IBM becoming a key component of IBM’s Webshpere. Bryan then directed World Wide Software Strategy at IBM where he and his team became one of the first to identify an exciting emerging technology now known as IoT.

Bryan founded Thinaër www.thinaer.io and is now impacting the Internet of Things industry by successfully evolving IoT into an easy to consume service. A turn-key platform that contextualizes vast amounts of data in real-time creating an immediately consumable base layer of analytics. Thinaër is driving real-time analytics for some of the world’s largest manufacturers and just released Thinaër@HOME, a healthcare solution that is improving outcomes and reducing readmissions.

Bill Nottingham

VP of Growth
Nottingham Spirk

Bill is the VP of Growth for Nottingham Spirk, leading both the Business Development and Marketing initiatives. As a member of the Nottingham Spirk (NS) Leadership Team, he is focused for future growth and sustainabilty for the Firm. He also helps establish NS equity venture companies and serves as an Advisor.

NS is a The Business Innovation firm, founded in 1972 and one of the world’s longest standing private innovation firms, where the founders are still involved in leadership roles. The NS team uses the Vertical InnovationTM process in collaboration with their client/partners to deliver product platform innovations resulting in over 1250 global commercialized patents and over $50 Billion in retail sales for their clients. To date, 95% of all NS patents have been commercialized. Prior to joining Nottingham Spirk, he worked as an Automotive Designer at General Motors, in the Cadillace Studio.

Jennifer Thomas

Managing Director
Plug and Play Cleveland

Jennifer is Managing Director of Plug and Play Cleveland, a hub for digital health, pharma and enterprise solutions that connects innovative startups with national & global healthcare partners. Working with regional hospital partners, Jennifer helped launch Plug and Play’s first national satellite office. Recently, Jennifer was launch director of xLab, Case Western Reserve University’s effort to help established corporations adopt and implement digital business models to compete in the new economy. Prior to that, Jennifer launched and was chief strategy officer of DigitalC, an effort to close the technology gap in Cleveland. Jennifer has an MBA from New York University.

Gene Sasso

Director, Career Development
Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, Case Western Reserve University

With more than 20 years of communications, public affairs, marketing and brand development experience, Gene has helped organizations create conversations and build relationships with stakeholders. More recently he has developed expertise as a professor of Public Relations, and higher education administrator.

In academic administrative roles, he developed and launched a remarkably successful master’s (Public Relations) program, delivered online. In the initial two years, more than 250 students enrolled, the retention rate exceeded 90%, with gross revenues of $6 million.

Since 2014, he has worked with students and alumni of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland Institute of Music as they explore and develop entrepreneurial pursuits. With a primary focus of “helping students and alumni turn their ideas into products and services,” CWRU LaunchNet has helped more than 100 teams fundraise, sell, or otherwise earn more than $10M.

Kalle Lyytinen

Distinguished University Professor, Iris S. Wolstein Chair; Department Chair, Design and Innovation Department
Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

Kalle Lyytinen (PhD, Computer Science, University of Jyväskylä; Dr. h.c. Umeå University, Copenhagen Business school, Lappeenranta University of Technology) is Distinguished University Professor and Iris S. Wolstein professor of Management Design at Case Western Reserve University, and a distinguished visiting professor at Aalto University, Finland. He is currently the department chair of Design&Innovation Department at Case Western Reserve University. He is among the top five scholars in digital technology and its impact in organizations in terms of citations; he is the recipient of several awards including LEO Award (2013), AIS fellow (2004), and IFIP Silver Core (2002). He has published over 400 refereed articles and edited or written over 30 books or special issues. He conducts research on digital innovation concerning its nature, dynamics and organization, design work, requirements in large systems, and emergence digital infrastructures.

Kenneth A. Loparo

Arthur L. Parker Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering
Case School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Kenneth A. Loparo is the Arthur L. Parker Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering and holds academic appointments in the departments of biomedical engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Case School of Engineering, he is the Faculty Director of the Institute for Smart, Secure and Connected Systems (ISSACS) at Case Western Reserve University and Co-Academic Director of the Internet of Things Collaborator (IOTC). Loparo is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and a fellow of AIMBE, his research interests include stability and control of nonlinear and stochastic systems with applications to large-scale electricity systems including generation, transmission and distribution; nonlinear filtering with applications to monitoring, fault detection, diagnosis, prognosis and reconfigurable control; information theory aspects of stochastic and quantized systems with applications to adaptive and duala control and the design of distributed autonomous control systems; the development of advanced signal processing and data analytics for monitoring and tracking of physiological behavior in health and disease.

Subbian Govindaraj

System Architecture Manager
Rockwell Automation

Subbian (Raj) Govindaraj is the System Architecture Manager at Rockwell Automation, a Fortune 500 global industrial technology company singularly focused on industrial automation. In this role, he is responsible for the system architecture and technology vision. He is presently focused on helping Rockwell Automation achieve the vision of bringing the Connected Enterprise to life. It involves realizing wide ranging digital innovations in products and services. He is a named inventor in 45 patents with several more under examination. Dr. Govindaraj received a Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) degree from the University of Madras, a Master of Engineering degree and a Doctoral degree from the University of Florida.

Michael Regelski

Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer — Electrical Sector

Michael Regelski is the senior vice president and chief technology officer for the Electrical Sector of Eaton, a power management company. He is responsible for working with the sector engineering and business leaders to develop and implement the electrical sector technology strategy and for providing overall direction and guidance for all engineering, program management and technology enhancement initiatives within the sector. Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion that provides energy-efficient solutions that help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 99,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

Brandon Cornuke

Vice President, Startup Services

Brandon Cornuke is the Vice President of MAGNET’s Startup Services division and leads the company’s efforts to help innovators turn manufactured product ideas into growing businesses. He specializes in strategy development, business model design, and lean innovation. Prior to joining MAGNET, his professional path included starting a consumer products company, building a corporate innovation group at American Greetings, leading a half-billion dollar consumer electronics business at Target Corp, and consulting with Hitachi’s global IT strategy group. Brandon has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and is also an Adjunct Professor of Design and Innovation at Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management.

Jason Norman

Vice President and Head
RTI, Innovation Advisors

Dr. Jason Norman is Vice President and head of the RTI Innovation Advisors. With over 20 years in industry, Dr Norman brings an extensive background in corporate strategy, corporate restructuring, product development and commercialization, and research and development. He has delivered innovative and profitable solutions across the energy, specialty chemicals, oil and gas, metals, minerals, pharmaceutical, and food industries.

Having built and led advanced computing and simulation groups in his early career, Dr Norman has extensive experience using advanced computing and data modeling approaches to better understand and solve some of the toughest engineering, innovation and business growth challenges. His expertise lies in identifying and magnifying the value that data solutions can bring to the process of solving critical business problems.

Dr. Norman holds a Masters and PhD in Energy Engineering from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

Michael Trebilcock

Managing Director & President
Community Innovation Partners

Michael Trebilcock is an advocate for technology’s impact on the human experience. He leads MCPc’s innovation division as Managing Director & President of Community Innovation Partners (CIP). CIP develops new IoT businesses, engages alternative talent pipelines, and originates investment opportunities in the manufacturing and healthcare sectors. At MCPc, Michael’s team works to advance influence in the IT industry, and positive impact in MCPc communities. MCPc is a global data protection company that improves the security and wellbeing of their clients; protecting data, managing the complexity and sustainability of technology, empowering employee performance, and ultimately reducing business risk.

Cheryl Hay

Director of Project Talent Acquisition

Cheryl is the director of project talent acquisition for JobsOhio and is responsible for developing talent acquisition and training strategies that enable both current and new businesses to execute their growth and expansion plans in Ohio.

Before joining JobsOhio, Cheryl served as the deputy chancellor with the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Prior to that she was the senior executive director for workforce development at Columbus State Community College and the vice president of workforce with the Columbus Chamber. She also spent 13 years in human resources focusing on talent acquisition, workforce training and employee retention issues across several private industry roles, most recently with White Consolidated Industries a global leader in appliance manufacturing with twenty-seven thousand employees in the United States.

Cheryl earned her degree in business and serves on the board for Tech Corp, the education committee for the National Skills Coalition and the leadership committee for the Ohio Workforce Coalition.

Susan Helper

Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics at Weatherhead School of Management
Case Western Reserve University

Susan Helper, PhD, is the Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics at Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. She served as the Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2013-2015, and as Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors in 2012-2013.
Her research focuses on this question: When supplies and customers or management and labor collaborate, how does it shape the economy? Currently she is looking at how global supply chains affect regional development and innovation. She is also examining a paradox in regional economic development. While the world is becoming more “flat” with goods and money flowing ever more quickly around the globe, local “clusters” of production in places such as Silicon Valley remain important.

Jamison Roof

Managing Consultant
PA Consulting

Jamison Roof is a Digital Transformation Expert. For 20 years has designed and delivered large, customer-facing digital transformations for energy, life science, and healthcare companies. Jamison works directly with senior leadership to identify and scope performance improvement opportunities, develop pragmatic technical and business solutions, and execute digital transformation programs.


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