David Wineland

Nobel Laureate and Philip H. Knight Distinguished Research Chair and Research Professor, Department of Physics, University of Oregon

David Wineland received a B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1970.  Following a postdoctoral position at the University of Washington in Seattle, he joined the Time and Frequency Division of NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) in Boulder, Colorado, from 1975 to 2017, where he was a group leader and NIST Fellow.  He is now a Philip H. Knight Distinguished Research Chair and Research Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Starting with graduate school, a long-term goal of his work has been to increase the precision of atomic spectroscopy, the measurement of the frequencies of atoms’ characteristic vibrations.  This research has applications to making better atomic clocks and has led to experiments that enable precise control of atomic energy levels and atomic motion.  Such control can be applied to metrology whose precision is limited only by the constraints of quantum mechanics and to demonstrations of the basic building blocks of a quantum computer.  For this work, he shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics with Serge Haroche, Collège de France, Paris.

Irene Ng

CEO, Dataswift

Irene Ng is the CEO of Dataswift Ltd, Director of HATLAB and Professor at WMG, University of Warwick. She is also a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge and a Turing Fellow. Irene studied physics, applied physics and computer programming as an undergraduate and became an entrepreneur and practitioner for 16 years before switching to an academic career. During her time in industry, she occupied a number of senior positions in industry rising to become CEO of SA Tours and Travel group of companies (Singapore, Malaysia, China and UK) and founded Empress Cruise Lines, a company with a monthly turnover of USD250m which she sold in 1996.

As an academic, her specialism is in the economic design and engineering of data markets and ecosystems. She has published in numerous international journals in the domain of engineering, management, marketing, information systems, economics, education and sociology and she is the author of ‘The Pricing & Revenue Management of Services: A Strategic Approach’, lead editor of the book Complex Engineering Service Systems: Concepts and Research and ‘Value and Worth: Creating New Markets in the Digital Economy’ published by Cambridge University Press.

As an entrepreneur, Irene is the CEO of Dataswift (dataswift.io). Irene is the creator of the HAT (https://hubofallthings.com) and the inventor of the Dataswift legal, economic and technological platform for ethical and privacy-first personal data server ownership by individuals. She has built businesses in 4 countries before being an academic and currently runs her own family office investing and incubating startups. More info at http://ireneng.com

Andrew Quigg

Chief Strategy Officer, The Progressive Corporation

Andrew was named Chief Strategy Officer in July 2018. In his role, he develops the overall corporate strategies to achieve company objectives and strategies for future profitable growth opportunities.
He joined Progressive in 2007 as an Agency Auto Product Manager and managed several states in both the direct and agency channels for five years, including Massachusetts after Progressive’s market entry. Andrew then served as a Business Leader for Direct Media, leading the internal team responsible for media buying. Most recently, he served as the Customer Experience General Manager where he focused on process improvements for our customers.
Prior to joining Progressive, he worked at Merrill Lynch, General Mills, and McKinsey. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and economics from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Janeen Uzzell

Chief Operating Officer, Leadership Team, Wikimedia Foundation

Janeen Uzzell is the Chief Operating Officer for the Wikimedia Foundation and works to evolve the organization’s operations to match the growing needs and goals of the organization.

Originally from Newark, New Jersey, USA, Janeen joined the Foundation in early 2019. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was head of Women in Technology at General Electric (GE), where she worked with the company’s global CEOs to improve cultivate a culture across their workforce of 300,000 employees which accelerated the number of women in technical roles. Prior to that, she was the company’s Global Director of External Affairs and Technology Programs, and before that, she spent five years as Director of Healthcare Programs for GE Africa, based in Accra, Ghana. She also served as the Director of Global Healthcare Programs, Director of Healthcare Disparity Programs, and Director of Service Operations for GE.

Janeen has nearly two decades of experience implementing the design and use of technology to drive impact on global outcomes. During her tenure at GE she led multiple company-wide initiatives, resulting in numerous culture shifts, new business models and products, and increased satisfaction.

Janeen has Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She serves on the board for the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute and advises the National Believers in Business Collegiate Organization.

In her spare time, Janeen enjoys caring for horses, spending time with her 11 nieces and nephews, and weight lifting. She is based between San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Youngjin Yoo

Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professorship in Entrepreneurship, Faculty Director, D&I Initiatives, Professor, Design & Innovation, Case Western Reserve University

Youngjin Yoo, PhD, is the Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Entrepreneurship and professor of information systems in the Department of Design & Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He has a joint appointment at University Hospitals of Cleveland as Innovation Architect, overseeing the digital transformation efforts at one of the largest teaching hospital systems in the country. He is also WBS Distinguished Research Environment Professor at Warwick Business School, UK.

Greg Gumbs

President and CEO, Bosch Rexroth, North America

Greg Gumbs was recently named as President and CEO of Bosch – Rexroth North America (Sep. 2020). He is an accomplished sales, marketing and business leader with 29 years of experience in the industry.

Prior to joining Bosch, Gumbs worked at Eaton beginning in 2007 as Vice President, Sales, for the Hydraulics Business with responsibility for maintaining and growing a global product portfolio. In 2012 he became General Manager, Global Hydraulic Hose and Fittings Division. In 2015 he moved to the Electrical Sector as the Vice President and General Manager for Eaton’s Energy Automation Solutions Division where he led a Digital and Software enabled technology business.

Prior to joining Eaton, Gumbs worked for Rockwell Automation – Allen Bradley, where he was the director for Global Market Development – Automation Control and Information Group.

Throughout his tenure, Greg has served in several functional and business disciplines including application and systems engineering, sales and service, commercial marketing, business development and general management.

Gumbs holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management.

As a global partner, Bosch Rexroth supports mechanical and plant engineering challenges around the world with its cutting-edge technology and unique industry knowledge. Roughly 31,000 employees worldwide work on safe, efficient, intelligent and powerful solutions.
Our products and services are designed to spark enthusiasm, improve quality of life, and help conserve natural resources. We want to deliver top quality and reliability. In short: we want to create technology that is “Invented for life.”

Karie Willyerd

Chief Learning Officer, Visa University

Karie is the SVP and Chief Learning Officer for Visa globally. She was formerly head of SAP’s Global Education business unit and was the Workplace Futurist at SuccessFactors, an SAP human capital software company. Prior to that she was the cofounder and CEO of Jambok, the industry’s first video-based informal social learning software platform, which was acquired by SuccessFactors in 2011. Karie served as the Chief Learning Officer for Sun Microsystems, and in that role she was responsible for employee, customer, partner, and Sun community learning. ATD named Sun the #1 BEST learning function in the world.

Karie is the coauthor of the award-winning bestseller, The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today. She is a regular blogger for Harvard Business, coauthored a feature article on Mentoring Millennials in Harvard Business Review and has authored dozens of other articles or publications.

In prior roles, she was a Chief Talent Officer for Solectron (now Flextronics), led the people development function at Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems and ran executive development at H.J. Heinz. Karie holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University, a master’s degree in Instructional and Performance Technology from Boise State University and a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University. She serves on the global leadership council for the business school at Colorado State University. Additionally she serves on the board of City Year, San Jose supporting the young leaders who are making remarkable changes in high school dropout rates. Karie’s newest book is Stretch: How to Future Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace, which was selected as an Amazon Editor’s Pick in Business and Leadership in 2016. ATD honored Karie with the Distinguished Contribution to Talent Development Award in 2017.

Rachel Knaster

Senior Vice President of Product, ASAPP

My name is Rachel Knaster. I love helping bridge technology with business needs and working with smart people on hard problems. I currently lead the product & design teams at ASAPP. Before that I was at IBM Watson, Goldman Sachs, and some others. I got into technology while I was an undergrad at Harvard where I majored in Computer Science and was a founding member of Women in Computer Science (WICS).

Gordon Trujillo

Vice President, Global Head for Learning Enablement, Visa University

Gordon Trujillo is the Global Head for Learning Enablement at Visa University where attracting, engaging and developing the next generation of Payments talent through a fit for purpose technology and operations ecosystem is core to his mission. He leads a global organization that ensures that Visa’s learners will be delighted in their interactions with learning experiences at scale. He is a 20+ year veteran of the learning and development field in roles within engineering, operations and strategy across multiple industries and client groups. A lifelong learning professional and futurist who is constantly attracted to the intersection of business, technology and people for good.

Fabian Schmahl

President & CEO, thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America, Inc., Components Technology

Fabian Schmahl was named President & CEO of thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America, Inc. in April 2008. He is responsible for managing the development and manufacture of premium quality, high performance automotive suspension solutions for Original Equipment, Aftermarket and Motorsports applications. Schmahl oversees the operations of thyssenkrupp Bilstein locations in Hamilton, Ohio (headquarters); Poway, California; Troy, Michigan; and Mooresville, North Carolina. Since 2011, thyssenkrupp Bilstein has completed three major expansions to facilitate the implementation of the latest technologies in the industry while expanding its Hamilton workforce by 500 employees.

Jennifer Nienaber

R&D Director, Digital Products Research Transformation Leader, Procter & Gamble

Jennifer joined Procter & Gamble in 1999 and has held a variety of R&D positions in her career with the Company. She started off in Global Snacks Product Development, improving current and creating new flavors and formulations for Pringles® potato crisps and other new platforms. Next, she spent almost a decade in Baby Care Front End Innovation Products Research & Product Design, developing and leading upstream innovation programs like the recent replatforming of Pampers® Easy-UpsTM, now the global category market share leader. Then, she served as R&D’s Products Research Community of Practice leader, responsible for ensuring over 1,200 global Products Researchers, new hires through senior leadership, are equipped to discover, design, and deliver irresistible products, packages, and experiences that create consumer delight and sustainable competitive advantage. Finally, for the past year, she focused on leading the Products Research community through its digital cultural transformation.

Jennifer obtained her B.S. Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University with a concentration in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Psychology. For her entire career, she has been involved with recruiting for P&G at CWRU. Currently, she is the Recruiting Team Co-Leader, directly responsible for sourcing technical talent from CWRU into P&G’s R&D and Product Supply organizations.

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.

Erin enjoys taking on new challenges and building things from scratch. 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. And, 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.

Erin has an MBA from the University of Akron and a Bachelors in Science and Engineering in Chemical Engineering from The University of Michigan. She lives with her husband and two sons in Copley, OH.


John Wright

Senior Director of IT in Global Technology, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

John Wright has been with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for over 15 years in a variety of roles with increasing scope and responsibility focusing on digital delivery, analytics and data-driven insights.

John began his career at Goodyear as a Project Manager in the Enterprise Data Warehouse. He then took roles with increasing responsibility in the North American Sales & Marketing organization creating Tire Prediction applications, Industry Models, and Business Insights for the Consumer business as leader of the Industry Reporting and Strategic Pricing teams.

John took over digital and analytics in North American IT, with responsibilities for Retail and Dealer Point of Sale, B2B platforms, and Business Intelligence. He moved to a corporate leadership role reporting to the CIO with Digital, Collaboration and Analytics as his global responsibility. John currently reports to the CTO and CIO as Senior Director of IT in Global Technology enabling thousands of engineers globally in the creation of world class tires and beyond tire innovation.

John holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Akron. John is also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom I as a Company Commander and is part of the Goodyear Veteran’s Association.

Jeff Baetz

IBM Industry CTO / Industrial Market, IBM

Jeff started his career journey in analytics back in 1997 and has worked for several technology OEM’s and OEM Business Partners understanding how to control the complex sale and solving his clients’ business problems leveraging software technologies and services.

Since joining IBM in August 2016, Jeff has worked for some of the largest technology provider companies such as AT&T, Nortel Networks, Verizon Business, and SAS, to name a few.

Since joining IBM in August of 2016, he has held positions as an Open Source Analytics Evangelist, Named Account Manager, and Analytics Portfolio Sales Leader assigned to Toyota, TFS, Lexus, Ford, Ford Motor Credit Corporation, FCA, Aptiv, Delphi Technologies, Boeing, and Honda North America – all within the IBM Industrial vertical market.

In April 2020, IBM promoted Jeff to the position of Global Industry CTO for IBM’s Industrial Market and is focused on solutioning for our Automotive, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, and Natural Resource Mining clients worldwide.

Jeff was born and raised in Metro-Detroit and has lived in the area his entire life. Naturally, supporting large enterprises in the region, Jeff has a strong Automotive and Manufacturing background and understanding of the common business problems Analytics, Data, ML, AI, and Deep Learning can solve. Jeff resides in the Metro-Detroit area with his Wife and two kids.

Nitin Manoharan

Director, Global Head Enterprise Architecture & Tech Innovation, Philip Morris

Nitin is a Director, Global Head Enterprise Architecture & Tech Innovation at Philip Morris. He and his team are responsible for the evolution of PMI’s global technology strategy, architecture, and innovation. Before joining PMI, he was the Director, Industry Strategy & Insight group at Oracle Corporation in London, UK. At Oracle, Nitin and his team led strategy formulation and roadmap of Major Business Transformations leveraging emerging technologies such as Cloud, Big Data, AI, and IoT. Over ten years, he held various senior roles at Oracle. Before that, he worked for Siebel Systems and IBM. He is passionate about Startups, Angel Investment, and Venture Capital. He was in the management team of Chicago Booth Angles Network, where was instrumental in leading Seed and Series-A investment for several startups. He has also served on the Board of Advisors for successful startups. He holds an MBA from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business with a concentration in Venture Strategy & Entrepreneurial Finance and a Masters from Oxford University, where his research dissertation was ‘Do Business Transformations in Traditional organizations create Enterprise Value. Evidence from the CPG industry?’ He is a Doctoral (Ph.D.) candidate at the Warwick Business School researching on ‘Decentralized Intelligent Autonomous Units.’

Ronald Fry

Professor of Organizational Behavior, Fowler Center for Business as Agent for World Benefit, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

Ron is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University and former Chairman of the Department of Organizational Behavior, consistently ranked one of the best in the world by the Financial Times. He has been honored with the University Award for Outstanding Teacher in the Professional Schools and the Weatherhead School’s Lifetime Service Award. He received his MS and PhD from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after completing a BS in Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles.

With 11 books and over 45 articles and chapters, Ron is widely published in the areas of Organizational Development, Appreciative Inquiry, Team Building, Change Management, Executive Development and the role and functioning of the CEO. He is a co-creator of the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) theory and method, and continues to both apply and study the applications of AI in the field. His most recent books are Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity (Taos Publishing), with Frank Barrett, and Appreciative Team Building with Diana Whitney, Jay Cherney and Amanda Trsten-Bloom (iUniverse). He has also co-edited Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation: Reports from the field (Quorum) and the Handbook of Transformative Cooperation (Stanford University Press).


Alyssa Mueller

Digital Enablement & Architecture Lead, Information Technology, Hess Corporation

Alyssa Mueller is Digital Enablement & Architecture Lead – Information Technology for Hess Corporation, a global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.

Her role for Hess is defining the enterprise’s digital strategy to enable valuable use of emerging technology and to champion its use across the workforce. In this role, she seeks to balance the difficult equilibrium between process and people readiness for the power of digital tools and the continually-evolving buffet of emerging technology options. She steers and drives execution of IT’s enterprise architecture and key digital initiatives while serving as the focal point for digitalization definition and execution.

She has more than 20 years of experience in emerging technology, data migration, risk management, and program management. She brings the perspective of diverse industries, including Transportation, Government, Consulting, and Human Spaceflight. Previously, she managed technology partnerships, strategy, and development testing for the International Space Station and planning Mars-class exploration missions.

Moisés Noreña

Vice President of Innovation, Moen

Moisés Noreña is vice president of innovation for Moen (part of Fortune Brands), the leading plumbing brand in North America. He joined the company in 2017 and is responsible for driving growth and innovation by identifying new sources of growth based on 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 and implementing a corporate-wide innovation process. Moisés also served as Global Director of Innovation for Whirlpool Corporation for over 10 years, leading the company’s major innovation global transformation.

Moises has served as design thinking adjunct faculty at University of Notre Dame and is a founding member of the school’s Certified Innovation Mentor program. Moises’ work on innovation has been published by Businessweek and Forbes. In 2015, he was the winner in HBR/McKinsey’s Innovating Innovation challenge.

Moises lives in Cleveland with his wife Marilu and their three children. He is originally from Mexico City and holds a bachelor degree in Architecture and master degrees in Computer Science from La Salle University and a MBA from Purdue. You can learn more about Moises at moisesnorena.com.


Cliff Tironi

Managing Partner, Thinaër

Cliff Tironi is Managing Partner of Thinaër, an IoT platform that integrates actionable data from highly-calibrated sensors and real-time employee feedback to give organizations unparalleled insight into their operations, predictive analytics to see the future, and consultative business process redesign to get improved results. Thinaër empowers digital transformation by using the assets an organization already owns and engaging the people who matter most to an organization. Cliff was a co-creator of Thinaër’s real-time feedback platform, which is the core tool utilized in driving their digital transformation consulting. Cliff is a data visualization enthusiast and resides in Philadelphia, PA.



Samir Raiyani

CEO and Co-founder, Dolcera

Mr. Samir Raiyani has been an inventor, technologist and entrepreneur for over a decade. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Dolcera, a AI-driven data analytics company serving some of world’s largest companies in life sciences, high tech, manufacturing and consumer goods sectors.

Prior to Dolcera, Samir was a co-founder of healthcare startup MediSpark (acquired by iScribe Inc), he has also worked as a Director at SAP Research in Silicon Valley. He has over a dozen patent applications to his name in various areas of software engineering and business methods.

Samir has an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University and an EE undergraduate degree.

Jonas Norinder

Process Automation Digitalization Manager, Siemens

I am a Process Automation Digitalization Manager for Siemens. In this role I identify and promote process optimization opportunities that help companies become more efficient, reliable and agile by using technology, data, analytics tools and services.
Since I joined Siemens in 2006, I have held several roles within business development and sales, marketing and communication. I bring with me a wealth of international business experience, automation expertise and knowledge of device connectivity and data usage in the age of digitalization.

I have presented at several industry conferences such as American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AICHe), Fuel Ethanol Workshop, Connected Plant Conference and others focusing on topics related to Industry 4.0, Big Data and Industry 4.0. I hold a Master’s Degree from the University of Business in Aarhus, Denmark.


Joshua Dickson

Process Control Engineer at Tessenderlo Kerley Inc.

Josh Dickson is a Process Control Engineer at Tessenderlo Kerley Inc. based in Phoenix, AZ. Tessenderlo Kerley and its diverse business units and services within TKI support the agriculture, mining, industrial and reclamation markets with a broad range of products and technologies around the world. TKI owns and operates 11 industrial chemical plants in the USA and Josh helps support their capital, maintenance and operations needs around the process control systems. Josh had previously worked at Linde Engineering North America in Tulsa, OK as a process control engineer. Josh earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University with an emphasis in digital electronics.


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Jagdip Singh

AT&T Professor of Marketing, Case Western Reserve University

Jagdip Singh is AT&T Professor of Marketing, and has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering. He is an internationally recognized scholar of organizational frontline effectiveness. Jagdip’s expertise involves designing, managing and sustaining effective and enduring customer connections at the frontlines of organizations. Jagdip is twice recipient of the Weatherhead School of Management’s Research Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to research in 1997 and again in 2018. In 2019, Jagdip was awarded the University’s Faculty Distinguished Research award, the highest honor for enduring and significant research impact. Also in 2019, Jagdip received the Lifetime Achievement award from the American Marketing Association’s SIG-Sales. In 1992, Jagdip received the Case Western Reserve University’s John S. Diekhoff award for excellence in graduate teaching, and the Excellence in Doctoral Teaching and Mentoring award in 2007 and again in 2017. Jagdip co-founded the interdisciplinary “Organizational Frontlines Research” initiative spawning an annual symposium (since 2015) sponsored by the Marketing Science Institute, Sheth Foundation and several leading Sales and Service centers. Dr Singh has received the “Excellence in Reviewing” awards from the Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Retailing, and the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management.


Paul Lenoardi

Duca Family Professor of Technology Management, UC Santa Barbara

Paul Leonardi is an innovation and organizational change keynote speaker, UC Santa Barbara Professor, and consultant to companies on the management of innovation. His research, teaching, and consulting focus on helping companies to create and share knowledge more effectively. To do this, he examines on how implementing new technologies and harnessing the power of informal social networks can help companies take advantage of their knowledge assets to create innovative products and services. He is a frequent speaker on topics of innovation, change management, leading remote and global teams, and market validation.

At UC Santa Barbara, Leonardi is the Duca Family Professor of Technology Management. He holds appointments in the Technology Management Program and the Department of Communication. He is also the Investment Group of Santa Barbara Founding Director of the Master of Technology Management Program – a program that teaches engineers and other technical leaders how to build and run innovative companies.

Leonardi has authored dozens of articles that have appeared in top journals across the fields of management, organization studies, communication studies, and information systems research. He is also the author of three books on innovation and organizational change. He has won major awards for his research from the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Association for Information Systems, the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the National Science Foundation.

Before joining UCSB to build the Technology Management Department, Leonardi was a Professor at Northwestern University on the faculties of the School of Communication, the McCormick School of Engineering, and the Kellogg School of Management. He received his Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.


Bernardo Tiburcio

Global Digital Innovation Leader, DuPont

Bernardo Tiburcio is an Information Technology professional with over 20 years of experience developing and implementing technology solutions for international companies. He obtained a B.S. Degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) and has received certifications as Six Sigma Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Project Management Professional (PMP). Bernardo started his career in Mexico, where he led the IT department of the newspaper “Siglo 21”, launched the 3rd on-line newspaper in the country, and designed one of the first web-based editorial systems in operation. In 1999, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he worked as a consultant at GE Power Systems. Among other assignments, he was the technical leader for the On-Line Auction System, which saved GE over $200M the first year of operation. Bernardo was hired by DuPont and moved to Delaware in 2002. In his 17 years with DuPont, he has held numerous positions in sourcing and IT, such as Sustainable Solutions CIO, Data & Analytics Leader and Mobility CoE Leader. He is currently the Global Digital Innovation Leader with DuPont, responsible to drive the Digital Transformation program. Bernardo has two daughters and enjoys spending some of his free time supporting nonprofit organizations focused on humanitarian causes. He serves on the board of Leadership Delaware and on the advisory board of Vision To Learn Delaware.


Jeff Cope

Director of Strategy and Innovation, RTI Innovation Advisors

Jeff Cope is a director of strategy and innovation at RTI Innovation Advisors, a mission-driven innovation consultancy. Jeff leads the business development team and serves as the consumer products sector practice lead. His innovation engagements focus on discerning complex futures and discovering disruptive technologies and partners for Fortune 500 clients. A frequent speaker, Jeff enjoys sharing his insights related to foresight, consumer trends, and digital transformation. He has a love/hate relationship with a 1937 Chevy. Jeff received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an Masters in Business Management from North Carolina State University.


Lorenz Törmer

Lecturer, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Digitalization

Lorenz Törmer is a Lecturer at Copenhagen Business School’s Department of Digitalization and a People Technology Manager at Danish jewelry brand PANDORA. During his previous Ph.D. project, he worked in the Enterprise Architecture (EA) management function of the LEGO Group to investigate how companies can architect digital platforms to build the strategic foundation for innovation in the digital age. His educational background unifies Information Technology and Strategic Management. Lorenz is a graduate from CBS’ Double Degree Master’s Program for IT Management and Business Economics in cooperation with the University of Mannheim, Germany. In previous research, he focused on the role of EA to enable Post-Merger IT Integration.


Katie Taylor

Founder and CEO, Untold Content

Kathryn (Katie) Trauth Taylor, PhD, is founder and CEO of Untold Content. Upon receiving her PhD in Rhetoric & Writing from Purdue University with an emphasis in Professional and Technical Writing, Dr. Taylor founded Untold as a writing consultancy devoted to empowering thought-leading organizations in communications and storytelling. Katie and her team at Untold Content have crafted content strategies for several national initiatives, including the VA National Homeless Programs Office, VA Women’s Health Program Office, the Medication Reconciliation initiative, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s global evaluation brief effort. She serves and trains clients across sectors to accelerate their thought leadership and create research-backed, impactful content. Her own writing has appeared in several news outlets, trade publications, and peer-reviewed journals in business, medicine, science, communications, and rhetoric. Katie is also the host of Untold Stories of Innovation Podcast which aims to uncover the role that storytelling plays within the innovation process.


Lisa Sibilia

Co-CEO, Youtopian

Lisa Sibilia, Co-CEO of Youtopian, supports leaders in human-centered digital transformation across enterprises and education. Lisa strives to change lives and organizations across the world through cross-industry intelligence and upskilling techniques learned through reverse-engineering her life. She is an expert in Education Management with over a decade of experience in leading transformative projects in learning and development. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University studying Communication Arts & Sciences, received her Masters of Education Leadership & Administration from Montclair State University and graduated from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business LEAD Corporate Innovation Executive Education Program.

With family roots in the world-famous Edison laboratory, and growing up as a former Disney cast member surrounded by extraordinarily creative artists, animators and diverse administrative leaders, and inspired by the EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) concept, Lisa brings a unique mix of relentless creativity and innovation centered on humanity. In September 2019, Lisa led an international event at New York City co-hosted by former Disney global leaders and Stanford LEADers from around the world which led to the formation of the Youtopian innovation services company.

Lisa was recognized by Stanford LEAD program for the 2019 Intellectual Contribution Award for Neuroscience in Customer Experience Design. She is the Co-Chair of Stanford LEAD’s Mentor Network supporting 500+ leaders worldwide. Lisa was also awarded the Governor’s Educator of the Year honor in New Jersey for her excellence in management of internal and external stakeholders to advance learning through dynamic instruction and community outreach connecting 14 schools.


Stefan Henningsson

Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Digitalization

Stefan Henningsson is a Professor at Copenhagen Business School’s Department of Digitalization. His current research addresses managerial aspects of IT in contexts that include corporate mergers and acquisitions, international trade processes and the digital transformation of firms. Henningsson’s research is practice-based and collaborative to its nature. Past collaborations includes companies such as Cisco, SAP, Maersk, Lego and Danske Bank. His work has been published in academic journals including Journal of Management Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, European Journal of Information Systems and Journal of Strategic Information Systems, and also in practice-¬oriented journals such as MIS Quarterly Executive and Cutter Business Technology Journal.


DP Prakash

Co-CEO, Youtopian

Dr. DP Prakash, Co-CEO of Youtopian, was the former Global Head of Innovation at Global Foundries and has previously held numerous technology leadership roles spanning Research, Development and Manufacturing over two decades at IBM.

Dr. DP Prakash’s work includes innovations in Remote Collaboration using the world’s first and only AI-AR powered Connected Worker Platform, speeding up documentation of standard operating procedures by 10x, cutting training time by up to 80%, reducing cognitive load for error reduction in operations, and redefining the human machine interface for digital twins powered by AI engines. In 2018, DP Prakash and his Team, in collaboration with University of Southern California, demonstrated for the first time the Virtual Reality (VR) capability to visualize walking inside chips made with nanotechnology.

Along with two Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards at IBM in Research and Manufacturing, DP Prakash holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles, an MBA with honors from Jack Welch Management Institute, a certificate in Film Producing from UCLA School of Film & Television, a B.Tech in Electronics and Communication engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and a certificate on leading Innovation at scale from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Varun Nagaraj

Chief Operating Officer, Bidgely, Inc.

Dr. Varun Nagaraj (PhD, Case Western Reserve University) is chief operating officer at Bidgely, Inc., an AI-based SaaS company in Silicon Valley. In past roles as chief executive officer or chief product executive at venture funded start-ups and public companies, he has conceived, developed, positioned, and ramped several innovative communications, computing, and IoT software and systems products. He was also a management consultant and partner at PRTM (now part of PwC), where he advised clients on product strategy and new product development processes.


Dustin Tyler

Kent H. Smith Professor II in Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Dustin J. Tyler, Ph.D. is the Kent H. Smith Professor II in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and Director of the Human Fusions Institute. He has a secondary appointment as a principal investigator at the Louis-Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center (LSCDVAMC) and is the Associate Director of the Advanced Platform for Technology Center, a Department of Veteran’s Affairs Rehabilitation Research & Development National Center. Dr. Tyler’s expertise and interests include directly connecting humans and technology over neural system to improve human performance and capability. His areas of work include clinical trials of Class III medical devices with emphasis on neural interfaces; acute and chronic pre-clinical studies in small and large mammalian models, and computational neuroscience. His research activity ranges from early technology innovation to clinical implementation of neural interface devices and systems; application of neural interfaces for restoration of natural sensation and control in limb loss; neuromimetic devices and materials; MEMS technology applied to development of advanced neural devices; neuromodulation system development; computational neural modeling; neural prostheses for restoration of lost function in physically intact, but neurologically impaired individuals; and neural prostheses for head and neck applications. He holds Research Career Scientist award from the Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development service.


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