BIF2016 Storytellers (So Far)
Reimagining Corporate Innovation Strategy For The 21st Century
Brandon Barnett has spent his career experimenting with strategies to achieve new growth businesses: inventing new technologies, incubating new businesses, and most recently researching fundamentals of new market landscapes. He is Director of Business Innovation at Intel Labs, executing research programs in business analytics and external incubation.
Coaching Executives To Shift Their Minds And Open Their Hearts
Predicting The Ways That Ever-Accelerating Technology Will Affect The Future Of Work
Designing Tangible, Multi-Sensory Experiences That Make Sense And Meaning
A Pioneer Inventing The Future Of Retirement At The MIT AgeLab
Cartoons Can Make The World A Better Place — And Still Be Funny
Fostering Innovation At The US Dept. Of Health And Human Services
Gregory Downing, DO, PhD, is Executive Director for Innovation in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In 2013, Dr. Downing led the establishment of the HHS IDEA Lab, which engages the HHS workforce and empowers them in problem-solving innovation and entrepreneurship activities.
Redesigning The Marine Corps Intelligence's Technology Platform
Christine Goodwin is a "career coder," a startup founder, and a mentor who has worked with both government and commercial industries for the better part of 20 years. She is currently the lead technical architect for the Marine Corps' Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise (MCISRE) effort.
Transformation Happens At The Edges Between Businesses And People
John Hagel III has nearly 30 years of experience as a management consultant, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He has helped companies improve their performance by effectively applying information technology to reshape business strategies.
John currently serves as co-chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte LLP Center for the Edge, which conducts original research and develops substantive points of view regarding promising emerging business opportunities.
Catalyzing The Future Of Revolutionary Biological Technologies
Andrew Hessel is a futurist and catalyst in biological technologies, helping industry, academics, and authorities better understand the changes happening in life science. He is a Distinguished Researcher with Autodesk in their Bio/Nano Research Group, based out of San Francisco. He is also the co-founder of the Pink Army Cooperative, the world’s first cooperative biotechnology company, which is aiming to make open source viral therapies for cancer.
You Must Disrupt Yourself Before You Can Disrupt Your Company
Whitney Johnson came to Wall Street through a secretarial side door and worked her way up to success. After eight years on Wall Street, she was an Institutional Investor-ranked equity research analyst and rated by Starmine as a superior stock-picker. However, despite the allure of Wall Street success, Johnson left equity research, walking away from Wall Street at what seemed to be the peak of her career.
Exploring How Judaism Can Inspire Greater Passion, Purpose, Creativity, And Compassion
Rabbi Irwin Kula is a disruptive spiritual innovator and a rogue thinker at the intersection of innovation, religion, and human flourishing. He is President of Clal–The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a "do-tank" committed to making Judaism a public good. Kula's work inspires people to live with greater passion, purpose, creativity and compassion. To that end, he has worked with leaders from the Dalai Lama to Queen Noor, and with organizations, foundations, and businesses worldwide.
Giving Formerly Incarcerated People A Well-Deserved Second Chance
Coss Marte began his fitness journey while serving a prison sentence. While living in a 9’x6′ cell, he lost more than 70 pounds in just six months. After his release, he developed a unique fitness program based on the one that had succeeded for him in prison. With that program, he launched his fitness studio, ConBody.
Read their Story
Educating Visionary Engineers Who Can Be Entrepreneurs And Leaders
Richard K. Miller started at the top when he joined the Olin College of Engineering — he was both the college's first employee and its first president. Olin was the first new engineering school to open its doors since the 1950s, and when Miller took the helm in 1999, there were no buildings, no faculty, no curriculum, and no students. But there was a mandate from the foundation that funded Olin's creation: To design a boldly original model for a 21st-century school whose graduates would not only be accomplished engineers, but also entrepreneurs and leaders.
Read their Story
Creating A Great Business While Creating Good For The World
Shaun Modi works at the intersection of technology and design. An award-winning industrial designer, he has set the creative vision for large-scale products at Airbnb, Google, NASA, Motorola, and Nokia. Modi is known for his highly collaborative approach and his ability to work closely with teams to reimagine the future of a business and society.
Inspiring The Next Generation - The Kids Who Will Explore Mars
Since May 2015, Dr. Dava Newman has been the Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, more commonly known as NASA. Part of her role at NASA is to drive education and outreach to people of all ages. She told one interviewer, "It’s so important, because guess who’s going to Mars? I want to see it, but it’s going to be the next generation, all the kids that I talk to."
Read their Story
Finding Value At The Intersection Of Design And Business
Natalie W. Nixon is a hybrid thinker who consults and researches at the intersections of creativity and strategy, and business and design. She is an Associate Professor and the founding Director of the Strategic Design MBA at Philadelphia University, a program meant to educate design thinkers.As a consultant, Nixon taps into her background in anthropology and fashion when working on projects that call for a strategic design process. Nixon is the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond, and regularly contributes to INC.com on creativity and design thinking.
Healing Healthcare Policy While Practicing Community Primary CareDr. Patel is a practicing primary care internist at a Johns Hopkins Hospital Community Physician Practice location. Previously, she played a key role in helping the Obama Administration shape the 2009 federal healthcare reform legislation, also known as the Affordable Care Act.
In that position, she reviewed draft bills, wrote memos, and presented key topics to the President and his senior team. She also served as the outreach arm to physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
Read their Story
Bringing “Hip-Hope” To Underserved Communities
Roberto Rivera was once labeled an “at-risk” and “disadvantaged” teen. Educators and youth workers helped him turn his own life around, and as he says, he transformed himself from a dope dealer to a "hope dealer".
Based on his own experience, Rivera now passionately advocates for giving young people sufficient support and opportunities, so they can take positive risks and become change agents themselves.
Read their Story
Transforming Business Through People-Centric Innovation
Portrayed in Forbes as a “driver of some of the most award-winning and buzz-worthy employee initiatives at Sanofi Pasteur," Celine Schillinger directs Innovation and Engagement for Global Quality at Sanofi Pasteur's vaccine division. A leader in collaborative projects for business and organizational transformation, Schillinger has been recognized multiple times for her innovative engagement initiatives in the pharmaceutical world.
Read their Story
Using The Arts To Spark Creativity In Science Education
Harvey Seifter founded the Art of Science Learning, a National Science Foundation-funded initiative to spark creativity in science education through the arts, and develop an innovative 21st-century STEM workforce. He has brought his unique arts-based approach to leadership development and organizational learning to more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies and business schools. Seifter is also a working musician who was classically trained in violin, composing, and conducting.
Using Songwriting As A Process For Listening, Learning, And Collaborating
Darden Smith is an Austin-based singer-songwriter whose 30-year career redefines what it means to be a musician. In addition to 14 critically acclaimed albums, Smith continues to break new ground, using the craft of songwriting in education, entrepreneurship, and in service to others. He is the founder and creative director of SongwritingWith:Soldiers.
Taking A Proactive, Not Reactive, Approach To Mental Health
Ross Szabo is the CEO of Human Power Project, which creates proactive, preventive mental health programs. The Human Power Project's curriculum provides high school and college students the tools they need to address mental health more effectively. These tools provide a more complete understanding of brain development, coping mechanisms, and steps to help friends in crisis.
Writing Stories About People Who Are Learning As Fast As The World Is Changing
September 14-15, 2016 - Providence, RI
More than 30 storytellers, 400 innovators and two unforgettable days of storytelling will jumpstart your heart and mind and push your thinking to the edge. Business leaders: Learn how the BIF Summit will take you well beyond business as usual. Plus, don't miss our post-Summit Workshop, Going Up The Innovation Learning Curve.
BIF Summit Archive
We know our Annual Collaborative Innovation Summit is an amazing event. But, don't believe us — you can see for yourself by exploring nine years of Storyteller profiles, articles and videos.
BIF2015 Videos · In Review
- 1 of 3