BIF2016 Storytellers (So Far)

  • Emmy-winner, Author Speaker & Columnist

    Forbes and Huffington Post

    Kare Anderson is an Emmy-winning former NBC and Wall Street Journal reporter, now connective behavior speaker and columnist for Forbes and Huffington Post. Her clients are as diverse as Salesforce, Novartis, S.F. Giants and The Skoll Foundation...

  • VP, General Manager Intel Global Brand Management & Reputation

    ‎Intel Corporation

    Penny Baldwin is a Vice President in the Global Marketing and Communications Group and General Manager of Brand, Reputation and Partner Marketing at Intel Corporation.

    In this role, Baldwin is responsible for managing all facets of Intel’s global brand strategy. This includes

  • Author, Executive Coach, and Consultant

    Naam Life Coaching/Consulting

    Kelley Black intertwines her work as a strategic trusted advisor, change management consultant, and executive coach with her practices as a level 1-3 Naam Yoga Teacher and Harmonyum Healing Practitioner. This unlikely combination of practices help her to create and deliver the message of...
  • Editor-in-Chief

    Work Futures

    Stowe Boyd is a self-described postfuturist, researcher-at-large, and iconoclast. His focus is the future of work, and the tectonic forces pushing business, media, and society into an unclear and accelerating postnormal era.

    He coined the terms ‘social tools’ in 1999, ‘...

  • Founder & Chief Design Officer


    Matt Cottam is an Advanced Life Support Paramedic and served on the United States’ federal disaster medical team and National Ski Patrol. He is also an Ocean Yachtmaster (RYA) and Rescue Diver (PADI), but that’s just what he does in his spare time. Matt is co-founder and Chief Design Officer at Tellart

  • Founder and Director

    MIT AgeLab

    Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D. is one of “12 pioneers inventing the future of retirement and how we will all live, work and play tomorrow” according to the Wall Street Journal. As Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab his research provides insights on how demographic change, technology, social trends and consumer behavior will converge to drive future innovations in business and government. 

  • Cartoonist,

    The New Yorker Magazine

    Liza Donnelly is a writer and award-winning cartoonist with The New Yorker Magazine, where she has been drawing cartoons about culture and politics for over thirty years. She wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times about the Charlie Hebdo killings in France, and is a columnist and cartoonist for, specializing in politics and women’s rights.

  • Chief Marketing Officer


    In 2011, ten years after Pandora originated, the company created the position of Chief Marketing Officer a role filled by Simon Fleming-Wood. As Pandora’s first ever CMO Simon assumes responsiblity for overseeing the marketing, business development, and communication functions, as well as...

  • Founder


    Dave Gray is a business leader and management consultant with a design-driven approach. As an entrepreneur, a designer and as a leader, he's worked with startups and Fortune 100 companies, in just about every industry you can imagine, to help them use design to bring their strategies to life.

  • Author, Co-Chairman,

    Deloitte Center for The Edge

    John Hagel III has nearly 30 years’ experience as a management consultant, author, speaker, and entrepreneur, and 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.

  • Distinguished Research Scientist


    Andrew Hessel was referred to as a “biohacker” in WIRED Magazine to simplify things because he claimed "practically no-one understands what I do". As a Distinguished Research Scientist at Autodesk, Hessel is a futurist and...

  • Author,

    Disrupt Yourself

    There was a time when Whitney Johnson was an Institutional Investor-ranked equity research analyst for eight consecutive years, and rated by Starmine as a superior stock-picker. Despite the allure of being so highly regarded in the world of Wall Street, Whitney is perhaps best known for her work...

  • CEO & Founder


    Coss Marte began his fitness journey while serving a prison sentence, Coss lost more than 70 lbs in just six months in a small 9’x6′ prison cell. When he got out, he wanted to find a way to give back to...

  • President

    Olin College of Engineering

    Richard K. Miller was appointed President and first employee of Olin College of Engineering in 1999.  He served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa from 1992-99.  The previous 17 years were spent on the Engineering faculty at USC in

  • Designer and Partner


    Shaun is an award-winning designer at the intersection of technology and design. With a degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Modi has set the creative vision for large scale products at Airbnb, Google, NASA, Motorola, and Nokia. He is known for his highly...

  • Deputy Administrator


    Dr. Dava Newman is the Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or more commonly known as NASA. She was nominated in January 2015 by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April 2015. She was sworn in on May 15 and began her duties with the agency on May 18.

    In addition to her role as Deputy Administrator of NASA, Dava Newman is perhaps best known for promoting the development of space activity suits, namely the Bio-Suit, which would provide pressure by tension in the suit's textile weave, rather than with pressurized gas. The suit is designed to help astronauts move around more easily than gas-filled suits allow. Much of Newman's research studies were carried out through space flight experiments, ground-based simulations, and mathematical modeling. 

  • Director and Associate Professor- Strategic Design MBA Program

    Philadelphia University

    Natalie W. Nixon, PhD is a hybrid thinker whose consulting and research interests are at the intersections of creativity & strategy and business & design.  She is an Associate Professor and the founding Director of The...

  • Nonresident Senior Fellow

    Brookings Institution

    Dr. Patel is a practicing primary care internist at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She has served in the Obama Administration as director of policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the White House and played a critical role in policy development and evaluation of policy initiatives connected to health reform, financial regulatory reform, and economic recovery issues.
  • President

    The Good Life Alliance, PBC

    Roberto Rivera was once labeled an “at-risk” and “disadvantaged” teen. Having been helped by educators and youth workers to turn his own life around, transforming himself from a dope dealer to a hope dealer, Roberto Rivera now works...
  • Charter Member and Head of Innovation and Engagement

    Sanofi Pasteur & Quality Change Agents Worldwide LLC

    Portrayed in Forbes as “driving some of the most award-winning and buzz-worthy employee initiatives at Sanofi Pasteur”, Celine directs Innovation and Engagement for Global Quality at Sanofi’s vaccine division. A leader in collaborative projects for business and...
  • Principal Investigator

    The Art of Science Learning

    Harvey Seifter is one of the world’s leading authorities on organizational creativity and arts‐based learning. 
  • Songwriter, Musician, Innovator

    Darden Smith is an Austin-based singer-songwriter whose thirty-year career redefines what it means to be a musician. In addition to fourteen 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.

  • Founding Editor Fast Company, New book, Simply Brilliant

    Bill Taylor is a writer, a speaker, and entrepreneur who has shaped the global conversation about the best ways to compete, innovate, and succeed. As a cofounder and founding editor of Fast Company, Bill launched a magazine that won countless awards, and earned a passionate following among executives and entrepreneurs around the world.


September 14-15, 2016 - Providence, RI

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