BIF2016 Storytellers

  • Help Yourself And The World Through Unexpected Connections And Collaboration

    Kare Anderson speaks and writes about behavioral research-based ways to become more deeply and diversely connected.
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  • Keeping Intel's Brand Steady Amid Technology's Rapid Changes

    Penny Baldwin manages all facets of Intel’s global brand strategy.
  • Reimagining Corporate Innovation Strategy For The 21st Century

    Brandon Barnett is a pioneer in strategy development through a hands-on process of systems transformation. His goal is to reveal the hidden forces that reshape industries and discover actionable levers that steer transformation for the good of the organization and society. Currently, Brandon is Director of Corporate Strategy at Intel Corporation where he works in areas ranging from the Internet of Things to Artificial Intelligence. He thrives leading diverse teams to adopt big data, ethnography, and complex systems techniques to find unseen opportunities in uncertain and rapidly changing ecosystems.

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  • Coaching Executives To Shift Their Minds And Open Their Hearts

    Kelley Black weaves together an unlikely combination of experience and practices to create and deliver to her clients a message of empowerment, helping them to learn and to lead from the heart, and to live a heart-centered life.

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  • Predicting The Ways That Ever-Accelerating Technology Will Affect The Future Of Work

    Stowe Boyd is a self-described post-futurist, 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 post-normal era.

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  • Designing Tangible, Multi-Sensory Experiences That Make Sense And Meaning

    Matt Cottam is co-founder and Chief Design Officer at Tellart, a design studio that creates interactive objects, immersive spaces, and digital experiences for brands, museums, and multi-national companies.

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  • A Pioneer Inventing The Future Of Retirement At The MIT AgeLab

    Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD, Director of the MIT AgeLab, 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.

  • Cartoons Can Make The World A Better Place — And Still Be Funny

    Liza Donnelly is a writer and an award-winning cartoonist whose cartoons about culture and politics have been featured in the New Yorker for more than 30 years. Many of her cartoons focus on politics and women’s rights. She draws political cartoons for...

  • 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.

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  • Making Big Data Smarter And More Useful

    Jana Eggers is president of Nara Logics in Cambridge, Mass., which uses neuroscience-based artificial intelligence to connect and make sense of big data, so it can be better used in business problem-solving.

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  • 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.

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  • Studying The Human Side Of Change And Innovation

    Leader, manager, and designer Dave Gray focuses on the human side of change and innovation.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Creating Systems-Level Collaborations To Tackle The Toughest Challenges

    Todd Khozein, a pioneer in systems innovation based on biological models, is a managing partner at the innovation and collaboration agency SecondMuse.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • 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 on creativity and design thinking.


  • Healing Healthcare Policy While Practicing Community Primary Care

    Dr. 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.

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  • Hacking Technology's Opportunity And Diversity Gaps

    Kalimah Priforce is just a kid from Brooklyn, making "hackathon"​ a household word in every community. He's also Headmaster CEO of Qeyno Labs, which runs Hackathon Academy.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Sparking STEM Innovation and Learning Through the Arts

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Writing Stories About People Who Are Learning As Fast As The World Is Changing

    Bill Taylor writes books on leadership and change, continuing the themes he first explored as a Fast Company co-founder and founding editor. His newest book, Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways, will be published in September.

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  • Author of Art Thinking, Connector of Creativity and Commerce

    Amy Whitaker is the author of Art Thinking, which has been featured in the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, Vanity Fair, Success, Self, and elsewhere. Amy holds both an MBA from Yale University and an MFA in painting...

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