BIF2016 Storytellers (So Far)
Distinguished Research Scientist
Andrew Hessel is a Distinguished Research Scientist with the Bio/Nano Research Group at Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. His team focuses on developing tools of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing to biotechnology and nanotechnology. He...
Rose Parks Avenue
Whitney Johnson was recognized as one of the world's leading management thinkers in 2015 (Thinkers50), and is best known for her work on driving corporate innovation through personal disruption. She is a former award-winning Wall Street equity analyst and the co-founder of a boutique...
The Good Life Alliance, PBC
Chief Marketing Officer
Simon Fleming-Wood serves as Chief Marketing Officer at Pandora. In this role, Simon oversees the marketing, business development, and communications functions, as well as the Pandora One subscription business.
Prior to joining Pandora in 2011, Simon was the founding Vice...
Founder & Chief Design Officer
Matt provides inspiration and creative direction for Tellart through active involvement in academic teaching, speaking engagements, workshops, and working closely with clients worldwide. Since cofounding Tellart in 2000, Matt has directed strategy and design projects for clients such as Google, Prime Minister’s Office of United Arab Emirates, Expo 2020, Science Museum (London), Samsung, and Philips. Tellart’s work has won many top awards including Cannes Lyons, SXSW Experimental, IxDA, Webby, and Core77.
Founder and Director
Olin College of Engineering
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Brookings InstitutionDr. Patel is a practicing primary care internist at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She also served in the Obama Administration as director of policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the White House. As a senior aide to Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s senior advisor, Dr. Patel played a critical role in policy development and evaluation of policy initiatives connected to health reform, financial regulatory reform, and economic recovery issues.
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.
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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.
Hundreds of Stories – Including These
Former Discovery Channel host, Jeff Lieberman pushes our minds to the limits. Prepare to be mesmerized as Lieberman challenges us to...
Zappos.com wunderkid talks about his company’s customer-centric approach to killing the competition....
Deputy Director, Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group, describes the simply genius of empowering people to change their...
The dean of the Rotman School talks about how today's MBA programs create nothing but "jargon spewing economic vandals"...