#BIF2018 Storytellers



Wednesday 9/12/2018 – Storyteller Dinner

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Private Storyteller Dinner at the home of Susan and Saul Kaplan.  Transportation provided from The Hotel Providence to/from the Storyteller Dinner.

Thursday 9/13/2018 – BIF2018 DAY 1

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.               Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.               Welcome, Saul Kaplan
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.             Session 1
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.           Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.           Session 2
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.             Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.               Session 3
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.               Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               Session 4
4:45 p.m.     Reception, bar and restaurant in the lobby of the Hotel Providence

Friday 9/14/2018 – BIF2018 DAY 2

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.               Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.               Welcome, Saul Kaplan
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.             Session 1
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.           Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.           Session 2
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.             Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.                Session 3
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.               Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               Session 4
4:45 p.m.                                   Reception, Lobby of Trinity Rep Providence

Saturday 9/15/2018 – Post Summit Workshop

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
BIF is hosting a post-summit workshop at our office in Providence, RI. We will share impressions about the stories we’ve just heard, the random collisions we’ve had, and the connections among storytellers, participants, and ideas. Attendees will be broken into small groups led by BIF’s Experience Labs. These groups will give our guests the space to discuss stories and learnings and what they mean for education, healthcare, or public services.


The Business Innovation Factory will pay for travel expenses for each storyteller. Please remember to save your receipts. We will need them to process your reimbursement for travel-related expenses. Because BIF is a non-profit, we ask that you be judicious when making your travel plans. For directions and more in-depth travel related information please click on the Getting to RI tab. For organizations with an allocated travel budget that choose to cover your cost of travel, we thank you in advance for your generosity.

Please confirm your Flight Itinerary via the form here.

We recommend taking a taxi from the airport to the hotel (please save your receipt). We will provide round trip transportation from the hotel to the storyteller dinner on Wednesday, September 12. The venue is a 3 block walk from the hotel.

You are welcome to use your own expense report or feel free to use ours available here. The form can be saved locally by clicking on “File” and then “Make A Copy”. Please send report and copies of receipts to vguck@businessinnovationfactory.com. Please submit all expenses by November 1st.


Hotel Providence
311 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401.861.8000; 800.861.8990
Web: www.hotelprovidence.com

We will make a reservation for you for the following two nights. Please let us know if you need to make any changes, or will not need a hotel room at all. Your room will be direct billed to BIF.

Check-In: Wednesday, September 12
Check-Out: Friday, September 14


Trinity Repertory Company
201 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 351-4242

The Summit will take place in the 500 seat Chace Theater at Trinity Rep.

Directions and Parking


The Basics:

  • Each storyteller will have 15 minutes on stage.
  • There will be no lectern or podium.
  • Each storyteller will be outfitted with a wireless lavalier microphone.
  • We will have a projector and screen if you choose to use multimedia.
  • The foot of the stage will have a video monitor that you can view your multimedia through.
  • A countdown clock will also be viewable through a video monitor.

Ground rules for storytelling:

  • A company history or sales pitch is not a personal story.
  • Make it personal by discussing how you and/or your organization were affected by an innovation experience.
  • Talk about something you have not presented before.
  • Share failures as well as success.
  • Describe something you would like to pursue in the future.
  • No corporate decks, please! Multimedia that supports your story is fine, but leave the bullet points behind.
  • Speak in a conversational manner.
  • Dress is casual. Leave the suit and tie at home.

The Summit will be videotaped. We’ve compiled are a few examples of past videos, to give you a sense of the stories people share.

View Summit Video Highlights

These videos have proven to be an invaluable resource for many. If you have concerns about filming, please let us know as soon as possible.

Download, print, sign and return this release form when you sign in on the day you are speaking. If you forget to bring your signed release, we will ask you to sign the form while you are being mic’d during the break before your session.


For those storytellers who wish to include multimedia with their story we will have a PC and a Mac laptop off stage. The computers will be connected via a wireless remote and monitored by our a/v team. Ideally, please e-mail your files a week in advance to Tori. At the latest we would like to get a copy to load and test the morning of your session. We will provide a wireless remote for you to control your presentation.

Some helpful specifications to get you started:

  • Windows Powerpoint, Mac Keynote/Powerpoint, or PDF is fine.
  • We use a 16:9 widescreen projector – 1280×720 or 1920×1080 are good presentation sizes to start with. 4:3 is also ok, please let us know in advance if using a resolution of this type.
  • If you are using any video/images make sure to also include them in a folder when submitting your presentation in case we need to adjust something to fit the A/V setup.
  • Please also include all fonts used in your presentation.
  • Acceptable video formats: Windows: WMV Mac: Quicktime MOV, MP4, M4V

For the authors in our group, our local Barnes & Noble will be selling books at the venue. We hope that after your session you will take a few minutes to sign books in the front lobby. Please let us know if you have a specific title you would like us to make available.


Social media brings the Summit to our network who can’t be in the room. Our fabulous bloggers will be spreading the word using #BIF2018– don’t forget to find us on Twitter and Facebook.


In appreciation of your commitment, we are offering you a complimentary ticket to the Summit for a colleague of your choice. Please e-mail Victoria with the name and contact info of your guest and she will get them registered.


T.F. Green Airport (Local)
Located 10 miles south of Providence, just off Exit 13 on I-95, T.F. Green Airport is accessible to Boston, Cape Cod, and Southeastern New England. It offers more than 160 direct flights via major carriers. For more information, see www.pvdairport.com.

Logan Airport (International)
Logan Airport is located 55 miles northeast of Providence. For more information, see http://www.massport.com/logan-airport/.


Providence Coach
(401) 374-5729

Groups of 6 to 8 people can share a ride to T.F. Green Airport for $10 per person.

For trips to Logan Airport in Boston, they do a flat rate of $159 all inclusive for up to three people sharing a ride.


Providence is located on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor between Washington DC/New York City and Boston. High-speed Acela Express train service transports passengers from New York City to Providence in about two and a half hours. For tickets call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit www.amtrak.com.

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) runs low-cost commuter trains to Providence from Boston and other points in Massachusetts. Call (800) 392-6100 or visit www.mbta.com for schedules and fares.


Peter Pan Bus (phone (800) 343-9999 or www.peterpanbus.com) and Greyhound (phone (800) 231-2222 or www.greyhound.com) have stations in the Providence area. For local public transportation, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) runs buses and trolleys statewide (phone (800) 244-0444 or www.ripta.com).


Parking is limited in downtown Providence. A parking garage is located next to the theater with entrances on both Fountain and Washington Streets. A parking map for downtown Providence is available here.