#BIF2019: Wellbeing Storytellers



Providence, RI


Tuesday, October 22


America Too: It’s Our Health
Performance at Trinity Rep


at Backstage Kitchen and Bar, Hotel Providence

Wednesday, October 23

9:00am – 5:00pm

#BIF2019: Wellbeing –  Day One
at District Hall, Providence, RI

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Reception and Dinner
at The Pavilion at Grace

Thursday, October 24

9:00am – 3:00pm

#BIF2019: Wellbeing – Day Two
at District Hall, Providence, RI


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.

The cost of round trip flights and flight insurance to and from T.F. Green Airport must not exceed $500, inclusive of taxes and fees. If your flights exceed this price, you must secure written approval (via email) from BIF (Liz) before booking.

Please confirm your Flight Itinerary via the form here. Or contact Liz for help with booking travels.

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 Liz@businessinnovationfactory.com. Please submit all expenses by December 1st.


Hotel Providence
311 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401.861.8000; 800.861.8990

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: Tuesday, October 22nd
Check-Out: Thursday, October 24th


District Hall Providence
225 Dyer Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 351-4242

#BIF2019: Wellbeing will take place at the District Hall Providence



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, we would be happy to sell the book(s) on your behalf.


Social media brings the Summit to our network who can’t be in the room. Our fabulous bloggers will be spreading the word using #BIF2019Wellbeing — don’t forget to find us on Twitter and Facebook.


In appreciation of your commitment, we are offering you a complimentary ticket to #BIF2019: Wellbeing for a colleague of your choice. Please email Liz 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.