#BIF2019: Wellbeing

October 22-24, 2019 · Providence, RI
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For 14 years, the Business Innovation Factory has hosted its annual BIF Collaborative Innovation Summit, bringing together over 30 storytellers and 500 participants each year to inspire each other with genuine personal transformation stories. The BIF Summit has always been more community than conference. It isn’t just about who attends or even who is up on stage, it is also about catalyzing something bigger than any one of us. It’s about engaging and collaborating as a purposeful network to unleash the adjacent possible. That’s why Forbes named it one of the, “Top 5 Conferences that will Expand Your Mind (and Your Network)”.

This year, in order to increase our collective impact we are transforming the BIF Summit to make it more intimate, focused and experiential to help our self-organized networks become more purposeful. On October 23-24, for the first time in the summit’s history the experience will explore a specific theme that aligns with our current design focus at BIF. This year’s summit will engage the BIF community experientially to explore Wellbeing. #BIF2019: Wellbeing is a smaller (16 storytellers, 150 participants) invite-only summit to maximize personal engagement.

#BIF2019: Wellbeing will include a mixture of storytelling, experiential sessions, and networking. Our collective experience will help unleash creativity, collaboration, and the power of purpose. Summit storytellers and participants will represent a diversity of perspectives, views, identities and experiences across industries, sectors and disciplines. This intimate invite-only summit will bring together 150 participants and take place in Providence, RI on October 23-24.

Relive the action from #BIF2018


Providence, RI


Tuesday, October 22


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

Wednesday, October 23

9:00am – 5:00pm

#BIF2019: Wellbeing –  Day One
Convening at BIF

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Reception and Dinner (TBD)

Thursday, October 24

9:00am – 3:00pm

#BIF2019: Wellbeing – Day Two
Convening at BIF

Storytellers Include

additional storytellers to be announced

Dr. Ami Bhatt

Dr. Ami Bhatt has been helping to reimagine wellness in adult congenital heart disease patients. By using telemedicine and empowering patients’ other care providers, she has been able to ensure continuity of care without the burden of stress and travel that has dominated patients’ lives.

Check out Ami’s #BIF2017 story

Joe Wilson, Jr.

Joe Wilson, Jr. is a member of the Trinity Rep resident company and leads the theater’s Center for Activism and Performance. Joe is passionate about ensuring that theater is of, by, and for the community. For the last five years, he has been tackling challenges facing our communities through Trinity Rep’s America Too program.

Click here to see Joe’s Summit stories

Yolanda Wisher

Poet, singer, and educator, Yolanda Wisher masterfully alchemizes the beauty of people and place into poetry, connectivity, and story. Yolanda is Philadephia’s third-ever poet laureate and current Curator of Spoken Word at the Philadelphia Contemporary museum.

Learn more about Yolanda’s amazing work with BIF 


Quentin Robinson

Sharing his incredible love and talent for dance, Quentin Robinson, aka SpecialFX, is working to break down cultural barriers through movement across the globe. A Marine Corps veteran having served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Robinson shows us how we can impact and connect people in schools, workplaces, and refugee settlements through live interaction.

Click here to view Quentin’s incredible performance at #BIF2018


Jeff Leitner

Jeff Leitner is a fellow at New America in Washington, D.C., and the author of See Think Solve: A Simple Way to Tackle Tough Problems. A former Innovator in Residence at the University of Southern California, founder of Insight Labs, and co-founder of the award-winning UX for Good, Jeff’s work has helped create change for governments, like the U.S. Department of State and NASA; corporations, like Starbucks and Panera; institutions, like Harvard Medical School and TED; and NGOs, like Ashoka and the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

Mark Brand

Determined to breathe new life into our struggling and disjointed communities through his work in social impact business, Brand shares his message on the importance of sustainable business models that make a difference, while also creating successful bottom lines. His token based meal program championed in Canada provides those living in homelessness with dignified, quality meals bringing community and support together.

His company, Mark Brand Inc., is on a mission to support local community, enabling upward mobility through employment, training, and investing in the future.

See Mark Brand’s #BIF2018 Summit story here


Alexander Tsiaras

Alexander Tsiaras, Founder and CEO of StoryMD, has been called a “Digital Age Leonardo da Vinci”. He is a technology innovator, whose roots are based in his art and science photojournalism background. Tsiaras has developed cutting edge scientific imaging software that enables him to scan and record the human body at every stage; from a single cell at the moment of conception, through the biological development of man and woman and he tells compelling stories of wellness and prevention with them. His images simply and compellingly explain health and illness in terms that anyone can understand. Most importantly, they give you a visual map to plan your own optimal Health!

Tsiaras’ Summit stories:

BIF 2: Pioneer in Illustrating the Intricate Details of the of the Human Body

BIF 4: Visual Anatomy – The Human Body Unplugged

BIF 9: Seeing the Story of the Body




*Let us know if you are interested in participating in-person at #BIF2019: Wellbeing, or remotely.

 *With only 100 spots available for the in-person convening at BIF they will go quickly!

*We will notify you if your application is accepted.

*There is no fee to attend the gathering, but participants must pay their own travel and lodging.