About The Summit

Attend BIF 2017

Providence, RI
September 13-14, 2017

What can I expect? Find out what makes #BIF2017 so special and convince your boss this is one conference you can’t miss.
Convince Your Boss

Register Now

BIF 2017 Storytellers

Joe Andruzzi

Joe Andruzzi
Former Football Player And Cancer Survivor Now Helps Patients And Families

Joe Andruzzi

Joe Andruzzi
Former Football Player And Cancer Survivor Now Helps Patients And Families

@Andruzzi63


Q&A WITH JOE ANDRUZZI What attracted you to the BIF Summit? Saul Kaplan (BIF Founder and Chief Catalyst) and my wife Jen. Jen has attended the BIF Summit the last two years, and she fell in love with it. She told me how amazing it is and how inspiring the speakers are. I know Saul and his wife Susan very well. So when Saul asked I said yes. Tell us just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story. Life. And trying to inspire people to stay strong through the ups and downs of life. Also, a bit… Read Full Bio
Ami Bhatt, MD

Ami Bhatt, MD
Empowering Congenital Heart Disease Patients To Lead Full, Productive Lives

Ami Bhatt, MD

Ami Bhatt, MD
Empowering Congenital Heart Disease Patients To Lead Full, Productive Lives

@MGHHeartHealth


Q&A WITH DR. AMI BHATT What attracted you to the BIF Summit? I first heard about the BIF Summit at another event and loved the idea of getting together with lots of people who innovate in different areas but don’t think about cross-pollinating in those other areas and connecting across disciplines. Especially in medicine. In the practice of medicine and provision of care, that’s where we could learn a lot and move the practice of medicine forward. That was really what I was thinking. What happens if you put people from different areas in the same space and let cross-pollination… Read Full Bio
Mark Brand

Mark Brand
Breathing New Life Into Marginalized Communities

Mark Brand

Mark Brand
Breathing New Life Into Marginalized Communities

@eastvanbrand


Q&A WITH MARK BRAND What attracted you to the BIF Summit? Saul Kaplan (BIF Founder and Chief Catalyst). Saul and I met at the PeaceLove’s Peace of Mind Storytellers event this year and he told me all about BIF. I immediately said yes. Tell us a just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story. I’ll be talking about the path that led me to my work, its importance, and how we can all impact our community directly. What, to you, is the value of sharing stories? It’s one of the greatest gifts we have. I share them… Read Full Bio
Courtlandt Butts

Courtlandt Butts
Facilitating Courageous Conversations On Race And Equity In Education

Courtlandt Butts

Courtlandt Butts
Facilitating Courageous Conversations On Race And Equity In Education

@PacificEdGroup


Q&A WITH COURTLANDT BUTTS What attracted you to the BIF Summit? An incredible energy of possibility seems to permeate through BIF. Working with them, whatever vision we had for the future, it seemed like they created pathways and possibilities for it. As a facilitator for racial equity, my style leans on storytelling a lot. I tell stories on how to get to the future. So when there was an opportunity for storytelling at the BIF Summit, an opportunity to reshape the world through story, I was happy to say yes. Tell us just a bit about the subject of your… Read Full Bio
Antionette D. Carroll

Antionette D. Carroll
Using Design To Fight Inequality And End Racism

Antionette D. Carroll

Antionette D. Carroll
Using Design To Fight Inequality And End Racism

@acarrolldesign


Throughout her career, Antionette Carroll has worked for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion non-profits. Previously, she was head of communications for the Diversity Awareness Partnership in St. Louis. Carroll is an active community volunteer. In 2014, she was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design. Currently, she’s the Chair Emerita of the task force, working on long-term strategic initiatives such as the Design Census Program with Google and the national Inclusivity in Design Summit. With her encouragement, AIGA created the first Racial Justice by Design program.… Read Full Bio
Marc Chun

Marc Chun
Ensuring Deeper Learning For All Students

Marc Chun

Marc Chun
Ensuring Deeper Learning For All Students

@HFMarcChun


Previously, Marc Chun was the director of education and a research scientist at the Council for Aid to Education, where he focused on performance assessments of higher order thinking skills. He has taught at Stanford University, Columbia University/Teachers College, the New School and Vanderbilt University. He has worked for the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research, UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute, and the RAND Corporation. Chun earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University/Teachers College. He is also a published playwright. Read Full Bio
Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark
Rethinking The Way We Monetize Our Talents

Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark
Rethinking The Way We Monetize Our Talents

@dorieclark


Q&A WITH DORIE CLARK Tell us just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story. Well, I’m actually not sure of the topic! I do have a new book coming out Oct. 3, Entrepreneurial You. It’s the last of a trilogy. The first one, Reinventing You, was about how to reinvent yourself professionally, then the second, Stand Out, was about how to get your true talents recognized. This one is about how you can monetize those talents. Monetization is an egalitarian force. If people view money as tainted or dirty, that’s not sustainable. It doesn’t work. How to monetize your talents… Read Full Bio
Cady Coleman

Cady Coleman
Innovating NASA And Bringing Music To The Space Station

Cady Coleman

Cady Coleman
Innovating NASA And Bringing Music To The Space Station

@Astro_Cady


Cady Coleman’s first journey to space came as a mission specialist in 1995 when the space shuttle Columbia carried the US Microgravity Laboratory into space for its second mission on STS-73, a precursor mission to the space station. She returned to space for STS-93 in 1999, also on Columbia, as the lead mission specialist for the deployment of the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which is used to detect X-ray emission from very hot regions of the universe. In December 2010, Coleman launched into space for a third time onboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, for a six-month stay on board the space… Read Full Bio
Curt Columbus

Curt Columbus
Can Theater Enable Community Transformation?

Curt Columbus

Curt Columbus
Can Theater Enable Community Transformation?

@TrinityRep


A CONVERSATION WITH CURT COLUMBUS AND JOE WILSON, JR. The Business Innovation Factory has been a tremendous partner with Trinity Repertory Company for more than a decade. Since the arrival of artistic director Curt Columbus in 2006, Trinity has hosted the BIF Summit as a part of our desire to engage with our community, as well as to be an innovation leader. It may seem unlikely that a theater where a 2000-year-old art form is practiced could be an innovative space. However, we believe that theater is a quintessential 21st-century form. Theater is live, it is local, it is immediate.… Read Full Bio
Teny Gross

Teny Gross
The Principles And Practices Of Nonviolence Can Stop The Cycle Of Violence

Teny Gross

Teny Gross
The Principles And Practices Of Nonviolence Can Stop The Cycle Of Violence

@tenygross


Teny Gross is a former Israeli Army sergeant and Harvard Divinity School graduate who worked in the anti-violence campaign known as the Boston Ceasefire. During the 1990s, Gross was active in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston doing community outreach, gang mediation, job creation, and skills training. Gross also taught kids to document their lives with photography. In 2000, leaders at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Providence launched the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence and hired Gross as its director in 2001. Gross’s approach to replacing the cycle of violence was to merge the Rev. Martin Luther… Read Full Bio
Dustin Haisler

Dustin Haisler
Giving Citizens A Voice In The Public Sector Through Technology

Dustin Haisler

Dustin Haisler
Giving Citizens A Voice In The Public Sector Through Technology

@DustinHaisler


Q&A WITH DUSTIN HAISLER What attracted you to the BIF Summit? All the people who attend the BIF Summit and speak at the BIF Summit are people I’d love to be trapped on a deserted island with for extended periods of time. They are thinkers, innovators, people I respect and follow, people who are challenging conventional norms in society. The BIF Summit is an opportunity to learn and see them in action, to connect with people with shared visions and purposes. And I’m looking forward to not just sharing my story but hearing what other people are working on, and… Read Full Bio
Bill Herp

Bill Herp
Innovating Air Travel With A Marketplace Model

Bill Herp

Bill Herp
Innovating Air Travel With A Marketplace Model

@LinearBill


Q&A WITH BILL HERP What attracted you to the BIF Summit? I presented at BIF3 on our original business model, having been introduced to Saul Kaplan (BIF Co-Founder and Chief Catalyst) by Bill Taylor. To say the least, it’s pretty amazing what has transpired in the last eight years! Tell us a just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story. Entrepreneurship is a vocation — it’s not about discrete projects or even companies. Pivoting is natural for entrepreneurs, along with the evolution of ideas, opportunities, feedback, and the ever-changing landscape. What, to you, is the value of sharing… Read Full Bio
Yarrow Kraner

Yarrow Kraner
Connecting Creatives And Innovators To Mentor Students

Yarrow Kraner

Yarrow Kraner
Connecting Creatives And Innovators To Mentor Students

@YarrowKraner


Q&A WITH YARROW KRANER What attracted you to the BIF Summit? Meeting Saul (Kaplan, BIF Founder and Chief Catalyst), and realizing that we shared an optimistic vision for the future. Tell us a just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story. 1 + 1 = 11 What, to you, is the value of sharing stories? Stories are the vehicles for transferring knowledge, experience, and inspiration, and have been since the dawn of humankind. Do you have a motto, or “words to live by”? If so, what is it? You will SEE it when you believe it. and….… Read Full Bio
Eli MacLaren

Eli MacLaren
Chief Market Maker

Eli MacLaren

Eli MacLaren
Chief Market Maker

@elithechef
[email protected]


Eli is Chief Market Maker, leading BIFʼs development efforts and is responsible for the start up and scale of the Experience Labs. With over a decade of experience in building and leading social ventures, Eli is an accomplished social innovator with a deep knowledge of the new platforms required to catalyze and scale social innovation. Eli joined BIF after serving as the Executive Director of the Maine Women’s Fund, a public foundation creating lasting change by investing in the power of women and the dreams of girls in Maine. Eli is a systems thinker with a proven track record building… Read Full Bio
Chris McCarthy

Chris McCarthy
Designing Better Health And Wellness For Young People

Chris McCarthy

Chris McCarthy
Designing Better Health And Wellness For Young People

@McCarthyChris


Q&A WITH CHRIS MCCARTHY What attracted you to the BIF Summit? Kat! (Kat Esser, Director of BIF’s Patient Experience Lab). Honestly, I hadn’t heard of this Summit. However, once Kat described what it is was, I was thrilled to be invited. Storytelling is a key theme this year for my organization, Innovation Learning Network (ILN.org). Tell us a just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story. I will be weaving together the windy path from public health researcher to design leader, with a few serendipity stops along the way, and a dollop of humble pie. What, to… Read Full Bio
Carmen Medina

Carmen Medina
How 'Rebels And Heretics' Bring Value To Organizations

Carmen Medina

Carmen Medina
How 'Rebels And Heretics' Bring Value To Organizations

@milouness


Q&A WITH CARMEN MEDINA What attracted you to the BIF Summit? I first attended (and spoke) at BIF2010, and have come several times since then. I keep coming because I value learning through serendipity — the opportunity to learn via random collisions with new ideas. Tell us just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story. I am known as a “rebel at work”, and I’m going to tell the story behind the story of being a rebel at work. The personal experiences and setbacks that contribute to the mindset of a change agent aren’t always pretty. What,… Read Full Bio
Talia Milgrom-Elcott

Talia Milgrom-Elcott
Leading The Challenge To Bring More STEM Teachers To Schools

Talia Milgrom-Elcott

Talia Milgrom-Elcott
Leading The Challenge To Bring More STEM Teachers To Schools

@100kin10


Q&A WITH TALIA MILGROM-ELCOTT What attracted you to the BIF Summit? I had the privilege of going to a recent BIF Summit, and I thought it was a wonderful venue for storytelling. BIF is a partner with 100Kin10, doing interesting and powerful work around education. I’ve had a chance to work on projects with Sam Seidel (Director of BIF’s Student Experience Lab) and Whitney Johnson (former BIF Summit storyteller) and think the world of them both. I thought the BIF Summit would be a wonderful place to tell a story. Tell us just a bit about the subject of your… Read Full Bio
Deb Mills-Scofield

Deb Mills-Scofield
Mentoring Both Startups And Students In Innovation And Strategy

Deb Mills-Scofield

Deb Mills-Scofield
Mentoring Both Startups And Students In Innovation And Strategy

@dscofield


Q&A WITH DEB MILLS-SCOFIELD What attracted you to the BIF Summit? I learned about it in 2009 when searching for innovation ‘stuff’ in Providence for a student of mine from Brown. I called and talked with Saul, and that was the start! Tell us just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story. My story is about, from years of my own career and its circuitous path and years of mentoring both college kids and adults, how to look at your career and your life for the 21st century. These days, you look at your life and career… Read Full Bio
Walt Mossberg

Walt Mossberg
Helping Non-Geeks Understand The Rise Of Technology

Walt Mossberg

Walt Mossberg
Helping Non-Geeks Understand The Rise Of Technology

@waltmossberg


When Walt Mossberg announced his retirement in 2017, the accolades started pouring in. “Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it’s not your fault,” read the first sentence of his first column in 1991, many articles noted. Mossberg created a much different approach to product reviews that not only made it easier to assess a new product but also changed how products would be designed, according to one article. Mossberg told NPR earlier this year, “I thought, well there’s a journalistic opportunity here for somebody to do two things: to represent the voice of the average person who… Read Full Bio
Alexander Osterwalder

Alexander Osterwalder
We Need Tools And Skills To Innovate More Effectively

Alexander Osterwalder

Alexander Osterwalder
We Need Tools And Skills To Innovate More Effectively

@AlexOsterwalder


Q&A WITH ALEXANDER OSTERWALDER What attracted you to the BIF Summit? BIF has managed to create an amazing community of smart and creative people that inspire me every time I participate. Tell us a just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story. I want to tell the story of how I started a business book project with my kids, for kids. It transformed the way I think about success. Success is a multi-faceted beast that is definitely not just about wealth and fame. For me, success is about the little things we each do every day to… Read Full Bio
A.J. Paron-Wildes

A.J. Paron-Wildes
'Design Empathy' Creates Well-Being In Workplaces

A.J. Paron-Wildes

A.J. Paron-Wildes
'Design Empathy' Creates Well-Being In Workplaces

@AJParonWildes


Q&A WITH A.J. PARON-WILDES What attracted you to the BIF Summit? I met Saul Kaplan (BIF Founder and Chief Catalyst) a couple of years. I met him when I and my son Devin spoke at the PeaceLove Storytellers event. Tell us just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story. I’ve learned a lot of lessons through this journey. People have our set predispositions and then something breaks the mold, like having an autistic child. What do we do with that? I’ve used what I’ve learned as the mother of an autistic son to help companies with their… Read Full Bio
Len Schlesinger

Len Schlesinger
Intentionally Designing Patient And Caregiver Roles As Jobs

Len Schlesinger

Len Schlesinger
Intentionally Designing Patient And Caregiver Roles As Jobs

@lschlesinger


Q&A WITH LEN SCHLESINGER What attracted you to the BIF Summit? It’s pretty simple. I met Saul (Kaplan, Founder and Creative Catalyst at BIF), and he sketched out the vision of what he was trying to do with the BIF Summit. There’s nothing more fun for me than trying to get at the concepts buried in stories. I view it as an essential part of teaching and speaking. The notion of no PowerPoint, no talk that had been given before (which wouldn’t work), and the need to figure out a way to get ideas across in the form of stories… Read Full Bio
Sam Seidel

Sam Seidel
Designing Models That Support And Empower 21st Century Students

Sam Seidel

Sam Seidel
Designing Models That Support And Empower 21st Century Students

@husslington


Sam Seidel leads BIF’s Student Experience Lab, which designs, prototypes, and shares education models that empower 21st-century students. We partner with stand-alone institutions, school districts, nonprofit organizations, companies, and foundations to generate cutting-edge solutions to major education challenges. Here’s how we do it: We start with a Design Challenge. Example: Our Design Challenge for a Utah State University project was to work with students to envision a new student services delivery experience and to develop a web-based portal that would support student success with their evolving personal, academic, strategic, and financial goals. Shift: Human-Centered Research Shifting the organization’s lens enables leaders… Read Full Bio
Phillip Sheppard

Phillip Sheppard
Creativity And Innovation At The Intersection Of Music And Data

Phillip Sheppard

Phillip Sheppard
Creativity And Innovation At The Intersection Of Music And Data

@PhilipSheppard


Sheppard’s new album Somewhere Along the Edge, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, is his first studio album away from specific movie soundtracks for some time. Each track is dedicated to someone who lives fully at the edge of life, whether they are explorers, artists, travelers, or thinkers. Sheppard speaks to worldwide audiences about the intersection of music and data, the innate musical ability within all of us, and other topics that connect music to creativity, tech, and introspection. He has delivered keynotes on creative innovation at conferences such as C2 Montreal, e.g., TTI Vanguard, and WHD.Global and for business giants such… Read Full Bio
Carl Størmer

Carl Størmer
Learning From Art, Jazz, And Language: How To Innovate When You Are Out Of Control

Carl Størmer

Carl Størmer
Learning From Art, Jazz, And Language: How To Innovate When You Are Out Of Control

@jazzcode


Q&A WITH CARL STØRMER What attracted you to the BIF Summit? I gave a talk at BIF in 2013 and it was an overwhelming experience — a really warm and inclusive audience, lots of exciting talks, and super friendly and professional staff. I also enjoyed meeting the other speakers and I established some new friendships. I look very much forward to coming back to BIF! Tell us a just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story. I will talk about growing up with my mother. When my mother became pregnant at age 19, she was kicked out… Read Full Bio
Taliq Tillman

Taliq Tillman
Creating New Ways to Bring Conversations About Diversity Into Schools

Taliq Tillman

Taliq Tillman
Creating New Ways to Bring Conversations About Diversity Into Schools

@taliqtillman


Q&A WITH TALIQ TILLMAN What attracted you to the BIF Summit? I’ve attended the Summit the past two years, and I’m definitely excited to be a storyteller. I was encouraged by the Trinity Rep Theater staff, where I’m interning now. My school, the Met School, requires students to present to do exhibitions, and give talks about their learning. So I got into the habit of talking about my story. And I’ve always wanted to give a talk in front of people. Tell us just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story. My story’s still kind of in… Read Full Bio
Sophie Wade

Sophie Wade
Helping People And Corporations Move Into The New World Of Work

Sophie Wade

Sophie Wade
Helping People And Corporations Move Into The New World Of Work

@ASophieWade


Q&A WITH SOPHIE WADE What attracted you to the BIF Summit? I met Rabbi Irwin Kula at an event, and we spoke about the new positive relationships developing in the workplace, which he suggested could be filling in some of the relationships that previously were provided by someone’s religious community. Later, he mentioned the BIF Summit to me. He told me the Summit is a fascinating event focused on transformation and innovation. He described how the Summit works, with cross-pollination among the storytellers and audience, and it rang very true with me. Tell us just a bit about the subject… Read Full Bio
Alan Webber

Alan Webber
It’s Time To Innovate The Public Sector

Alan Webber

Alan Webber
It’s Time To Innovate The Public Sector

@alanmwebber


Q&A With Alan Webber What attracted you to the BIF Summit? Saul (Kaplan, BIF Founder and Chief Catalyst) invited me and I always try to do anything Saul asks me to do. That said, I’ve attended many a BIF summit and I find them fun, friendly, forward-thinking, and full of good people who have checked their egos at the door and are there for all the right reasons. Tell us just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story. At the moment, I’m thinking I’ll talk about the line that connects the first issue of Fast Company back… Read Full Bio
Joe Wilson, Jr.

Joe Wilson, Jr.
Combining Acting And Community Activism

Joe Wilson, Jr.

Joe Wilson, Jr.
Combining Acting And Community Activism

@JoeWilsonJr


A CONVERSATION WITH CURT COLUMBUS AND JOE WILSON JR The Business Innovation Factory has been a tremendous partner with Trinity Repertory Company for more than a decade. Since the arrival of artistic director Curt Columbus in 2006, Trinity has hosted the BIF Summit as a part of our desire to engage with our community, as well as to be an innovation leader. It may seem unlikely that a theater where a 2000-year-old art form is practiced could be an innovative space. However, we believe that theater is a quintessential 21st century form. Theater is live, it is local, it is… Read Full Bio
Richard Saul Wurman

Richard Saul Wurman
Finding The Quest In The Question

Richard Saul Wurman

Richard Saul Wurman
Finding The Quest In The Question

@rswurman


Q&A WITH RICHARD SAUL WURMAN What attracted you to the BIF Summit? I’ve been at the BIF Summit since the beginning. Tell us a just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story. The journey of a good speech is somebody telling about their journey of clarity, nothing more and nothing less. It must be unprepared. When you prepare a speech or a conversation in advance, it ruins it. What, to you, is the value of story? Looking in the gray area between these stories is where good, inspiring concepts will arise. Do you have a motto, or… Read Full Bio

Current BIF Members Include

  • ACT
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
  • Crown
  • EMJ Corporation
  • IGT
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Lincoln Financial Group
  • Lumina