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Speakers at the 2007 conference are business executives and design leaders with first-hand knowledge of how design innovation can drive business strategy.

Below is more information on a few of our speakers; check back often as we announce more.

Chris Anderson
Editor-in-Chief, Wired Magazine; author, The Long Tail

Charles Cascio
VP, Interactive Learning Strategic Business Unit, ETS

Connie Duckworth
President and Chairman, Arzu, Inc.

Dale Fahnstrom
Professor, IIT Institute of Design

Josephine Green
Senior Director of Trends and Strategy, Philips Design

Jim Hackett
CEO and President, Steelcase Inc.

Matthew Holloway
Vice President, Design Services Team, SAP

Bumshik Hong
Vice President, Innovation & New Business Development, SK Telecom

Larry Keeley
President, Doblin Inc.

William Kramer
Deputy Director of Dvpt. through Enterprise and Senior Fellow, WRI

David Lawrence
Sr Mgr, Bicycle Product Development & Marketing, Shimano America

Roger Martin
Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Christopher Meyer
CEO, Monitor Networks

Hasso Plattner
Co-founder, SAP

Denis Weil
VP, Innovation and Concept Development, McDonald's Corp

Connie Yowell
Director for Digital Media, Learning & Education, MacArthur Foundation

 


 

Chris Anderson
Editor-in-Chief, Wired Magazine; author, The Long Tail

Chris Anderson is editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine, which won a National Magazine Award under his tenure. He coined the phrase "The Long Tail" in an acclaimed Wired article, which he expanded upon in the book The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More (2006). Before joining Wired in 2001, he worked at The Economist, where he launched their coverage of the Internet.

Charles Cascio
Vice Presdient, Interactive Learning Strategic Business Unit, ETS

Chuck Cascio leads ETS into markets outside of the traditional education sectors. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers and scores more than 24 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Cascio and his staff are using ETS's rich store of intellectual property and capabilities to advance the ETS mission by creating unique products designed to deliver learning through the Internet, hand-held devices, multi-media technologies, and other distribution channels. "Anywhere that learning is portable, learning is possible," Cascio says, summing up the expansive potential of his business unit.

Connie Duckworth
President and Chairman, Arzu, Inc.

Ms. Duckworth serves pro bono as President and Chairman of the Board of Arzu, Inc., a not-for-profit that aims to provide sustainable income to Afghan women by sourcing and selling the carpets they weave, and is an active member of the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council. Ms. Duckworth has the distinction of having been the first woman sales and trading partner in Goldman Sachs' history. Her book, a primer on how to start a business entitled The Old Girls Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Man’s World (Basic Books 2003), was published in September 2003. She sits on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern Mutual, the Boards of Directors of Smurfit Stone Container Corporation, Nuveen Investments, Inc. and DNP Select Income Fund, the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School, and is Chairman of the Board of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.

Topic: Connie Duckworth will tell us about how she is creating a sustainable business with the goal of helping highly skilled women carpet weavers in Afghanistan.

Dale Fahnstrom
Professor, IIT Institute of Design

Dale Fahnstrom is a Professor and former director of the Institute of Design, where he has been on faculty since 1966. He has designed products for such diverse corporate clients as Knoll International, Philips Electronics, Steelcase, NEC, and ACCO Brands. His "Bulldog" chair, co-designed with Michael McCoy and introduced in 1990 by Knoll, is currently the largest-selling seating product in the manufacturer's line. Recently he has been principal co-investigator on "Thinkering Spaces" at the Institute of Design, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, which explores the design of physical, interactive environments in libraries, museums and other public spaces where kids can explore, learn, tinker, and think.

Josephine Green
Senior Director of Trends and Strategy, Philips Design

As Senior Director of Trends and Strategy at Philips Design, an autonomous unit within Philips Electronics Green is responsible for the People and Trends Research Programme and its promotion into clients' core areas of Strategy, Innovation and Brand.

Topic: Josephine Green will describe how mass creativity, social innovation and sustainable development have become drivers of innovation.

Jim Hackett
CEO and President, Steelcase Inc.

Jim Hackett leads the world's preeminent designer and manufacturer of high-performance work environments, including office furniture and technology, interior architecture, and related products and services.

Topic: Jim Hackett will explore how the notion of Thinking and Doing are imbalanced in the corporate setting. One is valued more highly than the other; one suffers from not being as visible. Both need each other.

Matthew Holloway
Vice President, Design Services Team, SAP

SAP's Design Services Team works with the Office of the CEO and the SAP Executive Board on strategic initiatives. It is chartered with helping all of SAP adopt a design thinking approach in the development of our products and services. Prior to joining SAP in 2005, Matthew held design management positions at various Silicon Valley companies including Apple, Netscape, and WebMD. As a private consultant he worked with an array of clients ranging from early stage start-ups to larger enterprise companies such as Cisco and Microsoft. Matthew has also taught courses on design at Stanford, the Royal College of Art and University of Malmo.

Topic: Matthew Holloway will address the Five Challenges of Design-led Organizations. Three years ago Hasso Plattner asked that the Design Services Team be created within the Office of the CEO so design could be established as the third leg of the company's strategy; learn about the obstacles and rewards faced by the team as its has earned its place in the board room.

Bumshik Hong
Vice President, Innovation and New Business Development, SK Telecom

Bumshik Hong is responsible for overseeing corporate-wide growth initiatives ranging from specific business model developments to transformation of business development process. Prior to joining SK Telecom, Korea's largest telecom company, he was a partner at Monitor Group, global strategy consultancy, serving clients in telecommunications and high-tech industries. His particular area of interest was how to overcome growth challenges faced by telecommunications companies in convergence era.

Topic: Bumshik Hong will discuss how innovation-exploitation of new businesses-is considered successful when it makes lives of people better. It is then quite natural that innovation should start with a deep understanding of the needs of human beings. This human centered innovation concept has become even more important in the convergence era, in which we currently live and compete. In fact, this blurring of traditional industry boundaries forces us to redefine our perspectives on the business domain, which dictates the way we define markets, customers and competitors. Bumshik's talk will be around how they, as an organization, have been working to stimulate a significant increase in human-centered innovation to redefine their business design strategy. He will address how the human-centered innovation concept is being applied to three key components of their business design strategy: where to play, how to win and with what capabilities.

Larry Keeley
President, Doblin Inc.

Larry Keeley is a strategist who has worked to develop more effective innovation methods for over twenty-six years. He is president and co-founder of Doblin Inc, an innovation strategy firm known for pioneering comprehensive innovation systems that materially improve innovation success rates. Larry has worked with a wide variety of pioneering enterprises since 1979, among them firms like Aetna, Apple, Citigroup, ExxonMobil, Hallmark, McDonald's, Motorola, Pfizer, Steelcase, Texas Instruments, and Zurich Financial Services. BusinessWeek recently named him one of seven Innovation Gurus that are changing the field, and specifically cited Doblin for having many of the most sophisticated tools for delivering innovation effectiveness. Larry is a board member for the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he is also an adjunct professor teaching graduate design strategy classes. He is a lecturer in innovation at Kellogg and University of Chicago and at many executive education programs, and a board member for WBEZ-FM in Chicago, where he has been instrumental in charting strategies that have made it the nation's most innovative public radio station.

William Kramer
Deputy Director of Development through Enterprise (DTE), and Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute

WRI is an independent research institute located in Washington, D.C. Mr. Kramer is involved in all aspects of the Institute's work on pro-poor business strategies. He is a principal author of The Next Four Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid, and is a frequent contributor to the DTE program's web log, www.nextbillion.net. He was director of the seminal conference on business engagement in low-income markets, "Eradicating Poverty through Profit: Making Business Work for the Poor," held in San Francisco in December, 2004.

Topic: Is a virtually untapped $5 trillion global market of interest to your company? What if in India alone, in one sector, this market has generated a handful of companies that, in 5 years, have generated from nearly zero a cumulative market cap of $70 billion? This market comprises 4 billion people at the base of the economic pyrami - the largest untapped consumer market on the planet, and one of the fastest growing. Can your company afford to ignore this market, now documented in detail in a new report to be summarized in this talk?

David Lawrence
Senior Manager, Bicycle Product Development and Marketing, Shimano America

Dave heads up the continual development and introduction of new Shimano products to the North American cycling market. For six months in 2003, he was embedded at innovation and design firm IDEO for an intensive research and design project which later became Shimano's Coasting. Coasting, which will debut this spring, will be the largest product and marketing launch in the company's history.

Topic: David Lawrence will talk about how design led Shimano, the maker of high performance bicycle components into whole new categories. And, he is bringing bikes for us to try.

Roger Martin
Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, Roger Martin was formerly a Director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During his 13 years with Monitor Company, he founded and Chaired Monitor University, the firm's educational arm, served as co-head of the firm for two years, and founded the Canadian office. His research interests lie in the areas of global competitiveness, integrative thinking, business design and corporate citizenship.

Christopher Meyer
CEO, Monitor Networks

At Monitor Networks, a Monitor Group company, Chris's recent research and consulting focuses on the development of the Adaptive Enterprise, helping companies create the capacity to sense, respond to, and adapt to changes in their business environments. He wrote It's Alive: The Coming Convergence of Information, Biology, and Business and co-authored Blur: The Speed of Change in the Connected Economy and Future Wealth with Stan Davis.

Hasso Plattner
Co-founder, SAP

Hasso Plattner is a cofounder of software giant SAP AG. He was chairman of the board until 2003 and is currently the chairman of the supervisory board. Since his retirement from SAP Plattner has been particularly active as a benefactor in the fields of technological research and education. In 1998 Plattner founded the Hasso Plattner Institute for software systems engineering based at the University of Potsdam, and in 2005, with a donation of $35 million, Plattner founded the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University.

Topic: Innovation, Speed, and Success. Today, tens of thousands of companies rely on SAP to provide the stable systems that run their mission-critical processes. At the same time, they expect these systems to keep up with the speed of business innovation - and indeed, in many cases, be the primary driver of innovation. In this keynote, Hasso Plattner discusses the role of design in his strategic vision for driving innovation in areas such as ecosystem, community, operations, and technology.

Denis Weil
Vice President, Innovation and Concept Development, McDonald's Corp

Denis Weil is responsible for orchestrating McDonald’s global innovation pipeline and for leading the discovery of new high opportunity areas through development of customer insights and advanced concepts. In his previous career he was entrepreneur-in-residence at McDonald's New Business Development Unit, and a Product Development Engineer at Procter and Gamble in his native Switzerland. Weil is also an adjunct professor at the IIT Institute of Design, teaching popular graduate classes in Service Innovation.

Topic: Denis Weil will tackle the role of design planning in Service Innovation. Innovation practice has "discovered" services. As many service companies figure out "where to play & how to win" they discover that they need to innovate the integrated service delivery rather than just its components outsourced to vendors. McDonald's has over the last few years embraced a more integrated innovation approach and has started to discover iteratively which innovation methods from the product world apply to services and how they need to be adapted.

Connie Yowell
Director for Digital Media, Learning & Education, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Connie M. Yowell is a Program Officer in the Foundation's Program on Human and Community Development. In this role, she focuses on grants relating to public education, and on the implications for education of young people's use of digital media. Prior to joining the Foundation, Yowell was an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her work included the study of reasons why Latino youth drop out of high school. Previously she worked as a Policy Analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning of the U.S. Department of Education. Before that Yowell was a Research Assistant at the University of California at San Francisco and at Stanford University.

Topic: Connie Yowell will discuss the strategic approach underlying the MacArthur Foundation's new $50 million initiative in Digital Media and Learning. Based on lessons learned from how the internet has changed markets, Dr. Yowell will outline a vision of the future of learning and education along the "long tail" and will describe possible strategies for attaining this vision.