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Speakers at the 2008 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.

Hardik Bhatt
Chief Information Officer, City of Chicago

Bill Buxton
Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Patrick Clancy
President & CEO, The Community Builders

Scott Cook
Founder, Chairman, Chief Design Officer, Intuit Inc.

Michael J. Critelli
Executive Chairman, Pitney Bowes Inc.

Claudia Kotchka
VP Design Innovation and Strategy, The Procter & Gamble Company

A.G. Lafley
Chairman & CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company

Roger Martin
Dean, University of Toronto Rotman School of Management

Matt Mason
Co-founder, Wedia

Jerry Michalski
Founder, Sociate

Bruce Nussbaum
Founding Editor, Innovation & Design, BusinessWeek

Hank Perritt
Professor, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Paul Polak
Founder, International Development Enterprises

John Seely Brown
Visiting Scholar, University of Southern California

David Sonders
Master of Design Methods candidate, IIT Institute of Design

Deborah L. Wince-Smith
President, Council on Competitiveness
































Hardik Bhatt
Chief Information Officer, City of Chicago

Since his appointment as Chief Information Officer in 2006 by Mayor Richard M. Daley, Hardik Bhatt has led the City of Chicago's efforts to leverage technology and innovation for more efficient operations and higher quality public services. Under Mayor Daley's vision of 21st-century government, Bhatt leads the new Department of Innovation and Technology, which includes the first Innovation Center in a major American city. The department also provides technology services to 37,000 City employees in 46 departments.

He serves as co-chair of the Mayor's Council of Technology Advisors and is a member of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Bridging the Digital Divide, created to help the City take the lead in bringing the benefits of technology to all of its residents. A native of India, Hardik has made Chicago his home since he first moved to the United States in 1998. Prior to joining the City, he served as a consultant with Oracle Corporation and Tata Consulting Services.

Bill Buxton
Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Bill Buxton is a designer and a researcher concerned with human aspects of technology. His work reflects a particular interest in the use of technology to support creative activities such as design, film making and music. Buxton's research specialties include technologies, techniques and theories of input to computers, technology mediated human-human collaboration, and ubiquitous computing.

Prior to being appointed Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research in December 2005, he was Principal of his own Toronto-based boutique design and consulting firm, Buxton Design, where his time was split between working for clients, lecturing, and writing. From 1994 until December 2002, he was Chief Scientist of Alias|Wavefront, (now part of Autodesk) and from 1995, its parent company SGI Inc.

Buxton has received considerable acclaim for his latest book, Sketching User Experience, recently reviewed in BusinessWeek. He also contributed an article on "The Long Nose of Innovation" to BW's Insight section in January '08. As well as a researcher and writer, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, where he still works with graduate students.

NEW: We interviewed Buxton recently about sketching as a tool for innovation strategy. Read it here.

Patrick Clancy
President & CEO, The Community Builders

Pat Clancy has been with The Community Builders, the nation's largest non-profit urban residential developer and operator, since receiving his degree from Harvard Law School in 1971. He has led the organization since 1976. TCB is a mission driven 501(c)(3) organization focused on building and sustaining strong communities, and has been planning, developing and operating affordable and mixed-income housing communities for over forty years. It has a staff of over 400, properties with a value of over $2 billion, more than 20,000 units completed, and a management portfolio of 9,000 units in ninety developments. Pat's current focus is on leading an innovation effort to redesign TCB's operating practice for its larger mixed-income communities to enable working poor families to achieve increased success.

Scott Cook
Founder, Chairman and Chief Design Officer, Intuit Inc.

Mr. Cook co-founded Intuit Inc. in 1983 and now serves as the chairman of the Executive Committee of the board as well as chief design officer. Before founding Intuit, Mr. Cook managed consulting assignments in banking and technology for Bain & Company, a corporate strategy consulting firm. Prior to Bain, he worked for Procter & Gamble, the household products giant, in various marketing positions, including brand manager, for four years. Mr. Cook is a member of the board of directors of eBay, Procter & Gamble, The Asia Foundation, the Harvard Business School Dean's Advisory Board, The Center for Brand & Product Management at the University of Wisconsin, and the Intuit Scholarship Foundation.

Michael J. Critelli
Executive Chairman, Pitney Bowes Inc.

Michael J. Critelli has been the Executive Chairman of Pitney Bowes, a $6 billion mailstream solutions company, since May 2007. Mr. Critelli leads the company's focus on the emerging opportunities in the external environment, including postal reform and transformation in the U.S. and globally, and market opportunities arising from the company's innovation and leadership in areas such as health care, government services and corporate social responsibility. He also concentrates on building upon the company's already strong positions in corporate governance.

Claudia Kotchka
VP Design Innovation and Strategy, The Procter & Gamble Company

Claudia joined P&G in 1978 in Marketing. During her career at P&G, she led the marketing for many of the company's biggest brands, including Crest, Pampers, Pantene, and Head & Shoulders. Through out this time she gained a reputation as an innovator and change agent. In 2001, CEO A.G. Lafley, appointed Claudia, Vice President, Design Innovation and Strategy, a new position charged with building Design into P&G's DNA. In this role, she also functions as a chief barrier buster and Design Evangelist, and has been instrumental in the transformation of how PZ&G uses design - moving from primarily executional to strategic. In 2005, Claudia was named one of "20 Masters of Design" by Fast Company, and BusinessWeek named her one of "Best Leaders of 2005" and "Champion of Innovation" in 2006. She is also a member of the Belizean Grove and is a Trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

A.G. Lafley
Chairman & CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company

Since being elected President and Chief Executive of P&G in 2000, A.G. Lafley has put the company back on track to deliver its long term goals by focusing on top brands, countries and customers, superior consumer value, and improved cost and cash management. He has set a clear vision for future growth, including the acquisition of Clairol in 2001, Well in 2003, and Gillette in 2005, the company's largest acquisition to date. P&G's stock price has more than doubled since June of 2000, which led to the company's decision to split P&G stock 2-for-1 in May, 2004. In 2006, Mr. Lafley was named CEO of the Year by Chief Executive Magazine.

Prior to becoming Chief Executive, Mr. Lafley joined P&G in 1977 in Marketing; was an executive vice president for P&G Asia; and President of the company's global Beauty Care business and North American market development.

At the conference, Lafley will speak with Roger Martin on bringing innovation to P&G, as discussed in a recent special report in BusinessWeek.

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

Roger Martin holds the Premier's Research Chair in Competitiveness and Productivity at the Rotman School, and is author of the book, The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking. It was named one of the top ten business books of 2007 by The Globe and Mail. Martin also chairs the AIC Institute for Corporate Citizenship, the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking, the Collaborative for Health Sector Strategy, and the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity. Formerly, he was a director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consultancy based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Martin has authored numerous articles for leading business publications including Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, Barron's, and Fast Company.

At this year's conference, Martin will interview AG Lafley on some of the topics discussed in The Opposable Mind. For a preview, see BusinessWeek's recent excerpt (January 23).

Matt Mason
Co-founder, Wedia; author, The Pirate's Dilemma

Matt Mason began his career as a pirate radio and club DJ in London, going on to become founding Editor-in-Chief of the seminal magazine RWD. He recently founded the non-profit media company Wedia with his wife Emily. His new book, The Pirate's Dilemma: How Youth Culture Reinvented Capitalism, came out on January 8th in the U.S. In 2004, he was selected as one of the faces of Gordon Brown's Start Talking Ideas campaign, and was presented the Prince's Trust London Business of the Year Award by HRH Prince Charles. He has written and produced TV series, comic strips, and records, and his journalism has appeared in The Observer Music Monthly, VICE, Complex and other publications in more than 12 countries around the world. He lives in New York City and blogs at thepiratesdilemma.com.

Jerry Michalski
Founder, Sociate

As a guide to the relationship economy, Jerry Michalski (ma-call-ski) helps companies develop strategies that build authentic, productive relationships with their customers as well as among their employees. Usually, this requires a blend of corporate strategy, social dynamics and social software. Jerry's principal consulting clients are the Institute for the Future (IFTF), McKinsey & Company and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium. He also works with companies such as Target, Procter & Gamble and IDEO, as well as advising a number of startups. His perspective was formed over 12 years as a technology industry analyst, first for New Science Associates (a company like Gartner) and later writing Esther Dyson's monthly newsletter, Release 1.0. Jerry earned an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in economics from UC Irvine. Jerry was raised in Peru and Argentina and speaks fluent Spanish and German -- and pretty passable French.

Bruce Nussbaum
Founding Editor, Innovation & Design, BusinessWeek

Bruce Nussbaum is an assistant managing editor in charge of the magazine's innovation and design coverage. In 2005, he was named one of the 40 most powerful people in design by I.D. Magazine. He has received the Bronze Apple and Personal Recognition Awards from the Industrial Designers Society of America and has written extensively on innovation and design. His most recent cover stories include "Get Creative!, The Best Product Design, 2005 Award Winners", and "The Power of Design". From 1993 to 2004, Nussbaum was editorial page editor and commentator on economic and social issues. He is the author of The World After Oil: The Shifting Axis of Power and Wealth, and Good Intentions, an inside look at AIDS medical research. His essays have appeared in The Best Business Stories of the Year—2002 and The Best American Political Writing—2004. Nussbaum served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and is on the Council on Foreign Relations.

Hank Perritt
Professor, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Henry H. (Hank) Perritt is Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he also served as Dean from 1997-2002. His interests lie at the intersection of law, technology and public policy. He served in the Ford Administration as Deputy Under Secretary of Labor, and on President Clinton's Transition Team, where he drafted principles which formed the core of the 1996 Electronic Freedom of Information Act. More recently, he has been exploring how the popular music industry will evolve in response to a revolution in the technologies for recording and distributing music, and has written articles defining production and consumption functions for "indie" music, and arguing that copyright and digital rights management can play only a modest role as new business models emerge. Perritt is the author of, among other, Law and the Information Super Highway, and Trade Secrets: A Practitioner's Guide. He was the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2002 general election in the 10th Congressional District of Illinois. In his spare time, he is a private pilot, a sailor and a songwriter.

Paul Polak
Founder, International Development Enterprises

Colorado-based non-profit International Development enterprises (IDE) is dedicated to developing practical solutions that attack poverty at its roots. For the past 25 years, Paul has worked with thousands of farmers in countries around the world—including Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe -–to help design and produce low–cost, income–generating products that have already moved 17 million people out of poverty. Before establishing IDE, as a practicing psychiatrist, Paul would visit paitents' homes and workplaces to better understand the environments influencing them. After a trip he made to Bangladesh, he was inspired to use the skills he had honed while working with homeless veterans and mentally ill patients in Denver to serve the 800 million people living on a dollar a day around the world. Paul's ability to respond with innovative solutions -- such as the $25 treadle pump and small farm drip–irrigation systems starting at $3 -- helped IDE increase poor farmers' net income by $288 million annually. IDE received a $14 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation in 2006, and in 2004, Ernst & Young’s "Entrepreneur of the Year" award in the social responsibility category.

John Seely Brown
Visiting Scholar, University of Southern California

John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar at USC and advisor to the Provost. He is also the independent co-chair of Deloitte's new research center in Silicon Valley. Prior to that he was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a position he held for nearly two decades. While head of PARC, Brown expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, knowledge management, complex adaptive systems, and nano/mems technologies. He was a cofounder of the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL). His personal research interests include the management of radical innovation, digital youth culture, digital media, and new forms of communication and learning.

John, or as he is often called JSB, is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and of AAAS and a Trustee of Brown University and the MacArthur Foundation. He serves on numerous public boards (Amazon, Corning, Varian Medical Systems) and private boards of directors. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals and was awarded the Harvard Business Review's 1991 McKinsey Award for his article, "Research that Reinvents the Corporation" and again in 2002 for his article “Your Next IT Strategy." With Paul Duguid he co-authored the acclaimed book The Social Life of Information which has been translated into 9 languages with a second addition in April 2002, and with John Hagel he has just finished a book The Only Sustainable Edge which is about new forms of collaborative innovation. An excerpt from it was recently published in BusinessWeek (January 30).

David Sonders
Master of Design Methods candidate, IIT Institute of Design

Dave Sonders is a Master of Design Methods candidate at the Institute of Design. He has been working with the City of Chicago on a year-long project to use design methods to better connect with resident needs and find new ways to revitalize communities. Dave's background is in consumer research and innovation consulting. He has helped companies like Samsung, Unilever, Energizer, OfficeMax, McDonald's, and General Mills tackle complex problems and create innovative products, services, and brands.

Deborah L. Wince-Smith
President, Council on Competitiveness

Deborah L. Wince-Smith is the president of the Council on Competitiveness - a premiere group of CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders committed to driving U.S. competitiveness. Since her appointment as President in 2001, she has spearheaded a national campaign that made innovation a top-tier national policy issue. Deborah is recognized in the global business community as a "go to" person for strategic counsel, as exemplified by her recent appointment to the Board of Directors of the NASDAQ Stock Market. As president of the Council on Competitiveness, Deborah's expertise in technology policy, economic development and global competition is frequently sought after by government, industry and news media. Most recently, she was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a member of the Oversight Board of the Internal Revenue Service.

She has more than 20 years of experience as a senior U.S. government official, including as Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy in the Department of Commerce during the George H.W. Bush administration. Following her government tenure, Wince-Smith became active in governance of various national scientific laboratories and provided strategic counsel to several FORTUNE 100 companies.