The need to innovate and respond to disruption are constant in business now. What role should Boards play in evaluating the company’s ability to innovate? To respond to disruption? How does the Board assess the culture of an organization to respond to these challenges? Does the company have the strategy and leadership to deliver?
You MUST be a currently serving Public Company Director to attend this event. Seating is limited.This program is designed to provide thought provoking conversation for experienced public company directors. It will be a highly interactive program with attendee participation.
This is not about easy answers or quick prescriptions. Innovation takes many forms in different situations. What works and what doesn't work is the most engaging theme. It's not just about what Boards should do -- it's about what they should advise their Executive teams to do. Directors should be ready to question and discuss what they should be asking, and hearing and what should concern them if they aren’t understanding the organization’s innovation strategy.
This second Thought Leadership program has a powerhouse panel with broad experience in evaluating, leading and implementing innovation and change in a variety of cultures. They bring diverse experience in: large and smaller companies; long established and newer; tech driven and not tech driven; those that innovate strategically and those that innovate for survival.
Andy Miller is SVP of Innovation and Product Development at AARP. Prior to joining the organization, he was Chief Innovation Architect at Constant Contact and founder of the Small Business Innovation Loft, a startup accelerator. Andy founded CardStar, a leading mobile loyalty platform, which was acquired by Constant Contact in 2012. Prior to CardStar, Andy founded Lumifi, Quece (acquired by Intellectual Ventures), and RetirementSuite.com, and Served on the Board of Directors for StockCar Stocks Mutual Fund. In addition, Andy has held various positions at PFPC, T. Rowe Price, Putnam Investments and Bank of America.
Andy holds a BA in Economics from SUNY Oswego, a MS in Entrepreneurial Studies from Suffolk University and serves as an Entrepreneurship Fellow and a member of the Innovation and Change Leadership Board at Suffolk University. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at YouthCITIES and is actively engaged in the startup ecosystem as an investor and mentor.
Dr. Sophie V. Vandebroek is the Vice President of Emerging Technology Partnerships at IBM Corporation, leading key strategic initiatives to scale IBM's partnerships and ecosystems. She was previously the Chief Operating Officer for IBM Research, one of the world's largest and most influential corporate research labs. IBM Research is pioneering the most promising and disruptive technologies that will transform industries and society, including the AI, blockchainand quantum computing.
Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Vandebroek served for over a decade as Corporate Officer and Chief Technology Officer at Xerox Corporation.
Dr. Vandebroek is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers and holds 14 US patents. She also serves on the Board of Directors of IDEXX Corporation, and on the Dean of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Engineering advisory council . Previously Dr. Vandebroek served on the boards of Analogic Corporation and Nypro Corp and was a trustee at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
She has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven, Belgium, and a PhD from Cornell University.
Brian Cusack is the Industry Director for Health Services for Google. In this role Brian works with several national teams that support the digital marketing and advertising programs for a wide range of organizations and companies in the Health Services industry. These organizations and industries include hospitals, behavioral treatment centers, vision and dental providers, weight loss and fitness marketers and medical device manufacturers. In addition to supporting these organizations' advertising and marketing programs, Brian and the teams he works with also work to introduce innovation to these companies utilizing Google's array of products and services. Prior to this role, Brian was a manager on Google's YouTube and Display teams, with specific focus on digital video advertising. Brian also serves as one of Google's Cambridge site leads.
Before Google, Brian held management positions at AOL, CMGI and Ziff-Davis in addition to leadership roles at two Boston area marketing platform start-ups.
Brian is actively involved in Boston's professional community, as past President of BIMA and as an Executive Committee member of MITX, as a board member of the Boston AdClub and board member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Affiliations also include community youth sports and local church leadership.
A graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in Economics, Brian maintains a relationship with Dartmouth as a Class Officer and District Enrollment Director.
Bill Seibel is Executive Chairman of Rocket Wagon, an Internet of Things consulting firm; Boston Interactive, a digital marketing agency; and SkyX, a drone-based data analytics company. Seibel is impassioned about sharing his insight with other entrepreneurs and has served on the boards of more than 25 technology companies. He is also CEO of Gumball, a consulting firm that helps CEOs to rapidly grow their businesses.
Previously, Bill founded Mobiquity to enable large enterprises to leverage mobile to transform the way they do business. In four years, Mobiquity grew to 600 employees - making it the fastest growing firm in New England, one of the 'Top Mobile Firms in the World' (Forrester), 1 of the 5 'Coolest Tech Vendors on the Planet' (Gartner), and a finalist for MassTLC Company of the Year.
Seibel earlier served as Chairman and CEO of Demantra, a pioneer in predictive analytics that he sold to Oracle. Before Demantra, Seibel was Founder and CEO of the eBusiness services company, ZEFER. There, he grew the company to $134 million in revenue in its first 18 months of operations. Prior to launching ZEFER, Seibel was EVP of Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP) - 1992's #2 IPO. Prior to CTP, he held executive positions at Index Technology, Mitchell Management, Dun&Bradstreet Software and Air Products. He has been an important mentor to the people that have worked for him, and is proud that more that 100 of them have become CEOs.
Seibel received a bachelor's in Engineering from Penn State and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon. He also completed Harvard's MISR program. He has been recognized as Tech Luminary in 2012, 2012 Technology CEO of the Year, Penn State Outstanding Alumni in 2011, Bishop Canevin Ring of Honor in 2015, and 2015's New England's Top Small Business. In 2013, Forbe's featured Bill in an article entitled 'Mobiquity's Founder And CEO Bill Seibel Is Unstoppable'.