2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference

Globalization Transformed--the Next Practices to Revolutionize Global Innovation

Corporations, universities, and federal labs alike must take proactive measures to manage their innovation in the global community. New technological advances have made it easier than ever to connect with teams and partners all over the world, which fosters new challenges and opportunities. Corporations who take advantage of these new technologies and best practices stay ahead of their competitors in a fast-moving global community. These strategies, tools, and case studies of success (and even cautionary tales of failure) were explored at IRI's 2020 Virtual Annual Conference. Sessions explored many facets of managing innovation in a global community, such as choosing the best business model, adapting your company’s culture, utilizing the latest tools and structures to lead your teams, building relationships with startups and universities around the world, and assessing where to assign your resources.

Watch recordings of sessions from our 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference, May 12-May 22, 2020. Session slides and notes are available in the "resources" tab of each session.

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Week 1

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Alexa Dembek, Chief Sustainability & Technology Officer, DuPont
Sustainability: Opportunities & Challenges of Leveraging Global Innovation Teams
Anne Berthereau, Vice President of Innovation, Owens Corning, Shailesh Nema, Vice President & Managing Director, India, Michelman, Inc., Rick Michelman, Chief Technology Officer & EVP, Americas and Printing & Packaging, Michelman, Inc., Pascale Nelly Wautelet, Vice President, Global Research and Development, Innovation & Sustainability, Labels & Graphics Materials Avery Dennison; Sharon Nagler, R&D Section Manager, HP Indigo

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Building a Global Technology Innovation Network (John Deere)
Pushpa Manukonda, Manager Technology Innovation Strategy, John Deere; Alex Foessel, Consultant, formerly Lead Architect, Automation To Autonomy at John Deere; John Reid, Vice President, Technology Enterprises, Brunswick
Global R&D Funding Models & Making Them Work
Dan Abramowicz, Chief Technology Officer, Crown Holdings
Case Study: Aligning Innovation Structure & Strategy in a Diverse, Global Company Joel Schall, Director of Innovation & Technology, General Manufacturing & Maintenance Adhesives, Henkel Corporation

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Cultivating a Robust International Innovation Culture Tucker Norton, Innovation & Strategy Director, DuPont; Yati Waghray, Senior Marketing Manager, Kraton Corporation
Culture as a Catalyzer: How to Harness Culture to Optimize Innovation
Kerry Slade, Associate Professor, Department of Strategic Management & Assistant Academic Director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI), Temple University

Friday, May 15, 2020

Anita Friis Sommer, Senior Innovation Manager, LEGO Group
Educating Industrial-Strength Innovation Masters
Rob Williams, Temple University, Fox School's Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (IME) Program
2020 Achievement Award Winner: Jet Fuel Derived from Ethanol John Holladay, Co-Director of the Bioproducts Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Laurel Harmon, Vice President of Government Relations, LanzaTech


Week 2

Monday, May 18, 2020

Craig Slavtcheff, Executive Vice President - Global Research & Development, Campbell Soup Company
Advancing Creativity, Environmental Sustainability and Economic Resilience through Biomimicry
Emily Barbara Kennedy, Director of External Relations, Biomimicry Research & Innovation Center, the University of Akron; Carol Thaler, Co-Director, Great Lakes Biomimicry
The Never-ending Journey towards Globalization Ted Farrington, IRI Emiritus

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Partnering with International Startups: Examples from Government, Research Universities, and Large Corporations
Blandine Chantepie-Kari, Vice President of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, European American Enterprise Council; Todd Abrams, Senior Director, New Ventures & Business Development, Office of the Vice President for Research - Technology Commercialization, Temple University; Godfrey Nazareth, President and CEO, X-Biomedical, Inc.; Joseph Conrad III, Senior Technology Transfer Manager, NCI Technology Transfer Center, National Institutes of Health; Benjamin Pascale, Chief Business Officer, Invisible Sentinel, Inc., bioMerieux's Company; Micahel Salgaller, Supervisor, Invention Development & Marketing Unit, Technology Transfer Center, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Building Productive Global Partnerships and Capabilities
Summer Locke, Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing Research & Technology
A Methodical Approach to Deliver Exponential Value by CoInnovating with International Startups Raju Goteti, Vice President, Co-Innovation Network (COIN), TATA Consultancy Services

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Managing Global R&D: Critical Issues, Lessons Learned & Future Prospects Joseph Cheng, Research Professor of Innovation & International Business, University of Illinois, Gies College of Buisness; Michael Holmes, Jim Moran Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Florida State University; John Reid, Vice President, Technology Enterprises, Brunswick Corporation
Ideation to H2 Opportunity Portfolio
Stephanie Hartwig, Senior Advisor, Grayscale; Scott Mathews, IRI Emiritus

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Kevin Stolarick, Senior Research Associate; Lou Musante, Founder, Echo Strategies
IRI's Digital Transformation Community Thought Leader Interview: Eric Chaniot
Eric Chaniot, Digital Operations Officer & Senior Vice President, Michelin
Interventions to Create Stronger Regional Manufacturing Ecosystems Tulsi Patel, Principal, Estolano Advisors; Martine Neider, Director, Manufacturing Operations, Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Intiative, SFMade; Katy Stanton, Operations & Program Director, Urban Manufacturing Alliance; Jessica Hemmer, Founder, Hemmer Design & Creative Director of Queen City Mask Collective; Moriah Heaney, Community Investments Manager, Mountain BizWorks

Friday, May 22, 2020

2020 Holland Award Winners: Making Design Thinking Work Didier Boulet, Group Chief Designer Officer, THALES Design Center; Sebastian Fixson, Professor & Associate Dean, Babson College; Sihem Ben Mahmoud-Jouini, Associate Professor, HEC (Paris, France)


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