Visionary Headliners, Rockstars & Fab Facilitators

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Rockstar Insights

Mindy Armstrong

Mindy Armstrong

Senior Director, Brand Innovation
Buffalo Wild Wings

Mindy has been a thought leader in foodservice innovation for nearly two decades. Her experience covers a broad range, including platform and product development, consumer insight, and culinary innovation across many service styles, lending her a unique perspective on the changing needs of consumers and actionable insight in product innovation and culinary leadership.

John Avery

John Avery

Director Advanced Technology Development Center
Georgia Institute of Technology

John is a serial entrepreneur who holds six patents and was part of four startups. Most recently, John was engineering group manager of Panasonic Automotive Systems’ Panasonic Innovation Center at the Georgia Tech campus.; he oversaw the development projects in next-generation automotive systems including, infotainment, bio-sensing, machine vision, deep learning, and heads-up displays.

William Gaus

William Gaus

Chief Innovation Officer
Troutman Pepper

Will focuses on executing solutions that help attorneys work more efficiently and better serve clients. Will joined the firm in 2018, bringing 20 years of global experience in practice-centric technology, knowledge management and innovation to the firm.

Scott Hartman

Market Development Manager, Chemicals
ExxonMobil

Scott began to hone his skills as an innovation practitioner when he moved to the US for an assignment building new businesses through technology partnerships across the downstream. In 2018 Scott joined ExxonMobil as Commercial Innovation manager within the Chemical company where advanced recycling was first initiated. A dedicated innovator, Scott takes his inspiration from many sources including the late great Clayton Christensen, Eric Ries, and not least of all, his three young daughters. Scott believes innovation can be defined very simply in five words: something new that creates value.

Tim Hernquist

Tim Hernquist

Director, Product & Business Management
Jabra

Tim has planned, positioned, preached, and promoted innovation in consumer electronics products to diverse global consumers and valued partners throughout his 20+ year international career. Tim has served in various roles such as Vice President of Marketing for Sony’s North American mobile business, Innovation Lead at Equifax International and Head of Product & Marketing at Carrier’s Ductless & VRF division. Currently, Tim is driving portfolio, innovation, and go-to-market activities at Jabra North America.

Benjamin Karas

Benjamin Karas

Digital Product Manager
Grainger

Ben is part of Grainger’s Technology Group and is currently modernizing experiences for 16 million + customers focused around Post Order eCommerce services. He has worked across all functional teams within Grainger to build the roadmap, own strategy, and partner with stakeholders from the North American branches.

Greg King

Greg King

Associate Vice President for
Economic Development
Georgia Institute of Technology

Greg is a leader in university engagement and economic development. His experience includes building communities of innovation through partnerships between large corporates, universities, and start-ups. His leadership and team building have demonstrated how innovation districts can serve as a launch pad for new opportunity, innovation, and economic growth. These efforts have generated international recognition for GT’s Technology Square and the new Science Square innovation hub here in Midtown.

Jacqueline Krain

Jacqueline Krain

Global Head of Business Innovation
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Jeetendra Kumar

Jeetendra Kumar

Vice President IT Strategy, Innovation,
Digital Value Streams
AGCO Corporation

Jeetendra is a senior IT Business executive qualified by global experience with a progressive career transforming businesses. He has steered his career, first understanding the business operations then leveraging the transformational technologies through client services in multiple industry sectors and achieving depth in consumer product & heavy manufacturing industries. He believes in IT embedment in business strategy and intend to continue this journey creating success for businesses and people growth.

Avani Patel

Avani Patel

Senior Director, Digital Innovation
Northwestern Mutual

Avani is a strategic leader with deep experience in driving innovation and building strategy roadmaps within insurance, financial services, and management consulting. She is known as an expert in formulating insight in ambiguous environments and catalyzing strategic risk-taking to drive successful innovation.

Sabyasachi Roy

Sabyasachi Roy

Head of Innovation & Strategy and Software Systems Design, Regulatory Affairs
Philips

Alan Shuman

Alan Shuman

Vice President, Innovation, Insights & Marketing
Georgia-Pacific

Benjamin Karas

Diana Smirnova

Vice President, Research and Development
Avery Dennison

Diana has spent the last 4+ years in various regional and global R&D leadership roles in Avery Dennison’s Labels and Graphics Materials (LGM) division. Avery Dennison continues to bring industry-leading innovations enabling functionality and sustainability in part due to its evolving approach to innovation.

Charles Williams

Charles Williams

Vice President Digital Experience & Strategy
Lumen Technologies

Charles is responsible for leading the digital experience and strategy across the enterprise business, including implementing innovative technology and aligning of strategic priorities. He also has direct oversight over UX Design, Customer Portal, API Marketplace/Developer Center, Omnichannel Support and Digital Analytics. Charles has over 20 years of digital transformation experience and he has led teams in creating digital strategies, constructing differentiated customer experiences, transforming processes, building new operating models, and implementing digital solutions.

Katie Webb

Katie Webb

Director, U.S. Innovation
Aflac

Gracy Wingkono

Gracy Wingkono, PhD

Senior Scientist – Global R&D Next Gen
Packaging & Sustainability
The Coca-Cola Company

Gracy started her interests in sustainable material innovation and management since graduate school, and she has been following her heart and mind to grow into this field ever since. She pursued her formal training as a chemical engineer and project manager, then grew into technology and innovation management field, and found the perfect combination of her passions in sustainable material, energy and environmental management. Gracy is contributing as a scientist, orchestrator, and a strategist to support this multidisciplinary field for the past two decades; championing and shaping the work in transformational materials and energy management programs to make impactful progress towards Circular Economy and United Nation Sustainable Development Goals.

Master of Ceremonies

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick

Partner, Events
Frost & Sullivan

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