Visionary Headliners, Rockstars
and Fab Facilitators

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Headliners

Joe Batista

Joe Batista

Chief Creatologist Business Innovation & Strategy
Dell Technologies

Joe has been referred to as a business Sherpa living at the unique intersection of technology business who actively collaborates with clients to develop path-forward strategies that compress the distance between ideas and results. A globally recognized technology leader, he has managed billions in client portfolios, co-authored several publications, and been featured in several books and media outlets. His incredible passion for growth strategies and agendas that focus on creating alignment of interest, exposing an company’s “assets and currencies” creating meaningful client dialogues, and using powerful frameworks in over one hundred case studies that professionals walk away with actionable plans.

Stephanie Howard

Stephanie Howard

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Endstate

With over 25 years of experience including Design Director roles at Nike and New Balance, Innovation Director at Seventh Generation, and innovation consultant to leading brands, Stephanie is now cofounder Endstate, a company pioneering in Web3. Her experience leading groundbreaking projects at iconic brands lends her unique insight into building a culture that creates conditions for entrepreneurial thinking.

Rockstar Insights

Natalia Andreyeva

Natalia Andreyeva

Senior Manager, Product Management
Carrier

Natalia is a highly passionate innovator, product leader, and problem solver. She has 10+ years of experience in product strategy and digital business model innovation across a number of business verticals including Life & Science, Education, and Technology. She is currently leading the development of new, disruptive data-driven solutions in supply chain risk management. Natalia is fully committed to the belief that access to data is key to unlocking real global transformation and better business outcomes for everyone.

Genevieve Gurczenski

Genevieve Gurczenski

Experience Architect, Emerging Technology Innovation
W. L. Gore & Associates

Gen is a futurist, change agent, and innovator at heart. As an experience architect on the W. L. Gore & Associates emerging technology innovation team she identifes signals, makes connections, and unlocks value through future forward digital technology solutions. Whether product design or buyer-journey focused, her curiosity, creativity, and human-centered approach delivers results.

Lucio Iannone

Lucio Iannone

Vice President of Venture Investments
Leaps by Bayer

Lucio manages the health investment team and deal execution. He is involved in the sourcing, screening and mentoring of companies with game-changing science. Before joining Leaps by Bayer, he held several senior roles in biotechnology companies and venture capital firms.

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.

Jeffrey Liggett

Jeffrey Liggett

Vice President of Product Development
UnitedHealth Group

Jeff has been successfully building, selling, and delivering innovative products for more than two decades. His experience in a broad range of industries with a wide variety of products gives him a unique perspective on what it takes to ensure that your company’s product portfolio becomes – and remains – innovative.

Derek Mauk

Derek Mauk

Innovation Leader | Former Senior Vice President, Strategy, Innovation and New Business
Anheuser-Busch InBev

Derek has been an award-winning innovation leader for over a decade at both Procter & Gamble and AB InBev. His experience with nearly 20 different consumer product categories, including durables + consumables business models, DTC and Distributor-led Go-To-Market, and multinational experiences gives Derek a unique vantage to share.

Sean McDowell

Sean McDowell

Senior Vice President Global Product Creation
Sperry

Sean is an American Industrial designer and innovator. He is best known for his 20 year career at Nike – where he was creative director of the Olympics and Nike Running. Sean is known for solving complex problems with beautifully elegant solutions.

Tim Miano

Tim Miano

Executive Director
MIT Office of InnovationHQ

An innovation professional, serial entrepreneur, startup mentor, and lecturer with a background in law, economics, and the sciences, Tim’s work focuses on leading the design and implementation of next-generation innovation infrastructure that allows for the interdisciplinary team-based solving of complex problems.

Imran Nasrullah

Imran Nasrullah

Vice President & Head of Open Innovation Center North America-East
Bayer

Imran is an intrapreneur driving external innovation with entrepreneurs and possesses 25 years of business development & licensing, strategy, economic development and technology transfer experience. Currently, he is responsible for forging new business relationships with academia, biotech and venture capital for early access to technologies. Imran also created & leads several programs at Bayer centered on mentoring and partnering with early-stage life science companies.

Asia-Stewart

Asia Stewart

Senior Product Manager
American Express

Asia has been a product manager for eight plus years across various industries: high growth startups, beauty, and fintech. She’s a professional problem solver who specializes in creating efficient Go-To-Market launch strategies and powerful customer feedback channels to drive continual product improvement.