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Key Sessions

Peter Koen

Why Do Most Large Companies Wither and Die?

Stevens Institute of Technology

Jeff Immelt

Managing Through Volatility: Lessons From the Great Transformer

GE

Mike Hatrick

Chasing Innovation

Volvo Group Trucks Technology

Magnus Lindkvist

The Attack of the Unexpected

When the Future Begins

Apr 23
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8:30am - 8:45am

WELCOME: from your FEI 2018 Host

  • Shawn Nason - CEO & Chief Consumer Champion, Nason Group
more
8:45am - 9:15am

Why Do Most Large Companies Wither and Die?

What do Blockbuster, Circuit City, Britannica, Encarta, Kodak, Motorola, Nokia, Polaroid and RIM have in common? They all failed. the life span of the average company has decreased from 60 years in 1960 to 18 years in 2017. We have highlighted key practices at FEI conferences since our founding in 2003 which would have prevented many of these companies from failing. But few seem to be listening. Learn what these key practices are and why we can’t seem to change.


  • Peter Koen - Director of Consortium for Corporate Entrepreneurship, Stevens Institute of Technology
more
9:15am - 10:00am

Managing Through Volatility: Lessons From the Great Transformer

Jeff believes the task of CEO has never been as difficult as it is today. He should know: He led a team of 300,000 people for 16 years—through recessions, bubbles, and at least three “black swan” events. He transformed General Electric from the quintessential American conglomerate into an innovative, digitally-focused global powerhouse. In the words of the Harvard Business review, “Immelt utterly remade the organization he inherited.” How did he do it? How does a leader not only persevere, but thrive, in spite of crises? How do companies create meaningful, lasting value for their customers? Immelt answers all these questions and more, sharing key takeaways from the initiatives he implemented and inspiring audiences to embrace change so that their organization, like GE,
is ready for any future.


  • Jeff Immelt - 9th Chairman and Recently Retired CEO, GE
more
10:00am - 10:15am

Q&A with Jeff Immelt

  • Jeff Immelt - 9th Chairman and Recently Retired CEO, GE
more
10:15am - 11:15am

Morning Networking Break

Showing of Streams
12:30pm - 1:45pm

Lunch

Showing of Streams
3:15pm - 4:15pm

Afternoon Networking Break

4:15pm - 4:45pm

Chasing Innovation

Does the theory ever match-up with the reality? In 2001 Mike found himself on a stage receiving a finalist certificate for a prestigious innovation award. He had no idea how he got there, but was determined to find out. Hear the story of the curious twists and turns that led to that innovation. How does that reality match-up with the theory? Since then he has chased elusive innovation through the corporate world, and will share some stories from 15 years’ experience as an innovation manager. Why do so many innovation programs fail? What can we do when that happens, and what can we do to prevent it?

  • Mike Hatrick - Global Head of IP Strategy and Portfolio, Volvo Group Trucks Technology
more
4:45pm - 5:30pm

The Attack of the Unexpected

The Attack of the Unexpected. We live in a digilogue world of fast-walking feminized urbanistas, 020-revolutions and bungy-trends*. It is easy to miss the forest for all the trees swishing by on our
swift journey forward. In this presentation, Swedish trendspotter and futurologist will help you to zoom out to gain a new perspective on changes in our industry and beyond. more importantly, he will
give you a toolkit to create the future, not just adapt to the current trend landscape.

  • Magnus Lindkvist - Trendspotting Futurologist and Author, When the Future Begins
more
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Cocktail

8:30am - 8:45am 15 mins
WELCOME: from your FEI 2018 Host
  • Shawn Nason - CEO & Chief Consumer Champion, Nason Group
more
8:45am - 9:15am 30 mins
Why Do Most Large Companies Wither and Die?
  • Peter Koen - Director of Consortium for Corporate Entrepreneurship, Stevens Institute of Technology
more

What do Blockbuster, Circuit City, Britannica, Encarta, Kodak, Motorola, Nokia, Polaroid and RIM have in common? They all failed. the life span of the average company has decreased from 60 years in 1960 to 18 years in 2017. We have highlighted key practices at FEI conferences since our founding in 2003 which would have prevented many of these companies from failing. But few seem to be listening. Learn what these key practices are and why we can’t seem to change.


9:15am - 10:00am 45 mins
Managing Through Volatility: Lessons From the Great Transformer
  • Jeff Immelt - 9th Chairman and Recently Retired CEO, GE
more

Jeff believes the task of CEO has never been as difficult as it is today. He should know: He led a team of 300,000 people for 16 years—through recessions, bubbles, and at least three “black swan” events. He transformed General Electric from the quintessential American conglomerate into an innovative, digitally-focused global powerhouse. In the words of the Harvard Business review, “Immelt utterly remade the organization he inherited.” How did he do it? How does a leader not only persevere, but thrive, in spite of crises? How do companies create meaningful, lasting value for their customers? Immelt answers all these questions and more, sharing key takeaways from the initiatives he implemented and inspiring audiences to embrace change so that their organization, like GE,
is ready for any future.


10:00am - 10:15am 15 mins
Q&A with Jeff Immelt
  • Jeff Immelt - 9th Chairman and Recently Retired CEO, GE
more
10:15am - 11:15am 60 mins
Morning Networking Break
11:15am - 11:30am 15 mins
LEADERSHIP, CULTURE & TEAMS (FEI CORE)
Chair Welcome
11:15am - 11:30am 15 mins
MAKE & FASTER, CHEAPER… and MEASURE IT- accelerating innovation process (FEI CORE)
Chair Welcome
11:15am - 11:30am 15 mins
BUSINESS MODEL INNOVATION (FEI CORE)
Chair Welcome
  • Ivy Eisenberg - Founder, Our IdeaWorks, LLC
more
11:15am - 11:30am 15 mins
STARTUPS & VCs (FEI X)
Chair Welcome
11:15am - 11:30am 15 mins
INTRAPRENUER (FEI X)
Chair Welcome
11:30am - 12:00pm 30 mins
LEADERSHIP, CULTURE & TEAMS (FEI CORE)
“Idea Meritocracy” & Its Implications for Product Innovation
  • Kevin Lonnie - CEO and Founder, KL Communications, Inc.
more

Not all ideas are created equal and the folks behind those ideas aren’t equal either. Some folks by virtue of their background & education deserve greater credence to their opinion. Instead of an
autocratic decision-making approach or even a democratic approach, the best decisions should be collective, but properly weighted to reflect the value of the decision makers. to achieve this, we
need algorithmic decision making.

11:30am - 12:00pm 30 mins
MAKE & FASTER, CHEAPER… and MEASURE IT- accelerating innovation process (FEI CORE)
Making People Uncomfortable in an Established Brand
  • Bob Dixon - Director, Product Technology Innovation, United States Postal Service
more

When literally everyone is your customer, innovating new products – or even just updating existing ones – forces introspection on a large scale. Creating positive product disruption in a brand as
established as USPS provides unique opportunities and challenges. Everything from success metrics to the word choice on your last promotional mailing falls under public scrutiny and make launching new ideas on a large scale challenging.

11:30am - 12:00pm 30 mins
BUSINESS MODEL INNOVATION (FEI CORE)
12-Week Lean Growth Bootcamp to Drive Business Model Innovation at Scale for Worldpay
  • Tara Newboult - VP of Product Planning & Strategy, Worldpay
  • Keri Stephens - VP of Breakthrough Ideas, The Garage Group
more

Hear from the trailblazing team that took a Lean Growth Bootcamp approach to explore 6 disruptive trend spaces in 12 weeks, and simultaneously built the capability and culture to repeatedly search for new business models on-demand. Condensing a typical 18 month process down to 12 challenging weeks led to breakthrough results, and boundary-pushing capability development. The team will share the intense training & real-time application approach they took.

11:30am - 12:00pm 30 mins
STARTUPS & VCs (FEI X)
10 Teachings from the Startup Commercialization Trenches
  • Carie Davis - Program Manager, The BridgeCommunity, Founded by Coca-Cola
more

The BridgeCommunity is a startup commercialization consortium of seven corporations including Coca-Cola, Cox Enterprise, Suntrust & Intercontinental Hotels Group. the program has developed a
reliable process for corporations to partner with well-vetted startups. Hear best practices on how corporations can accelerate the application of new technologies offered by startups to solve core business challenges and examples of pilots created from the program.

11:30am - 12:00pm 30 mins
INTRAPRENUER (FEI X)
AB InBev / ZX Ventures - Bringing Intrapreneurs Together for a Better World
  • Luke Cherrington - Investing & Building, ZX Ventures in Anheuser-Busch InBev
more

How do you launch new companies inside of large organizations? We will share new insights on how we built and manage the Zxlerator, the successful business incubator inside Anheuser-Busch (AB InBev). This includes Agile Innovation techniques starting from ideation and moving through the pipeline into validation and launch, while engaging startups and external partners.

12:00pm - 12:30pm 30 mins
LEADERSHIP, CULTURE & TEAMS (FEI CORE)
Driving Future Innovation Through Leadership & Culture Visit
  • Gina Colarelli O’Connor - Professor, Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Ted Farrington - Former Scientist and VP of R&D, PepsiCo and, IRI Emeriti
  • Sherri Bassner, PhD - Retired Business Manager and Technology Director Education Specialist, IRI
more

Details soon to come.

12:00pm - 12:30pm 30 mins
MAKE & FASTER, CHEAPER… and MEASURE IT- accelerating innovation process (FEI CORE)
Session to be delivered by GfK
more
12:00pm - 12:30pm 30 mins
BUSINESS MODEL INNOVATION (FEI CORE)
Harnessing the Power of Design Sprints to Tackle Tough, Strategic Growth Challenges for Kimberly-Clark
  • Sara Stabelfeldt - Innovation Strategy Leader, Kimberly-Clark
  • Erin Faulk - Lean Innovation & Growth Strategist, The Garage Group
more

Hear behind-the-scenes lessons learned from the trailblazing team that took a Lean Innovation approach to fast-track the strategic development of a complete brand architecture redesign. They hustled to uncover consumer Jobs to be done, repositioned existing products to reflect the revised architecture, and built an innovation pipeline of product ideas for the next 3 years.

12:00pm - 12:30pm 30 mins
STARTUPS & VCs (FEI X)
Corporate + Startup Field Notes Panel
  • Carie Davis - Program Manager, The BridgeCommunity, Founded by Coca-Cola
more

Commercialization and collaboration from the perspective of the business owner and startup. this session will give the panelists, representing corporations and startups in the BridgeCommunity program, time to share specific stories and lessons from their experience working together in the market.

12:00pm - 12:30pm 30 mins
INTRAPRENUER (FEI X)
The Many Faces of an Intrapreneur: A Conversation on Adapting to a Changing Corporate Terrain
  • Mike Rehorst - Director, Design Thinking, Northwestern Mutual
more

Successful intrapreneurs need to navigate a wide variety of political, cultural, and business terrains as they advance their ideas. this often requires adopting different personas based on the circumstances.We will share a framework for adapting the right persona to the changing terrain, brought to life with real live examples in a large financial organization. 

12:30pm - 1:45pm 75 mins
Lunch
1:45pm - 2:15pm 30 mins
LEADERSHIP, CULTURE & TEAMS (FEI CORE)
Get Involved!
more

Contact Liz Hinkis, Sponsorship Director at elizabeth.hinkis@KNect365.com or 646-616-7627 for more details.

1:45pm - 2:15pm 30 mins
MAKE & FASTER, CHEAPER… and MEASURE IT- accelerating innovation process (FEI CORE)
Innovating for Impact: How to Build and Test Projects with Difficult Metrics
  • Ben Singer - Human Centered Practice Lead, Innovation, Humana Inc.
more

Healthcare, social projects, and policy innovation, often seek to drive behavior changes that can be hard to measure. This session will introduce a framework that allows some rigor in the design of early stage concept tests to improve confidence in success (until larger statistic models fill in). the model is based on Ben’s experiences in developing programs for chronically ill medicare members
at Humana.

1:45pm - 2:45pm 60 mins
BUSINESS MODEL INNOVATION (FEI CORE)
45 Fireside Chat on Corporate Transformation Efforts to Enable Sustainable Business Model Innovation
  • Ann Thompson - Cofounder, The Garage Group
more

Listen in for battle-tested lessons learned from these top corporate leaders on strategies and tactics they’ve personally used to allow their organizations to search for sustainable, and bold new ways to add value in the face of increasing market uncertainty.

1:45pm - 2:15pm 30 mins
STARTUPS & VCs (FEI X)
Investing In Innovative Food
  • Jordan Gaspar - Managing Partner, AccelFoods
more

What qualities are investors looking for in early-stage companies? outside of capital, what are entrepreneurs looking for in an investor? Jordan Gaspar, managing Partner of AccelFoods, an investor in disruptive food and beverage companies, will be joined by founders from the fund's portfolio to share insights on how AccelFoods evaluates partnership opportunities and works with early-stage companies to build solid infrastructure for growth.

1:45pm - 2:15pm 30 mins
INTRAPRENUER (FEI X)
Change from within: Innovating to Create a Mission Based Corporation Within a 150 year old American Icon
  • Megan Shea - Head of Business Operations, The Soulfull Project
more

Learn how a small group of Campbell’s Soup Employees innovated from within to create a social impact business that connects local communities with every purchase.

1:45pm - 3:15pm 90 mins
BONUS WORKSHOP
The People Part of the Equation: Engaging Behavioral Archetypes for Better Innovation Outcomes
  • Kip Creel - President, StandPoint
more

Greater demands are being placed on the front-end-of-innovation (FeI): a more agile process, higher commercialization success, and deeper customer insights. amazing tools have been developed to enable customer-driven innovation, but little attention has been given to the people part of the equation. We all possess natural gifts and abilities that can contribute to the ongoing improvement of our FeI goals. Master an understanding of innovation archetypes and how to apply them to dramatically improve the outcomes of your customer research, idea generation, concept development, team creation and skill development, and your personal skill set.

2:15pm - 3:15pm 60 mins
LEADERSHIP, CULTURE & TEAMS (FEI CORE)
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method – Leading to Unlock and Breaking Habitual Patterns of Thinking
  • Per Kristiansen - Partner, Author, Trivium, Book: "Building a Better Business with the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ Method"
more

This hands-on session, literally” will introduce the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY method as approach to create solutions in a different. the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY method is an experiential and innovative way to enhance innovation and business performance. It was developed at LEGO based on research in strategy and organizational behavior, and what LEGO company knows about learning and development. In this workshop, you will be introduced to a hands-on, minds-on approach for making strategy and accelerating change.

2:15pm - 2:45pm 30 mins
MAKE & FASTER, CHEAPER… and MEASURE IT- accelerating innovation process (FEI CORE)
Get Involved!
more

Contact Liz Hinkis, Sponsorship Director at elizabeth.hinkis@KNect365.com or 646-616-7627 for more details.

2:15pm - 2:45pm 30 mins
STARTUPS & VCs (FEI X)
Tools are Cool. Unleashing Technology Transformation at Stanley Black & Decker
  • Dina Routhier - Investment Manager, Stanley Ventures
more

This is not your father’s tools company – Stanley Black & decker leverages the best from venture and entrepreneurial approaches to launch 1,000 new products every year at an average of three
products a day. Learn how Stanley Black & decker achieved 8th place for the world’s most innovative consumer durables company by getting deeply immersed in customer problems and modelling its
breakthrough innovation process on the characteristics of Silicon Valley start-ups.

2:15pm - 2:45pm 30 mins
INTRAPRENUER (FEI X)
Intrapreneurship: Setting Yourself up For Speed and Scale
  • Prabhdeep Singh - General Manager, Uber Eats
more

Prabhdeep will share his experience helping build new businesses at both Uber and GLG. In particular, he'll discuss the pitfalls and barriers most intrapreneurs face, and some keys to overcoming them; speed, independence, executive buy-in, and intelligent funding.

2:45pm - 3:15pm 30 mins
MAKE & FASTER, CHEAPER… and MEASURE IT- accelerating innovation process (FEI CORE)
Sustaining and Institutionalizing Sprint Process: A Repeatable Model in 3 Countries
  • Santhi Ramesh - Global Head of Strategy and Innovation, The Hershey Company
more

Uncover best practices on how to create a self-motivated teams, instill agile design thinking process, foster experimentation and champion iterative development that transcend geographic boundaries, category definitions and launch scale. Understand similarities and differences in implementing sprint process locally and globally – China, India and Mexico.

2:45pm - 3:15pm 30 mins
BUSINESS MODEL INNOVATION (FEI CORE)
Ignite Series: Minimum Viable Prototyping to Invent New Business Models
more

Come hear five blazing-fast talks from corporate innovation leaders, experts, and Bicogo entrepreneurs on MVP approaches they’ve leveraged to either transform existing business models or invent new business models. These trailblazing examples will give you the courage to apply these approaches as well as to help set a vision for how this capability could come to life in your organization.



2:45pm - 3:15pm 30 mins
STARTUPS & VCs (FEI X)
Bootstrapping a Wellness Brand in a Crowded Market
  • Carly Stein - Founder & CEO, Beekeeper's Naturals
more

Join Carly Stein as she takes us through her journey as a trader at Goldman Sachs to a health scientist, beekeeper and CEo. Carly will chat about the challenges of bootstrapping her startup and creating a product category that straddles the lines of the holistic and scientific worlds. She will go into detail on how her company, Beekeeper's naturals, works to continually innovate in the wellness space.

2:45pm - 3:15pm 30 mins
INTRAPRENUER (FEI X)
Get Involved!
more

Contact Liz Hinkis, Sponsorship Director at elizabeth.hinkis@KNect365.com or 646-616-7627 for more details.

3:15pm - 4:15pm 60 mins
Afternoon Networking Break
4:15pm - 4:45pm 30 mins
Chasing Innovation
  • Mike Hatrick - Global Head of IP Strategy and Portfolio, Volvo Group Trucks Technology
more

Does the theory ever match-up with the reality? In 2001 Mike found himself on a stage receiving a finalist certificate for a prestigious innovation award. He had no idea how he got there, but was determined to find out. Hear the story of the curious twists and turns that led to that innovation. How does that reality match-up with the theory? Since then he has chased elusive innovation through the corporate world, and will share some stories from 15 years’ experience as an innovation manager. Why do so many innovation programs fail? What can we do when that happens, and what can we do to prevent it?

4:45pm - 5:30pm 45 mins
The Attack of the Unexpected
  • Magnus Lindkvist - Trendspotting Futurologist and Author, When the Future Begins
more

The Attack of the Unexpected. We live in a digilogue world of fast-walking feminized urbanistas, 020-revolutions and bungy-trends*. It is easy to miss the forest for all the trees swishing by on our
swift journey forward. In this presentation, Swedish trendspotter and futurologist will help you to zoom out to gain a new perspective on changes in our industry and beyond. more importantly, he will
give you a toolkit to create the future, not just adapt to the current trend landscape.

5:30pm - 6:30pm 60 mins
Cocktail