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Key Sessions

Peter Koen

Why Are Very Few Large Companies Successful with Disruptive Innovations?

Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management, Stevens Institute of Technology

Alexa Dembek

Variations on a Theme: Innovating for Growth


Joi Ito

Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future

MIT Media Lab

May 14
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8:15am - 8:30am 15 mins
FEI 2019 Host Welcome
  • Shawn Nason - CEO & Chief Consumer Champion, Nason Group

An inspirational thought leader in the healthcare industry, Shawn has a proven record of gaining confidence from key executives, stakeholders, peers, and employees at all levels. He believes that disruption and innovation isn’t work – it’s a lifestyle.

8:30am - 9:00am 30 mins
Why Are Very Few Large Companies Successful with Disruptive Innovations?
  • Peter Koen - Associate Professor, Director of the Consortium for Corporate Entrepreneurship, Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management, Stevens Institute of Technology

Clay Christensen spoke about the problem with disruptive innovation at our second FEI conference in 2004. Academics, consultants and large company business
development gurus have all tried to find a solution. In addition, this has been a continuing theme at our conference. However, few companies other than Amazon
have been successful. What are the missing puzzle pieces, why can’t we solve this problem and what can you do about it?”

9:00am - 9:45am 45 mins
Variations on a Theme: Innovating for Growth
  • Alexa Dembek - Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer – Speciality Products, DowDuPont
  • Neal Gutterson - SVP and Chief Technology Officer, Corteva Agriscience™

In the merger of the century, DowDuPont brought together the portfolios of Dow and DuPont, two innovative, science-based companies that hold leadership positions in the Agriculture, Materials Science and Specialty Products industries. With evolution comes both challenges and opportunities as they set course to be more competitive and well-equipped for science driven, profitable, long-term growth. Chief Technology Officers of DuPont and Corteva Agriscience™ pull the curtain back on their transformation comparing and contrasting their approaches to innovation and how they are upping its game.

9:45am - 10:00am 15 mins
Quick Fire Innovations presented by MIT Solve

Solver teams are tech entrepreneurs solving the world’s most challenging problems.

10:00am - 10:45am 45 mins
Morning Networking Break
10:45am - 11:00am 15 mins
Project World Summit Welcome
11:00am - 11:40am 40 mins
The Ultimate Business Partner – Changing the Project Management Mindset
  • Chuck Millhollan - Vice President of Process Improvement & Execution, Farm Credit Mid-America
11:40am - 12:20pm 40 mins
Get Involved!

Contact Elizabeth Hinkis at or 646-616-7627 .

12:20pm - 1:00pm 40 mins
Setting Up a Project Management Office
  • Scott Sears - Project Management Community of Excellence Leader, Boeing
1:00pm - 1:15pm 15 mins

Contact Elizabeth Hinkis at or 646-616-7627.

1:15pm - 2:15pm 60 mins
2:15pm - 2:55pm 40 mins
Session TBA

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2:55pm - 4:15pm 80 mins
WORKSHOP: Leverage Brain Science and Storytelling to POWER UP Your Influence
  • William Greenwald - Founder and Chief Neuroleaderologist, Windsor Leadership Group

Have you ever struggled to get stakeholders to dance with your data? Have you ever tried to secure extra budget money to chase down an idea but could not get buy-in from the financial gatekeeper? Have you ever attempted to influence the behavior of a colleague or family member only to secure deeper levels of resistance? If so, then this is a workshop for you Journey through the intersection of “science and art“ as you explore why/how cutting-edge brain science, when tethered to the art of masterful storytelling, serves to optimize your ability to influence behaviors, inspire others to action, and in the end, make a transformational impact on others (personally and professionally).

4:15pm - 5:00pm 45 mins
Afternoon Networking Break
5:00pm - 5:45pm 45 mins
Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future
  • Joi Ito - Director, MIT Media Lab

To survive the future, individuals and organizations must first change their perspectives. This requires dispensing longtime assumptions about governing institutions. Where earlier generations may have prized stability and authority, today we must be restless and dynamic. Ito reveals his framework for updating one’s approach to technological change. He argues that in the new world, organizations should value risk, disobedience and diversity rather than a more traditional corporate ethos of hierarchy and respect for experience. This may come with difficulties for some companies and institutions, but Ito contends that it is the only way to survive the proverbial “whiplash” of a universe in constant flux.

5:45pm - 6:45pm 60 mins
FEI Kick-Off Party