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  • Giving Citizens A Voice In The Public Sector Through Technology

    Dustin Haisler is Chief Innovation Officer for e.Republic. In addition to shaping e.Republic's products, services, and future direction, he leads e.Republic Labs, a market connector created as an ecosystem to educate, accelerate, and ultimately scale technology innovation within the public sector.

  • Mentoring Both Startups And Students In Innovation And Strategy

    For more than 25 years, Deb Mills-Scofield has helped companies create and implement actionable, adaptable, measurable, and profitable innovation-based strategies. She works with "startups and upstarts" — small, medium, and big global companies in the service, manufacturing, and high-tech sectors.

    She also mentors Brown University students in the Entrepreneurship Program, the Women's Launch Pad Program, the Social Innovation Fellowship, the Brown/RISD STEAM Initiative, and several student startups.

  • Innovating Air Travel With A Marketplace Model

    Bill Herp is a serial entrepreneur who is currently founder and CEO of Linear Air, a company on a mission to revolutionize private air travel by making affordable air taxi service a reality. Linear Air is one of three uniquely different startups Herp has founded during his career.
  • Former Football Player And Cancer Survivor Now Helps Patients And Families

    Founded by former New England Patriots offensive guard Joe Andruzzi and his wife Jen in 2008, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation grew out of Andruzzi’s own successful battle with cancer and the couple’s ongoing work with young cancer patients.

    Andruzzi's football career ended in 2007 when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Burkitt’s lymphoma. He is now cancer free, but a new passion grew from his own cancer experience: helping other patients and their families. After witnessing firsthand the stress cancer can cause, the Andruzzis created a foundation to help cancer patients and their families meet life’s day-to-day challenges.

  • Combining Acting And Community Activism

    Joe Wilson, Jr. has been a member of the Trinity Repertory Company for 11 seasons. He has also appeared in productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and throughout the country.

    In his time at Trinity, Wilson has made significant contributions to the Providence community. He received the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Manton Avenue Project in Providence's Olneyville neighborhood, for recognition of his contributions as a guest artist, teacher, and board member.

  • Helping Others Reinvent Themselves And Their Lives

    Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Forbes. Recognized as a branding expert by the Associated Press and Fortune, she is the author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future and Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea & Build a Following Around It.

  • Can Theater Enable Community Transformation?

    Curt Columbus became Trinity Repertory Company’s fifth artistic director in January 2006, and under his direction the company has deepened its commitment to education. Columbus has strengthened the connection between Trinity’s education programs and its other unique feature, its resident acting company. Many Trinity company actors are passionate teachers, at the heart of Trinity's education programs.

  • The Principles And Practices Of Nonviolence Can Stop The Cycle Of Violence

    Teny Gross recently started the Institute for Nonviolence in Chicago, inspired by his work with the Boston Ceasefire framework and with Providence’s Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence, which he launched and ran for 15 years. Gross’s foremost emphasis is on kindness and a determination that violence is a form of negative relationship, that it is rarely random, and therefore, can be transformed by positive relationships.

  • Drawing To Explain The 'How' And The 'Why'

    David Macaulay is perhaps best known for his award-winning international bestseller The Way Things Work. This highly accessible, visual guide to the workings of machines was dubbed “a superb achievement” by the New York Times. A new, almost completely updated version, The New Way Things Work, was released in 2016, with all new sections on the technology that most impacts our everyday lives today.

  • How 'Rebels And Heretics' Bring Value To Organizations

    Carmen Medina, co-author of Rebels At Work, spent 32 years as a 'heretic' at the Central Intelligence Agency, before retiring in 2010. Despite this, Medina held several senior positions at the Agency, including serving on the executive team that led the CIA’s analytic directorate.

  • Leading The Challenge To Bring More STEM Teachers To Schools

    Talia Milgrom-Elcott is Executive Director and Co-Founder of 100Kin10. Under her leadership, what began as a call in President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address is becoming a reality, with more than 250 leading organizations from across sectors coming together in an unprecedented movement to train and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021.

  • We Need Tools And Skills To Innovate More Effectively

    Alexander Osterwalder is an entrepreneur, speaker and business model innovator. Together with Professor Yves Pigneur, he co-authored Business Model Generation, a global bestseller on the topic of business model innovation.

  • Entrepreneurship Is For People In Large Corporations, Too

    For Len Schlesinger, entrepreneurship is a lifestyle — one that’s integral to the success of every 21st century leader. Formed from three decades of leadership expertise in industry and academia, this belief is a driving force of his work helping students and business professionals alike.

  • Music And Can Art Teach Us Creativity, Improvisation, And Complexity

    Carl Størmer's professional life has included both business and music. He has been an entrepreneur and held senior marketing, strategy, and management roles with a variety of businesses including IBM. He has been a professional jazz musician for many years, and has recorded five CDs.

    Størmer combined music and business in founding JazzCode, a consultancy that uses live musical improvisation to demonstrate collaboration, innovation, and creativity for professionals at organizations such as IBM, Kraft, Oracle, KPMG, Insead, Novartis, the London Business School, and others. In 2009, he co-authored the Harvard Business School case “Miles Davis: Kind of Blue” with Professor Robert D. Austin. Størmer holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music, as well as an MBA.

  • Creating New Ways to Bring Conversations About Diversity Into Schools

    Taliq Tillman is a junior at the Met High School in Providence, where he is driven by curiosity and his passion for learning. He is also an actor, photographer, and activist who strongly believes that empathy is his most powerful tool.

  • US States Can Create A Better Future Through Innovation

    Alan Webber co-founded Fast Company magazine with Bill Taylor and served as its editor until the publication was sold in 2000. Since moving to New Mexico in 2003, Webber has been active in New Mexico politics. In 2014, he ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Mexico, finishing second in a field of five.


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