Breakout Sessions: Innovation
(1) Leading with Digital, Data, and Disruption (Simone Ballroom)
With new technologies being implemented into manufacturing and industrial organizations, data is being created and generated at unprecedented amounts. Led by Dr. Kris Ropella, Dean of Engineering at Marquette University, hear from Rite-Hite, Zurn, Sargento, and Milwaukee Tool how they use the power of the data to drive customer value and innovate products, create new corporate culture that is tech-centric, and rise to innovation challenges in their specific industries.
Dr. Kristina Ropella, Dean of Engineering, Marquette University
Joe Manone, President and CEO, Rite-Hite Products Corporation
Mike Troutman, Chief Information Officer, Zurn Water Solutions Corporation
Chad Jones, Director of Software Engineering, Milwaukee Tool
Bruce Wisnefske, Director of Advanced Manufacturing Operations, Sargento Foods Inc.
(2) Innovating for Diversity (The Arc Theatre)
In this discussion, moderated by Art Hopkins (Consultant and Co-Lead of Technology Officers Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates), "Innovating for Diversity" co-authors Bertina Ceccarelli and Susanne Tedrick discuss why traditional approaches to DEI programs have not led to meaningful changes while discussing how innovation principles - courage, risk-taking, trust, collaboration, and leadership - may help to produce results.
Art Hopkins, Consultant and Co-Lead of Technology Officers Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates
Susanne Tedrick, Azure Technical Trainer, Microsoft Corporation
Bertina Ceccarelli, Chief Executive Officer, NPower
(3) Supporting Innovation In Your Community (DaDa Breakout Room)
Discussion on innovation principles and applying those to revamping DEI initiatives within an organization. How do we go beyond “compliance” and make meaningful changes in tech and most other industries? Hear from our leaders on innovative ways we ensure diverse talent thinks of NM as a destination for a career in technology. From our STEM and early career programs, to how we source diverse tech talent through authentic community partnerships, we want the audience to walk away with models you can apply at your company to accelerate your DEI values.
Kisha Keeney (Moderator), Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Northwestern Mutual
Stacy Zaja, Assistant Director - STEM/K12 Programs & Tech Ecosystem Partnerships, Northwestern Mutual
Que El-Amin, Co-Founder, President, Young Enterprising Society, Scott Crawford, Inc.
Jon Ogden, Assistant Director, Infrastructure & Cloud, Northwestern Mutual
Rashi Khosla, Founder and CEO, MARS Solutions Group & MARS Returnship Program