2018 Spring Networks Conference - New Business Development Network Agenda

New Business Development Network
Spring 2018 Networks Conference
March 5-7, 2017 
Brown Palace Hotel & Spa
321 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202

 

Monday, March 5

7:30 am – 8:00 am Brown Palace Club

Breakfast

 

8:00 am – 9:00 am Central City

Introductions and “Hot Topics” Roundtable

Attendees should come prepared to share a particular challenge or success they have recently experienced in their company. This is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about each other as well as share insight and assist with developing solutions.

9:00 am – 9:30 am

TRACK – IRI’s Self-Directed Learning Engine
Presenter: Sherri Bassner (IRI)

This session will introduce IRI’s new TRACK (Training Resources to Advance Competencies and Knowledge) program, a key element of the Organizational arm of the new IRI Value Proposition, as well as the SDLE (Self-Directed Learning Engine) tool we'll be using to implement TRACK.  After providing a brief overview of the scope and goals of the program, Sherri will review the Innovation Leadership competencies used to build the SDLE.  She will then demonstrate the tool in the beta version, including the self-assessment tool and the creation of a development plan using IRI-related resources.  We will also discuss, as a Network, how we can contribute to the learning resources used in the tool.

9:30 am – 10:00 am  Central City

INVISTA Intermediates - Our Collaborative Innovation Journey
Presenters: Pete Hunderup (INVISTA)

INVISTA is one of the world’s leading companies in nylon, spandex, polyester, and specialty materials owning such brands as STAINMASTER® flooring, DYTEK® amines, and TERATE® polyols.  INVISTA Intermediates provides monomers and polymers to these value chains as well as other specialty chemical markets and is working on transforming its approach to R&D from what was primarily product push to that of market driven collaboration.  This presentation will give an overview of INVISTA Intermediates, highlight some of the key challenges we are facing, especially as it relates to our position in the value chain, and discuss several of the approaches we’re using to address them, including our recently implemented “Get Out There” Initiative.

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm  Central City

Business Model Innovation: Cross-Functionality
Presenters: Norm Golm and Jason Kreidler (Regal Beloit)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Ballroom B

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central City

Lean and Agile Development Cycles
Presenters: Norm Golm and Jason Kreidler (Regal Beloit)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  Central City

Special Topics: Fall 2018

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Foyer

Networking Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Ballroom A

Effectively storytelling and selling internally:  Creating compelling, contextualized stories that drive commitment in the organization
Presenter: Pam Henderson (New-Edge)

One of the most frustrating aspect of R+D leadership is to see on the horizon the trends and actions that could disrupt the company as well as emerging opportunities and then not being able to convince the organization to commit. There are three elements to creating compelling, contextualized and persuasive stories, all found in Aristotle’s model of persuasion – which we apply to selling innovation internally. We will look at examples of good stories and processes to engage and persuade the organization.   

 

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Ellynton’s

Welcome Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 6

7:30 am – 8:00 am Brown Palace Club

Breakfast             

8:00 am – 9:00 am Ballroom A
 

Implementing Open Innovation:  Making the Make/Buy/Partner Decision (ETN, ILN, NBDN)
Presenter: Gene Slowinski
 

On its surface, the Make/Buy/Partner decision is simple.  If you can make it, make it.  If you can buy it, buy it.  If you cannot make or buy, Partner.  However, that simple description masks the true complexity of the decision and hides the fact that significant value can be lost or gained by correctly making the decision. Join Gene Slowinski as he shares his experience in making the Make/Buy/Partner decision.  He will describe the issues that bound the decision, a set of principles that guide the decision and examples of how the decision grows or decreases value creation.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Highlands

Capabilities of Emerging Technologies (ETN and NBDN)
Presenter: Matthew Heim (Inno360)
 

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Lodo

The “Do’s and Don’ts” of Non-Disclosure Agreements (ETN and NBDN)
Presenter: Robert Touslee (Johns Manville)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Ballroom B

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Highlands

Driving Market-Backed Innovation (ILN and NBDN)

Presenter: Pam Henderson (New-Edge)

 

Market-backed innovation, driven by R+D, clearly requires the right types of market insight. Yet often the insights gained directly from customers do not indicate where you should focus your sales efforts.  They focus on simply improving current attributes or reducing costs.  R+D needs to gain insights beyond the current product cycle and insights beyond those that they and their competitors typically hear.  To do that, we must learn how to see the unseen. This session will examine ways to look at unusual users and uses, how to observe behavior to gain insights on opportunities and ideas, and different mechanisms for iteration.

 

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Ballroom A

Innovation in the Cannabis Industry (ETN, ILN and NBDN)
Presenter: Jay Denniston (Dixie Elixirs)

3:00 pm

Meeting Adjourns

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Optional

 

Field Trips (pre-registration is required)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

University of Colorado – College of Engineering and Applied Materials
 

 

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