2018 Spring Networks Conference - External Technology Network Agenda

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


Monday, March 5

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Highlands

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.

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



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 Highlands

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 – 1:30 pm Highlands

Company Profile: Pacific Northwest National Lab
Presenter: Peter Christensen

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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.

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 – 5:30 pm

Field Trips (pre-registration is required)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

University of Colorado – College of Engineering and Applied Materials

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Happy Hour


Wednesday, March 7

7:30 am – 8:00 am Brown Palace Club


8:00 am – 9:00 am Highlands

Special Topics: Fall 2018

9:00 am – 10:00 am Highlands

Working with Small Businesses
Presenter: Ross Zambanini (LORD Corporation)

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Highlands

Engaging and Supporting University Partnerships
Presenter:  Anthony Boccanfuso (UIDP)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Brown Palace Club

Working Lunch

1:00 pm

Meeting Adjourns


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