Barry Brager, CLP


Barry Brager is the Founder and Managing Partner of Perception Partners®. In his role, Barry helps clients fully leverage innovation and intellectual property with technology investment, business development and transactional Solution Suites that have supported decisions related to billions in financial transactions. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Starpound Corporation, an IP management company that licenses technology to turn mobile phones into remote control devices. Barry is recognized as a leader in the IP industry. Since 2009, and most recently in 2013, he has been named one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists in the global IAM Strategy 300, published by IAM Magazine. He is a frequent speaker on IP strategy, valuation and the links between patent intelligence and competitive advantage. He is also a skilled trainer, having taught hundreds of students in corporate and academic environments. Barry graduated with a B.F.A. from Temple University, and subsequently completed Emory University’s top 10 globally-ranked Executive MBA program, graduating Beta Gamma Sigma and first in his class.

Riley Kirby


Riley Kirby is President of IMR Research Group, a creative, client-focused group providing full-service market research that he founded in 1996. With expertise including branding, advertising, new product development, and improving the employee and customer experience, Riley brings more than 20 years of research and strategic planning experience with Fortune 500 companies to the table. In true entrepreneurial fashion, he also co-founded the Magellan Idea Center, a creative space for meetings and idea-generation, in 2005 and RICKI (Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence) a year later.  Riley has taught courses at the UNC Charlotte, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Florida.  What’s next?  Riley’s an enthusiastic advocate for entrepreneurship, so who knows.  Until his next adventure blooms, you will find him spending his down time getting inspiration from nature at his Carolina Beach home, cycling or kayaking the Cape Fear River, or exploring the myriad landscapes and cultures of Europe.

Keith Sawyer

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Dr. R. Keith Sawyer is one of the world’s leading scientific experts on creativity. He is the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is the author of 13 books and over 80 scientific articles. He combines this scientific expertise with a strong hands-on background in real-world creativity.  After receiving his computer science degree from MIT in 1982, he began his career with a two-year stint designing videogames for Atari.  His 2007 book GROUP GENIUS, was selected by 800-CEO-READ as the best innovation book of 2007.  His 2013 book ZIG ZAG has been received with acclaim, winning praise from innovation leaders like Tim Brown, the CEO of IDEO, and Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor at the New Yorker magazine. Dr. Sawyer is frequently interviewed on television (CNN, CNBC, Fox News) and radio.  He has been quoted in numerous magazine and newspaper articles, including TIMEThe New York TimesU. S. News and World Report, and many others

Paul O’Connor


Paul O’Connor, founder and managing director of The Adept Group, has been a major force and a creative voice in the field of new product development (NPD) for 25+ years. During this time, he has developed and implemented a number of innovative approaches to creativity, innovation, and productivity in NPD. He is a leading expert on product line roadmapping. He currently teaches a wide range of master courses and workshops, and consults for a variety of clients across the globe. Paul served as president of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), the leading advocate for best practices in NPD, from 1990 to 1992 and played a major role in shaping the development of the first certification test for professional recognition in product development. His writings have been published widely in peer-reviewed journals and business publications. He was among the original contributors to PDMA’s first Handbook of Product Development (1996) and has continued to contribute to other PDMA publications. Paul is a past contributing editor to R&D Magazine and his work has also appeared in the highly respected Journal of Product Innovation Management.

David Phillips

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David Phillips is an Innovation Provocateur who specializes in helping organizations develop the innovation capabilities of their people. He does this primarily by guiding them in applying the tools of human-centered design in order to find unexpected solutions to their biggest challenges. As a consultant, speaker, and facilitator, David pushes people to question their assumptions and stretch their thinking. Before forming Faster Glass Consulting in 2010, David developed and led two enterprise-wide programs at Bank of America focused on integrating the principles of innovation into a Six Sigma culture. He also conducted over 100 creative problem-solving workshops across the company and served as a subject matter expert on a partnership with China Construction Bank as they designed their New Product Innovation Lab. David draws on his diversity of experience in consulting, financial services, nonprofits, public accounting, public education, and the U.S. Air Force to approach problems from different perspectives and to enable others to do the same. He holds a B.S. in Education from Louisiana Tech University and resides in Charlotte, NC.

David Matheson


David Matheson is President, CEO and cofounder of SmartOrg, a company based in Silicon Valley that provides software and services to help companies discover their most valuable opportunities. With decades of experience, David has helped senior management of firms in the United States and Europe improve their results from portfolio management, product development, innovation, R & D, capital investment and strategy. He is an expert on measuring value and managing uncertainty. He is co-author of the bestselling book, The Smart Organization: Creating Value through Strategic R & D (Harvard Business School Press) and has authored numerous articles on innovation, portfolio management and decision making. He also is a board member of a startup Photozini, Inc. and a Fellow with the Society of Decision Professionals. His Ph. D. is from Stanford University where he teaches Strategic Portfolio Management at the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

Joe Dury

A Director at Kalypso, Joe Dury leads the Semiconductor and Intellectual Property (IP) Management practices, supporting clients in high technology including the semiconductor, electronics, medical devices and pharmaceutical industries. Joe has deep global industry expertise in engineering and operations management. In addition, Joe also has a strong educational background with PhD studies in semiconductor theory, processing and design at the University of Cincinnati where he holds both a MSEE and BSEE.  Prior to joining Kalypso, Joe held key senior management positions in industry, most recently with Teradyne, Inc., where he drove the ECO-PDM initiative across engineering, operations, and IT. The project implemented a new business process and enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM) system for the engineering and supply chain groups in design, manufacturing, and new product introduction (NPI). Joe has also held senior management positions in engineering, operations, manufacturing, and supply chain at Analog Devices, Inc., Raytheon Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation and Texas Instruments.

Garry Golden


Garry Golden is a professionally trained futurist who writes, speaks, and consults about issues that will shape society and business in the 21st century. His uncanny sense of what will hit—and what won’t—can be seen in futurethink’s research and heard in his international keynotes and corporate leadership seminars. His insights on how to align talent development to coming industry and market transitions have been shared with and implemented by such organizations as the McGraw-Hill Companies, Goodyear, S&P, and Reliant Energy. Garry serves as Adjunct Lecturer on the Future of Energy and Environment for the University of Houston. He has consulted on projects as diverse as the future of utilities; transportation and supply chains; food safety and health; financial services; and sustainable retail packaging.  He is the co-author of the inspiring book Designing Your Future, and author of the upcoming book titled The Age of Adaptive Experiences. Garry attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his Futures Studies degree from the University of Houston. He is a past board member of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF).

Udaiyan Jatar


Udaiyan Jatar (U.J.) is the CEO of Blue Earth Network, A Sustainable Innovation & Brand Incubator designed to help people create and scale transformational products, services and solutions. Blue Earth Network works with change makers in Fortune 100s to Start-ups, Nonprofits and Government. U.J.’s innovation career spans 20 years in companies like Coca‐Cola and P&G where he led the launches of many innovations and global brands like Pantene, Sprite and Nestea across six continents. As Coke’s Global Vice‐President for Innovation, he led the creation of transformational innovations like Coca‐Cola Freestyle – (named by Forbes as the coolest product of the decade), and Far Coast/ChaQwa, a 100% Fair Trade coffee & tea platform. He co‐leads the pioneering Certified Professional Innovator program at GSU’s Robinson College. He serves on various boards including the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. He is frequently invited to speak or share his expertise at innovation events like the Presidential Summit for Entrepreneurship, Net Impact, etc.

Doug Powell

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Doug Powell is a Partner at Blue Earth Network and founder of Leap Insights, focusing on identifying the true passions of leaders and change-makers in industries of all sizes and connecting them to the aspirations of their customers through authentic product offerings and honest interaction. Mr. Powell was a Senior Vice President in the Wholesale Bank for Wells Fargo, most recently defining the corporate customer engagement, migration and execution strategy and processes for the merger between Wells Fargo and Wachovia, ensuring that their customers had the best possible experience. A certified coach in the Tatham Systematic Method for process redesign, he spent seven years leading major process redesign for Wachovia and Wells Fargo. Prior to banking, Mr. Powell consulted in Healthcare, managing the implementation of enterprise electronic medical records systems in healthcare institutions. He has also consulted in Supply Chain Management and integration. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1993 with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and then in 1995 from the University of Missouri with his M.B.A.