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Be Bold: Disrupt Your Organization to Spark Innovation

September 20, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location Feliciano School of Business - room 101
SponsorFeliciano Center for EntrepreneurshipCostFree and open to the publicMore Information InFeliciano Center for Entrepreneurship
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Innovation is a hot buzzword—but what exactly is it? And what does it feel like? Organizations continue to aspire to the grail of being an innovative enterprise. With the ever-increasing pace of change, creative approaches are required to create a culture that supports a mindset, skillset, and toolset for continuous innovation. Traditional frameworks of education are not meeting today’s challenges.

Four experts will discuss how they are innovating in their space, including viewpoints from a startup, large company, the military and academia.

When a problem needs to be solved in the U.S. Army, lives are literally on the line. Tony Burgess will describe the innovative approaches he has created to develop agility and problem-solving in the Army’s leadership.

Amy Powell will discuss ADP’s efforts to create a culture of innovation and build a mindset that sustains powerful problem-solving capability across ADP’s global enterprise.

Todd Tauber will explain how Degreed, a startup, supports and develops a culture of innovation inside the company while taking a paradigm-shifting approach to jail-breaking formal education outside the building.

At Montclair State, entrepreneurship students are tackling real-world problems with creativity, design thinking and diverse teams. Dennis Bone will describe how innovative frameworks around design and system thinking lead to powerful problem-solving outcomes.

Our speakers will discuss why innovation is needed in their space, what challenges their industry faces, methods used, results obtained and surprises encountered along the way.

Tony Burgess, retired Colonel, U.S. Army, & independent leader developer
Amy Powell, VP Global Leadership & Associate Development, ADP
Todd Tauber, VP of Product Marketing, Degreed
Dennis Bone, founding director of Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, Montclair State

6:00-6:45 p.m. Networking with pizza
6:45-7:00 p.m. Welcome and 30-second pitches from an audience
7:00-8:30 p.m. Panel discussion with audience Q&A

Event is free and open to the public. To register for this free event:

Directions and parking info: Park in the Red Hawk Deck on campus, exit the deck on Level 5 and proceed straight up the walkway (soccer field will be on your left) to the new Feliciano School of Business building. Campus map with directions.

Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram:
#MSUmeetup and @FelicianoCenter

Speaker bios:

Col. (retired) Tony P. Burgess was commissioned as an infantry officer out of West Point in 1990 and served as an Army officer for 24 years to include experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. He co-founded and was the director of a leadership research center at West Point and helped create a peer-to-peer leader development network for junior officers in the Army that has been widely recognized (e.g., by Harvard Business Review and Fast Company Magazine). Tony has a Master’s of Science degree in leader development and counseling from the Long Island University and a Doctorate of Science in engineering management from the George Washington University.  Having transitioned out of the Army, Tony invests his time developing leaders and their teams.  During this past year, Tony served as a leadership coach for Harvard Business School students in the Authentic Leadership Development elective. On Twitter: @TonyPBurgess

Amy Powell specializes in strategy activation and driving sustainable change through People Development, Communications & Enablement. She is the VP of Global Leadership & Associate Development at ADP. Amy previously held Sales and Marketing leadership positions at One Call Care Management, and Gen110, before returning to ADP. She began her early career in education, creating innovative inclusion programs for secondary and post-secondary students, then transitioned to the private sector in 2000, working for WriteGuide, an online education start-up. After 9/11, Amy joined Northrop Grumman Information Technology, creating web-based training to support the federalization of airline security. She began her career with ADP in 2004, focusing on Sales Leadership Development. Amy has a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Skidmore College. On Twitter: @Apwll117

Todd Tauber is the VP of Product Marketing at Degreed, an award-winning learning platform built for the way today’s workers really build skills and grow their careers. His thought leadership on corporate learning and development (L&D) has been featured by Chief Learning Officer magazine, SHRM and the Association for Talent Development (ATD) as well as in The AtlanticQuartz and The Wall Street Journal. Prior to joining Degreed, Todd led the enterprise learning practice at Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting's human capital research business. He also led business development at Nomadic Learning, a startup creating social / mobile tools for leadership development, and launched a new corporate learning business at The Economist, the global news publisher, where he also led strategy, M&A and product development. Todd has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from The George Washington University. On Twitter: @ToddTauber

Dennis Bone is inaugural director of Montclair State’s Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, which facilitates real-life entrepreneurial experiences for students of any major. Dennis retired in 2012 from Verizon New Jersey Inc., where he served as President and CEO for more than a dozen years. Dennis’ 33-year career at Verizon and its predecessor companies began as an engineer, and he worked in a variety of jobs with increasing responsibilities in operations, regulatory, external affairs and public policy positions. Dennis has served the state’s business and nonprofit sectors in many capacities, including being on the boards of New Jersey’s State Employment and Training Commission, Choose New Jersey, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark Alliance, Liberty Science Center and NJPAC. Dennis has a BS in mathematics from West Virginia University Institute of Technology, and an MBA in finance and economics from Rutgers University and a MS degree in counseling from Johns Hopkins University. On Twitter: @DennisBone2