Roger Mader - Rutgers Design Thinking Faculty Chair
Founding Partner at AMPERSAND.vc
As co-founder of AMPERSAND, Roger works with senior executives to unlock the potential of their most important companies - to redeploy their assets to a higher return - producing uncommon growth by uncommon means. He serves as an enterprise market partner for Quid, a breakthrough big data analytics platform, culling insights from the world’s intelligence hidden in vast digital reams of language. Early on, he was part of the launch teams for the IBM Personal Computer and first generation of Accenture’s Change Management practice. He co-founded VIA International and built a global growth strategy, organization design and change management consultancy. He guided strategy and new service design for EY, and formulated business strategy and design for Giuliani Partners, the private firm of former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani. He led key global accounts for EY’s New York Office and served as SVP Global Accounts in the consulting practice for Business Objects (now SAP). He also led global accounts for design strategy firm Doblin/Monitor Group (now Deloitte), commercial strategy for innovation agency Fahrenheit 212 (now Cap Gemini).
You can read Roger’s mind at rogermader.com.
Global Design Thinking Leader and Innovation Strategist at Corporate Design at Proctor & Gamble
Founder and CEO at Ampersand Innovation, LLC
Holly is and industry expert in the field of Design Thinking and human centered innovation with more than 20 years of professional experience. As Global Design Thinking Leader at Procter & Gamble, she's programmed and facilitated more than 200 Design Thinking experiences by problem framing, applying design thinking to organization design and strategy, and creating conditions that allow human creativity and curiosity to thrive. She is the founder and CEO of Ampersand Innovation, LLC; a human-centered innovation and strategy consultancy focused on unleashing the potential of people, ideas, and organizations.
Holly is the author of Why Design Thinking Is Good Business Thinking, where she explains that relentless focus on customer experience, continuous iteration, and empathy are the hallmarks of today's most successful businesses.
Director of Client Innovation and Program Strategy at RTC
For over 25 years, Tony has worked with clients and organizations on the development of user-centered products, services and experiences. Both a student and practitioner of Design Thinking, he serves as Director of Client Innovation and Strategy in RTC's Retail Strategy and Innovation Group. In his role at RTC, he partners with large, as well as emerging, retailers and brands to develop next-generation consumer experiences. Driven by curiosity and an appetite for learning, Tony views the world through a "wide-angle lens" allowing him to identify the insights that live within the broad, non-obvious connections he can make. Tony applies the principles of Design Thinking to growth and innovation challenges faced by his clients.
CEO at Panorama Innovation, LLC
Partner at Ampersand Innovation, LLC
At Panorama, Kelly helps companies create innovative products and services through a deeper understanding of people and the future. She transforms real-life needs, desires and motivations, guides the design process, and creates meaningful solutions. She has over 20 years of experience in managing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research, with specific focus on leveraging research for innovation design. With a background in cultural anthropology and visual media, she is proficient in research and communication, and has consulted with many industries: financial services, manufacturing, CPG, healthcare, utilities, computer hardware, software, and pharmaceuticals.