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Speaker Biographies

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  • Lee Aase Director of Center for Social Media, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

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    Lee Aase is director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, a first-of-its-kind social media center focused on health care, which builds on Mayo Clinic's leadership among health care providers in adopting social media tools. Mayo Clinic has the most popular medical provider channel on YouTube and active, popular outposts on Twitter and Facebook. With its News Blog, podcast blog and Sharing Mayo Clinic, a blog that enables patients and employees to tell their Mayo Clinic stories, Mayo has been a pioneer in hospital blogging.

    By night, Lee is Chancellor of Social Media University, Global (SMUG), a free online higher education institution that provides practical, hands-on training in social media for lifelong learners.

    Prior to joining Mayo Clinic in 2000, Lee spent more than a decade in political and government communications at the local, state and federal levels. He received his B.S. in Political Science from Mankato (Minn.) State University in 1986.

  • Renna Al-Yassini Designer

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    Kuwait–born Renna Al-Yassini is an interaction designer at Cooper, where she works across industries to deliver innovative solutions. She brings a keen interest and experience in teaching and designing for research and services. Al-Yassini writes about the intersection of design, business, culture and social impact, leveraging her background as a communication strategist to nonprofits, government agencies and social justice initiatives. Al-Yassini graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Masters of Design.

  • Mariana Amatullo Vice President, Co-Founder Designmatters Department, Art Center College of Design

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    Mariana Amatullo founded the college-wide initiative Designmatters at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., in 2001, along with a task force of faculty, chairs, staff and students. In her capacity as the program lead and her position at the helm of the Designmatters Concentration in art and design for social impact, she develops strategic educational partnerships and oversees a portfolio of research collaborations, communication campaigns, exhibitions and publications that enhance Art Center's commitment to be at the forefront of international design education and contribute solutions to humanitarian issues of critical urgency.

    Through her leadership, Art Center is the first design institution to be formally affiliated with the Department of Public Information at the United Nations as a non-governmental organization (NGO), and a civil society organization member with the Organization of American States (OAS/OEA). The award-winning and tangible outcomes of the student projects that are developed under the mantle of Designmatters have established the program as an exemplary effort within the landscape of social impact design — uniting educational objectives with highly effective advocacy and action-oriented outcomes.

    Amatullo is an essayist and lecturer, and serves on various advisory boards and networks engaged in the arts, design education and social activism. Those include, Tassmeem Journal, Design 21 (in partnership with UNESCO), Intelligent Mobility International (IMI), and the University of Southern California International Museum Institute.

    Prior to joining Art Center in 2000, Amatullo pursued a variety of curatorial projects and held positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1992—1996) and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1991). Amatullo holds a Master of Arts in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California (1994) and a Licence en Lettres Degree from the Sorbonne University, Paris (1990). Her undergraduate studies included two years at l'Ecole du Louvre, Paris. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and brought up internationally through the Argentine diplomatic corps, Amatullo lives in Pasadena with her husband and two boys.

  • Sanjeev Arora, M.D., FACP, FACG Director of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)

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    Sanjeev Arora is a tenured Professor of Medicine, in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC). He has been involved in management of viral hepatitis for over 15 years, and led the development and implementation of the Hepatitis C Disease Management Program at UNMHSC. Dr. Arora developed the Project ECHO model as a platform for service delivery, education and evaluation. Using video-conferencing technology and case-based learning, primary care providers from rural and underserved areas and prisons are trained and mentored by ECHO's medical specialists to deliver best-practice management of complex health conditions in their communities or correctional institutions. A key component of the ECHO model is an innovation known as Knowledge Networks, in which the expertise of a single specialist is shared with numerous primary providers through telehealth clinics, thereby increasing access to care in rural areas without having to recruit, retain and fund additional providers.

    ECHO was first developed for the management of hepatitis C virus (HCV), optimal management of which requires consultation with multidisciplinary experts in medical specialties, mental health and substance abuse. Few practitioners, particularly in rural and underserved areas, have the broad knowledge to manage its emerging treatment options, side effects, drug toxicities and treatment-induced depression. Project ECHO has expanded and now covers 12 additional disease areas including, asthma and pulmonary disease; chronic pain and headache; diabetes/cardiovascular risk reduction; high-risk pregnancy; HIV/AIDS; integrated addictions and psychiatry; and rheumatology. Additionally ECHO is currently being replicated at the University of Washington and at the University of Chicago. Currently ECHO Projects in India include HIV, autism and treatment of organo phosphorous poisoning.

    Project ECHO received international recognition as one of three winning entries out of 307 worldwide applications from 27 countries in the 2007 Ashoka Changemaker's competition for Disruptive Innovations in Health and Health Care. Other recent awards for Dr Arora include: Computerworld Honors Program award for "Those Who Use Information Technology to Benefit Society" (2008), Foundation for eHealth Initiative award for "Transforming Care Delivery at the Point of Care" (2008), UNMHSC received the Spencer Freeman award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for community service (2008), United States Distance Learning Association award (2009). Also in 2009 Dr Arora received an Ashoka Fellowship for leading social entrepreneurs.

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  • Peter Bingham, M.D. Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, University of Vermont

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    Peter Bingham, M.D., studies the impact of computer games that incorporate a novel, breath-input user interface on pulmonary rehabilitation. He received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to produce and assess games designed for children with cystic fibrosis to incite them to carry out airway clearance maneuvers. Ongoing National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded work focuses on use of a wireless, digital spirometer game ("Turblo") to provide flow feedback to subjects with asthma.

    Dr. Bingham is co-inventor of a United States patent concerning a breath biofeedback system. Breath games that he is developing use biofeedback in a various ways to promote self-management in patients with chronic respiratory conditions that include sleep apnea and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

    As a clinician in northern Vermont, Dr. Bingham consults on infants, children and adolescents with diverse neurologic conditions.

  • Teddy Blanks — iSpot Winner Performer

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    Teddy Blanks is a singer-songwriter and performer. His debut solo EP, "Complications," which was released in 2009, is partially based on the writing of Atul Gawande (associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and staff writer for The New Yorker. The EP features six songs about strange diseases and medical trauma.

    Previously, as lead singer of synth-pop duo the Gaskets, he shared bills with a diverse group of artists, including Girl Talk, Camper Van Beethoven, R&B singer Monica, Daniel Johnston, Violent Femmes, Mudhoney, and Weird Al. Recently, he wrote and performed the score for the breakout indie film "Tiny Furniture."

    Along with Adam Squires and Dan Shields, he runs the Brooklyn-based graphic design studio CHIPS. Previously, he was senior designer at Winterhouse Studio in Falls Village, Conn. Along with several arts and nonprofit organizations, he has worked on projects for the New England Journal of Medicine, the Cunniff Dixon Foundation, an organization designed to educate physicians practicing in all specialties who care for patients at the end of life, and AgeneBio, a biotechnology firm that develops therapies for people who have amnestic mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease.

  • Alex Blau, M.D. Co-Founder, MediBabble

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    Alex Blau, M.D., is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and trained in emergency medicine at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He co-founded MediBabble as a fourth-year medical student, and has overseen the development and launch of its core language interpretation product, which now has a user base of over 10,000 health care professionals.

    Dr. Blau has particular interest in the emerging mobile health space and has recently taken on the role of medical director at Doximity, Inc., a professional networking startup for physicians.

  • Dondeena Bradley, Ph.D. Vice President, Global Design and Development, Nutrition Ventures PepsiCo

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    As vice president for Nutrition Ventures at PepsiCo, Dondeena Bradley, Ph.D., is responsible for designing and developing holistic solutions that target the special nutritional needs of consumers who have diverse health issues, such as obesity and diabetes.

    Dr. Bradley's prior role at PepsiCo was leading the nutrition organization, which is responsible for delivering global strategies in the areas of nutrition standards, nutrient fortification, and education programs. These three areas help increase the nutrition capability of global R&D and bolster PepsiCo's Human Sustainability Performance with Purpose agenda.

    Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2007, she led the strategic marketing team accountable for the development of nutrition technology platforms and company-wide strategic planning for McNeil Nutritionals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Previously, she held numerous roles in the areas of nutrition and health with M&M Mars, Stepan Chemical and Campbell Soup. Dr. Bradley received a Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Nutrition from Purdue University.

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  • Maggie Breslin Senior Designer/Researcher, Center for Innovation, Mayo Clinic

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    Maggie Breslin is senior designer/researcher in the Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic, a role she pioneered in 2005. She leads research, design and development efforts around topics as diverse as patient decision-making, risk communication, integrated practice models, remote care and caregiving. She believes strongly that good conversation is a critically important, but largely ignored, component of our health care system and champions this idea whenever she can. She has devoted many hours observing and talking to patients and clinicians and considers those opportunities among her most treasured.

    She has published in journals ranging from Design Issues to Archives of Internal Medicine. Maggie earned a Master of Design degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications, Film and Television, from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

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  • Gaby Brink Founder and Executive Creative Director, Tomorrow Partners

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    Gaby Brink founded Tomorrow Partners, a strategic design agency with a passion for imagining a brighter future. She works with a wide spectrum of top global marketers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and emerging companies to develop big ideas and realize practical solutions that foster sustainable growth in commerce and culture.

    Brink serves on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA); and is the co-author of The Living Principles for Design, the first integrated framework to provide a systems-based approach to environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability for designers of all disciplines. Through her leadership, she fosters dialogue and collaboration among professional organizations and the global design community to co-create tools and best practices for design as a catalyst for positive cultural change.

  • Rodrigo Canales, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management

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    Rodrigo Canales, Ph.D., researches the role of institutions in entrepreneurship and economic development. Specifically, Dr. Canales' work seeks to understand how individuals purposefully enact organizational and institutional change. In particular, he explores how individuals use their backgrounds, professional status, and organizational positions to change institutions. His work builds on the different traditions of institutional theory and contributes to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that allow institutions to operate and change.

    Dr. Canales teaches the core M.B.A. course on innovation at the Yale School of Management, sits on the steering committee of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, and advises several startups in Mexico that seek to improve the financing environment for small firms. He earned his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • Allan Chochinov Partner and Editor in Chief, Core77; Chair, MFA Products of Design, SVA

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    Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, NYU, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, RIT, Emily Carr, and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, and The One Club.

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  • Beth Comstock Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, GE

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    Beth Comstock leads the company's organic growth and commercial innovation initiatives, and the sales, marketing and communications functions. She is responsible for the GE-wide business platforms ecomagination, devoted to reducing environmental impact with new technology, and healthymagination, focused on achieving sustainable health through innovation by lowering costs, improving quality and reaching more people.

    In 2003, she was named GE's first chief marketing officer (CMO) in more than 20 years and, as such, helped reinvigorate marketing across the company, introducing ecomagination, Imagination Breakthrough innovations and the "imagination at work" brand campaign.

    For two years, Comstock was president of Integrated Media at NBC Universal, where she oversaw the television ad sales, marketing and research teams, with a focus on new advertising innovations. She led the company's digital media development and distribution, including the formation of, Peacock Equity and the acquisition of

    Comstock is a trustee of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.

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  • John Crowley — iSpot Winner Director, Engineering Group, MAYA

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    MAYA is a technology design and innovation lab focused on innovation at the convergence of users and the connected world. John Crowley heads the Engineering Group, which provides leadership and direction to some of MAYA's most significant projects. He has provided human-centered design expertise for such clients as Bayer Healthcare, Eaton Corporation, Panasonic Automotive, General Dynamics, and SoloHealth.

    At the Health2.0 Code-a-thon in February, Crowley led the MAYA team that created FoodOasis, an end-to-end platform for closing the gap on healthy, affordable food. The FoodOasis solution focused on a critical consumer need and developed a complete solution to benefit consumers, providers and communities. MAYA believes that the challenges in health care today can only be addressed with a similar, systems-level approach that focuses on the deep, real-world challenges of consumers to drive toward business and public-sector innovation.

    Crowley holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon. He's a member of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Design Management Institute, and a past board member of the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the IDSA.

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  • Dave deBronkart Patient Advocate, e-Patient Dave

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    Dave deBronkart, better known on the Internet as "e-Patient Dave," may be the leading spokesperson for the e-Patient movement. e-Patients are described as empowered, engaged, equipped and enabled.

    A high-tech executive and online community leader for many years, he was diagnosed in 2007 with stage IV kidney cancer, with a median survival of just 24 weeks. He used the Internet in every way possible to partner with his care team and beat this disease. Today, he is well.

    In 2008, deBronkart discovered the e-Patient movement, and began studying, blogging and speaking at conferences. He was elected founding co-chair of the new Society for Participatory Medicine in 2009. deBronkart was a leading voice in Washington for the new federal regulations to require that patients and families have access to their electronic medical records; and is now engaged full time in speaking and advocating for patient engagement.

    He has appeared in Time and U.S. News & World Report, and was featured in the HealthLeaders magazine cover story "Patient of the Future." In December, HealthLeaders named him — and his doctor — to its annual list of "20 People Who Make Healthcare Better." In 2010, he released his first book, Laugh, Sing, and Eat Like a Pig: How an empowered patient beat Stage IV cancer (and what health care can learn from it).

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  • Erik Douglas, Ph.D. Co-founder and CEO of CellScope

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    CellScope, which brings diagnostic imaging to the mobile phone platform, grew out of Erik Douglas' postdoctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley, where he applied the power and ubiquity of mobile phones to diagnostic microscopy in low-resource settings. The company is now developing mobile imaging tools for at-home diagnosis and patient monitoring.

    He earned a Ph.D. in Bioengineering at Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Purdue. Dr. Douglas' research focuses on mHealth and lab-on-a-chip systems for personalized medicine. He has held positions in research at Stanford and Johns Hopkins, and science policy at the National Academy of Sciences and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. While in graduate school, he founded Tweed Network, a consulting platform for scientists to provide technology analysis to investors.

  • William Drenttel Director, Winterhouse Institute and Publisher, Design Observer

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    William Drenttel is a partner at Winterhouse, a design practice in northwest Connecticut that focuses on online publishing, health care and education, and design programs of social impact. He is the publisher and editorial director of Design Observer, the leading international website about design, urbanism, social innovation and visual culture.

    Drenttel directs Winterhouse Institute and its recent work at the intersection of design and social innovation. He has received Rockefeller Foundation funding to develop a global initiative in this zone. Also, Drenttel is the design director of Teach For All, an international initiative working towards educational equality globally.

    He is president emeritus of the AIGA, a senior faculty fellow at Yale School of Management, and a fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities at New York University. He has served on the boards of Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Poetry Society, and is an advisory board member of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. In 2010, he was appointed the Henry Wolf Resident in Graphic Design at the American Academy in Rome, was elected to Alliance Graphique Internationale and the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of Princeton University.

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  • Jesse Dylan Creative Director of Lybba, CEO of Wondros

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    Jesse Dylan is a pioneer in the growing movement to connect human-centered design principles with the transformative power of the Internet to create communities of innovation, empowerment and compassion in health care and other social arenas.

    Through his not-for-profit, Lybba, Dylan is developing the first true platform for open-source health care by connecting research, clinical and patient communities and empowering them through social networks, data visualization, transparency and media to work together to transform research, clinical care and patient experience.

    Dylan also promotes the values of openness and transparency for the advancement of scientific discovery and the public good as a fellow at Science Commons and a board member of Public Knowledge.

    He is a filmmaker and the creative director and CEO of Wondros, a full-service production company focusing on corporate social responsibility and social media. Wondros tells the stories behind some of the most innovative and cutting-edge people and projects in the world, translating their powerful and change-making ideas into content that engages and catalyzes action. Dylan directed the public service announcements, including a print campaign, for Stand up to Cancer (, an organization committed to fostering collaboration in cancer research.

    His previous work includes the Emmy Award-winning music video "YES WE CAN," inspired by Barack Obama's historic run for president.

  • Hugh Dubberly Partner, Dubberly Design Office (DDO)

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    Dubberly Design Office (DDO) is a San Francisco-based consultancy that helps startups and large organizations make services and software easier to use, more effective and more fun — through interaction design, information design, and systems design.

    Much of DDO's work focuses on bio-informatics, health, and wellness — from designing user interfaces for a range of medical diagnostic devices (from glucometers to flow- cytometers) to patient population management systems and cell-signaling pathways databases and designing services that integrate sensors, monitoring systems, and human support.

    At Apple Computer in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dubberly managed cross-functional design teams and later managed graphic design and corporate identity for the company. While at Apple, he co-created a series of technology-forecast films beginning with Knowledge Navigator that presaged the appearance of the Internet and interaction via mobile devices. At Netscape, he became vice president of design and managed groups responsible for the design, engineering and production of Netscape's Web portal. In 2000, he co-founded DDO.

    Dubberly also served at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena as the founding chair of the Computer Graphics Department. He has taught courses in the Graphic Design Department at California State University, San Jose, the Design Department at Carnegie-Mellon University, the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. He edits a column "On Modeling" for the Association of Computing Machinery's journal, Interactions.

  • Mark H. Ereth, M.D. Professor of Anesthesiology and Consultant in Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

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    Dr. Ereth graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship training at Mayo Clinic. For more than two decades his professional efforts in practice, education and research have been marked by innovation.

    Twenty years ago he co-founded a unique multidisciplinary group of clinical investigators focused on blood function, blood transfusion, and cardiopulmonary bypass. They have led key investigations in operating rooms, intensive care units and research laboratories that helped to change the care for patients having cardiac surgery.

    Three years ago he founded and now directs Transfusion Synergetics, Mayo's comprehensive blood management and transfusion optimization program. This multidisciplinary program is focused on eliminating unnecessary blood transfusions, which are risky to patients and costly to society. Through his leadership, Mayo has reduced blood transfusion by as much as 50 percent, while simultaneously reducing complications and decreasing expenditures by millions of dollars.

    Dr. Ereth has authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and abstracts; and presented more than 500 formal or informal talks at Mayo Clinic, across the country and abroad. He is an inventor who holds many patents and has submitted intellectual property on additional technologies.

    In spring 2011, he founded and directed TransFuse, a Transformative Fusion of Innovative Blood Management Technologies conference. This joint effort with Cleveland Clinic brought together innovative experts in this emerging field of medicine.

    Dr. Ereth has received the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation CoDe award and, with that grant, developed an iPad application platform for health care education, clinical scenario simulation and clinical consensus development. The first application of this app is in the area of Blood Management and Transfusion Optimization.

  • Gianna Marzilli Ericson Senior Strategist, Service Design, Continuum

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    Gianna Marzilli Ericson combines expertise in research and design to understand people's needs, desires and behaviors and to create compelling experiences based on that understanding. She is passionate about improving health sector services and believes wholeheartedly in the power of social science and design to inform each other. Marzilli Ericson has played a key role in developing Continuum's service design expertise and is active in its health and wellness research community.

    At Continuum, she has collaborated on programs across the health care, service, retail and nonprofit sectors. Her health care clients include Massachusetts General Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Quest Diagnostics, Philips Healthcare, CVS Pharmacy, health insurers, and nutrition companies. She has taught, lectured and published on design thinking and service design.

    Prior to Continuum, Marzilli Ericson worked in clinical research and communications at Massachusetts General Hospital. She holds degrees from Williams College and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

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  • Ian Eslick Ph.D. Candidate at the MIT Media Laboratory and Research Fellow, Lybba

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    Ian Eslick's passion is finding ways to make the considerable power of computation more accessible to ordinary people, enabling individuals and communities to solve big societal problems. His technical research interests span artificial and collective intelligence, software engineering, data visualization and human-computer interfaces. Eslick's most recent work explores mechanisms for treatment discovery and hypothesis generation through the aggregation of patient-reported outcomes and self-experiments.

    Eslick received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees from MIT in 1996. That year, he co-founded Silicon Spice, which in late 2000 was acquired by Broadcom; and Eslick became a director of software engineering. He holds more than a dozen patents in semiconductor architecture, real-time software and mobile communications.

    He is the consulting architect for the Collaborative Clinical Care Network (C3N) project at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center; and partners with the LAM Treatment Alliance (LTA) in the development of LAMsight, a Collective Discovery platform for lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) patients, clinicians and researchers. He also co-developed and supports the LTA's International LAM Registry, a platform to accelerate clinical data sharing.

  • Thomas Fisher Professor and Dean, College of Design at the University of Minnesota

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    Educated at Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history, Thomas Fisher previously served as the editorial director of Progressive Architecture magazine. He has lectured or juried at over 40 schools and 60 professional societies, and has published 35 book chapters or introductions and over 250 articles. He has written six books — In the Scheme of Things, Alternative Thinking on the Practice of Architecture; Salmela Architect; Lake/Flato Buildings and Landscapes; Architectural Design and Ethics: Tools for Survival; Ethics for Architects; and The Invisible Element of Place, The Architecture of David Salmela.

  • Jessica Floeh — iSpot Winner Designer

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    Jessica Floeh, a human-centered designer and 2010 graduate of Parsons The New School For Design, began Hanky Pancreas™ during her master's thesis, addressing a theme of design, technology, and the human condition. For her research, she focused on the socio-psychological impact of wearable diabetes technologies and worked with a group of women with diabetes in New York. Through them, she was inspired to create designs that would ignite conversation and support in everyday environments.

    Since graduating, she has received recognition from both fashion experts and leaders in health technology. She was a keynote speaker at Medtronic Minimed, received accolades from Core77, DiabetesMine, and Humana, and has exhibited designs at venues around the world.

    Floeh was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 4 years old and after many years of injections she started using an insulin pump. While her medical health improved, she struggled with the social inconvenience and wearability of the device. As a result, she began conceptualizing a way to improve the experience in terms of comfort and confidence. Floeh is currently creating handmade and custom solutions and stands behind the evidence that her products represent a movement toward a socially dynamic and new way of interacting with diabetes technology. In addition to Hanky Pancreas™, Floeh, who lives in Chicago, works with the creative team for the medical technology company Brainlab.

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  • Paul Grundy, M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM, FACPM Director, IBM Healthcare Transformation

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    Paul Grundy M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM, FACPM is IBM Corporation's global director, IBM Healthcare Transformation. Dr. Grundy develops and executes strategies that support IBM's health care industry transformation initiatives. Part of his work is directed towards shifting health care delivery around the world towards consumer-focused, primary care-based systems through the adoption of new philosophies, primary care pilot programs, new incentives systems, and the information technology required to implement such change. Dr. Grundy also is an adjunct professor, University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

    An active social entrepreneur and speaker on global health care transformation, Dr. Grundy is focused on comprehensive, linked, and integrated health care and the concept of the Patient Centered Medical Home. His work has been reported widely in the New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Economist, New England Journal of Medicine, and other media.

    Dr. Grundy serves on The Medical Education Futures Study National Advisory Board and is chairman of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), a coalition he led IBM in creating in early 2006. The PCPCC is dedicated to advancing a new primary care model called the Patient-Centered Medical Home as a means of fundamentally reforming health care delivery, which, in turn, is essential to maintaining U.S. international competitiveness. Today, the PCPCC represents employers of approximately 50 million people across the United States as well as physician groups representing more than 330,000 medical doctors, leading consumer groups and, most recently, the top seven U.S. health-benefits companies. Dr. Grundy also chairs the Health Policy Subcommittee of the ERISA Industry Committee.

    Dr. Grundy has won numerous awards, including the U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Award for handling the crisis surrounding the two attempted coups in Russia, the Department of State Superior Honor Award for work done in opening up all the new embassies after the fall of the Soviet Union, and the Department of State Superior Honor Award for work on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. He also won four Department of State Meritorious Service awards for outstanding performance in the Middle East and Africa. He also received the Defense Superior Service award for outstanding service addressing HIV/Aids, and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

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  • Chris Hacker Chief Design Officer, Global Strategic Design Office, Johnson & Johnson Group of Consumer Companies

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    Chris Hacker leads all creative processes for brand identity, packaging design and brand imagery at J&J Consumer. The Global Strategic Design Office, based in New York City, has branch offices globally to further the application of strategic design thinking within the company and consists of designers, engineers and technical staff.

    Hacker's passion is bringing awareness to designers of their power in the business world to make sustainable design a key paradigm of design process and, therefore, make the products and materials produced more ecologically friendly to the planet.

    Hacker was senior vice president of Global Marketing and Design for Aveda™ prior to joining Johnson & Johnson. In this capacity, he had responsibility for overall strategic marketing leadership, new product development and promotion. Under his leadership, Aveda was awarded the 2004 National Design Award for Corporate Achievement from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

    Including his work for Warner Bros. Studios, Steuben Glass, Dansk International Design, GAF, JCPenney Company and Henry Dreyfuss Associates, Hacker has more than 30 years of experience in product and package design and creative development.

    Formally trained as an industrial designer, Hacker received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati College of Design Architecture and Art. He is a recognized expert in package goods design and is a frequent national speaker on design, design sustainability and the creative process.

    Hacker and his work for Johnson & Johnson was recently the subject of a cover story in I.D. Magazine and Business Week online. His work has also been featured in the Whitney Museum of Art and showcased in Industrial Design magazine. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

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  • James Hackett President and Chief Executive Officer, Steelcase Inc.

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    James Hackett is president and chief executive officer and director of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products.

    The company and its subsidiaries have dealers in more than 600 locations and approximately 11,000 employees around the world. Fiscal 2010 revenue was $2.3 billion.

    Hackett, who was named president and chief executive officer of Steelcase Inc. in December 1994, oversees all company operations, including domestic and international. Previously, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Steelcase North America. Also, Hackett has served as executive vice president of Steelcase Ventures and as president of Turnstone, a Steelcase company created exclusively to meet the office furnishing needs of small businesses and home offices.

    A member of the board of directors for Northwestern Mutual Life in Milwaukee and Fifth Third Bancorp in Cincinnati, Hackett is also on the executive committee of the board of directors for the National Center for Arts and Technology, as well as the boards of advisors to the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan. Additionally, he is a past president of the Institute of Design Board of Overseers at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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  • John Hockenberry Journalist and Commentator

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    Four-time Peabody Award winner and four-time Emmy Award winner John Hockenberry has broad experience as a journalist and commentator for more than three decades. He has reported from all over the world, in virtually every medium, having anchored programs for network, cable, and radio and reported for magazines, newspapers, and online media.

    Currently, Hockenberry is host of the live public radio morning news program "The Takeaway," produced by Public Radio International and WNYC New York. He is a former anchor for MSNBC and correspondent for NBC News, ABC News, and National Public Radio. He has been a regular commentator for "The Infinite Mind" radio program on mental health issues and host of the four-part Public Broadcasting Service documentary "Remaking American Medicine."

    Hockenberry is the author of the best-selling memoir Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the novel A River Out of Eden. In 1996, Hockenberry performed a successful limited run of "Spokeman," a one-man, off-Broadway show he also wrote. He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, I.D., Wired, Columbia Journalism Review, and The Washington Post.

    A skilled presenter and moderator, Hockenberry has appeared at numerous design and idea conferences around the nation, including the Aspen Design Summit, The TED conference, the World Science Festival, the Art Center College of Design and the American Institute of Graphic Arts conferences, and the Aspen Comedy Festival. He was a 2008 Distinguished Fellow at MIT's Media Lab and led the Media Lab's groundbreaking conference, h2O: New Minds, New Bodies, New Identities.

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  • Greg Holderfield Clinical Associate Professor and Co-director of the Master of Product Design and Development Program, Northwestern University

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    Greg Holderfield's work has been recognized globally with more than 25 design awards, including two German "Red Dot" awards, the Japan "Good Design" award, and the IF International Design Forum award. He also has received four "Intentional Design Excellence Awards" (IDEA) presented jointly by BusinessWeek and the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA), including the "Gold" for Industrial Equipment Design.

    Holderfield holds 21 design and utility patents. His work has been exhibited in galleries across the nation and has been published in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes and Wired. Holderfield brings to the classroom 20 years of experience in the innovation space, most recently as vice president of Design and Strategy at ARC Worldwide — Leo Burnett. Previously, he was the managing director of Strategic Design Innovation at HLB.

    In 2009, he was named to the global design jury for the International Design Excellence Awards, and in 2011, was named to the steering committee for the Edison Awards, which recognize distinguished innovators, business executives and innovation leaders for significant and lasting contributions to innovation and human-centered design throughout their careers.

  • Kristin Hughes Associate Professor, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

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    Kristin Hughes' work focuses on design as a catalyst for community and civic engagement. Hughes designs products and processes that allow participants to shape their learning space and sustain learning over time. Through game design, Hughes creates a powerful platform for uninhibited learning.

    Currently, she is working on Fitwits, a transdisciplinary, collaborative research project of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Design and UPMC Saint Margaret Family Health Centers. The program addresses obesity prevention through a triple-pronged approach in school, family health centers, and community centers. The Fitwits program encourages hands-on learning, allows families to interact with each other, ask questions, negotiate, and invent solutions. Fitwits empowers families to be active in their own health through a system of products and services.

    Prior to developing Fitwits, Hughes worked collaboratively with University of Pittsburgh Out of School Learning Environments (UPCLOSE) on Click! Urban Adventure, and Explanatoids. Click! Urban Adventure, is an interactive role-playing game designed to immerse middle school girls in discipline-specific science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities. Explanatoids brings science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics to the general public by placing signs and other artifacts in public spaces to encourage curiosity and an understanding of science in everyday life.

  • Brian Kaihoi Web Administrator, Mayo Clinic

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    Brian Kaihoi has been with Mayo Clinic for 35 years and has held 21 different administrative and operational positions. Currently, he is a Web administrator, supporting many Web activities. Kaihoi is leading Mayo Clinic's efforts to incorporate virtual world tools into practice, education, research and administrative activities.

    Kaihoi has degrees in Education and Business, including a Master of Business Administration. He has presented numerous seminars and workshops on technology, education, and management topics for Mayo Clinic, state and federal government agencies, professional associations, corporations and civic groups. He is a past-president of the Minnesota affiliate of the American Society for Healthcare Education and Training.

  • Jeffrey Kapec Principal and Executive Vice President Tanaka Kapec Design Group, Inc.

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    Since 1980, Jeffrey Kapec has worked on design and product development programs in the following areas: Surgical instruments, medical diagnostic equipment, medical carts, neonatal intensive care equipment, pharmaceutical packaging, drug delivery systems, technical instruments, office equipment, office furniture design, and consumer products. He has been awarded design patents and more than 35 utility patents (U.S. and international patents) in advanced technology, surgical instruments and mechanical design.

    Kapec has logged hundreds of hours viewing and recording surgical procedures with some of the most renowned surgeons practicing in neuro, ENT, gastro, orthopedic, cardio, open heart, OB/GYN laparoscopic, minimally invasive, and coronary interventional. He has attended introductory laparoscopic courses at the Center for Videoscopic & Laser Surgery, Woodstock, Ga.; and has spent numerous hours observing nursing techniques in various clinical settings.

    At Pratt Institute in New York City, Kapec earned a Bachelor of Design with honors and is now a visiting professor in the Industrial Design Department. He is actively involved in numerous professional design organizations, including the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), the Rowena Reed Kostellow Fund, and Core 77. Kapec has published numerous articles in leading design and medical industry publications.

  • Larry Keeley President and Co-Founder of Doblin Inc.

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    Larry Keeley is a strategist who has worked for 30 years to develop more effective innovation methods. Larry is President and co-founder of Doblin, Inc., an innovation strategy firm known for pioneering comprehensive innovation systems that materially improve innovation success rates. Doblin is now a member of Monitor Group, Cambridge MA, where Keeley is a Group Leader.

    BusinessWeek named Keeley one of seven Innovation Gurus that are changing the field, and specifically cited Doblin for having many of the most sophisticated tools for delivering innovation effectiveness. In 2010, they also selected Keeley as one of the 27 most influential designers in the world, a phenomenon Keeley himself found to be a head scratcher, since he is not actually a designer.

    Keeley teaches graduate innovation strategy classes at the Institute of Design in Chicago, the first design school in the U.S. with a Ph.D. program, where he is also a board member. He lectures in executive education programs at Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is an adjunct faculty member for their core MBA and their Masters of Manufacturing Management programs. He also lectures at University of Chicago, plus business schools in Spain, England, Scotland and China. Keeley was a Senior Fellow of the Center for Business Innovation, in Boston.

    He is also a board member for Chicago Public Radio, where he has charted strategy for what has become an innovation engine for public radio across the US — helping to foster "This American Life" and other path-breaking new radio programs and media innovations.

  • Joseph Kolars, M.D. Professor of Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives University of Michigan Medical School

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    Joseph Kolars obtained his M.D. degree in 1982 from the University of Minnesota Medical School, pursued internal medicine training in Minneapolis, and completed postgraduate training in gastroenterology at the University of Michigan in 1989.

    After serving as associate chair for Medicine and the residency program director, Dr. Kolars left the University of Michigan to establish a Western-based health care system in China in conjunction with Shanghai Second Medical University. He lived with his family in Shanghai for three years.

    In 1999, he joined the faculty at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and was internal medicine residency program director for five years. In June 2009, he moved to the University of Michigan where he oversees the associate deans responsible for the education programs, as well as global health initiatives for the medical school. Over the past four years, much of his work has focused on innovations that strengthen education systems to improve care in Africa and China. Most of his work has been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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  • Ellen LaPointe Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Hope Lab

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    Ellen LaPointe is responsible for developing strategic private and public sector partnerships to increase HopeLab's institutional resources; leverage the impact of HopeLab's innovative solutions; and raise awareness of HopeLab's work among thought leaders, policymakers, and other key stakeholders.

    In her role, she has cultivated successful partnerships with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Starlight Children's Foundation, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Entertainment Software Association Foundation, CIGNA HealthCare, and Vivendi, among others. These partnerships have been key drivers of the success of Re-Mission, Zamzee, and other HopeLab initiatives.

    LaPointe became vice president of Strategic Partnerships in May 2007, following her tenure as vice president of Strategic Initiatives at HopeLab. In her previous role, she oversaw the public launch of HopeLab's first product, the Re-Mission video game for teens and young adults with cancer, and the early development of Zamzee.

    LaPointe has extensive experience in organizational leadership, strategy development and implementation, partnership cultivation, fund development, communications, financial management, and program oversight. Before joining HopeLab, she served as executive director of Project Inform, a national nonprofit AIDS treatment information and advocacy organization. Prior to that, she was an attorney at a large law firm in San Francisco and director of Clinical Research at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, also in San Francisco.

    A magna cum laude graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Community Health, LaPointe earned a J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt School of Law.

  • Debra Lieberman, Ph.D. Director of the Health Games Research National Program, University of California, Santa Barbara

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    Debra Lieberman, Ph.D., is director of the Health Games Research national program and a communication researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Her research focuses on processes of learning and behavior change with interactive media, with special interests in digital games, health media and children's media. She has published widely and consults for health organizations, education agencies, and media and technology companies to help design and evaluate digital media and games for entertainment, learning, and health behavior change ... for all age groups.

    Health Games Research is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneer Portfolio to advance the research, design and effectiveness of digital games that are aimed at improving health behaviors and the delivery of health care. It has supported 21 research grants in the health games field.

    Before joining UCSB, Debra was vice president of research at Raya Systems and Click Health, companies that developed innovative and highly effective health games and home-to-clinic telehealth systems. Prior to that she was a faculty member in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University, Bloomington. She holds an Ed.M. in Media and Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (1974), where she studied and collaborated with Sesame Street researchers and producers, and she holds a Ph.D. in Communication Research from Stanford University (1986).

  • Caroline Lu Designer

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    Caroline believes that design can and should meet the unmet needs of people. As senior designer/researcher at Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation she engages in a human centered, collaborative design methodology to provide insights, product and service recommendations. Recent projects have included an electronic medical record software package and a colon cancer screening kit and tools for behavior change in the realm of wellness.

    Lu holds an interdisciplinary degree in Communication Design and English from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Fine Arts in Design from the California College of the Arts. Prior to Mayo Clinic, she worked as a graphic designer for various enterprises, from a high-tech marketing firm at Bite Communications to fine arts at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

  • Roger Martin Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

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    Previously, Roger Martin spent 13 years as a director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Mass. He was co-head of the firm for two years.

    Martin writes extensively for newspapers and magazines, including Financial Times, BusinessWeek, Washington Post, Fast Company and The Globe & Mail. For Harvard Business Review, he has written 11 articles and authors a regular blog. His books include The Responsibility Virus (2002), The Opposable Mind (2007), The Design of Business (2009), and the forthcoming Fixing the Game (May 2011), plus two books co-authored with Mihnea Moldoveanu, The Future of the MBA (2008) and Diaminds (2009).

    In 2010, he was named by BusinessWeek as one of the 27 most influential designers in the world. The previous year, The Times (of London) and included him as one of the 50 top management thinkers in the world (#32). In 2007, BusinessWeek chose him as a 'B-School All-Star' for being one of the 10 most influential business professors in the world, and two years earlier, the publication named him one of seven "Innovation Gurus."

    Martin serves on the boards of Thomson Reuters Corporation, Research in Motion and the Skoll Foundation; and is chair of Tennis Canada. He received his AB degree with a concentration in Economics from Harvard College in 1979; and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1981.

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  • Augusta Meill Vice President, Continuum

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    Augusta Meill believes in the power of design to change lives. As a vice president at Continuum, a global design and innovation consultancy, she works with clients to drive business impact by creating experiences that make a real difference for people.

    At Continuum, Meill has collaborated with companies such as CVS/Caremark, Quest Diagnostics, Abbott Nutrition and Philips Healthcare to develop products and services that create positive, brand-reinforcing experiences for their users. Throughout the process, she supports cross-functional teams in considering the range of challenges and perspectives — consumer, business, brand, operational and technical — to create service networks that will serve people and deliver tangible results.

    Prior to joining Continuum, Meill worked in design communities focusing on support companies in communicating how their design offerings were a key point of differentiation for business success. She has a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University.

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  • Michael Murphy Executive Director, MASS Design Group

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    Michael Murphy co-founded the MASS Design Group in 2008. Murphy's firm led the design and construction of the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, which opened in January 2011. MASS received the 2010 Design Futures Council Emerging Leaders Scholarship, was chosen one of Fast Company magazine's "Master of Design" and awarded Metropolis magazine's 2011 "Game Changers."

    The firm was recently selected as a finalist for MoMA PS1's 2011 Young Architects Program and was honored alongside IDEO's CEO Tim Brown for its contribution to the field of design at the Horace Havemeyer III State of Design Event hosted at Steelcase.

    Murphy has taught courses on design for infection control at Harvard University's School of Public Health and is an associate professor at Clark University.

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  • Rebecca Onie Co-founder of Health Leads

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    In 1996, during her sophomore year at Harvard College, Rebecca Onie co-founded Health Leads (formerly Project HEALTH) with Dr. Barry Zuckerman, chair of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center.

    Onie was executive director of Health Leads for three years, overseeing the organization's growth to Providence, R.I. and New York City. After attending Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a research assistant for Professors Laurence Tribe and Lani Guinier, Onie clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She then served as an associate at Miner, Barnhill & Galland P.C., a boutique law firm in Chicago, where she represented civil rights and employment discrimination plaintiffs, health centers, affordable housing developers, and nonprofit organizations. During this time, Onie was founding co-chair of Health Leads' board of directors.

    She returned to Health Leads as chief executive officer in February 2006, leading the organization's expansion to new sites in Baltimore and Chicago and increasing the number of families served by 89 percent in two years. Last year, Health Leads trained and mobilized a corps of 660 college volunteers serving nearly 6,000 low-income patients and their families in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, New York, Providence, R.I. and Washington, D.C.

    In 2009, she was honored to receive a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, for "individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction." Most recently, O! Magazine named her to its 2010 Power List of 20 women who are "changing the world for the better."

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  • Dawn M. Owens Chief Executive Officer, OptumHealth

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    Dawn Owens is chief executive officer of OptumHealth, a UnitedHealth Group business and one of the nation's largest health and wellness companies. She leads nearly 11,000 employees in delivering information, tools and solutions that people use to navigate the health care system, finance health care needs and achieve their wellness goals.

    Owens was appointed CEO in 2007. Under her direction, OptumHealth company quickly became a health and wellness leader, and now helps nearly 60 million people live their lives to the fullest through programs offered by employers, payers and public sector entities. Today, Owens is focused on advancing OptumHealth's growth and impact as a constructive and transformational force in health care.

    Since joining UnitedHealth Group in 1997, Owens has held numerous leadership positions, including chief marketing officer of Ingenix, which focuses on transforming health care through information and technology; and president of UnitedHealthcare National Accounts (formerly known as Uniprise Strategic Solutions), UnitedHealthcare's business providing customized health, well-being, productivity and administrative solutions to large employers. She began her health care career at Aetna Health Plans.

    Owens holds a bachelor's degree in International Business and German from Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and studied at Marburg Universitaet in Germany. She attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Owens serves on the board of Grove City College and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

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  • Jay Parkinson, M.D., M.P.H. Physician and Co-founder of Hello Health

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    Instead of pills and scalpels, Jay Parkinson, M.D., M.P.H., uses creative design to improve health. He is a pediatrician and preventive medicine specialist with a master's degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins. Dr. Parkinson appreciates aesthetics, our rapidly changing culture, and our health. And he straddles lines: Both pop culture and traditional health care have embraced his ideas. He is a partner in The Future Well, which creates engaging experiences that inspire health and happiness.

    Previously, he co-founded Hello Health, a novel way of experiencing health care via a Facebook-like platform that uses technology — including e-mail, instant messaging, and video chat — to restore the traditional doctor-patient relationship, but updated for today's lifestyle.

    Dr. Parkinson has been called "The Doctor of the Future" and one of the "Top Ten Most Creative People in Healthcare" by Fast Company. Esquire Magazine included him in 2009's "Best and Brightest: Radicals and Rebels Who Are Changing the World" issue. The leading trade publication for hospital and health system executives, Hospitals and Health Networks, dedicated a cover article to Dr. Parkinson entitled "Your Future Chief of Staff?" He writes and speaks frequently on health care and wellness — Pop!Tech, The Guardian Activate Summit, California Chronic Health Foundation, and the British Medical Journal.

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  • Doug Powell Designer, Entrepreneur and Business Strategist

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    Together with his wife Lisa Schwartz Powell, Doug Powell founded Minneapolis-based Schwartz Powell in 1989. In 2004, following their daughter Maya's diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes, the couple launched Type 1 Tools to bring well-designed, kid-friendly tools to the daily experience of managing this complex disease. Type 1 Tools was a recipient of an INDEX Design to Improve Life award in 2006. The success of Type 1 Tools led to the expansion of the business into HealthSimple, with a vision to improve the daily experience of living with chronic health problems. HealthSimple was acquired by McNeil Nutritionals, a division of Johnson & Johnson, in 2007.

    Doug currently works with a variety of partners in health and nutrition, bringing design and design methodology to the most challenging problems of our time.

    He is the national president of AIGA the professional association for design, an organization with 22,000 members and 66 chapters committed to advancing design designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. On his blog, Merge, Doug discusses the new ways designers are working. He is a frequent commentator and conference presenter.

  • Lorna Ross Creative Lead and Manager, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation Design Team

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    Lorna Ross has 16 years' experience working in design and design research, with the past nine years focused on health and health care. She is a graduate of The Royal College of Art, London.

    Prior to joining the Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic as manager of the design group, Ross ran the Design for Human Wellbeing Group at the MIT Media Lab Europe. She has led large-scale strategic design projects for the Department of Defense, Motorola Inc., Interval Research Corporation and Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Ross held a faculty position at Rhode Island School of Design in the Industrial Design Department and has been on the visiting faculty at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. She has consulted to the UK Design Council and was a visiting research fellow at University of Reading, United Kingdom, Bionics Group.

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  • Bob Schwartz General Manager, Global Design GE Healthcare

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    Bob Schwartz is responsible for overseeing the Global Design function encompassing human factors, industrial design, ergonomics, and user interface and design research. As a strategic driver of business growth, his team focuses on the look, feel, usability and end-to-end experience of GE Healthcare (GEHC) products and services. During 2009, Global Design received five medals from the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).

    Schwartz joined GEHC from Procter & Gamble, where he was a global design leader working to transform the design function there to a strategically relevant capability. He has served as director, Science and Technology Programs for AdvaMed, where he forged strong partnerships with the Food and Drug Administration, Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and Congress. He has lobbied and directed policy and voluntary standards research for circulatory and cardiovascular devices, health care information systems and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

    Schwartz was inducted into the Industrial Designers Society of America's Academy of Fellows at the World Congress of Industrial Design, for his outstanding contributions to the industry. He has a master's degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial & Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design.

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  • Michael Seid, Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Health Outcomes and Quality of Care Research, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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    The research conducted by Michael Seid, Ph.D., focuses on using behavioral and social science to improve care and outcomes for children with chronic health conditions. He has been principal investigator of these and other federally funded grants aimed at measuring quality-of-care for vulnerable children; reducing barriers to care for vulnerable children with asthma; determining predictors of health-related quality-of-life for children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis; and developing and testing a cell phone-Human Rights Clinic at Montefiore Medical Center based adherence intervention for adolescents with asthma and Type 1 diabetes. He is the Research Center director for the Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics.

    Dr. Seid is co-principal investigator for the Collaborative Chronic Care Network, or C3N project ( The project aims to harness the inherent motivation and collective intelligence of patients, clinicians and scientists to design, prototype, optimize and evaluate a new system for chronic care. He received his doctorate in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1995.

  • Doug Shenson, M.D., M.P.H. Associate Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Associate Director of Clinical Preventive Services, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center

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    Doug Shenson, M.D., M.P.H., holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania; Oxford University; Tulane University School of Medicine; Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; and the Harvard School of Public Health. Following internal medicine residency training, he received a postdoctoral fellowship for Research on Persistent Urban Poverty from the Rockefeller Foundation.

    He is the executive director of Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration (SPARC), a nonprofit organization that develops and evaluates new approaches to the delivery of clinical preventive services. One such approach is Vote & Vax, a national program that puts into operation immunization clinics at polling places on Election Day and garnered the Overall Season Immunization Excellence Award at the 2009 National Immunization Summit sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    In 2005, Dr. Shenson was awarded the Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public Health by the American Public Health Association.

    He is a co-founder of Doctors of the World USA (now HealthRight International), a medical humanitarian organization; and the founder of the Human Rights Clinic at Montefiore Medical Center, the first clinic in New York City to attend to the needs of torture survivors.

  • Halle Tecco Founder and Managing Director, RockHealth

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    RockHealth is the first seed-accelerator devoted exclusively to health apps. Tecco recognized the need and potential for startups in the interactive health space while working at Apple's App Store covering the health and medical vertical. Previously, she founded Yoga Bear, a national nonprofit that provides yoga to the cancer community in hospitals and at over 200 partner studios.

    Tecco has written for Harvard Business School Publishing, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and ForbesWoman. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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  • John Thackara Writer, educator and design producer

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    John Thackara is the author of In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World (MIT Press) and a widely-read blog at As director of Doors of Perception, Thackara organizes festivals around the world in which communities imagine sustainable futures — and take practical steps to realize them. The most recent Doors of Perception, in Delhi, was about food systems and design; this brought together paradigm-changing designers, technology innovators, and grassroots innovators. Thackara studied philosophy, and trained as a journalist, before working for 10 years as a book and magazine editor.

    He was the first director (1993—1999) of the Netherlands Design Institute in Amsterdam and was program director of Designs of the Time (Dott 07), a new social innovation biennial in England. In 2008, he was commissioner of City Eco Lab at Cite du Design, the most important French design biennial. During such events, Thackara profiles change agents who exemplify the social dimension of the transition to sustainability. At Transform 2011, John will share with us the story of two projects he commissioned in the UK: Alzheimer 100 which is about the collaborative design of services to support caregivers; and DaSH [Design and Sexual Health] whose focus is on distributed Peer-to-Peer health information exchange. He will describe what happened as these two live prototypes impacted on the larger health and policy ecology.

    Thackara is a Fellow of The Young Foundation, the UK's social enterprise incubator and sits on the advisory boards of the Pixelache Festival in Helsinki and the Pecha Kucha Foundation in Tokyo. He is also a member of the UK Parliament's Standing Commission on Design.

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  • Bryan Vartabedian, M.D. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital

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    Bryan Vartabedian, M.D., has been active in the health blogosphere since 2006 and can be found at 33 charts, on which he narrates the experience of the physician at the intersection of social media and medicine.

    An active speaker, Dr. Vartabedian has addressed the American Medical Association, the American Telemedicine Association and the Texas Medical Association on the issue of medical doctors in the social media space. He serves in an advisory capacity to a number of early health care ventures.

    Dr. Vartabedian is the author of Colic Solved — The Essential Guide to Infant Reflux and the Care of Your Crying, Difficult-to-Soothe Baby (Ballantine/Random House 2007) and First Foods (St. Martin's Press 2001). He is a contributing author to The Real Life of a Pediatrician (Kaplan 2009).

  • Helen Walters Writer, Editor and Researcher, Innovation Consultancy Doblin

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    A New York City-based journalist with experience editing and publishing content across multiple platforms, Helen Walters was formerly the editor of innovation and design at Bloomberg Businessweek.

    She is contributing editor at Creative Review magazine in the United Kingdom and writes about creativity and design for numerous international publications, including Fast Company Design, Core77 and Design Observer.

    Helen regularly participates in discussions about the business of design at conferences around the world and curates the website She is the author of a number of design-related books. She tweets @helenwalters.

  • David Webster Partner at IDEO, Global Health & Wellness Practice Lead

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    David Webster knows from experience that design thinking can massively improve the health care ecosystem for patients, professionals and organizations. He is inspired by the rapid escalation of technologies and a new generation of colleagues who are looking to create meaningful impact in the field. He sees a broad range of opportunities for innovation, from advancing surgical tools to developing consumer brands that make healthful eating irresistible.

    Webster, a mechanical engineer and industrial designer, is particularly passionate about designing experiences that pivot around physical objects. He prefers sketching and building to sitting still and typing, and has a special interest in robots.

    Since joining IDEO in 1997, Webster has worked on projects and client relationships that include developing a new category of bicycle for Shimano and the first digital magazine for Zinio.

    Before IDEO, David designed Yamaha motorcycles with GK in Tokyo; invented new food products with WhatIf in London; and built new factories for Unilever in Europe.

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  • John Wilbanks Entrepreneur, Scientist and Engineer

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    John Wilbanks works on open content, open data and open innovation systems. He has done stints at Creative Commons, Harvard Law School, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the World Wide Web Consortium, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

    He started a bioinformatics company called Incellico, which is now part of Selventa. Wilbanks sits on the Board of Directors for Sage Bionetworks, AcaWiki, and 1DegreeBio, as well as the Advisory Board for Boundless Learning, and serves as a mentor at RockHealth.

    Wilbanks studied philosophy and French at Tulane University; and modern letters at the Sorbonne.

  • Andrew Zolli Futures Researcher

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    Andrew Zolli is a futures researcher who studies the complex forces at the intersection of technology, sustainability and global society that are shaping our future. He is the Curator of PopTech, , the thought leadership and social innovation network, which has pioneered new programs to train social innovators and scientists; and spurred significant advances in mobile healthcare, education, sustainability, and a number of related fields.

    Andrew has served as a Fellow of the National Geographic Society, and his work and ideas regularly appear in dozens of leading publications and media outlets. In 2012, Andrew's next book, Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, will be published by Random House.

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