Innovation:: Design / Research / Production – “A Marriage of the Minds”

Session Four      There is significant dialogue about the importance of STEM education and then there are the advocates for the arts. Sometimes it even feels like these are two very different and almost adversarial camps. In this panel discussion join us as our leaders from both camps, practical applications experts, innovation leaders and investors make sense of this contrast between left brain/right brain thinking. How do we bring the best of technology, research and design together to innovate and capture market share?

Moderator: Jim Stikeleather ~ Chief  Innovation Officer Dell

For more than 30 years, Jim Stikeleather has designed, developed and implemented award winning information and communications technologies that help businesses and institutions succeed. He has spoken and consulted internationally on digital infrastructures, evaluation of emerging technologies, and provided strategic guidance on their application to achieve business outcomes. He participates in international technology standards bodies, has multiple industry-article contributions to his credit and advises a number of technology incubators. Jim is a frequent speaker at major conferences and his latest book, Business Innovation in the Cloud was released in May, 2012. Additionally, Jim holds two patents.

Jim came to Dell via Perot Systems. Perot acquired a company he started, the Technical Resource Connection (TRC), in 1996. He left in 2000 to become CTO of the New Ventures unit of MeadWestvaco, where he served as an executive and board member of their portfolio of startup companies. He returned to Perot Systems in 2009 to lead the development and execution of Perot's cloud strategy. Currently, Jim serves as Executive Strategist / Chief Innovation Officer for Dell Services, the approximately $8 billion IT services arm of Dell, where he leads a team of information technology and business experts who identify, evaluate and assess the future potential of new technologies, business models and processes to address evolving business, economic and social trends for the company and customers.

Ava Parker, COO Florida Polytechnic

An attorney with a decade of experience in higher education, Parker is uniquely qualified to guide and implement the goals of Florida Poly. Her background includes governance positions in the State University System of Florida, where she chaired the Board of Governors, a constitutional body created to develop and direct policies for the entire State University System. Under her leadership, Parker oversaw the education of 320,000 students at 11 public universities in Florida. Parker’s service on the BOG spanned 10 years and three Administrations. She was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush as an inaugural member and then reappointed by Gov. Charlie Crist and Gov. Rick Scott. In addition to her role as Chair of the BOG, Parker also served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Facilities Committee, which oversaw capital expenditures for construction, development and expansion. Parker was a charter member for the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees. She led a BOG commission that explored the technology skills gap and future needs in higher education for worker education, training and skills.

Parker is a partner at Lawrence & Parker, PA, which offers legal services in the areas of corporate, transactional, civil litigation and public finance. She is president of Linking Solutions, a consulting firm that has produced a national symposium for municipalities exploring expansion of technology services for its citizens. Linking Solutions provides training, project management and back office support.

She is founding Executive Director of the Emerging Issues Policy Forum, which brings lawmakers and industry leaders together to address and resolve regulatory barriers in the areas of energy, communications and information technology.  Parker served previously on the state’s first Internet Task Force, a position she held under Gov. Jeb Bush. She served as subject matter expert in e-laws at ITFlorida, which advances Florida’s high-tech industry.

Parker is a graduate of Leadership Florida, Class of XXI, a statewide nonprofit organization that trains individuals who show a passion and commitment to make a difference as a Florida leader. In 2013, Parker was among the Women of Influence honored by the Jacksonville Business Journal. The Girl Scouts also recognized Parker in its annual Women of Distinction Awards in 2007.

She is a graduate of the University of Florida Law School and the University of Florida’s College of Journalism. She is married and has two school-aged children.

Robert Brady ~ ROBRADY design

Robert Brady began his prominent career in design over 20 years ago with the Cigarette Racing Team in Miami. By 1990 he had founded ROBRADY design.

Today, he leads all product design, strategy, implementation and business development of the Sarasota, Florida-based firm. ROBRADY design is globally recognized as a design leader in the transportation, consumer/electronics, industrial, medical, graphic/interactive, and marine markets.

He also co-founded and currently serves as Executive Director of ARMORIT—a product design, development and delivery consortium aimed at Military and Government markets. Brady’s expertise and vision have shaped revolutionary and award-winning products such as the Vectrix electric Superbike and VX-1 maxi-scooter, the Segway, the GMP LifeSync wireless electro-cardiogram system and personal watercraft and jet boats for Yamaha and Polaris.

His portfolio also includes motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, digital instruments, lightweight composite tools, surgical devices, exercise equipment, fuel cell devices, jet and recreational boats and off-shore high performance powerboats. His studio delivers its multinational client base—including General Electric, Mercedes‐Benz, Office Depot, Parker Hannifin, AT&T, Textron, Caterpillar, Merial and Segway—progressive industrial design, mechanical design and engineering, graphics /packaging / GUI / web and eCommerce design, market research, brand and retail development, complete rapid prototyping and production program management. ROBRADY design stresses comprehensive speed‐to‐market product solutions from start-up to Fortune 100 by collaborating to identify the greatest areas of opportunity, producing innovative designs that deliver profitable results.

 Christine Meeker Lange ~ Special Assistant to the President for Media & Community Relations Ringling College of Art and Design

Christine Meeker Lange is a hopeless idea junkie and storyteller, who thrives on chaos and creativity! As Special Assistant to the President at Ringling College of Art and Design, she is the College's chief media spokesperson and communications advisor to President Larry Thompson, and directs a host of emerging initiatives on behalf of the Office of the President, including the innovative Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab. Prior to joining Ringling in 2000, she was global marketing consultant at Arthur Andersen Technology Solutions, and worked in  various creative marketing services roles at the Tampa Bay Times, Akron Beach Journal, and local ABC-TV affiliate in Akron, Ohio. She holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Kent State University.