2009 Innovation Summit Features Leaders from Council on Competitiveness, Cisco, Novartis and 37signals

Madison, NJ (April 1, 2009) – How can businesses implement innovation and collaboration practices within an organization to foster growth? On April 28, 2009, join innovation leaders as they share their insights and thoughts at the 2009 Innovation Summit. For the first time, this event will be accessible globally via live webcast with a video on demand option. It is sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business and the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies.

The Summit is designed to help executive management teams better understand how to implement innovation in an effort to effectively collaborate within and outside their organizations. Speakers include leaders from the Council on Competitiveness, Cisco, Novartis and 37signals (Basecamp).

Speakers include Deborah L. Wince-Smith, president of the Council on Competitiveness, a premiere group of CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders committed to driving U.S. competitiveness. Since her appointment as president in 2001, she has spearheaded a national campaign that made innovation a top-tier national policy issue.  Deborah is recognized in the global business community as a “go to” person for strategic counsel, as exemplified by her appointment to the Board of Directors of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. and the NASDAQ Stock Exchange. Her knowledge and foresight have been called on by three presidents.

Carlos Dominguez is a senior vice president in Cisco’s Office of the Chairman of the Board and CEO. He advocates for the creative use of technologies that are transforming how companies do business, create distinct competitive advantages and develop new business models. Dominguez says video, Web 2.0 applications and the increasing use of social networks are at the heart of the collaboration revolution that is helping companies use the power of collective intelligence to produce new products, better customer service and greater cost reductions.

Andrew Bushell, global portfolio team leader for Diovan, Exforge and Lotrel at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, has responsibility for delivering global development activities for these world-leading medicines through the collaboration of colleagues in every country of the world.  Prior to his current role, he was head of innovation and global R&D operations at Novartis Consumer Health where he explored the link between collaboration and the culture of innovation in order to provide innovative new products to consumers world-wide. Before joining Novartis, Andy was head of full development project management for Pfizer, where he successfully experimented with non-hierarchical departmental structure to better facilitate collaboration and personal development of his group.

Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of 37signals, a privately-held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based tools possible with the least number of features necessary. 37signals' products include Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Campfire, Ta-da List, and Writeboard. 37signals also developed and open-sourced the Ruby on Rails programming framework. 37signals' products do less than the competition - intentionally. Jason believes there's real value and beauty in the basics. Elegance, respect for people's desire to simply get stuff done, and honest ease of use are the hallmarks of 37signals products.

The 2009 Innovation Summit will be held at FDU’s College of Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ, and the cost is $145. The Summit begins with breakfast at 7 a.m. and concludes at 11:45 a.m. with a networking session.

The webcast of this seminar allows viewers from across the globe to access the event. Discussion will be enhanced by collaboration tools, Twitter and LinkedIn groups. Viewers will also be able to submit questions to the speakers. For those who are not able to make the webcast, registrants can access the video on demand for one month following the event. The interactive webcast is $145, with a $50 discount for those who sign up by April 13.

Register to attend or to view the webcast/VOD at  http://www.fdu.edu/innovationsummit

The Summit is sponsored by Schering-Plough, Johnson & Johnson, Innosight, Enspirix, Pheedo, NJTC, Riegel Printing, NJBIZ, Moran Media Group, WNYC-NPR, Bloomberg, Sobel Media, RDNJ, and the Council on Competitiveness.


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