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Innovation: An Essential Building Block for

Organizational Prosperity and Survival

Friday, March 28, 2014

2 – 7:30 p.m.





Session 1 - 3:15 - 4:45

Topic: Social Media in Service

Moderator: Janet Wagner

Alphonse MacDonald | The National Academies

Alphonse MacDonald is the Director of Marketing and Technology. In this role,

he leads specialist and cross-matrix teams to successfully complete strategic

communications, marketing, and technology initiatives. Alphonse began his career with Island Press, Center for Resource Economics, where he spent 8 years and was promoted to become the Director of New Media and Information Technology.

He then joined Conservation International as the Senior Director in Digital Strategies. He subsequently joined the National Academies as the Director of Digital Operation and Internet Technologies. Alphonse holds a MBA degree from Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University. Currently, Alphonse is also an Associate Professor at Georgetown Washington University, where he teaches Electronic Publishing Theory & Practice.

Reference: http://www.mendeley.com/profiles/alphonse-macdonald/ http://goo.gl/OPYTSP (LinkedIn) Lucia Stoller | Marriott International Lucia Stoller is the Director of Social Marketing. Lucia is a digital marketing and social media professional who is experienced in managing teams to drive business results through integrated campaigns and partnerships. Lucia graduated from Middlebury College with a BA of Literary Studies. Upon graduation, she started her career as the Assistant Copywriter of Avon Products. Later she joined The Communication Group as the Social Media/Client Engagement manager. In 2008, she became the Marketing Director of 2014  SMITH  SCHOOL  BUSINESS  SUMMIT   PANELIST  BIOS   Honey magazine. She then worked for Attention as Associate Director and for Ann Taylor as Senior Manager, Social Media & Digital Marketing.

Reference: http://goo.gl/XDldsU (LinkedIn) Jason Siegel | Bluetext Jason Siegel is Partner and Creative Director. As principal, chief marketing officer, and head of the Bluetext creative and digital services group, Jason manages and directs development of a wide range of interactive services for Bluetext clients. He has an exceptional record for great client service with all facets of creative and digital services. Prior to founding Bluetext, Jason was a Partner at Qorvis for 8 year. He joined Qorvis after merging his digital agency with Qorvis. Siegel founded his own interactive agency, Internet Gravity, in 1998, and grew the company’s clientele exponentially. He has produced, designed, and built more than 500 websites for a variety of businesses and was selected by Yahoo as the nation’s best college web designer of 1998. Jason has won numerous awards, including 40 Under 40 Winner, App of the Week New York Times 2009 Obama Inauguration, and AdAge Top 10 Branded App of 2009, AAMMCO iGaauge. Jason holds a master degree in Executive Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

Reference: http://goo.gl/qLUENj (LinkedIn) Jonathan Rick | The Jonathan Rick Group Jonathan Rick is the founder and president of the Jonathan Rick Group. In his role, he helps people to leverage the Web via a website, social network, blog, ad, or app. He identifies and implements e-strategies to build brand equity, create buzz, and drive public opinion. Jonathan graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in government. After graduation, he worked for Susan Davis International, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Rock Creek Strategic Marketing, and cut his teeth in “dead-tree” public relations and journalism for the Cato Institute, the American Conservative Union, and Time magazine. His writing has appeared in a plethora of publications, including Mashable, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, and Politico, as well as the book, What We Think: Young Voters Speak Out (2004). He is regularly quoted in the media, including the New York Times, ReadWriteWeb, and

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Computerworld, and has spoken before organizations such as the American Marketing Association, the Public Relations Society of America, and Georgetown University.

Reference: http://goo.gl/JGYkYI (LinkedIn)

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SSBS Talent Management Panel 2014 Moderator: Jeff Kudisch, Ph.D.

Philip Altschuler Philip Altschuler has 20 years of human resources experience working in a variety of businesses with exposure to all levels of the organization. He is currently the Vice President of Human Resources at Gables Residential; a $3 billion privately held multi-family real estate investment trust with 1300 associates managing 35,000 apartments across the United States. In this capacity, Mr. Altschuler is responsible for all human resources and organizational development activities, including recruitment, executive development, succession planning, compensation, performance measurement and talent management, employee relations, and benefits administration.

Prior to joining Gables, Mr. Altschuler spent 9 years as the Vice President - Human Resources for Federal Realty, a $6 billion public retail real estate investment trust, managing 120 retail assets including shopping centers and mixed use developments. Prior to that he was the Corporate Director of Human Resources for Feld Entertainment, Inc. where he directed human resources for the company's live shows including Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice, and Seigfried & Roy in Las Vegas.

Before running away to join the circus, Mr. Altschuler worked for Host Marriott Services where he served in many capacities including Senior Manager of Strategic Staffing, Manager of HRIS & Policy, and Regional Director of Human Resources responsible for operations in seven states. Mr. Altschuler received his MBA from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is certified as a Senior Professional in HR from the Society for Human Resource Managers and is an active member with several associations including NAREIT (National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts), NMHC (National Multifamily Housing Council, and ULI (Urban Land Institute). Mr. Altschuler also serves on the Board of Directors for the DC/Metro Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Board of Trustees for Montgomery Hospice Caring.


Eric Barger, Ph.D.

Eric Barger is Vice President, Global Talent Management. He is responsible for Global Learning & Development, Talent Acquisition and Succession Planning for the organization. Dr. Barger joined McCormick in 2011 where he served in the Global Talent Management area within the Human Relations function.

Prior to joining McCormick, Dr. Barger served in roles of increasing responsibility for the Federal Government with the Departments of Defense and Treasury, Discovery Communications, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and Constellation Energy.

Dr. Barger earned his B.A. in Psychology with a Concentration in Industrial Relations from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He also holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University. He is an associate member of the U.S. Industrial Group Headquarters Multiple Management Board, and advisor to the Regional Americas and Global MMB, where he is a passionate supporter of leadership development within the organization. Dr. Barger previously served on the Board of Directors for Partnership for Animal Welfare and is active with both Komen Maryland and March of Dimes. He also provides pro-bono consultation to local non-profits and small businesses. Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Maryland, he now resides in Howard County with his wife Renee.

Jennifer Cowley Jennifer Cowley is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Human Capital practice. She has almost twenty years of experience in consulting, spanning human capital, workforce analytics, organizational strategy, systems development, and process improvement. Jennifer has led teams providing consulting services across a variety public and private sector clients, including federal agencies within the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community as well as in the financial services and telecommunications industries. Jennifer specializes in building workforce analytics capabilities for her clients; guiding organizations through their strategic and analytic journey to data-driven human capital decision-making, efficiencies, and investments.


Jennifer graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She leads Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Human Capital undergraduate recruiting efforts at Wake Forest as well as experienced hire recruiting for Workforce Analytics within the Federal practice.

Wil VandeWiel Wil VandeWiel serves as the Area President for DORMA Americas (USA, Canada, Central America, & Latin America). Wil is an open-minded senior executive with strategic focus and verifiable year-after-year success achieving revenue, profit, and business growth objectives within highly dynamic, turnaround, and rapid-change environments. He has the ability to transform strategy into implementation, and has extensive experience with highly engineered systems, which require deep understanding of critical business drivers in multiple markets and industries;

highly successful in building relationships with customers and business partners seizing control of critical problem areas, and delivering on customer commitments. Wil has successfully managed change-initiatives and company turnarounds founded on deep cultural understanding, building bridges between people, teams and organizations. Wil co-developed the company-wide turnaround plan named ‘DORMA-2020’. He has led and motivated teams in businesses comprised of more than 1,000 employees and managed P&L for businesses exceeding $300 million revenue.

Wil is a pragmatic, customer-focused and performance-driven leader with proven achievements in semiconductor, fiber optic, medical, and building/construction industries. He has extensive business background in international, multi-cultural environments, and has repeatedly produced sustained revenue and EBITA growth in dynamic and changing markets.

Prior to joining DORMA he worked with Bosch Security Systems for about 6 years (serving as Managing Director and Global Quality Director), and Philips Medical Systems for 14 years (where he was the Director of Engineering, among other roles). Wil received his Engineering Mechatronics degree from Fontys Hogescholen, and has participated in business programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management, and the IMD Business School.

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John Silberholz PhD student in the Operations Research Center (MIT) MIT John has researched the application of healthcare analytics in the design of chemotherapy regimens for advanced cancers and in the design of population screening strategies for prostate cancer. His research on designing chemotherapy regimens was recently awarded the William Pierskalla Award, the top award for a healthcare paper in operations research. Prior to coming to MIT, John was cofounder of Enertaq, a smartgrid startup company that used analytics techniques to provide electricity grid reliability services. He graduated summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland.


Arnie Greenland Distinguished Engineer IBM Arnie Greenland is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Service Line Leader for Public Sector Advanced Analytics and Optimization In this role, Arnie manages of group of 150 advanced analytics professionals who work in the areas of optimization, simulation, data and text mining, statistical analysis, actuarial analysis and econometric modeling. The practice supports government, healthcare and educational organization clients. Arnie has PhD in Mathematics from The University of Rochester. After graduation, he was an Assistant Professor in Mathematics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In 1982, Arnie began a more than 30 year career in consulting.

For the last 20 years he has been a senior analytics leader at the IBM Corporation and its predecessor firms (Price Waterhouse and PricewaterhouseCoopers). He was appointed to be an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2005 and since that time has worked as a services solution innovator and technical leader within the corporation. In addition to Healthcare clients, he has also provided services for a number of government agencies including the IRS, Social Security Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, US Postal Service, and the Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation and Defense.

Suchi Saria Assistant Professor John Hopkins University Suchi’s interests span machine learning, its applications to domains such as natural language and time series data, and health informatics. She is particularly interested in helping solve how can we fix our healthcare system. She works to develop novel ways to capture and analyze our interactions with the health care system to help make inferences about the health of an individual as well as the health system. Her goal is to identify opportunities and develop tools to improve the delivery of healthcare.

Suchi was a visiting fellow at Harvard and has a PhD from Stanford.

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Topic: Banking Moderator: Haluk Unal Richard Brown Chief Economist FDIC Richard A. Brown concurrently serves as the FDIC’s Chief Economist and as Associate Director for Regional Operations in the FDIC’s Division of Insurance and Research. As Chief Economist, he is responsible for developing and communicating the FDIC's perspective on a wide range of economic and risk management issues. Brown speaks often on the economy before bankers and trade groups, and with the business media.

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