Agile Innovation Program

Program Overview

AGILE Sponsors 2017


AGILE, the Advanced Global Innovation Leadership for Executives Program, features small group speaker panels + networking/happy hour sessions where top Maryland executives share industry insights on innovation and leadership. The goal of the program, created in collaboration with a true disruptive innovator and WTCI Board member Todd Ruppert, is to help drive disruptive thinking and innovative leadership across Maryland firms. A small group of approximately 20 firms (30 individuals) will attend four WTCI’s global innovation leadership sessions per year, gaining inspiration not only from the sessions but from the camaraderie built during the reception/networking with other fellow executives. Attendees will:

  • Hear from CEO’s and industry thought-leaders sharing innovation best practices
  • Engage in active interaction and Q&A among participants at each speaker session
  • Network at post-session happy hour receptions to enable 1:1 discussions
  • Receive periodic emails to include new, innovation-related articles and events

2017 AGILE Series Lineup

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  • May 15 – Global Innovation in the Spice World of Food and Flavor – Featuring:
    Lawrence Kurzius – CEO, McCormick
    Brant Matthews – Vice President, Global Strategic Procurement, McCormick
    Hamed Faridi – PhD, Chief Science Office, McCormick
    Lori Amos Robison – VP, Corporate Branding, Communications & Community Relations, McCormick
    Gary Patterson –  Executive Research Chef, Director of Culinary Science, McCormick
  • June 22 – Global Innovation in the Wireless World –  Featuring:
    Murray Wright – CEO, TESSCO
    Liz Robinson – Senior VP, Retail Sales & Product Marketing, TESSCO
    Stephen Hawke – Senior Product Strategy Manager, Immersive Products and Virtual Reality Division, Samsung
    Rigo Ferrer – Distribution Channel Manager, Samsung
  • September 28 – Global Innovation in the World of Fashion and Jewelry – Featuring
     Scott Burger – President of the Americas, Pandora
    Jenny Merrill – VP Retail Operations & Business Development
    Beth Moeri – Chief Merchandising Officer
  • November 8 – Global Innovation in the World of Wearable Technology – Featuring:
    Kevin Haley –  President, Category Management, and Innovation, Under Armour

About Todd Ruppert

Todd Ruppert has an insatiable appetite for using innovation to address key global challenges. He believes that strong leadership creating and supporting a culture of innovation and collaboration is imperative for success. As CEO and President of T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services for 12 years, Todd initiated and expanded the firm’s customer footprint from a domestic one stretching throughout the globe. He retired from T. ROWE PRICE and moved onto a more diverse set of challenges and opportunities. He is now actively involved in various fields on a global scale including venture capital, financial services, disruptive technologies, education, arts and entertainment, publishing, and strategy consulting. He assists many start-up companies globally, chairs/serves on numerous corporate boards, and gives back by serving on non-profit boards including INSEAD Business School, Kenyon College, Kenyon College, Furman University, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Royal Parks of London, the Cal Ripkin Sr. Foundation, and the World Trade Center Institute. He has also produced three movies and co-produced a musical. In all that he does, Todd tries to seek intelligent and novel solutions to challenging problems using his diverse and global experiences.

2017 Participating Companies

Abt Associates, Allegis, Ayers Saint Gross, Bambeco Inc., Catholic Services, Ciena Corporation, Communications Electronics, Coty, DisposeRx, Ellicott Dredges, FDA Imports, GAMSE Lithographing Company, Inc., Grace, Hogan Lovells, Inscite Consulting , Jhpiego, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Lion Brothers Co, Lockheed Martin, McCormick and Company, Northrop Grumman, Pandora, Prometric, Phillips Foods, Planit Agency, Prometric, RSM US, Ruppert International, Savills Studley, T.Rowe Price , Terminal Corporation, TESSCO Technologies, Under Armour, University of Maryland College Park, Westex Group, Inc.


This program is a WTCI subscription program. Priority is given to WTCI Premier Partners. To become a subscriber, contact Eddie Resende.

Todd Ruppert

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