Past Sessions – WTCI's AGILE Innovation Series

Past Sessions

AGILE 2020

Cybersecurity

The same digital tools and data sources that fuel productivity and growth have been weaponized against us by nefarious groups and even rogue states. For organizations of all sizes, dealing with the threat of cyber-attacks has become a way of life. Data breaches can cost companies billions of dollars, cripple a city’s services, or expose sensitive information. Preventing data incursions is only part of the story. The most forward-thinking organizations are prepared with a multifaceted response when attacks do occur. At this session, moderated by Brad Pollard, you will see how top companies are approaching this challenge and gain insights into the threats they have faced.

October 21

Brad Pollard, chief information officer (CIO), manages Tenable’s global information technology organization, overseeing critical technology systems that support the company’s worldwide sales, marketing and service efforts, as well as enterprise systems and applications for all corporate processes. With more than 23 years of information technology experience, Brad has led organizational transformation through strategic adoption and management of IT solutions, and navigated and resolved enterprise-level governance issues. Brad has more than 15 years of security experience, with previous management positions at Cisco and Sourcefire. He has a master’s degree in technology management from the University of Maryland University College.

Brad Pollard

Tom Warner is the Vice President of the Cyber & Intelligence market segment within the Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems line of business. Tom is responsible for a portfolio of programs that deliver a wide array of capabilities in support of national security requirements to the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and beyond.

During his time with the company, Tom held several leadership positions, with his most recent position being the Program Director for the Cyber Defense, Range and Resilience division. In that role, Tom led a portfolio of programs including the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), National Cyber Range (NCR), United States Postal Service (USPS) Cyber Support contracts. Because of his accomplishments in this role, Tom was awarded Lockheed Martin’s NOVA award for Leadership – the corporation’s highest honor.

Tom possesses a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and is a former Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). An active volunteer, Tom also serves in various capacities supporting Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida (DSACF).

Tom Warner

Charles Barley

Fipps joined Under Armour in January 2014 as Senior Vice President, Global Operations and oversaw Global Sales Operations, Planning, and Global Logistics and Distribution. In 2015 he assumed the role of Chief Information Officer and implemented new technology investments and introduced a new operating model that enabled UA’s global expansion.

Prior to joining UA, Paul Fipps served as Chief Information Officer and Corporate Vice President of Business Services at The Charmer Sunbelt Group (CSG) – a leading distributor of fine wines, spirits, beer, bottled water and other beverages in the United States. While at CSG, he led the strategic development and execution of CSG’s multi-functional shared services organization. Before entering into the corporate world, Fipps proudly served in the armed forces as a member of the United States Army.

Fipps currently serves on the Board of Directors for America’s SAP User Group (ASUG) and Howard University’s Supply Chain Management Advisory Board. Previously, he served on University of Baltimore’s MIS Advisory Board. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of Digital Transformation, Operational Excellence, Digital as a Competitive Advantage, and SAP Technology.
Paul Fipps holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Baltimore and received his Masters of Business Administration from UB’s Merrick School of Business.

Paul Fipps

Supply Chain

The long and diversified supply chains that have come to dominate the global economy have brought opportunities along with challenges. New technology like block chain, IOT, RFID, drones, and 5G are creating new capabilities while old technologies like airships are being re-purposed to meet new logistics challenges. At this session, we will learn how companies are employing cutting edge strategies to lower costs, increase efficiencies, reduce time to market, and track sources and materials giving themselves a competitive edge. The session will be moderated by Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School’s Dean Alexander Triantis.

September 17

Susan Lund is a partner of McKinsey & Company and a leader of the McKinsey Global Institute. As a PhD economist, her research focuses on globalization and trade, and the impact of technology on work and workers. She is also a leader of McKinsey’s team modeling the impact of Covid-19 on economic growth. Her most recent research explores how global value chains and trade flow are evolving, and on how digital flows are transforming globalization and creating new winners and losers. Dr. Lund has an active travel schedule discussing research findings with CEOs and other executives at global Fortune 500 companies and she is a frequent speaker at global conferences. She has authored numerous articles in leading business publications, including Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs.
Susan is on the Economic Advisory Board of the International Financial Corporation; a Board Director of the National Association of Business Economics; and a member of the Center for Global Development Study Group on Technology and Development Prospects.
Susan holds a Ph.D. in applied economics from Stanford University and a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University. She has lived and worked in Africa and Asia and currently resides in Washington, DC.

Susan Lund

Alexander Triantis is the third dean of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a professor of finance.
As an expert in the areas of corporate financial strategy and valuation, Triantis has built a reputation throughout his career as a strong, personable, and pragmatic leader skilled at building consensus around a strategic vision.
Triantis came to Carey Business School August 2019 from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he served as dean from 2013 to 2019. As dean of the Smith School, he promoted the development of cross-divisional research centers and initiatives focused on artificial intelligence, data analytics, enterprise and markets, ethics and regulation, financial and economic policy, and entrepreneurship. He also helped launch a number of new dual-degree programs and several new graduate programs and certificates, including a top-ranking online MBA and an in-person and online MS in Business Analytics.
An engineer by training, Triantis was inspired to join academia by his father, an economics professor. Before becoming dean at the Smith School, Triantis served as a professor of finance and chair of the Finance Department from 2006 to 2011.
Triantis received his PhD in industrial engineering (with a specialization in finance) from Stanford University and his BASc and MEng degrees from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the University of Maryland’s faculty in 1995, he was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, and an assistant and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin.
Businessweek named Triantis an Outstanding Professor at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland, and he is a two-time recipient of the Smith School’s top teaching award for faculty.
He has published articles in numerous prestigious academic journals and consulted and led training in the areas of corporate finance and valuation for multinational corporations and other large institutions. He has served as a committee member and vice president for global services for the Financial Management Association International and in July 2019, he began a three-year term on the board of directors for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a leading global accreditation association of business schools.

Alexander Triantis

Trisha McRoberts serves as Head of Americas Procurement for McCormick and Co., Inc., a global leader in the manufacture of spices, herbs, and flavor solutions for retail, commercial, and industrial markets. In her role, she delivers end to end supply chain solutions developing transformational capability to drive margin enhancing outcomes and enable strategic growth. As a champion of people, community, and sustainability, Trisha has built a team that fosters global economic growth supporting farmer livelihoods and strategically sourcing over 14,000 materials from over 80 countries. She led the most recent acquisition integration of the French’s food portfolio. Trisha was instrumental in bringing Design to Value principles into McCormick, driving sustainable purpose led performance outcomes, including BPA free packaging and 100% recyclable materials, generating consumer preferred packaging solutions while simultaneously reducing the carbon footprint. Currently, Trisha is part of an in house accelerator team launching a new functional food brand that intersects science and wellness to elevate consumer health through a direct to consumer model.
Trisha is on the Board of Athletes Serving Athletes and the Business Alumni Advisory Council at the University of Arkansas. She was an inaugural member of the WTCI Edge Fellows and actively participates in AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education). She is also an alumni of the Center for Creative Leadership at the Peak initiative.
Trisha holds an MBA from the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Evansville.

Trisha McRoberts

As COO, Browne has responsibility for the company’s supply chain and sourcing operations, demand planning, distribution, information technology, business process management, corporate real estate, asset protection and sustainability. Browne previously served as the company’s Chief Supply Chain Officer from 2017 to 2020 with responsibility for all global operations related to product sourcing and logistics after joining in 2016 as President of Global Sourcing. Prior to that, he was Vice President and Managing Director of Supply Chain at VF Corporation where he led all aspects of the company’s sourcing and product supply organization in Asia and Africa. Before VF Corporation, Browne was the Executive Vice President of Footwear and Accessories at Li & Fung, CEO of Pentland Brands in Asia, and held senior leadership positions at Reebok and Bally.

Colin Browne

AGILE 2019

Global Innovations in Protecting the World’s Food Supply

The world has a food shortage, resulting in more than 821 million undernourished people, and the problem is growing.  The United Nations reports that in 2050 the world will require 70% more food to feed its inhabitants.  There are big innovations happening in food security, food supply chains, and agriculture. This session will highlight those innovations and show how companies are responding to the crisis and what the future holds.

December 8

Michael Okoroafor, Ph.D.

VP, Global Sustainability
& Packaging Innovation

Michael Okoroafor, Ph.D.

Brice Phillips

VP of Club Store Sales

Brice Phillips

Mark Fisk

Partner, Public Service Blockchain Leader

Mark Fisk

Global Innovations in Consumer Loyalty: How Consumer Centric Companies Are Driving Top Results

Our innovative experts and thought leaders will discuss inspiring stories of building and living a customer centric approach – product design, development, sales, services, operations and all touch points.  In this session, we will explore innovative ways to drive stickiness, achieve a top NPS, and inspire and mobilize an organization to deliver with the customer in mind.

Sept 12

Mary Steinebrunner

GM

Mary Steinebrunner

Tabata Gomez

CMO Global Tools and Storage

Tabata Gomez

Global Innovations in Sustainability: Leaders Driving Results Through Purpose

Our innovative experts are disruptive CEO’s and executives driving financial results and redefining industries through a strategy platform of built around sustainability and climate enhancements.  This discussion will feature inspiring innovations and the big trends in the food and beverage, energy, and technology sectors, the challenges these executives faced along the way, the achievements and results from their strategy deployments, and a look towards the future of sustainability and impact of climate change.

June 10

Randy Harward

Senior Vice President

Randy Harward

Seth Goldman

CEO, Founder

Seth Goldman

Jeff Eckel

Chairman, President, & CEO

Hannon Armstrong

Jeff Eckel

The Key to Growth: Innovation in Artificial Intelligence

Our panel of innovative experts from Mind Over Machines, Hogan Lovells, and Jhpiego will discuss the possibilities of artificial intelligence, the impact on their respective businesses, short-term and long-term implications, ethical factors, and big challenges they are solving around the globe.

March 14

Mark Brennan

Lead Innovation Partner

Hogan Lovells

Mark Brennan

Jane Otai

Senior Program Advisor

Jhpiego

Jane Otai

Tim Kulp

VP of Strategy & Innovation

mind over machines

Tim Kulp

Erica Troncoso

Instructional Technologist

Jhpiego

Erica Troncoso

AGILE 2018

Breakthrough Innovation at Stanley Black & Decker

For more than 100 years this company has been delivering tools to consumers and professionals alike. They have built their success by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible while bringing fresh twists to familiar, indispensable products. Innovation continues to power their businesses—driving results that allow them to invest in seeking disruptive breakthroughs that redefine markets.

Nov 14

Mike Murray

Open Innovation Manager

Mike Murray

Tim Hatch

Chief Technology Officer

Tim Hatch

Bob Welsh

VP, Breakthrough Innovation Accelerator

Bob Welsh

Global Innovation in Space and Beyond

From missions that stretch billions of miles across our solar system to protection from ballistic threats, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab deals with some of the most complex engineering challenges imaginable. Learn how their approach to innovation might apply to your business challenges.

Ralph Semmel, Laboratory Director, will kick off the session with an overview of the Lab’s strategy for innovation, which covers 6,300 staff members who work across projects ranging from cybersecurity to planetary defense.

Dr. Turtle will cover an exciting new mission concept called Dragonfly, a rotorcraft-lander that would explore Saturn’s large, exotic moon Titan. Should NASA select this daring mission for flight, Dragonfly would shed unprecedented light on a fascinating, Earth-like world of clouds, lakes and seas of liquid ethane and methane, and vast expanses of organic sand dunes.

Dr. Chabot will tell us about a very important project that could one day save the world. This mission is called DART, which is short for Double Asteroid Redirect Test. Set for launch in 2021, DART will test what’s known as the kinetic impactor technique — striking an asteroid to shift its orbit — and take a critical step in demonstrating we can protect our planet from a potential impact.

Sept 12

Zibi Turtle

Planetary Scientist

Zibi Turtle

Nancy Chabot

Planetary Scientist

Nancy Chabot

Dr. Ralph Semmel

Director

Dr. Ralph Semmel

Global Innovation in Cyber Security

Maryland is a well-known hub of cyber-security, and with new threats popping up every day, the fight to stay ahead of these constantly evolving threats never ends. At this session, presenters will address:

  • Government Influence on Cyber
  • Why Everything Isn’t Moving to the Cloud
  • The Rise of Zero Trust Networking
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • The Fracturing of Risk Management
  • Driving Innovation with Diversity
  • International Hubs in Cyber
  • Preparing Future Cyber Leaders and more
May 9

Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander

Vice Dean, Cybersecurity Graduate Program

Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander

Ginger Wierzbanowski

VP Intelligence Solutions

Ginger Wierzbanowski

Ron Gula

CEO and Co-Founder

Ron Gula

Global Innovation in Higher Education and Workforce Development

In today’s rapid changing world, no industry is immune from the disruption caused by technological innovation. In higher education, one of Maryland’s largest industries, companies and institutions must meet higher demands at lower costs in an increasingly crowded market place. They adapt through economies of scale, leveraging advanced data analytics to create more personalized and relevant products for their customers. The higher education paradigm is changing with MOOCs, Micro Certifications, experiential education and other innovations upsetting the traditional models of higher education. At this session, leaders from the non-profit and for-profit side of higher education will discuss how they are facing these and other challenges and the innovations they are employing to stay one step ahead of the competition.

Feb 7

Steve Tom

Vice President, Global Technology Innovation

Steve Tom

Javier Miyares

President

Javier Miyares

AGILE 2017

Innovation in the World of Wearable Technology

Although Under Armour is well known for its sweat-wicking fabrics, it has recently made a shift to embrace digital technology. It has spent nearly a billion dollars acquiring wearable fitness companies, making it a leader in the space and giving Under Armour insightful data, allowing for new and innovative ways to create value for its customers.

November 8

Kevin Haley

Executive Vice President

Kevin Haley

Randy Harward

Senior Vice President

Randy Harward

Global Innovation in the World of Fashion & Jewelry

Pandora shook up the jewelry industry with the introduction of their iconic charm bracelets in 2000. This innovation, combined with international expansion, fueled the company’s rapid growth over the ensuing years and today, Pandora is one of the largest jewelry companies in the world.

September 28

Beth Moeri

Chief Merchandising Offcier

Beth Moeri

Jenny Merill

VP of Retail Operations & Business Development

Jenny Merill

Scott Burger

President of the Americas

Scott Burger

Charisse Ford

Chief Marketing Officer

Charisse Ford

Global Innovation in the Wireless World

TESSCO is at the center of the wireless world, a position that can only be maintained through constant innovation, fresh ideas and strong partnerships with industry leaders like Samsung and Outter Products. As a one-stop wireless shop, TESSCO has their finger on the pulse of this rapidly changing market to meet the evolving demands of their clients.

June 22

Murray Wright

CEO

Murray Wright

Liz Robinson

Senior Vice President

Liz Robinson

Global Innovation in the Spice World of Food & Flavor

This century-old company maintains its position as the top spice company in the world by relying on innovation across all areas of its business. Beyond its global network of 18 Technical and Innovation Centers and flavor forecasting, McCormick has found success with innovative packaging, marketing efforts, and its global acquisition strategy.

May 15

Hamed Faridi

Chief Science Officer

Hamed Faridi

Lawrence Kurzius

CEO

Lawrence Kurzius