Past Sessions – WTCI's AGILE Innovation Series

Past Sessions

AGILE 2021

Protecting the World’s Water Supply – Part 4: Water Risk and the Power of Action

Water has long been treated as an abundant resource and a secure asset for businesses. What would be the impact if your water resource was depleted? How would it impact your business and its viability? What is the potential when corporate leaders decide to be a force for good and a force for growth? At this final session of the AGILE Water Series, water experts will discuss the power of action and the current traction in corporate board rooms on understanding the risk profile of water in the business. We will hear from leading organizations on inspiring progress in the private sector, private and public partnerships, and collaborations that are driving awareness, action, and results.

Dedicated to embedding sustainability and sound science into business decisions, Shannon has studied and worked in the field of environmental planning, safety, and sustainability for over 10 years. Her current role as Procter & Gamble’s Global Water Stewardship Leader allows her to guide the development of corporate water policies, drive progress against the company’s sustainability goals, and cultivate external partnerships that will better prepare P&G and the planet for the future.

Shannon Quinn

Andrea Erickson-Quiroz currently serves as Managing Director for Water Security at The Nature Conservancy. She leads TNC’s team of freshwater scientists, policy experts, economists and on-the-ground conservation practitioners. The team is working to identify, test and deploy innovative, large-scale strategies that demonstrate how investments in nature will enable us to secure the water we need to prosper. Andrea is a co-author of Beyond the Source, TNC’s flagship report on nature-based solutions for water security. She is a member of advisory councils such as the CEO Water Mandate and ABInBev’s Global Advisory Council.

As a senior leader at the Conservancy, Andrea has over 20 years of experience in the design, management, and leadership of conservation programs in the United States and Latin America. Her work has included strategic identification of conservation opportunities; collaborative planning and project development in a wide variety of institutional arrangements; government and partner relationship management; fundraising and financial sustainability; board development and engagement; practitioners training and capacity development; management of conservation operations in cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary multi-locational settings.

Andrea Erickson-Quiroz

Jonathan Radtke is the Water Resource Sustainability Director for Coca-Cola North America in Atlanta, GA. In this role, he leads the company’s water stewardship program, which addresses water risks facing Coca-Cola operations. Primary areas of focus include water conservation, source water protection, community water partnerships, marine litter strategies and sustainable agriculture initiatives. One goal of the Company is to return to nature and to communities an amount of water equivalent to the water used in Coca-Cola’s beverages and their production. Mr. Radtke’s leadership in these areas has helped to position The Coca-Cola Company as an industry leader in water stewardship.

Jonathan Radtke

Naabia Ofosu-Amaah is Senior Corporate Engagement Advisor, Global Water at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), based in Arlington, VA. Naabia focuses on developing and implementing the strategy for engaging companies to further TNC’s global water goals. This includes research on priority companies, recommendations on industries and companies to target, support of corporate engagement in TNC’s regional programs, and development of tools and resources to empower Conservancy staff to continue engage companies. Naabia also serves as the relationship manager for a few of TNC’s relationships with key Fortune 500 companies.

Naabia joined TNC in January 2017 after seven years at the Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF) also in Arlington, VA. At GETF, Naabia managed The Coca-Cola Company’s $65M Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), projects within the global development alliance between the US Agency for International Development and The Coca-Cola Company (the Water and Development Alliance (WADA)), and engagements with other companies and social enterprises including Diageo, plc and WaterHealth International.

Ms. Ofosu-Amaah holds a Master of Philosophy in Environment, Society and Development from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University in Environmental Science and Public Policy.

Naabia Ofosu-Amaah

Bruce is a recognized leader, author, and speaker in the areas of risk management, technology, and intelligence. As a founder of WorldAware (recently acquired by GardaWorld), a leading provider of global intelligence, he has been the industry driver in creating and putting into practice the concept of Integrated Risk Management protecting people, sites, supply chain and information assets for global organizations.

Prior to founding WorldAware in 1999, Bruce worked with a number of government agencies including NSA/CIA, DoD and NASA. During this time, he developed systems for the intelligence community and space exploration. He has also served as a lead architect on intelligence programs for the US government.

Bruce received a BS in Physics from Allegheny College, and holds a MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He is an adjunct professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) where he teaches in the Criminal Justice division covering intelligence, security management and cyber security courses.

Bruce McIndoe

Protecting the World’s Water Supply – Part 3: Climate Change, Sustainability, and Water

According to the United Nations, by 2050 1.6 billion people will be at risk of floods and 3.2 billion people are projected to live in severely water scarce areas. This poses a major threat for individuals, businesses, industries, economies, and entire countries. At this session, we will hear from experts from a leading environmental firm, global company, and a Maryland government agency, who are working to solve and mitigate water challenges and related effects of climate change. Our panel will discuss innovations in flood resiliency and water quality improvement in Maryland and beyond.

As director of TNC’s Chesapeake Bay program, Mark coordinates our efforts across six states and Washington, D.C., focusing on both policy and conservation projects to improve water quality, support abundant fisheries and enhance and restore critical habitats in North America’s largest estuary.

Through Mark’s leadership, the Bay program has contributed to the completion of the largest oyster restoration project in the world at Harris Creek, established alliances with agribusinesses to improve water quality and crop production, and worked to create a novel water management policy for the Susquehanna, the largest river on the east coast of the United States.

Mark Bryer

Toni McCrory is a Senior Director with Walmart’s U.S. Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Compliance organization, focusing on environmental compliance. She oversees all water and automotive compliance programs for over 5200 U.S. facilities. In this role, Toni has developed, implemented and refined national programs by generating innovative compliance solutions for performance-based contract management, predictive analytics for asset management, and digital transformation. Additionally, she is currently leading the Walmart Global Water Center of Excellence, focused on building relationships across markets to raise awareness of best practices and strengthen Walmart’s environmental compliance programs globally. Prior to her role with EH&S Compliance, Toni led Walmart’s global sustainability efforts focused on sustainable fisheries and sustainable chemistry.
Toni is a native of Northwest Arkansas where she earned a B.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Arkansas and a Masters of Business Administration at John Brown University. In 2017, she received the College of Engineering Early Career Alumni Award from the University of Arkansas. She resides in Fayetteville with her firefighting husband and two young daughters.

Toni McCrory

JaLeesa Tate is the State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO) and Branch Manager for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). In this role, her primary focus is to identify and implement risk reduction strategies and policies. JaLeesa accomplishes this through fostering relationships with stakeholders and administering FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs for the state.

Prior to joining MEMA, JaLeesa served as the Coastal Resources Planner for Baltimore City and Environmental Planner for Wicomico County – City of Salisbury. In these roles, she focused on water quality improvement and environmental land use at the local level in urban and rural communities.

She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Mitigation Committee for the Maryland Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers, Chair of the SHMO Subcommittee for the National Emergency Management Association, and is a member of FEMA’s External Stakeholders Working Group. JaLeesa studied Geography and Geosciences and is a Certified Floodplain Manager by the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

JaLeesa Tate

Bruce is a recognized leader, author, and speaker in the areas of risk management, technology, and intelligence. As a founder of WorldAware (recently acquired by GardaWorld), a leading provider of global intelligence, he has been the industry driver in creating and putting into practice the concept of Integrated Risk Management protecting people, sites, supply chain and information assets for global organizations.

Prior to founding WorldAware in 1999, Bruce worked with a number of government agencies including NSA/CIA, DoD and NASA. During this time, he developed systems for the intelligence community and space exploration. He has also served as a lead architect on intelligence programs for the US government.

Bruce received a BS in Physics from Allegheny College, and holds a MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He is an adjunct professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) where he teaches in the Criminal Justice division covering intelligence, security management and cyber security courses.

Bruce McIndoe

April 14

Protecting the World’s Water Supply Part 2: Water Management and Conservation

By 2025, more than 2.8 billion people in 48 countries, including the United States, will be impacted by water scarcity. Exacerbated by climate change, reduced access to clean water and water availability will stress businesses, industries, economies, and entire countries. Forward-thinking organizations and individuals are finding ways to mitigate the risk of water scarcity and exploring commercial opportunities to address this challenge. In this session, we will hear from leading innovators who are transforming water management and conservation while reducing the burden on water infrastructure and the environment.

Professor Yonathan Zohar is Chair of the Department of Marine Biotechnology, Director of the Aquaculture Research Center and former Director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET), University of Maryland, USA. He has over 40 years of substantial record in the field of marine biotechnology with a focus on sustainable aquaculture. He is recognized globally for his pioneering research and development on high value marine fish which he has translated into commercial applications in the aquaculture industry. Specifically, in the fields of hatchery technologies and the development of new generations of environmentally responsible, land-based, recirculating aquaculture platforms. He currently serves as the leader of a NOAA-funded, interdisciplinary national public-private-federal consortium that aims at building capacity for land-based Atlantic salmon aquaculture in the US.

Professor Zohar has published over 240 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters and is the inventor of 10 issued international patents in aquaculture and biotechnology. He is regularly invited to deliver keynote and plenary lectures at international conferences and has served on many marine biotechnology and aquaculture panels, committees and boards in the United States and globally. He received several prestigious US and international honors and awards.
The continuous decline of the world’s commercially harvested species has led scientists to conclude that the oceans have attained their maximum sustainable yield, and that global marine fisheries are in danger of collapse. The necessity to farm rather than harvest food fish has become increasingly clear. In many cases, the environment is not conducive to the optimal growth and health of the species of interest. In response to the situation, researchers at IMET have collaborated in the development of land-based, fully contained, recirculating marine aquaculture systems (RAS) that are able to grow high densities of commercially important fish using artificial seawater. Microbial bio-filtration in these systems ensures that there is virtually no water exchange and eliminates harmful effluents or escapees into the environment.

Dr. Yonathan Zohar

Michal van Belle-Stup is the Partner and International Business Development Manager at Urban Rain Shell®, a Dutch innovation company in the field of climate adaptation that handles rainwater harvesting and treatment solutions. Urban Rain Shell® buffers, purifies, filtrates, and reuses rainwater with natural, circular materials. Urban Rain Shell® designs and builds underground rainwater collection and purification systems as a solution for the negative effects of climate change (e.g., heavy rain fall, drought, and salinization). In its patented system, Urban Rainshell uses natural, circular, and renewable materials to reduce the use of plastic. We remove heavy metals, mineral oilsand PAH, and store treated water underground, making it available for reuse. Urban Rain Shell can be applied under different surfaces, is flexible in shape, and can be built around existing infrastructure. Michal received her Masters degree in Restoration from the Catholic University in Belgium and has completed various projects in Israel and Holland, while working in several architectural firms.

Michal van Belle-Stup

Sabine Stuiver is the CMO and Co-founder of Hydraloop Systems, a global leader in designing and producing innovative and game-changing decentralized water recycling products.

With its award winning and disruptive products, Hydraloop is shaking up the water sector and changing the way people handle water – fundamentally – by empowering them to use water twice. Its mission is that every new building must be built ‘recycle ready’ and that in 10 years time decentralized water recycling will become standard in every new building. Hydraloop contributes towards four of the UNSDGs, advances sustainability, and helps securing a future with enough water for all. Hydraloop is based in The Netherlands and in the US and has an active partner network in >3 continents.

Hydraloop received global recognition from a range of organizations including the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, Water Europe, TIME Magazine and Newsweek, and won numerous awards, including ‘Best of the Best’ at CES2020, the worlds largest consumer and electronics show in Las Vegas.
Sabine is an avid advocate of the UNSDGs, influencing and mobilizing stakeholders across the water sector to collaborate on sustainability. She is a serial entrepreneur with a strong international business network and features in the acclaimed NETFLIX documentary ‘Brave Blue World’ and was awarded the European Union’s EUTOP50 2020 Award for ‘Female Entrepreneur for a Sustainable Innovation’ last December.

Sabine Stuiver

Bruce is a recognized leader, author, and speaker in the areas of risk management, technology, and intelligence. As a founder of WorldAware (recently acquired by GardaWorld), a leading provider of global intelligence, he has been the industry driver in creating and putting into practice the concept of Integrated Risk Management protecting people, sites, supply chain and information assets for global organizations.

Prior to founding WorldAware in 1999, Bruce worked with a number of government agencies including NSA/CIA, DoD and NASA. During this time, he developed systems for the intelligence community and space exploration. He has also served as a lead architect on intelligence programs for the US government.

Bruce received a BS in Physics from Allegheny College, and holds a MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He is an adjunct professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) where he teaches in the Criminal Justice division covering intelligence, security management and cyber security courses.

Bruce McIndoe

March 24

Protecting the World’s Water Supply – Part 1: Water & Human Health

Water scarcity directly affects and impacts human health around the world. Today, 2.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. This session will cover what’s at stake. We will hear from organizations working on the frontlines to address water scarcity and drive innovations to provide clean water to those who need it most. Learn about the role that industries play in increasing scarcity, the lack of progress on the policy front, and how global businesses can participate in addressing water scarcity to save and improve lives and their businesses.

Bruce is a recognized leader, author, and speaker in the areas of risk management, technology, and intelligence. As a founder of WorldAware (recently acquired by GardaWorld), a leading provider of global intelligence, he has been the industry driver in creating and putting into practice the concept of Integrated Risk Management protecting people, sites, supply chain and information assets for global organizations.

Prior to founding WorldAware in 1999, Bruce worked with a number of government agencies including NSA/CIA, DoD and NASA. During this time, he developed systems for the intelligence community and space exploration. He has also served as a lead architect on intelligence programs for the US government.

Bruce received a BS in Physics from Allegheny College, and holds a MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He is an adjunct professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) where he teaches in the Criminal Justice division covering intelligence, security management and cyber security courses.

Bruce McIndoe

Paul J. Ferraro is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Human Behavior and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Ferraro has a joint faculty appointment in the Carey Business School and the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, a joint department of the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Whiting School of Engineering. Ferraro’s research focuses on building a credible evidence base about the environmental and social impacts of public and private programs. Combining the approaches of epidemiologists, with their naturally occurring data, and clinical trial health scientists, with their randomized controlled trials, Ferraro seeks to identify the causal links between the actions we take to improve our world and the impacts of those actions. He also has broad interests in behavioral science and causal inference. Because these research areas are multi-disciplinary and applied, he collaborates with scientists and engineers from a variety of social, natural and physical science disciplines, as well as practitioners in the field.

Dr. Paul Ferraro

Dr. Rajat Chabba is the Senior Technical Advisor for Private Sector Engagement at Jhpiego, an international non-profit that works across public health issues in marginalized and low resource countries. At Jhpiego, Rajat leads and drives strategic engagement with private health ecosystem to drive developmental impact globally, across Jhpiego’s technical portfolio in Asia, Africa and Middle East. Before Jhpiego, Rajat was the Global Lead for Healthcare & Innovations Lab at Intellecap, designed to solve critical health challenges in underserved communities by leveraging the power of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Over the last decade, Rajat has worked across NCDs, eye-care, tuberculosis, sanitation, maternal health & family planning. He has worked with a host of corporates, not for profits, foundations, multilateral agencies and consulting organizations with key focus on bridging the gaps between public and private health sectors. He is an MBBS graduate from BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad and holds Master’s in Rural Management from IRMA. Rajat was awarded the prestigious Acumen Fellowship in 2015.

Dr. Rajat Chabba

Dr. Jude Cobbing joined Save the Children in 2020 as Senior Specialist: Water Infrastructure and Governance. He has 20+ years of experience in water resource assessment and planning, rural water supply in developing contexts, integrated water resources management, water quality monitoring, water strategy development, and the training of environmental professionals. Jude began his career in the non-profit sector in South Africa, working on rural water supplies. He has worked for the British Geological Survey, for the research and private sectors in Africa, and as a consultant to the World Bank Group in the USA. Jude carried out research into arsenic contamination of groundwater in Bangladesh for his MSc at London University. His PhD at Nelson Mandela University focused on optimizing groundwater management in a heavily used aquifer in North West Province, South Africa.

Dr. Jude Cobbing

January 13

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