Dan Judkins - VP Design & Development - Hasbro, Inc.
Dan Judkins is the cross-functional development leader of a 30+ team division focused on the creation and execution of new products, platforms, brands and play experiences that leverage the connection of physical products to digital interactivity.
Supervision and direction of all development disciplines including Product and game design, production, project management, software and hardware engineering, visual design, branding, technology incubation, analytics and publishing.
Jennifer Preston is responsible for the digital marketing web delivery, e-Commerce and digital asset management technologies that power Hasbro’s storytelling, brand engagement and content to commerce strategy. Inspired by working on interesting questions, Jennifer’s 28 year career spans financial services, digital gaming and branded entertainment. She is passionate about technology, continuous learning and the power of working as a team.
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Nikki Groom - CEO & Founder - Nikki Groom.com
Nikki Groom is on a mission to help you own your voice and use it to grow your business and make a bigger impact. She is the host of Movement Makers, a podcast featuring in-depth conversations and unfiltered stories from business leaders and entrepreneurs who are making a difference on the planet, and founder of The 100 Stories Worth Telling Project, which seeks to amplify the voices of underrepresented entrepreneurs all over the world.
Nikki is passionate about the power of storytelling as a way for thought leaders to humanize their businesses, build relationships with the people they most want to serve, and inspire readers into action. She is also a firm believer that all businesses should lead with empathy.
Nikki has been hailed as “a force of nature”, “a rising superstar” and “one of the best” in her field. She appears in the book Winning the Battle for Attention by Stuart Atkins, was a contributing writer for the book End Sex Trafficking by Erin Giles, and has been featured by over 40 online publications and podcasts.
Kimberly Kowal Arcand - Visualisation Lead - NASA
Kimberly Kowal Arcand is the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has its headquarters at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Arcand is an award-winning producer and director. She is a leading expert in studying the perception and comprehension of high-energy data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum. As a science data “story teller” she combines her background in molecular biology and computer science with her current work in the fields of astronomy and physics.
Kathleen Malin - VP Technology & Operations - RI Foundation
Kathleen Malin is an experienced Vice President Technology Operations with a demonstrated history of working in the philanthropy industry. Skilled in Event Planning, Organizational Development, Higher Education, Community Outreach, and Editing. Strong operations professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Strategic Leadership from New England College.
Jennifer Potter received her BA in Psychology, with a minor in Computer Science, from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She is also a certified Project Management Practitioner (PMP). Jennifer has been in the Rhode Island software industry for 25 years, working in software operations roles including software testing, tool development, quality assurance, project management, and intellectual property operations.
For the past 23 years she has worked for Dassault Systemes (DS). She worked on projects that have been instrumental in helping DS become a leader in engineering simulation software. Today, she is the Director of Intellectual Property Process & Operations. She has a strong interest in encouraging STEAM careers, especially for women, and has represented DS at career events across the state.
Laurie White - President - Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
Laurie White is Chief staff executive for Rhode Island's largest business association and economic development foundation. The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice of business in Rhode Island. Focused on pro-business advocacy and activism, the innovation economy, knowledge economy start-ups, small and middle market business development, relevant business connections and advanced professional education.
Amanda Roman - Marketing Program Manager - Tech Collective
Amanda Roman is the Women in Tech (WIT) Program Manager at Tech Collective. She’s developed a robust offering over the past 4 years to inspire and advance women in their careers through education, mentorship, networking, and peer support activities. She collaborates with industry, education partners, and community organizations to create growth opportunities for individuals as well as their greater organizations. Her purpose is to develop and support women and their companies on how they can create a more unbiased and diverse workforce – diversity being key to innovation. In addition to her role leading the WIT program, Amanda manages the marketing and communications strategy for Tech Collective.
BJ Murray - Executive VP - Business Focus
BJ Murray is an IT Professional with Program/Project Management experience and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with a successful track record of managing delivery of enterprise technology solutions to public and private sectors. Her experience includes governance, customer satisfaction, planning, staffing, vendor management, and oversight of large scale, complex, and system integration projects.
BJ is creative and passionate about the pursuit of excellence and strive to lead by example.
Specialties: Healthcare, Insurance, Health and Human Services, Infrastructure, Process Re-engineering for ROI
Jen Silbert - Senior Project Manager - Tech Hire RI
Jen Silbert has an unshakable belief that everyone - as in all human capital - is worthy of working, earning and learning to their full potential. She brings over 20 years in strength-based community facilitation and workforce development in cities, schools, Fortune 500 companies, and indigenous villages around the world. Devoted to promoting inclusion and equity in education and in the labor market, Jen leads employer engagement for TechHire Rhode Island (www.TechHire.Careers), a program of Opportunity@Work that connects employers to quality entry-level tech talent.
Meghan Martinez is currently responsible for threat and vulnerability management programming and compliance (NIST/CIS). Passionate about cyber threat intelligence, security awareness training, and education and workforce development. Maintain close affiliation with Rhode Island Joint Cyber Task Force, with high commitment to public/private partnership as relates to cyber security, risk, and assurance.
Information Security Analyst currently in charge of third party penetration testing for both the enterprise and internet-facing applications. Responsible for threat identification and vulnerability management, as well as compliance mapping to NIST and CIS controls. Participates in risk assessments and evaluations based on known and potential vulnerabilities and threats facing the industry. Interfaces with other business lines to ensure balance of security and business continuity.
Desiree Harpel - Education & Workforce Development Coordinator - RI Commerce Corporation
Desiree Harpel conducts research on policies, programs, and approaches relating to economic and workforce development. She also manages several education projects, many of which involve the P-TECH initiative.
Before joining Commerce Corporation, Desiree worked at the Office of Innovation as research consultant to help broaden the participation of under-served populations in computer science as part of the CS4RI initiative. Desiree has a Masters in Evolutionary Biology and is currently pursuing a PhD in Science Education and Society.
Sue Schade is a nationally recognized health IT leader and Principal at StarBridge Advisors providing consulting, coaching and interim management. Recently served as interim Chief Information Officer at Stony Brook Medicine on Long Island. Prior to starting StarBridge Advisors with colleagues David Muntz and Russ Rudish, was a founding advisor at Next Wave Health Advisors. In 2016, served as interim Chief Information Officer at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. Previous CIO roles include University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Shannon Shallcross is a data-enthusiast who believes that data interpretation holds the key to solving healthcare’s toughest challenges. She has served as an executive in the insurance and health industries over the past decade and has advised a broad range of Fortune 500 clients. As the co-founder and CEO of BetaXAnalytics, her company uses the power of data science “for good” to improve the cost, transparency and quality of healthcare. BetaXAnalytics has been named one of “7 Startups to Watch” in 2018 by RI Inno and they are the recipient of the Providence Business News’s Most Innovative Health and Wellness Company in 2018. The company has built a custom data analytics platform as well as tools to measure population health, medication adherence, as well as health risk measures among a variety of disease states. Most notably, they built a tool that uses natural language processing to scan through millions of doctors notes and faxes to identify incorrect patient coding. Most recently, this technology produced a $1.3 million discovery in corrected HCC risk scores to increase reimbursements for a New York-based health plan. She graduated with a double major in International Business and Management and French from Dickinson College and she has a Master of Science Degree in Insurance Management from Boston University.
Jeanne Boyle - Director Of Commerce - City of Pawtucket
Jeanne Boyle serves as the Director of Commerce for the City of Pawtucket and is charged with the City’s economic development efforts, administering economic and job creation programs, and assisting in the attraction of new businesses and the retention of existing businesses.
She was Director of Planning and Development in East Providence for 27 years and was Executive Director of the East Providence Waterfront Development Commission. She also served as City Manager during a transition period. During her tenure as Director, East Providence and its planning department received numerous awards and recognitions.
A graduate of Williams College and the New York University Graduate School of Public Administration, Boyle participated in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program. She serves on numerous professional boards and committees including the RI State Planning Council and the RI Resource Recovery Corporation. She is a recipient of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council’s 2014 Robert M. Goodrich Public Service Award, and Rhode Island-American Planning Association’s Distinguished Leadership Award.
Maureen Bourdreau's specialties are in Web Application Development, Solution Architecture, Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Data Science, Technical Management and Executive Management. I am a registered developer for both iPhone and Android applications.
Spending several years implementing visionary business concepts using appropriate technologies - as the Developer, Architect, Manager, Director or VP. I am comfortable coding, developing solutions or mentoring individuals to proceed in their career paths.
J&J is caring for the world, one person at a time... inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science - bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world. Our Family of Companies comprises: The world’s premier consumer health company. The world’s largest and most diverse medical devices company. The world’s third-largest biologics company. And the world’s sixth-largest pharmaceuticals company. We have more than 250 operating companies in 57 countries employing 120,200 people. Our worldwide headquarters is in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.
Erin Darmetko - Information Systems Officer - AMica mutual Insurance Co.
Erin Darmetko is information systems officer in the corporate information systems department at Amica Mutual Insurance Company. In her current role, she oversees the department’s project management office. Erin has been instrumental in implementing Amica’s digital transformation strategy and helped drive its cross-divisional leadership group. She previously held a number of positions in team and management capacities within corporate information systems.
Linn F. Freedman - Partner - Robinson+Cole
Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, and complex litigation. She is a member of Robinson+Cole's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. Ms. Freedman focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations, as well as emergency data breach response, mitigation and litigation. She also counsels clients on state and federal data privacy and security investigations.
She has been ranked nationwide by Chambers in the field of Privacy and Data Security since 2012, is CIPP/US certified and JD Supra's #1 Top Author in Cybersecurity since 2016.
Carol Giuriceo - Director - RI STEAM Center
Carol M. Giuriceo is the director of the Rhode Island STEAM Center located at Rhode Island College where she works to increase science, technology, engineering, arts + design, and mathematics (STEAM) literacy among all Rhode Islanders. Her background includes experience in television research, media production, and museum exhibition development and design. Currently, Carol’s focus is on broadening participation in STEAM. Key projects include serving on the Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) Core Team and building awareness for women and girls through participation on the State Leadership Team of Million Women Mentors.0
Carol believes that STEAM is exciting, thought provoking, challenging, and fun – most of all she believes STEAM should be accessible to everyone.
Gayatri Sarkar - G.P. Venture Capital - SportVEST
Gayatri Sarkar is Blockchain VC and Investor in crypto market since 2011. Currently a General Partner at a global Sports VC Fund on Blockchain called SportVEST, disrupting the $500B traditional sports market by investing in future of sports and crypto sports and created a new venture investment algorithm to invest in ICO fundraising protocols.
She was a manager at Federal Reserve Bank of Boston managing US military, navy global payment system highly confidential biggest fintech project. Have 12 yrs of experience managing big data strategy multi-million dollar fintech projects working for HP, IBM, Goldman Sachs, EU Bank. She is a Blockchain VC focussed Hackernoon writer and author of Word from the Block. She is also a co-founder of think tank BlockCAP.org (currently in stealth mode). She is an accredited investor and has been angel investing since 2015. Had two startups. She is in the board of many non-blockchain and blockchain companies working on AI, ML, healthcare, renewable energy and investment management platform. She has Physics and Math background with MBA. As a HKS alum, she chairs multiple development board of Harvard Kennedy School alumni board.
Carmen Sharp - VP Head of Claims - Beacon Mutual Insurance Co.
Carmen Sharp leads a Workers' Compensation claims operation that manages $75 million of spend and10,000 new claims per year for 12,000 policyholders, for the top Workers' Compensationinsurer in Rhode Island. Accountable for the complete claims value stream, including allsupporting and specialty functions: intake, coverage verification, utilization review, nurse casemanagement, disability management, ergonomics, administrative support, vendormanagement, subrogation and SIU.
Carmen is a highly-accomplished financial services executive specializing in insurance and worker’s compensation, with extensive experience in claims, managed care, budgeting/expenditures, performance analytics and product implementation. A proven track record of organizational design and process improvement, including projects in shared services and claims operations in property, commercial auto, liability and workers compensation. Leverages the voice of customer, voice of process and analysis of opportunities to design high-impact solutions. A dedicated and goal-oriented leader who enacts policies to enhance customer value and foster efficiency and growth.
Mayor Don Grebien was elected as a Pawtucket City Councilor-at-large, Don served 11 years on the council from 1997 to 2008, including a term as council president, and was involved with reviewing the city budget and special panels to promote the arts and permits for new businesses. A lifelong Democrat, he was elected Mayor on November 2, 2010 on the platform of “A New Direction,” reelected in November 2012, 2014 and 2016.
In his first term as Mayor, he resolved a current-year deficit of over $12 million inherited halfway through that fiscal year, reduced costs, worked on shared services between departments as well as with the schools and the city. He has concentrated on issues of fiscal improvement and stability as well as economic development and job growth. Those efforts have been objectively recognized by credit ratings agencies that have repeatedly affirmed the city’s credit ratings at investment grade and recently upgraded the city to A-ratings in all categories.
Rajiv Kumar launched a community non-profit organization (Shape Up Rhode Island) and a for-profit company (ShapeUp), and dedicated his life to helping people reverse and prevent obesity-related illnesses through group behavior change models. Our goal is to build the largest online social application that connects people around the world to improve their health.
Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, designs technology that cultivates good lifestyle habits for your employees. Configured to complement your culture, our technology, and the overall well-being experience we deliver, drives superior outcomes for your people and your business. We take those values to heart at Virgin Pulse. We drive more meaningful habits, for more employees, than anyone else. And we’re proud to say we’re changing lives.
Michael Lebovitz - Sr. VP Innovation - FM Global
Michael Lebovitz leads efforts to evolve FM Global’s market-leading and innovative products and services to meet the ever-changing needs of the company’s policyholders. Lebovitz joined the organization in 1985 as a loss prevention consultant and has worked for AFM since 1995. Lebovitz holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ga., USA.
FM Global is a leading commercial property insurer of the world's largest businesses, providing more than one-third of FORTUNE 1000-size companies with engineering-based risk management and property insurance solutions.
Derrick Calderon is a skilled business development executive with extensive experience in the wireless telecom and IoT industries. Currently, Derrick is the Director of Smart Cities in Cox’s Cox2M business. In this role, he focuses on enabling Smart City growth throughout the United States, and developing strategic partnerships to build up Cox’s Smart City offering. Prior to joining Cox, Calderon served as VP of Business Development at Ingenu, a provider of Low Power Wide Area Network services, where he led the effort to build out Ingenu’s partner eco-system for the Machine Network.
Previous to Ingenu, Derrick created and executed Kore Wireless’s Latin America strategy, which became the organization’s fastest growing division. Calderon has been involved in the deployment of over 50 IoT projects totaling more than a million connected devices. Calderon holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Utah Valley University.
Thomas Chase is currently chief operating officer at Delta Dental of Rhode Island and has been driving change in the healthcare insurance industry for over 20 years. He has completed engagement for some of the largest US-based and international insurance companies including Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, Delta Dental and UK-based Royal & SunAlliance. He has also been part of pre-IPO engagements and post IPO ramp ups.
Recently, in the role of CTO for First Circle, Inc. (subsidiary of Delta Dental of RI) he was part of the executive team that launched Chewsi (chewsidental.com), a new concept in providing access to affordable dental care for all.
Adam Kostecki - Sr. Assistant VP - Amica Mutual Insurance Co.
Adam Kostecki is senior assistant vice president in the digital experience department at Amica Mutual Insurance Company. In his current role, he oversees Amica’s user research, design and innovation teams, and supports IT projects impacting customer-facing digital platforms. Prior to joining digital experience, Adam held numerous roles in Amica’s claims department, where he led several technology initiatives and launched the claims innovation team.
Walter Callender is the Founder and Managing Partner of Práctico Innovation--a private company that discovers and invests in Rhode Island technology companies with ingenious ideas in under-represented communities. In four years the company has discovered and invested in 15 companies in the State. His strategy and technology work with both startups and corporations began in the 1990's. As a partner and member of the founding team at Plural, he lead the growth and development of the multi--million dollar software consultancy at its NY headquarters and the development of the strategy practice when the firm was acquired by Dell.
As the Founder of C2 Strategy, his advisory firm has counseled both Fortune 100 and portfolio companies of venture and private equity backed firms for product development, audience engagement and channel adoption for over 15 years. He was also one of the Founding Board members of Probononet, a national legal services technology nonprofit which provides access to justice and support to low income individuals, law firms, advocate groups and legal organizations via online and emerging technologies.
Tim Hebert - Chief Executive Officer - Trilix
Tim Hebert is Trilix’s Chief Executive Officer, and is a perennial entrepreneur and innovator, he’s committed to finding the untapped potential—and helping others do the same. As CEO and Founder, Tim sets the Trilix compass, establishing the visionary trajectory for our boutique firm. For more than two decades, Tim served as CEO and President of Atrion, a Rhode Island-based IT services firm that grew from a two-man, spare-bedroom operation to a $160-million, 260-plus employee organization.
Tim is also a prolific speaker and author on the topic of intentional leadership; an endless adventurer and daredevil (he has summited Kilimanjaro!) and a voracious Diet Coke drinker.
Christopher Mellon - Director, IT Risk & Assurance Services - Marcum, LLP.
Christopher Mellen is currently a Director in IT Risk and Assurance Services with Marcum LLP. He is a former U.S. Marine and White House cyber executive having more than 20 years of public-and-private-sector Information technology experience. Christopher has significant experience advising organizations on the alignment of IT strategy, information security and data protection in the government, financial services, natural resources, healthcare and technology sectors.
Chris’ background includes leading and managing IT and security teams to include security operations, threat intelligence, insider threat, Identity Access Management, mainframe security administration, active directory administration, vulnerability management, system hardening, and applied cryptography. He was also a computer crimes specialist at the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) providing cyber security training both nationally and internationally.
Etahn Bagley - Innovations Program Manager - Amica Mutual Insurance Co.
Ethan Bagley has worked with a wide range of companies, from startups to enterprises. His past history includes designing sensors for aircraft engines at AMETEK Aerospace, testing military and home robotics at iRobot, building a better coffeemaker at Keurig and leading innovation projects inside Constant Contact. In his current position at Amica, he works with stakeholders across the enterprise to integrate lean thinking and innovation culture. His current projects involve a broad range of technologies, from the Internet of Things to Natural Language Processing.
Tino Chow - Founder & CEO - Giant Shoulders
Tino Chow founded Giant Shoulders because he believes that creativity and collaboration can disrupt the status quo for the better. He believes that creating things together is never a straight-line process: it twists and turns, shapes and changes, frustrates and inspires, but the synergy of collaboration multiplies productivity in a way that far surpasses what each of us can do alone. Tino spent a large part of his career building creative cultures and leading collaborative teams at agencies in New York and startups in Silicon Valley.
Before design, Tino served as an officer in the Singapore military. He then attended Rhode Island School of Design, where he co-founded a conference called Better World by Design, and went on to be selected as a TED Fellow. Tino also rode across the country on a bicycle for affordable housing, and occasionally you’ll find him speaking at conferences and schools.
AJ Perez - CEO - MIT Fellow
AJ (Alfonso) Perez is the General Manager of Cincinnati Incorporated’s NVBOTS business unit. AJ was previously the Chairman, CEO, and Founder of New Valence Robotics Corporation (NVBOTS), an MIT 3D printing spin-off that invented automated 3D printing, cloud 3D printing, and ultra-high speed multi-metal 3D printing (spun off to form Digital Alloys). AJ holds a BS '13 in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Engineering in Advanced Manufacturing '14 from MIT. His academic interests, lectures, and research focus on mechanical design, manufacturing processes automation, robotics, and entrepreneurship. AJ has developed and taught several classes during his career. Most recently, he co-developed the first graduate level 3D printing / Additive Manufacturing class for the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
AJ is the final Lemelson-MIT Inventor Fellow, was selected as one of Boston Globe’s 25 under 25, and won the prestigious Lemelson-MIT “use it” student prize. AJ is the primary inventor on 30+ inventions in the fields of additive manufacturing, mobile manufacturing, industrial IoT, and surgical devices. AJ chases opportunities that leverage his MIT engineering background, expertise in intellectual property, management experience, and international network of investors.
Carsten Eickhoff - Assistant Professor - Brown University
Carsten Eickhoff is an assistant professor of medical and computer science at Brown University. He leads the biomedical AI Lab, specializing in the development of data science and information retrieval techniques with the goal of improving patient safety, individual health and quality of medical care. He received his training in artificial intelligence and machine learning in Germany, Scotland, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Carsten has authored more than 70 conference and journal articles on topics pertaining to automatic large-scale text processing and retrieval as well as information extraction from unstructured natural language resources.
Aside from his scholarly interest in artificial intelligence, Carsten is a serial tech entrepreneur that is involved in multiple clinical AI startups translating research innovation into products.
Mark Huang was recently Providence’s Economic Development Director, where he focused on the Innovation ecosystem and developed an Urban Food strategy. Prior to his work in Providence, Mark, as a co-founder, led the formation of Novus Energy Partners, a US-Norwegian cleantech VC fund, which was later followed by Tolero Ventures. Prior to that, Mark was with GE for 10 years and as a Senior Vice President of GE Energy Financial Services he co-led the effort to re-start GE’s cleantech venture investing efforts. In the maritime sector, Mark has worked in shipbuilding and as a naval architect. Mark also served for 13 years as an officer in the US Army Reserves. He was mobilized in 2003 to Baghdad where he focused on nation-building. He is currently a US director of Alfanar, the only venture philanthropy non-profit focused on the Arab world, and Tern, a Taiwan-based urban mobility company.
Mark holds an MBA and Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University & a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute.
John Hargrave - CEO - Media Shower, Inc.
SIR JOHN HARGRAVE is the CEO of Media Shower, the media company that helps great blockchain companies reach quality blockchain investors. He oversees a global team of analysts and journalists who rate and review blockchain projects, then present their findings on the premiere investor website, Bitcoin Market Journal (www.bitcoinmarketjournal.com). He is the author of the forthcoming bestseller BLOCKCHAIN FOR EVERYONE (Simon & Schuster, 2019), and a frequent speaker, lecturer, and leader of the New Finance revolution.
David Marble is the President and CEO of OSHEAN Inc. in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. David brings over 30 years of experience in technology companies. He is experienced in operations planning, budget development and management as well as technical planning and project management. David is also Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Northeast Research and Education Network (NEREN) and The Quilt (The National REN coalition).
David was the co-founder and director of operations of the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL). AAEEBL established affiliations and collaborations with nearly all worldwide ePortfolio initiatives and cultivated membership of over one hundred academic institutions. He is also the founding member of MetaLearning, a strategic consulting group working in the use of technology for advanced learning environments. From 2001- 2007, David was the Chief Operating Officer and VP of Business Development for TAZZ Networks working in policy networking and prior to that was VP of Optical Networks for Lucent.
Louis Palmisciano - Operations/Clinical INTELLIGENCE Lead - Lifespan
Louis Palmisciano leads Lifespan's Pharmacy Business Operations & Clinical Intelligence team, which supports the pharmacy practice through value-centric adaptations of technology. Louis is a leader, developer and analyst. Louis' current focus is adapting machine learning architecture to allow for the rapid development of powerful decision support.