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Conference Overview

September 27 - 29, 2015
Boston, MA


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September 27-29 in Boston, DMI celebrated our 40th Anniversary; 40 years of experience connecting design, business, and society in a changing world. We recounted the history of Design Management, and heard fresh perspectives on an innovative future. 
Monday night, we donned black tie and celebrated at our Gala, honoring our founder Bill Hannon, celebrating design luminaries, and recognizing the winners of the first dmi: Design Value Awards. Go here for photos of the conference, Gala and Design Value Awards.  


Honorary Chairs


Eric Quint
Chief Design Officer, 3M
John Maeda
Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers


Keynote Speakers

Redesigning the Innovator's Dilemma
Valerie Casey
Chief Product Officer, Samsung Global Innovation Center

DesignIn Tech
John Maeda
Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Transitions, Pitfalls, and Sound Strategies for Success in UX, CX, SD
Jeremy Ashley
Group VP, Applications User Experience, Oracle

Big Design, Small World
Scott Nazarian
Executive Creative Director, frog
Never Mind the Bollocks: Doreen Lorenzo on the Art of Creative Leadership
Doreen Lorenzo

Business Leader, Startup Advisor, and Leadership Columnist


Monday Session Speakers


Culture Development/OD & Design Strategy

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The Value of Design: Advancing the Impact & Influence of Design

Creative and Flexible Methodologies in UX, CX, & Service Design





Tonya Peck
Chief Talent Officer, POSSIBLE

Nelson Soken, PhD
CEO, N.H. Soken Consulting; Author of Lead the Pack: Sparking Innovation That Drives Customers Wild

Aileen Dempsey
Principal, designing business  

George Hackman, Jr.
Senior Director of User Experience, Applications User Experience, Oracle  





Adam Connor
VP of Organizational Design, Mad*Pow

Eric Anderson
Co Founder & Co Director of the Integrated Innovation Institute; Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon 

Rob Girling
Co-founder and Principal, Artefact 

John Yesko
Senior Director of Digital Customer Experience, Walgreens 


Chelsea Vandiver
Executive Managing Director, Creative, Ziba

Dave Sonders
Partner, Gravity Tank

Gulay Ozkan
Founder, GEDS; Instructor Sabanci University

Xenia Viladas
Professor of Service Design, School of Design Savannah College of Art and Design 




Tuesday Session Speakers


Design for Sustainability and Social Impact

Brand TRUTH, REBIRTH and DISRUPTION a framework for the future

Design Your Own Future: Agile Career Strategies






Prasad Boradkar
Director, InnovationSpace; Co-Director, The Biomimicry Center; Professor, Industrial Design, Arizona State University (Tempe)

Chris Bedford
President & CEO, Karo Group

Susan Roughley
Owner/Principal, Jump Start Consulting; Executive Coach/ Adjunct Faculty, The Ayers Group

Iain Aitchison
Director, Plan





Tobias Schultz
Manager of Environmental Sustainability Services LCA Practitioner SCS Global Services

Scott Lerman
CEO and Founding Partner, Lucid Brands

Jeevak Badve
VP, Strategic Growth, Sundberg-Ferar Inc.

Eric Anderson
Co Founder & Co Director of the Integrated Innovation Institute; Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon 


Jim Ford
Director, Climate for Ideas

Valerie Jacobs
VP/Managing Creative Director, Trends, LPK

Jules Pieri
Co-founder & CEO, The Grommet

Heather McGowan
Consultant- Strategic Advisor, HE MCGOWAN


David Parsons
David Parsons, Director of User Experience, Xerox

Kristen Dalton
Senior Consultant & Innovation Strategist, Booz | Allen | Hamilton





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