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dmi:Symposium "Design: Exercising Influence"

BCG Digital Ventures
Manhattan Beach, CA
December 7, 2017

Hosted at the innovative offices of Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures, the focus of this Symposium was “Design: Exercising Influence.” Design and Innovation leaders from 9 organizations led discussions on ways that design can have a greater impact on agile development, business models, and organization development. The Symposium consisted of 2 tracks:

  • Track 1- Workshop in Strategic Thinking
  • Track 2 - Interactive Sessions with established thought-leaders




December 6, Wednesday



December 6th 6:00 - 8:00pm
Pip Tompkin Design

Join DMI for a night of conversation, networking, and refreshments hosted by Pip Tompkin Design at their studio in El Segundo. This dmi:NightOut is held in conjunction with the dmi:Symposium in Manhattan Beach on December 7th.

You do not need to be a DMI Member to attend.



December 7, Thursday




Registration, Coffee



Carole Bilson, DMI President
Walter Delph, Partner BCG Digital Ventures, Manhattan Beach Center



Keynote: Trends in Corporate Design and R&D: In Search of the Next Unicorn
Rob Huber, VP Innovation & Ventures, Faurecia


From corporate designer, to corporate innovation leader, to corporate venture investor, Ron will share his career trajectory that is a perfect example of the trend towards reduction in internal R&D and more emphasis and reliance on developing innovation via the startup community.


9:30 - 4:30


dmi: Workshop
Strategic Thinking


Strategic Thinking will help you develop your thinking about an important challenge or opportunity in your own organization or career. Become more aware of any biases or assumptions that stand in the way of achieving results, learn to map the stakeholders that help or hold you back, and become a more future-focused leader.




Symposium Sessions:

  • Bringing Lean Development & Design Thinking Together in an Agile Environment
  • Mapping Opportunities in the Problem Space
  • Futureproofing & Personal Evolution
  • Busting Through the Roadblocks to Innovation


Closing Panel "Exercising Influence"
Panel Moderator: Kim Barnes, CEO, Barnes & Conti
Panel: Kevin Bethune, VP Strategic Design, BCG Digital Ventures, Kimberley Elliott, Global Operations Manager, HP Print Design, Sara Jacobson, Associate Director Creative Consulting, Designworks. A BMW Group Co., Carole Bilson, DMI President



Rob Huber
  Indi Young
  Peter Kellogg-Smith
BCG Digital Ventures
  Kimberley Elliott
  Ron Clark
BCG Digital Ventures
Kim Barnes
Barnes & Conti
  Kevin Bethune
BCG Digital Ventures
  Carole Bilson
  Nelson Soken
Soken Consulting
  Nicholas Partridge








BCG Digital Ventures

1240 Rosecrans Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA

Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures is a global corporate venture firm that invents, builds, scales and invests in startups. Their Manhattan Beach location is just minutes from LAX International Airport.





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