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Design Your Own Future: Agile Career Strategies
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Session Speakers:


Susan Roughley

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


Jeevak Badve

VP, Strategic Growth, Sundberg-Ferar Inc.



Jules Pieri

Co-founder & CEO, The Grommet



David Parsons

Director of User Experience, Xerox



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Thrive in the job you have and build the career you want! In this session, you'll learn how to: align your aspirations and assets with market demand so you stay competitive; take advantage of the GenFlux career options that are fast becoming the New Normal; and start building a personal network that can surface opportunities and pre-sell you. Four talented and diverse leaders will share their stories of agile careers as they crossed sectors and continents, pursued new fields of study, survived corporate restructuring and started new ventures! Then you’ll start designing your own future--in an interactive session using design thinking principals. Whether you want to find a job, move up, change fields or be your own boss, the time to start is now. 





Susan Roughley

Susan Roughley is the Owner of JumpStart Consulting and Adjunct Faculty with two firms specializing in executive transitions. Sue consults with forward-leaning companies and leaders who want to stay competitive—in the marketplace and on the job. In addition to facilitating business strategy, Sue coaches executives through transformation initiatives and into C-suite roles. In her “portfolio career,” Sue has spent the last five years as an Executive Career Consultant, applying the principles of design thinking and agile leadership to career strategy. Sue was recently tapped by a philanthropic enterprise to lead the design of a Public Policy Fellowship focused on building leaders for social change, which includes placements in Governors’ offices, leadership training, and career coaching. Her corporate background includes ten years with General Electric, where she was trained in the Change Acceleration Process and her teams won the company’s highest honors for leading innovative programs that became industry standards.



Jeevak Badve

Jeevak brings energy, passion & curiosity to his role as Vice President of Strategic Growth at Sundberg-Ferar: a full service Industrial Design Studio supporting the Product and Vehicle industries from its metro Detroit location, since 1934.
He helps companies to understand and leverage the fundamental role of Product Design (Aesthetics and Ergonomics) as a unique and compelling differentiator in the sustainable growth of business; by injecting emotion in the objects we manufacture and understanding the natural affordances that those objects radiate to communicate back with us. He rallies for the alignment of end user needs, wants and desires to the value proposition offered by the makers of those products, to generate the much sough after shareholder value.

He started his career in India in Tata Motors R&D and then moved on to Tata-Johnson Controls, Tata Auto, GM Warren Design center, ASC and now at Sundberg-Ferar. His end clients include Fortune 300 companies like GM, VW, Navistar, IC Bus, Hyundai, Monaco, Tata, Coda, IC Bus, Fiat etc.

He is holds an Executive MBA, Michigan State University, Eli Broad College of Business; Master’s in Industrial Design, Indian Institute of Technology, IIT –Powaii; and Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, Pune University, India.


Jules Pieri

Jules Pieri is Co-founder & CEO of The Grommet ( ), which has launched more than 2,000 innovative consumer products since 2008. The Grommet discovers products and helps them succeed by amplifying their stories to a community of 2.3 million people. One in 50 US households have bought, supported, or shared via The Grommet. The company’s Citizen Commerce™ movement is reshaping how products are discovered, shared, and bought.


Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies and was a senior executive at Keds, Stride Rite, and Playskool. The Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Design Continuum and President of


Jules completed her undergraduate degree summa cum laude at the University of Michigan and people tell her she is the first designer to graduate from Harvard Business School, where she is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence.


Jules was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013 and one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Interesting Entrepreneurs in 2014. In June 2014, Jules was invited to the White House Maker Faire to launch The Grommet Wholesale Platform. This extension of the Grommet business connects Makers with Main Street Retailers by bridging the gap between the two and helping to ensure Grommet’s goal that within five years 10% of all products flowing through U.S. retail originate from independent small-scale Makers.


Jules is frequently asked to speak on consumer trends and technologies, design, and entrepreneurship. She has presented as HBS, SCAD, MIT, and at conferences, including SXSW, Internet Retailer, and the Conference on World Affairs. She’s been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, and many other media outlets.


She writes a personal blog on these subjects at and posts as @julespieri on Twitter and Instagram.



David M. Parsons

David serves as Director of the Experience Design Group at Xerox Corporation where he leads a global organization delivering innovative, user inspired solutions for Product Technology and Software Services offerings. Prior to that, he held key Experience Design Directorship roles at Honeywell Corporation, Human Centered Design Works, Eastman Kodak Company, and Emerson Electric Corporation. In each role, he established and strengthened Design competencies, processes, and outputs to achieve significant business performance improvements. He holds approximately 25 US patents in the areas of Human Factors/Usability Engineering, User Interface, and Industrial Design. David earned his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial & Interaction Design from Syracuse University plus completed independent coursework in Business Strategy and Management. He is Six Sigma Greenbelt certified and a member of the Design Management Institute.




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