Idea Connection Systems has a diverse group of individuals that work together to create an outstanding experience for our client.
Founder and CEO
Founded Kodak’s Office of Innovation 1st successful implementation in Corporate America
Co-founded the Association for Managers of Innovation (AMI)
Founded Idea Connection Systems
Created Mosaic Partnership (a social innovation) – reduce racial polarization in major urban centers
Author: “Making the Invisible Visible: The Human Principles for Sustaining Innovation”
Created the ISPI™ (Innovation Strengths Preference Indicator®)
Author: “The Invisible Element: A Practical Guide for the Human Dynamics of Innovation”
Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) – Innovator in Residence Emeritus
Author - Love Your 84,000 Hours at Work: Stories on the Road from People with Purpose and Passion (2010)
Writer - The Invisible Element: A Practical Guide for the Human Dynamics of Innovation (December 2011)
Part of delivery team at first ever ISPI workshop (2008)
Has been delivering workshops and coaching since 2008
Co-author, NDU Press publication, “Finding Ender: Exploring the Intersections of Creativity, Innovation and Talent Management in The United States Armed Forces”
Subject Matter Expert - Psychology
Clinical forensic psychologist and consultant to organizations regarding the application of psychological principles to problems in the public and private sectors.
Presenter and author of numerous books, articles, and reviews.
Her areas of expertise include psychological tests and measurements and their application to solving problems within individuals, teams, and organizations.
Her extensive background in the neurobiology of emotion, trauma, and psychological development led to consultation with the World Bank, the Office of Homeland Security, the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and numerous legal jurisdictions at the federal, state, and local levels.
Authored Fiber Optics System Design and Component Selection chapter of the book: Fiber Optic Advances in Research and Development.
Co-authored the book: ”The Invisible Element: A Practical Guide for the Human Dynamics of Innovation”
Experience includes development work in such areas as high-tech laser and optical systems, first multicomputer simulation of fly-by-wire flight control system, and first-generation fiber optics communication systems
Led technical development for new consumer products having over $750 million-year 1 nationalized annual revenue and productivity improvements totaling tens of million dollars in savings
Worked for McDonnell Aircraft Company, ITT Electro-Optics Products Division, and PepsiCo
Director of Operations
Graduated from Buffalo State College with a Bachelors degree in Hospitality Administration
Prides himself on his leadership and his ability to reorganize, simplify, and create standards and procedures
Has an innate ability to identify purpose and motivation of everyone
Strives to optimize our contact with both clients and partners
The phrase Jack-of-all-trades might sum up the diverse degrees, jobs and interests that makes her a perfect fit with this group
Worked years in accounting, teaching and library
Always enjoys learning new things and helping others learn or be successful in whatever they do
Biggest attribute is flexibility in doing what is needed when needed and knowing how to get it done
35 years of innovation experience
Director/Innovation Champion of Raytheon’s Office of Innovation (Retired)
Senior Principal Engineering Fellow, a position held by only the top 0.02% of Raytheon employees
Instrumental in the development of Raytheon’s Innovation Challenge Week
ICS consultant each year for Raytheon to organize, lead, train and run the Challenge Week
Developed workshop-specific software to assist in workshop teaming and voting applications
Master of Science in Computer Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BS in Electrical Engineering from The University of California Santa Barbara
Consultant and organizational psychologist whose approach to life and work is influenced by social science, inclusive practice and wellness
Approach intentionally explores the balance of commonalities and differences in people, groups and teams
Works toward lasting change through appreciative practices which identify and create effective solutions organizations want more of through expansion or creation
Professional mission is to partner with clients in the challenge of activating and achieving growth mindsets
Served in the capacities of psychometric tool research and development, co-created and co-led community-based assessments and taught courses on the principles of creativity and innovation
Highly creative, multilingual, and dynamic leader with over 22 years of experience in leadership, strategic direction, administrative oversight, and the effectiveness of long-and short-range plans
Outstanding understanding data, statistics, research, assessment and recommending improvements to programs and policies
Excellent knowledge of collaborating with internal and external partners
Exceptional at working with underrepresented, marginalized, international and diverse populations
Has over 20 years of higher education teaching experience
Research interests include change management and innovation, leading teams, and managing human capital.
Senior Government Consultant
Worked the edge of innovation and change in both the federal government and private industry for over 40 years
On Board of Governor’s for the National Village to Village Network, a non-profit organization that helps Americans manage the transition of aging
Career Air Force officer he held senior positions in the National Security Agency, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Headquarters United States Air Force, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
In both the government and private sector he pioneered the intersection of story, innovation, knowledge management, and leadership, and has spoken extensively across the United States on these subjects
30-year history with the Center for Creative Leadership
Senior Government Consultant
Deputy Director, Expeditionary Warfare for Department of the Navy
Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education for the Department of the Navy
Director of Force Training and Education - served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Readiness for the Office of the Secretary of Defense
Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania - Chief Learning Officer program with academic focus in Workplace Learning and Leader Development
Senior Government Consultant
Retired army colonel having served 28 years on active duty including overseas assignments in Afghanistan, Jerusalem, and South Korea
Executive Director of Strategic Education International - a non-profit that designs and delivers executive education programs for governments and private industry
Teaches Grand Strategy and Military History at Georgetown University
Teaches Defense Policy Making at Johns Hopkins University
Visiting Research Fellow at National Defense University
Co-author "Military Strategy in the 21st Century"
Co-author NDU Press publication "Finding Ender: Exploring the Intersections of Creativity, Innovation and Talent Management in the United States Armed Forces"
Currently researching military innovation and civil military relations
Responsible for providing overall leadership and direction for Hallmark’s innovation capability including process expertise and consulting
As the general manager of CREATE, lead Hallmark’s business incubator to identify, partner, develop and launch new businesses
Has a gift for seeing what others don’t, a steadfast focus on business growth, and a passion for unlocking human potential
Has experience leading a variety of operational, creative, and innovation organizations.
Known for her vision, commitment, and people-oriented leadership traits.
Committed to elevating consciousness and empowering the collective liberation of individuals, organizations and communities
Deployed worldwide for the transformation of people, principles, practices, and systems
Native to grassroots activism, works with social justice, spiritual and corporate organizations to explore network effect and elevate opportunities for resource sharing while scaling
Currently provides executive coaching and consulting services to clients’ senior management teams
Innovative leader in the areas of change management and leadership with expertise in in the areas of strategy, business process breakthrough, and the implementation quality systems
Experienced in designing and implementing strategic change with solid approaches to business and human productivity
Worked at Xerox for 30 year with experience in all areas of management, human resources, sales and service and was responsible for the design, development and implementation of Total Quality Management
Senior Managing Partner for Xerox Quality Services, a worldwide consulting division, led a team of professional consultants and trainers.
Has been an adjunct instructor for years in both undergraduate and graduate programs and authored many journal articles