Past Forum #2 Culture

Innovation Culture

”Developing and maintaining the DNA of the Innovative Organization or Region”

Some of the best indicators of a growing, healthy organization or region is establishing and maintaining an Innovation Culture. This has been established in research as one of the two best predictors of ‘growth outliers’ — independent of industry, organizational size or location. Using different metrics one can apply the similar predictors to a region, like Silicon Valley, for instance, or the Boston Community. It is, however, an elusive success factor that has been mastered by the few of the best.  It is also a magnet for talent and other resources. In this forum we’ll explore the ‘special sauce’ needed to establish and maintain this x-factor. Dr. Francoise Legoues, from IBM will provide insights into how IBM has managed to establish and develop its innovative culture. Additionally, we’ll explore, with the help of a distinguished panel,  how to develop the innovative eco-system with the collaborative approaches of the Business, Academic and Government sectors of our community.

Thursday, September 6, 2012
5:00 – 8:30pm Agenda

5:00-6:00 VIP Reception Option (Please see note below)
5:30 Networking & Dinner
6:30 Keynote: Françoise LeGoues, PhD
7:30 Panel Session

St. Joseph’s University,
5600 City Avenue,
 Philadelphia, PA 19131


Register by August 30th and get your input into a survey on Innovation Culture to be presented at the forum and receive a free report!

This event is open to the public!



* NOTE: We will be holding a VIP reception for a limited number of people (50), at an additional cost, starting at 5 pm and ending at 6 pm. The cost of signing up for VIP reception will also include the rest of the program. VIP guests will have more private time to speak with our distinguished speaker and panelists, as well as select GPSEG board members and additional VIP’s yet to be determined. Additionally there will be wine and cheese for this pre-event. We will also have preferred seating at the forum for our VIP guests.


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Françoise will speak on IBM’s innovation culture – past, present and future. She will be joined by 4 other panelists in a lively discussion about what it takes to create and sustain an innovation culture. We are getting the views from three distinct sectors of our local economy, Business, Government and Academia to understand how they interplay and collaborate to create the ecosystem of economic growth that accompanies an innovation culture.

This will be the 2nd in our series of Innovation Leadership Forums that represents the Cultural Pillar of the 4 Pillars of Innovation that we will be discussing in our forum series.

Françoise LeGoues, PhD — Keynote Speaker and Panelist

Françoise LeGoues is the Vice President for Innovation Initiatives in IBM’s CIO’s organization.  She and her team are responsible for identifying, testing and transferring emerging technologies that have the potential for transforming IBM and the way IBMers work, communicate, and innovate.

She joined the IBM Research Division after getting a Ph.D. in Material Sciences from Carnegie-MellonUniversity.  As a Research Staff Member, and then as the manager of the “Materials Characterization” group, she authored over 150 scientific publications and obtained 4 patents.

She then held a number of positions at IBM, all of which had the common thread of bringing innovation to clients and to IBMers.  As the manager of the Industry Solutions Lab, she managed three solutions labs worldwide, where customers can see, touch and play with the new technologies that IBM scientists are inventing, and where they can discuss and mold the use of these technologies in their own businesses.

She also ran the First-of-a-Kind program, which seeds the deployment of emerging technologies to create innovation in the marketplace, through joint Research/customer engagements.

As the Director of Innovation, in the Applications Management Services business unit, she built a team of senior IT architects to help grow the AMS business through technical leadership.

In her most recent role as VP and CTO for the Distribution Sector, in IBM’s Sales and Distribution organization, she used innovation throughout IBM to help define and build new industry solutions and to help clients define their own technology strategy.

She is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, and a member of the IBM Academy.

Adel Ebeid (Philadelphia Chief Innovation Officer) — Panelist 

Prior to his appointment as the City’s first Chief Innovation Officer (CIO), Adel Ebeid was the Chief Information and Technology Officer for the State of New Jersey since March 2006. In his capacity as the CIO and CTO for the State of New Jersey, Mr. Ebeid was responsible for the State’s entire technology portfolio which included infrastructure services, application development and maintenance, enterprise architecture and solutions, e-Government services as well as Geographic Information Systems.    To carry out the day-to-day management and operations for IT in the Executive Branch, Mr. Ebeid led the Office of Information Technology which is comprised of 800+ technology professionals dedicated to supporting the technology platforms necessary to carry out and support government operations.  In addition to his traditional role as the State’s chief technology executive, Mr. Ebeid also Chaired the E-911 Commission as well as co-Chaired the Public Safety Interoperable Communications Commission. Mr. Ebeid is well respected among his peers for his enterprise and strategic thinking and is currently one of four Executive Directors on the board of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).

Prior to his role as the State’s CIO/CTO, Mr. Ebeid was the Chief of Operations and Technology for the Motor Vehicle Commission where he was responsible for technology modernization efforts and the statewide digital driver license program from 2002 to 2006.  Prior to that, Mr. Ebeid was the first Chief Information Officer for the Department of Environmental Protection where he led a department-wide effort to consolidate infrastructure platforms and integrate the Department’s fragmented systems into a single, integrated environmental management system that is currently the model for other state environmental management systems.

NJ Delener, PhD (Aarcadia University — Dean)
  — Panelist

Dr. NJ Delener is the Founding Dean of the School of Global Business at Arcadia University, U.S.A. Delener is the former dean of the School of Business at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Old Westbury. Under Delener’s leadership, SUNY’s School of Business doubled graduate enrollment, established international exchange and faculty development programs, took the university to the final phase of accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) in four years, and developed new degree and certificate programs.
Prior to his time at SUNY, Delener was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Director of International Business Studies at the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University, a professor of marketing and international business, and a visiting lecturer at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He has also served a consultant to several companies, including Marriott Corp., Ellington Duval Inc., and World Wide Marketing Group.

Delener is the founder anrd elected president of the Global Business and Technology Association, which consists of more than 2,000 members worldwide, and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Business and Technology, an interdisciplinary journal for the advancement of knowledge of the theory and practice of international business and technology. He has conducted numerous executive seminars in several countries, including Brazil, Czech Republic, England, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Turkey.

Published in 2012, his most recent book—Service Science Research, Strategy and Innovation: Dynamic Knowledge Management Methods—explores strategy development, leadership, management, marketing, service contracts, e-government, e-commerce, and human capital management. Delener has published 18 books and more than 100 articles in prestigious, refereed journals, including the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Advertising Research, the Journal of Academy of Marketing Science, the Journal of Business Research, the Journal of Emerging Markets, the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, the Public Administration Journal, the International Journal of Bank Marketing, the Journal of Marketing Management, the Journal of International Consumer Marketing, and the Journal of Euromarketing among others.

Delener earned a Ph.D. from the Graduate School at the City University of New York and an M.B.A. and Advanced Professional Certificates in Marketing and Strategic Planning from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Joseph DiAngelo, EdD (St. Joseph University  — Dean) — Panelist

Joseph DiAngelo was appointed Dean of the Erivan K. Haub School of Business of Saint Joseph’s University in August 2000.  He is a Professor of Management in the Department of Management with a specialty in Human Resource Management.  Dr. DiAngelo received a B.S. degree from Saint Joseph’s University, an MBA from Widener University, and a doctorate from Temple University.  The Erivan K Haub School of Business enrolls 3600 students in its day, evening and graduate programs.  The Haub School offers undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Finance, Decision and System Sciences, Risk Management & Insurance, Food Marketing, Marketing, Management, and Pharmaceutical Marketing.  Its graduate offerings include a Professional MBA, Executive MBA, Executive MBA in Pharmaceutical Marketing, Executive MS in Food Marketing, MS in International Marketing, MS in Human Resource Management, MS in Financial Services and the only On-Line Pharmaceutical MBA offered in the United States. Offerings also include three joint graduate programs in China with Donghua, Nanjing and China Pharmaceutical Universities. The Haub School houses the Academy of Food Marketing which supports the largest undergraduate Food Marketing program in the world, the Center for Food Marketing which promotes research and provides executive education for the food industry and its most recent addition is the Academy of Risk Management and Insurance which supports undergraduate programs in insurance and finance.

Dr. DiAngelo’s research has been published in Management and HR journals including Business Economics, Business Forum, The SAM Advanced Management Journal, and Personnel as well as the Journal of Catholic Higher Education.  He is a member of the American Arbitration Association, The Society of Human Resource Management and the American Society of Training and Development.

Dr. DiAngelo served as President of the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration, as a member of the AACSB Pre-Accreditation Committee, Vice Chair and Chair of the Accreditation Quality Committee, Chair of the AACSB Candidacy Committee and as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors of AACSB.  Dr DiAngelo presently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of AACSB and as Chair for the Committee on Issues in Management Education (CIME).  In March of 2012 he was appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees at Robert Morris University.  He has served as a consultant and /or Chair of Peer Review Teams for over 60 schools throughout the world seeking accreditation. Dr DiAngelo serves on the board of The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA), a government agency that oversees the annual budget and 5 year budget plan for the City of Philadelphia.

He had served as the Dean of the School of Business at Widener University for 13 years prior to joining Saint Joseph’s University.

DrJanice Presser, PhD (CEO –  The Gabriel Institute) — Panelist

Dr. Janice Presser is Chief Executive Officer and a principal of The Gabriel Institute. Throughout her career, Janice has been focused on team performance: how healthcare teams service those in need; how families ‘team’ with each other, and how organizations enable (or inhibit) positive human synergy in the workplace. All of these pursuits have had, at their core, the desire to understand what really happens between people during group activities, and to create a reliable way to structure and support coherent, productive teams.

Dr. Presser and her longtime collaborator, Dr. Jack Gerber, spent over 25 years in research, development, and testing of “a completely new way to predict how people will perform in teams,” which is now known as TGI Teamability™. Together, they launched The Gabriel Institute as a vehicle for bringing this visionary technology to business users and to the general public. Since its late-2009 launch as an online ‘technology of teaming,’ Teamability has impacted over 100 corporate, government, and non-profit organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice, the State of Montana, Independence Blue Cross, and Hitachi Electronics, as well as Angel/VC/Private Equity investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and supporters of the innovation economy.

Dr. Presser has served on SHRM’s Human Capital Assessment/Metrics Special Expertise Panel, its Taskforce on Workforce Planning, and currently serves on its Taskforce on Metrics and Measurements. She is Contributing Editor for Selection in ELLA®, the Employment Labor Law Audit. Her writings consistently appear in the ‘Top 5’ most-viewed articles list of ‘InnovationDAILY’, which has readers in 140 countries. She has authored five books and dozens of articles, tweets as @DrJanice, networks on LinkedIn, and blogs at She leads TGI’s technology strategy and deployment, in addition to her more traditional CEO and expert advisory duties. Dr. Presser’s new book, slated for release in November of 2012, will explore the theoretical and physical foundations of ‘teaming,’ and their profound impact on the structure, development, and leadership of teams.

Joel Vardy (Chair, ILF, Moderator and Host)

Panel Session:


Joel Vardy, Innovation Management pioneer in business models and innovation culture


Adele Ebeid, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Philadelphia

Françoise LeGoues, PhD, Vice-President, Innovation Initiatves, IBM

Joseph DiAngelo, EdD, Dean, Erivan Haub School of Business, St. Joseph’s University

Janice Presser, PhD, CEO of The Gabriel Institute

NJ Delener, PhD, Founding Dean, School of Global Business at Arcadia University