Past Forum #3 Process

Process Innovation


Thursday, March 28

5:30 – 8:30pm

5:30 Networking
6:30 Keynote: Dr. David Pensak
7:20 Q & A
7:30 Panel Q &A
8:30 Optional Networking & Coffee


Philadelphia University
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144



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Join your colleagues for this exciting 3rd event of our Innovation Series at Philadelphia University’s new DEC Center. Innovation is the lifeblood of growth and the sustenance of our economy!  This ILF event will focus on Process Innovation and Decision-Making. (“The method and language of innovation”).  Process Innovation focuses on the way ideas turn into value. The method involves several critical decisions that are being discovered by some for the first time. Others are trying to make it more effective and efficient. This can only be achieved through better collaborative techniques.  Please join us for this relevant discussion with key game changers who have a stellar reputation using all the tools that are at the disposal of truly innovative minds. Our noted speaker and panelists will explore the various facets of this very timely issue.  Dr. Spinelli, President of Philadelphia University will welcome our guests and provide some insight into the exciting new structure that we are using for our event. He will be followed by a high profile keynote speaker followed by a moderated panel discussion of our speaker and three more pioneers in startup and organizational transformation, including Philadelphia’s first Chief Innovation Officer (1 of only 2 municipal CIO’s in the country and the only one east of the Mississippi), Adel Ebeid.


Elisa O’Donnell – Keynote Speaker

Elisa is Imaginatik’s VP of Innovation Solutions.  She works with clients to design and facilitate their innovation learning and competency building. She focuses on harnessing individual creativity and maximizing teamwork.Elisa photo

Elisa is a published author and speaker on innovation, change and business transformation. She is a guest lecturer at Babson’s Innovation Program, a teacher of invention programs for young children, and a juror and mentor for high school students in the Art Science Innovation program.

Prior to joining Imaginatik, Elisa was part of the leadership team at Continuum, a design-thinking consultancy leading a practice focused on building inventive organizations through design. She also led the Canadian team of Synecticsworld, a global innovation consultancy, focusing on innovation in the healthcare industry. Elisa has a Masters in Communications Policy from City University in London and a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Boston University.

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.

Donna DeCarolis – Panelist

An Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, leading all graduate and corporate programs and oversee a team of approximately twenty individuals. I bring my proven strengths in creative program development and team motivation to sustain and enhance LeBow’s graduate offerings.  Her other role, is as Associate Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship Education, responsible for the development and coordination of all academic entrepreneurial offerings and student activities at Drexel University and engaging alumni and stakeholders in entrepreneurial education.

In prior role as Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, had primary responsibility for the LeBow College of Business Strategic Plan. Also served and currently still work as one of the key academic administrators for collaborative programs in Entrepreneurship and Leadership for the College of Business across Drexel University. Also responsible for developing synergistic and valuable relationships between LeBow College of Business and the Greater Philadelphia Business Community.

Research, write and lecture extensively on various aspects of entrepreneurship, innovation management and technology commercialization. In classes, collaborate with Drexel University’s Office of Technology Transfer and direct my graduate business students in the development of commercialization plans for Drexel inventions. Research appears in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, The Journal of Management, Journal of Business, Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Featured weekly business commentator on CBS News Radio – KYW Philadelphia.

Jane Frankel – Panelist

Jane Hartman Frankel combines internal and external business focuses to help organizations and their leaders develop customized performance cultures for sustainability. She has worked in the technology arena for 20 years, developing organizations for outstanding performance using a collaborative approach to partnering and organizational alignment. Her unique approach to building organizations for sustainability places primary importance on internal and external customer relationships and capabilities. She has also managed several alliances between large and small companies resulting in new business models and significant revenue generation.

She founded The Art of Performance LLC in 2006. She holds Master’s degrees in Education (Temple University) and in Organizational Dynamics (University of PA) and is an Adjunct Professor of Business Communications, Entrepreneurship, and International Organizational Behavior.

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


Elisa O’Donnell Vice-President, Innovation Solutions, Imaginatik


Donna DeCarolis, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Lebow College of Business, Drexel University


Jane Frankel,GPSEG board member and owner of the Art of Performance