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2018 American Innovation Conference

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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General Admission Oct 16, 2018 Free  

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The American Innovation Conference is dedicated to sharing, collaborating, and celebrating customer-focused innovation and its impact on company success. Companies that are perceived to be innovative by their customers are more attractive, enjoy higher loyalty, and are ultimately more successful than companies that lag in innovativeness.

Join us to hear success stories and lessons learned from the most innovative companies in America such as Aflac, Airbnb, Amazon, Chick-fil-A, eBay, Ford Motor Corporation, John Deere, Southwest Airlines, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods to name a few.

Learn more from the authors of the American Innovation Index.  

There will be an opportunity to talk to Innovation Leaders in all sectors at the celebratory reception following an awards presentation. The conference is designed to ensure you come away with ideas for driving your company’s innovation strategy that will be applauded by your customers.

Conference Schedule

2:00pm – 2:15pm – Welcome

Lerzan Aksoy

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Gabelli School of Business

Donna Rapaccioli, Ph.D.

Dean, Gabelli School of Business

2:15pm – 3:00pm – Keynote Speech

Malcolm Frank

CSO, CMO Cognizant Technology Solutions Co.

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Author, “What To Do When Machines Do Everything:

How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data” (Wiley) 

3:00pm – 3:15pm – Coffee Break

3:15pm – 3:30pm – American Innovation Index

Gina Woodall

President, Rockbridge Associates 

3:30-4:15pm - American Innovation Index and Panel

Heather Figallo

Sr. Director of Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship, Southwest Airlines Co.

Eric Haymond

Strategy and Development Manager, Ikea US

Ellis Jones

CSO, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.

Paul Misener

Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, Amazon

Bradford Shellhammer

Global Head of Buyer Engagement and Growth, eBay, Inc.

4:15pm – 4:30pm – Coffee Break

4:30pm – 5:30pm – Awards Ceremony

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Celebratory Reception


Who Should Attend? 

Anyone with an interest in learning more about improving customer-focused innovativeness of companies, including students, faculty, executives and management in innovation strategy, branding and marketing. 

Hotel Information:

Hudson Hotel: 358 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019. Limited group rate will be offered at the Hudson Hotel 

Empire Hotel: 44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023 


General Inquiries? 

Please email Lerzan Aksoy, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Marketing, Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business for any questions, comments or press inquiries.

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NEW YORK, NY 10023

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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The American Innovation Index™ is a joint project between Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), and market research firm Rockbridge Associates, Inc. The unique study is the first of its kind to gauge innovation from the perspective of firms' customers, the ultimate barometer of success.

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