2018 Cannon Beach Innovation Retreat

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Tolovana Inn

3400 South Hemlock Street

Cannon Beach, OR 97145

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Friends,

Join us in Cannon Beach, Oregon for an eye opening and thought provoking experience.

NEW: The full program and speaker bios can be found at this link.

The retreat, grounded in the values of innovation, authenticity and paying-it-forward is intentionally crafted to encourage innovations to emerge from diverse collaboration. Attendees in 2017 spanned age groups, experiences, industries, geography, economic status, race, and ethnicity. The programming encourages curiosity-driven exploration with only four to five short talks by innovators to seed ideas and breakout sessions revolving around questions rather than topics. Attendees are encouraged to self-form small groups and pursue active sharing of knowledge.

This year, our speakers will address:

  • How can technology support inclusive growth?
  • How do we continuously reinvent ourselves and our organizations?
  • Who are our neighbors, in the era of globalization?
  • How is the experience of narratives changing over time?
  • How does mentorship evolve in the gig economy?

The breakout sessions will feature small groups for a deeper dives. Our facilitators will moderate discussions on:

  • What should rank-and-file employees do when middle management is resistant to senior leader’s culture change initiative?
  • What if there were no jobs?
  • Should water be free?
  • What is realistic to accomplish for one generation in environmental remediation?
  • If we value freedom, then what training do we need to take care of it?
  • What does a resilient team look like?
  • How does the soundtrack to your personal life compare to the music of your community?

Hosted by entrepreneur Jimmy Jia, and jointly presented by the MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest, the retreat will feature students, practitioners, serial entrepreneurs and thought leaders, across the variety of industries we call our professional home. Attendees should have a passion for inquiry, aspirations for improving their leadership, and a commitment to life-long learning.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Best,

Jimmy

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Sponsors:

2018 Sponsors: MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest, Presidio Gradaute School, Terra Nostra, I Am Virago

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We are proud to announce the following speakers

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Mr. Brandon Lee was appointed as Consul General of Canada in Seattle in 2017, with accreditation for Washington State, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. From 2007 to 2011, he oversaw reform activities to strengthen Canada’s international presence and became the Department’s first Director of Innovation. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Lee held senior positions at the World Trade Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross (both in Geneva), spearheading major organizational and international reform initiatives. From 2015-2017, Mr. Lee was Consul General of Canada in San Francisco, with accreditation for Northern California and Hawaii. Previously, Mr. Lee worked in the private sector as a pioneer in online banking in North America and with large-scale telecommunications and IT management consulting firms.

Chris Breitmeyer is the president of Clatsop Community College, a 2-year institute serving the northwest region of Oregon. He has spent his career teaching, learning, and collaborating with students, faculty, and staff from teaching high school biology, to his current role in education leadership. He believes that the best way to learn science is to do science. These kind of learning experiences, no matter what the discipline, are important to developing the skills learners need to become critical thinkers who will become productive members of our community. He received his M.S. in Zoology at Arizona State University. Chris lives in Oregon.

Dorothy Clegg is a Captain for United Airlines on the 787, or as she refers to it “Boeing’s Tesla”. Through multiple mergers, acquisitions, and change initiatives, she has helped shatter glass ceilings, making the skies a friendlier place for women in command within the aviation industry. She is also a strategic leader, developing and optimizing processes, while creating strategies to build sustainable industries. She collaborates with corporate and industry thought leaders to develop comprehensive and cutting-edge sustainable business practices and models that increases competitiveness and drives profitability. She lives in Hawaii.

Jean Ekobo is the Founder of BioNovelus, Inc, a provider of non-toxic, biodegradable, organic fungicide that protects crops before harvest. As a serial entrepreneur, he has founded four companies and has built distribution channels in France, Belgium, Canada and United States. His international sales experience led him to develop the right business model for his green bio science company. He was formerly an executive chef and founded his own restaurant and catering business for over 18 years. Jean speaks fluent French and English, and Cameroonian dialect. He is currently learning Spanish. He lives in Arizona.

Blerime “Blu” Topalli is a partner at Cube VR, an immersive strategies consultancy and vendor of the World Bank Group based in Los Angeles. At Cube VR, Blu is responsible for producing what will be the first ongoing, mobile augmented reality (AR) eco-game of its kind for the World Bank through 2032, in parallel to the milestone achievements of the Paris Agreements. Prior to Cube VR, Blu has spent over 25 years working internationally with organizations such as NBCUniversal and Hasbro Inc. on franchise strategy, immersive brand experiences and emerging tech. In addition, she has worked in startups in telecommunications, cyber-security, luxury aviation, and healthcare. She lives in California.

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Facilitators:

2018 Facilitators

Janice Lichtenwaldt spent 25 years navigating emerging technology businesses from online city guides (CitySearch.com) to online ticketing (Ticketmaster.com), online travel (Expedia) to building online communities (Allrecipes.com); her focus being marketing communications, product development, and business development. Before launching her coaching practice, Janice led Wi-Fi Calling at T-Mobile as Sr. Product Manager. After successfully launching Wi-Fi Calling on the iPhone, she joined the office of the CIO to lead Enterprise IT Communications. Her true passion lies in growing collaborative teams and developing confident and emotionally intelligent leaders. She is honored to be taking part in the Cannon Beach Retreat.

Karin Borgerson, founder of Borgerson Research, is a genetic genealogist who combines DNA data, historical records, and oral history to help guide curious people on a journey of self-discovery where science meets story. She provides research, analysis, and coaching services to help clients discover unknown ancestors, solve family mysteries, and learn about where they fit into history. The first two decades of her career spanned biomedical research, software startups, environmental non-profits, and higher education administration. Karin specializes in bridging communication gaps between scientific/technical experts and people whose backgrounds and passions lie in other areas.

Lisa Capa is co-founder of Dynamic Peace, a learning community dedicated to nurturing a field that supports collaboration and co-creation. For a decade, she was a faculty member at Presidio Graduate School Seattle campus (was Pinchot University), teaching Leadership and Personal Development in the MBA for Sustainable Systems. Lisa received her MBA in 2006 from Presidio Graduate School Seattle campus and her PhD in Transformational Studies at California Institute of Integral Studies in 2014. Lisa has facilitated numerous leadership development workshops. She is passionate about teaching leaders to become more self-aware and how to communicate with others more effectively.

Judy Stein, founder of Solutions for Corporate Growth, has combined her technical and interpersonal strengths, as well as her passion, to lead teams and leaders to discover and effectively use their personal power for improved communication, collaboration, and productivity. For over 20 years, she has provided a foundation for developing new strategies and choices, one-on-one coaching, and ways to resolve issues and conflicts that impact success. She received a Bachelor of Science from MIT and a Master of Science from Stanford University and is a Certified Scrum Master. Ask her anything about geology!

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Programming -- Please check back frequently for updates and additions

Friday October 12:
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Registration Desk Open at the Tolovana Inn

Saturday October 13:
8:00 Registration Opens
9:00 Opening Circle and Talk: "How is the experience of narratives changing over time?"
10:15 BREAK
10:45 Breakout Sessions (4 concurrent session)
11:45 LUNCH
1:15 Talk - How does mentorship evolve in the gig economy?
1:45 Talk - How do we continuously reinvent ourselves and our organizations?
2:30 BREAK
3:00 Breakout Sessions (4 concurrent sessions)
4:00 BREAK
4:30 Talk - How can technology support inclusive growth?
5:00 Reception and Screening of Terra Nostra
6:00 End of Day 1

Sunday October 14:
9:00 Talk - Who are our neighbors, in our era of globalization?
10:00 BREAK
10:30 Breakout Sessions (3 concurrent sessions)
11:30 Closing Circle
12:30 End of Weekend

We are pleased to announce the inclusion of Terra Nostra ("Our Earth"). It is an innovative 30-minute multimedia symphonic creation about climate change composed by Christophe Chagnard. It was commissioned by Susan and Jeff Lubetkin in 2013 and premiered in June 2015 to critical acclaim. Terra Nostra is designed to engage, educate, inspire, and empower people towards policy change to protect our earth. Its evocative combination of orchestral music, poetry, and photography is intended to invite broad discourse and inspire concrete actions in audiences in ways science alone may not. Terra Nostra is a dynamic and interactive piece that allows each community to tell its own story by customizing the images and poetry.

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Housing

The Tolovana Inn has given us a discount rate for people staying at the Inn for the weekend. Please call the reservation line at 503-436-2211 and say you are attending the Cannon Beach Innovation Retreat from October 12-14 to access the discounted rates.

Carpool

Cannon Beach is a 2-hour drive from Portland and a 5-hour drive from Seattle. To facilitate travel, we have created a Group Carpool page to coordinate the sharing of rides. We greatly encourage folks to share a ride!

https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/w4b7jz

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Tolovana Inn

3400 South Hemlock Street

Cannon Beach, OR 97145

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