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Innovation & Development Strategies

Innovate by Leveraging DevOps, Low Code & Agile Methodologies with Virtual Teams.

The Innovation Mandate has accelerated during the Pandemic - and in this session we'll explore how teams have adapted their Innovation Process and Development workflow to the virtual team environment while leveraging DevOps, Low Code & Agile Methodologies. The result: Consistent & Predictable Innovation, even during the pandemic and the upcoming new normal!

Join us as we discuss:

  • Virtual Innovation Management: How the Virtual Team environment has impacted the Innovation ideation and management process.

  • The Difference Between managing disruptive innovation versus evolutionary innovation.

  • How modern, adaptable shops have evolved their DevOps and Agile Methodologies to thrive during the pandemic/work from home environment, and which changes they will keep for the new normal.

  • The Difference between a Product Life-Cycle versus a Project Life-Cycle and when to use each approach

  • How development tools such as Low Code are continuing to have a significant positive impact on the innovation and development cycles.

Faculty & Agenda:
Check back for new Faculty and Sessions as they are added.

Keynote Panel

Kim Gandhi, Customer Experience Strategic Product Owner, Cargill

With over 25 years in leading consultative engagements, Kim brings extensive experience in digital and organizational transformations. Kim's previous roles outside of Cargill combine customer-focus along with strong business outcomes. Her dedication to continually striving to improve customers’ experiences are a strong combination for success.


Crystal Broj, CSM, Director, Solutions Advancement, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Crystal is the Director of Solutions Advancement at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) where the organization is leading innovation to provide technical solutions to business/church initiatives with an agile focus.  Prior to the ELCA, she was the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer for the American Association of Diabetes Educators leading agile efforts for new product development and held leadership roles with companies like Zurich Insurance, Midtown Athletic Clubs, Aon Hewitt as well as consulting engagements where she excelled at transforming business problems into technology solutions.


Roman Dumiak, Executive in Residence for Industry, DePaul Innovation Development Lab

Currently, Roman Dumiak is the Executive-in-Residence for Industry at the DePaul University Innovation Development Laboratory (iDLab). As the Executive-in-Residence, Roman acts as the liaison between the DePaul faculty and corporate enterprises that are currently engaged with DePaul's iDLab. working to bridge the gap between the business and academic communities developing innovative solutions. Previously, Roman held several positions with Allstate Insurance including Director of the Technology Innovation group, Chief Enterprise Architect and Sr. IT Planning Consultant. His focus included both strategic planning as well as directing and facilitating efforts utilizing innovative software and hardware solutions from the ideation phase through implementation as part of Allstate Technology and Strategic Ventures.

MODERATOR : Alex Jarett, Founder & Executive Director, Technology Executives Club® & TechnologyInnovationU

The Host of CIOs Unleashed!™ Vlog & Podcast. As Executive Director, Alex is also responsibile for our Research, Digital Leadership & Virtual Peer Advisory Programs and overall curriculum programming.




Case Study: Agile Development vs Annual Budgeting

Nearly every IT or Development team is now using Agile Development.  It’s being done in a variety of flavors, from Scrum to SAFe, and it’s helped to move organizations from large waterfall deployments to more frequent incremental releases of functionality.  However, many times there is still a conflict between this approach and how capital is budgeted and the expectations of the project’s business sponsors.  This presentation will discuss different approaches to narrow that gap and provide some real world examples of how this was done.

Akshay Patel, Senior Director, Technology Innovation and Portfolio Management., College of American Pathologists

As a Senior Director of Technology Innovation and Portfolio Management at the College of American Pathologists (CAP), Akshay Patel is responsible for leading the Technology Innovation, Change Management, and Portfolio Management functions. He has over 25-years of experience in Information Technology Strategies & Roadmap, Organizational Change Management, Sourcing Strategy, IT Operating Model, IT Governance, PMO, IT Portfolio/Program Management, Financial and Budget Management. In his current role, Akshay is also helping define and execute a comprehensive strategy for leveraging AI/ML and Interoperability technologies.

Akshay has a Master’s degree in Information Systems and received his MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).


Shaun Lovick, President, Nvisia

Shaun Lovick is currently President of nvisia. He leverages his 20+ years of experience to challenge, inspire and move the company forward. Shaun has worked in every area of software development including development, architecture and large-scale solution development. He is a sought out speaker on topics including technology innovation and management. Currently he is on the Computer Science Advisory board at University of Illinois at Chicago, which helps prepare computer science graduates for the tech market.



Digital & Low Code Innovation

RSM presenters will highlight the value of digital and low/no code automation, the prevalent technologies available, in addition to COVID relief-related case studies for low/no code automation.

Karen Wiltgen, Principal, Management Consulting at RSM US LLP

Karen Wiltgen is a principal in RSM’s Management Consulting practice and national leader for Digital Strategy and Transformation. Karen has more than 25 years of experience with highly automated systems that require deep understanding of critical business drivers in multiple markets and industries.

Jay Jarrett, Director, Technology Consulting at RSM US LLP

Jay has over two decades of strategic business and technology leadership within the office of the chief information officer/chief technology officer at market leading organizations where he has helped chart the course of digital business transformations. His experience in key business-IT capabilities include executive governance constructs, technology strategy and portfolio management, cost optimization, shared services, sourcing strategy, organizational behavior and structures, digital strategy and enterprise architecture.

IT at the Speed of Business

Many IT organizations are notoriously slow.  There are many root causes for this: technical debt, process, approach, and governance.  Learn how changing your management approach, business partner engagement methodology, and governance model coupled with a low code platform can significantly improve your ability to deliver new functionality and services quickly and effective.

David W. Stahl, Founder, Freemont Solutions Group

David is the founder of Fremont Solutions Group, an IT advisory and consulting firm.  Fremont’s mission is to enable companies to deliver technology more effectively.  To accomplish this, Fremont services span IT strategy, transformation, application modernization, and cloud.

Prior to founding Fremont Solutions Group, David was the CIO at several fortune 500 companies where he led several large IT and business transformation.  He led the divestiture of Duracell from P&G implementing an entirely new application footprint.  At Stericycle, he led the design and development of a new technology footprint centered on SAP S/4 HANA.




Open Legacy Presentation to be announced




Questions whether you qualify? Please contact Maria Tuthill at (847) 837-3900 x1


Who Should Attend:

  • CIOs
  • CxOs
  • Chief Innovation Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Chief Marketing Officers
  • Digital Officers
  • VPs & Directors responsible for driving change






This "Virtual Seminar" Webinar is Complimentary

Pre-registration required. Must be Qualified.

Final speakers and topics are subject to change.


All Registrants:

Get 30 Day Preview Access to the Technology Innovation Channel on our TechnologyInnovationU™ on-demand member portal. 

Included are on-demand presentations and panels from 65 faculty members, including:

  • Tim McCue, VP eCommerce & Digital Technology, Jockey International

  • Neil Goodrich, Chief Innovation Officer, M Holland

  • Praveen Moturu, VP Chief Enterprise Architect, Mars, Inc.

  • Lori Pon, Director Claims Transformation & Claim Service Center, AAA – The Auto Club Group

  • And More! 


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