MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago Explores How Revolutionary Thinking Drives Business Innovation

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Outstanding local panel discusses "The Power of Revolutionary Thinking: What Today's Scientists can teach you about driving innovation in your organization."

The MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago announced today the title of its October 11, 2005 program, "The Power of Revolutionary Thinking: What Today's Scientists Can Teach You About Driving Innovation in Your Organization."

This program will explore how organizations, both large and small, can use revolutionary thinking from science to enhance their innovation processes. The panelists will describe the process by which advanced concepts go from far-off vision to becoming part of our everyday lives. Explore what comes first... science or business innovation.

The panelists are:

Jim O'Connor - Vice President of Technology Incubation and Commercialization, Motorola, Inc.

Jack Curley - Executive Director, NASA/Battelle Illinois

Captain Dale Ehrlich (USN) - Technical Director, Naval Institute for Dental and Biomedical Research

Prominent professor from a local Chicago University -- name to be announced soon...

Mary Dicig, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Director of the Office of Technology Management at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will be the moderator.

The program will address key issues including:

  • What revolutionary thinking really is and how it can be harnessed to create value
  • How revolutionary thinking is fostered and how to drive it across your organization
  • What science can teach us about business methods
  • How leading organizations drive innovation beyond new products and services
  • How cutting-edge laboratory technology gets commercialized and developing innovations that drive revenue for your company

The event will run from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the conference facilities of Gardner Carton & Douglas LLP, 191 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 3700, Chicago IL. Online registration is $20.

About the MIT Enterprise Forum

The MIT Enterprise Forum is a non-profit volunteer organization that promotes world-class innovation and entrepreneurship through its executive education programs, workshops and events. The Forum offers provocative new ideas, business cases and professional networking opportunities to senior business leaders while showcasing MIT's contributions to innovation and entrepreneurship in communities around the world. The intent of the Forum is to serve as a focal point for senior business leaders to learn, exchange views, and accelerate their ability to market, acquire and manage technology-driven innovation.

Established in 1983, the Chicago chapter is part of a network of 25 chapters worldwide. Participation and membership is open to the general public.

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