Innovation Forum Explores Regional Impact of Collaboration Among Business, Academic and Government Sectors to Stimulate Economic Growth

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GPSEG will hold the second in the series of Innovation Leadership Forums at St. Joseph’s University on September 6, 2012, according to Joel Vardy, Innovation Leadership Forum Chairman.

Françoise LeGoues

Françoise LeGoues will keynote GPSEG's Innovation Forum, September 6, 2012, at Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia

This program seeks to maximize the impact on the mid-Atlantic Economy and explore the all-important topic of innovation.

The Greater Philadelphia Senior Executives Group (GPSEG) will bring together leaders from the business, academic and government sectors on September 6, 2012, for “Innovation Leadership Forum: Innovation Culture,” at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

The forum will feature a keynote by Françoise LeGoues, Ph.D, the Vice President for Innovation Initiatives in IBM’s CIO’s organization, and a panel discussion by Adel Abeid, Chief Innovation Officer for Philadelphia; Dr. NJ Delener, the Founding Dean of the School of Global Business at Arcadia University; Joseph DiAngelo, Ed.D., Dean of the Erivan K. Haub School of Business of Saint Joseph’s University; and Dr. Janice Presser, Chief Executive Officer and a principal of The Gabriel Institute, according to event chairman Joel Vardy

The first program, focused on Business Model Innovation, was held at Philadelphia University on April 4 and “was an unqualified success”, according to Rip Tilden, Chairman of GPSEG, with over 150 attendees exploring how they could strengthen their innovative capabilities and accelerate the growth of their organizations.
“Great topic, venue and the presenters were terrific. Heard accolades from everyone afterward…all the way to the parking lot. Refueling stop for innovation highway,” according to Kevin Connor, Owner of Modern Strategic Branding & Communications. "One of the most intellectually stimulating meetings in years!” according to Jim Pennypacker, Publisher and Editor-in-chief at Maven House Press.

“This program seeks to maximize the impact on the mid-Atlantic Economy and explore the all-important topic of innovation,” said Vardy. “We will focus on building an innovation culture, and participants will learn the benefits of building an innovation culture for their business.”

The program will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, at Saint Joseph’s University, with a VIP reception starting at 5:00 p.m., and requires advance registration at
The keynote speakers and panelists for the Innovation Leadership Forum rank among the leading experts on creating an innovation culture in organizations.

They are:
Françoise LeGoues, Ph.D.: Vice President for Innovation Initiatives in IBM’s CIO’s organization. She and her team are responsible for identifying, testing and transferring emerging technologies that have the potential for transforming IBM and the way IBMers work, communicate, and innovate. Dr. LeGoues joined the IBM Research Division after getting a Ph.D. in Material Sciences from Carnegie-Mellon University. She has authored over 150 scientific publications and obtained four patents.

Adel Ebeid: Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Philadelphia. Prior to his appointment as the City’s first Chief Innovation Officer (CIO), Mr. 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.

Dr. NJ Delener: Founding Dean of the School of Global Business at Arcadia University. Dr. Delener is the former dean of the School of Business at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Old Westbury. Under Dr. Delener’s leadership, SUNY’s School of Business doubled graduate enrollment, established international exchange and faculty development programs, took the university to the final phase of accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) in four years, and developed new degree and certificate programs.

Joseph DiAngelo Ed.D.: Dean of the Erivan K. Haub School of Business of Saint Joseph’s University. He is a Professor of Management in the Department of Management with a specialty in Human Resource Management. Dr. DiAngelo received a B.S. degree from Saint Joseph’s University, an MBA from Widener University, and a doctorate from Temple University.
Dr. Janice Presser: Chief Executive Officer and a principal of The Gabriel Institute. Throughout her career, she has been focused on team performance: how healthcare teams service those in need; how families ‘team’ with each other, and how organizations enable (or inhibit) positive human synergy in the workplace. All of these pursuits have had, at their core, the desire to understand what really happens between people during group activities, and to create a reliable way to structure and support coherent, productive teams.

GPSEG’s Innovation Leadership Forum is dedicated to the field of innovation management and the growing need to educate the public in one of the most discussed topics in the world. The U.S. has long held a leadership position in innovation but the rest of the world has caught up. Innovation is defined as “doing things differently and making it work.” This definition competes with many similar definitions – which is one of the challenges as there are as many definitions as grains of sand on the beach. We endeavor to uncover the mystery around this topic with a series of forums that are intended to educate, enlighten, entertain and stimulate your senses. We endeavor to have the thought leaders of the day speaking at a series of forums that will also include panel discussions and other interesting interactive activities.

GPSEG is a premier networking organization for senior-level executives, affording members a unique environment to build trusted business relationships, expand their knowledge and advance their careers. Its members are highly regarded for their generosity and passion for serving each other and the community. For more information on GPSEG, go to

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