Innovate New Albany - Tiger Talk

I had the opportunity to check out today’s Innovate New Albany’s Tiger Talk - Fostering Innovation at a Large, Established Company: Unleash the Power of The Diverse and Dedicated Team. The speakers were Chris Thoen, Director of NOAM Innovation @ Bûhler and Angel Investor & Michael Luh, VP Corporate Strategy & Innovation at Worthington Industries.

What we saw and heard was what was promised from the program description:

Learn about Procter & Gamble’s celebrated Clay Street Innovation Studio and the journey of 11 individuals who grew into an empowered and highly creative innovation super-team.

In this talk, our presenters Chris Thoen and Michael Luh will describe the power of creativity and design thinking to unleash the greatness in individuals and develop the synergies driven by diversity, empowerment, focus, improvisation and many others.

Chris and Michael will share their own personal experiences which made the Clay Street approach at P&G a life changing event. Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey…..who knows maybe also your life will change forever!

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Creative Mornings - Inclusivity

Last Friday was a busy one with a second event that I attended, Creative Mornings Columbus that was held at the Smart Columbus headquarters. I’m a fan of Creative Mornings and I recommend attending their monthly gatherings. Randy Sharma was the featured speaker and the topic was “Inclusivity.” He gave a heartfelt presentation on what it feels like to be an “outsider” and the empathy that it takes to understand one another.

Here’s an excerpt from the program’s description:

The “face” of Columbus continues to change rapidly, with the influx of African and Asian immigrants and the increased visibility of the LGBTQ community. With each group comes a different set of cultural norms. What do we have to gain by welcoming those cultures into our communities? How can we do this effectively?

Randy Sharma presenting his talk on “Inclusivity” last Friday at Smart Columbus.

Randy Sharma presenting his talk on “Inclusivity” last Friday at Smart Columbus.

Breakfast with Business First | Revolution Group @ High Bank Distillery

This morning’s Breakfast with Business First was held at High Bank Distillery in Grandview. It’s a great venue that drew a big crowd for the monthly event. I had some fun conversations with people I hadn’t met, but now we’re connected and the introductions of others is already happening. Gotta go because you just don’t know!

This morning’s Breakfast with Business First brought out a crowd.

This morning’s Breakfast with Business First brought out a crowd.

The Modern College of Design - Mock Interviews

I spent last Friday morning at The Modern College of Design in Dayton participating in their mock interview program. The Modern team gathers creative professionals to the school to interview graduating students preparing them for the launch of their careers. I enjoyed meeting and talking with every student I met…nice job!

I tell myself to take a picture at the beginning of an event for posting later. I then go on to get immersed in the program and focus on the students’ experience. This is me remembering to take that pic after the event concluded and I was at my car.

I tell myself to take a picture at the beginning of an event for posting later. I then go on to get immersed in the program and focus on the students’ experience. This is me remembering to take that pic after the event concluded and I was at my car.

Fifth Annual Innovation Hop | Rev1

Once of Columbus’ premier business events, Rev1 Ventures’ Innovation Hop was last night. I had the chance, along with a thousand others, to check out their portfolio of companies’ products and services as well as talking with a bunch of friends. Oh…and I got a t-shirt.

Here’s a bit more about the event as was shared on their eventbrite invitation:

The buzz about Columbus’ startup scene continues to grow. More tech-enabled, high-growth companies are being built here than ever before! On April 4, we will be opening our doors to showcase more than 50 startups, spinouts, and corporate innovation teams. Plus, the food and local brews/spirits will be phenomenal, as always.

Please join us as we celebrate the companies – and partners – supporting these efforts.

For additional parking, please park across the street from Rev1 at 1314 Kinnear Rd.

Here’s a sneak peek at a handful of the 50+ startups you will meet.

  • ScriptDrop, an integrated prescription delivery, and medication reminder service

  • The Toasted Oat, the provider of delicious gluten-free food products

  • SafeChain, making real estate transactions safer and simpler by leveraging the most advanced technologies, including blockchain

  • GiveGame, a fundraising platform that unlocks year-round donations and donor engagement through sports and live events

This event is made possible with support from Nationwide, Ohio Third Frontier and dozens of corporate and community partners who support Rev1’s work to foster and grow our innovation economy.

Buckeye Interactive  and I posing for a pic at yesterday’s event (L-R): Collin McCarty, Brad Griffith, Taylor Cochran)

Buckeye Interactive and I posing for a pic at yesterday’s event (L-R): Collin McCarty, Brad Griffith, Taylor Cochran)

Happy (Little Trees) Hour - CSCA Gives Back Fundraising Event

CSCA held their first annual Happy (Little Trees) Hour last night at Land Grant Brewing in Columbus. This fundraising event benefitted Flying Horse Farms, an organization that provides magical, transformative camp experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families – free of charge. Located in scenic Mt. Gilead, Ohio, camp first opened its gates in 2010 and hosts hundreds of happy campers each year. Thanks to CSCA’s Gives Back team for creating this great event!

Here’s a bit more about last night’s program from the CSCA website:

CSCA Gives Back, in partnership with Land-Grant Brewing Company, invites you to the first annual Happy (Little Trees) Hour! A creative fundraising event full of smooth voices, local beers, raffle baskets, door prizes, activities, and so much more.

Entry into the event is $5 or any art supply donation for our friends at Flying Horse Farms. Your ticket also includes one free raffle ticket and event souvenir.

Land Grant Brewing Company will donate 30% of beverage purchases to CSCA Gives Back. These proceeds will help cover production costs, supplies and materials of in-kind professional creative work Gives Back develops for local organizations, social enterprises, and non-profits throughout 2019!

Learn more about the CSCA Gives Back mission, the work we do, and how to join us at cscarts.org/givesback!

Sasha Bohn, CSCA Co-President and I at last night’s Happy (Little Trees) Hour.

Sasha Bohn, CSCA Co-President and I at last night’s Happy (Little Trees) Hour.

Reinventing a Culture of Innovation - Columbus Web Group

Last night, Columbus Web Group presented “Reinventing a Culture of Innovation” with speakers, Matt Usher and Tony Gerstenberger of American Electric Power (AEP) who are leaders within AEP’s CHARGE Innovation Hub. They shared AEP’s innovation story and their 100 year history of adapting to change.

Key Takeaways:

  • Leverage your past

  • Live a transformative culture

  • Listen to customers

  • Grow and learn as a community

Check out Columbus Web Group. Their programs are consistently outstanding!

Here’s a bit more about the presentation and the speakers from the CWG Meetup page:

PRESENTATION DETAILS
Matt and Tony will share their backgrounds and discuss how AEP is transforming the way they do business. Coupling the rapid pace of technology change with increasing customer expectations to offer reliable, cost effective, and diverse products and services, AEP looks to adopt new and innovative business models to sustain their position as a leader in the electric utility industry.

Recognizing the case for change, revolutionizing a culture of innovation and establishing organizational alignment to efficiently and effectively develop, test, scale and deploy technology is the new AEP journey - a journey that may be similar to yours as the accelerating pace of technology is impacting many businesses and industries. Join The Columbus Web Group to hear how AEP is transforming, confronting these challenges, and accelerating innovation to disrupt and grow the business.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Matt Usher has more than 20 years of experience at AEP in power plant equipment engineering and design. Specific areas of focus have included environmental controls systems engineering, carbon capture & storage (CCS), strategic business planning and new power generation technology development. In his current role as Charge Portfolio Lead for AEP’s Generation business unit, Matt is responsible for interfacing directly with Generation employees, bringing their innovative ideas to the forefront to develop user-centered digital products and solutions in AEP’s new Charge digital innovation hub. Matt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1998, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Otterbein University. Matt is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio, and lives in Clintonville with his wife Marisa, and two daughters Ellee and Natalie. In his spare time, Matt is an avid music lover with an extensive analog and digital collection. He also enjoys brewing and drinking craft beer, and having grown up in KY, he knows a thing or two about bourbon.

Tony Gerstenberger is Director – IT Demand Management for American Electric Power (AEP). In this position, he is responsible for providing direction to a team of Business System Analysts working with AEP’s integrated businesses to build and implement business enabling technology roadmaps. Specifically, he encourages partnership with a broad team to identify business technology need, build business case justification, estimate solution requirements, and transition approved project work to AEP’s delivery team for implementation.
Tony has over 17 years of wide ranging experience at AEP. Specific experience includes on-site power plant engineer, major environmental equipment retrofit engineer and strategic planning & operational performance manager. Tony earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University and a Masters of Business Administration from Capital University. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio. In his spare time Tony enjoys visiting with friends and family, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, vacationing and coaching middle school robotics. He and his wife, Kari, have two children and reside in Plain City, Ohio.

Matt Usher (L) and Tony Gerstenberger of AEP presenting “Reinventing a Culture of Innovation.”

Matt Usher (L) and Tony Gerstenberger of AEP presenting “Reinventing a Culture of Innovation.”

Random Acts of Networking - Our March Newsletter

Coming into contact with business collaborators who can help you create the next great product or meeting an ideal candidate for a role with your company can be the results of Random Acts of Networking. Be intentional and liberal with your offerings of introductions. The people who I've met and who have helped me out over the last few years have been friends, not contacts. Networking at it's best creates opportunities for everyone. What goes around...

In this issue of our newsletter:

  • Can Sasha do a headstand on a tightrope?

  • Bill is on the unofficial leaderboard.

  • Matt's got thePLAN

Sasha Bohn, Designer/Entrepreneur & Co-President of CSCA is featured in our newsletter.

Sasha Bohn, Designer/Entrepreneur & Co-President of CSCA is featured in our newsletter.

Civitas & Field Day - Hoopy Hour!

Civitas Marketing and Field Day kicked off March Madness with a party at Civitas last night. They have a great space and it was full of fun people. They raffled off a 1 day Ad Bike Campaign with four of Field Day’s brand new Ad Bikes with a retail value of $3,500. You’ll never guess who won! You’ll be seeing more on that from us soon. Thanks to the Civitas team & Field Day and a special shout out to Jacob, Graham and Jay!

Jay Schmidt of Civitas and I at last night Hoopy Hour.

Jay Schmidt of Civitas and I at last night Hoopy Hour.