Connections – THINC! to inspire innovation

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 :: Connections
Margaret LeBrun
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

THINC! speakers include Michael Diamond of Mitek Systems (1), Joan Malcheski of the Green Bay Packers (2), Bruce Albrecht of Miller Electric/ITW North America (3) and John Toussaint, ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value (4).

Brilliant ideas are bubbling in the New North. Thought leaders in technology, health care, manufacturing and marketing are in our midst – and an event is in the works to shine the spotlight on innovative ideas in a format that provokes, inspires and energizes people to advance the regional economy.

Insight Publications will present the second annual Technology & Human Innovation Networking Conference from 3 to 6 p.m. May 14 at the UW-Fox Communication Arts Center. THINC! is designed to light a spark for disruptive ideas and encourage entrepreneurs to embrace a culture for those who dare to take risks.

Featuring three brief, fast-paced “burst” sessions designed to convey a single important idea in a dynamic, memorable way, the event itself aims to set an example in innovation, taking advantage of the theatrical attributes of the state-of-the-art stage, sound and lights of the UW-Fox Valley Theater.

In addition to the “bursts,” Michael Diamond, vice president of Mitek Systems, San Diego, will present a keynote, “A Tale of Two Valleys: Silicon & Fox River.” Diamond works on the cutting edge of mobile technology and has traveled the world exploring ways to help banks and people transmit money in safe, efficient – futuristic – ways. He will share provocative ideas on how you can combine the best innovations from both worlds to change your company for the better.

Bursts will be delivered by these innovation thought leaders:

» John Toussaint, CEO, ThedaCare Center for HealthCare Value

» Joan Malcheski, director of Green Bay Packers Media Group

» Bruce Albrecht, vice president of Technology at Miller Electric/ITW North America

At the conference close, Insight Publications will announce the creation of a new Insight Innovator Award. Applications will be available later this year and winners are expected to be announced at the 2014 conference. THINC! will conclude with a networking reception in the theater hall and art gallery.

Those who replied to a survey about last year’s THINC! conference overwhelming said they would attend again. A sampling of remarks:

» “It helped re-focus some out-of-the-box ideas I have for my business.” – Scott Pennings, Valley Fastener.

» “I get so caught up with my day-to-day that I forget that innovative thinking is important for the future of my industry.” – Jeremy Ness, Seaway Printing Company

» “Great speakers sharing real experiences in their respective companies; challenged my thinking re: innovation.” – Paul Woerpel, Transformation Consulting Group

Videos of each presentation will be available on the Insight website following the event. For a taste of the inspiring ideas that came out of THINC! 2012, videos are available by clicking here.


THINC! – Technology & Human Innovation Networking Conference

3 to 6 pm. Tuesday, May 14

UW-Fox Valley Communication Arts Center Theater, Midway Road, Menasha

Tickets: $45 before May 1. After May 1: $60







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