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Gregg Fraley, Innovation Advisor, Author

Gregg Fraley, Innovation Advisor, Author

Gregg is an author, speaker, trainer, and innovation consultant. A serial entrepreneur, Gregg is the author of Jack's Notebook, a business fable about creative problem solving. Jack's Notebook is used by schools like University of California at Berkeley, St. John's, and Cambridge's Judge Business School (UK).

He's a partner and co-founder of London-based KILN Ideas Ltd. KILN offers IdeaKeg™, an innovation stimulus system, as a subscription service. IdeaKeg helps teams think differently with artifacts that represent global trends and innovation concepts. It's like a 3D magazine.

An experienced innovation facilitator and project manager, his customers include companies like Allstate, Whirlpool, and Johnsonville Sausage. He also works with business-to-business companies and start-ups. Gregg is a 15-year professional member of the National Speakers Association and has spoken at association meetings, events, and conferences around the world. His talks from TEDxNASA and TEDxStormont in Ireland are available online.

He's been a Top 40 Innovation Blogger since 2012 (InnovationExcellence.com).

Gregg had a 20 year career in the software industry, where he was a founder of Med-E-Systems, taking the company public in 1997. He marketed and sold software products in healthcare, manufacturing, field service, and mainframe system software.

Earlier work experiences include advertising, journalism, and television. While at Warner Amex Cable, he won an Emmy award, and a cable ACE award for Innovation. He's worked with Players Workshop of Second City.

Matt Krathwohl, MSM

Matt Krathwohl, MSM

Matt is responsible for leading the Pfeil Innovation Center and implementing Beacon's Innovation Intent. He is an accomplished executive with over 15 years of experience in leading key strategic initiatives to achieve sustained organizational improvements. His history of success includes: transforming organizations by introducing innovation and Lean Six Sigma methodologies, building high performance teams that accomplish strategic objectives, developing strategic alliances for new forms of profitable growth, and analyzing the financial impact of key business decisions. Matt is frequently called for external presentations on innovation strategy and methodology.

His diverse background includes serving as a Director of Business Development and Innovation Mentor at Whirlpool Corporation. Matt's professional experience also includes management consulting positions with McGladrey, Ernst & Young and Crowe Horwath.

A native of South Bend, Indiana, Matt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, with Highest Distinction, and a Master of Science degree in Management from Purdue University. He is a Tom Peters Company Wow! Projects Headmaster, a GE Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and a certified PEERSPECTIVES© facilitator by The Edward Lowe Foundation.

Matt is a board member of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County, The P-H-M Education Foundation, and actively participates in other civic, academic and church volunteer activities. When Matt isn't enjoying his family or working, you'll find him playing the drums.

Samuel K. Miller, MS, MBA

Samuel K. Miller, MS, MBA

Sam Miller is an Associate Teaching Professor at the Mendoza College of Business, teaching course work in strategic foresight at the undergraduate and MBA levels. Mendoza is a leader in developing and delivering course work in strategic foresight, and is the only U.S. business school with a required foresight course in the undergraduate core curriculum. Since 2008, Professor Miller has been a member of the team that developed and launched this pioneering program.

Prior to joining the Mendoza faculty, Sam served as Vice President of Strategy for JFNew, a leading ecological consulting firm. In this capacity he led innovation and strategic initiatives for this firm of over 100 ecological scientists, helping craft multiple breakthrough strategic business line launches. In his 25 year career, he has held strategic management roles in the fortune 500 and has been a successful entrepreneur. He has experience in product development and strategic management in sectors including information technology, transportation, building materials and consumer products. In 2009, Sam was recognized as one of "21 People Who Will Change Business" by BusinessWeek.

Over the past three years, Sam has been engaged in supporting corporate strategy and innovation pipeline consulting in a variety sectors, helping companies understand and implement strategic foresight initiatives. His emphasis is to help executive teams develop and implement internal initiatives that endure long after the workshops end.

Sam holds a Master of Science in Product Development Engineering from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois. He has taught course work in Innovation and Sustainability at Indiana University and serves on the faculty of the Pfeil Innovation Center in South Bend. He is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society, is a LEED Accredited Professional and has been a frequent speaker on sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship. He lives in South Bend with his wife and two sons.

Philip Newbold, MS, MBA, CEO Beacon Health System

Philip Newbold, MS, MBA, CEO Beacon Health System

Philip A. Newbold's spirit of innovation and excellence has ensured that Memorial Hospital and Health System of South Bend is one of the leading health care organizations in the United States today. Under his leadership, Memorial has become a forerunner in the healthy community movement, establishing quality and safety improvement methodologies, and is one of the first hospitals in the United States to establish an Innovation Policy. Phil and Memorial have caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal and several national publications, which have featured these innovation efforts.

Phil has been Memorial's CEO for the last 25 years and has led the organization to being named one of the Top 100 Hospitals and one of the top 5% for patient safety, and consistently recognized as a Consumer Choice Award recipient in this region. Most recently, Phil was selected as the CEO for Beacon Health System, which is the newly formed affiliation between Memorial Hospital of South Bend and Elkhart General Hospital.

Innovation and health care reform are among Phil's top initiatives, and he is proud to have pioneered the way for Memorial Hospital to become one of the first tithing hospitals — 10 percent of the Hospital's excess annual net revenues are invested back in the community to produce more health and well-being.

Phil is a native Buckeye, having graduated from Ohio State University (BA and MS) and Miami University (MBA), and was a senior executive at St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland, before going on to become the CEO of Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.  Phil has many roles: husband, father of three children, active community leader and a triathlete.  Phil is also a frequent author and speaker on many emerging health care trends and is a nationally recognized speaker on Innovation and Health Care Reform.

Dino Signore, PH.D.

Dino Signore, PH.D.

Dr. Dino Signore earned a BA of Sociology from Aquinas College in 1979, a Master's Degree in Public Affairs and Administration from Western Michigan University in 1996, and a Doctorate Degree in Business Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2014.

Dr. Dino Signore joined the Edward Lowe Foundation in 2001 and currently serves the organization as the Manager of Entrepreneurial Education. He is the lead facilitator for all of the Foundation's learning events which have been attended by thousands of second-stage business owners, key executives, entrepreneurial support organization leaders and economic development professionals.

He is the academic advisor and curriculum designer of the Foundation's Leader Retreat programs, facilitator training, advanced facilitator, Assets to Action and Economic Gardening programs. He has published several leadership articles on Inc.com providing unique insight into the challenges of second stage companies.

Independent of his work at the Foundation, Dr. Signore is the President of The Signore Group and has consulted numerous Presidents and Founder's of growth-oriented businesses as well as Executive Directors of non-profits organizations- focusing on strategic thinking and executive development.

As a consultant and professional facilitator, Dr. Signore engages his clients with a wide range of small and large group methods which enable participants to think strategically and gain new perspectives. He blends his business acumen and facilitation skills, with his informed ability to integrate original material into all learning experiences.

Dr. Signore has served as an adjunct professor at Indiana Tech University and Southwestern Michigan College and has taught a wide range of business courses to several thousand undergraduate students since 1996.

He has also been a guest presenter at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, and Michigan State University.

George E. Soper, Ph.D.

George E. Soper, Ph.D.

George Soper is the retired Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for Memorial Hospital of South Bend. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Indiana University South Bend and an Adjunct Professor at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI.

George received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa. He is a certified facilitator of Franklin Covey leadership programs, including the 7-Habits of Highly Effective People & Families, Principle Centered Leadership, 4 Roles of Leadership, What Matters Most, Power of Understanding, Building Trust, Getting to Synergy and 4 Disciplines of Execution workshops. George was the recipient of the 1999 Franklin Covey Community Service Award. He also serves as one of Memorial Hospital's trainers for Inner Quality Management and is certified to administer the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory.

Diane Stover-Hopkins, Experience Economy Expert

Diane Stover-Hopkins, Experience Economy Expert

Diane Stover-Hopkins has an extensive health care public affairs and marketing background. Over the past 20 years she greatly expanded the role a marketing strategist can play by her proactive pursuit of innovation models and high-energy approach to applying the models. A native of Philadelphia and graduate of Temple University, Diane has led marketing strategy for Beacon Health System, Memorial Hospital of South Bend, AMI Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, AL and the former Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She also worked in Public Affairs for the YMCA of Philadelphia and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Diane is a frequent guest lecturer at Saint Mary's College, Indiana University South Bend and the University of Notre Dame.

She is a certified Experience Economy Expert and WOW! Project Guru. In 2010, Diane received the Individual Professional Excellence Award from the American Hospital Association Society of Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.

Duane Wilson, M.ED

Duane Wilson, M.ED

Duane is a seasoned organizational leader specializing in innovation and creativity initiatives. He helps organizations build problem-solving capability and enrich their creative climate to foster creative ideas and collaborative solutions. As Program Director at the University of Notre Dame, he ischarged with developing innovative programming that fosters a collective impact for the Notre Dame community and local school district.

Duane is committed to teaching and training individuals and organizations the value of creative innovation. As a Leader and Instructor for the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) he trains innovators from all over the world in Creative Problem Solving. Additionally, his is a Board Member for Creative Education Foundation. 

Duane is known as a creative collaborator. He identifies problems, gathers allies, and works together toward shared goals.

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Jewel Abram-Copenhaver

Jewel Abram-Copenhaver

Jewel Abram-Copenhaver is the Operations Coordinator of Research & Development at the Pfeil Innovation Center. She handles all daily operational activities with the Pfeil Innovation Center and teaches portions of the Pfeil Innovation Center's curriculum. Jewel has more than 20 years of management and leadership experience, including serving as Manager of HealthWorks! Kids' Museum located in downtown South Bend and owner, educator and director of Sweet Arts Studio, a performing arts center located outside Philadelphia, PA.

Most recently she was at Memorial Health Foundation where she was responsible for sharing the Foundation message, mission and projects with Team Members, patients and families of Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Jewel has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lycoming College and brings to the Pfeil Innovation Center a wealth of experience in creativity and knowledge of innovation methodologies, in particular Tom Peters WOW! Projects.

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Rob Koehler

Rob Koehler

Rob Koehler is the Sales Representative for the Pfeil Innovation Center. Rob is responsible for growing awareness of and participation in the Pfeil Innovation Center through strong community relationships and social media strategies.

Rob has a vast sales background with over 13 years of sales experience in a variety of industries including facility and project management and office and computer technologies and solutions. Rob is originally from South Bend, IN and has a passion for growing and improving our community and the region. Rob attended Indiana University.

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