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Theme: Empowering Partnerships

This event occurred on
November 3, 2011
9:00am - 6:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Detroit, MI
United States

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Alva Park @ Henry Ford Hospital
Henry Ford Hospital
2799 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, MI, 48202
United States
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Donald Marinelli

Donald Marinelli is a tenured Professor of Drama and Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon University and is also the Executive Producer of the Entertainment Technology Center. Professor Marinelli has been at Carnegie Mellon for twenty-six years where he served as the Assistant Head of the Drama Dept. (1980-86) and later the Associate Department Head (1986-95). Dr. Marinelli was integral in creation of the Master of Arts Management (MAM) program, the Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree program with the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia, and, with colleague Randy Pausch, he co-founded the Master of Entertainment Technology (MET) degree program and the ETC. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Professor Marinelli has lived in Pittsburgh for thirty-two years, coming here shortly after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Tampa. He attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where he received a M.A. in Clinical Psychology specializing in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology. Professor Marinelli subsequently attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received his Ph.D. in theatre history, literature, and criticism in 1987 with a dissertation on the Italian Futurist F.T. Marinetti. Professor Marinelli is currently leading the expansion of the Entertainment Technology Center internationally with ETC branch campuses in Adelaide, Australia; Silicon Valley, California; and Osaka, Japan.

Leroy Chiao, Ph.D.

A former NASA Astronaut and Research Engineer, Dr. Chiao has worked extensively in both government and commercial space programs, and is a part of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and the Center for Space Medicine. Dr. Chiao is a Director of InNexus, a biotechnology/pharmaceutical development company, a member of the Committee of 100 and serves as an advisor/spokesman for the Heinlein Prize Trust

Nancy Schlichting

Nancy Schlichting is CEO of Henry Ford Health System, a nationally recognized $4 billion health care organization with 23,000 employees. She is credited with leading the health system through a dramatic financial turnaround and for award-winning patient safety, customer service and diversity initiatives. She serves on the boards of The Kresge Foundation, Walgreen Company and American Hospital Association among others.

Alberta Spreafico

Alberta Spreafico is the Outreach and International Development Program Coordinator at Henry Ford Health Systems, Department of Surgery and the Chair of Sustainable Development and Human Empowerment for WINFOCUS. Alberta works worldwide to design and contribute to the on-field implementation of development programs that enhance the capabilities to provide and access quality healthcare for all.

Lev Gonick

In 2011 Government Technology awarded Lev Gonick one of their "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public-Sector Innovation." He is vice president for information technology services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also the founder and now Board Chair Emeritus of OneCleveland now known as OneCommunity

Tim Jahnigen

Inventor Tim Jahnigen set out to design an inexpensive and ultra-durable soccer ball that could be distributed worldwide to refugee camps, UN hot spots, conflict zones, impoverished inner-city neighborhoods, and poor villages throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Already, thousands of young people across the planet are experiencing the joy of playing with the all-terrain One World Futbol.

Lyn St James

IndyCar vet Lyn St. James has raced for over 30 years. Sports Illustrated named her one of the Top 100 Women Athletes of the Century. She's the author of several books including An Incredible Journey and the founder of the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation. She has made significant contributions to motorsports, both on and off the track.

Jeff Zaslow

Through his Wall Street Journal column and bestselling books, Jeffrey Zaslow has told the stories of some of the most inspirational people of our time. His best-selling titles include The Last Lecture with Randy Pausch, Highest Duty with Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger and upcoming A Story of Courage and Hope with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Capt Mark Kelly.

Vincenzo Iavicoli

Vincenzo Iavicoli currently serves as chair of Product Design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich. As the founder and creative director of the design consultancy Iavicoli-Rossi, he has spent his career developing acclaimed products, environmental art works and interior projects for a range of clients worldwide while working in academia to develop teaching practices to advance industrial design education globally.

Patricia Mooradian

As president, Patricia Mooradian has lead the reshaping The Henry Ford as an active catalytic force for fueling the spirit of American innovation and inspiring an entrepreneurial “can-do” culture. Mooradian also serves on the boards of Michigan Travel Commission; Henry Ford Learning Institute; National Arts Strategies, Cultural Alliance of Southeast Michigan and Arab American National Museum among others.

Steve Selzer

Steve is a Senior Interaction Designer at frog ( in San Francisco. He consults and collaborates with individuals and organizations to create new products, services, strategies, and social value. Steve recently spoke at Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation's 2011 Transform Symposium about unconventional collaborations and design. He has contributed to mHealth, service design, and medical device projects for clients such as GE Healthcare, Alcatel-Lucent, GlaxoSmithKline, Amgen, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He holds a Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Detroit, MI, United States