October 20 & 21
The $200 registration covers the event, catering, and the network reception
October 20 & 21
The $200 registration covers the event, catering, and the network reception

The Optimizing Digital Innovation Conference is an annual gathering hosted by the DePaul Innovation Development Lab (iD Lab) in Chicago. Each year, nearly 200 industry professionals attend from numerous Fortune 500 Companies. This conference features some of the brightest and most talented professionals in the field coming together to spread knowledge between industry and academia. ODI is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network and learn groundbreaking innovation strategies.

200+

Professionals attended

45+

Participating companies

40+

Knowledgeable speakers

Highlights

Our Sponsors

Our ODI Conference is organized and executed by a small group of students. We sincerely appreciate any sponsorship as it is integral to our ability to continue to hold this important event. Donations of any level are greatly appreciated by our team. We thank you for your generosity.

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Speakers

October 20th AT DEPAUL CENTER

Conference will be held in-person at the DePaul Center. Networking reception will be held in-person at the Jarvis Center.

October 21st at DePaul Center

Conference will be held in-person at the DePaul Center. Networking reception will be held in-person at the Accenture Tower.

Schedule

Time
Event Description
Location
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Registration
TBD
09:00 AM - 09:05 AM
ODI Kickoff
Speaker : MC for ODI 2022
TBD
09:05 AM - 09:10 AM
Welcome to DePaul
Speaker :
Dr. Ljubomir Perkovic
| Director of School of Computing, DePaul University
TBD
09:10 AM - 09:15 AM
Transitioning Break
09:15 AM - 09:50 AM
Keynote - Optimize Digital Innovation for the Global World
Speaker :
John McKinley
| Founder, Great Falls Ventures
TBD
09:50 AM - 09:55 AM
Transitioning Break
09:55 AM - 10:30 AM
Fireside Chat - Innovating for the Global World- Through Global Projects
Speaker :
Andrew Code
| Partner and Cofounder, Promus Equity Partners
10:30 AM - 10:40 AM
Transitioning Break
10:40 AM - 11:40 AM
CIO Panel - Overcoming Global Innovation Challenges (Supply Chain, Security, Talent)
Panel Members :
Manuel Dietz | Regional CIO & VP, IT & Head of Business for the Americas, Bosch
Deepak Kaul
| Advisory Board Member, GTM Capital
Moderator :
Yele Adelakun
| iD-Lab, DePaul University
TBD
11:40 AM - 11:50 AM
Coffee Break
11:50 AM - 12:50 AM
Panel Discussion - Optimize Global Innovation in Life Sciences
Panel Members :
Natalya Pavchinskaya
| AVP Foundational Platforms, Merck
Moderators :
Michael Krajecki
| Managing Director, KPMG
TBD
12:50 PM - 02:00 PM
Lunch Break
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Keynote - Strategies to Accelerating Global Innovation
Speaker :
Suzanne George
| Partner, Modern Workplace & Experience Leader, PwC
TBD
02:30 PM - 02:40 PM
Coffee Break
02:40 PM - 03:30 PM
Panel Discussion - Tactical Solutions to Execute Global Innovation
Panel Members :
Jon Browning
| CEO, Global Mentorship Initiative
Eileen Carlson
| Global Chief Data Office, PwC
Janet Hsiao
| Director of Product Management, Sunrun
Neil Goodrich
| Chief Innovation Officer, Envista Forensics
Moderators :
Yele Adelakun
| iD-Lab, DePaul University
TBD
03:30 PM - 03:40 PM
Transitioning Break
03:40 PM - 04:30 PM
Panel Discussion - iD-Lab Global: Representations, Projects, Culture
Panel Members :
Alexis Bidaud
| France
Isabela Samudio
| Colombia
TBD
TBD
Moderators :
TBD
TBD
04:30 PM - 04:45 PM
Closing Remarks
Speakers :
Lucia Dettori
| Interim Dean, College of Computing and Digtial Media, DePaul University
Yele Adelakun
| iD-Lab, DePaul University
TBD
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Networking Reception at the Jarvis Center
TBD
Time
Event Description
Location
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Registration
TBD
09:00 AM - 09:05 AM
ODI Kickoff
Speaker :
Roman Dumiak
| iD-Lab, DePaul University
Yele Adelakun
| iD-Lab, DePaul University
TBD
09:05 AM - 09:10 AM
Welcome to DePaul
Speaker :
Salma Ghanem
| Provost, DePaul University
TBD
09:10 AM - 09:15 AM
Transitioning Break
09:15 AM - 09:50 AM
Keynote - Optimize Global Innovation Case Studies
Speaker :
Shivani Vora
| Managing Director and Head of Innovation, Accenture
09:50 AM - 09:55 AM
Transitioning Break
09:55 AM - 10:30 AM
Keynote - Optimizing Global Innovation Through Strategic Collaboration
Speaker :
Terry Finch
| Divisional Vice President, Digital Technology Services, Abbott
TBD
10:30 AM - 10:40 AM
Coffee Break
10:40 AM - 11:40 AM
Panel Discussion - Optimizing Global Innovation Through Global Data and Analytics
Panel Members :
Vincenzina Rosi
| Sr Director Derivative Pricing, CME Group
Aleksandar Velkoski
| Senior Manager of Online Data Science, The Home Depot
Mechie Nkengla
| Chief Data Strategist and CEO, Data Products LLC
Olga Selina
| VP IT Data Analytics Transformation and Automation, Baxter International Inc.
Moderator :
Yele Adelakun
| iD-Lab DePaul University
TBD
11:40 AM - 11:50 PM
Coffee Break
11:50 PM - 12:50 PM
Keynote - Optimizing Global Innovation Through Global Creative User Experience
Speaker :
Andy Ford
| Global Head of Product, Kimberly-Clark
Shardool Pandit
| VP of UX Design, OneMain Financial
TBD
12:50 PM - 02:00 PM
Lunch
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Keynote - Chicago as a Hub for Global Innovation
Speaker :
Brad Henderson
| Chief Executive Officer, P33
TBD
02:30 PM - 02:40 PM
Coffee Break
02:40 PM - 03:30 PM
Panel Discussion - Chicago Clusters for Global Innovation
Panel Members :
Luke Tanen
| President and CEO, Chicago Innovation
Melissa Rabin Lederer
| CEO, mHUB
Moderator :
Claude Cimeus
| Director, Platform & Experience, P33
TBD
03:30 PM - 03:40 PM
Coffee Break
03:40 PM - 04:30 PM
Panel Discussion - Optimizing Global Innovation Through Collaboration
Panel Member :
Tayo Akinyemi
| Chief Inquisitor, Query Insights
Heath Arensen
| Director of Open Source Programs, United Nations Foundation
Moderator :
Yele Adelakun
| iD-Lab, DePaul University
TBD
04:30 PM - 04:45 PM
Closing Remarks
Speakers :
Dr. Lucia Dettori
| Dean of College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University
Yele Adelakun
| iD-Lab DePaul University
TBD
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Networking Reception at Accenture
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Roman Dumiak
Roman Dumiak
Executive in Residence - DePaul ID Lab
As the Executive-in-Residence, Roman Dumiak acts as the liaison between the DePaul faculty and corporate enterprises that are currently engaged with DePaul's iDLab. Working to bridge the gap between the business and academic communities around innovation
Olayele Adelakun
Yele Adelakun
Executive Director - DePaul Innovation Development Laboratory
Tayo Akinyemi
Tayo Akinyemi
Chief Inquisitor, Query Insights
Tayo Akinyemi runs Query Insights, a research and strategy firm. She has spent several years working in African tech, innovation, and entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on helping institutions build tech hubs and accelerator programs. Previously, Tayo served as a Consultant for Open Society Initiative for West Africa, (OSIWA) and RSA, where she led initiatives to establish models of ownership and the future of work in Africa. Prior, she conducted research for both Kinyungu Ventures and the International Trade Centre on early stage investing in Africa and the role of tech hubs in African startup ecosystems. Prior to that, she held several leadership roles, including Senior Consultant with the World Bank Group for XL Africa, the first Executive Director of AfriLabs, and Executive Committee Member of Dakar Network Angels (DNA). Tayo is a Gurus & Griots Fellow with IE University and holds an MBA from Cornell University, and a BA from Princeton University. Tayo is based in Chicago, Illinois.
Luke Tanen
Luke Tanen
President and CEO, Chicago Innovation
Luke Tanen has served as President and CEO of Chicago Innovation since 2021. In his over 12-year tenure with the organization, he has held several leadership roles, including Executive Director and Director. Luke holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. Luke is based in Chicago, Illinois.
Andrew Code
Andrew Code
Founding Partner, Promus Equity Partners
Andy Code serves as Founding Partner and Chairman of Promus. He is focused on identifying and managing private equity investments and serves on the investment committee for Promus Access. He is also very involved with business development for the firm. Andy holds a BA in Finance and an MBA from the University of Iowa. Andrew is based in Naples, Florida.
Jon Browning
Jon Browning
CEO, Global Mentorship Initiative
Jon Browning has served as CEO of Global Mentorship Initiative since 2019. Previously, he served as CEO of Strategic Sourcing Advisors with a focus on global location strategy and contact center procurement. He has over 25 years of experience managing global business process outsourcing (BPO) strategy. Jon holds a BA in Finance and Accounting from Central Washington University.
Shivani Vora
Shivani Vora
Managing Director, Accenture
Shivani Vora serves as Managing Director and Leads Accenture’s Innovation for North America. She has been part of our North America Innovation Network leading the Chicago Innovation Hub. Shivani holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai, and MBA from the Ohio State University, and has completed Executive Education programs at both Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and MIT. Shivani is based in Chicago, Illinois.
Vincenzia Rosi
Vincenzia Rosi
Director, Morningstar
Enza Rosi serves as the Director of Analytics for Commodities and Energy Analytics team at Morningstar. She manages a data team of data research analysts specializing in commercial and fundamental modelling with a strong emphasis on data science. Enza holds an MBA, Bachelor of Commerce degree and Applied Mathematics degree from the University of Calgary.
Aleksandar Velkoski
Aleksandar Velkoski
Senior Manager, Online Data Science - Search at The Home Depot
Aleksandar Velkoski serves as Senior Manager of Online Data Science at Home Depot as well as an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University. In his role at Home Depot, he and his team focus on the development of innovative applications and solutions for the online, marketing, merchandising, data & analytics, and supply chain functions. Aleksandar holds a BS and MBA from Lawrence Technological University.
Andy Ford
Andy Ford
Head of Global Product, Kimberly-Clark
Andy Ford serves as the Global Head of Product Design for Kimberly-Clark. In his role, he has was key in driving the company’s digital transformation, establishing a Consumer and Enterprise User Experience Design, Research, and Strategy practice that supports Kimberly-Clark’s portfolio of flagship brands including Huggies, Depend, Kotex and Kleenex. The UX group supports all Consumer Brands and Marketing, and also supports Enterprise functions including Supply Chain, Logistics, CRM, B2B, Innovation and organizational applications used by tens of thousands of global employees. Establishing a living enterprise design system ensures consistency, standardization, and efficiencies across 175+ countries. Andy hold a BA from Georgia State University and resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Brad Henderson
Brad Henderson
Chief Executive Officer & Cofounder - P33
Brad has served as Founder and CEO of P33 since 2018. In this role, he drives global technology leadership and inclusive economic growth for Chicago. He brings over 20 years of professional experience optimizing economic opportunities for both businesses and individuals. Previously, he served as Senior Partner at BCG where he led their Operations Practice and was a BHI Fellow researching impact investing and ESG. Brad served as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and holds both a BA and MA from the University of Chicago.
Alexis Bidaud
Alexis Bidaud
IT Strategy Junior Consultant, Deloitte
Suzanne George
Suzanne George
Partner, Modern Workplace & Experience Leader, PwC
Suzanne serves as Partner for PwC, with a focus in modern workplace and experience leadership since 2020. She has a demonstrated history of working with services industry which includes skills supporting Global Delivery, IT Strategy, Competency/Center of Excellence Build and IT Operations Management. She is passionate about connecting and strengthening teams and has formed global alliance relationships Previously, Suzanne served in several leadership roles, including North America Practice Lead and Chief Architect for Collaboration Services at Cognizant as well as Senior Solutions Architect and Technical Architect at Perficient. Suzanne holds degrees in Chemistry from Southwestern University and Midland College.
Mechie Nkengla
Mechie Nkengla
CEO and Chief Data Strategist, Data Products LLC
Mechie Nkengla has served as Chief Executive Officer and Principal Data Strategist for Data Products LLC since 2014. She acts as a strategic advisor to the Executive Leadership teams, building strategic data roadmaps and tactical plans to ensure optimal use of technology investments and data assets to drive ROI. Previously, Mechie served as Director of Data Science withing the Global Center of Excellence for EY and held Data Scientist roles for Groupon and Talk3. Mechie holds a MS in Mathematical Computer Science and a PhD in Applied Mathematics both from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Claude Cimeus
Claude Cimeus
Director, Platform & Experience, P33
Claude has served as Director of Platform for P33 since April 2022. He comes from the world of startups, purpose-driven to do his part to help make Chicago the best place in the world for founders and startups. He has spent his entire career operating at leading Chicago startups, most recently, Chicago unicorn ActiveCampaign.
Salma Ghanem
Salma Ghanem, PhD
Provost, DePaul University
Salma Ghanem, PhD, was appointed provost on May 7, 2021, after serving as interim provost since July 2019 and acting provost since October 2018. Ghanem joined DePaul in August 2014 as dean of the College of Communication. Prior to joining DePaul, she served as dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Central Michigan University. She also held the position of chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Texas Pan American. Salma holds a PhD in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Manuel Dietz
Manuel Dietz
Regional CIO & VP, IT & Head of Business for the Americas, Bosch
Manuel has served as VP of Corporate IT, Head of Business for the Americas, and CIO of the Americas for Bosch since spring of 2021. He has over 20 years of experience, first as a Start Up Entrepreneur in the Educational Technology space, then in the global Bosch organization driving IoT and Digital. Previously, Manuel held several leadership roles within the Bosch organization, including Global Head of Digital Business and Global Lead of Digital and IoT Products. Manuel holds degrees from TU Darmstadt and the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
Ljubomir Perkovic
Dr. Ljubomir Perkovic
Professor, Theory, System Development, DePaul University
Ljubomir Perkovic joined the CDM School of Computing faculty in 2000. His research interests include computational geometry, graph theory and algorithms, distributed computing, computer science education, and computational thinking. From 2008 to 2011, he was a Co-PI on an NSF funded project to expand Computational Thinking across the Liberal Studies curriculum. He received a Fulbright Research Award to support his computational geometry research and visited the University of Bordeaux during the 2011/2012 academic year. Dr. Perkovic also wrote the introductory computer science textbook "Introduction to Computing using Python" (Wiley & Sons, 2012, 2015). He is the coach of the DePaul Programming teams. Dr. Perkovic holds a PhD in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
Deepak Kaul
Deepak Kaul
Chief Information Officer, Zebra Technologies
Deepak has served as SVP and Chief Information Officer of Zebra Technologies since February 2021. In his over 15-year tenure with the company, Deepak has been instrumental in leading the growth of Zebra technologies from $800M to $6B through big and bold Enterprise business transformation, innovation, cybersecurity, digitization, M&A, and other programs. Previously, Deepak held several consultant roles where he successfully led business transformation projects and built value for Oracle, Life Fitness & other Fortune 500 firms. Deepak holds undergraduate degrees from United World College of SE Asia and Vassar College; a BE in Engineering from Dartmouth College; and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
John McKinley
John McKinley
Founder, Great Falls Ventures
John founded Great Falls Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Washington, D.C, in 2007. He has a unique background of running huge technology organization as well as startups. John has served as Chief Technology Officer for such companies as General Electric, Merrill Lynch, AOL, and News Corporation. He has been awarded CTO of the Year and has received a variety of awards for products he led the development of in the financial services, entertainment, and education sectors. John's work in artificial intelligence dates back over 18 years. His initial work in the AI sector was the delivery of the first robo-advisor solution for Merrill Lynch, which allowed the company to better serve a wider range of consumers. John McKinley holds a BS in Decision Science and Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mike Krajecki
Mike Krajecki
Managing Partner, Emerging Technologies, KPMG US
Mike serves as Managing Director of Emerging Technologies for KPMG US. He is an innovative technology executive with diverse experiences across emerging technologies, digital platforms, and traditional IT systems. Mike specializes in leading teams through complex business transformation and helping design a strategy to build digital technology solutions founded on underlying principles of modern architecture. Mike holds a BS in Information Systems and an MS in Accountancy, both from DePaul University.
Natalya Pavchinskaya
Natalya Pavchinskaya
Corporate IT Strategy Executive, Merck
Natalya serves as an executive of AVP Foundational Platforms in the Office of the CTO for Merck. She is an executive with over 20 years of experience in Global IT Transformation Programs, Intelligent Automation, Digital Commerce, Enterprise Risk Management, Data Privacy, Audit and Compliance. Previously, Natalya spent over 22 years with Abbott, holding several leadership positions including IT Director of Finance Transformation, Director of Digital Experience Services, and Director of Regional Cybersecurity Organization. Prior, she held various auditor positions within Motorola, Grant Thornton, and Arthur Andersen. Natalya holds a BS in accounting from the University of Illinois Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Lucia Dettori
Lucia Dettori
Dean, College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University
Dr. Lucia Dettori became Interim Dean of the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) in July 2022. An Associate Professor in CDM’s College of Computing, she joined DePaul in 2000 and has served as an Associate Dean at CDM since 2007. Before joining CDM, Lucia held visiting positions at Brown University and Southern Methodist University. Lucia holds a BS and MS in applied mathematics from the University of Parma, and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Paris XI in France.
Olga Selina
Olga Selina
Vice President, IT Data Analytics, Transformation and Automation, Baxter
Olga has served as VP of IT Data Analytics, Transformation and Automation for Baxter since September 2021. Previously, Olga held several leadership roles for HERE (formerly NAVTEQ) including served as VP of the Planning and Innovation Enablement, leading a global, cross-functional team responsible for accelerating innovation. Prior to HERE, she held multiple managerial roles at both Motorola and Information Business Support (Institute of Informatics) in St. Petersburg, Russia, concentrating on Quality Assurance and Program Development. Olga holds a MS in Economics and Marketing from St. Petersburg State Technical University.
Melissa Rabin Lederer
Melissa Rabin Lederer
Chief Experience Officer, mHUB
Melissa has served as Chief Experience Officer for mHUB since 2016 where she is focused on leading teams to design solutions that drive engagement, collaboration, and success for mHUB corporate partners and startups. Previously, Melissa served as Chief Marketing Officer of 1871, Chicago’s innovation hub, and helped found MATTER. Prior to civic entrepreneurship, she served as the SVP of marketing for Q Interactive (formerly CoolSavings) where she oversaw all marketing, communications and creative functions and served on the company’s senior leadership team. Melissa holds a BA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Terry Finch
Terry Finch
Divisional Vice President, Digital Technology Services, Abbott
Terry Finch serves as Divisional VP of Digital Technology Services for the global healthcare company Abbott Laboratories. He oversees and directs all aspects of enterprise architecture and IT strategy for global business systems across all business domains. He’s also accountable for driving innovation, and transformational programs that deliver business differentiating results. Previously, Terry held several leadership positions within Abbott, including Senior Director of Commercial, Digital and Innovation, Chief Architect, and UK Head of IT. Prior to his 15-year tenure with Abbott, Terry worked for Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and Scott Wilson. Terry holds a degree in computing from the University of Portsmouth (England).