THE ARTISTS


MEET YOUR CORE TEAM:

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JOSH LINKNER,  Chairman & Co-Founder

Founder and CEO of 5 tech companies.

Author of two New York Times Bestsellers.

Two-time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year recipient.

President Obama Champion of Change Award recipient.

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IVY ROSS, 

Chief Advisor  & Co-Founder

Current VP of Design for Google Hardware.

Previously CMO of The Gap and Art.com; Head of Innovation at Mattel.

Pioneer of Project Platypus, a groundbreaking immersive innovation program at Mattel.

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KAISER YANG, 

CEO & Co-Founder

Senior leadership roles at three tech startups, as well as large, global organizations such as United Technologies and Nortel.

16 years at the forefront of the digital transformation, working with Fortune 100 companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Disney and Nike.

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SARA FRASCA, 

VP, Innovation Enablement

Background in Corporate America and a successful entrepreneur. Has helped build brands and support innovation for over 15 years.

Honored with winning Best Female Entrepreneur in Jacksonville, Florida in 2017.

                                                                

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JORDAN BROAD, Vice-Chairman & Co-founder

Fueled the imagination of over one million people on six continents, while helping foster a culture of innovation for 49 out the Fortune 100 brands.

Jordan spent a decade in executive roles in sales, marketing, and operations for hyper-growth tech startups.

 

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CONNOR TROMBLEY, Innovation Strategist

Idea virus. Problem Solver. Connector.

Constantly searching for new and interesting ideas. Expert at avoiding the first right answer.

Graduate of Miami University.

                                                                                             


MEET OUR INNOVATION PRACTITIONERS:

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STEPHEN SHAPIRO

Business Advisor, Best-Selling Author, and Hall of Fame Speaker on innovation and collaboration.

Former head of Accenture’s 20,000-person innovation practice.

Judge and Mentor on the TLC innovation reality television show, "Girl Starter" 

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CLAYTON BAUM

Business Strategist and Sales Accelerator.  

Over 30 years of CPG experience with Colgate Palmolive, Hills Pet Nutrition, E&J Gallo and Catalina Marketing.  

Expert at leveraging data driven insights to drive audience targeting and digital media activation.

 

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MIHA POGACNIK

Violinist Visionary.  Inventor. Leadership Consultant.  Cultural Ambassador.

Taps into the unexplored potential of the arts and music as a force for productivity, creativity and organizational renewal.

                                                                                      

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JASON HAFRON, M.D.

Leading researcher and practitioner of robotic surgery, specializing in the minimally invasive treatment of cancers involving the prostate, kidney and bladder.

Director of Clinical Research, Michigan Institute of Urology.

Director of Robotic Surgery, Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak.

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BECK BESECKER

Founder and CEO of Marxent, the leader in cloud-based Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 3D content management solutions.

Also founded Copient, which enabled large retailers to manage personalized promotions in-store and online.                                                                                       

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SUSAN OLESEK

A Human Potentialist in pursuit of what’s possible for people.

Leverages the Enneagram to help Fortune 500 companies better understand their teams with astonishing clarity and compelling compassion.

Founder of the Enneagram Prison Project.                                                                                               

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JACKIE SIMON

Executive, Leadership and Career Development Coach.  Expert in identifying talent and developing emerging leaders.  

Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from the Coaches Training Institute.                                                               

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ROOP RAJ

Anchor and reporter for Fox Broadcast Company’s Detroit affiliate, WJBK FOX2.

Emmy Award winning news personality for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Passionate Detroiter.

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TIM SANDERS

New York Times Best Selling Author.  Former Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo!

World-renowned keynote speaker, providing actionable insights on leadership development, sales, collaboration, and corporate culture.                                                        

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SAGAR PARVATANENI

Angel Investor, Technology Advisor, and Board Member for numerous technology startups.               

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JEFF PONDERS

Professional saxophonist combined with over 15 years of leading strategic innovations for Fortune 500 brands.

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ITAI BEN-GAL

Tech Startup CEO, Chief Innovation Officer, IoT Expert, Board Member of CES, Master Chess player.

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DENNIS BROUWER

Fortune 500 Deconstruction expert. 

Author of "The Return on Leadership, a Three Step Guide to Navigate Change and Unlock Hidden Growth" and creator of  the"One Minute! One Idea!" a weekly micro-podcast.

Former naval flight officer.

 
 
 

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