2016 Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship
the Workplace and the Economy
Friday, April 8 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Keynote presenter John Kelly oversees Watson, the IBM supercomputer that answers questions using artificial intelligence to accept and process natural language queries. Watson wowed the public during a Jeopardy debut where it defeated two of the game show's greatest champions.
As IBM senior vice president, solutions portfolio and research, Dr. John E. Kelly III is focused on the company’s investments in several of the fastest-growing and most strategic parts of the information technology market. His portfolio includes IBM Analytics, IBM Commerce, IBM Security and IBM Watson, as well as IBM Research and the company’s Intellectual Property team.
He also oversees the development of units devoted to serving clients in specific industries, beginning with the April 2015 launch of IBM Watson Health.
In this role, Dr. Kelly’s top priorities are to stimulate innovation in key areas of information technology and to bring those innovations into the marketplace quickly; to apply these innovations to help IBM clients succeed; and to identify and nurture new and future areas for investment and growth. He works closely with the leaders of these units to drive business development, accelerate technology transfer and invest for the future.
Dr. Kelly was most recently senior vice president and director of IBM Research, only the tenth person to hold that position over the past seven decades. Under Dr. Kelly, IBM Research expanded its global footprint by adding four new labs (including IBM’s first in Africa, South America and Australia), creating a network of approximately 3,000 scientists and technical employees across 12 laboratories in 10 countries.
During his tenure, IBM maintained and extended what is now 22 straight years of patent leadership. Most notably, Dr. Kelly and his team were responsible for advancing the science of cognitive computing through his support for Watson, the groundbreaking system that defeated two standing Jeopardy world champions in 2011. He also led the strategy, negotiations and transition of IBM’s semiconductor manufacturing business to GlobalFoundries, while maintaining a commitment to leading-edge microelectronics research.
Prior to joining IBM Research in July of 2007, Dr. Kelly was senior vice president of Technology and Intellectual Property, responsible for IBM’s technical and innovation strategies.
Dr. Kelly joined IBM in 1980. Between 1980 and 1990, he held numerous management and technical positions related to the development and manufacturing of IBM’s advanced semiconductor technologies. In 1990, he was named director of IBM’s Semiconductor Research and Development Center. Between 1994 and 2000, Dr. Kelly held several VP and GM positions across IBM’s businesses. In 2000, Dr. Kelly was named senior vice president and group executive for IBM’s Technology Group, where he was responsible for developing, manufacturing and marketing IBM’s microelectronics and storage technologies, products and services.
Dr. Kelly received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Union College in 1976. He received a Master of Science degree in physics from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1978 and his Doctorate in materials engineering from RPI in 1980. He has also received three honorary Doctoral degrees.
Dr. Kelly is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the IBM Academy of Technology, a member of the Board and immediate past Chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a member of the Board of the New York Academy of Sciences. He also is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Union College and a member of RPI’s Board of Trustees.
Dr. Kelly has received numerous technical and business leadership awards, including the Semiconductor Industry’s highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award. He has been recognized with the IEEE’s top award for R&D management, the Frederik Philips Award, as well as the IEEE’s own Robert N. Noyce Award. In October 2013, he received the National Academy of Engineering’s Arthur M. Bueche Award for his leadership in driving U.S. semiconductor technology excellence through broad government, university, and corporate collaboration.
He has published numerous technical papers and recently published the book Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing with writer Steve Hamm on Columbia University Press.
William Amurgis, Intranet and Internal Communications Specialist
William Amurgis is an internationally-known intranet manager and internal communicator who speaks at conferences around the world.
He recently served as the head of internal communications at NetJets, the worldwide leader in private aviation and a Berkshire Hathaway company.
Previously, William was the head of internal communications at American Electric Power, where his team's intranet was recognized as one of the world's best.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in statistics and a Master of Arts in education.
Dr. Gene Poor, Hamilton Professor of Entrepreneurship, BGSU
Dr. Gene Poor’s career has been a combination of university
teaching, administration, research and program development coupled
with intense entrepreneurial innovation, product creation and
training/consultation within the private sector.
Poor is the Scott Hamilton Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration at Bowling Green State University. He has received recognition as a Master Teacher by the University as well as national recognition.
Dr. Poor is also a Professor Emeritus in the College of Technology at BGSU where he conceived and launched the Visual Communication Technology (VCT) program in the early 1970’s. This unique interdisciplinary is a benchmark program graduating students with careers throughout the world in education, business, industry and entertainment sectors.
Dr. Poor has written numerous articles and authored/co-authored eight books on technology, business and creativity/innovation. He has presented throughout the United States as well as in Europe and in the Middle East. His list of consultations includes dozens of Fortune 100 and 500 companies including 3M, Honeywell, Marathon Oil, Owens Corning, IBM, Sherwin Williams, and Kellogg.
Poor has been involved in numerous entrepreneurial start-ups over a thirty year period that include designing and building media control systems, restaurant design and fabrication, residential and commercial construction, train-the-trainer instruction, creativity/innovation consulting, display and exhibit design, interactive game development, simulation creation, themed attraction design, and all forms of media design and production. He won the Northwest Ohio Entrepreneur Award from EY, was inducted into the Toledo Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and the College of Business Administration’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.
Dr. Poor’s founded a three-dimensional animatronics company called LifeFormations. The company was incorporated in 1991 and has evolved into an employee-owned organization that is the preeminent manufacturer of static and animated characters for theme parks, museums, tradeshows, and retail operations. The management team of LifeFormations include graduates from the VCT program.
LifeFormations products can be found at venues such as The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Dickens’s World, Museum of African American History, The Great Wolf Lodges, Cabelas, Europa Park, American Girl Place and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Mark Hosbein, Managing Director, Accenture
Mark serves as the global lead for Accenture’s digital marketing
services business. In his role he leads a practice of 2000+ people in
delivery digital operations for large multi nationals. The work
includes support in website development, analytics, one to one
marketing online and social media monitoring. Mark has been with
Accenture since 2013.
During a career focused on marketing, Mark has had a portfolio of roles that has touched nearly every part of the function. Mark spent eight years in brand management with roles at both Pepsi and Nabisco. Following that he became an early pioneer in online marketing at AOL, working across CPG, auto and financial services categories. He expanded his media experience via roles at Time Warner and CNN. Just before joining Accenture, Mark led a media effectiveness practice at Nielsen, where he introduced new products and services to financial services clients as a means to measure and optimize creative rotation, cross platform spending and ROI. He even had a two year stint as senior vice president of brand and advertising for Discover Card just as the financial crisis was hitting.
Mark has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, graduated from Tuck in 1990, and lives and works in the New York metro area.