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KIN Expedition to Bhutan: The Gross National Happiness Conference
November 1 – 8, 2015 – Bhutan
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Robert C. Wolcott published in Forbes magazine
September 2, 2015
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KIN Expedition to Israel: Engaging the Start-Up Nation
March 23 – 27, 2014 - Israel
Israel Dealmakers Summit in NYC
March 4 - 5, 2014 - NYC
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KIN Catalyst: Real Value from Big Data
April 15-16, 2013
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KIN Partner: Israeli Dealmakers Summit
New York City, March 5 – 6, 2013
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KIN Partner: Social Innovation Summit
Silicon Valley, CA December 4-5, 2012
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KIN Fall Dialogue
Chicago, IL October 17-18, 2012
We’ll visit two exciting locations here in Chicago, each vital to the vigorous entrepreneurial ecosystem, one that has finally found its wings here in Chicago. Tribeca Flashpoint Academy (TFA) is the creation of Howard Tullman, a new KINian and one of our most prolific and successful entrepreneurs. TFA trains the next generation in digital media, film, sound, online design, gaming…everything cool that also has powerful practical applications.
1871 is a stunning new incubator space at the venerable Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Founded by venture capitalist and philanthropist JB Pritzker, in partnership with government, universities and the private sector, 1871 really is becoming the epicenter of digital entrepreneurship in the area. They also have stunning views of Chicago. We’ll make some great things happen at this event and look forward to lively discussion and collaboration.
KIN Community: Youth Action International (YAI)
Liberia, West Africa
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KIN Dialogue Winter 2011: The Entrepreneurial Milieu
March 7-8, 2011
E&J Gallo Winery
Most discussions of innovation eventually turn to Silicon Valley. Many attempt to replicate 'the Valley' achieve little success (with a few notable exceptions such as Israel). What makes this environment so compelling and sustainable? Without doubt, the Valley enjoys what we might call an entrepreneurial milieu. Milieu is defined by Wiktionary.org as "social setting or environment."
For our KIN Winter Dialogue, we will explore not only what large global companies can learn from the entrepreneurs immersed in the Silicon Valley milieu, but what we can learn together about how large corporations, start-ups and venture capitalists can be more effective partners.
The KIN is quite fortunate to be guests of E&J Gallo Winery through our own Kellogg alumna, Stephanie Gallo. Within the wine industry and beyond, E&J Gallo has a reputation for innovation and Napa Valley offers an exceptional neutral terroir to engage with the KIN and our friends from Silicon Valley.
KIN Dialogue Fall 2010: Leveraging ‘Unnatural’ Partnerships for Innovation Success
The KIN Dialogue Fall 2010 is focused on how to build and leverage these partnerships, starting with the Corporate-University relationship. We’ll be joined by some of the country’s top talent in this arena. Delegates will meet venture capitalist and and Kellogg alumnus, John Preston, former long-time director of MIT’s immensely successful commercialization and licensing program. U.S. Congressman, Dick Gephardt, will share the conditions that help America expand vital science and technology capabilities, and support our corporations and entrepreneurs in innovation-led growth. Bret Lewis and Dave Baarman of Fulton Innovation will share their impressive journey creating a global standard consortium for wireless power.
The KIN is pleased to co-host our Fall Dialogue with the office of Alicia Loeffler, Associate Vice President of Innovation & New Ventures for Northwestern University. She has called on her growing network of university commercialization experts to bring us an extraordinary team. We are also thankful for the support of Fulton Innovations and Amway Corporation’s R&D group in making this unique program possible. Serial CEO and entrepreneur Dean DeBiase and design visionary Julie Anixter are creating a powerful program including innovation leaders from Google, GSK and Boeing for October 13. The session will occur in such a way that all participants will leave with specific, relevant insights and ideas for their own objectives. True to the spirit of the KIN, we’ll co-create knowledge and build opportunities along the way.
KIN Global 2010: Kellogg Magazine Covers KIN Global
KIN Community: One Acre Fund Wins the Skoll Award
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KIN Dialogue: The KIN Winter Dialogue Hosted by Harrah’s in Las Vegas, February 8-9.
This very special KIN dialogue will be co-hosted by Joe Wheeler, Executive Director of The Service Profit Chain Institute. He will share methodologies and processes for providing exceptional customer service developed in partnership with the Harvard Business School.
We are pleased to welcome both David Norton, CMO and Terry Byrnes, VP of Customer Satisfaction at Harrah’s Entertainment as they provide a behind-the-scenes look at how Harrah’s engineers their customer experience to exceed expectations. A few of the additional leadership experts scheduled for the dialogue include: Graham Weston, Executive Chairman of Rackspace Hosting, setting the service standard for IT hosting; Professor Richard Chase, perception expert from the University of Southern California; and Diane Hessan, CEO of Communispace, who has helped Kraft, Hallmark, Best Buy, Pepsi and many others understand their most important constituents.
KIN Community: Geopolitical Consultant and Author, Thomas Barnett, Writes about the KIN.
Barnett wrote about his experience at KIN on his blog. Read the posting.
KIN Dialogue: The KIN Fall Dialogue to be Held at Kellogg November 9-10.
The topic for this dialogue "Managing Through Uncertainty. Mastering New Realities." will provide valuable perspectives on how to lead in our increasingly global, interconnected and competitive world.
A few of the leadership experts scheduled for the dialogue include: Jeffrey Scott, MD at Lexis Nexis and former CTO of Thomson Financial; Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett, Senior Managing Director of Enterra Solutions, LLC, and New York Times bestselling author of "The Pentagon’s New Map and Great Powers: America and the World after Bush"; and Dr. Jack Groppel, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute and author of The Corporate Athlete.
KIN Partners: KIN Collaborates with Colombian Companies to Promote Innovation.
The Colombian delegation came to KIN Global 2009 in Chicago to share their learnings in rebuilding their economy through a focus on creating sustainable economies and cities.
As a follow-up, the delegation invited KIN members to participate in the event in Colombia to share how public/private partnerships can foster innovation and entrepreneurship—a keystone to lasting prosperity.
KIN Partners: (RED) joins KIN Global as Vision Partner
(RED) will be a featured participant in the KIN’s upcoming international summit on “Building Global Prosperity: Innovation and Action” June 1 to 3 at the Kellogg School. In addition, the KIN and (RED) are developing a program of collaborative activities which will include MBA student internships at (RED) in 2010.
“The collaboration with (RED) reflects the goal of the Kellogg School of Management to help us redefine the role of leading business schools in the 21st century, moving beyond a limited notion of success to the more enlightened imperative of significance,” according to Kellogg School Dean Dipak C. Jain.
“We are pleased to join KIN Global and one of the world’s leading business schools to advance the dialogue about new models and new ideas to help build global prosperity,” said Susan Smith Ellis, CEO of (RED). “As a leader in thinking about business innovation, the Kellogg School will be an invaluable resource in meeting some of the world’s most difficult challenges and, we hope, helping us reach our goal of eliminating AIDS in Africa.”
KIN Community: Admiral James G. Stavridis to become the Next Commander of NATO
We are privileged to welcome Admiral Stavridis to the Kellogg School of Management in June. One of the world's most innovative and inspiring senior commanders, the Admiral will help us understand the role of the military in securing peace and nation building—to support the pursuit of global prosperity to which we all aspire.
KIN Lectures: KIN Founder Robert C. Wolcott Delivered Keynote Speech for the World Business Dialogue in Cologne
Innovating Your Life: Applying the art and science of innovation to living a more inspiring, fulfilling and productive life.
The theme of this year’s dialogue was: "The Integrated Challenge - China, Resources & Customer Revolution - Linked Drivers Demand Innovation." Professor Wolcott spoke on creating a culture of innovation within a corporation.
Other keynotes include: Franz Fehrenbach, Managing Director of Bosch; Herbert Hainer, CEO Adidas AG; Philipp Schindler, Managing Director Google Northern & Central Europe and Dr. Richard Hausmann President & CEO Siemens Ltd. China.
Later in the month of April, Professor Wolcott delivered a keynote speech at the University Club of New York in New York City. An adaptation of his concluding lecture for each of his MBA and EMBA classes, Professor Wolcott explored the factors that lead to breakthrough insights, and their translation to action. Through compelling and often entertaining insights from both history and our present condition, Wolcott challenges everyone to continually seek renewal through new perspectives, non-obvious connections and a deliberate, enlightened search for personal meaning.
In these troubled economic times, the session is relevant, engaging, unexpected… and perhaps even inspiring.
KIN Global Summit: Cello Maestro, Xavier Phillips to Perform
Music to provide creative spark at summit
Xavier Phillips has performed with a world-class list of orchestras including: Orchestre National de France, Philharmonique de Radio France, Berliner Symphoniker, Houston Symphony, BBC Scottish Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Filarmonica della Scala, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
Under the baton of his mentor, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Xavier Phillips made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovski’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Xavier Phillips plays on a Matteo Gofriller cello dated 1710. The cello was the favorite of Pablo Casals for nearly 30 years.
KIN Global would like to especially thank Dr. Hannjörg Hereth, one of Europe’s leading arts benefactors, for his role in personally sponsoring the performance on behalf of KIN Global.
KIN Dialogue: Innovating During Times of Trouble and Plenty
Defending & extending innovation when it matters most
Managing innovation requires vigilance and political acumen. KIN participants will discuss how to make a sound business case for preserving innovation infrastructure. The world's most successful innovators with offer their perspective for keeping innovation moving forward to ensure long-term growth.
The KIN Dialogue will be held at the U.S. Military Southern Command on the first day and then the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Miami Branch on the second day.
KIN Community: Building Global Prosperity
Growing prosperity one acre at a time
These 'market forces' include: - Providing farmers with micro-credit
- Collectively purchasing seed & fertilizer to keep the price down
- Education on how to maximize input
- Market access for their produce so farmers receive a fair price.
In just a few years, the One Acre Fund has helped 4,000 farm families in Kenya and Rwanda, grow enough food for themselves and provide funding for their childrens' education, better healthcare and more sturdy homes.
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KIN Global Summit: Building Global Prosperity
Welcoming an esteemed Colombian contingent
Integral to their struggle against terrorism, was Colombia’s focus on building prosperity. The country took a multi-faceted approach to development, focusing not only on economics, but also investing in it’s people and environment. Colombia increased support for science and innovation education, improved public management, provided a safer water supply and improved public transportation to name a few.
People in government, business and academia were instrumental in returning security to Colombia, creating a stable environment that is a precursor to progress and prosperity. At the moment, the crucial relationship between peace and prosperity is being tested in many corners of the world. The Colombian delegation will offer important lessons for how to restore democratic stability and security in the wake of recent terrorist activities.
Juan Manuel Santos
Minister of Defense
Former Minister of Finance & Commerce
Government of Colombia
Carlos Angulo Galvis
Universidad de los Andes
Hernando José Gómez
CPC (Private Center for Competitiveness)
Founder and Chairman
El Malpensante Magazine
Chairman of the Board
Member of the Board of Directors
Universidad de los Andes
Founder, Senior Partner & President
Dr. Ricardo Rueda Sáenz
Chief of Reproductive Medicine
Fundación Santa Fé
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Jorge Londoño Saldarriaga
KIN Dialogue: Optimizing the Marketing and R&D Relationship for Innovation SuccessResearch people are masters of the possible. Marketing people are masters of the desirable. How do you get R&D and Marketing to speak the same language? It starts by understanding how each group thinks and integrating the two teams early on in the development process.
At this Fall Dialogue, hosted by Herman Miller in Holland, Michigan, Anna Catalano, Former CMO of BP offered practical steps to achieve alignment between R&D and Marketing teams. Dr. Phil Kotler, SC Johnson Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management discussed how to maximize the relationship between the two, connecting a strategic marketing team with R&D to provide early insights into market opportunities, customer priorities, needs definitions and product characteristics. Author and Stevens Institute Professor Gary Lynn shared his insights from over a decade of research into what enables some products to become "blockbusters".
Holding the KIN Dialogue at Herman Miller allowed participants an exclusive preview on how Herman Miller brought to market the Embody chair, the worthy successor to their iconic Aeron chair. It is a case study on how to integrate R&D and Marketing to create innovation at a whole new level, focusing not just on creating a new office chair, but designing within a systemic new branding strategy, “For a better world around you.”
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