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Rita Gunther McGrath Founder and CEO Rita Gunther McGrath, Columbia Business School Professor, is a globally recognized expert on strategy, innovation, and growth with an emphasis on corporate entrepreneurship. Her work and ideas help CEOs and senior executives chart a pathway to success in today’s rapidly changing and volatile environments. McGrath is highly valued for her rare ability to connect research to business problems. Rita has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Business Thinkers by Thinkers50 in 2015 and 2013. Thinkers50 presented Rita with the #1 award for Strategy, the Distinguished Achievement Award (2013). She has also been inducted into the Strategic Management Society “Fellows” in recognition of her impact on the field.  Visit RitaMcGrath.com for more info. 

Rita Gunther McGrath
Founder and CEO

Rita Gunther McGrath, Columbia Business School Professor, is a globally recognized expert on strategy, innovation, and growth with an emphasis on corporate entrepreneurship. Her work and ideas help CEOs and senior executives chart a pathway to success in today’s rapidly changing and volatile environments. McGrath is highly valued for her rare ability to connect research to business problems.

Rita has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Business Thinkers by Thinkers50 in 2015 and 2013. Thinkers50 presented Rita with the #1 award for Strategy, the Distinguished Achievement Award (2013). She has also been inducted into the Strategic Management Society “Fellows” in recognition of her impact on the field. 

Visit RitaMcGrath.com for more info. 

Trish Gorman Strategist-in-Residence Dr. Trish Gorman is the Founder of an online assessment firm, KEASkills and serves as an advisor to various corporate and institutional educational programs and as a subject matter expert for selected early stage investors and entrepreneurs. She is the Innovation Expert at the Fisher Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Ohio State University, where she lectures on Strategy; Executive Advisor to the Goff Strategic Leadership Center at University of Utah; and Strategist-in-Residence at Valize, a startup in the Corporate Innovation space.

Trish Gorman
Strategist-in-Residence

Dr. Trish Gorman is the Founder of an online assessment firm, KEASkills and serves as an advisor to various corporate and institutional educational programs and as a subject matter expert for selected early stage investors and entrepreneurs. She is the Innovation Expert at the Fisher Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Ohio State University, where she lectures on Strategy; Executive Advisor to the Goff Strategic Leadership Center at University of Utah; and Strategist-in-Residence at Valize, a startup in the Corporate Innovation space.

Alex van Putten Consulting Partner Alex van Putten brings both entrepreneurial and corporate experience to his consulting practice and teaching at Wharton. He is a principal of Cameron & Associates LLC where he has advised companies such as Automatic Data Processing, Seagate Technology, Royal Dutch Shell, Air Products and Chemicals, SCG, and DuPont on issues relating to innovation. Mr. van Putten is an adjunct faculty member at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he has been teaching graduate students since 1993. He is actively involved with executive education programs at Wharton, Duke CE, and Melbourne Business School where he lectures.

Alex van Putten
Consulting Partner

Alex van Putten brings both entrepreneurial and corporate experience to his consulting practice and teaching at Wharton. He is a principal of Cameron & Associates LLC where he has advised companies such as Automatic Data Processing, Seagate Technology, Royal Dutch Shell, Air Products and Chemicals, SCG, and DuPont on issues relating to innovation. Mr. van Putten is an adjunct faculty member at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he has been teaching graduate students since 1993. He is actively involved with executive education programs at Wharton, Duke CE, and Melbourne Business School where he lectures.

Michael J. Sikorsky Innovator of Record Michael J. Sikorsky is the CEO and co-founder of Robots and Pencils. In 2009, Michael launched Robots and Pencils with the then-contrarian view that mobile would be more transformative than the Internet. Since then, the agency has become a trusted strategic partner to some of the world’s largest brands, helping its clients harness the power of mobile and frontier technologies to transform their businesses. With a growth rate of 4,971% in the first five years, Robots and Pencils was named the 34th fastest growing technology company in North America by Deloitte, and now has offices throughout North America and in the UK.

Michael J. Sikorsky
Innovator of Record

Michael J. Sikorsky is the CEO and co-founder of Robots and Pencils. In 2009, Michael launched Robots and Pencils with the then-contrarian view that mobile would be more transformative than the Internet. Since then, the agency has become a trusted strategic partner to some of the world’s largest brands, helping its clients harness the power of mobile and frontier technologies to transform their businesses. With a growth rate of 4,971% in the first five years, Robots and Pencils was named the 34th fastest growing technology company in North America by Deloitte, and now has offices throughout North America and in the UK.

 
Ron Pierantozzi Strategist-in-Residence Ron, a technologist and inventor (Ph.D Chemistry, 32 US Patents) bridges the space between business strategy and technology. He has developed business opportunities for both large and small companies, serving as a board member for Primet Precision Materials and an advisor to other small startups. He has lectured ad continues to lecture on corporate entrepreneurship and innovation at The Wharton Business School, RPI Lally School of Management, Babson college and the Danish technical University. He has worked with global clients on developing innovation capabilities and new businesses. He has co-authored articles in HBR and SMR.

Ron Pierantozzi
Strategist-in-Residence

Ron, a technologist and inventor (Ph.D Chemistry, 32 US Patents) bridges the space between business strategy and technology. He has developed business opportunities for both large and small companies, serving as a board member for Primet Precision Materials and an advisor to other small startups. He has lectured ad continues to lecture on corporate entrepreneurship and innovation at The Wharton Business School, RPI Lally School of Management, Babson college and the Danish technical University. He has worked with global clients on developing innovation capabilities and new businesses. He has co-authored articles in HBR and SMR.

Scott Young Consulting Partner Scott Young is the Senior Vice President of Robots and Pencils and has worked with leading brands, including Sherwin-Williams, J.Jill, National Instruments, Newell Rubbermaid, LuxotticaGroup, Coach and Eaton Corporation, to deliver unique business strategy and technology platform solutions. Enabled by his deep proficiencies in web, mobile, content, commerce and related technologies as well as large-scale implementations, Scott has the ability to orchestrate transformative solutions that allow brands to optimize their digital channels and create consistent omnichannel experiences. Immediately prior to joining Robots and Pencils, Scott was the Executive Vice President of SapientRazorfish responsible for their global IBM partnership. In 2017, SapientRazorfish was named the IBM Commerce Partner of the Year.

Scott Young
Consulting Partner

Scott Young is the Senior Vice President of Robots and Pencils and has worked with leading brands, including Sherwin-Williams, J.Jill, National Instruments, Newell Rubbermaid, LuxotticaGroup, Coach and Eaton Corporation, to deliver unique business strategy and technology platform solutions. Enabled by his deep proficiencies in web, mobile, content, commerce and related technologies as well as large-scale implementations, Scott has the ability to orchestrate transformative solutions that allow brands to optimize their digital channels and create consistent omnichannel experiences.

Immediately prior to joining Robots and Pencils, Scott was the Executive Vice President of SapientRazorfish responsible for their global IBM partnership. In 2017, SapientRazorfish was named the IBM Commerce Partner of the Year.

Marion Reinson Business Director Marion is passionate about helping Valize clients focus on what's important- developing and implementing effective growth and innovation strategies that help organizations thrive - even during times of uncertainty. And, she doesn't simply give advice, Marion wants to work her way out of a job by teaching businesses how to craft innovation and growth strategies that make the best use of their most valued resources.

Marion Reinson
Business Director

Marion is passionate about helping Valize clients focus on what's important- developing and implementing effective growth and innovation strategies that help organizations thrive - even during times of uncertainty. And, she doesn't simply give advice, Marion wants to work her way out of a job by teaching businesses how to craft innovation and growth strategies that make the best use of their most valued resources.