2017 MForesight National Summit


Gary Pisano (Harvard Business School)
Gary Pisano is the Harry E. Figgie Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1988. Pisano’s research, teaching, and consulting have focused on technology strategy, the management of innovation and intellectual property, competitive strategy, and manufacturing and outsourcing strategy. His work on these issues spans a range of science and technology based industries including aerospace, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, health care, nutrition, computers, software, telecommunications, and semiconductors.

Pisano is the author of over 70 articles and case studies. His "Restoring American Competitiveness" (co-authored with Willy Shih) won the McKinsey Award for best article published in Harvard Business Review in 2009. He is also co-author of the award winning article, "Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management" (Strategic Management Journal, 1997), one of the most widely cited publications in economics and business since 1995. His article "How to Capture Value from Innovation: Shaping Intellectual Property and Industry Architecture" (California Management Review) was a finalist for the 2008 Accenture Award. He has also written case studies on such companies as Amazon, BMW, Fiat-Chrysler, IBM, Intel, Jet Blue, Merck, Eli Lilly, Vertex, Teradyne, Flextronics, Virgin Group, and VF Brands. He is an author of six books including The Development Factory; Operations, Strategy, and Technology; Science Business: The Promise, The Reality and The Future of Biotech and, most recently, Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance.

Professor Pisano serves as an advisor to senior executives at leading companies throughout the world and has served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards of a number of start-up companies. He is a co-founder along with chemistry Nobel Laureate Richard Schrock and others of XiMo AG, a developer of specialty catalysts for the pharmaceutical and fine chemicals industries (www.ximo-inc.com). He also recently co-founded an importer of fine European textiles for the home decoration market (www.viewofcortina.com). He speaks widely at industry conferences and to senior executive audiences. Professor Pisano holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and B.A. in economics from Yale University.
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Christie Wong Barrett (Mac Arthur Corporation)
Ms. Wong Barrett is the Chief Executive Officer of Mac Arthur Corporation, a mid-sized manufacturing company headquartered in Michigan with operations in the U.S., Mexico and Poland.

Mac Arthur Corporation designs and manufactures labels, tags, and die-cut components serving automotive and industrial customers around the world in more than 22 countries, For more than 40 years, MacArthur Corporation (www.macarthurcorp.com) has provided label, tag and die-cut solutions to some of the largest OEMs and Tier 1’s in the automotive industry, electronics and industrial manufacturers, and consumer product companies. Mac Arthur Corporation is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), and a certified Women Owned Small Business (WOSB).

Ms. Wong Barrett’s diverse career includes positions at global management consultancies McKinsey & Company and Charles River Associates, and engineering roles at Raytheon Company and Schlumberger. Ms. Wong Barrett’s business experience spans the gamut of strategy, operations, innovation, globalization, and organizational performance. She has worked in over 20 countries on complex business issues.

She has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Ms. Wong Barrett has served on a number of advisory boards to advance innovation and competitiveness across the U.S. manufacturing sector including the White House President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, MForesight leadership council (a National think tank for Manufacturing innovation), FlexTech Alliance Industrial Board for Flexible Hybrid Electronics, and the University of Michigan Tauber Institute of Global Operations. In addition, Ms. Wong Barrett presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council and is an active participant with the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council and APACC. She is also an active volunteer and board member for non-profits in her local community.
Harry Moser (Reshoring Initiative)
Harry founded the Reshoring Initiative to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. after working for high end machine tool supplier GF AgieCharmilles, starting as President in 1985 and retiring 12/31/10 as Chairman Emeritus. Largely due to the success of the Reshoring Initiative, Harry was inducted into the Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame 2010 and was named Quality Magazine’s 2012 Quality Professional of the year. Harry participated actively in President Obama’s 1/11/12 Insourcing Forum at the White House, won The Economist debate on outsourcing and offshoring, and received the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Industry Advocacy Award in 2014.

Harry is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, New Yorker and USA Today and seen on Fox Business, MarketWatch and other national TV and radio programs. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Engineering at MIT in 1967 and an MBA from U. of Chicago in 1981.
David Ollia (Skypoint Ventures)
David Ollila is the President and Chief Innovation Officer of Skypoint Ventures. A serial innovator and entrepreneur, he holds 12 patents on everything from sporting goods to wearable technology. He will bring his expertise and wealth of experience to Skypoint’s portfolio companies, helping them innovate, create value, and grow. In addition, he will lead the charge in developing the Ferris Building into an innovation hub that attracts talent and investment from across Michigan and beyond.

Before joining Skypoint, David was the Founding Director of Invent@NMU, a nationally recognized innovation and commercialization center located at Northern Michigan University. It has helped aspiring inventors get their ideas to market and spurred economic development in the Upper Peninsula. Having been so successful, the model is now being considered for statewide expansion. In addition, David has been invited to the White House on several occasions for his work to improve and grow the economies of rural areas.

When he is not inventing or consulting with innovators and entrepreneurs, David likes to spend his time outdoors. He enjoys exploring the U.P., adventure motorcycle touring and family soccer tournaments.
Michael Nicholas (Microsoft)
Mike Nicholas is Director of Manufacturing Programs for Microsoft. In this role, Mike develops global strategy and solutions for Microsoft Services for the Manufacturing Industry team. The Manufacturing team is focused on providing the technology solutions and services, infrastructure and robust security offerings that allow manufacturers to transform with digital capabilities that drive bottom-line impact. Recently, Mike partnered with a leading professional services firm to develop a Digital Capability Center at Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) to the showcase the impact of Digital Manufacturing and provide training across the entire value chain.

Mike’s career at Microsoft started as the founding member of the Business Strategy Consulting group that partnered with executive leadership of Fortune 500 companies taking them beyond traditional analysis by using practices focused on maximizing profitability of existing and emerging businesses. He led a 16-month engagement with a leading Automotive OEM by working with the CEO and senior business leadership teams to develop and implement new business and technology strategies. Mike also was the senior member of the Adoption and Change Management Global Practice responsible for leading employee-based technology adoption programs that translate into tangible ROI from their Microsoft investment.

Prior to Microsoft, Mike worked at Cisco Systems as a member of the Internet Business Solutions Group responsible for helping customers realize the benefits of technology, networking and new business models. His professional career started as a Chemist with Lilly Industries as the leading scientist on a research team responsible for the development of automotive coatings.

He has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Masters of Engineering Management from Northwestern University’s Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.
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David Vasko (Rockwell Automation)
David A. Vasko is director of Advanced Technology at Rockwell Automation. He is responsible for applied R&D and Global Product Standards and Regulations within Rockwell. He is responsible for developing and managing technology to enable the future generation of Rockwell Automation’s industrial automation products.

David is a member of the NIST VCAT (Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology). He is on the boards of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) the Milwaukee Institute, He is a member of the Wisconsin Technical Council, the US National Committee and serves on Technical Advisory Groups in the US National Committee for industrial control and communications. He serves in leadership positions within the IEC and is a member of the IEC Strategic Evaluation Group (SEG7) focused on Smart Manufacturing and Industrie 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things. He is a senior member of the IEEE.

He has authored 20 papers, contributed to 3 books and holds 50 US patents, in industrial communications, distributed control, agent technology and functional safety. He was recognized as Rockwell Automation’s Engineer of the Year in 2005 for his contribution to the development of a CIP Safety communication protocol.
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Ian Steff (Dept. of Commerce)
Jim Davis (UCLA)
Jim Davis is Vice Provost, IT and CTO at UCLA with broad responsibilities focused on the investment and deployment of information technology in the university's academic research, education, and public service mission. He has accountability for university-wide planning and strategic investment in computational research, research informatics, educational technologies, mobility applications, research and education data strategies, privacy/security and internal and external community partnerships. Jim oversees UCLA’s Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE)

Jim co-founded the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) and is currently on the SMLC Board and is responsible for SMLC’s technical and strategic direction as SMLC’s CTO. The SMLC was recently selected to lead the DOE’s Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Other Boards include the Manufacturing Leadership Board, an international organization of manufacturers and the Governing Boards of the UCLA IS Associates and Southern CA CIO Executive Summit. Jim is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California), the non-profit corporation responsible for network connectivity and services to all higher education and K-12 institutions in the State of California.

Jim is also on UCLA’s engineering faculty where he has done research and consulted extensively on intelligent systems, monitoring and control, and data/modeling systems across diverse industries including chemicals, refining, paper, packaging, metals and glass. Jim has work experience with Amoco Chemicals.
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Justin Fishkin (Local Motors)