Innovation in a Dynamic Environment

October 17-18, 2019

About ODI Conference

The Optimizing Digital Innovation Conference is an annual gathering hosted by the DePaul Innovation Development Lab. Each year, nearly 200 industry professionals from a number of Fortune 500 Companies come together to discuss new ways that their organizations can approach innovation. The event features discussions with speakers ranging from Executives and Sr. Directors to Academics and Award-Winning Authors. ODI is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network and learn groundbreaking innovation strategies that can be applied at any level.


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Lauren Rosen

Board Member, iD Lab

Terry Finch

Division Vice President - Digital Technology Services, Abbott

Theodore Chao

UX Research Lead, Google

Mike Edmonds

Managing Director, VP Product, Moonshot by Pactera Digital


October 17th, 2019

Morningstar, 14th Floor, 22 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

05: 30 PM - 07:30 PM

Network Reception - Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

October 18th, 2019

DePaul Center, 8th Floor, 1 E Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

08:30 AM - 08:35 AM

ODI Conference Kickoff

Room 8005
Lauren Rosen, Board Member, iD Lab

08:35 AM - 08: 45 AM

Welcome to DePaul and CDM

Room 8005
Provost DePaul University

08:45 AM - 09:20 AM

Innovation in a Dynamic Business Environment (Lessons from the industry)

Room 8005
Terry Finch, Abbott Labs

09:20 AM - 09:50 AM

Key Research Findings on Digital Innovation

Room 8005
Dr. Olayele Adelakun, Ex. Director, iD Lab

09:50 AM - 10:05 AM

Coffee Break

10:05 AM - 11:20 AM

Breakout Sessions

Room 8205

Innovating with CX/UX/UI

Panel Members:

Rahul Avasthy, Sr. Manager, Digital Transformation and Experience, Abbott Labs
Theodore Chao, UX Research Lead, Google
Mike Edmonds, Moonshot by Pactera Digital


Charissa Morgan, Highland Solutions

Room 8206

Deep Research Insight on Innovation

Panel Members:



Dr. Olayele Adelakun, Ex. Director, iD lab

11:20 AM - 12:30 PM

Innovation Exhibitions

Abbott Labs
iD lab

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM


North Cafe, 11th Floor

01:30 PM - 02:50 PM

Breakout Sessions

Room 8205

Innovation through Data Science

Panel Members:

Khalifeh Al Jadda, Ph.D., Sr. Manager Data Science, The Home Depot
Garrett Smith, Founder, Guild
Steve Stoyan, Abbott Labs
Viswa, Bosch


Aleksandar Velkoski, Data Science at REALTORS┬« & Adjunct Professor at DePaul University

Room 8206

Implementing Enterprise level Innovation Program

Panel Members:

Wilderman Roberts, Bosch
Roman Dumiak, IT Director, Allstate Doorside Services
Hugh Jedwill, Managing Director Digital Innovation, Kimberly-Clark


Lawrence Johnson

02:50 PM - 03:05 PM

Coffee Break

03:05 PM - 04:15 PM

CIO/CEO Panel: Enterprise Level Innovation Challenges

Room 8005

Panel Members:

Ram Jambunathan, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of SAP.iO
Terrance Luciani, Vice President, Enterprise Innovation and President, MetLife Digital Ventures
Deepak Kaul, Zebra Technologies Corporation


Patrick Emmons, CEO DragonSpears

04:20 PM - 05:00 PM

iD Lab Alumni Testimonies

Room 8005
Dhyannesh Mullagur Rangasamy, Software Engineer
Cathrine Layer, Scrum Master
Rommel Taylor, Product Owner, Lab Manager
Jenny Todd/Ray Rui Tao, UI/UX Designers
Daniel Smith, Software Engineer
Yiqi Niu/Akbar Aidarov, Data Science

05:00 PM - 05:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Room 8005
Dr. Olayel Adelakun, Ex. Director, iD Lab
David Miller, Dean, College of Computing and Digital Media, Depaul University

05:15 PM - 07:30 PM

Network Reception