Innovation Symposium

September 28-29, 2016

Leading Through Change

Identifying and Seizing Opportunity in a Period of Disruption

Change is constant. Yet, recent technological advances and shifting market conditions have accelerated the rate at which the rules of doing business must be rewritten. The consequences of these changes are also intensifying across the financial, political, social and environmental spectrums. How can one anticipate and adapt amidst such turbulence? Leaders must be earlier, more nimble and quicker to implement strategies than ever before, but first they have to be more aware.

Paradigm Outcomes’ seventh annual Innovation Symposium will explore some of the strongest forces of change across the business landscape. Luminaries in the tumultuous fields of economics, national politics, healthcare and science will assess where we stand today and share thoughts on what’s to come. True visionaries are comfortable with change and avoid complacency. Join this exciting event for insights that will help you identify and lead new opportunities in a constantly shifting world.

This private event will feature:

  • Expert speakers from NASA, the Federal Reserve and CNN
  • Thought-provoking discussion to help you lead change
  • Opportunities to connect with industry colleagues
  • World-class accommodations at the Park Hyatt Chicago on the Magnificent Mile


Park Hyatt Chicago
800 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 335-1234
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Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) - 12 miles and 40-60 minutes
O'Hare International Airport (ORD) - 16 miles and 40-60 minutes


Experts in spacecraft, the US economy, national politics and healthcare administration will explore systems in flux and offer insider perspectives on how leaders can turn risk into opportunity.

  • Teresa Ashman
    Susan M. Collins, PhD

    Dean; Director • Ford School, University of Michigan; Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

    Susan M. Collins, PhD, is an international economist, the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy and a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

    Her research interests center on determinants of economic growth in developed and developing economies, and issues raised by increasing cross-national economic integration. Her work has been published in numerous professional journals. Examples include: “Rebalancing the U.S. Economy in a Post-Crisis World” Asian Development Bank Institute (2010), “Accounting for Growth: Comparing China and India,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, (2008), “The Empirics of Growth: An Update,” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, (2003) – co-authored with Barry Bosworth -- and “Minority Groups in the Economics Profession,” Journal of Economic Perspectives (2000). She edited or co-edited the annual Brookings Trade Forum from 1999 to 2007, including Foreign Direct Investment (2007), Global Labor Markets? (2006) and Offshoring White-Collar Work (2005).

    Collins is currently also a nonresident senior fellow in the Economic Studies program at Brookings, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and recently completed a two-year term as President of the Association for Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

    Before coming to Michigan, she held positions as a professor of economics at Georgetown University, an associate professor of economics at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund. She served as a senior staff economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during 1989-90. Among other activities, she served as a member of the American Economic Association’s (AEA) Executive Committee during 2005-08 and chaired the AEA Committee on the Status of Minority Groups during 1994-98.

    She received her B.A., summa cum laude, in economics from Harvard University in 1980, and her Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984.

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  • RenĂ©e-Louise Franche
    Candy Crowley

    Journalist • Freelance

    Candy Crowley is an award-winning journalist and one of the smartest and most astute observers of politics of our time. She served as CNN’s chief political correspondent and the host of its Sunday morning talk show State of the Union with Candy Crowley, a political hour of interviews and analysis of the week’s most important issues. She covered presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections and major legislative developments on Capitol Hill for more than two decades, and the Los Angeles Times called her “no-nonsense” and a “straight shooter,” characterizing her career as “sophisticated political observation, graceful writing, and determined fairness.”

    In 2012, she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in two decades when she led the general election debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. Covering the most important news stories in recent history, her assignments have taken her to all 50 states and around the world. She reported on the campaigns of every president since Ronald Reagan, and since the nomination of Jimmy Carter, she has covered all but one national political convention.

    Crowley has also interviewed the top political newsmakers including: Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President George W. Bush together with his brother, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; and former Vice President Dick Cheney with his daughter Liz Cheney.

    Crowley has won several awards for her incredible work, including a 2003 Emmy Award, the 2004 and 2009 Gracie Allen Awards, a National Headliner and a Cine award, the 2005 Edward R. Murrow Award, the Broadcasters’ Award from the Associated Press, the 2003 and 1998 Dirksen Awards from the National Press Foundation, the 1997 and 2005 Joan Shorenstein Barone Awards, and the 2012 William Allen White Foundation National Citation from the school of journalism at the University of Kansas for her expertise on “politics, politicians, and the events that have changed the world.” She also played a pivotal role in CNN’s 2008 Peabody Award-winning coverage and was part of the network’s Emmy Award-winning 2006 midterm election coverage.

    Crowley began her broadcast journalism career in Washington, DC, as a newsroom assistant for Metromedia radio station WASH-FM. She served as an anchor for Mutual Broadcasting System radio network, as well as a general assignment and White House correspondent for the Associated Press, where she covered part of the Reagan era before moving on to NBC-TV to become a general assignment correspondent in NBC’s Washington bureau. Crowley joined CNN in 1987 and took the reigns as anchor of State of the Union in February 2010.

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  • Daniel Kish
    Brian Muirhead

    Chief Engineer • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Brian Muirhead is Chief Engineer of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and a member of its Executive Council. He has worked on numerous spacecraft and technology projects since joining JPL in 1978, including the Galileo mission to Jupiter, and the Shuttle Imaging Radar-C. Muirhead is the author of the highly-praised book High Velocity Leadership. His second book, Going to Mars, (with Gar and Judy Reeves-Stevens), offers an insightful and entertaining look behind the scenes at the leaders that make today’s exploration of Mars possible.

    Currently, Muirhead is the Project Manager for the Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission, a mission to rendezvous with a large asteroid, land on it, pick up an approximately 20 ton boulder and return the boulder to the orbit of the moon. Once there a crewed mission, flying in the new Orion capsule, will rendezvous with our boulder-carrying spacecraft via two extra vehicular activities (EVAs) to bring samples back to Earth.

    Previously, he was a group supervisor and section manager in the Mechanical Systems Division. Muirhead was responsible for the design, development, test, and launch of the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft that landed successfully on Mars on July 4, 1997. Following this successful landing he was named project manager. He served as project manager of the Deep Impact comet impact project from formulation through the critical design review in 2002. He worked as the chief engineer of the Mars Science Laboratory until August 2004 when he became chief engineer of JPL.

    In February 2007, Muirhead was named chief architect and program systems engineer for the Constellation Program, which included responsibility for the architecture for a new human exploration spaceflight system to the Moon and beyond. In that position, he provided leadership for developing and maintaining a viable architecture for human exploration beyond earth orbit. He returned to JPL as the chief engineer at the Executive Council level in December 2009.

    Muirhead received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1977 and a Master of Science in aeronautical engineering from Caltech in 1982. He is the recipient of NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal for his work on SIR-C, and two Exceptional Leadership Medals for his work on Mars Pathfinder and Constellation. He was designated a JPL Fellow in 2009. 

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  • Harry L. Spencer
    Kent Riddle

    Chief Executive Officer • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

    Kent Riddle has a professional background as an entrepreneur. Throughout the 1980s, he owned a commercial real estate development business. During the 1990s, he worked for Steelcase, overseeing the company’s global real estate mergers and acquisitions. In 2000, he co-founded a company, which focused on green building development for Fortune 500 companies.

    His career path took a turn after his wife suffered a traumatic brain injury and recovered at Mary Free Bed. He joined the hospital board in 2004, serving as treasurer and vice chair before becoming chairman in 2007. In 2011, he was invited to become Chief Executive Officer. Since then, he established the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network and more than doubled the organization. He also planned a significant expansion and renovation, which continues today.

    During his tenure at Mary Free Bed, Riddle has overseen a more than 100% increase in patients served, 67% growth in staff, and a $66.5 million expansion and renovation.  Riddle has increased in inpatient beds on the main campus from 80 to 167, and created the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network with 100 additional inpatient beds.

    Kent earned a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and Engineering from Purdue University

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Wednesday, September 28
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
7:00 PM

Take Risk, Don't Fail: The Power of Innovation, Collaboration and Leadership
Brian Muirhead, Chief Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Learn from one of NASA’s most experienced engineers how innovation, collaboration and leadership are applied to accomplish what often seems impossible. This is the world of successful entrepreneurs and explorers and of many businesses today. Brian Muirhead offers an insightful and inspiring story of Mars exploration, complete with the challenges, the technology, the people and the results. The parallels between the world of deep space exploration and your business will surprise you, and leave you with a new sense of what is possible.  

9:00 PM
Thursday, September 29
7:45 AM
8:45 AM
Opening Remarks

Jim Hudak, Chairman and CEO, Paradigm Outcomes

9:15 AM

State of the Economy
Susan M. Collins, PhD, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Gain perspective on the U.S. economy and where it’s going in the near and long term from a highly influential economist and public policy advisor. Dr. Collins will examine key economic indicators like interest rates, GDP, inflation, and unemployment, as well as foreign developments, impacting domestic growth and the health of the global economy. An increasingly interconnected world calls leaders to be aware of both broad financial forces and specific monetary policies.

10:15 AM
10:30 AM

Who Takes Charge of the Value Chain in the Future?
Kent Riddle, Chief Executive Officer, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Today’s unsustainable healthcare system calls for innovative change. But how will all of the players overcome financial, political and legal barriers to work in unison? Is vertical or horizontal integration the answer? And what disaster looms ahead for those who are unable to change? The evolution from a state where healthcare providers and payors act independently to one where collaboration is the key to survival has created a crisis of leadership. Winners will be those systems in which physicians, hospitals, post-acute providers, pharmacists, payors and patients seamlessly work together. Kent Riddle will analyze other industries that have experienced this migration and flourished with better quality and improved outcomes. His message will inspire you to transform your organization into one that strives for a collaborative culture. Our future successes will be defined by the ability to develop and manage high-performing, clinically integrated networks.

11:30 AM
12:30 PM

Political Outlook
Candy Crowley, Award-Winning Journalist
Candy Crowley shares her more than two decades of experience analyzing the current state of politics. Called “no-nonsense” and a “straight shooter” by the Los Angeles Times, she brings her insider knowledge of politics and access to the day’s top newsmakers to presentations and shares what trends and issues will most likely affect voters in the upcoming elections. Through entertaining stories and a look at the day’s top headlines, Crowley offers a nonpartisan look at what’s driving Washington.

1:30 PM
Closing Remarks

Recap and Thank You
Jim Hudak, Chairman and CEO, Paradigm Outcomes



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