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Level Up: Focusing Innovation

October 16, 2019

Crowne Plaza, Warwick RI


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About the Day

Organization’s needs “it”. Teams are expected to have “it”. Clients want “it”. Leaders need to unlock “it.” CEO’s identified “it”: as one the most important leadership competencies needed for success of the future. What is “it”?  “It” is innovation and innovative thinking. Why do you need it? Because every workplace, business and industry are faced with fast-paced market shifts and external forces, including emerging technology and competition – all creating disruptions.  

In innovation, no one knows the path forward but cultivating a curious customer-centric approach, where everyone, at every level, is focusing on and understanding your customer’s challenges, will not only boost innovative thinking, it will also align your focus of innovation with critical customer problems that no one has solved.

So how do you level up your focus on innovation that allows you to bring new ideas and energy to your role, minimize resistance (your own and others), suppress group think, and pave the way to create conditions for “it” to evolve and thrive? Join us for a dynamic conversation that explores the benefits and practices to expand innovative thinking and foster originality.

Helping AWE present Ideas that Count is Fall Breakfast Sponsor, 

Citrin Cooperman

Meet the Speakers

Meet Charles Antone

Co-Founder of Building Enclosure Science 

Charles B. Antone is the Co-Founder and COO of Building Enclosure Science. Located in Providence, RI, BES is a national engineering consulting firm focused on the performance, durability and sustainability of the built world. Established in 2013, BES has grown to service the regional and national markets, and is a two time recipient of the PBN fastest growing and innovative companies award. Charles is educationally trained in mathematics, computer science and philosophy, practically experienced in commercial construction as a project manager, a successful building science entrepreneur and an expert in production based scheduling and analysis, quality control and construction economics.

Meet Kerri Longo

Assistant Vice President, Innovation Center, FM Global

Kerri Longo is assistant vice president, innovation consultant – business and insurance at FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial and industrial property insurers. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, Kerri leads business- and insurance-related innovation activities to develop innovative, market-leading products and services that disrupt the insurance landscape for the benefit of FM Global clients.

Kerri joined FM Global in 2003 and has held numerous positions each with increasing responsibility, including corporate-based roles in Claims, Marketing, Underwriting and Client Service & Sales and operations-based roles in Underwriting and Client Service.

Kerri holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Rhode Island. A life-long Rhode Islander, she resides in Lincoln with her husband and 2 children, aged 9 and 7.

Conversation Facilitator 

Lisa Bergeron, Managing Partner & Chief Visionary Officer, AWE

An accomplished business leader, Lisa Bergeron is the Founding Partner and Chief Visionary Officer (CVO) of AWE, Advancing Workplace Excellence. Lisa brings a unique blend of strategic vision, business savvy, and depth of experience to steer AWE’s course into the future. An architect of relationships and connections, Lisa is a catalyst, progressive, and innovative thinker who creates pathways to explore, expand, and thrive in a rapidly changing business environment.

AS CVO, Lisa leads AWE’s vision for driving outstanding business growth and revolutionary strategies to expand AWE’s value and customer experiences. Performance oriented, Lisa is a trusted advisor and partner who provides insightful guidance and thought-leadership to uncover business needs and envision solutions to ensure clients realize their ambitions for growth, development, and exceptional business performance.

Lisa is an active member of the business community serving on the Boards of the American Heart Association, Coastline EAP, and a founding member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and Vision 2020’s RI. She has been recognized as Women of Achievement by the YWCA, and as a Wise Women by the National Organization of Italian American Women. Lisa combines her passion for travel with photography and resides in Bristol, RI with her husband Phil.