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Program Agenda: Friday, August 11

▪ NACRO CONFERENCE 2017, FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 ▪

 

7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ▪ Registration 

Location: Bell Harbor International Conference Center

 

7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ▪ Luggage Hold Available

Location: TBD

This service is for luggage only. We recommend that you keep any valuables with you.

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. ▪ Breakfast

 

8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m. ▪ Opening Remarks 

Speakers: NACRO Co-Presidents: Roger VanHoy, Director, Office of Corporate Relations for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Todd Cleland, Director, Industry Relations for University of Washington

Conference Planning Committee Co-Chairs: Tamara LaFrance, Senior Director, Corporate Relations for University of Washington and Alex Pietsch, Associate Vice President, Corporate Relations for Washington State University

 

▪ KEYNOTE ADDRESS ▪

 

8:45 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. ▪ Keynote Address ▪

Location: Bell Harbor International Conference Center

Speaker: John Blazey, Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship for The Boeing Company

 

▪ CONCURRENT SESSIONS ▪

 

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ▪ Concurrent session: How to Evaluate Your Corporate Relations Function

Location: TBD

Description: This session will provide examples of comprehensive evaluations of corporate relations effectiveness across a campus. Whether you are part of a large central shop or a one person show, this session will provide you with insights, tools, and ways to comprehensively gather information from both your campus constituents and corporate partners to better measure your effectiveness as a corporate relations office.

Speakers: Pradeep Khanna, Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate Relations and Economic Development for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and John Eash, Executive Director for Corporate Relations for Missouri University of Science and Technology

Moderator: Curtis Hadley, Associate Director of Corporate Relations for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ▪ Concurrent session: Partnering with Start Ups

Location: TBD

Description: Startup companies usually don’t have the capacity to provide major support to University partners in the short-term, but there are ways to find SBIRs and other third-party support for collaborations, and building good will when companies are small can pay off as they grow. We will have a panel of 3-4 Seattle area startup company entrepreneurs who can talk about how they partnered with the University of Washington, the value received by both the startups and UW, and some of the challenges that they had to overcome. 

Speakers: Robert Masterson, CEO, Opticyte. Additional speakers to be confirmed soon

Moderator: Rad Roberts, Director of Health Sciences Industry Relations for University of Washington. 

 

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ▪ Concurrent sessions: Building a CFR Office from the Ground Up

Location: TBD

Description: TBD

Speakers: TBD

 

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ▪ Concurrent sessions: Campus based Corporate Innovation Centers:  Three Case studies from the Corporate Perspective

Location: TBD

Description: Corporate Innovation Centers located on or near a university campus create an environment of collaboration that benefits both the company and the university. This moderated panel features industry contacts from three Innovation centers and a university representative speaking about the benefits, results, and challenges of hosting innovation centers on college campuses. 

Speakers: State Farm, TBD; Thyssenkrupp, TBD; DowAgroSciences, TBD

 

 

▪ CONCURRENT SESSIONS ▪

 

10:40 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. ▪ Concurrent sessions: Sponsorable Activities: Innovation Days and CAP

Location: TBD

Description: Discover two programs designed to strengthen relationships between university and industry partners. At DePaul University, the Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP) improves faculty, staff, and student knowledge of industry needs while informing corporate partners about the college’s research and teaching goals. Innovation Days at University of Wisconsin-Madison celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship through student competitions, research symposiums, and design project poster sessions. Learn how these programs are structured and identify opportunities at your institution to create programming that engages students, highlights faculty research, and attracts corporate sponsorship. 

Speakers: Tom Nguyen, Senior Director, Corporate Relations for DePaul University and Justin Hines, Director of Corporate Relations for University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

10:40 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. ▪ Concurrent sessions: How Large Corporations Foster Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Location: TBD

Description: Innovation is a key economic driver and colleges and universities are working hard to nurture and promote innovation and entrepreneurship.  Large companies can Foster the startup ecosystem through innovation and entrepreneurship through partnership and funding support.  In this session you will hear from representatives from Microsoft and Amazon discussing their partnerships with University of Washington and Washington State University. 

Speakers: Kent Foster, Microsoft; H.B. Siegel, Amazon (to be confirmed)

Moderator: Dana Ulrich, Director of Corporate Relations, Washington State University

 

10:40 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. ▪ Concurrent sessions: CR and Research Development: Joining Forces to Maximize Success

Location: TBD

Description: As the role of the corporate relations officer continues to evolve to include more internal faculty proposal development, partnering with your college or university’s research development professionals is critical to achieve maximum success. Hear from members of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) and NACRO about how their strategies and case studies of internal collaboration and cooperation has led to success in their organizations.

Speakers: Brent Burns, Director of Federal & Industry Relations for Michigan Technological University; Peggy Sundermeyer, Director of Sponsored Research at Trinity University, and Kerry Morris, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Valdosta State University

 

10:40 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. ▪ Concurrent sessions: Boeing: Focus on Your Focal

Location: TBD

Description: Hear from the Boeing Executive Focals representing the University of Washington and Washington State University. One has been at it for many years, and the other is relatively new. Listen to them talk about what works in their experiences and what doesn’t and put their insights to work with your key corporate partners. 

Speakers: Alex Pietsch, Associate Vice President of Corporate Relations for Washington State University; Todd Zarfos, Vice President of Engineering at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Craig Bomben, Vice President of Flight Operations and Design Build for The Boeing Company

 

11:25 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. ▪ Networking Break

 

▪ LUNCH KEYNOTE ADDRESS ▪

 

11:45 am. – 1:00 p.m.: ▪ Lunch

Location: TBD

 

12:00 p.m.-12:50 p.m. ▪ Lunch Keynote: TBD

Location: TBD

Speakers: TBD

 

▪ NACRO BUSINESS MEETING ▪

 

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. ▪ NACRO Business Meeting

Location: TBD

Speakers: NACRO Co-Presidents Roger VanHoy, Director, Office of Corporate Relations for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Todd Cleland, Director, University Relations for University of Washington

 

▪ COMMITTEE PANEL DISCUSSION ▪

 

1:20 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ▪ Committee panel discussion

Location: TBD

Speakers: Roger VanHoy, Director, Office of Corporate Relations for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Other speakers will be confirmed soon.

 

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ▪ Closing Remarks 

Location: TBD

Departing NACRO Co-Presidents: Roger VanHoy, Director, Office of Corporate Relations for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Todd Cleland, Director, Industry Relations for University of Washington

Incoming NACRO Co-Presidents: Mona Ellerbrock, Director, Office of Corporate Relations for UC Davis and Jessica Shepard Watts, Senior Director, Corporate Relations for University of Texas at Dallas

 

2:30 p.m. ▪ Conference Adjourns