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PNODN Oct 2016 Monthly Meeting~A Faster and Better Innovation Model with Egils Milbergs

  • 17 Oct 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Mercer Island Community and Event Center


  • PNODN Member who has pre-registered
  • Anyone who is not a current PNODN member
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A Faster and Better Innovation Model with Egils Milbergs

Leaders in business and government, in both advanced and emerging economies, are increasingly talking about the importance of innovation. The reason is simple: innovation creates wealth and solves problems. Two-thirds of GDP growth comes from innovation. Jobs in innovative industries pay as much as 70 percent more than other jobs. And we all know there are a whole lot of things out there in the world that need fixing.

Our presenter, an internationally recognized expert, will share a model that promotes faster and better innovation. Much of the effort needs to focus on developing and benefitting from an innovation ecosystem, where R&D assets, funding sources, entrepreneurs, networks come together to produce the Next Big Thing … on a continuous basis.

Fostering innovation is a new frontier for the OD profession. This session will get you started on the journey with solid information. You won’t want to miss it.

OUR PRESENTER: Egils Milbergs, is a leading authority on innovation. He will share his real world experience and insights on shaping an innovative organizational culture and realize a triple line bottom line from innovation.

He is currently the CEO of the Seattle-based Center for Accelerating Innovation, and is truly one of our country’s thought leaders in fostering innovation at both the organizational and ecosystem levels.

Egils is the former executive director of the Washington (State) Economic Development Commission that developed and executed a broad, coordinated innovation based economic development strategy for our state. He has done similar work in promoting innovation for the states of Illinois and Virginia.

Meanwhile in the “other” Washington (D.C. that is), Mr. Milbergs career has involved working at the highest levels of the Federal government to promote innovation. For example, he was executive director of the President of the United State’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness. The Commission produced the landmark report entitled "Global Competition: The New Reality." The report set in motion an enduring policy framework for US competitiveness that is still operative today.

As Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Commerce Department he administered the Bayh-Dole Act, Stevenson-Wydler Act, National Technology Transfer Act that collectively unlocked federally funded intellectual property for licensing, industry partnerships, start-ups and billions of dollars of commercialization and start-up activity. Egils catalyzed and advanced the seminal concepts for the Baldridge National Quality Award in collaboration with IBM and Xerox.

Among many other accomplishments and roles are: Formulating the innovation framework for the National Innovation Initiative (NII); president of the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM), where he advocated for a revitalized US manufacturing; Founding Learning Access to help K-12 schools grasp the potential of the internet for transforming education outcomes



 Join us for networking starting at 6 pm!




$15 Members when pre-paid & pre-registered

$20 Non members when pre-paid & pre-registered

$20 Walk in rate for members

$25 Walk in rate for non members

$10 for students pre-registered or walk in




6:00 - 6:30 pm  We gather – Arrival, Registration & Opening (Refreshments served)

6:30 – 8:00 pm Topic Presented

8:00 – 8:30 pm We wrap up, evaluation, & closing announcements

Please be aware that our meetings could be recorded or photographed.

Online registration closes the Friday prior to the meeting. PNODN welcomes and encourages walk ins at the door where the walk in rates will be:


$20 Walk in rate for members

$25 Walk in rate for non members

$10 for students pre-registered or walk in


Consider joining PNODN - members can save up to $10 per meeting - that's up to a $90 savings for the year.

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