University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Technological Leadership Institute

Building an Organization for Innovation
May 16, 2013 - 5:30 p.m.
Maroon & Gold Room
McNamara Alumni Center

Innovation depends on people, and on the formal organization and culture you build around them. This session will discuss the success factors and failure modes in building sustainably innovative organizations, whether large or small. Steve Webster, formerly vice president for research and technology commercialization at 3M, will lead a panel discussion of the principles that have worked, and the personal experiences of leaders in innovation.


About the speakers:

Betty HawkBetty Hawk serves as Vice President and General Manager, 3M Materials Resource Division. In this role she leads an organization chartered to provide critical product components and technologies supporting 3M's businesses around the globe. Her operations include chemical manufacturing, R&D, EHS&R support, waste management, technology development, product support and logistics.

Betty has held many roles during her career with 3M, starting as a Process Engineer in the 3M Guin, Alabama Operations. After numerous manufacturing facility roles in multiple locations she accepted a role managing one of 3Ms Laboratories, later to lead technical operations for one of 3Ms businesses in Europe. She returned to the US in a General Business role as a Six Sigma Director. She was appointed Vice President of Marketing Operations in 2004 , and moved into her current role as Vice President and General Manager – Materials Resource Division in 2006. Immediately prior to her 3M career Betty worked in Basic Science Research at Howard Hughes Institute in Nashville Tennessee.

She is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a B.S. in Chemistry and Sociology, and has continued her education as she has taken new career opportunities.


Brandon KleinBrandon Klein is currently vice president of collaboration at Optum, a part of the UnitedHealth Group (a Fortune 25 company). With the theme "Inspiring a Better Way to Work," his role is to create innovative approaches to improving your family's health, uniting 35,000 fellow colleagues in a profitable collaboration.

Prior to joining Optum, Brandon raised $2 million in venture capital to start Europe's first online health site, later sold to Tesco PLC. He has also directed an award-winning documentary about poverty in Africa, distributed in 75 countries. Part of his inspiration comes from educating as an adjunct professor at Duke University (CE) on collaboration and innovation, and from his own work with 31 of the Fortune 100 companies.

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Steve WebsterSteve Webster is currently a Senior Fellow in the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota, after 31 years with 3M Company, the last 12 as a corporate vice president. His final position was vice president, research and technology commercialization for 3M's Display and Graphics business. In that role had had responsibility for about 1000 technical professionals worldwide, setting technology strategy and guiding key programs for a $4 billion global business, and directly leading laboratories in Minneapolis, Austin, and Singapore.

He previously led the global deployment of Six Sigma for 3M, and has held R&D leadership roles in display technology, optical films, telecommunications, data storage and optical recording. Steve has extensive experience in development programs with major electronics industry OEM's in the U.S. and Asia. Prior to joining 3M, Steve was a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories, and worked as a co-op student at RCA Government Systems Division.


Kai WorrellKai Worrell is the President and CEO of Worrell Design Inc., a healthcare product design firm, recently listed by Minnesota Business as one of "Minnesota's Top 100 Places to Work."

Kai's clients include Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Amgen, Johnson & Johnson, EV3, Pfizer, and the Beacon Community Grant. Kai has lead ethnographic research in hospitals, clinics, and patient's homes around the world including Greater China, North America and throughout Europe.

Kai is frequently quoted in the media and speaks regularly on patient-centric healthcare, and the impact of the role of design in solving pressing issues in health globally. Kai was recently named as one of the “200 Minnesotans You Should Know” by Twin Cities Business magazine.

Recently, Worrell released a film "Design We Can all Live With" focused on the physician-patient Relationship which has gained wide viewership in the medical device and clinical community. The film was introduced by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) at their national conference to an audience of 6,000 clinicians, hospital administrators and policy makers.


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