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CLS 2016 Schedule

Sunday, April 24, 2016 – Marriot

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception


Monday, April 25, 2016 | Marriott  

CLS 2016 Introduction

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. 

Setting the Stage for the 5th Ceramics Leadership Summit, David W. Johnson, Jr., Editor, Journal of the American Ceramic Society


Business Innovation

8:45 – 10:30 a.m.

This session will focus on innovation from two very different perspectives. In the first presentation, John and Bill Nottingham of Nottingham Spirk will discuss “Vertical Innovation” and how to greatly minimize risk in the innovation process. 

In the second presentation, a high-level executive of a large ceramic/materials company will explore how seeking operational innovations is critical to make manufacturing businesses successful. This presentation will look also at the importance of innovative collaboration with suppliers.     


John-NottinghamBill NottinghamVertical Innovation Process for Product and Business Development – John and Bill Nottingham, Nottingham Spirk.

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.







Creating an Innovative Manufacturing Company – Executive from Morgan Advanced Materials.

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.


Manufacturing Challenges and Opportunities

10:30 a.m. – Noon

This session focuses on the challenges and opportunities faced by technology companies as they commercialize and manufacture new products.  Specifically, Matt O’Connell, CMC industrialization leader, will discuss the process that GE Aviation followed with to scale up for the production of CMCs for gas turbine engines.  


In the second presentation, a supply chain expert from a major glass company will discuss how supply chain innovation is critical to success in emerging businesses.   



Matt OConnellScaling up for the Production of CMCs for Gas Turbine Engines – Matthew O’Connell, industrialization leader, Ceramic Matrix Composites, supply chain division; composites value stream,GE. Aviation.

10:30 – 11: 15 a.m.







T. Major photoSupply Chain For Innovation – Timothy Major, supply management director of science & technology, Emerging Innovations Group.

11:15 a.m. – Noon








Noon – 1:00 p.m. – Networking Lunch


Business Climate Overview

1:00 – 2:45 p.m.

This Business Climate Overview session looks at macro trends impacting the economy and sets the stage for the various topics explored at the Ceramic Leadership Summit. Dr. Susan Helper will provide a high level update on the state of the economy with a detailed look at manufacturing and supply chain economic trends that may impact your businesses. This will be followed by a discussion on how changing demographics will impact your business decisions over the coming decade.  


Helper_SusanOverview of Global Economy and Supply Chain EconomicsSusan Helper, special advisor to the undersecretary for economic affairs of the US Department of Commerce; former chief economist, US Department of Commerce; Carlton professor of economics at the Weatherhead School of Management.

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.





How Will Changing Demographics Impact Our Business in the Next Decade? – Everton H. Callum, SPHR, hr manager, corporate research & European labs science & technology division, Corning, Inc.

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.


Demographics Panel Discussion, Everton H Callum; Dana Goski, director, research & development, Allied Mineral Products; moderator: David W. Johnson, Jr. 

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.


Commercialization of Technology/Business Development

3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

The commercialization of technology through new companies is well-established but not well-understood by the research community. People within our industry are experts in technology and the novel products that result from innovation. But, the necessity of building a team, finding customers and financing the venture are murky. And, what of exits? Investors seek a timely return on investment. What are the implications to entrepreneurs? What are the implications to large technology companies who build their business through acquisitions? 


Blakely, Keith_2001Building a Team Capable of Executing a Commercialization Business Plan Keith Blakely, chairman, Inventures Group. 

3:00 – 3:25 p.m.







VladamirCustomers: The Importance of Market Validation and Sales Channels – Vladimir Ban, CEO, PD-LD, Inc.

3:25 – 3:50 p.m.





Bill PayneFinancing the Venture – Bill Payne, angel investor.

3:50 – 4:15 p.m.







Dave Gunderson 2Business Acquisition Strategy – David Gunderson, global business development director, Advance Ceramics Platform.

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.









Business Development Panel Discussion, Keith Blakely, Vladimir Ban, Bill Payne, David Gunderson; moderator: David W. Johnson, Jr.

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.


7:00 – 9:30 p.m. – CLS Dinner Event  –  offsite location to be determined.

This is always a highlight of the Ceramic Leadership Summit, combining a relevant but entertaining speaker with an outstanding networking atmosphere.



Bolt, Marvin P_cmykA New Device for a New Era: An Early Telescopic View of Innovation – Marvin Bolt, Ph.D, curator of science and technology, Corning Museum of Glass.

8:15 – 9:00 p.m.





 Tuesday, April 26 – IX Center

CLS Executive Forum

8:30 – 10:15 a.m.


Wrap Up, David W. Johnson, Jr., Editor, Journal of the American Ceramic Society

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.


Overview of White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative, Susan Helper, Special Advisor to the Undersecretary For Economic Affairs of the US Department of Commerce

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.


Interactive Discussion Forum, All CLS participants

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.


Ceramics Expo Leaders Debate

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Main Stage in Ceramics Expo

Ceramic Expo is inviting four CEOs/Executives from leading companies within the ceramics and glass industry to participate in an opening session debate on key issues facing the industry.





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