2016 Inner City 100 Conference & Awards

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The annual Inner City 100 Conference and Awards is the premier networking and management education event for fast-growing urban businesses. It is designed to spotlight successful inner city firms and celebrate their growth.

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The 2016 Inner City 100 Conference and Awards will be held on September 14 at the Aloft Hotel in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood, The daylong event will feature thought-provoking case studies from leading business school faculty and CEOs.

ICIC has a block of rooms reserved at a discounted rate at the Aloft Hotel and the Elements Hotel. Reserve a room.

Stay tuned for more details about this year’s event! The agenda will be updated on this page.

Tentative Agenda

7:30 a.m. – Registration begins
8:00 a.m. – Welcome breakfast

Morning speakers will include:
Lynda Applegate, Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration Chair, OPM, Harvard Business School
Brook Colangelo, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Corey Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rapid 7

1:00 p.m. – Lunch, featuring keynote speaker Nina Vaca, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pinnacle Group

Afternoon speakers will include:
Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School
Michael E. Porter, University Professor, Harvard Business School

4:00 p.m. – Awards and evening programming begins

A closing reception will follow the conclusion of the program.

Featured Speakers

Lynda M. Applegate

Lynda Applegate, Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration Chair, OPM, Harvard Business School

Lynda M. Applegate is the Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration at HBS and Chair of the HBS Executive Education Portfolio for Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, which includes the school’s flagship Owner President Management (OPM) program, its Launching New Ventures and Private Equity/Venture Capital programs, and its newly launched Global Immersions for Business Owners. Since joining the HBS faculty in the 1980s, Lynda has held a variety of leadership positions, including serving as the head of the Entrepreneurial Management Unit, Co-Chair of the MBA program, Chair of Field Based Learning and as a member of the HBS Technology Board and Academic Technology Advisory Board. She has also held a number of Harvard University leadership positions, including serving as the Co-Chair of the Harvard Policy Group on Networked Government Services and on the on the Harvard University Technology Advisory Board. Prior to joining the HBS faculty, Lynda was on the faculty of the University of Michigan, University of Washington and University of Arizona. In addition to her academic positions, Lynda also held a variety of leadership positions in the health care industry.

Lynda’s current research and recent publications focus on the challenges of building new ventures and leading radical business innovation in the face of significant industry, technological, capital market, and regulatory turbulence. A second stream of research examines emerging governance models to support inter-firm collaborative innovation. She is the Series Editor for Harvard Business Publishing’s newly launched Core Readings in Entrepreneurship and is the author of over 40 articles, books, and book chapters, and over 350 published case studies, online learning DVDs, and course materials.

Lynda is the recipient of numerous HBS awards for her research, teaching, and service to the school. Most recently, she was awarded the Robert F. Greenhill award for her outstanding contributions to HBS over the course of her career. She has also received Harvard Business School’s Berol Award for Research Excellence and its Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching. She has won numerous “Best Paper” awards for her academic research on 21st century business models and executive team decision-making and collaboration when developing and launching strategic innovations, and she has served as a Senior Editor and on the editorial boards for leading research journals in the field of technology innovation.

Lynda is an active international consultant and has served on the board of directors of both public and venture-backed companies. She is an advisor and advisory board member for entrepreneurs launching new ventures and for senior executives launching innovation in established companies. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, as a member of the Industry Advisory Board for NASDAQ, and on the US Federal Governments’ Executive Council for Information Management and Technology. Lynda has also served as a policy advisor on a Blue-Ribbon Panel to define a National Research Agenda on the development of the Network Economy and as a member of a roundtable panel for President Clinton’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection.

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Brook Colangelo, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Brook Colangelo is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. An experienced technology leader and former Chief Information Officer (CIO) to the Executive Office of the President, Colangelo now leads the technology-fueled transformation of Pre-K-12 learning in his role at one of world’s leading education companies. Reporting to President and CEO Linda Zecher, Colangelo leads HMH’s Technology Group — a world-class team dedicated to cutting edge technology and services and the delivery of innovative digital content and learning solutions to more than 50 million students worldwide. From HMH’s global headquarters in Boston, he also holds CIO responsibilities, including core IT operations.

Prior to joining HMH in January 2013, Colangelo was CIO for the Executive Office of the President (EOP), managing the enterprise technology that supports the White House and President of the United States. Since his appointment in 2009, Colangelo developed systems for the first digitally mobile President of the United States, driving a turnaround in performance and productivity through a strategic plan to stabilize, mobilize and transform the EOP’s IT enterprise.

Colangelo previously worked as CIO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, where he envisioned and implemented technology to increase online viewership and engagement. He also led the technology team for the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Recovery Program (HRP), dedicated to helping rebuild lives after the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita.

Colangelo holds an honors degree from The George Washington University. He has been recognized for exceptional information technology leadership in Computerworld’s 2012 Premier 100 IT Leaders, Federal Computer Week’s The Federal 100, and InformationWeek’s The Government CIO 50 lists.

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Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. The Novartis Chair was established to enable the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful business enterprises for the betterment of society. Recognized in 2011, 2013 and 2015 by the biannual Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers, Edmondson teaches and writes on leadership, teams and organizational learning. Her recent work explores teaming – the dynamic forms of collaboration needed in environments characterized by uncertainty and ambiguity. Her prior work has focused on the role of psychological safety in teamwork and innovation. Her books include Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy (Jossey-Bass, 2012), Teaming to Innovate (Jossey-Bass, 2013), and Building the Future: Big Teaming for Audacious Innovation (Berrett-Koehler, 2016).

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Michael E. Porter, University Professor, Harvard Business School

Michael Porter, University Professor at Harvard Business School, is an economist, researcher, author, advisor, speaker and teacher. Throughout his career at HBS, he has brought economic theory and strategy concepts to bear on many of the most challenging problems facing corporations, economies and societies, including market competition and company strategy, economic development, the environment, and health care. Dr. Porter’s research has received numerous awards, and he is the most cited scholar today in economics and business. He has been strategy advisor to leading U.S. and international companies, served on Fortune 500 public boards, and played an active role in U.S. economic policy at the federal and state levels.

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Corey Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rapid 7  

In addition to being President and CEO, Corey is also a member of the Rapid7 board of directors. He has more than 15 years of experience in leading companies to the next stage of growth and innovation. His previous positions include VP of Marketing at Parallels, Inc., a virtualization technology company, Group Project Manager of the Microsoft Server and Tools division, launching the worldwide availability of SQL Server 2005 and steering product planning for Microsoft’s data platform, and a consultant at Deloitte Consulting. Corey received a B.E. in electrical engineering and computer science from Vanderbilt University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Nina Vaca, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pinnacle Group

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View the speakers and agenda for the 2015 Inner City 100 Conference and Awards: Engines of Growth.


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