Launch Lab Advisory Board
President and CEO of Columbus’ Center of Science and Industry
Dr. Bertley is a scientist, scholar, and evangelist for innovating thinking, ideation and challenging the status quo. As President and CEO of COSI, Dr. Bertley is shepherding the leading Central Ohio science center to its next great iteration in a legacy of successful science center history. After graduating from McGill University where he studied Physiology, Mathematics and the History of Science, and earned a Ph.D. in Immunology, Dr. Bertley worked internationally in preventative medicine and basic vaccines in Haiti, The Sudan, and the Canadian Arctic. Bertley continued this focus by joining a vaccine research group at Harvard Medical School focusing on the development of DNA vaccines for HIV/AIDS. Dr. Bertley has keynoted and been an invited speaker at several distinguished institutions including The United Nations, The White House, and the National Academy of Sciences.
Managing Director of Data and Insights, Singularity University
At Singularity University, Ty leads the development of DASH — a platform that enables SU customers to leverage the power of the SU community in order to better envision the future impact of exponential technologies on their businesses. Ty is a serial data science solution, team, and business builder. Ty started out his career building data science solutions for a large financial services firm, and then for a small startup that was quickly acquired by eBay. After that he began building data science teams of increasing size and scope. Ty is an internationally recognized data science thought leader, speaker, and consultant and has delivered invited presentations at the International Institute of Analytics symposium, at the international UseR! conference, at the Joint Statistical Meetings, and for several universities. Ty’s teams have written some of the most valuable open-source data science software available today.
Regional President, Fifth Third Private Bank
In her role as the bank’s only female regional president, Francie Henry leads the Fifth Third Bank Investment Advisors division as part of the Bank’s senior management team. Her role is to provide general coordination and oversight for all activities involving Investment Management, Brokerage Services, Private Banking, Retirement Plan Services and Wealth Planning for individual clients and institutions. Francie has built her career at Fifth Third holding leadership positions including Affiliate Marketing Coordinator, Regional BankMart Manager and head of the Central Ohio Retail Division. Most recently, Francie was named head of the Central Ohio Investment Advisors division. Francie serves on the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute development board and recently joined The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges as a Trustee.
Founder and CEO, Meriwether Group (Denison alumnus ‘90)
David Howitt is an entrepreneur, operator, and innovator who provides business strategy, financial and legal counsel to global Fortune 100 companies and early stage start-ups. His experience working with iconic consumer brands started in 1996 when he assumed the role of Corporate Counsel for Adidas, a role he had for four years, during which time the company experienced explosive growth. He then moved into the Vice President position of licensing and business development where he oversaw a $250 million licensing portfolio and supported several corporate acquisitions, including TaylorMade and Salomon. As the company Founder and CEO of Meriwether Group, he has created a powerful private equity, business accelerator and advisory firm. David, a Denison University alumnus, is also the author of Heed Your Call, a modern-day manifesto that weaves together myth, science, spirituality and business, and applies these ideologies to real-world lessons, showing readers how to integrate soul and purpose with their professions.
Vice President of Communications, Victoria’s Secret
At the core of every organization is a story; Laurie Kamerer helps tell those stories. A tenured marketing and communications executive, Laurie drives business results through strategic, engaging, and relevant content development. Her expertise in employee engagement and cultural transformation has equipped Laurie to effectively influence opinions, beliefs and behaviors, and thereby affect broad-based change. Laurie brings her tri-athlete sensibility to all she does. Racing triathlon demands the technical skills of three sports. It requires a strategy and a plan. But most importantly, it requires resilience and the agility to pivot in a heartbeat. Laurie graduated from Stanford University with a BA in International Relations and went on to earn her Master of Journalism degree at UC Berkeley. She serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Ohio.
President, International and Chief Development Officer, Wendy’s International (Denison alumna ‘96)
Abigail is a high-energy leader who thrives on big challenges and effectively leads her teams through significant transitions – evidenced by the central role she’s played in Wendy’s return to growth since 2013. Abigail has held a host of leadership roles at Wendy’s since joining the company in 2002, including Chief Global Development Officer and International, Chief Development Officer, Senior Vice President of Restaurant Development and Growth Initiatives, and Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Planning. She has been responsible for restaurant design, real estate, construction and franchise development, and she led an initiative to redesign crew member uniforms, packaging and the logo that helped reinvigorate the Wendy’s brand. In her current role, Abigail leads all aspects of Wendy’s International business outside of the United States and is responsible for all restaurant and franchise development across the globe.
Vice President, NIKE Marketplace Partners (Denison Alumnus '90)
Jim Reynolds has spent his career shaping and growing some of the world’s most-recognized and celebrated brands. His career has spanned roles in marketing, finance, strategic planning, and sales. Over the past decade, Jim has driven impressive growth in NIKE’s businesses around the globe, serving as General Manager of Japan, Russia, and Central Europe. As vice president of NIKE Marketplace Partners, Jim is responsible for all of NIKE’s retail via multi-brand partners. Jim is a member of the Cambia Health Solutions Board of Directors and the Denison University Board of Advisors. An avid runner, skier, and reader of historical fiction, Jim and his wife (also a Denison alum) are raising two teenagers in Portland, Oregon.
Speaker | Author of Disruption OFF | Founder of Travelocity | Founding Chairman of Kayak.com (Denison Alumnus '70)
Best known for founding Travelocity.com and serving as founding Chairman of Kayak.com, Terry Jones has become a powerful voice in the world of entrepreneurship through his numerous speaking engagements and the publication of his book, ON Innovation. His career path has established him as a thought leader on innovation in our increasingly digital world. Jones began his career as a travel agent, spent 24 years at American Airlines in marketing and information technology, capping his career as Chief Information Officer of its SABRE division. While at SABRE he led a team of six working on a project that became Travelocity.com. Jones served as CEO of Travelocity for seven years transforming it to a public company with three billion dollars in travel sales. He left Travelocity when the company was taken private and became part of the founding team at Kayak.com, a company that yet again revolutionized how travel was purchased. He served as Chairman of the company from its founding until it was sold to Priceline for $1.8 billion dollars in 2013. Today he is the managing principal of ON Inc. a consultancy he founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy.
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