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Disruptive Innovators Series: "The Anatomy of an Innovator" 07/28/2016
Event Type: MITX Event
Dates: 07/28/2016
Times: 06:00pm - 08:00pm


Venue Partner:


EF Education First
2 Education Circle
Cambridge, MA 02141 


"The Anatomy of an Innovator"
We all understand the value that innovation can bring to our brands, but what does it really take to be an innovator? ...To build an innovative team? ...To disrupt? At this event, we'll talk to experts who will share what they see in people that break the model and how they identify innovative individuals and companies to invest in and work with. You'll hear different perspectives on what the makeup of an innovator really is: a VC dealing with smaller, early stage growth companies, and someone working with large companies looking to disrupt their current model.

We will discuss:

  • What do you see in people that break the model? 
  • How do you identify innovative individuals and companies to invest in and work with? 

Who should come?
Are you someone who wants to be an innovator, maybe within your current company or as an entrepreneur? Do you want to build a team of innovators? Or, are you someone who wants to invest in an innovative company or team?


Ann Marie Dumais, Open Innovation Program Impact Leader, GE GENIUSLINK​
As a member of the GE GENIUSLINK team, Ann Marie focuses on improved speed, cost and quality of business outcomes for GE teams and customers by employing the expertise-on-demand of crowdsourcing methodology. Ann Marie also serves as President and Co-Founder of Squared Watermelons a SaaS based agile-learning provider focused on innovation. Before this, she served in an array of product and sales leadership roles at Nielsen, most recently SVP - Global Business Services.  Ann Marie also combined her passion for innovation and product development in providing advisory services to F1000 customers while at Brightidea, a SaaS based Innovation Management provider.  She has been frequently published as a thought leader in this area and the first to form an Industry Roundtable dedicated exclusively to Innovation Management with SAP, Cisco and GE.
Ann Marie holds an MBA from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Northeastern University.  She is also a certified Master Blackbelt in Lean/Six Sigma.

Ace Moghimi, AVP & Head of Innovation, North America, Lab of Forward Thinking (LOFT)
Ace’s passion is working with startups and large organizations alike to develop strategies, organizational constructs, and ecosystems that help propel them into the future.

As the Head of Innovation at Manulife/John Hancock Ace founded and leads the newly forged Lab of Forward Thinking (LOFT), a network of labs across the globe accelerating the delivery of innovative solutions at the intersection of customer needs, emerging technologies, and newly formed business models, following the "future mega-trends" in the market. Some projects in the lab include the use of cognitive computing, IOT (IOE), augmented reality, crypto-currency (blockchain), data commercialization, and wealth/asset management business strategies.
Prior to this role Ace helped launch a venture accelerator in the Boston area, a small real estate business, has held a number of positions at Barclays Capital, and worked in Investment Derivatives within a strategy role. Ace’s blend of commercial and entrepreneurial experience has help shape his perspective on corporate innovation, which he continues to research and explore with the launch of the LOFT.

Ace holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Finance. He attained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Dan O'Malley, Chief Digital Officer, Eastern Bank
Dan is the head of Eastern Labs and the Chief Digital Officer of Eastern Bank, the largest and oldest mutually owned bank in the U.S. Eastern Labs builds new technologies using the data and digital assets of the bank as the fuel for experimentation. The technologies built by Labs are then spun into the bank or out into new companies. Before helping found Eastern Labs, Dan was the CEO of PerkStreet Financial, which he co-founded, raised multiple rounds of capital for, and grew to $1 billion in annual transaction volume. Prior to PerkStreet, Dan was an executive at Capital One, where he co-founded Capital One’s Payments division and relaunched the company’s cash back credit card. He began his career as a consultant at Oliver Wyman, serving Fortune 1000 financial services firms and retailers. Dan has a passion for furthering STEM education and took a sabbatical to teach high school physics. He has a degree in Operations Research from Princeton.​


Scott Kirsner, Editor & Co-Founder, Innovation Leader (@ScottKirsner), Columnist, Boston Globe
Scott Kirsner is a journalist who writes about innovation and entrepreneurship. His “Innovation Economy” column appears Sundays in the Boston Globe, and he is also editor of the site Innovation Leader (, which focuses on R&D, product development, corporate venturing, and new initiatives within large companies. Scott has been a regular contributor to Fast Company, BusinessWeek, Variety, and Wired. His books include Fans, Friends, and Followers and Inventing the Movies, a technological history of Hollywood. He can be reached at and his Twitter handle is @ScottKirsner.

About the Disruptive Innovators Series:
New to 2016, the MITX Disruptive Innovator Series will feature up-and-coming innovators in the community that are disrupting an industry. They'll show you how they are bringing about new models, changing the industry landscape.


MITX Member - $15.00
Non-Member - $30.00

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