Keeping Innovation Alive (E8): Fresh Start

    Keeping Innovation Alive (E8): Fresh Start



    The New Year is the perfect opportunity to take the lessons learned in 2020 and apply them to your company’s culture and innovation efforts.


    In this eighth episode of our popular Keeping Innovation Alive roundtable series, we’ll ask our guests from Lutron Electronics, Unilever, and Facebook to reflect upon what the pandemic taught them about their work and personal lives. What learnings will they adopt moving forward?


    Bill Nottingham, Vice President of Growth at Nottingham Spirkmoderates this virtual discussion. 



    Melissa-AndreskoMelissa Andresko, Lutron Electronics Melissa is Chief Corporate Brand Ambassador at Lutron and has spent the majority of her career driving the adoption of smart home products through various communications vehicles. Melissa was named “One of the Most Powerful Women in Consumer Technology” by Dealerscope magazine in 2018 and 2019, and was awarded the Women in Consumer Technology Legacy Award.


    Jonathan Hague, Unilever Jonathan became Vice President Global R&D for Homecare Discover in 2018. Prior to this he was Unilever’s first Vice President Open Innovation, and successfully embedded a unique model in the company, which today generates several hundred million Euros of impact each year. His experience in R&D includes two international postings, to Jakarta, Indonesia and to Chicago, Illinois both in Unilever's Personal Care business.


    Ty Ahmad-Taylor, Facebook As VP of Product Marketing at Facebook, Ty runs a 400+ person global organization, providing business inputs into Facebook products, and providing go-to-market packages for businesses large and small. Prior to his position at Facebook, Ty worked at four startups and at large social, media and consumer electronic companies. Ty is presently Director on the GoPro board.