NICEE Speaker Spotlight

May 30, 2018

We’ve got a great lineup of speakers for NICEE this year… more than we can even fit into a single post. Here’s a taste of who you’ll hear speaking at The Henry Ford:

At our Welcome Dinner on Thursday you’ll hear from Nate Eaton. Nate is a Hiram College graduate, where he played football as a wide receiver and studied Business Management, with a Minor in Entrepreneurship.  Nate’s Big Splash was winning The ABC network show “THE TOY BOX”!  His product, “Water Dodger”, earned him the title, “Winner of Season 2, The Toy Box”.  The “Water Dodger”, now the “Hydroshield”, was selected by a panel of kid judges to have toy legend Mattel manufacture it and promote in Toys ‘R Us stores and around the world.


Judge training on Friday features Katherine Jin, the COO and Co-Founder of Kinnos, a New York-based company that’s raising the standard of infectious disease decontamination to protect healthcare workers, patients, and the general public. Their first product, Highlight, is a patent-pending additive that greatly improves visibility, coverage, and end-user compliance of disinfectants. Highlight is used by HazMat and biosafety units, was a grantee of the USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge, and has been field-tested in Liberia, Guinea, and Haiti. Kinnos has additionally been recognized as winners of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, Collegiate Inventors Competition, and Columbia Venture Competition, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and PBS NewsHour, among others.


Judge Training will also feature a talk from Mary T. Lombardo: VP Engineering Innovation & Research for the for Climate, Controls & Security and OTIS organizations of  United Technologies Corporation. In this role, Mary is responsible for developing and nurturing a global culture of innovation within UTC Commercial Business that is continual, agile and flexible to develop incremental and novel products, services, technologies and intelligent systems which drive shareholder value.


The keynote speaker for Friday’s Awards Ceremony is Judy Marks, the president of Otis Elevator. A self-described technology zealot, Judy brings to the job an entrepreneur’s passion for reinventing businesses to better serve customers and grow into new markets. Her mission at Otis: to bring the energy of a startup to an iconic company that has led the industry it created for 165 years. Judy is a big believer in the idea that technology exists to serve the common good. She applies digital technologies and uses social media to amplify the reach of her message.



Also speaking at the Awards Ceremony is Patricia E. Mooradian is President and CEO of our host,The Henry Ford. The Henry Ford is nation’s largest American history destination and a National Historic Landmark site located in Dearborn, Michigan, attracting 1.7 million visitors annually from around the world.
As President of The Henry Ford, Ms. Mooradian has challenged the very idea of what an American history museum can be by bringing to bear a resourceful and entrepreneurial management style; emblematic of the innovative spirit The Henry Ford celebrates. Under Ms. Mooradian’s leadership, The Henry Ford is actively engaging its visitors, making its collections more universally accessible, and     collaboratively creating formal, informal and digital educational experiences and products that help develop talent and promote human potential.


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