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John Winsor

John Winsor

Founder and CEO

John Winsor is an entrepreneur, thought-leader and global authority on open innovation. John’s ideas, expressed through his writing, speaking and the companies he’s built, have placed him at the intersection of innovation, disruption and storytelling. John is currently the executive-in-residence at Harvard Business School’s Laboratory for Innovation Science (LISH). John’s books include “Beyond the Brand,” “Spark,” “Flipped”, and the best-selling “Baked In,” winner of the 2009 800-CEO-READ Business Book Award in marketing, John is an advisor to the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Digital Initiative at Harvard Business School, and a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, Forbes and Digiday. John is a world traveler who enjoys cycling, surfing, extreme skiing, and mountain and rock climbing. He and his family base out of Boulder, Colorado.

Catherine McGowin

Catherine McGowin

Managing Director

Catherine McGowin is an entrepreneur and business leader who has built and grown connections through products and services in tech, advertising and publishing for over 20 years. Catherine has managed revenue-generating partnerships with Travelocity, Yahoo!, Open Table, Hotels.com, YellowPages and Yelp. As a consumer product manager, Catherine managed front-end product development initiatives with global teams at MapQuest/AOL and Cendant Travel Distribution Services (CheapTickets, Orbitz). She founded and led the eMarketing department at texturemedia, which was later acquired by Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Her agency experience includes traditional and digital work with brands such as Volkswagen, Pentax and Izze beverages. Prior to Open Assembly, Catherine was a co-founder and partner at smith & beta, a digital education services company helping forward-thinking companies develop digital talent. Catherine finds year-round adventure and camaraderie in the mountains with friends, family and her husky dog.

Brandon Dwight

Brandon Dwight

Director of Community

Brandon Dwight is an experienced founder and entrepreneur with a long history in small business development, branding, marketing, customer service, team building and community engagement. He co-founded and, for more than a decade, operated an internationally-recognized bicycle retail store in Boulder, Colorado. His business was one of the first in the global market to embrace digital transformation. Brandon was a professional mountain bike racer for five years and is a four-time U.S. Masters National Cyclocross Champion and a UCI Masters World Cyclocross Championship silver medalist. Brandon still bikes (and skis!) in the mountains around Boulder, Colorado, where he lives with his wife and two young children.

Advisors

Karim Lakhani

Karim Lakhani

Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

Karim R. Lakhani is Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, the Principal Investigator of the Crowd Innovation Lab and NASA Tournament Lab at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative. He specializes in technology management and innovation. His research examines crowd-based innovation models and the digital transformation of companies and industries.

Jin H. Paik

Jin H. Paik

Senior Researcher, Program Director, General Manager at Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard

Jin H. Paik is the program director and senior researcher at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH). He develops the lab’s strategic vision and directs project and research activities. He also oversees the development of open innovation projects through partnerships with the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), Harvard Medical School, federal government agencies, academic and research institutions, and industry leaders. He advises organizations on innovation strategies with a focus on open innovation practices. He has worked extensively on programs focused on data science, development and use of artificial intelligence, digital transformation in organizations, and the future of work. He is an advisor to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Use of Inducement Prizes. Prior to joining the LISH team, he worked at the Harvard Kennedy School and Mathematica Policy Research. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Harvard University.

Steve Rader

Deputy Manager of NASA's Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation

Steve Rader currently serves as the Deputy Manager of NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI), which is working to infuse challenge and crowdsourcing innovation approaches at NASA and across the federal government. CoECI focuses on the study and use of curated, crowd-sourcing communities that utilize prize and challenge-based methods to deliver innovative solutions for NASA and the US government.

Steve is one of 20 Challenge Mentors for U.S. Government Services Administration’s (GSA) Prizes and Challenges government-widecommunity of practice and has worked with various projects and organizations to develop and execute over 90 different challenges. He speaks regularly about NASA’s work in crowd-based challenges and the future of work both publicly and internally to the NASA workforce to promote the use of open innovation tools.

Steve has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rice University and has worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center for over 30 years. Prior to joining the CoECI, Steve worked in mission control, flight software development for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, command and control systems development for the X-38, and lead the Command, Control, Communications, & Information (C3I) architecture definition for the Constellation Program.

Dyan Finkhousen

Dyan Finkhousen

Founder & CEO, Shoshin Works

Dyan Finkhousen is a leading strategist, entrepreneur, and global authority on transforming enterprise with platform-enabled ecosystems. She is the Founder and CEO of Shoshin Works and is known for her strategic work designing and deploying enterprise-scale ecosystems. Dyan is also Partner and COO of the Platform Strategy Institute, a Boston-based research and consulting firm helping organizations achieve greater success with platform business models.

Before launching Shoshin Works, Dyan was GE’s Global Director of Open Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, and Founder of GE GeniusLink and GE Fuse. Her work in connected vehicles, connected equipment, and now connected experts has enabled organizations worldwide to optimize performance and elevate the human experience. Her award-winning platform and ecosystem thought leadership has been showcased in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired, Singularity University, the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH), Harvard’s analytics curriculum, MIT Sloan, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Nikkei Business, CIO Review, Slush, keynote speaking engagements and podcasts.

Dyan is a founding advisor and member of Open Assembly.

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