Marking 1 Year in Grand Rapids: Twisthink Hosts ‘7×7 Cross-Industry Leadership Tech Talks’

Grand Rapids, MI – Twisthink, a prominent digital consulting firm, is marking its one-year anniversary in Grand Rapids with a distinctive, cross-industry event titled “7×7: Cross-Industry Leadership Tech Talks.” Having moved its global headquarters to Grand Rapids in May 2023, Twisthink has emerged as a pivotal player in the city’s vibrant tech scene, and now, they’re celebrating a year filled with innovation and collaboration.

Fueling Innovation Through Strategic Relocation 

The firm’s decision to relocate to Grand Rapids from its original base in downtown Holland wasn’t merely about expanding office space; it was a strategic move aimed at igniting innovation and fostering collaborative partnerships.  Understanding the critical role collaboration plays in fueling product innovation, Twisthink intentionally selected the Grand Rapids Innovation Park for its headquarters. Surrounded by visionary leaders and forward-thinking innovators, Twisthink positioned itself at the heart of a vibrant ecosystem primed for creative exchange and transformative growth. 

Celebrating a Year of Tech Progress  

In celebration of its one-year milestone in Grand Rapids and to underscore the importance of cross-collaboration, Twisthink is organizing a cross-industry event titled “7×7: Cross-Industry Leadership Tech Talks.” This exclusive event will feature seven distinguished Grand Rapids leaders from various industries, each offering insights into the transformative advancements that have shaped their industries and companies over the past year.  From healthcare to manufacturing, automotive to sustainability, this fast-paced session of seven rapid-fire talks promises to be an insightful exploration of the ever-evolving tech landscape across various sectors.

Featuring Grand Rapids Leaders and Insightful Tech Talks 

The event will feature a distinguished lineup of prominent Grand Rapids leaders who will delve into various trending topics. Attendees can look forward to insightful discussions on tech innovations that are shaping the region and beyond. 


Jason Joseph

Chief Digital & Information Officer at Corewell Health

Tech Talk: The Strategic Balancing Act: Innovation and Efficiency in Healthcare IT

Over the past year, we’ve learned crucial lessons about the interplay between technological complexity, technical debt, and organizational efficiency and agility. This often-overlooked aspect of strategy is vital for large companies striving to balance innovation with operations. Jason will discuss how understanding and managing this relationship can lead to more effective and agile organizations. 

 

Brad Comment

Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at The Right Place

Tech Talk: How West Michigan’s tech landscape has evolved over the last year and what’s ahead

This presentation will reflect back on the Strategy that has advanced over the last couple of years and some of the exciting opportunities that lay ahead for West Michigan.
 

 

 

 

Beth McGough

Senior Manager of Global User Research at Yanfeng

Tech Talk: Forecasting the Future of User Needs

This tech talk will share the process crucial to understanding how future 
tech impacts user needs and desires. Beth will outline the approach Yanfeng takes to “predict the future” and how this data influences the landscape of automotive design and innovation.

 

 

Mike Troupos

Vice President at Foresight Management

Tech Talk: The Next Generation on Manufacturing: How Technology will Optimize Sustainable Supply Chains

This tech talk will provide a comprehensive overview of the current sustainability landscape, highlighting the various pressures from regulations, investors, and customers that are shaping industry practices. Mike will discuss why the supply chain plays such an important role and what you can do to build an advantage.
 

 


Matt Inbody

VP of Global Execution Excellence at Dematic

Tech Talk: The Art of Intelligent Distribution

In this 7-minute talk, Matt will speak to how new uses of gaming GPU’s, AI, and the training methods of humanoid robotics will open the door for ultra-efficient, multi-channel distribution centers. The warehouse of the future will change the paradigm of same-day delivery, offering companies relief from an overstressed and undervalued workforce, while keeping sustainability in the forefront.

 

Mary Brown

Senior Culture Consultant

Tech Talk: Building organizational capacity and adoption of AI at Steelcase

This tech talk will explore how Steelcase uses an AI community of practice as a change management tool. The community fosters learning, collaboration, and capacity-buildi
ng to drive AI adoption and empower teams to harness artificial intelligence’s potential. 

 

 

Bernard Ibrahim

Director of Industry at Microsoft

Tech Talk: Empowering the Workforce with AI

In this tech talk, Bernard will discuss the profound impact of Generative AI on various industries, with a focus on how AI is transforming the nature of work. Drawing insights from Microsoft’s work index study, he’ll delve into AI’s role in enhancing productivity, particularly among desk workers. Bernard will discuss the shift in work dynamics, comparing remote and in-person environments, and highlight strategies to leverage AI technology to boost workforce efficiency and innovation.
 

 

 

Connect, Collaborate, and Explore 

Following the “7×7” talks, attendees can enjoy a networking happy hour with drinks and appetizers. This relaxed setting provides the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow professionals, continue the conversation about the changing tech landscape, and explore the Twisthink space.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate our one year in Grand Rapids with this exciting event,” says Taryn Kutches, VP of Brand & Business Development at Twisthink. “‘7×7: Cross-Industry Leadership Tech Talks’ offers a unique platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration, reflecting on a year of incredible progress and looking forward to the future of technology across industries.” 

Registration is Free to Attend 

The event will take place on Thursday, June 20th from 3-5pm at the Twisthink office, located on the 6th floor of the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building. Business, technology, and innovation professionals within the Greater Grand Rapids region are welcome to attend.

 

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7x7 Cross-Industry Leadership Tech Talks

Join us at Twisthink on Thursday, June 20 from 3-5pm for an exciting cross-industry event! As we reflect on a year of tech innovation, 7 GR company leaders will share key insights, offering valuable perspectives on the progress of technology.

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