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Building a Culture of Innovation Panel

September 24, 2015
5:00-7:00pm CST
700 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401

IIT Institute of Design is partnering with bswing to bring you a panel discussion offering best practices for building a culture of innovation across multiple industries. Doug Beaudet joins us from Honeywell, a Fortune 100 global technology company spanning consumer products to aerospace systems where he leads global experience design. Amber Caron coordinates innovation at Mayo Clinic, a healthcare organization that can claim being one of the first to embrace design thinking as an essential aspect of delivering state-of-the-art healthcare services to its patients. Kimberly Ruthenbeck directs the web experience of Room & Board, a nimble, medium sized company that was early to the party with regard to customer responsiveness and customization of products.

Doors open at 5pm for a cocktail reception. Panel begins at 5:30pm.


Doug Beaudet
Vice President Global Experience Design at Honeywell

Doug is Vice President of Honeywell User Experience (HUE) for Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions business, with its global headquarters in Golden Valley, Minnesota. He is responsible for developing HUE as a center of excellence for human-centered design. Doug leads a growing team of more than 170 designers, psychologists, scientists and engineers in eight international design studios. Doug’s passion is creating engaging brand experiences for next-generation products, and he believes that we are all ready for a new age of connected user experiences, not just an Internet of Things. His past work includes designing user experiences for consumer appliances, digital imaging products, medical and aerospace systems, and products used by people with disabilities.

Doug joined Honeywell from Whirlpool Corporation, where he was Global Director of Experience Design. Prior to Whirlpool, Doug was Senior Lab Head of Corporate Design and Usability Research at Eastman Kodak Company. At Kodak, Doug and his design team pioneered digital imaging consumer cameras, kiosks and printers. Early in his career, Doug worked for American Institutes for Research and Computer Technology Associates, designing user experiences for aerospace and military systems. Doug is a co-inventor on 12 U. S. and international patents, with a number of others pending. He has a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering and human factors from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Amber Caron
Innovation Coordinator, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation

Amber Caron is an innovation coordinator at Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation. As a coordinator she assists in the day to day operations and projects of the Innovation Accelerator platform. She is the program manager for the CoDE Innovation grant program. She has worked at Mayo for 9 years in many different roles. She started in clinic operations as a clinical assistant in Executive Health and then transitioned to Program Liaison of the OOST Training program. Amber was also an instructor of the EMR in Microcomputer Education Services (MES). Amber earned degrees in Physical Education and School & Community Health Education from Winona State University.

Kimberly Ruthenbeck
Director of Web Customer Experience, Room & Board

Kimberly Ruthenbeck has been with national home furnishings retailer Room & Board since 1994, serving in a variety of strategic roles and leading teams in the following areas: stores, vendor management, inventory management and merchandising.  Her breadth of experience and passion for the customer has led her to her current role as Director of Web Experience.

Since 2008, Kimberly and her team have developed the website into a best in class experience by creating a site that is both intuitive and inspiring. has been recognized for its leading edge presentation of complex product options and customization that have translated to double digit sales increases online year over year.

About the Minneapolis event series

bswing and IIT Institute of Design have joined forces to seed new practices and encourage cross-fertilization of ideas in the Twin Cities design and business communities. Starting in Fall 2015, faculty from ID will lead a series of executive education workshop and design-related experiences ranging from innovation portfolio planning for product managers to a community design challenge for urban community development. bswing will host a cocktail reception the evening prior to the workshop for participants to meet.

The series includes:

October 22, 2015
Building a Culture of Innovation, Jeremy Alexis

October 23, 2015
Innovation Portfolio Planning, Matt Mayfield 

February 26, 2016
Behavioral Finance and Persuasive Design, Ruth Schmidt