At this year's I3 Forum, you'll reunite with old friends, connect with current students, and transform your ideas to impact. With events ranging from group breakouts, to a keynote with over 500 cross-disciplinary attendees, to cheering on the Hawks as they take on Iowa State, you'll re-engage with the Tippie community while enhancing your own skill set. Tippie alumni that register by July 1st will be entered in a drawing to win tickets to the Iowa v. Iowa State game.


Conference sessions and keynote:
The Sheraton Hotel
210 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Networking reception:
Hotel Vetro
201 South Linn Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Iowa City Pentacrest
Hawkeye Game Players
Iowa City Aerial

Keynote Speaker

Featuring: Tom Kelley of IDEO

Tom Kelley of IDEO

General manager of IDEO, the widely admired design and development firm. Seasoned innovation practitioner with proven techniques for fostering a culture of creativity and developing processes for continuous innovation. Author of three outstanding books, Creative Confidence, The Art of Innovation and The Ten Faces of Innovation.

Tom Kelley practices innovation every day. His ability to foster a culture of creativity in the companies he works with has made him one of the most beloved figures in innovation.

Tom's newest book, Creative Confidence, is an out-of-the-box success; in its first week, it was already among the best-selling business books in the country, leading the field in motivational leadership and problem-solving.

Creative Confidence is a guide to recognizing and unleashing the creative potential in every employee. Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types” — artists, writers, the design team. But every one of us has the potential to be creative; creativity is a mindset that anyone can cultivate, not a personality trait you either have or you don't. And in a marketplace where competitiveness is defined by innovation, the more creativity you unlock across the board, the more likely you are to succeed. Creative Confidence was co-written with Tom's brother David Kelley, the founder of IDEO and creator of the Stanford d.school, and the book draws on both brothers' extensive work through these institutions with many of the world's top companies.

This is just the latest step in Tom's highly respected career as a leader in innovation management and design. Under his management, IDEO has won more admiration and awards than any other design firm in the last decade. At the heart of IDEO's success is the Creative Confidence philosophy: everyone can contribute creatively to a project if innovation is part of an organization's way of life.

Tom's earlier books include The Art of Innovation, which describes IDEO's “deep dive” approach to successful product creation, focusing on brainstorming and teamwork as invaluable tools. The Ten Faces of Innovation shares ten unique strategies for making sure that good ideas make it to market.

Tom was named the first-ever Executive Fellow by the dean of the Haas Business School, University of California Berkeley, and received the 2009 Kellogg Award for Distinguished Leadership from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Breakout Sessions


Inspiring Greatness

Steve Ducey - Chief Experience Officer, DHCU Community Credit Union, Moline, IL

As Chief Experience Officer (CXO) at DHCU, Steve Ducey leads the Human Resource, Staff Development and Marketing Teams. He's often asked why one person is responsible for three very different departments. During this session Steve will discuss the importance of cultivating happy healthy people through great experiences. You will leave with an understanding of why the decision for his role has been critical to organizational health and how it's making impactful result for their members.

Strategic Innovation

Building The Startup Community In The Creative Corridor

Ben Dillon - eHealth Evangelist at Geonetric and Co-Owner, Geonetric, Cedar Rapids, IA

What's going on here in Iowa's Creative Corridor that's so exciting from an entrepreneurial perspective? In this session, Ben will talk about how the startup scene is developing here in the Corridor through a combination of entrepreneur-lead and public-sector sponsored efforts.



John Mickelson, Managing Partner, Midwest Growth Partners, Des Moines, IA

Companies that are facing a succession issue or want to grow need capital. Larger companies have access to the full offerings of the capital markets, but smaller companies typically have difficulty attracting alternative forms of financing - which is where lower middle-market private equity funds can provide value. John Mickelson of Midwest Growth Partners and his entire team seek to provide equity investment to smaller, growth-oriented firms in the Midwest. These private equity investors also provide additional expertise to help these firms grow, which includes: industry insight, senior leadership, executive mentoring, and financial structuring expertise.



Deborah Feder - Leadership & Life Coach, www.DebFeder.com, Kansas City, MO

Deb's system for building (and rebuilding) careers and showing up as a leader is based on her experience as a lawyer, manager, nonprofit leader, and coach.   In this session, you will learn a new way to looking at how you build your career: what holds you back and are you showing up as your true, authentic self at work?  Using non-verbal communication techniques and principles of The Daring Way™, an experiential methodology based on the work of Dr. Brené Brown, Deb Feder will lead us through interactive exercises to begin thinking about the way we live, work, and lead.  


Changing US Healthcare Landscape – Big Problems, Big Opportunities

Dr. Arvind Movva - CEO, Heartland Clinic, Moline, IL

We are in a time of unprecedented change and upheaval in the largest sector of our economy. Both the delivery and payment models are simultaneously being altered in massive ways. All of this turmoil has created great challenges to the system as a whole, but provides for vast opportunities for those who can spearhead the next generation of delivery, support and payment models.

Net Impact

Making a Sustainable Impact as an International Nonprofit

Chris Buresh, MD, MPH, FAAP, FAAEM, FACEP - Co-founder and Board President, Community Health Initiative - Haiti, Iowa City, IA

With over 10,000 nonprofits operating in Haiti, many of which do more harm than good, why would a group of Iowans consider starting another? The Community Health Initiative's (CHI) unique approach to building community partnerships, collecting data, and developing sustainable programs is key to understanding why the international organization stands out. Hear about CHI's amazing transition from a vision to a rapidly growing, effective, international nonprofit today from its cofounder and board president, Chris Buresh.


Friday, 9/12/14

10:00 - 11:30 am - Sheraton Hotel

Conference kick-off featuring IGNITE presentations

11:40 - 12:40 pm - Sheraton Hotel
Breakout sessions

12:45 - 1:45 pm - Sheraton Hotel
Networking Lunch

Have lunch with students interested in learning more about your career

2:00 - 3:00 pm - Sheraton Hotel
Breakout sessions

3:30 - 4:30 pm - Sheraton Hotel
Keynote Speaker: Tom Kelley

Learn how to have the Creative Confidence to transform your ideas to action

4:30 - 6:30 pm - Hotel Vetro
Networking Reception

Mingle with old friends and connect with full-time MBA, EMBA, and JPEC students as well as leaders from the Midwest business community

Saturday, 9/13/14

Iowa v. ISU Tailgate
Time: TBD
Location: Dental School Parking Lot
Tailgating, Hawkeye style!


Deadline for registration: Monday, September 1

Cost to attend: Free


Travel and Logistics

Discounted rooms are available for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at the Coralville Marriott. Rates increase for Friday and Saturday due to the home football game.

Guests of the Marriott have access to a free shuttle to downtown Iowa City for conference activities as well as the Saturday tailgate.

Please note, a Friday or Saturday night reservation requires a two-night minimum stay.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 (must be booked separately from Friday and Saturday)
Check in: Thursday, Sept. 11
Check out: Friday, Sept. 12
Last day to book: 8/21/14
Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center: $108.00 USD per night
Book at the group rate: Tippie School I3 Forum Thursday »

Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13 (minimum two-night stay)
Check in: Friday, Sept. 12
Check out: Sunday, Sept. 14
Last day to book: 8/21/14
Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center: $169.00 USD per night
Book at the group rate: Tippie School I3 Forum Fri/Sat »

Note: Thursday night stays must be booked separately from Friday/Saturday stays due to rate change. If you wish to stay all 3 nights, you will need to book using both of the above links. We apologize for this inconvenience.


We are grateful to our partners for their support of the I3 forum!

John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Tippie Full-time MBA Program

Tippie College of Business

Tom Kelley keynote presentation presented by Kloppenburg-Stead Leadership Lecture Series.