Opening General Session

Katherine Rhodes Fields

Katherine is an internationally recognized graphic arts educator and contemporary artist whose print work was recently displayed as a solo exhibition at the famous Grafički Kolektiv Gallery in Belgrade Serbia. In August of 2014, she was the invited graphic artist from the United States for the Fine Arts International Assembly, in Visegrad, Republic Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovinia. In the late summer of 2015 she will return to Serbia to participate as a representative artist from the United States for the Tourism Organization of Kraljevo’s 40th Art Colony at Studenica. Her work can be found in printed publications as well as many private and public art collections, including the Mississippi Museum of Art. Katherine has also created broadsheets for the famed authors Ace Atkins, Jeffrey Eugenides and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction winner Adam Johnson.

Katherine currently resides in Houston, Texas as Professor of Fine Arts and Head of Printmaking at HCC Central and teaches printmaking at The University of Houston Clear Lake including the UHCL International Arts Consortium where she has conducted printing workshops and critiquing sessions at the Universidad de Veracruzana, Facultad de Artes Plasticas, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, the University of Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade, Serbia and at the University of Arts, Faculty of Applied Arts, Belgrade, Serbia. In September of 2015, Katherine will begin her tenure as President of Print Matters, a non-profit artist organization in Houston, Texas and as Executive Director of Print Houston, a city wide and summer-long celebration of original prints in related exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and special events at museums, galleries, non-profit organizations, and alternative spaces throughout the Houston area.

"Everything Starts From A Dot": The Elements and Principles of Design as the Visual Link to Innovation

Historically, design, as a practice, is the connection point between the object and the user.  This lecture will focus on the foundations of design and how it has and continues to impact our world. The famous quote of Russian born artist and Bauhaus professor Wassily Kandinsky succinctly evokes the notion that all things begin from one point ( a basic element of design) and extend from there to manifest some of the greatest ideas of all time.

Phil Gilbert, General Manager of IBM Design

As General Manager of IBM Design, Phil Gilbert sets the strategy for and leads the transformation of product design at IBM. IBM Design is focused on three things: recruiting & retaining top designers, scaling the consistent practice of great design across IBM, and simplifying access to IBM’s broad portfolio of capabilities. Previously, Phil led the Business Process Management segment for IBM, where he drove the simplification of its portfolio and the ease-of-use of its products. Phil joined IBM in 2010 via the acquisition of Lombardi Software where he was President. Phil is a recognized leader in the technology industry and holds multiple patents. In addition to leading three successful start-ups, he is a respected thought leader who regularly shares his expertise on topics of portfolio and software design, design governance, strategy and culture with clients and organizations around the world.

Establishing a New Culture of Design

>In 2012, IBM reactivated its Design Program to spread human-centered design practices across the breadth of our portfolio. Hiring hundreds of formally trained Designers was only the start; now we are establishing IBM Design Thinking practices across the company—for our own product design and for our clients. First established in 1956, the reactivated IBM Design program is impacting every division and clients around the world. Learn more @ibmdesign and

Kramer Reeves, Director of Product Management for Collaboration Solutions

Kramer Reeves has over 15 years experience in the enterprise software industry, 11 of which at IBM. He is currently Director of Product Management for Collaboration Solutions inside IBM Software Group. In this role, Kramer leads a world-wide team and overall business responsibilities for key product lines including IBM's messaging and collaboration solutions; unified communications software; and the workforce productivity portfolio. Prior to this role, Kramer was Director of Global Marketing for IBM's Business Process Solutions portfolio, leading IBM’s Business Process Management (BPM) and Operational Decision Management (ODM), Business Rules and Event Processing software portfolios and IBM's Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) marketing agenda. Kramer has a BS in Engineering from Virginia Military Institute and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

IBM ESS Strategy, and Radar “A New Way to Work”

With the announcement of IBM Verse, IBM has a wide selection of social software both on premise, in the cloud or in a hybrid configuration. In addition to IBM Verse, IBM delivers a complete portfolio of capabilities needed to help you become a social business, including IBM Notes Domino for messaging, calendaring and application development, IBM Connections for enterprise social networking, along with IBM Connections Chat, Meetings and more. This OGS will take you through the portfolio and highlight what IBM has in store to help you accelerate your social business journey. There will be plenty of interaction and a peek at our future plans, including how we see cognitive analytics fitting into our entire social platform.