Ben Franklin News


The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced that Dustin Garis, known as “Chief Troublemaker” for his innovative approach to brand building, new business ventures, and corporate entrepreneurship, will be the keynote presenter at the 2017 Ben Franklin iXchange. The iXchange will be held beginning at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

The iXchange is a premier business networking opportunity in northeastern Pennsylvania. Last year, more than 450 technology entrepreneurs, business people, economic developers, venture capitalists, political leaders, educators, students, bankers, lawyers, and accountants from Ben Franklin’s 21-county service area attended.

Dustin Garis believes that the root of all innovation begins and ends with the human experience, something that many companies often forget about in a blind rush to embrace the “new.” The challenge is seeing past the noise and focusing on the key drivers of market disruption. Garis will present approaches for reinventing the way team members view consumers, the market, and their role as innovators.

Garis integrated these practices into his responsibilities as a leader of global marketing innovation for P&G FutureWorks, an innovation hub responsible for accelerating discontinuous growth by incubating, launching, and scaling breakthrough ventures worldwide. He also was a leader for the P&G FutureWorks Emerging Markets division in Singapore, where his team managed a billion-dollar portfolio of new business models and early-stage technologies across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Dustin Garis is a dynamic speaker who packs his talks with surprising interactive elements. Throughout his career, he has not only preached innovation; he has sought it out and lived it.

The iXchange will include two executive networking sessions, the keynote address by Dustin Garis, and the presentation of Ben Franklin’s annual Innovation Awards. These awards recognize and salute outstanding individual and company accomplishment in business and technology.

Early registration to the Ben Franklin iXchange is $75 and is $95 after April 30. Hot hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served; a cash bar will be available. Register on-line at Register now! or contact the Ben Franklin Technology Partners at 610-758-5200 or Via Lehigh Valley Business.