Leadership Breakfast of Maryland

Doors Open at 7:00 AM
Session: 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM. 
Feel free to stay and discuss the session until 9:30 AM.

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December 1, 2017 

A Presentation about Innovation

Ideas are never the problem. 
Everyone has a bright idea now and again.
What’s challenging-- and what’s also far more precious-- is the process of transformation. 

How does an idea transform from a moment of imagination into something real?

The process of bringing something new into the world demands perception, initiative, persistence, and creativity.  Taken together, its called innovation, and it’s one of the most elusive goals for a creative person. Where heartfelt emotions, dogged labor, or clever execution may make a person or business successful, innovation demands something else. It might concern the creation of a new, tangible product, or it might have to do with the intangible practicalities of a business plan, a financial strategy, or a philosophical concept. Innovation is less a function of the specific thing that's created than it is a function of how well this new thing integrates with the world. 

In this dynamic multimedia presentation, Michael will explore the process of innovation from a variety of angles.  Drawing from his experience as a filmmaker and media advisor, Michael will present historical examples, tangible metrics, and (most importantly) structured thinking about the process of taking casual observations and turning them into tangible innovations.

Our session will have an interactive element but will break the traditional structure with an innovative approach to sharing experiences following Michael's presentation.

Take-Aways From This Session:

  • A fresh look at innovation as a constructive action
  • A structured thinking process to convert casual observations into tangible innovations
  •  The creative joy and accomplishment involved with innovation.
About Our Facilitator: 

 Michael Starobin
Michael Starobin is President and Creative Director at 1AU Global Media, LLC, a multimedia production and consulting company.  His award-winning work has played at The Smithsonian, The United Nations, congressional and other federal presentations, national television outlets, and corporate venues. Two of his films have been finalists at the Jackson Hole Science Film Festival.

In 2006, Michael led the development of technology and procedures for delivering the world’s first movie created specifically for spherical screens. The resulting film, called FOOTPRINTS, continues to play around the world. Time Magazine named FOOTPRINTS one of the best inventions of the year. Michael and his team used these techniques to produce the principal film presented by the United States delegation to the Copenhagen climate summit.

Michael’s international production experience has taken him to Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center for a joint US/Japanese launch of a vital research satellite. Recently he accumulated more than a hundred hours flight time on NASA’s P3 aircraft over Greenland on a mission to measure ongoing changes in polar ice, and not long after he traveled to Chile for a month-long journey with scientists making similar low altitude research flights over Antarctica.

In addition to working with spherical and conventional screens, Michael and his team have produced for 3D systems, ultra-high resolution wide aspect video walls, and live events.  His most recent work has been with 360-degree video technologies, including augmented reality components, demonstrated at a recent launch event from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in  November  2017.

Earlier in his career, Michael worked in the Washington news corps, overseeing daily news and video distribution for Conus Communications, a national media company.  Before assuming a leadership position at Conus he started the company’s science and technology desk in Minneapolis, reporting on a wide range of subjects. Prior to Conus, he worked in Public Radio as a producer. 

Michael graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota with a degree in anthropology and honors work in biomedical ethics.  His weekly blog on creativity appears on Mondays at 1auglobalmedia.com

Contact Information:

Michael Starobin

Founder, Creative Director

Phone: 301-524-4404
Email: mstarobin@1auglobalmedia.com
Twitter: @michaelstarobin

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The Conference Center at the Offices of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy, and Ecker, P.A.

12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
(I270 & Montrose Road)
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Our Gracious Host/Sponsor: Shulman Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.

Resolutionary Thinking

Focusing on solutions. Thinking creatively and tenaciously about outcomes. About what’s in your best interests. Getting matters resolved, so you can get on with what matters to you. That’s resolutionary thinking. And that’s made Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., one of the largest, most respected law firms in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

In 1972, Shulman Rogers was founded on a commitment to client service. Today, the firm’s roster of highly skilled attorneys and other dedicated staff members are all guided by that same commitment. A client-first approach. A smart, efficient practice. A relentless focus on problem-solving. And an underlying compassion—for our clients and our community. It all adds up to resolutionary thinking. The kind of thinking you can count on from the people of Shulman Rogers.