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"Finding Eureka!" to be Discussed at CWU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lecture

"Finding Eureka! The Journey to Innovation" will be the topic of the keynote address at Central Washington University’s 2016 Dr. Kris R. Nielsen Lecture Series in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

It will be presented by Adriane Brown, president and chief operating officer of Intellectual Ventures (IV), on Thursday, April 21, at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center Theatre on the Ellensburg campus. It’s hosted by the CWU College of Business Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I4IE).

“She’s recognized—both nationally and internationally—for her keen business insight and leadership,” said Bill Provaznik, the I4IE director, “including in mentoring emerging talent and developing future captains of industry.”

Brown, who has been listed by Black Enterprise magazine as among its 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, will draw from her personal experiences to discuss business principles involving people, mindset, and investment at her free, public lecture.  

At IV, Brown leads a privately-held invention company, with one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing intellectual property portfolios and in excess of $6 billion in committed capital. IV has more than 40,000 assets, licensed to investors, including Fortune 500 companies, individuals, and related institutions

Brown was also president and chief executive officer of Honeywell Transportation Systems, which serves the aerospace and automotive markets. During her decade with the firm, she built a reputation for achieving results, strengthening customer relationships, and inspiring employees to meet business objectives.

In addition, Brown spent 19 years at Corning in operations, sales and customer service, becoming vice president and general manager of its Environmental Products Division.

Brown has received numerous awards for her work, most recently the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award from her alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with the 2013 Woman of Influence award from the Puget Sound Business Journal. In addition, she is a member of the Pacific Science Center board of directors.

“We are delighted to have her visiting campus and I know that our students, faculty, staff, and area business leaders will all come away informed from and inspired by her lecture,” Provaznik added. “I also want to personally thank Patricia Galloway, the Patricia Galloway and Kris Nielsen Foundation, and Pegasus Global Holdings for its guidance and generous support of our annual lecture.” 

Founded in 2009, the Cle Elum, Washington-based Patricia Galloway and Kris Nielsen Foundation supports applied research to improve the societal quality of life. CWU’s I4IE serves as a catalyst for regional economic development. 

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April 19, 2016