Innovation & Technology

2018 Technology Forum

The 2018 Forum was a great success! Hope to see you next year.

Check out the video below to see what you missed!

The Adaptive Workplace: Developing a Culture and a Workforce that Thrives

Thursday, April 26, 2018

This year’s Forum takes a look at organizational culture and the challenges confronting the workforce as generations mix and technologies change. Developing a culture and a workforce that thrives means finding ways to adapt to change, work differently, view risk, properly select and develop your workforce and incentivize learning. To help meet those challenges Ottawa County has sought to bring thought leaders who can help expand your ideas and provide incredible insight.

We are fortunate to have two recognized speakers to lead off our morning and afternoon sessions.

Featured Speakers

Morning Keynote:

Rich Sheridan, Author of Joy, Inc. (How We Built a Workplace People Love)

Menlo Innovations CEO Rich Sheridan had an all consuming thought during a difficult mid-career in the chaotic technology industry ... things can be better. Much better. He had to find a way. His search led him to books, authors and history, including recalling childhood visits to Greenfield Village every summer. The excitement of the Edison Menlo Park New Jersey Lab served as his siren call to create a workplace filled with camaraderie, human energy, creativity and productivity. . .Continue Reading »

Afternoon Keynote:

Michael Hakkarinen, Expectations of a Constantly Connected Workforce

Michael is an Instructional Technologies Specialist with the Utah Education Network. He has been a keynote speaker at several Digital State Government conferences where he talks about generational expectations, particularly among the emerging generations and the mixture of generations in the workforce. Funny and insightful. . .Continue Reading »


Time Event Speakers
8:30 AM Opening Remarks Alan Vanderberg,
Ottawa County Administrator
8:35 AM How We Built a Workplace People Love Rich Sheridan, CEO and Chief Storyteller, Menlo Innovations
9:35 AM Speaker Lead Q&A  
10:05 AM Vendor Introductions Sponsors
10:15 AM Break/Vendor Networking Sponsors
10:45 AM IGNITE PRESENTATION: Haworth Theresa Riek, Sales and Design Account Executive
11:00 AM Court Innovations: Matterhorn Mary Jo (MJ) Cartwright, CEO Court Innovations
11:45 PM IGNITE PRESENTATION: BIS Jade Coldren, President BIS
12:00 PM Lunch/Vendor Networking
12:45 PM Expectations of a Constantly Connected Workforce
Michael Hakkarinen, Instructional Technologies Specialist, Utah Education Network
2:00 PM Break/Vendor Networking Sponsors
2:15 PM Implementing Change Leian Royce, VP Strategic Change, AcceleratedK
3:00 PM Artificial Intelligence Jason Sosa, Founder, Black Box AI
3:45 PM Closing Comments Al Vanderberg, Ottawa County Administrator


Throughout the day Sponsors and Exhibitors will demonstrate the latest products and services that can assist your organization in achieving its goals.

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