Network & Learn Events

Driving Invention into Successful Innovation: 
Collaboration is Key

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 @ 2:00 - 3:00pm ET

Innovation is all about getting new things to market and is inherently a collaborative process. Join Michael Blaustein, former Director of DuPont Ventures, and ACS Executive Director and CEO Tom Connelly as they discuss different types of external collaborations and considerations for making them successful. Gather a group to make this "ACS Network & Learn" Event interactive.  Invite colleagues or business professionals from your local community to join you in the Q&A portion of the program and then launch your own follow-up discussion, brainstorming on how to improve invention and innovation within your organizations.

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What You Will Learn

  • How relevance, uniqueness, and route-to-market are essential for successful innovation.
  • Approaches to collaborative innovation like accessing external knowledge and capabilities, university/corporate/government collaborations, and investing in startups.
  • Potential issues to manage during collaborative innovation

Meet the Experts

Michael Blaustein

Michael Blaustein 

MAB Innovation Group LLC

Michael Blaustein is a consultant to and collaborator with early stage companies and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Greater Philadelphia region, focused on business development, innovation strategy, and corporate collaborations / venture capital investments. Michael began his career at DuPont in Research & Development. He held technology, marketing, and business leadership positions in DuPont Nonwovens and DuPont Advanced Fibers Systems until joining DuPont Central Research & Development, where he became Director of DuPont Ventures and Planning Director for Science and Technology. He holds a BA in chemistry from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale University.

Thomas M. Connelly, Jr

Tom Connelly

Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
American Chemical Society

Thomas M. Connelly, Jr. is the Executive Director and CEO of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Connelly retired from DuPont in December 2014, where he was Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer. At DuPont, Dr. Connelly led businesses and R&D organizations, while based in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Dr. Connelly graduated with highest honors from Princeton University with degrees in chemical engineering and economics. As a Winston Churchill Scholar, he received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge. He has served in advisory roles to the U.S. government and the Republic of Singapore

What is Network & Learn?

Give us five minutes and your next meeting is planned!

ACS "Network & Learn" is a new program that provides a simple and cost-effective way to reach and network with the industry members in your local section or ACS group as well as others in your local industry community. 

ACS provides a video or access to a webinar on an industry-relevant topic that can serve as a centerpiece for networking events. You provide the space, invite your guests from your local business community, and we will provide the content and promotional and support materials. It’s that easy!

Host Your Next Event

Register to receive materials to host your local event:

  • ACS provides the content in webinar or video format to use when you want, on your schedule.
  • ACS provides the promotional materials (flyers, etc).
  • You acquire the space, gather the audience, and enjoy the program!

For more information, contact Susan Ainsworth, Manager of Industry Member Programs.

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