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Kristiina Hiukka, Founder, Women In Innovation

Kristiina Hiukka, Founder, Women In Innovation

Kristiina Hiukka is a Seattle-based professional leadership consultant, coach and trainer.  She works with CEO's who invest in women leaders in their companies.  Kristiina specializes in up-and-coming CFO's, CEO's, and Management Teams. She grooms leaders and facilitates teams at small companies as well as global organizations such as Microsoft, Nokia, and the American Red Cross. Kristiina founded Women in Innovation, a community and summit that convenes women leaders with Big Ideas, and was nominated for the Sustainable Leadership Award for leading the Women in Innovation Summit 2012. A native of Finland, Kristiina serves as Honorary Vice Consul of Finland for Washington State. More at: kristiinahiukka.com


Egils Milbergs, President, Center for Accelerating Innovation

Egils Milbergs, President, Center for Accelerating Innovation

Egils Milbergs is a strategist in technology policy, innovation, advanced manufacturing and global competitiveness. Noteworthy highlights in his career include: implementer of the far-reaching Bayh-Dole Act, director of a presidential commission on industrial competitiveness, advocate for restoring US manufacturing leadership, and an inspiring trailblazer for innovation. Founder of the Center for Accelerating Innovation assisting states and regions build their innovation ecosystems. Chief Innovator for  the Washington Business Alliance, a business-led coalition fostering a competitive, inclusive and sustainable Washington economy. Former executive director Washington Economic Development Commission. In 2012 Egils co-chaired the Commerce and Innovation Month celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair and created the first Pacific Northwest Innovation Summit. More at: about.me/egils.milbergs 

Jim Kastama, Former Chair of Senate Economic Development, Trade & Innovation Committee

Jim Kastama, Former Chair of Senate Economic Development, Trade & Innovation Committee

Jim Kastama recently completed sixteen years of service in the Washington State Legislature and is president of Jim Kastama & Associates. As a Senator, he chaired the Senate Economic Development, Trade & Innovation Committee. In this role, he established Washington State’s Economic Development Commission, created the nationally recognized Innovation Partnership Zones; and enhanced universities’ commercialization through  the Strategically Targeted Academic Researchers (STARS) program and the Entrepreneur In Residence program. In 2011, he authored legislation establishing Washington’s first virtual university, WGU Washington. He was the first legislator in the state to become an Examiner for the Washington State Quality Awards, specializing in criteria established by the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards. Jim is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Find out more at: www.jkastama.com/


Sharon Wong, Director, Business Development, Cisco Systems

Sharon Wong, Director, Business Development, Cisco Systems

Sharon Wong is Director of Business Development at Cisco, running programs to transform and accelerate the innovation process in the Development organization. She was most recently director of business incubation in the Emerging Technologies Group, which incubated new businesses for Cisco with $1 billion revenue potential. She is passionate about driving innovation and has run the Cisco I-Prize global open innovation competition and I-Zone, the internal employee innovation site in pursuit of new ideas for Cisco to incubate.  Sharon holds an MBA degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering, also from Stanford. 

Check out the program and sponsors from 2012's

 Pacific Northwest Innovation Summit

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