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What Will the Farm of the Future Look Like?

Posted July 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

As the innovation keynote speaker last week for the Utah Farm Bureau Leadership Conference I realized the agriculture industry is in the midst of quite a bit of disruption. But it hasn’t always been that way. For almost a thousand years, innovation in agriculture never changed. Farmers from Julius…

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Innovation in Nature – Velcro

Posted July 1, 2019 in Innovation, Uncategorized

The inspiration for innovation can come from many places. One of the best places to look is in nature. Nature has been solving its own problems for millions of years and has had plenty of time to work out the bugs and become sustainable.


Biomimicry is a science that gets…

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Fads – Group Think Gone Wild

Posted June 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

Fads tend to get a bad rap because their popularity may not have anything to do with the value of the item or the craze. Good examples are Hula Hoops, Pet Rocks, Lava Lamps, the Slinky and Beanie Babies. Pet Rocks and Beanie Babies don’t solve problems. They are…

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Why the Manufacturing Industry Needs Diversity

Posted May 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

I’ve worked in many male dominated industries, from being an innovation keynote speaker to being an inventor to being a manufacturer. Quite often I’m the only woman in the room, but I’ve never felt left out of the conversation. Most men I’ve worked with welcome a fresh…

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Why You Should Hire an Inventor as Your Innovation Keynote Speaker

Posted April 28, 2019 in Innovation, Inventing, Uncategorized

Where would we be without inventors? Practically everything we touch in the course of a day is thanks to an inventor who saw an opportunity most people overlooked. Inventors are problem solvers who are never satisfied with the status quo and believe there is always a better way. That…

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Trade Secrets as Competitive Advantage

Posted April 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

Trade secrets are information that your business would want to keep secret from competitors, and whose value comes from the fact that it isn’t widely known. Examples might include customer lists, or unique ways (that only your business knows about) of delivering services that enable you to outperform the…

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Trademarks and Copyrights as Competitive Advantage

Posted March 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

As an inventor and patent holder, some of my strongest intellectual property has been my trademarks and copyrights. According to the US Patent and Trademark Office:


trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others….

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Patents – Intellectual Property as Competitive Advantage

Posted March 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

As a patent and trade dress owner, my favorite competitive advantage is intellectual property. There’s no better way to keep your competition at bay than with intellectual property that literally keeps them off the market, at least for a set period of time. It allows a business the…

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Innovation in Meetings and Events – Festivalization

Posted February 20, 2019 in Innovation, Uncategorized

I just got back from Charlotte, North Carolina where I was the innovation keynote speaker for the NC Festival and Event Association’s Showfest 2019. The conference was packed and it was great to see such a fun and receptive crowd. These were people who took copious notes and brought…

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Innovation in Education

Posted January 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

Years ago I was invited to a private screening of “Waiting for Superman” where teachers in the audience were free to express their true feelings. This was before I started speaking on innovation in education. What I learned from the teachers in the audience is still a problem now…

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