IDEO's Tom Kelley to give Sebo lecture on innovation

Tom Kelley, general manager of the world-famous design and development firm IDEO, will deliver the 2006 Bob & Karen Sebo Lecture in Entrepreneurship April 28.

The annual program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The program will include recognition of Dr. Gene Poor, the Ernest and Dorothy Hamilton Professor of Entrepreneurship, and this year's winners in the University's Student Business Plan Competition.

IDEO, which is based in Palo Alto, Calif., has contributed to many well-known innovations, including the first Apple mouse, the world's first laptop computer, Procter and Gamble's Swiffer CarpetFlick, the Palm V and Polaroid's i-Zone instant camera.

The consulting firm, which designs products, environments, services and experiences for its clients, annually tops the winners list when Business Week's Industrial Design Excellence Awards are announced. Fast Company has called it the "world's most celebrated design firm."

As IDEO has grown from a firm of 20 designers to a company with more than 350 employees, Kelley has been responsible for business development, marketing, human resources and operations. 

His philosophy is that you don't have to be a genius to have a great idea; companies that encourage creativity will excel.

He has written two books on the subject: The Art of Innovation, which tells how IDEO keeps coming up with great designs, and, most recently, The Ten Faces of Innovation, which describes 10 strategies that his company uses for fostering innovation and countering negativity.

Kelley's appearance at BGSU is hosted by the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the College of Business Administration. Tickets to the luncheon address are $30 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 2-8181 or by registering online at The deadline to register is April 19.
April 10, 2006