Go Big or Go Home.

November 22, 2019

Join us in celebrating the finale of our Intraprise° 2019 Fall Cohort with Lunch and a Keynote from renowned design thinker Tom Gattis.

To celebrate the participants of the Fall Cohort collaborating, researching and strategizing on how to best bring their new idea to life, we have invited international speaker Tom Gattis to address our group and you are invited!

Tom has been an Intrapreneur throughout his career and effectively challenged the culture of several organizations. In his presentation, he will detail examples of working with students and captains of industry to impact a variety of organizations. Examples include changing the culture of the world’s third-largest manufacturer of heavy equipment and convincing an RV manufacturer to reconsider engaging with students to innovate across their product line. He will share how he has impacted the culture of two educational institutions and challenged faculty and administrators to reconsider contemporary design education.

Tom will share the stories of some visionaries from history and how they, through a capitalization on failure, were able to impact industries significantly. Along the way, Tom will share lessons learned from working with college students across multiple generations, partnering with industry leaders, and collaborating with educators in his quest to Go Big or Go Home. 

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Tom Gattis is Professor and Dean of the School of Design at the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).

Professor Gattis is responsible for ushering in a Transformative Project-Based Learning program via the CCAD MindMarket, which serves as a collaborative lab for design services, trend forecasting, enterprise support, and community engagement. MindMarket students under his direction have worked for clients such as Airstream, General Motors, Honda, E & J Gallo, Aramark, AmericanHort, Phoenix Bats, and many others.

Tom began his career as a professional educator in 1996 when he was invited to start the first Industrial Design program at Finlandia University (formerly the Suomi International College of Art & Design). He is a former Professor and Chair of Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where he was the principal architect of a live-sponsored project program. His students completed project work for companies such as Dell Computers, JCB, V-tech, Freescale Semiconductors, PlayPower, Kids ii, Hobie Cat, and Newell Rubbermaid. Under Gattis’ leadership, SCAD launched programs in Marine Design, Interaction Design, Design Management, Service Design, and Design for Sustainability. Additionally, he established study abroad opportunities to Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. He served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Services at SCAD Hong Kong, assisting with the opening of the Hong Kong campus and was responsible for all academic operations.

Gattis spent ten years working as a designer and project manager in the nuclear industry, as an account executive in the trade show and exhibition industry and as a professional model maker. He spends his spare time as a wooden boat builder and master woodturner. He is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America, the American Craft Council, and the American Association of Woodturners. Gattis holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Education Industrial Technology from Bemidji State University.

By Ken Tencer

Ken Tencer is chief executive officer of design-driven strategy firm Spyder Works Inc. and the co-author of two books on innovation, including the bestseller Cause a Disturbance. Follow him on Twitter at @90percentRule

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