Thursday, October 20 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.



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Innovation Expert and RIDG CEO, Michelle Royal

Michelle Royal (RIDG’s CEO and Founding Visualizer) has 20 years of experience applying innovation principles and design thinking with a diverse group of businesses and organizations. All of the clients, teams and projects we work with have one thing in common — the need for meaningful and effective change. RIDG is a new kind of consultancy. We equip our clients with the skills necessary to lead, thrive, and compete.


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Andi Graham is the founder, CMO and managing partner at Big Sea, a digital marketing agency founded in 2005 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Big Sea works with startups at all stages, helping entrepreneurs and organizations build and grow their businesses.  Big Sea clients include the University of Tampa, Mote Marine Laboratory, City of St. Petersburg, HSN, Poynter Institute, FELD Entertainment, and many more.  Graham was a 2016 finalist for Tampa Bay Business Journal’s  Businesswoman of the Year in Technology, has presented research at academic and professional conferences all over the country, and runs Tampa Bay’s chapter of Girl Develop It.

BRENT BRITTON (De La Pena and Holiday)

Brent C.J. Britton is a technology lawyer. He handles all aspects of commercial legal work with a concentration on startup companies, technology law, intellectual property, venture funding, and business transactions. He is also an accomplished teacher, author, and entrepreneur. A magazine article once described him as “arguably the most sought after one-man think tank for entrepreneurs across Central Florida.”

Britton teaches classes at the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida is a past board member of the USF Entrepreneurship Program, the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry, the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City, and several others. Britton’s book, Ownability: How Intellectual Property Works, has been adopted as a course text for teaching intellectual property to engineers at a number of colleges and universities.


Taylor Wallace is the co-founder of WeVue, a software company that helps bring organizational culture to life through the power of mobile photo and video sharing. After studying English Literature at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and working as a poet, playwright, and producer, Taylor saw the future of storytelling evolving online. He moved to New York to figure out how the internet worked and quickly started working with the big data and advertising technology that helped power companies like Google, AOL, and Yahoo. That soon led him to design photo and video sharing apps for large public and private events, and eventually, a tool for organizations to connect their teams via the same technology we use to share visual stories in our personal lives. Today, Taylor brings his background in storytelling, visual art, design, and technology to the culture conversation, helping companies and non-profits change the way they communicate and engage with their stakeholders.