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500+ “Innovation Junkies” Pack BIF2015 Summit in Providence

Thursday, September 17, 2015

 

BIF's Founder, Saul Kaplan

Over 500 people packed Trinity Rep in Providence on Wednesday for day one of the Business Innovation Factory's BIF2015 summit, which featured sixteen speakers giving talks on everything from work to innovation, to hip-hop and opera, and a wide range of other topics. 

"It's always so incredible to me to bring these people here to Providence  -- it shows the city and state at its best," said BIF Founder and MC Saul Kaplan.  "It makes innovation central to our conversation -- the stories have been incredible, as have the 500 plus innovation junkies who are here."

Since the first BIF Summit, BIF touts that it has heard stories from more than 200 innovators from across every sector and discipline and  "even more amazing is that 2,000 people from around the world have participated in a BIF Summit."

WATCH: Livestream of Day Two of Summit Thursday HERE

On Wednesdaay, BIF participants in the morning included Michael Samuelson, Robin Chase, Joshua Davis, Steven Keating, Larry Rosenstock, Catherine Hoke, Dennis Whittle, and Jaff Sparr.

Afternoon speakers were Sophie Houser, Chris Emdin, Carla Dirlikov, Rick Benjamin, Kimberly Kleiman-Lee, Tanisha Robinson, Matthew Zachary, and Waterfire's Barnaby Evans.  

Evans spoke about the inception -- and innovation -- behind Waterfire to the BIF audience, combining photos and videos to provide a comprehensive presentation.  

"The question was, could we use public art in a public place with public participation -- and volunteers -- and have the entire audience be part of the artwork," said Evans, who said the goal was to "find an opportunity to take members of the community, the different cultural groups and artists, and find the opportunity to present this event."

Trinity Rep packed a full house for BIF15 on Wednesday.

Evans created "First Fire" in 1994 as a commission to celebrate the tenth anniversary of First Night Providence, before growing the fire to over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on full lighting nights.

Evans noted that innovation did not come free. 

"The event is free.  People might think the city pays for it -- it does not.  We'd love to do so much more, but we need partnerships and support to be able to do so," said Evans.  "A recent study showed we bring $114 million annually in economic impact to the city."

Hip Hop then Opera

Dr. Chris Emden, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University spoke to the role of knowing oneself -- and one's "innervisions," referencing the role of the Stevie Wonder album in his upbringing, before talking about how the Wu-Tang Clan was the catalyst for his decision to become a teacher.  

"Know yourself deeply," said Emden, who said "we should think about our work in the context of our inner-Serena tennis thing," about tennis champion Serena Williams, and it being at the core of who she is.  

Emden was followed by mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov, who interspersed talking about her multi-cultural upbringing and passion for expression with singing opera excerpts. 

 

Related Slideshow: RI’s Top 30 Highest Paid Jobs by the Hour

Below are the top 30 highest paying jobs in Rhode Island based upon hourly wages. For each, the median wages and median annual salaries are displayed. Median wages and salaries reflect what a typical employee in an occupation earns, rather than average wages and salaries, which are affected by what the highest and lowest earners make. Note that data was not available for some professions which had reported a median hourly wage above $90. Occupations are listed in order of least to highest paid. Data is current as of May 2014, the most recent available. Source: the Occupational Employment Statistics program at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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30.

Lawyers

Number Employed: 1,680

Median Hourly Wage: $51.25

Median Annual Salary: $106,610

Occupational Description: Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

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29.

Computer Network Architects

Number Employed: 300

Median Hourly Wage: $51.41

Median Annual Salary: $106,930

Occupational Description:  Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software. Excludes "Information Security Analysts," "Network and Computer Systems Administrators," and "Computer Network Support Specialists" 

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28.

Managers, All Other

Number Employed: 860

Median Hourly Wage: $52.07

Median Annual Salary: $108,310

Occupational Description: All managers not listed separately.

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27.

Construction Managers

Number Employed: 460

Median Hourly Wage: $52.12

Median Annual Salary: $108,420

Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.

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26.

Physician Assistants

Number Employed: 250

Median Hourly Wage: $52.35

Median Annual Salary: $108,880

Occupational Description: Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants. Excludes "Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics," "Medical Assistants," "Registered Nurses," "Nurse Anesthetists," "Nurse Midwive," and "Nurse Practitioners."

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25.

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

Number Employed: 270

Median Hourly Wage: $53.19

Median Annual Salary: $110,630

Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise issue awareness for their organization or client; or if engaged in fundraising, plan, direct, or coordinate activities to solicit and maintain funds for special projects or nonprofit organizations.

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24.

Optometrists

Number Employed: 150

Median Hourly Wage: $53.46

Median Annual Salary: $111,200

Occupational Description: Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions. Ophthalmologists are included in "Physicians and Surgeons, All Other"

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23.

Veterinarians

Number Employed: 210

Median Hourly Wage: $54.38

Median Annual Salary: $113,100

Occupational Description: Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.

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22.

Computer and Information Research Scientists

Number Employed: 380

Median Hourly Wage: $54.61

Median Annual Salary: $113,580

Occupational Description: Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

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21.

Pharmacists

Number Employed: 1,220

Median Hourly Wage: $55.03

Median Annual Salary: $114,460

Occupational Description: Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

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20.

Natural Sciences Managers

Number Employed: 120

Median Hourly Wage: $56.31

Median Annual Salary: $117,120

Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields. Excludes "Architecture and Engineering Managers" and "Computer and Information Systems Managers"

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19.

Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

Number Employed:1,080

Median Hourly Wage: $56.32

Median Annual Salary: $117,140

Occupational Description: Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls. Excludes "Computer Hardware Engineers" 

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18.

Physicists

Number Employed: 60

Median Hourly Wage: $56.33

Median Annual Salary: $117,160

Occupational Description: Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories. Excludes "Biochemists and Biophysicists"

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17.

Marketing Managers

Number Employed: 440

Median Hourly Wage: $56.93

Median Anniual Salary: $118,400

Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers. Develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm's profits or share of the market while ensuring the firm's customers are satisfied. Oversee product development or monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.

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16.

General and Operations Managers

Number Employed: 6,390

Median Hourly Wage: $58.40

Median Annual Salary: $121,470

Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services. Excludes First-Line Supervisors.

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15.

Human Resources Managers

Number Employed: 330

Median Hourly Wage: $58.49

Median Annual Salary: $121,660

Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization. Excludes managers who primarily focus on compensation and benefits and training and development

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14.

Compensation and Benefits Managers

Number Employed: 70

Median Hourly Wage: $58.94

Median Annual Salary: $122,600

Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate compensation and benefits activities of an organization. Job analysis and position description managers are included in "Human Resource Managers

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13.

Purchasing Managers

Number Employed:170

Median Hourly Wage: $59.23

Median Annual Salary: $123,200

Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.

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12.

Financial Managers

Number Employed: 2,910

Median Hourly Wage: $59.35

Median Annual Salary: $123,450

Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate accounting, investing, banking, insurance, securities, and other financial activities of a branch, office, or department of an establishment.

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11.

Sales Managers

Number Employed: 840

Median Hourly Wage: $59.99

Median Annual Salary: $124,790

Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.

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10.

Computer and Information Systems Managers

Number Employed: 1,070

Median Hourly Wage: $61.52

Median Annual Salary: $127,960

Occupational Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming. Excludes "Computer Occupations"

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9.

Architectural and Engineering Managers

Number Employed: 360

Median Hourly Wage: $62.33

Median Annual Salary: $129,640

Occupation Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields. Excludes "Natural Sciences Managers"

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8.

Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Number Employed: 100

Median Hourly Wage: $68.57

Median Annual Salary: $142,630

Occupation Description: Physicians who provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth and those who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system. May also provide general medical care to women.

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7.

Dentists, All Other Specialists

Number Employed: NA

Median Hourly Wage: $70.50

Median Annual Salary: $146,630

Occupation Description: All dentists not listed separately.

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6.

Pediatricians, General

Number Employed: 120

Median Hourly Wage: $74.93

Median Annual Salary: $155,850

Occupation Description: Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent children's diseases and injuries.

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5.

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

Number Employed: 2,500

Median Hourly Wage: $75.22

Median Annual Salary: $156,450

Occupation Description: All physicians and surgeons not listed separately.

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4.

Psychiatrists

Number Employed: 210

Median Hourly Wage: $81.11

Median Annual Salary: $168,710

Occupation Description: Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind.

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3.

Dentists, General

Number Employed: 340

Median Hourly Wage: $83.05

Median Annual Salary: $172,750

Occupation Description: Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.

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2.

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

Number Employed:110

Median Hourly Wage: $87.67

Median Annual Salary: $182,360

Occupation Description: Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.

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1.

General Practitioners

Number Employed: 160

Median Hourly Wage: $89.10

Median Annual Salary: $185,330

Occupation Description: Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.

 
 

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