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Chris Berry
Ohio X, President

Chris Berry is the President of OhioX, Ohio's technology and innovation partnership. OhioX is a nonprofit organization that represents and connects those committed to growing Ohio’s economy through technology and innovation.


With more than 70 member companies and organizations, from BigCo to startups, BigTech and universities, OhioX works to connect, promote and advocate for Ohio's technology and innovation industries.


Previously, Chris served as the Chief of Staff at the Ohio Treasury, and before that, worked on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

Mike J. Walker
Microsoft, Senior Director, Applied Innovation and Digital Transformation

Mike J. Walker is an accomplished architect with a vast amount of experience as a leader, innovator and technology expert. Mike is internationally known as an expert in innovation, strategy development, and enterprise architecture. His insights are sought-after as a speaker at major events worldwide. Additionally, he has delivered keynote speeches for conferences and events on five continents.

Walker is a skilled at solving complex problems with innovative solutions through the implementation of large scale implementations. He has also evolved many of the concepts behind mainstream architectural approaches and styles. His works are realized through the publication in books, trade publications, authoritative architecture guidance, articles, code delivery and standardized frameworks. Walker is quoted and referenced throughout the industry as an expert in architecture shown though in articles and books such as, “Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post- Gates Era”, where he is named as a key thought leader at the Microsoft Corporation. His frameworks and works have been featured in media outlets such as: InfoWorld.comCNN.comeWeek.comComputerWorld.com, and has been demonstrated in keynotes by Bill Gates at industry events.
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Scott Allen
John Carroll University, Associate Professor of Management

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. Allen is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. In 2008, he was voted the favorite teacher and in 2014 he was awarded the Wasmer Outstanding Teaching Award for his work in the classroom.

Scott served as a Mulwick Scholar in the Boler College of Business and his primary stream of research focuses on leadership development. Scott has published more than 50 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. He is the co-author of The Little Book of Leadership Development: 50 Ways to Bring Out the Leader in Every Employee and A Charge Nurse's Guide: Navigating the Path of Leadership. Scott is also a co-author of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: A Guide for College Students (Jossey-Bass). His most recent project is a textbook for Sage – Discovering Leadership: Designing Your Success (2019). Scott is also the host of the podcast - Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders.

In addition to writing and speaking, Scott consults, facilitates workshops, and leads retreats across industries. He is a faculty member of the Institute for Management Studies and recent engagements include: Lubrizol, Key Bank, EY, Siegfried Group, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Sherwin Williams, Progressive, Vocon, Independence Excavating, NASA-Glenn, Cleveland Clinic, Metro Health, Cleveland Foundation, Three Arches Foundation, Akron General, Northeast Ohio Women in Surgery, Medical Mutual, Lifebanc, Destination Cleveland, Leadership Cleveland, Cleveland Bridge Builders, YWCA of Cleveland, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Scott is the chair and co-founder of the Collegiate Leadership Competition and has served on the board of the International Leadership Association, Association of Leadership Educators, and OBTS Teaching Society for Management Educators.

He resides in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with his wife, Jessica, and three children - Will, Kate & Emily. 



Chris Berry, Mike Walker, and Scott Allen discuss the innovations that make Ohio, well, Ohio.