Human Side of Innovation: Skill Building for a Future-Ready Team Monitor Conference Series

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Human Side of Innovation: Skill Building for a Future-Ready Team

Monitor is excited to announce our next livestream, “Human Side of Innovation: Skill Building for a Future-Ready Team”! Innovative leaders in our industry and beyond are taking action to build future-ready teams. All too often, innovation is equated with technology, but there’s much more to it. Innovation is all about solving problems to improve the human experience. While tech is often involved as an enabler, it always takes humans to bring awesome solutions to life.

Is it possible to systematize innovation? What does it take to build a continuous innovation capability? There is a lot of talk about the importance of building an innovative culture and we hear about open floor plans, co-location, virtual collaboration and on and on. But culture is beyond what happens at the water cooler or in the breakroom. In a world that is changing rapidly, it is vital for resilient and future-ready teams to intentionally build both culture and capability that enables innovation.

The human side of innovation cannot be ignored. But what does it take to build up your team to be future-ready? How do you foster an innovation culture? What does that even mean? More importantly, what does it look like in practice and what are the practical actions we can take day-to-day?

Join Monitor’s next live stream panel discussion moderated by the “insatiably curious,” Deborah Reuben, as we explore how to inspire lifelong learning so that you can build an innovative and future-ready team.

  • Accelerate the development of an innovation culture within your team.
  • Activate the behaviors that lead to better teamwork and problem-solving.
  • Identify the skills of tomorrow that you can develop in yourself and your team today.
  • Apply practical takeaways to your professional work.

Tuesday, July 28, 2022

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST

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Deb Reuben
CEO & Founder of TomorrowZone

Deborah “Deb” Reuben, CLFP, DES, is CEO and Founder of TomorrowZone, a technology strategy consultancy inspiring fresh ideas and collaborations to shape the future of business. She encourages new thinking to explore the art of the possible through her extensive technical knowledge, equipment finance experience, and passion for challenging the status quo. Her expertise will enhance and broaden your company’s products and services and create efficiencies that will produce a competitive advantage for your company.

Her view on digital transformation and future-readiness is radically different with over two decades of innovating, speaking, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches innovation experience in finance and software industries. Reuben appreciates and shares with clients and audiences that digital transformation is less about the digital and more about the people. When it comes to thinking about technology, innovation, and the future, you can choose to act today to shape your future. The best investment you can make is investing in what’s between your ears by taking ownership of your personal growth. Everyone, regardless of role, must stay on top of technology and trends to stay ahead of tomorrow.

What surprises most clients is her ability to combine big company thinking and entrepreneurial ideas to create marketplace success. Her clients and audiences include companies like PNC, Wells Fargo, DLL Group, Huntington, Dell, Mitsubishi UFG, Caterpillar and Key Equipment Finance.

A member of ELFA’s Board of Directors, Reuben chairs the ELFA’s Technology Innovation Working Group and served on the Monitor Editorial Board, co-founded the Disrupted+ conference series with Monitor. She serves on the CLFP Foundation Board of Directors and authored The Certified Lease and Finance Professionals’ Handbook, 6th and 7th, and 8th editions. She is the recipient of both the CLFP Foundation Cindy Spurdle Award of Excellence and the ELFA Michael J. Fleming Distinguished Service Award. Monitor honored her as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women Leaders in Equipment Finance and, in 2021 and 2022, named TomorrowZone one of the most innovative companies in the equipment finance ecosystem.


Jeffrey Bilbrey
CEO, Leasepath

Jeff Bilbrey has been creating, delivering and advancing enterprise technology products and related services since the early 90’s. Today, he serves as CEO of global business for Leasepath where he is accountable for ensuring customer delight and driving the flagship platform for cloud-based finance originations to the leading edge in the market. Leasepath has been on an impressive growth streak by expanding product offerings, increasing market awareness and delivering innovative market-leading capabilities on a flexible cloud platform.

Bilbrey has always been involved in IT and consulting. He loves software products; not because he’s a techie person, but because he enjoys seeing how tech and automation can solve real business problems. He started his career out of university by traveling to Europe for five years as a consultant in the telecom industry (AMS – American Management Systems). After that, Bilbrey moved to a startup in Boulder, CO working on the very first online banking and bill-pay technologies (Avolent). He then spent many years in P&C Insurance tech as global product manager and delivery lead (Sentry Insurance, Majesco); then followed a passion as a leader in Healthcare IT (Cancer Treatment Centers of America); was a board member and president of a publicly traded multinational in the commercial finance software industry (Netsol:NTWK).

Bilbrey lives in Thousand Oaks, CA with his wife and three children. He is an avid outdoorsman, with a love for hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, cycling, running, triathlons and exploring all the peace and wonders of the great outdoors.


Tirza Hollenhurst

Tirza Hollenhorst is a futurist and master trainer. As the CEO of LUMAN, she has led the delivery of innovation, leadership and culture change programs at large companies like AMD, Siemens and Airbus, as well as, for scaling companies like Blue Planet Energy and Infinite Edge. Hollenhorst believes innovation thrives when people are motivated by their internal sense of purpose, connected to their team, and held in a container of psychological safety. Hollenhorst is a regular keynote speaker, known for her capacity to quickly conjure connectedness and creativity amongst large groups.


Joe Leonard, CLFP
President & CEO, Oakmont Capital Services

Joe Leonard is one of the founding members of Oakmont Capital Services. His primary function is to oversee Oakmont’s strategic direction, ensuring its sustained growth and maintaining the industry’s highest ethical and performance standards. After graduating from Penn State University, Leonard has had an extensive and varied business experience ranging from commercial financing to consumable goods and services. In addition to Oakmont Capital Services, Leonard has founded and operated several companies, including a bauxite mine, a packaging company, and a spring water bottling company.

Leonard has been an active member of the equipment finance industry for more than 25 years and is passionate about giving back through involvement in the NEFA, ELFA and CLFP Foundation. He is a hands-on member of the Certified Lease and Finance Professional Foundation, serving on the board from January 2019 through December 2021. In addition, Leonard has served on multiple CLFP Committees and has served as an instructor for the CLFP exam. He was also a former National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) board member, with tenure from October 2016 to June 2018.


Jennifer Martin
VP, Leasing & Vendor Program Support
Key Equipment Finance

Jen Martin is one of Key Equipment Finance’s senior leaders, responsible for the success of project execution as well as enabling KEF success through data driven strategic modeling, problem solving and delighting clients through the effective execution of strategic plans.
Martin has been in the leasing industry and at Key Equipment Finance for 25 years, having held roles in operations management, project management, technology product ownership, vendor program development and quality assurance. She is the current Chair of the ELFA Operations and Technology committee.

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