Luke Williams joined New York University Stern School of Business in September 2012 as Executive Director of the W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab and Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He was previously an adjunct professor. Professor Williams is also a Fellow at frog design. Professor Williams is a leading consultant, educator and speaker specializing in disruptive innovation. He is the author of Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business. For more than a decade, he has worked internationally with industry leaders such as American Express, GE, Sony, Crocs, Virgin, Disney and Hewlett-Packard to develop new products, services and brands. Professor Williams has been invited to speak worldwide, and his views have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and Fast Company and on National Public Radio (NPR).
Cynthia Franklin is the senior associate director for the Leonard N. Stern School's W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab at New York University. There she oversees the development and implementation of various initiatives that nurture entrepreneurial talent at NYU. Each year, the Berkley Innovation Lab serves hundreds of students, alums and other aspiring entrepreneurs through its venture competitions (which awards more than $300,000 in cash and services), venture mentor network, conferences, speaker series and technical assistance programs.Cynthia is also the instructor for Strategic Steps for Growth, an innovative nine-month management development program designed for CEOs of high-potential minority and women owned businesses and offered by the New York City Department of Small Business Services in partnership with the Berkley Innovation Lab. By completion of the program in 2011, companies in the founding class had secured millions in new government contracts and new financing, and created dozens of new jobs.