change your game Exhibit & panel
About the Innovative Lives Program Series:
Since 1995, Innovative Lives has been the Lemelson Center’s flagship public program series. For more than 25 years, we have welcomed a diverse array of more than 85 inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs to participate in informal chats with host-interviewers, students, and members of the general public. Featured speakers share the stories behind their work, including key inspirations, their personal invention processes, failures encountered, and pathways to success, all while framing a discussion around how the public can participate in technology change. Through this series of contemporary inventor talks, we hope to inspire and encourage individuals to pursue their own ideas and to foster a greater appreciation for the role of invention and innovation in shaping our world.
Innovative Lives Panel
Shawn Springs is the CEO and Founder of Windpact, a Software and Technology company located in Northern Virginia. The company’s technologies help clients solve difficult manufacturing challenges, enabling brands to embrace a new era of product development. His inspiration behind the founding of Windpact stemmed from 13 seasons playing football in the NFL. Drafted third overall in the 1st round of the 1997 draft by the Seattle Seahawks, he spent 7 years with the team before moving on to play with the Washington Commanders (Redskins) and New England Patriots. Shawn became a Hall of Fame nominee in 2015.
dr. Joanna Garner
Dr. Joanna Garner is the Executive Director of Old Dominion University’s The Center for Educational Partnerships, which is missioned to support public education and has a particular focus on broadening access to and participation in STEM and related areas. Dr. Garner’s research focuses on the design and evaluation of contexts that enhance youth and adults’ learning and identity exploration. She is a co-founder of the Dynamic Systems Model of Role Identity (DSMRI) and one of two educational researchers supporting the development of the inventive identity components of the Change Your Game/Cambia tu juego exhibition.
Jeff Brodie - moderator
Jeffrey L. Brodie, Ph.D. is the Acting Director of the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation where he oversees the Center’s research, educational, and public programs designed to challenge traditional assumptions about who inventors are, what they look like, and how and where invention takes place. Currently, Jeff is leading the Center’s new Change YOUR Game / Cambia Tu Juego exhibition project that uses the intersection of invention, technology, and sports to impact how young people regard their own inventive identity. As part of that effort, Jeff established the Center’s Innoskate program to share the history, creativity, and innovation of skateboard culture with diverse audiences. Since joining the Smithsonian in 1989, Jeff has served as a historian at the National Museum of American History and the National Postal Museum. Jeff has especially enjoyed curating and managing exhibition projects requiring the successful integration of many individuals with disparate skills and knowledge such as the Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Jeff earned a B.A in History and Psychology from the University of California, at Berkeley, an M.A. in History from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in History from The George Washington University.
For more information on the exhibit and/or its programs please e-mail:
Lemelson Center Acting Director Jeff Brodie: email@example.com
Change YOUR Game programming consultant Jesse Lovejoy: firstname.lastname@example.org