Gary Adamson | 06/12/2008
A recent Time Magazine cover story (“Ten Ideas That Will Change the World”) identified the importance of companies rendering themselves authentic as world changing idea #7. Gary Adamson, Chief Experience Officer, of Starizon will demonstrate how storytelling, in a wide variety of forms, holds the key to authenticity. You will discover how to overcome employees going through the motions at work, instead of going with emotion to work by embracing the new ROI: Return on Involvement. “Once upon a time” is how it starts. Come see how it ends.
Gary Adamson has devoted his entire career to expanding the boundaries of what’s possible. He began his career in 1978 as Vice-President of Swedish Health Systems in Denver, where he started the nation’s first and most comprehensive hospital-based wellness program and consulted with hundreds of hospitals on how to build healthier communities.
In 1983, he began a new business venture, Unison Marketing and Communications. Over the next sixteen years, Gary worked in every part of the country with health systems, hospitals, foundations, medical groups, health plans, healthcare associations and a wide-variety of businesses to develop unified innovations in strategy, operations, and communications.
Through this work, he consistently found a detrimental gap between the brand promise that organizations made and the brand experience. Given this, he set out to find the most innovative thinking and best people to help solve this complex business challenge. From this, Starizon was born. In 1999, he co-founded Starizon with the purpose of helping organizations intentionally design the experiences that would significantly transform them and strengthen their brand success. To that end, he created the proprietary 6-I’s ExperienceSM Process, which is critical to the exploration and discovery employed with Starizon members.
Gary is a highly rated speaker at regional, national, and international conferences. He received his Masters Degree in Health Administration from the University of Colorado to which he attributes much of his forward thinking skills to the time he spent there with noted healthcare futurist Lee Kaiser. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Notre Dame, to which he attributes his occasional mood swings during the fall football season.
Gary led breakout sessions at the 2007 and 2008 Deluxe Knowledge Exchange Expos, has worked with the Deluxe Collaborative and is a recent contributing author in the April 2008 issue of The Deluxe Knowledge Quarterly.