4th Annual Innovation Forum Coming: The Walled Lake-based  Applied Innovation Alliance will be sponsoring the 4th Annual Innovation Forum on Sept. 30. The Innovation Forum will be a one-day session with a broad cross-section of highly relevant innovation topic from leadership, management and engineering perspectives for applications in all sizes and types of businesses. This year’s Forum will be delivered in a high-impact, informative seminar format with quest speakers on special topics throughout the day. Enjoy timely presentations on strategic and tactical innovation, open and disruptive innovation, innovation and optimization, structured innovation and TRIZ, green belt, black belt and master black belt structured innovation training, developing innovation as a core competency, managing innovation through leadership and more.
Additional sponsors are being sought. Call (248) 682-3368 if you are interested in being a sponsor. This year there will be a $195 fee per attendee with early bird and team discounts. Continental breakfast, breaks and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited to 80 attendees. The forum runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Michigan State University Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. Send requests for information and RSVPs to Linda at (248) 682-3368 or email contactus@innovationrainmakers.com

Compuware Gomez To Detail Why Testing Your Website From the Cloud Doesn’t Work: Gomez, the Web performance division of Detroit-based Compuware Corp. (Nasdaq: CPWR), announced a Webinar titled “Why Load Testing Your Web Site From the Cloud Doesn’t Work” that will be presented by Gomez CTO Imad Mouline. In this Webinar, Mouline will explore the evolution of today’s highly complex, distributed web applications and examine how existing and emerging load testing techniques can be applied to different types of applications. The Webinar will be held at 1 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, Sept. 8. To register visit http://bit.ly/8Zs7p1.

Inforum Tees Up Speaker Series: Inforum, Michigan’s leading business forum for women, announced today it will launch a new speaker’s series highlighting women with lessons for anyone who feels stuck in a rut or stifled by conventional thinking. The series, called “IN4M: After Hours, Ahead of the Curve,” will kick off Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center. The featured speaker will be Susan J. Douglas, a University of Michigan communications professor and author of “Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism’s Work is Done.” The IN4M (pronounced “inform”) series will highlight women who test the limits in work, recreation, and lifestyle. Speakers will be women who question authority, break rules, and strive to make a difference. At the Oct. 20 event, Douglas will discuss why she thinks feminism — a movement that has been maligned and accused of being out of step with the times –- is as necessary as ever. She will discuss how the media, by exaggerating women’s achievements and suggesting that full equality has been achieved, repeatedly imply that feminism is no longer needed. The cost is $29 for Inforum members; $39 for nonmembers. More at www.inforummichigan.org.

Electrochemical Society sets seminar on lithium-ion battery analysis: The Electrochemical Society Detroit Section will hold a seminar on Thursday, Sept. 30 on “Stress Analysis of a Polymeric Separator in a Lithium-ion Battery.” The presenter is Xinran “Sharon” Xiao, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan State University. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner and 7:30 p.m. speaker. The venue is Room 406 of the Taubman Welcome Center at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield. The cost is $20 for members, $22 for guests, and $10 for students. RSVP by Monday, Sept. 30 to  Dr. Kimber Stamm at kimber.stamm@tema.toyota.com or visit www.electrochem.org/ecs/sections/detr/detr.htm.

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