Advisory Board

Janet Staker Woerner

Janet Staker Woerner, M.A. is Principal and Founder of Converging Communications, LLC.
Janet has over 25 years of experience in the field of marketing and marketing communications. She brings a wealth of knowledge in marketing, marketing communications, and corporate education. She also has extensive experience in the area of technology-based solutions for marketing. Most recently she has been researching the area of accelerating change and the societal implications on a global scale.
Previously, Janet was a National Manager in Corporate Education for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company. She was responsible for curriculum development, field based training, and ongoing executive training. She also has experience as a marketing communications consultant in the scientific community; working with Argonne National Lab, Fermi National Lab, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and University Research Associates. Fortune 500 clients have included Ameritech, Baxter, Crate & Barrel, Giddings and Lewis, Kraft, and SBC.
She is currently the Principal and Founder of Converging Communications, which works with organizations to fully utilize technology and marketing. She participates as Faculty at the New York Institute of Technology for the MBA Program teaching Managerial Marketing, Implementing Marketing Strategy, and Sales Promotion. In addition, Janet is Adjunct Faculty for the Illinois Institute of Technology teaching Emerging Technologies and Society. She serves as faculty with the IPRO Program; which is an interdisciplinary approach to education at the university level. The current IPRO deals with emerging technologies and public perception. Such emerging technologies include nanotechnology, biotechnology, RFID, GMO Foods, and Artificial Intelligence.
Her current research areas include Convergence, Technology and Ethics, Multi-disciplinary Education, Virtual Learning, and Accelerating Change. Janet is authoring a book on Technology, Change, and Society. She has been a presenter at the Academy of Management as well as the iBIO Forum, American Philosophical Society, and World Future Society. Most recently, she has served as a peer reviewer for the Academy of Management (Technology and Innovative Management Division), and Midwest Academy of Management. She is a frequent guest speaker at area colleges and national professional organizations. Most recently she has returned from South Africa where she met with University of Cape Town faculty on change. Currently she is working with the Institute of Accelerating Change to promote awareness of future technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Augmentation.
Her professional affiliations include: Academy of Management, Midwest Academy of Management, Chicago Women in IT, and World Future Society. She is a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma (national honorary business society). Most recently she was recognized by Cardean Learning Group as outstanding faculty for “excellence” for the MBA program. Illinois Institute of Technology students have also recognized Janet for her excellence in the classroom and she is committed to the mentoring of young students in science and technology.
Janet serves as a Fellow with the Nanotechnology Center of College of Law at the Chicago Kent-Illinois Institute of Technology.
Her undergraduate degree is in Political Science Education from Illinois State University and her graduate degree of Marketing/E-Commerce is from the Stuart Graduate School of Business / Illinois Institute of Technology with distinction. She also holds additional certification in the areas of Nanotechnology and Alternative Energy Policies.
Outside interests include a passion for reading, adventure travel, and love of history.
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