The National Institute for Play unlocks the human potential through play in all stages of life using science to discover all that play has to teach us about transforming our world.

The Institute for Play Board of Directors:


Lanny Vincent is the principal of Vincent & Associates, Ltd., where he facilitates market discovery, opportunity foresight and strategic invention for companies with significant investments in R&D. He provides innovation management advice and counsel to general managers, innovation sponsors, "midwives" and mavericks and serves as a catalyst for innovation practitioner networks. He also had served as an advisor to the Institute for Play.

Joan Abrahamson JD, PhD is president and executive director of the Jonas Salk Foundation. She is also founder and president of the Jefferson Institute, a nonprofit institution that identifies solutions to public policy problems. A former assistant chief of staff to Vice President George H. W. Bush, Abrahamson is on the boards of numerous organizations and has received a number of fellowships and awards, including the MacArthur Prize. She has earned an Ed.D from Harvard, a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, along with degrees from Yale and Stanford. She is an exhibited painter and a songwriter.

Bruce Beihoff is Director of Innovation and Technology ­ Systems and Process Research, Whirlpool Corporation. His previous position was Principal Engineer and Manager - Solid State Power Facility, Advanced Development Group, Rockwell Automation. Mr. Beihoff earned his BSME and MSc within the University of Wisconsin System having attended both UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. He has over 25 years of experience in appliance technologies, automation, industrial control, aerospace, process control, power devices, and energy/power conversion. He has successfully led over fourteen technology programs that delivered profitable products to the market place. Bruce has received numerous awards, holds 40 patents with 5 pending. He has served in a number of senior management positions, and is the author of three advanced systems engineering methods used in energy conversion systems.

Brendan Boyle is a Principal at IDEO worldwide design and innovation firm.
He has been a pioneer in designing and overseeing kid-centric services, experiences and products. He leads Zero20, which has licensed more than 125 toy, game and juvenile product concepts. He is also a Consulting Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Stanford University, actively teaching product design, engineering creativity, and human factors. Brendan holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering-Product Design from Stanford, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State.

Stuart Brown MD is the founder of the National Institute for Play, where he speaks, consults and educates organizations, corporations, universities, and public policy makers about the importance of play in our lives and the unexpected, serious consequences that occur when play is neglected. His background in psychiatry, the evolution of human and animal play, as well as his clinical research into the causes and prevention of violence, have shown him that authentic play is a state of being which can be accessed and used by everyone, and that play is as important to humans as vitamins or sleep.

Kevin Carroll is the founder of The Katalyst Consultancy and the author of  the book, Rules of the Red Rubber Ball. It's not unusual for him to work with the CEO's of Fortune 500 companies and a group of equally unruly 1st Graders on the same day. Kevin helps turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as Nike, Starbucks, The Discovery Channel, ESPN, HSBC Bank, Mattel, Capital One, and The National Hockey League by promoting the power of play and creativity in achieving maximum human potential. Kevin draws on a diverse and rewarding background. He spent ten years as an Air Force linguist. He's also been a high school health educator, a college-level head athletic trainer (St. Joseph's University), and, at the top of his game, head athletic trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers. Nike had Kevin bring his talents there for seven years, in the unique position of 'Katalyst + Master Storyteller,' where he helped the company deepen its understanding of athletic product performance, build strong teams and create a positive corporate culture. He now uses his skills and myriad of experiences to teach business leaders and audiences around the world how to use the spirit and lessons of play to enliven and enrich their work lives, enhance innovation, and improve team dynamics and interpersonal communication.

Adam DeVito served as a Managing Partner at Sterling-Rice Group leading brand innovation and positioning assignments for clients such as Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Pepsi Co., and more. Adam also is an expert in Futures & Scenario Planning, having lead large global assignments for several Fortune 100 companies. Prior to Sterling-Rice, as director of New Concept Development for Kraft Foods his group was responsible for creating more than $1 Billion in incremental sales.  Adam launched and co-authored 11 books on healthy cooking for Time-Life.  He has also owned several restaurants.  Adam has served as a board member to several young Technology and food companies, as well as several professional Cooking schools around the country. Adam currently serves as co-CEO of big BOING, a brand innovation and launch company working in close partnership with Kraft, Nestle, Cranium and others to monetize large platform innovation.  

Jane Goodall PhD is the world’s best known woman scientist, multiply honored for her pioneering work in primatology, and recently selected as humanitarian of the year by the United Nations. Her major interests in worldwide ecology, the education of children and Chimpanzee habitat preservation are implemented through the Jane Goodall  Institute

Ivy Ross is currently the Executive Vice President of Design and Development for Old Navy/Gap, Inc. Ross’ education was in design and psychology and included time at The Harvard Business School. Ross was a founding partner of two independent design firms and a retail store. She has a proven ability as a design leader and also possesses a strong sense of business management. She is a world-renowned artist. Ross’ innovative metal work in jewelry is in the permanent collection of 12 international museums. A winner of the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant, Ross has also received the Women in Design Award and Diamond International award for her creative designs.

Bowen White MD founded the Department of Preventive and Stress Medicine for the Baptist Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, one of the first such departments in the United States. He served as Medical Director of that department and the Department of Wellness and Health Promotion before leaving to pursue a private practice and career as a consultant and speaker. He continues to travel throughout the world conducting seminars, consulting to businesses, and speaking to public and private organizations.



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