Sue Lebeck

Sue Lebeck

Chair, City Protocol Task Force (CPTF) at City Protocol Society

San Francisco, California (San Francisco Bay Area)
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Sue Lebeck's Overview

  • Chair, City Protocol Task Force (CPTF) at City Protocol Society
  • Contributor at
  • Technology Strategy Advisor at Cool City Challenge
  • Founder and Principal at InnovatingSMART
  • Member - Expert Network at Starnet LLC
  • Executive Program Director at Silicon Valley Innovation Institute
  • Creativity Teacher, Counselor, Consultant at Working-Arts+
  • Software and Program Management - Electronic Messaging at Hewlett-Packard

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Sue Lebeck's Summary

Sue Lebeck is the Chair of the City Protocol Task Force (CPTF), an open community of individuals who volunteer to work together to develop international City Protocol Agreements (CPAs) in support of common city solution-development. The CPTF was created and is supported by the City Protocol Society.

Sue is a contributor to the GreenBiz sustainable business media platform, where she explores openings for smart, sustainable innovation. She is technology advisor to the Cool City Challenge, an innovative citizen-engagement initiative that seeks to take low-carbon and resilient living to scale within cities, block by block.

Sue is Founder and Director of InnovatingSMART, an initiative which spotlights and supports sustainability-driven innovators. She is also a member of the StarNet LLC expert network, specialists in designing multi-party cost-shared innovation alliances.

Previously, Sue served as Executive Program Director of the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute, a non-profit focused on innovation management practice and innovation advocacy. Before that, she practiced as a creativity teacher, counselor, and consultant.

Sue's career began in the commercialization of the Internet – bringing international electronic messaging to the business community and then challenging, integrating and evolving its definition and performance to better serve commercial applications and innovation. This work was performed through the University of Wisconsin-Madison computer science applied research arm, Tandem Computers (now HP) and a host of Open Systems industry workgroups (within ISO/OSI, NIST, X/APIA/CMC, EMA/The Open Group, and IFIP), one of which she led.

Sue holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.A. in Clinical and Creative Psychology from Sofia University (formerly ITP) in Silicon Valley. She is certified in the Creativity in Business methodology, and is a Certified ScrumMaster®.

Sue Lebeck's Experience

Chair, City Protocol Task Force (CPTF)

City Protocol Society

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

July 2014Present (4 months)

The City Protocol Society is an organization founded by leading smart cities, businesses and organizations; it is centered in Barcelona.

The City Protocol seeks to define a common systems view for cities, and then embrace or develop standards that will help innovators create - and modern cities deploy - solutions that can work across many different cities. The result: innovators enjoy a larger market for their innovative solutions, and sustainable cities enjoy more solution choice, reduced risk, affordable pricing, and increased collaboration.

As Chair, I lead the City Protocol Task Force (CPTF), an open community of individuals belonging to member and non-member institutions, organized in Task-And-Finish-Teams (TAFTs), who volunteer to work together to develop City Protocol Agreements (CPA). I also Chair the City Protocol Technical Steering Committee (CPTSC), which holds and evolves the systems view necessary for the development of diverse CPAs, and which formally accepts their content.


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Online Media industry

October 2013Present (1 year 1 month)

Research and report about current and future smart, sustainable innovation, with an emphasis on smart cities and smart infrastructures.

Technology Strategy Advisor

Cool City Challenge

July 2013Present (1 year 4 months) Northern California

Advise on technology strategies to support the Cool City Challenge, a social innovation program of the Empowerment Institute, designed to take proven low-carbon behavior practices to deep scale within smart, sustainable Early Adopter cities.

Founder and Principal


Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Media Production industry

December 2009Present (4 years 11 months) San Francisco Bay Area

InnovatingSMART is an initiative founded and directed by Sue to promote change for a sustainable, regenerative world. InnovatingSMART began with a collaborative media project, focused on first-person stories of SMART design and innovation. There, Sue created an online media platform and organized a team of content contributors. She developed and produced a range of original innovation content herself, including video interviews and integrative articles featuring top business innovators in fields ranging from transportation to economics, and from smart cities to consumer products. InnovatingSmart’s database includes over 75 innovation profiles. The InnovatingSMART team also developed an integrated sustainability-driven narrative to inspire other innovators, called "Shaping the Future Today".

Through GotSMART? Sue also offers internal research and communications services to clients' leadership and marketing functions; assists initiative leaders in mapping their sustainability-driven stakeholder needs to technology requirements; and helps to remove obstacles to the implementation process. A current GotSMART? project is the Cool City Challenge.

Member - Expert Network

Starnet LLC

October 2010Present (4 years 1 month) San Francisco

StarNet, LLC is a management services firm which for 20 years has helped leaders design and manage R&D partnerships, consortia and alliances to meet specific innovation objectives. StarNet's clients are leaders within innovation networks large and small, who step up to collaboratively drive innovation and technology commercialization; their goal - to evolve their industries forward.

At StarNet, Sue conducts secondary and primary research in a variety of technology fields to discover innovation and collaboration gaps within an industry. Her focus is in the area of sustainability and "smart" IT-infused infrastructures, such as Smart Cities, Smart Buildings and Smart Grids. Sue also applies software technology to provide virtual collaboration platforms for innovation networks.

Executive Program Director

Silicon Valley Innovation Institute

Sole Proprietorship; 1-10 employees; Management Consulting industry

2006December 2009 (3 years) Silicon Valley

The SVII Innovation Society is a non-profit community dedicated to supporting innovators, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals and practitioners of all kinds.

At SVII, Sue convened Silicon Valley innovation leaders and lab directors to explore collaborative initiative potential, and led a collaborative effort to articulate the needs of innovative entrepreneurs to policy leaders in Washington (Silicon Valley Letters to Washington).

Also at SVII, Sue recruited and organized a team of innovation management consultants to create an Innovation Management skills development program for entrepreneurs and professionals. She also co-designed and implemented a unique "Innovation Society" model, providing peer support, expertise-sharing, and creative inspiration through workshops and community dinners.

Creativity Teacher, Counselor, Consultant


October 20002007 (7 years) San Francisco Bay Area

Working-Arts (founded by Sue in 2003) developed and applied expressive arts principles and perspectives to assist organizations in creative visioning, change management, and creative problem-solving. Other expressive arts organizations Sue worked for and with (starting in 2000) include the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (programs development and expressive arts facilitation), the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (non-profit Executive Board), and Dreamfish (expressive arts facilitation). In addition, Sue worked as a counselor helping private individuals work through personal and professional challenges through use of the arts. She created and published "The Artful Professional", a newsletter to inspire and support professionals in every field.

Software and Program Management - Electronic Messaging


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; HPQ; Information Technology and Services industry

19891996 (7 years) Silicon Valley

Tandem Computers was the leader in fault-tolerant computing hardware and software. The Tandem "NonStop" line of solutions is now owned by HP.

Sue's work at Tandem (now HP) was focused on Electronic Messaging and Network Management. Sue was a Software Development Manager (creating technical requirements specifications, recruiting and managing an engineering team, and aligning the work of internal and external development teams), Program Manager (leading and managing a cross-functional team from Software Development, Quality Assurance, Publications, Customer Support and Product Management), Solutions Architect (providing technical liason to the Program Sales Team), and Product Strategist (in collaboration with Product Management and the Program Sales Team)

While at Tandem, Sue served the electronic messaging industry through standards evolution and pre-standards development, working collaboratively in a variety of industry trade groups and consortia (ISO/OSI, NIST, X/APIA/CMC, EMA/The Open Group, and IFIP) to advance email to the ubiquitous innovation-supporting infrastructure it is today.

Applied Research - Computer Networking

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

19831989 (6 years)

WISCnet and ARGO were applied research projects in the field of computer networking, conducted by the UW-Madison Department of Computer Science. Both were funded by IBM.

While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sue worked as a software engineer. For WISCnet, Sue supported the first Internet software suite developed for the IBM Virtual Machine (VM) -- and helped with the management of the first email gateway between the Internet and BITNET. For ARGO, Sue developed one of the first implementations of an emerging ISO/OSI email standard (X.400), a standard which challenged and helped to evolve Internet email as we know it.

While at UW-Madison, Sue served the electronic messaging industry through standards evolution, working collaboratively in a variety of industry trade groups and consortia (ISO/OSI, NIST, and IFIP).

Sue Lebeck's Organizations

  • Sustainovation

    Core Team Member
    • December 2009 to Present
  • SVII Innovation Society

    Permanent Member
    • September 2006 to Present
  • Dreamfish Changemaker Network

    Expressive Arts Facilitator
    • 2005 to April 2007

    Nonprofit Executive Co-Chair
    • 2003 to 2005

    Member, Speaker
    • 2004 to 2006

Sue Lebeck's Publications

  • GreenBiz blog

    • October 11, 2013

    Shining a light on the open interfaces which invite and enable innovation within smart infrastructures, systems and cities.

  • InnovatingSMART - Stories of Sustainability for Tomorrow's Innovators

    • InnovatingSMART
    • September 12, 2010

    Shining a light on innovations and innovators building systems that are SMART -- systems-savvy, managed intelligently, adaptive, regenerative, and trusted.

  • Scrappy Women in Business - Living Proof That Bending the Rules Isn't Breaking the Law

    • Happy About
    • July 21, 2011

    Although some people make it look easy, the reality is that the path to success is often convoluted and messy. It's tempting to believe that the professionals surrounding us somehow have their act completely together while we lurch fitfully onward, but the real story is often much more complicated and chaotic. This refreshingly honest book provides welcome reassurance for every businesswoman who's ever wondered, "Is it me, or has the whole rest of the company gone nuts?!" Each chapter is a fascinating description of one woman's unlikely journey, and every story is teeming with personal insights and practical tips to encourage you along the way toward your own goals and dreams.

Sue Lebeck's Skills & Expertise

  1. Program Management
  2. Sustainability
  3. Non-profits
  4. Entrepreneurship
  5. Innovation Management
  6. Information Systems
  7. Online Research
  8. Strategic Alliances
  9. Collaboration
  10. R&D
  11. Start-ups
  12. Social Entrepreneurship
  13. Change Management
  14. Leadership
  15. Cross-functional Team Leadership
  16. Workshop Facilitation
  17. Product Management
  18. Executive Management
  19. Open Innovation
  20. Management
  21. Strategic Partnerships
  22. Team Building
  23. Software Development
  24. Cleantech
  25. Strategy
  26. Business Strategy
  27. Business Modeling
  28. Business Development
  29. Web Content Management
  30. Web publishing
  31. Author
  32. Business Writer
  33. Corporate Social Responsibility
  34. Start-up Consulting
  35. Consulting
  36. Networking
  37. Go-to-market Strategy
  38. Strategic Consulting
  39. Business Alliances
  40. Venture Capital
  41. Management Consulting
  42. Strategic Thinking
  43. Corporate Development
  44. Innovation Consulting
  45. Thought Leadership
  46. Nonprofits

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Sue Lebeck's Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S., Computer Science


Sofia University, Palo Alto (formerly ITP)

M.A. (MACP), Clinical/Transpersonal Psychology, Creative Expression


Clarke College

B.A., Computer Science and Management Science


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