About Innovation Leader

How We Help

If you’re working to make change happen inside a large organization, Innovation Leader was created especially for you.

We create downloadable templates and tools; report on what the world’s best companies are doing; and convene your peers to share best practices, in conference calls, webcasts, and at live events. Everything we do is geared to helping you deliver impact in your organization, whether you work in strategy, R&D, new ventures, design, technology, or innovation. (Note: we have versions of this page en español, en français, auf Deutsch, and em português.)

  • If you’re just getting a new initiative or lab started…
  • If you oversee an existing department that needs to work differently…
  • If you’re expanding your team and need to grow your budget…
  • If you need to change the culture, and open up to the outside world…
  • If you need benchmarks and comparables…
  • If you are making the case for more resources, support, and investment…
  • If you’re working to turn concepts into revenue-generating products…
  • If your business is changing, and you need to keep upping your game…

Innovation Leader is the essential resource.

Useful on Day One

Whether you are just launching a new innovation initiative, or working to evolve an existing program, Innovation Leader is the essential resource, providing you with data, downloadable resources, and concrete examples you can begin using on Day One of your membership.

What Members Say


Intel Corp.

David Shaw
Innovation Catalyst


Merck & Co.

Wim Vandenhouweele
EMEA Innovation Head



Dennis McGrath
VP Global Operational Innovation


The Walt Disney Company

Joey Hasty
Digital Innovation Director

“The Go-To Source.”

GE Open Innovation

Ann Marie Dumais
Leader, Global Strategy


Capital One

Gagan Kanjlia
Head of Capital One Garage

“A Must Read.”

Prudential Financial

Melissa Kivett
SVP, Strategy Officer



Bill Atkinson
VP Innovation

“A Must Have.”

Stanley Black & Decker

Daniel White
VP Breakthrough Innovation

“Incredible Access.”


Anna Mancebo
VP Insight, Strategy + Innovation



Shannon Lucas
Director of Innovation


The Hershey Company

Deborah Arcoleo
Director, Innovation Center

Innovation Leader Members Include:

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  • Sony
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Our Editorial Advisory Board includes…

Our Editorial Advisory Board provides direction and input and ensures we remain true to our mission: helping corporate innovation and R&D executives deliver impact within their organizations. The group acts as a sounding board for editorial, weighs in on surveys and research, helps us design the best events on corporate innovation, and provides input on other ways Innovation Leader can be helpful to our membership. The complete list of advisory board members can be found here.


Linda Elkins, Chief Technical Officer,  W.L. Gore Innovation Center


Mona Vernon, Head of Fidelity Labs,  Fidelity Investments


Prat Vemana, Chief Digital Officer,  Kaiser Permanente


Jill Brandt, Head of Strategy,  Amazon Pay

Our Mission: Helping You Deliver Impact

Innovating inside a large organization is the toughest job there is. Our sole mission with our research, case studies, webcasts, and live events is helping you deliver impact in your organization.

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Who We Are

Innovation Leader is an unbiased, independent media and events company focused on helping change-makers in large organizations deliver real impact.

Our team of journalists, analysts, and media entrepreneurs has extensive experience in the worlds of innovation and business-to-business media, and we apply that experience to serve the needs of Innovation Leader’s network.

Co-founders Scott Kirsner, Frank Hertz, and Scott Cohen originally worked together at The Boston Globe, where in 1995 they launched a series of pioneering and award-winning Web sites, including the first regional news portal, Boston.com.

Scott Kirsner

Scott Kirsner

Frank Hertz

Frank Hertz

Scott Cohen

Scott Cohen

After Boston.com, Scott Kirsner, who serves as CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Innovation Leader, spent nearly two decades as a business journalist and contributing editor at the Globe, Wired Magazine, Fast Company, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and other mainstream media outlets. His focus on how innovations that matter get introduced to the world has taken him to the White House, the Sundance Film Festival, the United Nations, and the innovation labs of Google, Walt Disney, General Motors, and many other companies.

Kirsner is the author of several books on innovation and technology, including a highly-acclaimed collaboration with George Lucas, “Inventing the Movies,” which explored the challenge of bringing new ideas to a century-old, change-resistant industry: Hollywood.

Frank Hertz and Scott Cohen, who also left Boston.com in the late ‘90s, went on to launch several successful digital media companies, all — like Innovation Leader — in the B2B space. Their first enterprise was an early-Internet directory business, which was acquired by CNET (now CBS Interactive). They then went on to launch a business information service for compliance executives at large public companies who were grappling with the complex post-Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory regime.

That information service, Compliance Week, was acquired by Haymarket Media in London. They then launched a digital company that tracked “sentiment” among sports fans online; that company was acquired by a division of Advance Publications in New York.

Andrew Donovan

Andy Donovan

Kristen Krasinskas

Kristen Krasinskas

Parys Zambas

Parys Zambas

Kristof Torok

Kristof Torok

Senior Director of Sales & Sponsorship Andrew Donovan has held senior business development and sales roles at the Boston Globe, GateHouse Media, Cheapflights, Nature Publishing, and Propel Marketing, where he served as Director of Political and Advocacy Development.

Andy works with Innovation Leader’s strategic partners to help them achieve their business objectives and connect with our audience of senior R&D, innovation, technology, and strategy executives.

Customer Success Manager Kristen Krasinskas serves as a liaison between Innovation Leader and its network of corporate members and strategic partners. Kristen has previously worked in sales, marketing, and corporate accounts for organizations like the American Hockey League, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Invictus Boston, and Healthworks Fitness Centers. She holds a degree in sports management from Springfield College.

Event Producer & Host Parys Zambas oversees Innovation Leader’s in-person and online events. She was previously a manager of event technology at Corinthian Events and an event manager at the Chief Executives Organization. She is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, with a double major in sociology and government.

Marketing & Communications Lead Kristof Torok spearheads the company's marketing initiatives. Kristof was a marketing intern for Innovation Leader while earning his degree in marketing and international management from the University of Massachusetts / Boston. Kristof has worked as a freelance event and commercial photographer, and his photographs have appeared in Innovation Leader's print magazine.

Strategic Advisor Alex Slawsby contributes to Innovation Leader's research reports and other content initiatives. He is also a co-founder of Derisk, and a former director of innovation at Embraer.

Creative Director Patrick Mitchell serves as the designer of Innovation Leader’s print magazine. He has been creative director of Fast Company, Boston Magazine, O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Inc. Magazine, and is a founder of Modus Operandi Design, The Solo Project, and The Other Cape.

Contributing to Innovation Leader

Innovation Leader regularly publishes opinion pieces and case studies from contributors who are currently in a corporate role, or who have left a corporate role recently. Leaders from Intel, Pfizer, Nike, Starbucks, Nestlé, Cambia Health, and Chick-fil-A have shared their insights and experiences recently on Innovation Leader. Guidelines for suggesting an idea or submitting a finished piece can be found here.

Speaking at an Innovation Leader Event

Interested in speaking at an upcoming Innovation Leader gathering? Check out our  guidelines, along with sample session titles and examples of past speakers. Speakers at Innovation Leader events are all involved in fostering innovation within large organizations. They may have roles in R&D, Strategy, Technology, Design, Marketing, HR, or other functions. You can learn more or propose a session you’d like to lead here .

Trusted, and founded by journalists

Innovation Leader is an unbiased, independent information service. We don’t provide consulting services, which means we are a trusted resource, relentlessly focused on helping our members deliver real impact.