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 community.
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.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 New York Times, BusinessWeek, and other mainstream media. 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.
Director of Sales & Sponsorship Andrew Donovan has held senior business development and sales roles at the Boston Globe, GateHouse Media, Cheapflights, Nature Publishing, and, most recently, 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.Events and Strategic Partnerships Manager Ellen Dolan joined Innovation Leader after finding success with Boston-based startups TurningArt and Paint Nite, the latter of which was named 2016’s second-fastest-growing private company in the nation by Inc. 5000.
With years of event planning experience, including her last two years in corporate events and fundraisers, Ellen is well-versed in developing and executing engaging B2B experiences.
Events Manager Elana Wilner organizes a wide range of in-person gatherings for Innovation Leader, with a focus on delivering useful and high-impact experiences for participants. She previously managed healthcare events at the Brigham Research Institute, part of Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and at CBI. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware’s Lerner College of Business and Economics.
Marketing and Audience Development Manager Marina Askari oversees all of Innovation Leader’s marketing activities, branding, and key partnerships. Marina was previously an account executive at several B2B public relation firms in Boston; an e-commerce entrepreneur; and a designer at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Adam Perri focuses on growing Innovation Leader’s community as our Membership Sales Executive. His earlier career includes serving as an Account Executive in group sales for the Boston Red Sox and the Phoenix Suns; as a Private Event Manager for Paint Nite; and as an Account Executive at FamilyID.
Assistant Editor & Designer Kelsey Alpaio joined Innovation Leader in 2016, after earning a Master’s in Technical Entrepreneurship from Lehigh University, where she also edited the Brown & White, Lehigh’s student newspaper, and worked as a graphic designer in the Office of Sustainability.
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 Writer Patricia Riedman Yeager has been a managing editor at Advertising Age, a contributor to the AMA’s Marketing News magazine, and a contributor to B2B magazine and Kellogg School of Management’s alumni magazine.
Contributing Writer Steven Melendez has worked as a software developer at WNYC, New York’s public radio station, and is a regular contributor to Fast Company.
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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.
Karen Stroup, SVP Digital Labs / The Garage, Capital One
Dennis McGrath, VP of Global Ops Innovation, Starbucks
Mona Vernon, CTO, Thomson Reuters Labs
Robert Urban, Global Head, J&J Innovation Centers