Charting the Future of Corporate Innovation

July 15 & 16, 2020

*Virtual + High-Value*


2020 is the year of corporate innovation’s reinvention. In many companies, this reinvention is happening amidst new constraints: hiring freezes, tighter budgets, and more scrutiny. In others, budgets may be stable, but there are new expectations around timelines and priorities. Can the innovation group help front-line workers stay safe? Rethink what used to be a face-to-face sales process? Identify high-value opportunities that weren’t feasible to pursue only a few months ago, or introduce tools that can help the organization be more agile and collaborative?

Charting the Future is a two-day gathering created especially for corporate innovation, design, R&D, strategy, and emerging technology leaders in large organizations. You can participate in just one day, or join us for both. You can join us on your own, or sign up for your entire team to participate. As with all Innovation Leader events, Charting the Future is designed for maximum interactivity and maximum usefulness — no spin, no B.S., no case studies where everything went exactly right. There will be plenty of time for you to ask questions, suggest topics for participant-led discussions, and network with other participants.

If you are charting the future for your organization, please join us in July.

(Please note: if your firm offers consulting services or software to customers in large companies, we invite you to get in touch with Andrew Donovan to discuss your involvement in this event:

If you've already purchased a ticket, look out for an email from Caitlin Harper for all the information you'll need to gain access to the virtual event.

Charting the Future of Innovation Speaker Highlights

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Paul Gaffney
SEVP, Chief Technology Officer
Judy Mondello
VP of Research & Development
The J.M. Smucker Company
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Edwin Goutier
VP of Innovation
United Way
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Capt. Steve Lauver
Director of Technology Accelerators and Small Business Innovative Research Open Topic Phase II Program Manager
AFWERX, Air Force
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Peter DeFrancesco
SVP, Head of Digital & Direct to Consumer Business
John Hancock
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Fariha Chaudry
Senior Director & Global Platform Leader, Connected Care
Eli Lilly and Company

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Event FAQs

Who's participating in this event?

Space is limited to corporate innovation, strategy, emerging tech, design, and R&D professionals. That’s everyone from Chief Innovation Officers and VPs of Innovation, to Directors of Emerging Technology and R&D Managers. If you’re responsible for creating new products or services inside your company, you’re probably the right fit.

How will I participate in this event?

We will be using the Swapcard browser-based networking platform for this event, and Zoom videoconferencing software. Zoom's software is free, and easy to install on your work laptop, a personal laptop, or even an iPad or tablet. In advance of the event, download either the Zoom client for your operating system, or the mobile app for a tablet or iPad here. You'll receive all the zoom info ahead of the event. Just click the link when you're ready to join... or enter the nine-digit Meeting ID when you open the Zoom app.

Here's a quick video that shares five tips on participating in one of our virtual meetings on Zoom.

Will vendors be there pitching me?

No. This is a pitch-free zone. Aside from our Innovation Leader partners, we do not admit consultants, advisors, software firms, or others who might try to pitch you something. This is a safe environment.

Will you bore me with PowerPoints?

No. While some sessions may include slides, we've asked our session leaders to tilt the balance towards activities, exercises, and Q&A.

Will the media be there?

No. All our sessions are confidential and off-the-record.

Can I get a refund?

Event ticket purchases are final. However, you may substitute or transfer your registration to a colleague up to the day before the event — just let us know, so we have the new participant's contact info.

What is the code of conduct at your events?

We are dedicated to creating a professional, safe, welcoming, and harassment-free environment for all our attendees — whether online or in-person. Please see our complete code of conduct here.

What is Innovation Leader?

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.

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