Forging Effective Internal Partnerships to Fuel Innovation
Our first Field Study in Ohio will cover a range of topics important to corporate innovation, strategy, and R&D leaders — with a special focus on how you create the right partnerships with business units and other functions to make innovation an everyday occurrence, not an isolated initiative.
How do you work with colleagues around the business to set objectives for an innovation program? How should they be involved in incremental, adjacent, and transformational innovation activities? How do you ensure that they become advocates — rather than adversaries? Our session leaders will include representatives from business units as well as senior leadership.
If these issues are relevant to you, you won't want to miss our Cleveland Field Study this June. As with all our Field Studies, this one is limited to registrants currently in a corporate role.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Receiving 10+ million visitors from across the world, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates and archives the achievements of the most influential rock-and-roll musicians, producers, and engineers in history.
Join us as we tour six levels of rock-and-roll history and learn from President and CEO Greg Harris about how The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has created an external network to fuel their innovations.
Many people think of American Greetings as a purveyor of greeting cards, gift packaging, party goods and e-cards, but as VP of Innovation Carol Miller describes it, the privately-held company is in the “meaningful connections” business, making the world a more thoughtful and caring place. We'll tour their newly-built creative studios, listen to executives discuss their collaborative and highly successful innovation process and understand how they are pivoting to a mission driven innovation agenda.
Cleveland Clinic Innovations
Join us as we tour this world-renowned facility, and meet with the Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI), Peter O'Neill, who runs a team that transforms ideas to improve patient care into patents and licenses. Cleveland Clinic Innovations has been granted more than 850 patents, and the Clinic has been a source of breakthroughs since it was founded in 1920, including pioneering work in organ transplants, neuroscience, and cardiac surgery. CCI uses a unique approach to assess, protect, build, test, and market the most promising ideas of their 51,000+ caregivers.
Sears Think[box] - Case Western Reserve University
The Sears think[box] is a center for innovation and entrepreneurship filled with supplies and equipment. It is located in a 7-story, 50,000 square foot facility in the Richey Mixon Building. Currently 3 floors are occupied and more is being renovated. Over 5000 visits each month are occurring. The Think[box] is the largest open access innovation center at any university in the world.
We'll tour Progressive Field a "retro-modern" ballpark, home of the Cleveland Indians. Known as "The Jake" locally, it was built within the physical boundaries of three main streets in downtown Cleveland. We'll have lunch with a view of Cleveland's downtown skyline.
Come visit KeyBank Tower, global HQ for one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $134.5 billion. We'll bring you on a tour and chat with Co-President Dennis Devine about customer-centricity and digital transformation at this 190 year-old institution.
Tuesday, June 19
Wednesday, June 20
Meet at Kimpton Schofield Hotel
2000 E 9th St [ Map ]
Please don’t be late!
Depart for Cleveland Clinic by bus
Arrival and Breakfast at Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave [ Map ]
Group Introductions and Activity: Who are the Key Innovation Supporters — and Skeptics — in Your Company? What New Relationships Do You Need?
Peter O’Neill, Executive Director, Cleveland Clinic Innovations: How We Cultivate and Commercialize New Ideas
Tour of Cleveland Clinic Innovations
- MTD Products, Eliminating Channel Conflict in your Direct Sales Strategy
- Cardinal Health, TBD
- Gojo Industries, TBD
- Goodyear, When you’re in the middle of “hyper change” how do you define Innovation and who do you work with to make it happen?
Depart for Case Western Reserve University by bus
Arrival and Lunch at Sears Think[box]
Richey Mixon Building
11201 Cedar Ave [ Map ]
- Nationwide, Collaborating with business units to build an innovation culture
- JM Smucker, How R&D at JMSmucker’s collaborates with other functions/business units
- Energizer Holdings, Where to begin: Top 5 ways to effectively define a need for your organization
- Philips Healthcare, Facing the Reality: We Can Innovate and Don’t Need Your Help
- Clorox, How the R&D and Innovation Team at Clorox works with other teams/divisions around the business
Tour of the Think[box] makerspace facility at Case Western Reserve University
Depart for American Greetings by bus
Arrive at American Greetings
One American Blvd [ Map ]
Welcome with Carol Miller, VP of Innovation, American Greetings
Fireside chat: Bringing Together the Right People and Putting in Place the Processes to Foster Innovation
Facilitated by David Mayer, Executive Director, Creative Innovation and Digital with:
- Christy Kaprosy, EVP, Chief Commercial Officer
- Kelly Ricker, GVP, Creative and Greeting Cards
- Carol Miller, VP, Corporate Innovation
Fireside Chat: Mission-Driven Innovation with Alex Ho, Vice President Marketing at American Greetings
Workshop #1: DIY Gift Tutorial: Tissue Paper Flower Pens
Tissue paper flower pens are a fun, inexpensive and easy way to make someone a gift from the heart. American Greetings staff will walk you through the Pinterest-proof method during this live tutorial.
Workshop #2: Handwriting / Lettering
Gather in the American Greetings media studio to see a live demo of brush lettering by one of their in-house lettering artists, then jump in and give it a try yourself.
Cocktail Party and Optional Tours Begin
Thursday, June 21
Meet at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1100 E 9th St [ Map ]
Breakfast and Activity: What Stage of Innovation is Your Company at — and What Will it Take to Move Forward?
Fireside chat with President and CEO of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Greg Harris: Storytelling, Experience-Creation, and Innovation
Long Live Rock!: What innovators can learn from successful musicians with Bill Nottingham, VP of Growth at Nottingham Spirk
Interactions that build & destroy internal partnerships at critical innovation touch-points, with Imaginatik Chief Solutions Officer, Sara Husk
Tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Depart for Progressive Field
Arrive at Progressive Field
12401 Ontario St [ Map ]
Tour the ballpark
Depart for KeyBank
Arrive at KeyBank Tower
127 Public Square [ Map ]
Fireside with Co-President of Key Community Bank, Dennis Devine: Bringing Leadership, Middle Management, and the Rank-and-File Together to Prepare for the Future of Banking
Wrap-up and Next Steps
Bus Departs for Airport
Register to Participate
TestimonialsDon't take our word for it. Listen to your peers from other large organizations who have attended Innovation Leader events in 2017.
Working in corporate innovation can feel like you are on an island alone at times. It is refreshing and inspiring to be with others who are in similar circumstances.
SVP and Head of Customer Experience Insights, Wells Fargo
A rare opportunity to learn ... with a broad range of innovation professionals. Natural collaboration built right into the structure of the event.
Innovation Director at $183B telecommunications company
At the end of two full days, I find myself wishing this was a three day event!! That has never happened to me before.
Director, Breakthrough Innovation at Stanley Black & Decker
I left very energized and inspired by all the creativity showcased, best practices shared and relationships made.
VP, Brand & Culinary Innovation at Dunkin’ Brands
Perfect [event] to facilitate candid dialogue across industries around the opportunities, realities and challenges of real innovation.
VP Innovation at Nationwide
It was amazing! Being able to see and learn from how other great companies innovate is a singularly unique opportunity.
Innovation lead at large insurance company
A wonderfully intimate and meaningful networking and knowledge sharing opportunity. I learned a lot that I will immediately bring back to my group.
GM Innovation at Goodyear
The Innovation Leader Field Studies treat leaders and peers to open up an amazing creative and learning environment.
UX Designer, Arthrex, Inc.
This is my third IL event, and each time, I learn something new, and meet incredibly smart and genuine people it a fantastic opportunity to learn, network and have fun!
Senior Director at Walmart
Hotel & Travel Information
Arrival — If you are flying in to the Field Study, we recommend arriving on Tuesday, June 19, as the program will begin early on Wednesday, June 20.
Hotels — As most corporations have loyalty and reward programs for specific hotel chains, we have only reserved a small room block at The Kimpton Schofield Hotel. Click the website link below for the discounted rate of $184.00 per night:
Departure — The program will end in the early evening on Thursday, June 21.
Questions — If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ellen Dolan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (855) 585-0800.