Innovation Leader Events

You won’t find the usual PowerPoints, panels, and vendor exhibits at Innovation Leader events.

Instead, we create useful and in-depth experiences that take you inside the most innovative spaces in the world to interact with the teams running those centers, and host informal, interactive whiteboard sessions that connect you with your peers to share best practices, compare approaches, and explore solutions to common challenges.

Whether you attend one of our Field Studies, our annual Teach-In, or our regional Member Roundtables, or our new one-day Deep Dive event, you’ll benefit from the high-level information exchange and networking opportunities that are Innovation Leader hallmarks.

Our next Field Study is in Los Angeles in December … Join us!

Check out the calendar of all upcoming Innovation Leader learning events:

Calendar of Upcoming Events


July 25
Partner Event

Executive Innovation Pop-up Lab: Chicago

Join Moves The Needle to discuss innovation with innovation leaders and practitioners in a low-key, no-sales environment.

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August 2

Webinar: How Hackathons power the growth agenda

Join Imaginatik to explore how corporations can scale the value from hackathons.
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August 9

Webinar: How to Evaluate Ideas

Join IdeaScale to discuss how to funnel ideas through a process that helps you evaluate and identify the ideas that will deliver the highest ROI.

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September 7

Webcast: Best and Worst Practices in Innovation Governance, Reporting, and Communications

How innovation governance, oversight, and reporting works at 50 large organizations.

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September 14

Executive Roundtable
Boston, MA

Three-hour invitation-only executive roundtable.

September 19

Webcast: How the Marines Build Involvement with Innovation — and Deploy What Works

How the Marine Corps is looking to reignite its innovation spirit today.

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October 10-12

Teach-In at MIT
Cambridge, MA

Innovation execs from Walmart, PepsiCo, many others share best practices.

November 2

Executive Roundtable
New York City

Three-hour invitation-only executive roundtable.

December 5

Executive Roundtable
Los Angeles, CA

Three-hour invitation-only executive roundtable.

December 6-7

Field Study
Los Angeles, CA

Visit Northrup Grumman’s innovation lab and other corporate labs and spaces.



January 25

Executive Roundtable
Philadelphia, PA

Three-hour invitation-only executive roundtable.

February 28

Deep Dive:

Scouting, Piloting, Deploying—How you handle emerging technologies from the startup world or academia?

San Francisco, CA

March 1

Executive Roundtable
San Francisco, CA

Three-hour invitation-only executive roundtable.

March 22

Executive Roundtable
Seattle, WA

Three-hour invitation-only executive roundtable.

April 18

Executive Roundtable
New York City

Three-hour invitation-only executive roundtable.

April 19-20

April 19-20
Field Study
New York City

May 24

Executive Roundtable

Three-hour invitation-only executive roundtable.

June 19

Executive Roundtable
Cleveland, OH

Three-hour invitation-only executive roundtable.

June 20-21

Field Study
Cleveland, OH

July 26

Executive Roundtable

Three-hour invitation-only executive roundtable.

September 24

Executive Roundtable

Three-hour invitation-only executive roundtable.

September 25-26

Field Study


Teach-In 2018

Stay tuned for location, dates, and details!

October 25

Executive Roundtable
Silicon Valley

Three-hour invitation-only executive roundtable.

November 29

Executive Roundtable

Three-hour invitation-only executive roundtable.


Field Study

Stay tuned for exact dates and details!

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Innovation Leader Field Studies

Our Field Studies provide an engaging and collaborative forum for innovation executives, enabling them to visit other innovation spaces, share war stories, and benefit from the insight of their peers.

We’ve taken Field Study participants to more than two-dozen innovation spaces at the world’s best-known brands, including Adobe, BMW, CVS, Fidelity, Google, Johnson & Johnson, MasterCard, Starbucks, Twitter, and Visa and many others.

Have a look at the photo galleries from our past Field Studies and see what participants had to say about these one-of-a-kind events, and join us for our next Field Study in Los Angeles.


The world’s leading corporate innovators share best practices at our annual Teach-In, a two-day learning event in which corporate innovators from Global 1000 companies, including Starbucks, Marriott, Nike, FedEx, GE, Lowe’s, ESPN, bring you inside their innovation programs and share lessons learned in interactive, whiteboard sessions. At our 2016 Teach-In, held at the Harvard Innovation Lab in Cambridge, MA, participants shared approaches and solutions to a variety of innovation issues and challenges, including:

  • Spotting emerging technologies and disruptive trends
  • Rolling out successful pilots into the business
  • Working with the startup ecosystem
  • Creating a culture of risk-taking and entrepreneurship.

Specifically geared for innovation, R&D, design, strategy, corporate venturing, and new product development executives from the Global 1000, the Teach-In provides value to executives just launching innovation initiatives, as well as those who have been in the role for several years.

L.A. Field Study

We’re headed to Los Angeles for our next learning expedition, December 6 & 7, 2017!

Join us as we take you inside some of L.A.’s incredible innovation spaces, and connect you with other corporate innovators for informal conversations. We’ll show you why Los Angeles ranked fourth on our list of Top Ten Cities for Corporate Innovation!

Deep Dive: Tech Scouting

Among the corporate members of Innovation Leader, more than half tell us that “spotting emerging technologies and disruptive trends” is an activity they’re trying to improve — or set up in the first place.

In this one-day Deep Dive event, we’ll explore how you make sure that the right processes are in place, and the right people involved, to do this kind of tech and trend scouting at a world-class level — and that you have a mechanism for working with business units and functions throughout the company to ensure that they’re ready to respond.

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Innovation Leader Underground

The Innovation Leader Underground is a small roundtable series for selected senior executives working in innovation, strategy, and R&D.

By creating a confidential and off-the-record space, and facilitating highly-participatory conversations, we’re empowering executives to share recommendations, insights, and guidance with one another. Participants will be asked to contribute topics and challenges in advance of each meeting so the agenda is relevant to them.

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The Network

The Network is a one-day event for experts working in the world of corporate innovation. This includes consultants, software providers, authors, keynote speakers, workshop and seminar leaders, and other professionals.

The Network is not, by design, for people currently in innovation/R&D roles at large companies, but rather the people who supply them with software, expertise, and services.

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What participants say about Innovation Leader events:

Great insights and dedicated thinking and learning time with the global best…priceless!

Loren Nalewanski, VP Global Brand Management, $12.8 billion Marriott

Loved the diversity of industries and phases of innovation practices.

Samantha Fisher, Workplace Innovation, $23.7 billion Capital One

A chance to learn with others engaged in similar challenges. A great way to know you’re not alone!

Nate Bellinger, Director, Consumer Innovation, $41.3 billion Humana

What participants say about Innovation Leader events:

“Great insights and dedicated thinking and learning time with the global best…priceless!”

Loren Nalewanski, VP Global Brand Management
$12.8 billion Marriott (NASDAQ:MAR)

“Great attendee list … lots of people to learn from.”

Carla Small, Clinical Innovation Acceleration Program Manager
Boston Children’s Hospital

“A chance to learn and share with others engaged with similar opportunities and challenges. It’s a great way to know you’re not alone!”

Nate Bellinger, Director, Consumer Innovation
$41.3 billion Humana, Inc. (NYSE:HUM)

“Peer to peer sharing was excellent. I was able to benchmark our progress with the state of the art in innovation.”


“Meeting innovation leaders from across industries was enlightening and fun! Learned so much and really expanded my innovation network.”

Adrienne White, Senior Innovation Strategist
Business Media Innovation Lab, $3.6 billion Hearst Corp.

“Loved the diversity of industries and phases of innovation practices.”

Samantha Fisher, Senior Manager, Workplace Innovation
$23.7 billion Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF)

“Great event to network with other innovation leaders, share problems, ideas, solutions and get energized!”

VP Global R&D and Innovation
$9 billion medical devices company

“The Innovation Leader Field Study was a rich, rewarding event. The opportunity to network validated our experiences. Great shared learning with passionate, diverse, innovation leaders. Very well worth the investment.”

Managing Director, Customer Research & Development
$6.5 billion airline

“Meeting people working with innovation across industries was incredibly valuable. It got me to step outside of my world and think differently about stimulating innovation, measuring innovation, and even making space for innovation.”

Executive Director of Innovation
$1.7 billion healthcare provider

“The Field Study was a great way to spend two days with smart, talented leaders working toward common goals. I learned a lot, contributed some, and am already looking forward to the next one.”

Gina Villani, Director, Strategic Investments
$6.3 billion Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass.

“The best networking and insight sharing, bar none. It’s authentic, energizing, and thought provoking.”

Director Marketing & Brand Strategy
$11.3 billion energy company

“Fabulous quality and range of discussion. I came away with multiple approaches to improve business value through innovation.”

Innovation Catalyst
$420 billion oil and gas company

“You brought together a group of very talented and energetic people all interested in taking our organizations and products or services to new places. We all look at it slightly differently, may apply different systems or processes (or not) to innovation, but all share a passion for our customers.”

Colleen Kelleher, Senior Director, New Product Development
$1 billion Educational Testing Service

“Thought provoking, inspiring, and validating. The opportunity to connect with other brilliant innovators.”

VP Global Operations Innovation
$14.9 billion consumer goods company.


Corporate innovation, strategy and R&D professionals. That’s everyone from Chief Innovation Officers and VPs of Innovation, to Directors of Innovation and R&D Managers. If you’re responsible for new products or services inside your company, you’re probably the right fit.
No. Our events are pitch-free zones. Aside from event partners who help us plan and run some of our events (and often run some very useful, pitch-free sessions), we do not admit consultants, advisors, software firms, or others who might try to pitch you something.
NO, absolutely not! Our events have sessions that will be super-useful to you whether you’re just getting your innovation program started, or are several years in.

In addition, regardless of your level, you’ll benefit from the collective experience of corporate innovators from some of the world’s leading companies, who attend our events and lead our sessions.

Probably best to let past event attendees answer this one:

“As a leader starting up a new innovation function in my company, this event was invaluable. Great way to get started!” – Innovation Architect at a $3.5B technology distributor

“It’s easy to get buried in your corners of the world and be busy with stuff. The Teach-In broke me out of my reverie, and woke me up to what all is going on — stuff that will make a difference.” – V.P. Strategy, Biz Dev & innovation at $5B company

“So many smart, forward thinking, helpful and insightful people in one place.” – VP of Innovation at global financial services firm

“It was fantastic to see so many people facing similar issues and to see the varied ways they approach them. Real stories from real people.” – SVP at $30B global energy management company

“Better than any innovation conference I’ve been to” – Director of Strategic Innovation at $2B insurer