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 event for consultants and software providers called The Network, you’ll benefit from the high-level information exchange and networking opportunities that are Innovation Leader hallmarks.

Our 2017 Teach-In is on the campus of MIT in October ... Join us!
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Many of our participants return to our sold-out events year after year.

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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 one of our 2017 Field Studies, taking place in San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington, and New York City.


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!

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.

Click here for details on IL Underground »

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.

Join us July 14, 2017 in Boston — Space is limited, click here to register! »


“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.