About Innovation Leader Events

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Join us for our San Francisco Field Study,  Feb. 28 - March 1, 2019. During the event, we'll explore San Francisco's vast innovation ecosystem, including tours of W.L. Gore's Innovation Center, Levi's Stadium, the Target Open House, and more. We'll also hear from leaders at Google Ventures, Airbnb, EmbraerX, and others, about how they scout emerging trends and technologies.

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You won’t find the usual canned PowerPoint presentations, panel discussions, and trade show booths at our 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 Impact conference, or our regional executive roundtables, or our new one-day Deep Dive events, you’ll benefit from the high-level information exchange and networking opportunities that are Innovation Leader hallmarks.

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Upcoming Events

MARCH 21, 2019


Executive Roundtable New York

This roundtable, co-hosted with PA Consulting, will focus on organizational agility & the role of emerging technologies.
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MAY 2019


Deep Dive NYC: Getting Started and Expanding Innovation

This event will feature two tracks for participants at two different stages of the innovation journey: The “Year 1” track and the “Year 3 and Beyond” track.
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JUNE 20, 2019


Executive Roundtable Boston

This roundtable, co-hosted with PA Consulting, will focus on tapping into new sources of talent and building an agile workforce.
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JUNE 26-28, 2019


London Field Study

IL Field Studies help senior innovation professionals engage with a global community of their peers inside innovative labs and workplaces around the globe.
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JULY 11, 2019


Executive Roundtable Chicago

This roundtable, co-hosted with PA Consulting, will focus on designing a digital-first organization.
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JULY 25, 2019


Executive Roundtable Minneapolis

Topic TBA. Limited to 12 participants, preference given to current IL members. Co-hosted with Moves the Needle.
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OCTOBER 23-24, 2019


Impact 2019: San Francisco

The annual Innovation Leader member conference, for corporate innovation, strategy, and R&D leaders. Our largest event of the year.
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Our Unique Event Formats

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 dozens of innovation spaces at the world’s best-known brands, including Adobe, American Greetings, Autodesk, BMW, the Cleveland Clinic, CVS, Dow Jones, Fidelity, Ford, Google, Home Depot, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, LinkedIn, MasterCard, NASDAQ, Porsche, Starbucks, Twitter, Visa, Vodafone, and many others.

Innovation Leader Deep Dives, Roundtables & Executive Forums: Our shorter events — from a three-hour roundtable with peers to a full-day Deep Dive focusing on a single theme — still deliver incredibly high value to participants. Usually, we host them in corporate labs or startup spaces (not hotel boardrooms.)

We’ve run roundtables and Deep Dive gatherings at the CME Group, Johnson & Johnson, LinkedInMassChallenge, MasterCard, Royal Bank of Scotland, Starbucks, Verizon, Whirlpool, Work-Bench, and many others.

Innovation Leader's Impact Annual Conference: Impact is the only conference designed just for corporate innovators, to help them achieve more impact in their organizations and career.

Through interactive whiteboard sessions and workshops, attendees learn about metrics, governance, working with business units, as well as personal innovation, branding, and career development. Infused with peer-to-peer learning, skill-building, and interactive activities, our off-the-record sessions are for attendees' ears only. No slides, no panels, just real conversations with your peers at the world's largest companies.

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