Innovation Leader’s roundtables bring together innovation professionals for off-the-record discussions on the innovation topics you care about. Click below to learn more about our 2021 roundtables — including the topics that we will be discussing.
Our roundtables are only open to current corporate innovation and R&D professionals.
Have you ever been surprised by the action or inaction of your customer base? Implementing and scaling a behavioral economic framework can help organizations not only understand the human face of their customer, but to create solutions that enable real change at key receptive moments. From medication adherence to vaccine ...
Jelena Joffe Weil and Peter Gardner share how Amazon has tapped into the startup ecosystem. That includes creating a repeatable innovation process, identifying the best partners, and overcoming internal barriers to innovation.
2021-04-21T13:00:00+01:00By Kaitlin Milliken
Only 23 miles separate Hollywood from LAX. During rush hour, this distance can take over one hour to traverse. However, EVE Urban Air Mobility imagines a future with air taxis that can make the trip in minutes.
Failure rates are high for startups and new ventures launched by established corporations. But do these failures follow similar patterns and have comparable causes? What can startup founders and corporate innovators learn from each other about how to avoid new venture failure? Scott Kirsner, CEO of Innovation ...
2021-03-24T13:00:00+00:00By Kaitlin Milliken
Lululemon’s Chief Science Officer, Tom Waller shares why 2020 created lines out of their store doors and how the retailer keeps customers close when building new products.
At our recent Software Showcase, in March of 2021, eight of Innovation Leader’s strategic partners shared digital innovation tools that can help address common issues.
In this Master Class, Todd Dunn, Vice President of Innovation at Atrium Health and Tad Haas, Executive Vice President at edison365 discuss how Atrium Health designs for impact.
In this episode of One Quick Thing, Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing Officer of Mastercard, discusses how emerging technology plays into marketing and tips for telling innovation stories.
Ian Hunt and Aimee Reynolds of Novartis’ Genesis Labs share insights on developing an effective innovation ecosystem that ensures that the best ideas bubble up to the top.
Three startups demo their products, including an artificial intelligence powered gifting platform, a 360 degree meeting video camera, and odor sensors.
Three AI-powered tools share their solutions to running better meetings, assessing employee engagement, and scheduling.
Chip Blaufuss of HCA Healthcare discusses his team’s COVID-19 preparations at the start of 2020 and getting ready for vaccine distribution in 2021.
2020-12-07T18:50:00+00:00By Kaitlin Milliken
Peter Williams discussed his experience as the CEO of Alpha, a long-term innovation group created by the Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica.
KPMG Managing Directors Kes Sampanthar and Ali Geramian provide insights on where successful companies are investing.
Three startups pitch their products including a reinvention of the rowing machine, an intelligence company for businesses, and an AI-powered talent acquisition software.
As part of our recent Impact conference, Karim Lakhani and Navi Radjou discussed their latest ideas about the future of innovation and how they can be applied in large organizations.
In our “Accelerating Innovation During Times of Disruption” Master Class, Tim Bernstein and Stella Peace share insights on how to capitalize on 2020’s challenges to drive innovation.
Three startups pitch their products including home robotics kits for students, a lightweight AR headset, and digital twins for brick-and-mortar stores…
Three startups demo their products, which include virtual reality for senior citizens, data-driven design software, and a robot that delivers medical supplies.
Three startups demo their products, which include on-demand wellness programming, virtual coffee meetups, and a way to guage customer emotions.
What does it mean to innovate travel, and create new kinds of safety in 2020? Jodie Brinkerhoff, VP of Innovation at DFW Airport, discusses how her team is adapting…
In this Master Class, Ashish Basuray of PreScouter discusses five megatrends, including digital twins, third-wave AI, smart materials, and more.
Three startups demo their products, which include a robot to weed gardens, a voice-controlled AI to sort enterprise data, and an open source app builder.
Jill Longman, Innovation Committee Co-Chair at Med-IQ, covers how to plan and manage the successful launch of an enterprise-wide innovation program.
At our Solutions Showcase in September 2020, five of Innovation Leader’s strategic partners shared how their organizations help address the challenges of 2020.
In this Master Class, Samuel Gibbon of Patsnap discusses where VCs are investing in the food industry right now, what consumer trends have emerged as a result of the lockdown, and more.
Swiss Re Digital Catalyst Jerry Gupta discusses his approach to working with Big Data and AI, including why teams often fail when working with new technology.
2020-09-14T19:00:00+01:00By David Lee, Vice President of Innovation and New Ventures at UPS
This crisis is revealing aspects of our world that were broken, but hidden in the normal state of things. Now that the apple cart has been turned over, what can we see that is broken?
When asked about the role innovation plays at Anthem Blue Cross, Mariya Filipova said her team helps the insurance provider transform into an “AI-first enterprise.” Watch for more…
Paul Gaffney, the Chief Technology Officer of Kohl’s discussed the future of retail, curbside pickup, and working with Amazon.
Amit Bhatia, Head of Manulife/John Hancock Innovation Labs, shares details about his team’s digitization, his current projects, and more.
The final exercise from our “Upgrade Your Online Meetings” workshop teaches particpants how to make the most of the whiteboarding software Mural, and gives suggestions for redesiging work. Watch the video above for a detailed explanation from session leader Suzi Hamill, former Head of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments.
This exercise from our “Upgrade Your Online Meetings” workshop asks participants to reflect on how they have adapted to working remotely during COVID-19. In order to share there stories, she asks that attendees draw their experience. Watch the video above for a detailed explanation from session leader Suzi Hamill, former ...
This exercise from our “Upgrade Your Online Meetings” workshop encourages participants to break out of the box and find a new format for facilitating online meetings. Watch the video above for a detailed explanation from session leader Suzi Hamill, former Head of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments.
Exercise Length: 5 minutes
If you’re suddenly spending the entire day convening with colleagues in Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, or another meetings platform, you already know the challenges of making them feel engaging and productive. As a host, how can you create the context for everyone to contribute, rather than tuning out or multi-tasking?
The second exercise from our “Navigating Priority Changes at Your Company” workshop presents a two-by-two that helps teams rank their priorities. Watch the video above for a detailed explanation from session leader Brant Cooper.
This exercise from our “Navigating Priority Changes at Your Company” workshop describes how to create a stronger connection to your senior leadership.
Innovation teams are facing budget cuts and changes in strategy. Brant Cooper shares how teams can navigate priority changes and get inside the minds of senior leaders.
At our first Software Showcase, in July 2020, Innovation Leader’s strategic partners share their digital innovation tools. Watch the pitch sessions here.
How do you build ecosystems when travel and serendipity are limited for the foreseeable future? Watch this webcast to learn how to form partnerships during lockdown.
Firdaus Bhathena, Chief Digital Officer of CVS Health, shares how his team has pivoted to meet consumer needs — like exploding demand for deliveries — during the coronavirus pandemic.
2020-06-26T16:00:00+01:00By Kaitlin Milliken
At Innovation Leader’s recent online event for nonprofit organizations, Andy Miller of AARP discussed how his team helps build an innovative culture that permeates the organization — and how they’re making new investments in startups.
What can you learn from the creative cultures of Walt Disney Imagineering and Pixar? Leslie Iwerks, a documentary filmmaker, has made films about both organizations. She shares what she observed in this replay of “One Quick Thing.” Iwerks is joined on the show by two unnanounced guests: her father, Don Iwerks, who worked directly with Walt Disney, and a former Disney Imagineer, Josh Wachman.
In this episode of One Quick Thing, Bennett Blank shares how Intuit’s Lean Startup program generated $20 million in new revenue.
How can we make our food supply chain more resilient? What are the best practices for running an engaging virtual sprint? How can teams redesign their offices to make them safe for employees? In this video replay of The Solution Set, Owen Rogers, Melanie Bell-Mayeda, and Carl Fudge of IDEO answer these questions and more. Throughout the conversation, the trio share how design thinking can unlock innovation and solve challenges during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
In this episode of One Quick Thing, Chris Coburn discusses working to improve healthcare during a pandemic and the role of digital innovation in this crisis.
How can you get operations leaders to think further into the future when constructing a strategy? How do you manage the transition to business unit ownership, so innovations don’t die on the vine? Ned Calder and Rob Bell of Innosight answer those questions and more during the most recent Solution Set webcast.
Are you employed, but wondering what opportunities are out there for your next role? Unemployed, and actively looking? Nada Usina of Russell Reynolds Associates explains how applicants can stand out in 2020 in this video replay from our One Quick Thing series.
The era after COVID-19 will have an economy shaped by new habits and regulations. Find out how behaviors will shift and what new opportunities are emerging.
When looking for updates on the impacts of coronavirus, many have turned to news publications for information. Edward Roussel of Dow Jones discusses the changes.
2020-05-21T13:15:00+01:00By Lilly Milman
At Innovation Leader’s recent nonprofit forum, two innovation leaders from The Red Cross in the US and UK address how they are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
Carhartt specializes in work clothes for industries including construction. Their Director of Global Product Innovation, Collen Hau, explains how the team is creating prototypes and staying in tune with customers.
How might corporate venture funds need to adjust their strategy in 2020? Joel Albarella of New York Life Ventures answers this question and more, as part of a recent episode of One Quick Thing.
Roberta Schwartz, Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer at Houston Methodist Hospital, discusses how her team is responding to the challenges posed by coronavirus.
Rita McGrath discusses the importance of killing zombie projects that somehow survive despite not making progress — one of her five steps for assessing your innovation portfolio in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tad Haas and Ivan Lloyd of edison365 discuss a revised model for innovation that combines an innovation office with a project management office.
Sean Belka discusses how the financial services firm assesses new ideas and scales them when the time is right, along with more best practices for running an innovation lab. Belka is a Managing Director in Fidelity’s Corporate Business Development group.
Scott Berkun, author of the book The Year Without Pants: Wordpress.com and the Future of Work, shares best practices for running a distributed team. Watch the video.
Do you feel like challenging times may be ahead? Experts with experience at DuPont, Starbucks, Bayer, and more discuss how they’re reading the tea leaves.
Victor Assad and Arthur Liberian share eight practices that can help companies fire up their innovation culture. Find out how your team can unleash creativity.
Learn methods for recognizing the boundaries to innovation practices, and how to work around them. Get advice on how to move your organization into a position to thrive.
Beth Devin of Citi Ventures and Kirsten Aune of General Mills joined us to answer innovation questions submitted by our members.
How do you solve a problem if you don’t know the biggest challenges to focus on? Ludwig Melik and Sara Husk of Planbox explain.
The truth about AI? It’s easy to throw away millions on infrastructure without seeing any impact. IDEO’s Joe Brown and Mike Stringer describe a different approach…
In this webcast, several winners of our 2019 Impact Awards share tips on how they’ve been making change happen inside their organizations.
Large organizations have a history of stopping and starting when it comes to breakthrough innovation. Babson’s Gina O’Connor and Andrew Corbett tackle these pain points.
Learn how to get executives on board with your innovation program in this webinar replay. Brant Cooper, CEO of Moves The Needle, demonstrates how to build strategic consensus.
Using just a pen and paper, Dan Roam shows you how to tell your innovation story under 10 minutes — even if you can’t draw to save your life.
Andy Michuda of Sopheon, Shannon Lucas of Ericsson, and Michael Britt of Southern company explore best practices for ecosystem development. Get advice here…
Nancy Tennant, a professor the University of Notre Dame and the former Chief Innovation Officer at Whirlpool, explores how to build the right foundation for innovation at your company.
In our most recent Master Class, Larry Schmitt and Steve Schwartz from The Inovo Group discussed how to balance sustaining and strategic innovation.
Suzi Hamill, the former Vice President of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments, shares strategic approaches to designing play into work.
In this Master Class, Mastercard’s Bob Reany and Innovation Leader’s Scott Kirsner shared best practices for working productively with security, legal, and compliance teams.
Bob Klein from Digital Scientists explains how to partner with outside teams, including four types of partnerships: startup collaborations, staff augmentations, teams for hire, and collaborative teams.
Ludwig Melik from our strategic partner, Planbox, focuses on how to manage the innovation pipeline and pitch innovation to the C-suite.
Brian Christian from The Inovo Group offers advice on how to forge meaningful relationships with startups, and explores the reasons companies work with startups.
In our most recent Master Class, we delved into data from our recent “Benchmarking Innovation 2018” report and explored how innovation teams could use the findings to improve their innovation strategies.
Innovators face a common challenge: aligning their investments with product strategy. Our friends at Sopheon discuss how strategic planning can help…
Noted author Evan I. Schwartz, Director of Storytelling at Innosight, discusses the storytelling devices that innovators need to know.
Watch this Master Class to find out the difference between “activity metrics” and “impact metrics,” where to start, and how to evolve your measurement regimen over time.
Navi Radjou, whose TED talk on frugal innovation has garnered over 1.6 million views, explains some of the values driving the phenomenon, and answers questions.
Few industries are as regulated as health care. Leaders from Anthem, Pulse@MassChallenge, and Boston Children's Hospital share their advice on innovating.
What does it mean to try to change the culture to drive innovation, and how can you make your goals specific? Gary Getz and Michel van Hove of Strategos explain.
In our latest Master Class, “Innovation by the Numbers,” we explored the metrics and analytics behind innovation efforts with Innovation 360’s CEO Magnus Penker.
Innovation Leader's Scott Kirsner and Kyle Nel, the former Executive Director of Lowe's Innovation Labs, discuss best practices for scouting trends and emerging technologies.
How can sophisticated organizations can be so committed to innovation — but still get stuck? Mike Maddock of Maddock Douglas offers strategies to get “unstuck.”
Learn the latest tactics on rapid prototyping and market-testing new digital offerings in this 45-minute webcast, led by Bob Klein of Digital Scientists.
Innovation Leader’s Scott Kirsner presents high-level findings from our Q2 report, joined by executives from the healthcare, insurance, and media industries.
What are data flows? The data collected and processing to run and optimize your business. Jim Knapik of Northeastern University explains how to use them to deliver insights.
The Internet of Things will impact every department of your company. Northeastern University's Kilton Hopkins discusses the changes coming with IoT and the skills that your organization needs to address them.
Led by Stephanie Simon, the hour-long webcast covered the training program's objectives, timeline, staffing, skills taught, external resources used, and the learnings so far.
Recording of our May 2017 webcast, featuring Scott Kirsner and Aaron Proietti explaining how to use six of our new downloadable resources, and answering questions.
Innovation Leader shares data from our survey on the ties between business units and innovation groups. Executives from Fidelity Investments, Aon Health, GOJO Industries, and Trek Bicycle, share their perspectives.
What are innovators thinking about as we head in to 2017? Innovation Leader editor Scott Kirsner discusses what we’re seeing corporate innovation teams focus on.
Innovation Leader editor and co-founder Scott Kirsner shares seven examples of how companies like Toyota, Disney, GE, and Amazon are working to innovate better, faster, cheaper.
Ben Einstein, managing partner of Bolt, discusses ten of the emerging business models for connected products and the "Internet of Things," and how to avoid commoditization.
Rick Smyers of Fidelity Investments explains how you can put the right strategy, tools, and people in place to make a real impact — and details some of his team’s successful projects.
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