The Professional Development Series

Live & Interactive • February 2021

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February is "Workshop Month" for our global network of corporate innovators. We've asked your peers to run workshops that they typically run internally for their colleagues. The goal? To give you insight into how others build innovation knowledge and capability and their companies.

Bring your whole team to learn from others, and continue leveling up your awareneness of high-impact techniques and methodologies. If you're easily bored by passive videos and unengaging webinars, we think you will love the Professional Development Series.

Every workshop, like our in-person events, is designed to deliver the absolute maximum VPM (value-per-minute), because we know your time is precious. Join us for just one workshop, or get a discount by purchasing access the whole series. Current Innovation Leader members also receive discounts on registration.

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Upcoming Workshops

Creative Crossroads: Studio Practices for the Workplace

February 3, 12-1:30pm ET
with Eugene Finney, Art Instructor and Former Project Manager at Fidelity
Rich Gotham

Design for Delight

February 5, 11am-1pm ET
with Bennett Blank, Innovation & Transformational Change Leader at Intuit

Professional Development Workshop

February 9, 12:30-2:30pm ET
with Levi Schoenfeld, Associate Strategist at Gensler, and Joel Fariss, Senior Associate of Design Research and Strategic Futures at Gensler

Embracing Curiosity: Building Your Innovation Muscle

February 11, 11am-1pm ET
with Stephanie Simon, Director Innovation and Cultural Transformation at Symetra

Innovation Councils: What Are They and What Should They Be Doing?

February 18, 12pm-2pm ET
with Gina O'Connor, Professor of Innovation Management at Babson College

The Stats Behind Ideas

February 23, 1:00pm-2:30pm ET
with Mohan Nair, Chief Innovation Officer at Cambia Health

Why Questions Are the Answer

February 24, 12pm-2pm ET
with Michael McCathren, Sr. Principle Enterprise Innovation at Chick-fil-A

Check back soon for more professional development topics & speakers.

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Event FAQs

Who participates in these workshops?

These workshops are designed expressly for innovation, strategy, emerging technology, design, new product development, and R&D professionals working in large organizations. If you’re responsible for future vision, growth, or new products / services inside your company, you’re probably the right fit.

How will I participate in these workshops?

We are using Zoom videoconferencing software for this workshop series. This software is free, and easy to install on your work laptop, a personal laptop, or even an iPad or tablet. In advance of the workshop, download either the Zoom client for your operating system, or the mobile app for a tablet or iPad here. You'll receive a calendar invite for any workshops you register for, and it will include a link that will take you directly into the workshop at the scheduled time. Just click the link when you're ready to join... or enter the nine-digit Meeting ID when you open the Zoom app.

Here's a quick video that shares five tips on participating in one of our virtual meetings on Zoom.

Will you bore me with PowerPoint?

No. While some workshops may include slides, we've asked our workshop leaders to tilt the balance towards activities, exercises, breakout discussions, and Q&A.

Will anyone be there pitching me?

No. This is a pitch-free zone. Workshops are designed with one goal in mind: your learning and development.

What is the code of conduct at these online workshops?

We are dedicated to creating a professional, safe, welcoming, and harassment-free environment for all our attendees — whether online or in-person. Please see our complete code of conduct here.

Can I get a refund?

Workshop ticket purchases are final. However, you may substitute or transfer your registration to a colleague up to the start time of the workshop — just let us know, so we have the new participant's contact info and they are included on the calendar invite. Please email

What is Innovation Leader?

If you’re working to make change happen inside a large organization, Innovation Leader was created especially for you.

We create downloadable templates and tools; report on what the world’s best companies are doing; and convene your peers to share best practices, in conference calls, webcasts, and at live events. Everything we do is geared to helping you deliver impact in your organization, whether you work in strategy, R&D, new ventures, design, technology, or innovation.

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