Impact 2020

October 19-21, 2020

Innovation Leader’s Annual Conference

An innovation conference exclusively for corporate innovation, strategy, and R&D professionals



What to expect

Innovation Leader's annual innovation conference will be back in Boston in 2020! Two days. 65+ sessions. 100+ companies. 350+ attendees. All of it dedicated to helping you create impact in your company. And as always, Impact 2020 is the only innovation conference designed just for corporate innovators – no consultants, no software vendors, no sales pitches.

People Talking

Real conversations, actual learning

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, at the best innovation conference of the year, with your peers from the world's largest companies.

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If you want to learn new things, share real experiences, and build promising relationships, Impact is for you.

– Ashlyn Murphy, Corporate Strategy, Vanguard Group

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Hotel and Travel Information

Hyatt Regency Cambridge Hotel
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139

Hotel: We've arranged a room block with a discounted rate at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge. The majority of Impact 2020 will take place at this location. Click here to make your hotel reservations >> or call (888) 421 - 1442 and mention the Innovation Leader room block.

Arrival & Departure: We recommend arriving by mid-day on October 19th, as we’ll have pre-conference programming starting that evening. October 20th & 21st are two full days of content and activities. The program will end in the early evening on Wednesday, October 21st.

Questions: If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elana Wilner at

Event FAQs

Who comes to this event?

Space is limited to 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.

Will vendors be there pitching me?

No. This is a pitch-free zone. Aside from our Innovation Leader partners, we do not admit consultants, advisors, software firms, or others who might try to pitch you something. This is a safe environment.

Will you bore me with PowerPoints?

No. This is a presentation-free zone. No PowerPoints or presentations of any kind.

How will I get to the airport at the end of the event?

You will be responsible for your own travel to and from the airport.

Can I get gluten-free or special meals?

Yes! Never hesitate to reach out to event team with your dietary requirements, The sooner the better though ... the deadline is two weeks before the event so we can arrange with our caterer(s).

Where should I stay?

We recommend staying at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge Hotel, where the majority of the event will take place. Check back for information about our room block with a discounted rate for the event.

Is there a dress code?

Business casual, with the emphasis on casual.

Will the media be there?

No. All our sessions are confidential and off-the-record.

Can I get a refund?

Event ticket purchases are final. However, you may substitute or transfer your registration to a colleague no later than 10 days before the start of an event. After this deadline, you will not be able to transfer your registration or receive a refund. Please request your transfer by emailing

What is the code of conduct at your events?

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

What about the spread of COVID-19?

We're working to keep all our event attendees healthy, here's how.

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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To learn more about sponsorship opportunities at Impact 2020, contact Andy Donovan.