Impact 2019

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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 is back – and better than ever! Two days. 65+ sessions. 100+ companies. 350+ attendees. All of it dedicated to helping you create impact in your company. And as always, Impact 2019 is the only innovation conference designed just for corporate innovators – no consultants, no software vendors, no sales pitches.


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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Impact 2019 Speaker Highlights

Ranjani Varadan
Vice President of Research & Development
Impossible Foods
Scott Burns
Head of Innovation/Customer Experience
Reliant Energy
Tanya Hannah
Chief Information Officer
King County Washington
Hugh Molotsi
Author and Entrepreneur
Former Intuit Executive
Olga Dotter
Director of Corporate Innovation
CSAA Insurance Group
Ann Kedia
Innovation Program Manager
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Chris Anderson
Former Editor of Wired Magazine
CEO 3D Robotics
Jeff Wesler
Vice President and Lab Director
IBM Research
Colleen Drummond
Partner, Innovation Labs, Innovation & Enterprise Solutions

Impact 2019 Agenda Highlights

Selling Ideas Internally - How Do You Pitch Things Inside Your Company

Linda Elkins
W.L. Gore & Associates

Best Practices For BigCo's That Want To Engage With The Startup Ecosystem

Olga Dotter
CSAA Insurance Group

Who Are The "Original Disrupters" And How Are They Affecting Corporate Innovation

Burunda Prince Jones
Comcast NBCUniversal "The Farm"

The Role Of The Designer With The Emergence Of Disruptive Technologies

Federico Caselgno
Samsung Electronics

Innovation And Eureka To End The HIV/AIDS Pandemic

Jeffrey Blander
U.S Department of State

Transforming R&D Through The Use Of After Action Reviews

Kate Hecht

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

– Ashlyn Murphy, Corporate Strategy, Vanguard Group

Hotel and travel information

Parc 55 Hilton Hotel
55 Cyril Magnin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Hotel: We've arranged a room block with a discounted rate at the Parc 55 Hotel. The majority of Impact 2019 will take place at this location. Click here to make your hotel reservations >> or call (800) 445-8667 and mention the Innovation Leader room block.

Arrival & Departure: We recommend arriving by mid-day on October 22nd, as we’ll have pre-conference programming starting that evening. October 23rd & 24th are two full days of content and activities. The program will end in the early evening on Thursday, October 24th.

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 Parc 55 hotel where the majority of the event will take place. We have secured a room block with a discounted rate for the event. Click here to make your hotel reservations.

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 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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