Explore the future of retail, healthcare, energy, entertainment — and more — in LA!

Join Innovation Leader in Los Angeles December 6 & 7 as we tour the “FabLab” of the $24 billion aerospace and defense giant Northrop Grumman, where we’ll also get a rare first look at the Hubbell-replacing James Webb Telescope. In addition, we’ll play with a “Liquid Galaxy” wall at the headquarters of CBRE, tour the award-winning LA Cleantech Incubator, drop in on the innovative media darling JibJab, see the future of retail at Platform, and more!
At each location, we’ll host intimate small-group conversations with innovation executives from Kaiser Permanente, the City of Los Angeles, Walmart, Mattel, Farmers Insurance, and others. We’ll also have a surprise visit from the producer of 18 number-one singles (including “Stayin Alive” by the Bee Gees), will demo VR, and will discuss critical issues for corporate innovators, from rapid prototyping to understanding customer needs.

Site Visits

The innovation labs and spaces we'll visit in L.A. include:
James Webb Space Telescope

Drop in on one of L.A.’s most creative companies

Founded in 1999, JibJab built one of the first truly digital entertainment studios — and also chalked up some of the Internet’s first viral hits, with political satires like “This Land,” “Time for Some Campaigning,” and their year-in-review roundups. They also created the learning platform StoryBots, which spawned two Netflix shows for kids; a hit iMessage app; and a subscription business around digital greeting cards. We’ll meet with co-founder Gregg Spiridellis to hear about how JibJab has reimagined the business models, forms, and formats of Hollywood’s biggest industry — entertainment.

James Webb Space Telescope

Exploring the Future of Retail at Platform

As retail struggles with digital transformation and mall traffic falls nationwide, a revolutionary development in Los Angeles is defying the odds. Called “Platform” and heralded by Fast Company as an “emerging template for a new kind of shopping experience,” the development combines tech-enabled popups, chef-driven test kitchens, experimental retail options, LA-based artists, and industrial architecture to create a unique experience. We’ll meet the founders and developers Joey Miller and David Fishbein, discuss the future of retail, and spend plenty of time shopping and eating at Platform.

James Webb Space Telescope

Experience the Northrop Grumman “FabLab”

Go inside Northrop Grumman’s Innovation Institute to experience leading-edge technologies and processes at this $25 billion aerospace and defense giant. Participants will have the unique opportunity to see the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope before it launches next year (the James Webb Telescope), and will get to experience Northrop Grumman’s “FabLab” maker space.

James Webb Space Telescope

Discover How Space Shapes Innovation at CBRE’s Global HQ

The $13 billion commercial real estate giant invites Innovation Leader into its global headquarters to explore the technology behind the company’s “Liquid Galaxy” wall, which uses Google Earth to explore office space and real estate, and the revolution in office space design currently happening at forward-looking companies. We’ll also get to experience CBRE’s “Second Shift” concierge program, which provides app-driven services to employees to ensure they can maximize their professional and personal lives.

James Webb Space Telescope

See the LA Cleantech Incubator

The LA Cleantech Incubator is one of the largest incubators in the country, using programs, tools, and mentors to fuel the growth of promising startups. Founded by serial entrepreneurs and run by the former Chief Sustainability Officer of the City of Los Angeles, “LACI” has quickly become one of the top cleantech commercialization programs in the world; it was ranked as the #3 Global Incubator by the UBI Index of 1200 incubators, and was recently selected by the Department of Energy as one of their three national incubators. We’ll tour the incubator and explore the role of incubators in corporate and municipal ecosystem development.

Interactive Whiteboard Sessions

The Field Study eschews keynotes, PowerPoints, or speakers. Rather, our sessions are small, off-the-record conversations that enable participants to share and compare their approaches. Among the interactive “whiteboard sessions” you’ll actively participate in:
How Disney Brings Tech-Inspired Innovations into the Business

Laura Kusumoto, the Director of Technology Innovation Enablement at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, will explore how Disney thinks about innovation with emerging technologies, and the balance between customer-centric Design Thinking and pure inspiration. Laura will discuss what’s involved in effectively ushering tech-inspired innovations into the business, and will host an open conversation to compare-and-contrast your own company’s approach.

Startups & BigCos: Getting Right the Things That Can Go Wrong

Rick Paster, senior director at Walmart eCommerce / Mergers & Acquisitions Integration, will discuss the ways that acquisitions of startups can go wrong, and what you should put in place to make them go right. Rick will also discuss other modes of interaction with startups, including investments and collaborations.

Straight Talk on Strategy + Mindset Shifts + Tools

Rick Waldron has overseen new business initiatives at Intel and the innovation accelerator at Nike. He’ll discuss some of the challenges and barriers to creating a comprehensive, enduring innovation strategy inside an established company operating at the top of its game. How do you get strategy and innovation aligned, change mindsets, and adopt the right tools? Rick’s session at our San Francisco Field Study in February was a huge hit.

Pivots, Reboots & Evolving Value Propositions: Surviving Over Time as an Innovation Leader

Jason Stephens, Strategy & Innovation Director at Red Bull, will offer an overview of the past four years of innovation programs, initiatives, and progress at Red Bull, and lead a group discussion about adapting to changes in corporate strategy.

Augmented Cities: VR/AR, Big Data and Society

Colin Maclay, executive director of The Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC, will discuss “The Augmented City,” a project his lab has considered that explores topics of livability, engagement, shared infrastructure, and urban space. The initiative is informed by new developments in artificial intelligence, big data, IoT, data visualization, and virtual/augmented reality, and we’ll consider and discuss their impact on the future of cities.

Innovating in Highly-Regulated Industries

Join the Chief Innovation and Transformation Officer at Kaiser Permanente, the largest vertically-integrated healthcare system in the United States, as he and his team discuss the challenges of innovating in highly-regulated industries. Dr. Tad Funahashi, who is responsible for developing transformational health innovations as well as process improvements, will be joined by members of his team, Dr. Ronald Loo and Kris Dagger. The team will discuss some of their revolutionary approaches, and routes to innovating amid regulatory and political obstacles.

Innovating LA: Inside the Future of America’s Cities

We’re honored to be joined at the LA Field Study by Amanda Daflos, who heads up the Mayor’s Innovation Team for the City of Los Angeles. Reporting to LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and working in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, Amanda has been working with the public and the city to develop award-winning projects that leverage research, data, and design to drive outcomes. Amanda will discuss some of her programs and findings, explore the implications for America’s cities, and discuss “lessons learned.”

Future of Entertainment: Pre-Vis

Everyone’s familiar with static storyboards as a way to lay out a narrative. But do you know about how big budget videogames and movies like “Avatar,” “Life of Pi,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Star Wars” use pre-vis, or pre-visualization? Chris Ferriter, a former lead designer at EA Sports and CEO of Halon Entertainment, will explain and give you an inside look at how early concepts turn into polished finished products.

How Design Can Help Leaders Unlock Innovation Superpowers

Global design firm Gensler brought to life the MasterCard Innovation Lab, the GE Innovation Center, and the Staples Velocity Lab, not to mention the headquarters of Facebook, Airbnb, and myriad others. Amanda Ramos, Gensler’s Innovation Director, will share how leaders can use design as a tool to radically transform their teams, space and culture to unlock new value in actionable and impactful ways.

Design Thinking and Rapid Prototyping at Northrop Grumman

Tony Long, Manager of Innovation at Northrop Grumman, will discuss the philosophy and strategy behind the aerospace and defense company’s facilities and programs, and will explain how they have implemented Design Thinking and Rapid Prototyping strategies.

Virtual Reality and Emerging Technology Experiments at Hulu

Noah Heller, VP Partnerships and Emerging Technology at Hulu, will provide a demo and discussion of VR and other emerging technologies, and will discuss some of the more interesting ways technology is disrupting the TV industry. The session will be an opportunity to hear about a particular company’s approach to emerging technology, and will offer an opportunity to compare-and-contrast your own company’s approach.

Understanding Customer Needs at Mattel

Johanna Stein, Senior Director of Global Consumer Insights & Foresights at Mattel, will discuss how the $5.5 billion toy companies identifies and capitalizes on trends that ultimately result in consumer-centric strategies and revenue growth. Johanna’s whiteboard session will be an opportunity for companies to compare-and-contrast their own approach to customer-centric innovation.

Anticipating Cultural Shifts and Predicting Disruptive Trends

Mariel Devesa, Head of Innovation at the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, will lead an interactive conversation on how companies can develop and uncover new growth opportunities, while also anticipating cultural shifts and underlying drivers of market change that generate revenue growth. The session will explore how Farmers stays at the forefront of disruptive technologies, and will provide the opportunity to compare-and-contrast your own company’s approach and challenges.

Grammy-Award Winning Producer, Inventor on the Future of Entertainment

The producer of 18 number one singles (including “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, and “Grease” by Frankie Valli), who not only created the drum loop but has patented myriad music systems, will join us to discuss the future of entertainment. Albhy Galuten, currently VP of Media Technology Strategy at Sony Interactive Entertainment, has worked with Diana Ross, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, and others. You won’t want to miss this session!

Wednesday, December 6th
7:30 a.m.

Arrival and Check-in at CBRE

400 Hope Street [ Map ]

Please don't be late!

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast, introductions, and morning activity:

  • Fireside Chat with Trey Tubbs, Digital Transformation Executive and Lewis Horne, President of the Southern California and Hawaii, CBRE Division
  • Tour of CBRE
  • “Future of Cities” Plenary Session with Amanda Daflos and Colin Maclay
11:00 a.m.
Depart for JibJab on bus
12:00 p.m.

Arrive at JibJab, Lunch and Networking

4121 Redwood Ave. [ Map ]

1:00 p.m.

Fireside chat with JibJab Founder Gregg Spiridellis; tour of the space

2:00 p.m.

Whiteboard sessions:

  • Startups & BigCos: Getting Right the Things That Can Go Wrong, Walmart
  • Anticipating Cultural Shifts and Predicting Disruptive Trends, Farmers Insurance
  • Innovating in Highly-Regulated Industries, Kaiser Permanente
  • An interactive workshop on the power of play using design thinking tools and creative behaviors to solve for any problem, Christopher Chapman

3:00 p.m.

Future of Entertainment:

  • How Digital Consumers are Changing the Entertainment Industry, with Albhy Galuten, VP of Media Technology Strategy, Sony
  • Virtual Reality and Emerging Tech, with Noah Heller, VP Partnerships and Emerging Technology, Hulu
  • What is Previs, and How is it Changing Games and Movies with Chris Ferriter, CEO, Halon Entertainment
4:00 p.m.

Depart for Platform, (Hayden Restaurant)

8820 Washington Blvd., Ste 101, Culver City [ Map ]

5:00 p.m.

Future of Retail: Fireside chat with Platform Founders Joey Miller and David Fishbein

5:30 p.m.

Dinner (followed by Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream)

7:00 p.m.

Buses Back to Hotel

Sheraton Grand * Preferred Hotel *

711 South Hope St. [ Map ]

Thursday, December 7th
7:30 a.m.

Depart from Sheraton Grand * Preferred Hotel *

711 South Hope St. [ Map ]

Please don’t be late!

8:00 a.m.

Arrive at LA Cleantech Incubator

525 S Hewitt St. [ Map ]

Breakfast and networking

9:15 a.m.

Starting an Innovation Program from Scratch with Innosight & Sergej Mahnovski, Director of Strategic Planning at Edison International

10:15 a.m.

Ecosystem-Driven Innovation - Answering the new Strategic Question with Imaginatik

11:00 a.m.
Depart for Northrop Grumman on bus
12:00 p.m.

Arrive at Northrop Grumman,

#1 Space Park Dr. [ Map ]

Check-in and Lunch

12:15 p.m.

Optional Collaborative Workshop: Help Innovation Leader and XPLANE create the next installment in our "Innovation Illustrated" series. Led by Dave Gray, Founder of XPLANE.

1:15 p.m.

Whiteboard sessions:

  • Pivots, Reboots & Evolving Value Propositions: Surviving Over Time as an Innovation Leader, Red Bull
  • How Space Impacts Corporate Culture, Gensler
  • Straight Talk on Strategy + Mindset Shifts + Tools, Nike
  • Bringing Tech-Inspired Innovations into the Business, Special Guest Star
2:00 p.m.

More at Northrop Grumman:

  • Tour:  View the James Webb Telescope, (replacement for Hubble Space Telescope) before it launches next year
  • Q&A with Tony Long, Manager of Innovation at Northrop Grumman
3:15 p.m.

Bus to Northrop Grumman FabLab maker space and the Semiconductor Fabrication Foundry

3:30 p.m.

Tour of FabLab makerspace and the Semiconductor Fabrication Foundry.

4:00 p.m.

Depart by Bus to Airport

Wednesday, December 6th
7:30 a.m.

Arrival and Check-in at CBRE

400 Hope Street [ Map ]

Please don't be late!

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast, introductions, and morning activity:

  • Fireside Chat with Trey Tubbs, Digital Transformation Executive and Lewis Horne, President of the Southern California and Hawaii Division
  • Tour of CBRE
  • “Future of Cities” Plenary Session with Amanda Daflos and Colin Maclay
11:00 a.m.
Depart for JibJab on bus
12:00 p.m.

Arrive at JibJab, Lunch and Networking

4121 Redwood Ave. [ Map ]

1:00 p.m.

Fireside chat with JibJab Founder Gregg Spiridellis; tour of the space

2:00 p.m.

Whiteboard sessions:

  • Startups & BigCos: Getting Right the Things That Can Go Wrong, Walmart
  • Understanding Customer Needs, Mattel
  • Anticipating Cultural Shifts and Predicting Disruptive Trends, Farmers Insurance
  • Innovating in Highly-Regulated Industries, Kaiser Permanente

3:00 p.m.

Future of Entertainment:

  • How Digital Consumers are Changing the Entertainment Industry, with Albhy Galuten, VP of Media Technology Strategy, Sony
  • Virtual Reality and Emerging Tech, with Noah Heller, VP Partnerships and Emerging Technology Hulu
  • What is Previs, and How is it Changing Games and Movies with Chris Ferriter, CEO Halon Entertainment
4:00 p.m.

Depart for Platform, (Hayden Restaurant)

8820 Washington Blvd., Ste 101, Culver City [ Map ]

5:00 p.m.

Future of Retail:  Fireside chat with Platform Founders Joey Miller and David Fishbein

5:30 p.m.

Dinner (followed by Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream)

7:00 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.

Buses Back to Hotel

Sheraton Grand * Preferred Hotel *

711 South Hope St. [ Map ]

Thursday, December 7th
7:30 a.m.

Depart from Sheraton Grand * Preferred Hotel *

711 South Hope St. [ Map ]

Please don’t be late!

8:00 a.m.

Arrive at LA Cleantech Incubator

525 S Hewitt St. [ Map ]

Breakfast and networking

9:15 a.m.

Starting an Innovation Program from Scratch with Innosight

10:15 a.m.

Ecosystem-Driven Innovation - Answering the new Strategic Question with Imaginatik

11:00 a.m.
Depart for Northrop Grumman on bus
12:00 p.m.

Arrive at Northrop Grumman,

#1 Space Park Dr. [ Map ]

Check-in and Lunch

1:15 p.m.

Whiteboard sessions:

  • Pivots, Reboots & Evolving Value Propositions: Surviving Over Time as an Innovation Leader, Red Bull
  • How Space Impacts Corporate Culture, Gensler
  • Straight Talk on Strategy + Mindset Shifts + Tools, Nike

2:00 p.m.

More at Northrop Grumman:

  • Tour:  View the James Webb Telescope, (replacement for Hubble Space Telescope) before it launches next year
  • Q&A with Tony Long, Manager of Innovation at Northrop Grumman
3:15 p.m.

Bus to Northrop Grumman FabLab maker space and the Semiconductor Fabrication Foundry

3:30 p.m.

Tour of FabLab makerspace and the Semiconductor Fabrication Foundry.

4:00 p.m.

Depart by Bus to Airport

Why attend an IL learning event?

Testimonials

Don't take our word for it. Listen to your peers from other large organizations who have attended Innovation Leader events in 2017.

A wonderfully intimate and meaningful networking and knowledge sharing opportunity. I learned a lot that I will immediately bring back to my group.

SVP and Head of Customer Experience Insights, Wells Fargo

A rare opportunity to learn ... with a broad range of innovation professionals. Natural collaboration built right into the structure of the event.

Innovation Director at $183B telecommunications company

At the end of two full days, I find myself wishing this was a three day event!! That has never happened to me before.

Director, Breakthrough Innovation at Stanley Black & Decker

I left very energized and inspired by all the creativity showcased, best practices shared and relationships made.

VP, Brand & Culinary Innovation at Dunkin’ Brands

Perfect [event] to facilitate candid dialogue across industries around the opportunities, realities and challenges of real innovation.

VP Innovation at Nationwide

It was amazing! Being able to see and learn from how other great companies innovate is a singularly unique opportunity.

Innovation lead at large insurance company

Register to Attend

The L.A. Field Study is SOLD OUT. To get on the waiting list or if you have questions, email us »

Travel & Hotel Information

Arrival — If you are flying in to the Field Study, we recommend arriving on Tuesday, December 5, as the program will begin early morning on Wednesday, December 6. There will also be an optional pre-event gathering on Tuesday evening.

Hotels — We have arranged for a room block at the Sheraton Grand in downtown Los Angeles for Field Study participants. We strongly encourage you to stay at this hotel, as it is walking distance from our starting venue on December 6th, and our buses will return there at the end of the day. We'll also pick up participants at the Sheraton Grand by bus on the morning of December 7th.

Questions — If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ellen Dolan at ellen@innovationleader.com.

FAQ

Space is limited to 50 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.

Field Guides

Many thanks to our Field Guides for their support and expertise in developing this Field Study:


Imaginatik: "World's first" full-service innovation firm, supporting global organizations seeking to grow and deliver results.

 
 
Innosight: Growth strategy firm focused on helping organizations design and create the future, instead of being disrupted by it. Clients include P&G, Aetna, Citi, J&J, many others.
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