Innovation at large, established companies is hard. So we made a podcast to help you overcome obstacles and create change at your organization.

Welcome to Innovation Answered, the podcast for corporate innovators. In each episode, we explore one major roadblock to change at large organizations. We gather advice from experts — academics, reporters, our strategic partners, and innovation executives like you — to help you move your industry forward. Join your host, Kaitlin Milliken, for a new episode every Tuesday morning.

Innovation Answered is created by Innovation Leader. We’re a media and events company with a laser focus on helping 100-year-old companies survive for 100 years to come. For access to articles, videos, and downloadable resources, check out our main website.

If you want to suggest a topic for this podcast or send feedback, email kaitlin@innovationleader.com.


Episode 7: Innovating the World of Sports

What’s disrupting the world of sports, and how are teams adapting? We asked sports innovators how teams and franchises can knock innovation out of the park. Guests include Angela Ruggiero, CEO of the Sports Innovation Lab, and Jack Elkins, Director of Innovation at the Orlando Magic.

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Special thanks to Wellspring for sponsoring this episode. 

Episode 6: Moving Fast...Full Speed Ahead!

Innovators are always encouraged to move faster and avoid disruption. But can a big, slow company really move fast? And is faster necessarily better? We sat down with Rachael Schwartz, formerly of Keurig, to find out. This episode also features insights from TripAdvisor CEO Steve Kaufer and Innovation Leader’s Kelsey Alpaio.

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Episode 5: What's Digital Transformation, Anyway?

Digital transformation has become a buzzword. However, the perfect formula — and even the definition — are a mystery at most companies. So what's the right strategy for making digital transformation happen inside a big organization? To find out, we went to Chicago. Guests include Patrick Bass, the CEO at thyssenkrupp North America, and Marcelo De Santis, former Chief Information Officer at Mondelez International and Pirelli.

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Episode 4: (Better) Business Model Innovation

Avoiding disruption is often central to innovation teams. But can changing your business model make your company an innovation powerhouse? We sit down with Rick Paster of Walmart Global eCommerce and Mark Johnson of Innosight to find out.

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Special thanks to Startgrid for sponsoring this episode. 

Episode 3: The Ex-Files

What is it really like to head innovation at a large company? We talked to former innovation executives to find out the good, the bad, and the ugly. Welcome to the Ex-Files. Guests include Rick Waldron, former Vice President of Innovation Strategy & Partnerships at Nike, and Ace Moghimi, former Global Head of Innovation Strategy at Manulife John Hancock.

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Episode 2: Those Darned Millennials

Millennials are murderers. At least according to the headlines, where the generation is blamed for killing all sorts of industries. But are millennials really killing established brands? Nondini Naqui, a millennial engagement consultant and former CEO of Society of Grownups, discusses how companies can connect with the age group. Innovation Leader's Kelsey Alpaio also explains how brands like Cadillac, L'Oreal, and Denny's are staying relevant with the kids.

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Episode 1: The Innovation Survival Guide

Innovation initiatives at large companies often have a short life span, leaving unfulfilled ideas in their wake. So what kills innovation at established companies? And what can you do to survive? Innovation Leader's Editor Scott Kirsner and Assistant Editor Kelsey Alpaio share best practices that can help initiatives stay afloat and create organizational change.

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Episode 0: Welcome to Innovation Answered


Coming soon on Innovation Answered:

  • Episode 8: Can big companies really emulate startups?