The 2017 Teach-In

Corporate Innovators Sharing Best Practices

October 10 - 12, on the campus of MIT
Cambridge, Massachusetts


Join us October 10th – 12th at our annual Teach-In, where leaders from PepsiCo, American Express, ESPN, Samsung, Fidelity, Bayer, Royal Caribbean, the Boston Celtics, and many more bring you inside their innovation programs to share best practices and explore common challenges.

Specifically geared for innovation, R&D, design, strategy, corporate venturing, and new product development professionals from large companies, the Teach-In offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for information exchange and off-the-record conversations.

Corporate innovation leaders (our “teachers”) will tackle a range of topics, including Rapid Prototyping, Remaking R&D, Metrics and Reporting, and Innovation Labs. This year’s Teach-In will also feature content tracks for people just launching innovation initiatives – the 101 track – as well as a 201 intermediate track, and 301 track for people who’ve had a program in place for three or more years and are looking for strategies to upgrade, improve and continue building support.

MIT Industrial Liaison Program

This year, we’re partnering with MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program to host the Teach-In on the campus of MIT, including tours of several of their labs and meetings with MIT-related startups.

We hope you’ll join us. And just as at all of our events, there will be no PowerPoints, panels, keynotes, nor exhibits. Instead, we create a unique environment for you to gather with your peers for shared-learning and collaborative problem-solving.


Among the executives sharing their best practices and learnings on the topics listed below:

Steve Kaufer
Blue Cross Blue Shield
VP Innovation
Robin Glasco
Head of Emerging Technology
Myron Burke
Wells Fargo
Customer Insights & Experience Design
Robin Beers
Marsh & McLennan
Global Head of Innovation
Christina Mott
SVP and Director
Sean Belka
Senior Director, Innovation, Strategy & Portfolio Management
Robert Perri
SVP Digital Product, Design & Audience Development
Ryan Spoon
Head of Samsung Ventures East Coast
Hyuk-Jeen Suh
Royal Caribbean
Head of Innovation & Transformation
Joey Hasty
Bayer Healthcare
VP, Head of Innovation Center
Chandra Ramanathan
Boston Celtics
VP Strategic Marketing and Business Operations
Matt Griffin
SVP – Healthcare Innovation and Technology
David Crean
VP, Product Management — Learning Applications
Diana Stepner
American Express
VP – Head of B2B Platform & API
Andres Ricaurte
American Greetings
Vice President,
Corporate Innovation

Carol Miller
Director, Megacity Logistics Lab
Matthias Winkenbach
VP for Open Learning
Sanjay Sarma
Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Imran Sayeed
Optum Labs
Paul Bleicher
Northeastern University
Vice President for New Ventures
Nick Ducoff


Some of the session topics to be discussed at this year’s Teach-In, led by the teachers listed above:

Operational Innovation

Learn how your peers are driving cost savings and efficiency — the less glamorous side of innovation.

Startup & Trend Scouting

Learn the tactics, strategies, and relationships companies are using to scout emerging technologies and trends.

Co-Creating with Customers

Learn how companies are bringing their customers into the innovation process.

Digital Transformation

Learn how leading companies are reinventing their organizations to build digital products fast, and better serve their customers.

Rapid Prototyping

Learn how to utilize Wells Fargo’s “Five Principles of Rapid Prototyping,” and learn from other executives.

Leveraging Data Analytics

Learn how the Boston Celtics and others are leveraging data to predict demand and maximize revenue.

Working with the Business Units

Learn how companies like $85 billion Anthem have built productive relationships with the core businesses to commercialize their projects.

Employee Engagement, Training & Cultural Change

Learn the best-practices that large corporations employ to get employees aware of and involved with innovation; offer training on various methodologies; and how that impacts the overall culture.

Corporate Venture Capital & Accelerators

Learn what companies are doing — and what benefits they’re seeing — from making investments in startups or running accelerator programs.

Recruiting Innovators

Learn the tactics and strategies that companies are employing to recruit innovators around the world.

Strategic Ideation

Learn how companies have gone beyond the “idea box” to results-driven, measurable innovation.

Innovation Labs

Learn how companies have built, structured, and operated their labs to maximize results.

Innovation Ecosystems

Learn from the approaches of companies that are utilizing open innovation and co-creation to innovate.

Remaking R&D

Learn how established R&D organizations are being remade for speed at the largest multinationals.

Metrics & Reporting

Learn what (and how) innovation groups at Fidelity Investments report to the board and senior leadership in order to communicate their progress and impact.

Why attend an IL gathering?

Register to Participate

PLEASE NOTE: The Teach-In is for corporate folks only. Consultants, advisors, software vendors, and others who market products or services to corporate executives may not attend the Teach-In and registration fees will be refunded. In addition, some Teach-In venue hosts reserve the right to approve those visiting their innovation labs. All registrants to be approved by Innovation Leader; full refunds will be made in the event of conflict. Questions? Contact us »

Hotel & Travel Information

We’ve reserved a limited room block at the Boston Marriott Cambridge, 50 Broadway, Cambridge [ Map ]

Click here to make reservations in the room block, or call the hotel directly at (617) 494-6600 and request the Innovation Leader Teach-In room block.

Need help? Email Ellen Juskewitch, Innovation Leader’s events manager.

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