July 14, 2017 – Boston

Growth, Collaboration + Big Ideas

The Network is a one-day event for experts working in the world of corporate innovation. This includes consultants, software providers, authors, keynote speakers, workshop and seminar leaders, and other professionals.

We’ll make connections that will help grow your business…get you up to speed with what your peers are seeing in the market…and let you hear directly from corporate innovation executives about what’s on their agenda and how they work with outside partners. You’ll have the option to tour Fidelity Labs and see demos of their recent projects. We’ll also build an online directory so everyone who participates can get in touch and collaborate afterward.

The Network is not, by design, for people currently in innovation/R&D roles at large companies, but rather the people who work with them to supply software, expertise, and services.

Join us July 14, 2017 at Fidelity’s ThinkSpace in Boston — Space is limited, click here to register! »

Speakers will include:

Houghton Mifflin
Senior Vice President, Digital Services & Labs
Claudia Reuter
Eastern Bank
Chief Digital Officer
Dan O’Malley
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
Chief Innovation Officer
Robin Glasco
Piaggio Fast Forward
Chief Operating Officer
Sasha Hoffman
Business Innovation Factory
Founder &
Chief Catalyst

Saul Kaplan


A big component of the agenda will be workshop sessions led by participants (we’ll use online submissions and voting to determine which topics hold the most interest). You’ll be invited to submit a topic after registering.

Thursday, July 13th
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Pre-event welcome reception
Friday, July 14th
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Group Introductions and a Question — What Are You Doing Most in 2017?
8:45 a.m. Market Trends, Needs, and Challenges — Research Overview by Innovation Leader editor Scott Kirsner
9:30 a.m. Networking Break
9:45 a.m. Open Slot for Participant Speaking Proposal (Most Votes)
10:45 a.m. Networking Break
11:00 a.m. Corporate Perspectives: What’s on the Innovation Agenda at Eastern Bank, Houghton-Mifflin, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass., and Piaggio?
12:00 p.m. Lunch & Lunch Breakout Sessions Run By Participants
1:30 p.m. Networking Break
1:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions Run by Participants
2:45 p.m. Networking Break
3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions Run by Participants
4:00 p.m. Group Wrap-up & Next Steps

Sessions Proposed So Far

    • From Tweaks to Transformation. How can leaders enable their organizations to explore, test, and commercialize the next practices and new business models that will transform customer experience and value? — Saul Kaplan, Business Innovation Factory

    • Design Thinking Exercise — run by Fidelity’s design thinking team

    • Innovate 2 Differentiate: How to Design, Deliver and Profit from Customer Experience Innovation. Learn a proven process for gaining and sustaining your Innovation Advantage in the marketplace so that you can drive more customers, more revenue, and more growth in your business. — Toni Newman, The Innovation Advantage

    • Winning at Network-Based Business Innovation. — Christopher Meyer, Nerve LLC; author, “Blur,” “Standing on the Sun,” “It’s Alive.”

    • Innovation Intelligence. Blending intelligence and lean startup innovation best practices for reduced uncertainty, faster and better insights, and higher-quality innovation investment decisions in large organizations. — Clay Phillips, Crow’s Nest Consulting

    • Your Product Roadmap is Broken. As many product teams struggle to create a clear roadmap, we’ll discuss why this occurs and what can be done to avoid common pitfalls, whether launching an early-stage or managing a mature product. — C. Todd Lombardo, Fresh Tilled Soil

    • Storytelling Skills for Innovators. — Evan Schwartz, Innosight


Help participants grow their businesses and share what they’re doing, seeing, and learning. We’ve observed many professionals in this world tend to refer business to one another. We want to amplify that with a high-quality in-person event, as well as an online directory that participants will be able to refer to afterward.

Your Role

We’ll ask everyone who registers to suggest topics they’d like to present on, or vote on the sessions they’d most like to participate in. We’ll also set up an online directory of everyone who will be at the event, what they specialize in, and facilitate one-on-one conversations when we’re together in Boston.


ThinkSpace, a small “studio-like” gathering space in the headquarters of Fidelity Investments.

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