July 14, 2017 – Boston

Grow Your Corporate Innovation Advisory Business

The Network is a one-day event for experts working in the world of corporate innovation. This includes:

  • Consultants
  • Software providers
  • Technology scouting organizations and startup “matchmakers”
  • Other professionals who provide corporate innovation guidance

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.

Just some of what we’ll address:

  • The Agenda: What is top on the priority list for large companies in 2017?
  • How BigCo’s Buy: How and when do they need outside help?
  • Methodologies & Approaches: What are the most powerful and in-demand methodologies and approaches right now? What is falling out of favor?
  • Referrals: Who at the event provides complementary services/products to you — and who could be referring business to you?
  • Roadmap: What’s next for the corporate innovation arena?

Experts like you will have an opportunity to lead sessions on topics or methodologies you know about — or contribute your perspective in group discussions throughout the day. 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.

July 14, 2017 at Fidelity’s ThinkSpace in Boston

[ Photos from The Network • Book, Podcast, and Resource Recommendations • Audio Clips ]

Market Trends, Needs, and Challenges

Innovation Leader editor Scott Kirsner will offer an overview of our latest quantitative and qualitative research on:

  • Industries where we're seeing the most interest and activity
  • Focus for these teams, budget issues, big opportunities for outside assistance
  • Organizational challenges they typically encounter
  • Examples and models of companies doing innovation right

Corporate Perspectives

What’s on the Innovation Agenda at Eastern Bank, Houghton-Mifflin, Thomson Reuters, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass., and Piaggio?
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
Chief Innovation Officer
Robin Glasco
Eastern Bank
Chief Digital Officer
Dan O’Malley
Thomson Reuters
Chief Technology Officer
Mona Vernon
Piaggio Fast Forward
Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey Schnapp
Technology and Innovation Strategist
Rick Rundell


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. For more on what you’ll get from The Network, here’s Innovation Leader editor Scott Kirsner:


Come ready to contribute, share, ask questions, and interact. Please join us for a tour of Fidelity and a welcome reception on Thursday. Our agenda will begin at 8:00 AM sharp on Friday. See our planning document for complete descriptions of each session.

The Twitter hashtag for the event is #ILnet17.

Thursday, July 13th
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tour of Fidelity Labs, 245 Summer Street in Boston [ Map ]
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Pre-event welcome reception at Trade 540 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA [ Map ]
Friday, July 14th
7:30 a.m. Arrival and breakfast at Fidelity’s ThinkSpace, 245 Summer Street in Boston [ Map ]
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 with Innovation Leader editor Scott Kirsner
9:30 a.m. Networking Break
9:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions Run by Participants:

Front: Storytelling Skills for Innovators — Evan Schwartz, Innosight

Bay 1: Innovation Intelligence — Clay Phillips, Crow’s Nest Consulting

Bay 3: Winning at Network-Based Business Innovation — Christopher Meyer, Nerve

Bay 4: Collaborative, Cross-Industry Innovation — Gregg Garrett, CGS Advisors & Matt Weiss, IDEO

10:45 a.m. Networking Break
11:00 a.m. Corporate Perspectives: What’s on the Innovation Agenda at Eastern Bank, Thomson Reuters, Autodesk, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass., and Piaggio?
12:00 p.m. Lunchtime Sessions

Bay 1: EveryDay Innovation — Nicola Darke, Wazoku

Bay 2: Your Product Roadmap is Broken — C. Todd Lombardo, Fresh Tilled Soil

Bay 3: How to We Make Innovation Less Risky — Ron Thompson, CAIL

Bay 4: Running Experiments on the Edge of What Seems Risky…Legal…or Known — Mark Rogers, Fidelity Investments

1:30 p.m. Networking Break
1:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions Run by Participants

Front: Innovate 2 Differentiate — Toni Newman, The Innovation Advantage

Bay 1: If You Build It, They Won’t Come Willingly: The Journey to the Consumer — Shawn Nason and Steve Junion, The Nason Group

Bay 3: How Can Consultants and Software Vendors Collaborate to Deliver Transformational Results? — Noel Sobelman

Bay 4: From Tweaks to Transformation — Eli MacLaren, Business Innovation Factory

2:45 p.m. Networking Break
3:00 p.m. Innovation Landscape Scan

Jointly define and explore our shared innovation landscape. Considering the past 10 years of innovation thinking, the trends of today, and where they next 10 years could take us. A collaborative activity to map out the tools, methodologies/processes, companies, people, topics, and challenges that matter in innovation.

Led by Dave Rutley of Collective Next

4:00 p.m. Group Wrap-up & Next Steps
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tour of Fidelity Labs, 245 Summer Street in Boston [ Map ]

Hotel & Travel Information

Arrival — If you are flying in for The Network, we recommend arriving on Thursday, July 13th, as we have a tour of Fidelity Labs starting at 4 PM, and a pre-welcome cocktail party planned at 5:00 PM. (If you can’t join us for the Thursday tour, the same tour will be offered at the end of the event on Friday, concluding at 5:30 PM.)

    Event location:
    Fidelity ThinkSpace, 245 Summer St. Boston, MA [ Map ].

Hotels — As most corporations have loyalty and reward programs for specific hotel chains, we have not reserved a room block for The Network. Here is our list of recommended hotels, based on the location of the event, all are near South Station:

Questions — If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ellen Juskewitch calling 855-585-080 or email ellen@innovationleader.com.


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