These roundtable sessions are designed with you in mind - providing a great opportunity for experts to share how to successfully navigate the back end process. Working in groups of 10 participants, attendees will get advice on how to overcome common issues within innovation and share struggles and lessons learned.
#1 The Journey of Disruptive Change - Alice Chung, Sr. Manager, Genentech
One of the hardest parts of innovation is getting others to join you on the journey. How do you get others to be open and understand disruptive innovative efforts? In this discussion, we’ll identify new change management components that can help you lead disruptive innovation. Learn the best ways to handle change management inertia to achieve your desired outcomes.
#2 Re-invigorating a Mature Category - Jatin Khanpara, Fiskars Brands, Inc.
A successful innovation should result in business profitability. In this session, you will learn how Fiskars utilized consumer insights to combat barriers within and outside of the organization and rejuvenated a mature category, eventually resulting in a business that proved to be incremental and profitable. Join us to learn how to build a business case that would justify investing resources and successfully deliver an improved product making the category profitable.
#3 Flying over the O-gap Superhero Style - Christine Folck, VSP Global/The Shop
We’ve all been there…. Struggling, pushing, pulling (and in some cases crying, as we try) to move a new product or process out of the R&D/Innovation team and into mainstream operations. We’ve seen other company’s do it successfully. Why do we struggle so much? What is their secret? We’ve read the books. We’ve attend the conference break-out sessions. What are we missing? What is that “grey matter” that pulls it all together? Through this guided conversation we will share our scars and our ‘a-ha’ moments. By the end we will have discovered the secret sauce together.
#4 Embedding Intrapreneurial Spirit in our People & Leaders - Christopher Bailey ExxonMobil Global Services & Kim Bullock, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Large corporations are trying to act like a Startup, but their existing organizational structures are set-up to reject that mindset; causing opportunity loss and fears of disruption. We know some organizations are doing this well; let’s learn from the best and explore how to create Startup teams, develop leaders who can keep them accountable, and setup organizational structures that enable these teams to flourish.
#5 Foresight is 20/200 - Using Clues from the Past to get Better Results - Cristin Moran, 3M & Heather Webb, 3M Healthcare
After every cancelled project, upon reflection, there are indicators that are ignored in the moment, but correctly predict the outcome of your project. Come share your stories from prior success and failures and collectively we will uncover the subtle red flags that might have changed your outcome.
#6 Opportunity Cost vs. Cost of Opportunity - David Matheson, CEO & President, SmartOrg, Inc
Innovation often struggles because of a focus on budgeting. Competing with other projects that clutter up the portfolio, innovation projects are often underfunded. Teams frequently lower their aspiration because of the operational pressures and resource limitations. DuPont, one of the keynote speakers, recently determined that the cumulative impact of these subtle effects results in huge lost opportunity. In this session, estimate the lost opportunity in your innovation projects. Discuss the implications and root causes with your peers and find ways to increase your innovation funding and focus.
#7 ROI: Turning Ideas into Dollars - Iliya Rybchin, SVP, Corporate Development & Ventures, A+E Network
This presentation will look at how innovation activities can align with and contribute to the core business. We will examine examples of how both adjacent and disruptive innovations deliver tangible value to a large enterprise. We will look at the classic conundrum in this space, ie that most investments are measured using a simple formula – one that takes numbers as inputs and spits out new numbers for executives to carefully scrutinize. Unfortunately, “Innovation Math” is not so straight-forward. The inputs are not always easily quantifiable, and the outputs are most certainly difficult to comprehend or validate. Even more troubling is that some of the outputs do not directly correlate to the numbers that matter… revenue, profit, cost savings, market growth, customer satisfaction, etc. So what is a company to do? We’ll find out during this session.
#8 How to Create an Innovation Portfolio with the Largest Impact for your Company - Lorrie Vogel, Former VP Material Science and Innovation, Nike
It takes a lot of effort to push any new innovation out to commercialization; the Initiative has to be worth the effort. Discover proven techniques used to quantify and score early innovations to weed out the duds and push forward the most impactful programs.
#9 Creating a Dynamic Innovation Program. 5 Simple Steps that Make it Work - Karen Tilstra, PhD. Co-founder & Inventor, Florida Hospital Innovation Lab, (FHIL)
Have you noticed most businesses today claim Innovation as a top priority; yet, few companies are actually innovative. A recent HBR study showed that 94% of executives claim their companies fail to innovate. A staggering fact, since we know that innovation is the only way companies stay relevant, outperform the competition, and maintain customer loyalty. The good news is, Innovation doesn’t have to remain elusive. Join this roundtable to hear how 5 'simple’ strategies could ignite innovation within your company or department.