Strategic Innovation Summit 2015

A Special Innovation Experience Happened in Chicago

The 5th annual Strategic Innovation Summit was held in Chicago on September 21-22. It was a unique and invigorating experience for all those who attended – 25 of the top, corporate, innovation leaders. These are the people responsible for running the innovation efforts within their respective companies. They wanted to hear about real problems, real solutions and ideas about how they can advance the practice of innovation within their organizations. And they did.

From noon on Monday to 2 PM on Tuesday, including the evening event at the City Winery, the participants interacted with each other to discuss specific innovation topics. The intense, interactive sessions illuminated common issues, distinctive differences and potential solutions that can be tried and adopted.

A full lineup of top-level innovation executives from leading companies in a variety of industries attended this year’s conference. It was an extraordinary opportunity for these innovation leaders to engage with each other to share knowledge and learn about the latest innovation issues and solutions.

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The Response

  • This is the second year I’ve attended and I intend to go next year as well. The summit is the right amount of time and the people who attend are all relevant. It’s comforting to talk to others who are facing the same issues and to learn how others have mover their organizations along.

    Scott May – Givaudan

  • I have been to a lot of these types of events and think this is one of the best. I’d go again next year. The participants we’re spot-on with a healthy mix of B2B and B2C. Everyone shared enough to have a healthy discussion.

    Shirley Drazba – IDEX Corp.

  • This was one of the more interactive event’s I’ve been to. It was an impressive group and the event was very well organized. It was the right amount of time to get away from the office and have enough time to discuss. I got a lot of new insights.

    Ken Czech – Focal Point Lighting

  • I recognize the complexities that go into this type of event so I was very impressed. The caliber of people was exceptional and I really liked the topics. I would absolutely come again and I believe it would be good for our General Managers to come to an event like this as well. I really enjoyed the summit.

    Kim Saville – Saint Gobain

Video Recap


Daymon Worldwide, Director Global Innovation Strategy
Direct Energy, Director Innovation Delivery
Dow Automotive, Business President
Dow Chemical, Director New Business Development
DuPont, Global Business Director
Exxon Mobil, Marketing Innovation
Focal Point, VP Product Development
Guivadan, VP Global Innovation
Growth Science, CEO
Parker Hannifin, Sr. Director Corporate Technology Ventures and Innovation Systems

Johns Manville, Director New Product Development and Innovation
Kellogg’s, Director Portfolio Development and Pipeline Innovation
Nestle Purina Pet Care, Director Front-end Innovation and Emerging Growth
IDEX Corp., Corporate VP Innovation
Pepsico, VP Global Snacks Innovation
Stryker, VP Global Innovation Programs
Steelcase, Director New Business Innovation
Saint Gobain, Director Innovation Processes
SRI International, Associate Director for Research and Analytice

Summit Program

2015 Guide CoverWant more information? Download our 2015 Strategic Innovation Summit program guide.

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Summit Memento


IMG_0412Everyone who attended this year’s summit received this memento. It was custom designed and created by artist Chuck Stover out of nickel steel using 3D printing technology. More of Chuck’s work can be seen at Chuck Stover.

When & Where


Location and Dates

The 2016 Summit will be September 19 – 20, 2016 at Workspring in Chicago.

The Summit production expenses are shared by participants and sponsor (Inovo).

Get on the List

The Strategic Innovation Summit is limited to 25 people. If you are interested in one of these slots then please put your name on the list. Expression of interest is not a commitment to attend, but you must be on the list to receive an invitation.

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“ The number one thing this summit delivers on are the people who attend. It is highly beneficial to be with people who are in the thick of it all and this summit has the right people. The cross section of industries is invaluable for making connections and learning from them. These connections last long after the summit is over. ”

Steve Fahrenholtz – General Mills