Strategic Innovation Summit 2017

The 7th annual Strategic Innovation Summit took place in Chicago in September 2017. Twenty-six (26) innovation experts spent twenty-six (26) hours immersed in deep debate, discussion and thought about how digital transformation (DX) is changing the world, their companies, their offerings and the practice of innovation itself.

For those of you who attended the summit, thank you. For those of you who did not get a chance to attend, we hope you will consider attending next September.

September 25-26, 2017
Chicago, IL

Transformational Innovation Meets Digital Transformation

This is a time of rapid change, a “VUCA” time for business: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. This is when transformational innovation is required most.

What is the nature of the digital transformation taking place? How can it transform our companies, our people and us as individuals? What do we, as innovators and innovation leaders, do about it?

It’s the important, new technologies that usually get the most attention – Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, etc., but these are merely the starting point. Digital Transformation is the effect of these technologies, and is causing a fundamental new way of being – as individuals, as teams and as enterprises. At the heart of the matter is what we want this new way of being to look like. We can either design this transformation or be designed by it.

At the 2017 Strategic Innovation Summit, 20 innovation leaders from a variety of companies and industries met to:

  • Examine the causal forces shaping the new digital world
  • Understand the technologies in terms of the effects that are creating new possibilities
  • Create plausible futures that are the result of these forces and effects
  • Discuss how innovation next-practices are needed to deal with these transformations
  • Gain insight into how your company can and will be transformed

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The Response

  • The Summit exceeded my expectations. I go to a few other events like this and this is one of the best. The content was really valuable and the delivery was excellent. The networking was valuable. The social activity was really, really nice. Relative to other like events this one had a high return on investment.

    Marla Hetzel – AARP

  • This event is an intimate, forward-thinking experience. It is a great chance to really dig in – to network, discuss, and debate with experienced peers. You will get out what you put in. If you really engage, ask questions, debate, you will be greatly rewarded.

    Alexa Dembek – DuPont

  • This event should be on your calendar. The agenda is serious and full of rich innovation content. My only objection is that we didn’t have more time for each topic.

    Ravi Godbole – AGCO

  • 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 were 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 events 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

  • 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

The 2017 Summit Program Guide

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Participants at this year's Summit

Johns Manville – VP, R&D and Chief Sustainability Officer

DowDuPont – Leader, Emerging Innovation

Procter & Gamble – R&D Digital Transformation Leader

Ingersoll Rand – VP, Innovation & Emerging Technology

Stryker – Program Director

Medtronic – Director Strategy

Yazaki – Chief Engineer, Advanced Development & Product Planning

Gilbarco Veeder Root – VP Global Innovation

Humana Innovation – Business Capability and Architecture Lead

Bard College – Chief of Staff

Northwestern University – Professor of Computer Science

Goodyear – Manager – Global Customer Centered Innovation

Spartech (PolyOne) – Director of Technology

Koch Industries – Senior Director, Innovation

DowDuPont – IT Global Director

USG – Director, Partnerships and Innovation Pipeline

Caterpillar – Organizational Development Technical Steward

ExxonMobil – Breakthrough and Innovation Advisor

ePower Learning – Founder

Motherson Innovations – Chief Technology Officer

Yazaki – Director, Advanced Business Development

New Signature – IoT and Advanced Analytics Lead

Featured Participant - Larry Birnbaum

Larry Birnbaum is Professor of Computer Science at Northwestern University, where he is Head of the Computer Science Division / EECS Department, and Co-Director of the Intelligent Information Laboratory. Larry is also Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor of Narrative Science Inc.

Larry’s research focuses on applied Artificial Intelligence, natural language processing, intelligent information systems, social media data analytics, and automatic content generation. Together with colleagues and students, he has published more than 140 papers on these topics, and holds 39 U.S. patents.

Larry received his BS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Yale University, and was on the faculty there before joining Northwestern.

Featured Participant - Luis Morinigo

Luis Morinigo is the IoT and Advanced Analytics Practice Lead at New Signature. Luis built this practice from the ground up in 2014 and is currently serving major industrial customers throughout the United States and Canada. He and his team apply Azure technologies and the Team Data Science Process (TDSP) to optimize the performance of heavy assets, improve operational efficiency, and generate new revenue streams.

He holds a BS in Mathematics and a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MS in Operations Research from the London School of Economics (LSE). He lives in Washington, D.C.

When & Where

Location and Dates

September 25-26 2017

Workspring Event Space
30 W Monroe St.
Chicago, Illinois


Summit expenses are shared by participants and The Inovo Group. A $2,400 contribution covers facilities, meals, speakers, event production and local transportation. Travel and hotel are not included.