2018 Spring Networks Conference - Innovation Leaders Network Agenda

Innovation Leaders Network
Spring 2018 Networks Conference
March 5-6, 2017 
Brown Palace Hotel & Spa
321 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202


Monday, March 5

7:30 am – 8:00 am Brown Palace Club


8:00 am – 9:30 am


Introductions and “Hot Topics” Roundtable

Attendees should come prepared to share a particular challenge or success they have recently experienced in their company. This is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about each other as well as share insight and assist with developing solutions.


9:30 am – 10:00 am

TRACK – IRI’s Self-Directed Learning Engine
Presenter: Sherri Bassner (IRI)

This session will introduce IRI’s new TRACK (Training Resources to Advance Competencies and Knowledge) program, a key element of the Organizational arm of the new IRI Value Proposition, as well as the SDLE (Self-Directed Learning Engine) tool we'll be using to implement TRACK.  After providing a brief overview of the scope and goals of the program, Sherri will review the Innovation Leadership competencies used to build the SDLE.  She will then demonstrate the tool in the beta version, including the self-assessment tool and the creation of a development plan using IRI-related resources.  We will also discuss, as a Network, how we can contribute to the learning resources used in the tool.

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Lodo

Business Model Innovation: Cross-Functionality (ILN and NBDN)
Presenters: Norm Golm and Jason Kreidler (Regal Beloit)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm- Ballroom B

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The New Workforce Reality: The Millennial Generation  (HRN and ILN)
Presenter: Dawn Chaland (Queens University)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  Lodo

Roundtable: Do companies need to revise their hiring structures? (HRN and ILN)

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Foyer

Networking Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm  Ballroom A

Effectively storytelling and selling internally:  Creating compelling, contextualized stories that drive commitment in the organization
Presenter: Pam Henderson (New-Edge)

One of the most frustrating aspect of R+D leadership is to see on the horizon the trends and actions that could disrupt the company as well as emerging opportunities and then not being able to convince the organization to commit. There are three elements to creating compelling, contextualized and persuasive stories, all found in Aristotle’s model of persuasion – which we apply to selling innovation internally. We will look at examples of good stories and processes to engage and persuade the organization.   


6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Ellynton’s

Welcome Dinner



Tuesday, March 6

7:30 am – 8:00 am Brown Palace Club


8:00 am – 9:00 am Ballroom A

Implementing Open Innovation:  Making the Make/Buy/Partner Decision (ETN, ILN, NBDN)
Presenter: Gene Slowinski

On its surface, the Make/Buy/Partner decision is simple.  If you can make it, make it.  If you can buy it, buy it.  If you cannot make or buy, Partner.  However, that simple description masks the true complexity of the decision and hides the fact that significant value can be lost or gained by correctly making the decision. Join Gene Slowinski as he shares his experience in making the Make/Buy/Partner decision.  He will describe the issues that bound the decision, a set of principles that guide the decision and examples of how the decision grows or decreases value creation.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Lodo

Special Topics 2018

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am – 12:00 am Lodo

From Strategy  to Measurable Results in Four Steps
Presenter: Wayne Mackey (PDC)

This session provides a structured approach to assessing and improving the probability of success of your strategy. We will use a real example of building an implementable “informatics” strategy around capturing, accessing and using information as a potent competitive weapon.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Ballroom B

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  Lodo

Driving Market-Backed Innovation (ILN and NBDN)

Presenter: Pam Henderson (New-Edge)


Market-backed innovation, driven by R+D, clearly requires the right types of market insight. Yet often the insights gained directly from customers do not indicate where you should focus your sales efforts.  They focus on simply improving current attributes or reducing costs.  R+D needs to gain insights beyond the current product cycle and insights beyond those that they and their competitors typically hear.  To do that, we must learn how to see the unseen. This session will examine ways to look at unusual users and uses, how to observe behavior to gain insights on opportunities and ideas, and different mechanisms for iteration.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Ballroom A

Innovation in the Cannabis Industry (ETN, ILN and NBDN)
Presenter: Jay Denniston (Dixie Elixirs)

3:00 pm

Meeting Adjourns

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Field Trips (pre-registration is required)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

University of Colorado – College of Engineering and Applied Materials


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