March 13 Member Update

Upcoming events to advance and grow your innovation efforts


Shaping Innovation Leaders!

This executive management program is hosted by the IRI in partnership with Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. The Kellogg School is considered the best business school in the world when it comes to developing leadership and this course takes the best of the best to train your high potentials as leaders, while teaching them how to communicate and work with other business functions at your company. It’s like a “mini-MBA” program for rising stars in the innovation world. 

  • Team members acquire the skills needed to successfully manage large projects.
  • They learn the same vocabulary, needs and constraints as other “MBAs” in the organization.
  • More new products make it to market because my managers learn how to communicate across the organization.
  • The course brings together an impressive group of up-and-coming innovators to exchange ideas and gain fresh perspective. The networks formed with peers last a lifetime.
  • Kellogg’s top-notch instructors cover topics ranging from marketing, legal, production, finance and more.


It challenges us as leaders to think differently about what conversations we need to have, levels of influence, how it affects our strategy, approaches, and cost…It enhances our strengths and capabilities as leaders.” —Jacqueline Kiple, John Deere 


I highly recommend this program. It has really helped me raise my level of strategy as I think about business and how it relates to R&D…The faculty are top notch. It gives you all the business acumen you need.”—Paola Appendini, Mars Inc.


I came away with some really great skills that will help me ask better questions with finance, marketing and HR partners.”—Frank Rapacki, Campbell Soup Company

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Hurry to reserve one of the few remaining spaces for Shaping Innovation Leaders before they’re gone. Early-bird pricing ends on Wednesday, don’t wait!

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Annual Conference

  • Learn how to evolve your portfolio to be at the core of sustainability from by José Méndez-Andino, EVP and Chief R&D Officer, Owens Corning.
  • Discover how John Deere’s ecosystem steered the organization to become a modern smart digital enterprise.
  • Hear the latest research from Mars Wrigley, the Fox School of Business, and Thinaer on how organizations can guide the cultural changes of digital transformation.
  • Find out how Georgia Tech’s AI Institute for Advances in Optimization is changing the future of supply chain.
  • Gain strategies to kickstart meaningful change inside your organization from Brant Cooper, author and CEO of MovestheNeedle.
  • Learn what new technologies are driving the future of sustainability at DuPont, Michelin, and more.

Join us in Philadelphia May 22-25 for the 2023 IRI Annual Conference!

Visit our website to view the agenda, register, and book your hotel.

Explore the Agenda

March 15, 1pm – 5pm EST

IRI TRACK Workshop: Lean Startup in Large Organization

Learn practices that can be used to progressively reduce uncertainty through a series of well-designed business experiments. This course is organized in two parts. The first part gives a practical overview of the seven principles of Lean Startup, including examples of the principles in use.

The second part of the course discusses adaptations to make these practices work in large organizations and in companies that produce physical products. 

The course will feature practical illustrations based on the real-world experiences of the instructor. It will include hands-on break-out sessions that will give participants confidence in applying these concepts.

Upon completion, participants will be able to assess the value of Lean Startup for their organizations and to leverage specific principles immediately.

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Awards Program

IRI Awards Program Debuts New Awards in 2023 –Nomination Forms Now Available Online

IRI will present three new awards categories at the IRI Annual Conference. Nominations for the 2023 awards will be accepted through March 27. Five of the six IRI Awards categories have open nominations. Visit our website to learn more about the IRI Awards and download a nomination form.

New Awards:

  • The IRI Corporate Excellence Award (new!) will be presented to five IRI member companies for outstanding achievement and contributions to industry and society in the following categories: culture, corporate citizenship, scientific breakthroughs, digital and technological innovation, and transformative partnerships.
  • IRI Innovation Award (new!) honors an individual or team within an IRI member company for leadership and contributions to the field of innovation. 
  • Women in Technology and Innovation Leadership Award (new!)
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March 22, 1pm – 5pm EST

IRI TRACK Workshop: The Corporate Environmental Sustainability Journey

The purpose of this course is for the participants to understand what CSR (corporate social responsibility – specifically the environmental aspect) is, why it’s important and how it has evolved over the last decade. Additionally, we will present the financial advantage of companies that embrace environmental sustainability and how to incorporate the principles and tools into your company processes

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March 29, 1pm – 5pm EST

IRI TRACK Workshop: Incubating Strategic Opportunities: Failure Modes and Methods to Overcome them

The Lean Startup methods and associated tools have become widely adopted for managing high uncertainty projects. Use of the Business Model canvas, Minimum Viable Product, field interviews and other practices designed for the start-up context have gained widespread popularity in mature companies due to their focus on quick experiments, fast learning and focus on the technological, market and business model development requirements to support a potentially major innovation opportunity.

The corporate environment, however, differs from that of the startup, in that an organization’s divisional structure, budget cycles, and other established norms and routines already exist. These present challenges and barriers to corporate venture and other strategic innovation teams, which the lean start up methods do not address. In this workshop we offer two methods to help innovation teams in mature

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March 27, noon EST

The Human Side of Technology: Leading People Through Digital Transformation – PILOT Project Update

This project is focused on creating insights related to the human side of digital transformation, learn more about it here. In this webinar, they will focus on how companies can prepare for cultural changes associated with digital transformation.

To receive a calendar invitation, contact Matt Dorocak.

IRI PILOT Research Grant

IRI is calling for applications for the IRI Funding Scheme – a small grant (up to $3k) to conduct a research project with us and our members. IRI’s goal is to get subject matter experts working with our members on well thought out, organized projects that will address the top challenges our members face. There will be a limited number of projects funded this year, and priority will be given to projects that focus on our hot topics list. The submission deadline for the application is April 17. The proposal application, hot topics list, and evaluation criteria are all available on our website. Please contact Matt Dorocak with any questions regarding the program.

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