Feb 09

Global Innovation Leadership Workshop

February 9, 2015

Event Description:

The mediaX Global Innovation Leadership Program at Stanford University is a program that fills a critical gap for mid-career executives who aspire to lead break-through innovation in their organizations. In this program mediaX brings together thought leadership from Stanford researchers and inspired innovators from our member community. Guided by THNK facilitators, workshop participants address a “wicked” societal challenge with teamwork and innovation leadership skills.

In this four day program (February 9th-12th), participants will work with a unique combination of Stanford’s deep expertise in the human-technology intersection and THNK’s innovation leadership Master Practitioners and deploy THNK’s Creation Flow and the THNK’s Creative Leadership Model to address a “wicked” societal challenge.

Participants will leave the program with a deep and broad understanding of the content, a hands-on toolbox filled with design thinking, critical thinking and systems thinking skills that they can apply back at work or with other complex problems. Participants will also take home a deeper self-awareness of leadership strengths, weaknesses and growth areas, as well as a network of experienced colleagues.

The program is specifically designed for the busy executive, and for this reason we have included 90 minute lunch breaks every day in combination with at least one free evening during the 4 day program to enable participants the ability to maintain continuity with their offices.

The cost of this program is $7,985 per individual participant. Since learning is both more engaging and effective with people you know, you can bring additional colleagues for a 50% discount; one full fee paying participant can bring up to two additional participants from their organization. This fee includes all on-site expenses (materials, food and beverages), but excludes travel to/from Stanford and accommodations. For questions and to register, please email Addy Dawes.

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From Stanford University

Byron Reeves is the Paul C. Edwards Professor of Communication at Stanford University. He teaches courses in mass communication theory and research, with particular emphasis on psychological processing of interactive media. His research has been the basis for a number of new media products for companies such as Microsoft, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard, in the areas of voice interfaces, automated dialogue systems and conversational agents. He is currently working on the applications of multi-player game technology to learning and the conduct of serious work.

Wendy Ju, is the Executive Director of Interaction Design Research at the Center for Design Research (CDR). The CDR is a community of scholars focused on understanding and augmenting engineering design innovation practice and education. Ju’s research in the areas of physical interaction design and ubiquitous computing investigates how implicit interactions can enable novel and natural interfaces through the intentional management of attention and initiative.

Renate Fruchter is the founding director of the PBL Lab, lecturer in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Senior Research Engineer thrust leader of “Collaboration Technologies” at the Center for Integrated Facilities Engineering (CIFE), at Stanford. She leads a research effort to develop collaboration technologies for multidisciplinary, geographically distributed teamwork, and e-Learning. Her interests focus on R&D and larger scale deployment of collaboration technologies that include Web-based team building, synchronous and asynchronous knowledge capture, sharing and re-use, project memory, corporate memory, and mobile solutions for global teamwork and e-Learning.


Rajiv Ball: Partner THNK. At THNK, Rajiv is responsible for the Quest, as well as opening new THNK locations across the world and developing special programs for corporate clients. Previously a Partner at McKinsey & Company, Rajiv was responsible for the leadership development of McKinsey Partners globally. In addition, Rajiv lectures on the Executive MBA Program at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Berend-Jan Hilberts: Challenge Coordinator THNK. With a background in business strategy and innovation, Berend-Jan has consulted internally and externally with companies on generating new ideas and creating new platforms for growth. Berend-Jan is driven by a strong desire to equip leaders to become more effective in leading innovation in their teams. In addition to facilitating the THNK Executive Program, he designs and delivers many of THNK’s in-company programs at large corporate clients.

Robert Wolfe: Leadership Coach THNK. Robert has been part of THNK faculty since the beginning of THNK as a leadership coach, storytelling trainer and innovation facilitator. Before he was a management trainer and personal coach in many countries, an improv actor, and he still is a writer of fiction novels for young adults. He specializes in experiential learning and voice dialogue.