Creating and Leading a Culture of Innovation

Streamlining and cost-cutting may yield short-term earnings gains, but winning managers know that the key to value creation and sustained growth lies in innovation — continuously seeking opportunities to create value whether by launching new products and services, entering new markets or rethinking key processes.

This intensive, innovation-focused program challenges you to take a candid look at your personal leadership style, values and impact. Our expert faculty will guide you through an exploration of how to instill an innovation mindset within your organization and constantly improve how you relate to, interact with and inspire others to higher levels of creativity.

Thomas Kuczmarski / Academic Director

Who Should Attend

  • Executives who initiate, drive and lead innovation strategies in their organizations
  • Senior executives, division presidents, vice presidents and directors who are ready to challenge traditional approaches to innovation
  • Multiple participants from the same organization who share innovating responsibilities

Key Benefits

  • Create your personal innovation leadership plan
  • Learn to lead the creation of an innovative culture within your organization and empower your employees to sustain it
  • Recognize the innovation-related needs of your employees and help them solve problems in creative ways
  • Acquire tools and techniques for effectively leading and motivating innovators

Program Content

Creating an Innovative Culture

  • Identify key examples of leadership styles that foster innovation
  • Secure management commitment to create an innovative culture
  • Know when, how and why to reward risk and failure as well as success

Discovering the Leader Within

  • Define your current values framework and leadership approach
  • Develop your leadership profile and uncover your hidden challenges
  • Create your personal leadership vision statement and plan

Servant Leadership

  • Evaluate the benefits of shared leadership
  • Empower and motivate others

Values-based Leadership

  • Discover the values of effective leaders
  • Learn to rejuvenate your workplace

Service Organizations

  • Develop a people-oriented culture
  • Inspire the front line
  • Create the ultimate customer experience

Technology Leadership

  • Make smart investments in new technology innovation
  • Activate an innovation leadership strategy that goes beyond high-tech and R&D

Leading Innovation

  • Create a high-impact culture that will accelerate growth
  • Develop innovation leadership for diverse and global human capital


Thomas D. Kuczmarski - Academic Director; Adjunct Lecturer of Executive Education with the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation (CRTI)

Diane Dahl - Founder and President, The Hartell Group Inc.

Susan Smith Kuczmarski - Leadership Expert and Social Scientist

Mohanbir Sawhney - McCormick Foundation Chair of Technology; Clinical Professor of Marketing; Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation

Mary Ellen Weber - Former Astronaut and Managing Director Stellar Strategies, LLC.

What Participants Say

“Within two months of having attended the program, our organization has adopted a creative and forward-looking strategy for our digital platforms. This program is a must for all senior leaders.”
COO/CFO, Capital Public Radio, Sacramento, CA Area

“Overall, an excellent and high standard experience.... This was my second course at Kellogg and I plan to do another course in the near future.”
Auditor / Consultant, Navin Kukadia

“I have attended executive education programs at [multiple top-tier institutions] and I can honestly say that my Kellogg course was the most relevant and applicable course that I have taken. I am confident that I will use the tools and resources from the course in my daily work.”
Strategy Management, Grupo CHRISTUS MUGUERZA

Personal Consultation

Please email or call us if you would like a personal consultation

2019 Sessions

May 6-9, 2019

Start: May 6 at 8:30 AM

End: May 9 at 2:30 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

November 11-14, 2019

Start: November 11 at 8:30 AM

End: November 14 at 2:30 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208