Innov8rs Los Angeles

Your must-do yearly innovation upgrade.

Full Agenda: Speakers & Sessions

//Day 1: Trending Topics//

19 June 2018, 2:00 - 7:30pm

  • Gain insights on and discuss trending topics impacting your work today and tomorrow, from experts working cross-industries and with peers from other companies

Kick-Off & Welcome

2:00 - 2:45

Welcome to #Innov8rs, welcome to LA! Get clear on your main goals for the event… andstart connecting with a handful of other innovators in the room, as a taster for what’s to come.

Hans Balmaekers (#Innov8rs)

8 Trending Topic Talks & Un-conference

2:45 - 7:30

The One Thing Great Innovators Do Differently
Greg Satell  // Session details //

Innovation is Broken
Janice Fraser (Bionic)  // Session details //

10 Principles of Business Transformation
Barry O’Reilly (ExecCamp)  // Session details //

Why Curiosity is the New Competitive Advantage in Business
Diana Kander (Maddock Douglas)  //  Session details //

Brant Cooper (Moves the Needle)

The 7 Habits of Highly Innovative Organizations
Ludwig Melik (Planbox)  // Session details //

Empowering Employees to Drive Growth
Hugh Molotsi (Ujama)  // Session details //

Women Are Not Robots
Erica Eden (PepsiCo)  //  Session details //

Networking Drinks

7:30 - 9:00

//Day 2: Sharing Best Practices//

20 June 2018, 8:45 - 6:00

  • Get the real and raw stories from innovators across industries,
    sharing their successes, failures and everything in between
  • Bring your actual challenges, and work on potential solutions, guided by experts and learning from peers

25+ Innovator Stories

8:45 - 11:00

Track 1: Structuring, Scaling and Succeeding with Innovation Programs

The Problem with Too Much Innovation?
Paul Campbell (WL Gore Innovation Center)  //  Session details //

Scrappy Labs: Taking the Road Less Travelled
Kyle Nicholas McCray (American Pacific Mortgage)  // Session details //

Disrupting From Within: What We’ve Learned One Year Into Our Innovation Initiative
Randy Villahermosa (The Aerospace Corporation)  // Session details //

Innovating Within Financial Services and Beyond
Vijay Mehta (Experian)  // Session details //

Small and Mighty – How a Small Innovation Team Can Have a Big Impact
Karen O’Leonard (Willis Towers Watson)  // Session details //

Track 2: Influencing for Innovation

Sura Al-Naimi & Chris Chapman (former Disney)

Meat in the Middle: The Transformation to Product Management at The Home Depot
Katherine Faulder (The Home Depot)  // Session details //

Influencing The Innovation Culture Of EY – A Global Professional Services Organization
Anthony C Okoro (Ernst & Young)  // Session details //

Framework for Building Consensus via Empathy: a Case Study of TED’s Effort to Rebuild its Digital Presence
Thaniya Keereepart (TED)  // Session details //

Don’t Push A Rope Up A Hill – Choosing The Right Internal Innovation And Finding Willing Partners
Mark Long (Providence St Joseph Health)  // Session details //

Track 3: Open Innovation & Ecosystem Engagement

Delivering the Unexpected Through Open Innovation Best Practices
Markus Larsson (PARC)  //  Session details //

Sports Fuel Personalization: New Business Models Through Open Innovation
Xavi Cortadellas (Gatorade)  // Session details //

An Innovation Leader’s Guide to Tackling Ambitious Industry Disruption
Nirali Shah (Cisco)  // Session details //

Helping Entrepreneurs Revolutionize Health Care at Cedars-Sinai and Beyond
Anne Wellington (Cedars-Sinai Accelerator)  // Session details //

Track 4: Building Innovation Culture and Capability

Crowdsourcing CXI
Heath Brown (Commonwealth Bank Innovation Labs)  // Session details //

3 Horizons in the P&L – How Do We Move Innovation From A Third-Rail, Ivory Tower, Marketing Exercise To Driving Meaningful Value For The Business?
Shannon Lucas (Ericsson)  // Session details //

Building Agile DNA
Marcelo de Santis (former Pirelli, Mondelez)  // Session details //

Vinod Suresh (Walmart Labs)

Track 5: Launching New Ventures

Urban Air Mobility: Real-world Learnings at Voom/Airbus
Uma Subramanian (Voom)  //  Session details //

Tide Spin – How To Innovate Like A Startup
David VanHimbergen (Tide Spin)  //  Session details //

BASF’s Creator Space – Incubation Outside the Lab
Jessica DeMott (BASF)  // Session details //

12 Workshops & Whiteboard Sessions

11:30 - 5:30

Bring your challenge... pick your group... and work on solutions, guided by peers and experts.

Round 1 // 11:30 – 1:00

Power of Pause: Five Keys to Avoid Burnout and Expand Your Capacity as an Agent of Change
Rachael O’Meara (Google)  // Session details //

Platform Economy: Shaping Industry Structures
Lital Marom (Unfold Media)  // Session details //

10 Principles of Business Transformation
Barry O’Reilly (ExecCamp)  //  Session details //

Designing for Change
Coe Leta Stafford and Dawn Taketa Riordan (IDEO U)  // Session details //

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:00

After these sessions, you’ll have a lot to chew on already during lunch.

Round 2 // 2:00 – 3:30

How to Get Quick Wins to Gain Trust & Scale Innovation
Karen Holst Tudhope  // Session details //

The Landscape For Startup-Driven Innovation: How Corporations Are Leveraging Startup Ecosystems To Accelerate Innovation
Brian Ardinger (NXXT)  // Session details //

Deep Dive Into The Four Essential Curiosity Questions
Diana Kander (Maddock Douglas)  // Session details //

Round 3 // 4:00 – 5:30

Building Enterprise Innovation Management as a Core Competency
Ludwig Melik (Planbox)  // Session details //

How To Empower An Innovative Culture
Greg Satell  // Session details //

Impactful Storytelling for Innovators & Disruptors
Susan Lindner (Emerging Media) // Session details //

Flourish or Die: Building A Path To Sustainable Change Making
Tracey Lovejoy and Shannon Lucas (Catalyst Constellations)  // Session details //

//Day 3: Deep Dive Master Classes//

21 June 2018, 09:00 - 5:30

  • Sharpen your saw and develop new skills
  • Experiment with new methods, tools and techniques
  • Work with the best field experts on all topics crucial to your innovation agenda

Master Classes - Round 1

09:00 - 12:30

The Innovative Team: Recognizing and Developing Innovators
Janice Francisco (BridgePoint Effect/FourSight)  // Session details //

Metrics for Measuring Innovation Health
Tristan Kromer (Kromatic)  // Session details //

Innovation At Scale Needs A Holistic And Responsive Transformation – Are you ready?
Jonathan Bertfield (Spinnaker)  // Session details //

Operational Excellence for Innovation: A Taste of Upside
Mike Sigal and Jelena Ewart (Upside Partners)  // Session details //

Master Classes - Round 2

2:00 - 5:30

Exponential Organizations
Michael Leadbetter (ExO Works)  // Session details //

Design a Better Business: How to Use Design to Co-Create More Effective Strategies for the Future
Justin Lokitz  (Business Models Inc.)  // Session details //

Learn 10x Faster with Prototype Thinking
Olivia Wong (Prototype Thinking Labs)  // Session details //

//Day 4: Field Trips//

22 June 2018, 8:00 - 4:00

  • Explore LA’s ecosystem and visit some of the city’s innovation hotspots
  • Bring it all back together: capturing learnings to implement once back in the office

10 Field Trips

08:00 - 12:30

Explore the most exciting and impactful innovation hubs in and around LA! The downside? You can only join one of them... so why not bring your team?

YouTube Space Studio

When leading the regional expansion of YouTube Space in LATAM, Alvaro Paes de Barros came up with a business model that ultimately became YouTube Space’s global expansion template. He now oversees all of the business elements involved in delivering YouTube Space’s motto: ‘Learn. Share. Create.’ Hear about Alvaro’s journey first hand and see the newly refurbished flagship YouTube Studio in the heart of Silicon Beach.


What are the odds that the biggest innovation in hair care this decade comes from a team of four guys with zero experience? It’s a storyline taking shape at El Segundo-based eSalon, a custom hair color startup.  Hear first hand from Francisco Gimenez, CEO at esalon, about their unusual founding story and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look how they have built and scaled a custom production line.

Expert Dojo

Expert Dojo’s mission is to help investment companies, private companies and local governments understand startup challenges and join together to overcome them. By combining all their startup resources for the benefit of the whole group, they have high success rates in all markets for entrepreneurs. The ‘Head Honcho’ at Expert Dojo will take you through why they disagree with Lean Startup and take you through their successful 12 Step Heros Journey.

Technicolor Experience Center

When creativity meets emerging technologies. The Technicolor Experience Center spans gaming, animation, traditional media, retail and technology, bringing together it’s award-winning creative brands (The Mill, Mikros Image, MPC and Mr. X). This visit includes a talk from the center lead on how the centre was created from lead up to opening in June 2017, as well as hands on demos with next generation VR.

Cedars-Sinai Accelerator

The Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars is transforming healthcare quality, efficiency, and care delivery by helping entrepreneurs bring their innovative technology products to market. This three-month program provides companies with $120,000 in funding, mentorship from more than 300 leading clinicians and executives, access to Cedars-Sinai, and exposure to a network of over 10,000 entrepreneurs and investors. Since 2015, the accelerator has helped dozens of companies transform healthcare delivery and patient care.

Founded by innovator and global music artist, is a Hollywood-based technology company whose mission is to create technology hits that create a ripple effect across pop culture. From an entrepreneur and visionary that never accepts the status quo you will learn how is creating a community of creatives and coders and why they believe that through music and technology as the first step, they can usher in a powerful new era built on AI.

Museum of Failure

The Museum of Failure is a one of a kind international collection of more than 100 innovation failures. For every successful product corporations put on the market, there are many failures behind it. The Museum explores these sometimes humorous misses, giving you a fascinating learning experience and insight into the risky business of innovation. Do not join this trip if you aren’t willing to share your failures too!

Westfield Century City
Witness the future of retail at Westfield Century City who are looking to reimagine traditional shops. See first hand examples of the change in retail structures from car customization at Tesla, dynamic pricing at Amazon Bookstore, and services such as Forward helping individuals to control the future off their health.

BCG Digital Ventures

Building, Incubating, and Scaling Disruptive Digital Businesses – that’s what BCGDV does as a team of innovators, operators, entrepreneurs, and investors. They turn ideas into businesses and invest in the outcomes together with their corporate clients. This two hour session will give you an overview of BCGDV, a tour of their meticulously designed office, spotlight some of their ventures and talk about how they work with corporate partners.

Northrop Grumman Fablab

We’ll visit Northrop Grumman FABrication LABoratory (FabLab) that contains state-of-the art equipment such as 3D printers and laser cutters for employees that innovate with their hands and want to pursue new ideas and test out potential customer solutions. There, we’ll meet with Tony Long, Innovation lead for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, who leads his sector’s employee innovation and idea capture initiative and Innovation Challenge projects and is an expert at employing lean startup methods and rapid development in a large corporation.

Wrap-Up & Closing

12:30 - 4:00

We’ll close the summit with reflecting on learnings, distilling key action points and final remarks. And of course, goodbye cocktails at a beautiful spot for a relaxed start of the weekend.

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