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What If We Looked at Things Another Way? Melissa Donaldson of Wintrust

“Are we maximizing our decision making opportunities by ensuring we have different perspectives around the table?” asks Melissa Donaldson, Chief […]

2020

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Powering the Home of the Future: Clean Energy, Equity, and Sustainability with Phil Nevels of Exelon

“I can’t think of an industry that has a greater impact on the future of our society,” says Phil Nevels, […]

2020

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Openness and Trust: Keys to Leading Remote Teams with Shannon Gilmore of KPMG

“There’s disruption happening around us all the time… it’s about understanding how quickly that’s going to happen and how fast […]

2020

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The Taste Evolution: Igniting Change in the Beverage Industry with Sofia Colucci of Molson Coors Beverage Company

Molson Coors Beverage Company – “I don’t take it for granted that things will work out… you have to be […]

2020

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The Quest for a Carbon-Free Future with Paramita Das of Rio Tinto

RioTinto – “After 132 years of research and development, we have finally cracked the code,” says Paramita Das of Rio […]

2020

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Fueling the Future of Food with an Independent Innovation Hub with Mandy Tahvonen of Relish Works

“If there wasn’t top-down recognition that change needed to happen, I wouldn’t be here today,” says Mandy Tahvonen. In 2017, […]

2020

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Forging Social Impact through Advertising with Rana Komar of Weber Shandwick

Rana’s beginnings in non-profit work have informed over 20 years of her work in advertising. In this episode, she shares […]

2020

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“Yes, and…”: The Power of Improv within Corporations with Kelly Leonard of The Second City

Kelly Leonard has been at The Second City, where he now serves as Executive Director of its B2B branch, since […]

2020

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Open Collaboration – Checking Your Ego at the Door with Kristi Ross of Tastytrade

Tastytrade – “We went in with the mission to make finance fun and actionable,” says tastytrade co-CEO, Kristi Ross, on […]

2019

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Listening Tours and the Importance of Closing the Feedback Loop with Kim Jenson of Raymond James

Raymond James – Raymond James’ COO, Kim Jenson, makes a point of taking “listening tours” and being where the action is. Her […]

2019

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Seamless Interconnection and the Impact of Developing Strong Internal Partnerships – Nigel Hughes of Kellogg’s

Kellogg’s – SVP of Global R&D and self-described Willy Wonka of Kellogg’s, Nigel Hughes is on a journey to understand […]

2019

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Live – A Conversation with Chicago’s Top Thought Leaders

To celebrate a year full of fascinating interviews with leading innovators, we’ve put together a panel of some of the […]

2019

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Prop Tech and Unlocking the Value of Data – Mike Hart of JLL

SVP & National Director of Data Management and Technology Operations, Mike Hart, joins us to discuss his multi-faceted approach to […]

2019

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On-Demand Healthcare and Predictive Modeling – Dr. Nirav Shah of NorthShore University Health System

NorthShore University Health System – Infectious Disease Specialist and Vice Chair of Quality, Dr. Nirav Shah, joins us today to […]

2019

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Avoiding Digital Seduction – Guillaume Deudon of the Dow Chemical Company

The Dow Chemical Company – “We’re now the new Dow,” says Director of Digital Marketplace Centers and CX services, Guillaume […]

2019

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Building an Ecosystem of Strategic Partners – Stephanie Miller of Mondelez

Mondelez – On this week’s episode Global Technology and Innovation Lead at Mondelez, Stephanie Miller, explains how she has helped […]

2019

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Tech-Driven Innovation and The Future of Construction with Burcin Kaplanoglu of Oracle

Oracle – Dr. Burcin Kaplanoglu is the founder of Oracle’s Engineering and Construction Innovation Lab. On this week’s #UnlockingInnovation, he […]

2019

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The Power of Client Collaboration – Shaelyn Otikor of Northern Trust

Northern Trust – On this week’s #UnlockingInnovation Northern Trust SVP, Shaelyn Otikor, shares insights from her 22 years at the […]

2019

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Disciplined Innovation – Eduardo Luz of Kraft Heinz

Kraft Heinz -The iconic food company, Kraft Heinz has over 200 brands in 125 countries. The company’s Global Brand Officer […]

2019

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Adopting an Open Innovation Mindset with Giovanni Battistini of Ferrero

Ferrero- This week, Giovanni Battistini, SVP of Open Innovation at Ferrero, the multi-billion CPG company that manages global brands such […]

2019

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Executing an ‘Outside-In’ Approach to Innovation – Amy Burr of Jet Blue Tech Ventures

JetBlue Tech Ventures – Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships, Amy Burr, came to Chicago to talk with us about her […]

2019

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Fueling Corporate Innovation Through Partnerships – Mark Harris of ISTC

ISTC – As President and CEO of the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, Mark Harris is always asking how his […]

2019

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Resetting the Standard for Innovation – Leslie Anderson of BMO Harris Bank

BMO – “202 years didn’t happen by chance,” says SVP Leslie Anderson of BMO Harris Bank on her company’s legacy […]

2019

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Attempting The Impossible with Nick Allen of GE Healthcare

GE – An inventor, philanthropist, and curious problem-solver Nick Allen is now the Global Director of Design and User Experience […]

2018

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Meeting Consumers Where They Are with Julie Smolyansky of Lifeway

Lifeway – In 2002, Julie Smolyansky took over her Lifeway Foods, becoming the youngest female CEO of a publicly held […]

2018

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Enabling Education Products of the Future with Jason Dole of World Book

World Book- What’s the greatest challenge facing innovation in education? Learning to embrace a changing culture, according to VP of […]

2018

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Leveraging a Demand-Centric Approach to Innovation and Growth with Thatcher Schulte of Conagra

Conagra – How does someone with an “analog childhood and digital adulthood” adapt to today’s world? If you’re Thatcher Schulte, […]

2018

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Building Innovation Capabilities Through Diverse Thinking, Skill Sets and Environments with David Westfall of Alight Solutions

Alight Solutions – On this week’s episode, we have VP of Innovation at Alight Solutions, David Westfall. We talked with […]

2018

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Overcoming Innovation Inertia with Andrew Swinand, CEO of Leo Burnett

Leo Burnett – According to Leo Burnett CEO, Andrew Swinand, “a lot of change management is being relentless and repetitive […]

2018

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Value-Centered Innovation with Kim Holmes of Discover Financial Services

Discover Financial Services – On this week’s episode, we talk to Kim Holmes, System Director of Discover Financial Services, about […]

2018

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Driving Social Impact Through Civic Innovation – Adam Hecktman of Microsoft

Microsoft – You can’t go many places in Chicago without hearing Adam Hecktman’s name mentioned. As Director of Technology and […]

2018

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Influencing Your Innovation Agenda – Adam Stanley of Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield – “Tomorrow there will be no such thing as a company that isn’t digital,” says Adam Stanley. […]

2018

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Cultivating Disruptive Innovation with Betsy Ziegler of 1871

1871 Chicago – Kicking off #UnlockingInnovation we have 1871 CEO, Betsy Ziegler. We talked with her about the difference between […]

2018

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