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“There’s disruption happening around us all the time… it’s about understanding how quickly that’s going to happen and how fast you need to respond,” says Shannon Gilmore, Managing Director at KPMG. In this week’s episode, she breaks down KPMG’s approach to innovation, how she evaluates enterprise investment opportunities, and keys for leading remote teams.

Molson Coors Beverage Company - “I don’t take it for granted that things will work out… you have to be ready to pivot,” says Sofia Colucci,VP of Innovation at Molson Coors Beverage Company (formerly MillerCoors). She is responsible for transforming the beer giant’s innovation approach during a time where more and more consumers are looking for hard seltzers and other novel products. On this week’s episode, Sofia explains how she has managed to shift from the traditional, while keeping consumer needs at the forefront.

The Taste Evolution: Igniting Change in the Beverage Industry

Kelly Leonard has been at The Second City, where he now serves as Executive Director of its B2B branch, since 1988. He was responsible for hiring some of the most iconic names to come out of the theater, including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, and Adam McKay. He also co-authored the book “Yes, And.” Today, Kelly helps companies apply The Second City’s methods to business. We talked with him about cultivating talent, responding in the face of ambiguity, why improv can help solve problems in communication, and washing dishes with Jon Favreau.

Kellogg's - SVP of Global R&D and self-described Willy Wonka of Kellogg's, Nigel Hughes is on a journey to understand the way we consume. On this week's episode, he explains why CPG is so compelling and what makes Kellogg's a "solution-driven design house, operating like a tech company." Plus, will we be 3D printing our food in this lifetime?

The Dow Chemical Company - "We're now the new Dow," says Director of Digital Marketplace Centers and CX services, Guillaume Deudon. On this week's episode, he joins us to discuss understanding what motivates your company, creating a global network, and next-generation interfaces.

Ferrero- This week, Giovanni Battistini, SVP of Open Innovation at Ferrero, the multi-billion CPG company that manages global brands such as Nutella joins us by phone from New York. We discuss "open innovation", why his company is “a technology pushpin,” and how to invest like an entrepreneur. He also dives into the iconic candy company’s Hazelnut Computer.

BP - On this week’s episode, we talk with Jamie Boothroyd, Head of Planning, Optimization, and Pricing at BP about how the $244 billion oil and gas company adapts consumer technology to solve business problems and why starting with yourself is the best practice for kick-starting innovation at your company.

#UnlockingInnovation is a podcast by EX3 Labs, produced in partnership with 1871 Chicago.

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Alight Solutions - On this week’s episode, we have VP of Innovation at Alight Solutions, David Westfall. We talked with him about his career journey, what his organization is thinking about as they move into the future and Alight’s revolutionary lab in 1871 and how it’s set up to constantly provide value to their clients.

Leo Burnett - According to Leo Burnett CEO, Andrew Swinand, “a lot of change management is being relentless and repetitive in terms of establishing expectations and changing behavior”. Today’s episode features a fascinating conversation about how the world’s 3rd largest advertising agency continues to out-innovate itself by keeping human problems at the center of their business and why training, incentives and accountability are key in driving innovation.   #UnlockingInnovation is a podcast by EX3 Labs, produced in partnership with 1871 Chicago. Be sure to subscribe to keep up with new episodes as they air.  

1871 Chicago - Kicking off #UnlockingInnovation we have 1871 CEO, Betsy Ziegler. We talked with her about the difference between sustaining and disruptive innovation (and why the latter is so critical to staying on top), what motivates her to take big leaps, the “exponential times” we’re living in and how that affects her business, the problem of “innovation theater,” and the advice she gave to Bette Midler! #UnlockingInnovation is a podcast by EX3 Labs, produced in partnership with 1871 Chicago. Be sure to subscribe to keep up with new episodes as they air. [audio mp3="https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.227/7a3.7b6.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Cultivating_Disruptive_Innovation_BetsyZiegler.mp3"][/audio]