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“I can’t think of an industry that has a greater impact on the future of our society,” says Phil Nevels, Director of Innovation and Partnerships at Exelon. He joins us on #UnlockingInnovation to share how his company's mission to provide reliable, clean, affordable and innovative energy products is helping to create a brighter and more sustainable future. Phil also provides insight into how his team uses an incremental approach to change within the 34,000 person organization.

RioTinto - “After 132 years of research and development, we have finally cracked the code,” says Paramita Das of Rio Tinto’s carbon-free aluminum process. She joins us on #UnlockingInnovation to discuss her company’s groundbreaking green initiatives among other surprising innovations in mining that impact the daily life of each and every one of us.

“If there wasn’t top-down recognition that change needed to happen, I wouldn’t be here today,” says Mandy Tahvonen. In 2017, she led the launch of Relish Works, an innovation hub backed by Gordon Food Service. She joins us to discuss how she developed Relish Works, and gives advice on how to launch an independent innovation hub.

Rana’s beginnings in non-profit work have informed over 20 years of her work in advertising. In this episode, she shares insights about how the way we absorb content has transformed communication from an afterthought to a core part of every business, and what’s next for an industry that’s constantly changing. Rana also shares how she’s worked with companies to deliver socially impactful ad campaigns-- including a project with Excedrin that aimed to increase empathy for migraine sufferers.

Tastytrade - “We went in with the mission to make finance fun and actionable,” says tastytrade co-CEO, Kristi Ross, on her financial network’s beginnings. On this episode, she shares her career journey and insights on how to create a culture of open collaboration.

To celebrate a year full of fascinating interviews with leading innovators, we've put together a panel of some of the most influential Chicago executives to share insights about the state of corporate innovation and reveal their bold predictions for the future. Join Moderator Betsy Ziegler, CEO of 1871 and guests Adam Hectman of Microsoft, Leslie Anderson of BMO, Guillaume Deudon of Dow and Mandy Tahvonen of Gordon Foods.

NorthShore University Health System - Infectious Disease Specialist and Vice Chair of Quality, Dr. Nirav Shah, joins us today to explain why the millennial call for on-demand service is changing healthcare, how wearables will improve patient outcomes, and all the ways leveraging predictive modeling helps determine both risk and course of treatment.

Mondelez - On this week’s episode Global Technology and Innovation Lead at Mondelez, Stephanie Miller, explains how she has helped Mondelez “move to a test & learn culture,” how she manages innovation at scale, and why the most successful CPG companies will aim to reignite their current brands through experience.

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

Northern Trust - On this week’s #UnlockingInnovation Northern Trust SVP, Shaelyn Otikor, shares insights from her 22 years at the global financial services firm including the power of client collaboration and how technology is helping make wealth and asset management more accessible, intuitive, and client-centric.

#UnlockingInnovation is a podcast from EX3 Labs and 1871 Chicago.