Innovation Leaders Consortium

Innovation leadership involves synthesizing different leadership styles in organizations to influence employees to produce creative ideas, products, services and solutions. Every organization has unique processes and cultures to support innovation, but often there are best practices that can be drawn from models in other industries.

NC State Executive Education’s Innovation Leaders Consortium is a three phase process to define, design, and deliver new participant capabilities and apply these new skills to a specific business challenge. Participants take on innovation projects and have shared learning opportunities with assistance from project sponsors, mentors, and coaches. This program involves seminars focused on leading innovation efforts, model designing, motivating change, and leading teams during execution of model implementation, as well as coaching and project management support. We provide individual leaders unique knowledge and best practices on innovation leadership, ultimately driving change at the organization level.

Marty Turner from NetApp commented on the program, saying, “This year, we’ve partnered with the NC State Administration, to require the teams to mix it up at times, thus enabling more cross-company interactions. My opinion thus far is that we were much more successful this year, and the participants are learning a lot from one company to another. It’s great to learn about how another company approaches innovation, how they form teams, how they plan to approach career growth (in terms of executive education), etc. The added benefit is networking with other innovative leaders in our community.”

Technically-trained experts and valued NC State professors are carefully matched with your targeted needs to ensure the best program possible. Faculty who help deliver this program include Al Segars, Brad Kirkman, Jeff Pollack, Leigh Shamblin, Frank Morgan, Mike Kowolenko.

Learn more about the program.

Program Dates

  • Module 1: January 15-17, 2019
  • Module 2: March 5-7, 2019
  • Location: Hunt Library
  • Tuition: $12,000 per team (4-6 people) or $3,500 per individual attending without a team
  • Click here to register

Analytics and Innovation

January 15-17, 2019


Meet With Sponsor, Define Your Project, & Analysis

Business Model and Change Leadership

March 5-7, 2019

  • Strategic Innovation
  • Market & Customer Analysis
  • Design Thinking & Application to Projects
  • Data Science Tools for Innovators
  • Developing an Innovation Value Proposal
  • Optional Meeting with Project Coach
  • Reconsider project ideas
  • Factor in strategic horizon, drivers, & benefits
  • Complete review with project coach and sponsors
  • Gather data from key internal people
  • Prepare a presentation & value proposition
  • Visit to a Corporate Innovation Lab
  • Business Case Workshop
  • Leading Innovation & Change
  • Organizational Influences on Innovation
  • Leading 21st Century Teams
  • Leadership skills for innovators