Society of Innovators at PNW launches programming for 2020

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The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest is launching a full year of programming in 2020 that includes interactive monthly workshops, an innovation masterclass series, partner events and more networking opportunities.

The Society of Innovators’ monthly workshops will provide a hands-on environment that connects participants with the people, tools and resources that drive growth. Each workshop highlights a key component of innovation, led by an experienced professional. The cost of each workshop is $20.

Upcoming sessions include:

Friday, Jan. 10: Collaboration That Drives Innovation

Innovation is a team sport that requires collaboration, but how can teams work together to build the next new thing? This fun session is designed to get participants working together to build and test their designs with an emphasis on radical collaboration. Learn some new secrets about teamwork and equip yourself to build more collaborative teams within your own organization.

Friday, Feb. 7: Trend-Driven Innovation

What will your customers want next? What if you could understand and apply any consumer trend, today? In this hands-on workshop, we will work with the Consumer Trends Canvas to better understand what your customers want next by looking at some key consumer trends and innovations that are driving the trends.

Friday, March 6: Introduction to Business Design Thinking

You have excellent strategic ideas. You can visualize what success looks like. You are hungry to make it happen. But how do you do it? This workshop will introduce you to tools and processes that are part of the foundation needed for Business Design Thinking.

Through a partnership with Gregg Fraley Innovation (GFi), the Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest will host a series of six innovation-training masterclasses in 2020. The Jumpstart Innovation Learning Series seeks to train innovators and entrepreneurs in essential innovation skills. Participants are managers, project leaders, small business owners, and those charged with leading innovation programs.

The content of the sessions includes basic innovation skills and deliberate creative problem-solving. Over the course of the series, more advanced topics in cutting-edge innovation strategy, branding, culture building, and project management are trained.

The Jumpstart Innovation Masterclass Series is offered as a subscription package, with each module advancing participant knowledge about innovation in a new way. However, participants can also buy a specific module of interest.

Cost of the series is $599 for all six workshops. Purchased individually, the workshops are $149 each.

Upcoming sessions include:

Friday, Jan. 17: Innovation Concepts Immersion

Friday, March 13: Structured Creative Problem-Solving

Friday, May 15: Facilitation Skills and Tools for Leadership

Friday, Aug. 21: Innovating Your Brand

Friday, Oct. 9: The Art of Agility (Agile/SCRUM Concepts)

Friday, Dec. 11: Improvisation for Business Problem-Solving

Workshops and masterclasses will take place in Purdue Northwest’s meeting facility, 6100 Southport Road in Portage. Those wishing to attend may call Jason Williams at (219) 989-2805, or register online at


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