Certified Innovation Mentor Program

Creating transformative leaders with deep innovation expertise.

If you’re a leader tasked with driving innovation in your organization, you need a deep, thorough grounding in its principles, processes, and tools. We created our Certified Innovation Mentor Program—and its core process, which we call the Unifying Innovation Methodology™—to cut through the clutter of information in the marketplace and provide a single, rigorous certification standard of competency for innovation practitioners like you. 

You’ll become a Certified Innovation Mentor (iMentor) by completing our comprehensive program, which will equip you for the challenges of embedding a process and culture of innovation in your organization. You’ll learn to apply a disciplined approach to your innovation efforts while engaging in creative, agile thinking. You’ll learn to frame, structure, drive, and scale innovation—and accelerate critical initiatives expertly. And you’ll complete hands-on innovation projects designed to make a big impact on your organization and the world.

Who Should Attend

Professionals spearheading organizational change, developing new product or service lines, or looking to foster an environment more conducive to agile, strategic thinking. We welcome participants from a wide range of industries and organizational sizes.

Format

  • Two week-long in-person sessions
  • Pre-work and one intersession for virtual learning and on-the-job assignments
  • Two major projects—one team and one individual

Program Duration: 6 months

Certification Requirements

All participants in this program receive a certificate of completion.  

Participants also have the opportunity to become a Certified Innovation Mentor by meeting a more rigorous set of requirements. Certification identifies you as a committed and knowledgeable leader of innovation efforts, with skills that apply to a broad range of initiatives and industries. Requirements include: 

  • Participation in all in-person and virtual sessions
  • Participation in a cohort team project
  • Submission of an individual project that will benefit your own company
  • Passing grade on a comprehensive exam
  • Contribution of one thought leadership article to an innovation-related publication

Benefits

The Certified Innovation Mentor Program is designed to create dynamic, confident leaders with the know-how to drive innovation in an existing enterprise. Our experienced faculty of innovators will teach you to make a business case for innovation, to apply innovation processes and tools effectively in the workplace, to embed innovation into the fabric of your organization—and, most important, to mentor others in bold new directions.

You’ll learn our Unifying Innovation Methodology, which takes fragmented theories on innovation and melds them into a single proven approach you can apply in any situation. You’ll also learn:

  • How to define innovation
  • How to build effective innovation teams
  • Why innovation often fails
  • What tools work best to foster creativity
  • What ethical rules apply to innovation
  • How to pitch great ideas and get them off the ground
  • How to overcome barriers and create a sustainable culture of change

You’ll also have a unique opportunity that other programs don’t offer: the chance to make a profound impact by applying your skills to a team project that benefits a mission-driven organization. That’s in addition to the individual project you’ll design to drive immediate change in your own company..

Dates, Fees, & Registration

2019 Program In-Person Dates:

  • Module #1: June 10–14, 2019
  • Module #2: September 09–13, 2019

Program Fees*: 

  • $15,600 USD for an individual participant
  • Not-for-profit &/or additional 2–5 participants from the same organization, $12,480 USD per person

Fees include lodging and dining for in-person sessions, plus all course materials and certification. Travel is not included.

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Application Deadline: March 19, 2019

FOOTNOTE:
*Payment is due upon admission. Your space is secured upon receipt of full payment. Fees are non-refundable.

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Program Impact

Learn how the Certified Innovation Mentor Program changed the landscape for Jim Tusar and Exelon.

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I feel lucky to have gone through this program. Now, I have a group of other innovators that I can associate with, bounce ideas off and collaborate with that I never had before. Don't miss this opportunity to be a leader in your organization and the field of innovation—take the leap!

Ray Tilkens, Director of Innovation and Collaboration, Greenheck Fan Corporation