Certified Innovation Mentor Program

Creating front-line practitioners with deep innovation expertise.

If you’re 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 decision-making framework, which we call the Unifying Innovation Methodology™—to cut through the clutter of information in the marketplace and provide a single, rigorous certification of competency for innovation practitioners like you. 

You have the opportunity to become a Certified Innovation Mentor (I-Mentor) by completing our comprehensive program, which will equip you for the challenges of embedding a culture of innovation in your organization. You’ll learn to apply a disciplined approach to your innovation efforts while engaging in creative, human-centric, agile thinking. You’ll learn to frame, structure, drive, and scale innovation—and expertly accelerate critical initiatives. 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 process, 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.


Program Duration: 4 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 benefiting a not-for-profit organization
  • Submission of an individual project that will benefit your own company
  • Passing a comprehensive exam
  • Contribution of one thought leadership article to an innovation-related publication


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

2021 Program In-Person Dates:

  • Custom only - contact Donna Porter at dporter5@nd.edu for more information

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

Upon the successful completion of this program, you will receive a document certifying that you completed the program. The document will not qualify as an academic credential, and you will not earn any academic credit from the University. Though you will be enrolled in the Executive Education Certificate Program, you will not be considered a student at the University, and completion of the program will not make you eligible for alumni status from the University of Notre Dame.

Program Impact

See how Chad Hartzell used his CIMP learnings to transform recruiting for Beacon Health System.

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I’m thankful for the opportunity to have gone through CIMP. Great program. Great classmates. Great instructors. Putting the extra work into getting the certification was time-consuming, but I’m so glad I went through that learning process. It has made a huge difference in how I approach challenges.

Earl Miller, Director of Innovation and Engineering, Hiler Industries