Bigger thinking for a better world.

Whether you’re a profit-based business or a mission-driven organization, innovation is not a luxury—it’s a matter of survival. It’s the only path leading you past your competition. It’s your gateway to sustained growth. It’s insurance against irrelevance.

Your organization, right at this very moment, is brimming with bright ideas and novel approaches for processes, products, and services. The bold thinking that will fuel your future growth already lies inside your people, inside your teams, like so many dots waiting to be connected.

But how do you harness the power of many individual ideas to transform the whole? Answering that question is what drives the Innovation Academy at the Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. We deliver premier innovation education to drive growth, create differentiation, break through barriers that stifle creativity, and build sustained momentum for an exciting future and a better world. 

Our innovation programs support driving change via four unique formats:


Certified Innovation Mentor Program (CIMP)

Our flagship innovation program—providing rigorous, in-depth innovation education for leaders charged with spearheading change.
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Innovation Action Boot Camp (IABC)

Our intensive week-long innovation program—introducing leaders and teams to the basics of innovation and our Unifying Innovation Methodology™.
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Green Light Innovation

Our project-based innovation program—harnessing proven innovation tools to help your company address a specific challenge or direction change.
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Leading Enterprise Innovation (NEW!)

Our short experiential program for senior-level leaders— providing insight on what it takes to lead and scale innovation throughout the organization.

In addition to our four main program formats, we can custom-design an innovation program based on your organization’s needs, strengths, and goals. To discuss the possibilities for custom solutions, please contact Robin Kistler at


What Our Participants Say

I’ve always understood Notre Dame to be a first-rate institution with top-notch facilities and exceptional faculty, and my CIMP experience completely supports that perception. The program was truly incredible.

Frank Hart, Senior Scientist, Altria

Through CIMP, I got exposure to different vendors, techniques, and methodologies related to innovation that would have been very difficult to find on my own.

—Dennis Hoover, Principal Technology Innovation Specialist, Exelon
Certified I-Mentor

Embedding innovation into our culture has been critical to our success, and partnering with Notre Dame on this effort has been absolutely invaluable.

—Mike McDonnell, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Amsted Rail, Amsted Industries Alumnus, Innovation Action Boot Camp

Get in Touch

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Robin Kistler
Director, Non-Degree Programs
Stayer Center for Executive Education


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