People & Partners

Harnessing the power of ideas to propel your organization forward.

Our people are the heart of our programs—and they’re dedicated to supporting you wherever you are in your innovation journey. 

Our distinguished multidisciplinary team consists of innovation leaders at top organizations, visionaries in the field, and leading innovation strategy consultants who combine the very best of knowledge and hands-on practice to bring you innovation programming that makes a lasting impact.

Faculty and Presenters

Donna Porter, Innovation Academy Director

Donna Porter

Donna is an accomplished organizational development professional with more than 25 years of global experience in the fields of learning and talent development as well as strategic change management. During her 16-year tenure at Whirlpool, Donna successfully completed Innovation Mentor training; led global projects on behalf of Whirlpool University; oversaw an innovative early career in take program for the U.S. Sales organization and led global training and change efforts for a multi-year HR system and process transformation.  Donna has also worked within the travel industry where she acquired deep expertise in travel technology and the niche segment of student, youth and budget travel.

Donna earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and a Master of Organizational Development degree from Bowling Green State University. She is a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation.

David Crosswhite, Instructor

David Crosswhite

David Crosswhite is a 25-year veteran and pioneer in the field of new venture development and building innovation capability within Fortune 500 organizations. David’s work addresses issues that range from innovation strategy to new product and pipeline development to new business models. It includes a heavy component of organizing for innovation capability for large and midsize organizations with legacy issues and cultures that stand in the way of innovating in a disrupted environment.

David was an early partner at Strategos, a global growth and innovation consultancy, where he eventually took on the role of Managing Director. He was Chief Operating Officer of Strategos from 2004 through 2010. David worked with B2C and B2B organizations across industry sectors to help them drive their growth and innovation agendas. His application of innovation and new venture development techniques and capability-building spans many industry sectors including consumer durables, CPG, retail, financial services, and pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. He was responsible for many of the firm’s most prominent client relationships and outcomes.

Since his tenure with Strategos he has been working across additional industries and organizational profiles including not-for-profit healthcare and professional services firms – both industry environments experiencing extensive disruption. His mostrecent work focuses on the development of new business models in the face of digital disruption – helping Global 1000 organizations go on offense rather than play defense in their current environment.

David co-authored The Innovator’s Field Guide, published by Wiley and Sons in 2014, “A Solution for a Lack of Breakthrough Innovation” – Strategy & Leadership, August 2014, and multiple other articles on the topics of growth through innovation. His work in the field is well documented in multiple Harvard Business School and Corporate Executive Board case studies that chronicle the strategic innovation and organizational capability-building efforts in global consumer goods companies and national retailers. He is an Adjunct Faculty at Notre Dame (Mendoza Graduate College of Business) and has been a Guest Lecturer at The University of Chicago (Booth) and The Loyola (Quinlan) Graduate Schools of Business.

David earned his MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and holds a BS in Engineering from Lehigh University.

He is the President of the Board of Trustees of The Cove School in Northbrook, IL, a K-12 school dedicated to leading and pioneering the education and overall development of children with special learning needs.

Sue Mosby, Faculty

Sue Mosby

Sue Mosby is the Founder and President of Infinium and brings more than 25 years of expertise from architecture, design thinking, and creative problem- solving to her work with clients.

Sue is driven by an irrepressible belief that everyone has the potential to be creative and can develop the competency to think creatively and to innovate. Clients describe her as “the real deal” because she not only gets results, but also enables organizations to embed the skills and processes she uses for repeatable and sustainable innovation.

Philip A. Newbold, Faculty

 Philip A. Newbold

Phil is the former CEO of Beacon Health System and a respected innovation leader in the healthcare industry. Under his direction, South Bend’s Beacon Health (previously Memorial Hospital and Health System) became a model for the healthy communities movement—and one of the first hospitals to invest 10% of annual excess revenues into health and wellness initiatives for the larger community. Phil is a frequent speaker and author on healthcare trends and the power of innovation to reform the industry.

Moisés Noreña, Faculty

Moisés  Noreña

Moises Norena is a founding member of the Certified Innovation Mentor Program. An experienced and creative business executive, teacher, artist, writer, and mentor, Moises brings mature business acumen, creativity, and technology to help companies grow and differentiate.
Moises is the Vice President of Innovation, Fortune Brands Home & Security, and previously served as Global Director of Innovation at Whirlpool Corporation. He led teams to establish corporate innovation strategy and processes, introduced a culture of innovation, led a multitude of innovation projects, and introduced numerous innovations to market. His work in these two organizations has significantly pleased millions of customers, contributed to the growth and transformation agenda of these two companies, and made an impact on thousands of employees around the world.

Nancy Tennant, Ph.D., Faculty

Nancy Tennant, Ph.D.

Dr. Nancy Tennant is a practitioner, consultant, and best-selling author on innovation, leadership, and organizational change. She is one of the world’s foremost thought leaders in transforming businesses to achieve innovation from everyone and everywhere. In recognition of her unique contributions to the field, Businessweek named Nancy one of its 25 Champions of Innovation.

Nancy, who co-founded the Certified Innovation Mentor Program and the highly rated Innovation Action Boot Camp, is the Chief Innovation Officer Emeritus for Whirlpool Corporation. There, she received acclaim from publications such as Fast Company and Fortune for creating billions in new revenue from innovation. 

She is the co-author of numerous articles, including “The 5 Requirements of a Truly Innovative Company” with Gary Hamel (Harvard Business Review). She is also the co-author of the book Unleashing Innovation .

Peter A. Zapf, Faculty

Peter A. Zapf

Peter is the Design Planning Lead at Fogpilot LLC, a Chicago-based innovation consultancy. He has more than 20 years of experience writing and providing brand strategy at nationally renowned agencies. Peter holds a Masters of Design Methods degree from IIT’s Institute of Design, a leading source of human-centered design and innovation education. He is also a FourSight certified facilitator.

Our History

Innovation Academy developed from an idea conceived by the University of Notre Dame and partners Whirlpool Corporation and Beacon Health System. Our initial collaboration became known as “iVia”—literally, “the way of innovation.” 

Our mission? To construct a comprehensive, unbiased, rigorous framework for innovation education. This framework would make sense of the fragmented theories of innovation in the marketplace and create a standard for innovation competency where none had previously existed.

Our partnership came together around a set of shared values:

  • Business is a force for good, and bigger thinking in business should lead to a better world.
  • Innovation is critical to an organization’s survival.
  • One size does not fit all when it comes to innovation. Each organization must find its own best solution.
  • The path to innovation is not a straight line. It’s dynamic and abstract—and, yes, often messy and uncomfortable. This is a fact organizations must embrace.
  • To succeed, you must apply a structured process to the dynamic energy of innovation. You must fuse the analytical and the creative.

These values led us to create our Unifying Innovation Methodology™, which is the core approach we teach in all our innovation programs. We also created our flagship offering, the Certified Innovation Mentor™ Program, to certify participants in this approach, identifying them as thought leaders and advanced practitioners in the field of innovation.

Content Partners

Our programs feature exclusive content from our network of innovation partners, who represent some of the best-known names in innovation and strategy consulting. 

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