Driving growth and the greater good.

We like to speak about our innovation programs in terms of impact and results—because there are a thousand ways they can make a measurable difference for organizations and individuals. 

New methodologies provide a pathway for creativity and produce differentiated growth. New knowledge, skills, and abilities create career opportunities where none existed before. New peer networks accelerate the pace of change. And lives are touched when business is improved not just for a financial return, but for the greater good.

Featured Case Studies

Once you complete an Innovation Academy program, you’ll find the gears of change turning much more quickly in the workplace. Here are some of the ways our innovation programs have made a lasting impact on participants:

Beacon Health System

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When Chad Hartzell of Beacon Health System first enrolled in CIMP and got acquainted with discovery lenses, he knew it was the beginning of something big. And he was right. His CIMP experience helped him make high-impact changes to Beacon’s recruiting processes that got the attention of top talent, saved his company significant labor costs, and raised the bar for his competitors.

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Hiler Industries

Hiler Case Study

The business of foundries depends on time-honored mechanical processes—but their success depends on innovation and agile thinking, just like any other organization. Earl Miller, Director of Innovation and Engineering for Hiler Industries, used what he learned in CIMP to lead the adoption of collaborative robots in the workplace, making processes safer, more efficient, and easier on staff.

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Exelon Corporation

Exelon Case Study

With formidable challenges on the horizon for the nuclear industry, Exelon made innovation a business imperative and began sending key leaders to Notre Dame’s Certified Innovation Mentor Program. Equipping Exelon’s leaders with the processes and tools they needed to spread innovation throughout the organization has produced results that are nothing short of phenomenal.

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Amsted Industries

Amsted Case Study

Amsted Industries recognized the need for a company-wide culture of innovation to support its strategies for long-term growth. To develop that culture, Amsted sent teams to Notre Dame’s Innovation Action Boot Camp to equip them with a complete toolbox for fostering innovation throughout the organization. Attendees came back with critical skills that helped them create and implement brand-new initiatives—plus establish time, space, and support for great new ideas to flourish.

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Team Project

Becoming a certified I-Mentor means you’ll design a project that delivers tangible results for your own organization, as described in the case studies above. But you’ll also participate in a meaningful team project that benefits a nonprofit enterprise. Take a look at what the 2018 CIMP cohort accomplished for the bottom line and the greater good. Read about the 2018 team project.

What Our Participants Say

CIMP included a really top-caliber group of people, from the participants themselves to the faculty and the guest speakers. The coursework centered on what’s important to us as innovation practitioners—the real information that people driving innovation need to know—and then took the next step by actually teaching us how to apply what we learned. That’s something you rarely see in other programs.

—Kim Saville, Director of Innovation Processes, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

CIMp was inspirational. There was such an incredible dynamic between the programming and the outside perspective the faculty brought in—so many new, creative options to explore.

—Garrick Ducat, Learning Professional, OhioHealth
Certified I-Mentor

The Notre Dame team put together the most interesting and invigorating sessions for Boot Camp. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed and learned so much from a training session.

—Herman Haas, Engineering Director, Allegion, PLC

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, Innovation Project Leader, Eastman Chemical Company

The support CIMP provides is an opportunity to chart a new path and work differently, with a level of confidence you didn’t have before. The presenters and thought leaders you get access to are above and beyond those at any other course I’ve ever taken.

—Chad Hartzell, Executive Director of Talent and Organizational Development, Beacon Health System

It’s now clear to me that innovation isn’t one thing; it’s a lot of things that come together in different ways to create new and exciting opportunities for the future. After all I learned and experienced in CIMP, in some ways I feel like I’m back at the beginning—approaching every new challenge with a beginner’s mind and a vision for what’s possible.

—Charlie Knight, General Counsel
Certified I-Mentor

Once you learn the lenses of innovation and see how much they change the way you create solutions, it just opens up the world of innovation and design thinking in a way that most of us simply have never experienced.

—Erica Grajciar, Innovation Manager, Exelon Corporation (CIMP)