It happens here: Consumer-centric Innovation in Charlotte and beyond


Professional development at a bargain price: Triad Design Leadershop by Nheeda Enriquez

leadershopI recently learned about an impressive series of workshops in nearby Greensboro at NC A&T State.  The workshops take place over 5 weeks and is $500 for the lot, but even if you can’t make every single one, the free keynote addresses each week might prove to be worth the drive for anyone looking to inject a little design thinking into their everyday business strategies.

According to the website, The Triad Design Leadershop is “a transformative series of lectures and workshops based around best practices for the design and business communities.”

Perhaps the biggest name in the bunch is Claudia Kotchka, who was cruicial in helping AG Lafley and the folks at P&G execute their big turnaround through innovation and design.

If anyone’s interested in carpooling…



Lessons from a Chicago Innovation Summit by Nheeda Enriquez

2510458878_6e28d9ba64_mI just spent the weekend visiting family in Chicago, reminiscing over my time in graduate school at the Institute of Design.  This past May, the school was integral in putting on an Innovation Summit, bringing together innovation celebrities and city business leaders, including BusinessWeek‘s innovation guru, Bruce Nussbaum, Steelcase Chairman Robert Pew, and Exelon CEO, John Rowe.

I can’t wait for the day Charlotte hosts a conference like this.  Design thinking in business is just starting to seep its way into the city’s fabric, especially with programs like the Innovation Institute at the McColl Center and (hopefully in the) the newly forming Creative Industries task force at the ASC.

Unfortunately, I didn’t attend the Innovation Summit in person, but here’s a great place to catch all of the video.  If you’ve got a half-hour to be inspired, be sure to watch Doblin‘s Larry Keeley; his classes at the Institute of Design were challenging and thought-provoking, and I am always re-energized by his presentations.