Defining Innovation is the Arts + Business Council’s signature speaker series. We know that engaging in high-level conversation and exposure to cutting edge ideas can encourage Philadelphians to deploy creativity and innovation in their work practices. So we’ve designed our event series to deliver a variety of perspectives on the intersection of creativity and innovation.
Defining Innovation’s formula for success begins with inviting one of today’s top thinkers to share their trailblazing work through a keynote and a sit-down interview. We then pull a few more chairs around to host a Strategy Salon panel discussion with local leaders. Finally, we engage our audience of 400+ high-level professionals from business and creative economy fields to join in an attendee Q&A session.
Simon Sinek is an author, motivational speaker, and marketing consultant. He is the author of four books, including Start With Why.
Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist, widely known for her 2012 TED Talk, where she presented a 2010 study on “power posing” which she co-authored.
Malcolm Gladwell is a journalist, author, and speaker, popular for books such as The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996.
Daymond John is a businessman, investor, TV personality, author, and motivational speaker, known for founding the streetwear brand FUBU and starring as a Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank.
Beth Comstock is the author of Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity and the Power of Change. She is a former Chief Marketing Officer & Vice Chair of GE.
On May 2, 2019, Whitaker discussed making the integration of the creative and practical her life’s work. Whitaker has taught business to artists, art to businesspeople, and recognizes the interdependent and symbiotic nature of both vantage points to generating innovation.
On March 13, 2019, Kawasaki shared tactical and practical advice from his days as Apple’s resident marketing guru, offered tips from his time investing in some of technology’s biggest success stories, and explained how innovations come from the hard work of implementation rather than aha moments.