Speaker Series

DEFINING INNOVATION

Through Defining Innovation, the Arts + Business Council facilitates high-level conversation and exposure to cutting edge ideas to encourage leaders and professionals in Greater Philadelphia to deploy creativity and innovation in their work practices. We’ve designed this program series to deliver a variety of perspectives at the intersection of creativity and innovation.

Names you may be familiar with

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Adam Grant

Headshot of John Mackey

John Mackey

Pauline Brown

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Cliff Kuang

THE JOYS OF BEING WRONG WITH ADAM GRANT

On February 4, 2021, Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist, top-rated Wharton professor, and four-time New York Times best-selling author shared thoughtful advice on why challenging widespread business practices can push leaders to question long-held opinions that no longer serve their organizations.

CONSCIOUS LEADERSHIP WITH JOHN MACKEY

On Thursday, September 24, 2020, Whole Foods Market Co-Founder and CEO John Mackey detailed how to elevate humanity through business.

AESTHETIC INTELLIGENCE WITH PAULINE BROWN

On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, Pauline Brown, former Chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and author of Aesthetic Intelligence: How to Boost It and Use It in Business and Beyond discussed the art and science behind brand-building under the rubric of Aesthetic Intelligence, also known as “the other AI.”

DESIGN & UX WITH CLIFF KUANG, CO-FOUNDER OF CO.DESIGN

On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, Cliff Kuang, Co-Founder of Co.Design, offered insight into how design is transforming technology and our everyday lives

THE AMAZING LIFE OF AN IDEA WITH MARC RANDOLPH

On October 15, 2019, we welcomed Netflix Co-Founder Randolph to offer insight, tips, and techniques to those who have ever dreamed of turning a creative concept into a world-class business.

ART-THINKING WITH AMY WHITAKER

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.

DEFINING INNOVATION PRESENTS GUY KAWASAKI

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.

MAKE CHANGE WORK FOR YOU WITH BETH COMSTOCK

On October 24, 2018, Comstock addressed the difficulties and opportunities that arise when facing business transformation and explores the necessary mindset to make change work in your favor.

INDUSTRY INTERSECTIONS

Industry Intersections encourages exploration into the ways in which artists, designers, and creatives can influence major developments in industries from health care to real estate, demonstrating the big impact our creative community has in confronting and solving today’s biggest challenges.

DESIGN + HEALTH

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, local leaders explored the intersection of design and health, focusing on the importance of design in the health care industry, hospitals, senior living, and many more settings.