|Stephen Ciesinski presents "Innovation: It's not Rocket Science." Photo by Mike Meehan|
The Spring Seminar Series for the Saint Louis University for Entrepreneurship's Institute for Private Business (IPB) kicked off last week with "Innovation: It's not Rocket Science." Stephen Ciesinski of SRI International delivered a presentation and workshop.
"We were thrilled to have Stephen Ciesinski present SRI's unique process for innovation," said Jennifer Ehlen, interim director of the Center of Entrepreneurship. "It was both motivating and inspiring to our audience of business owners."
Ciesinski, vice president of corporate strategic programs with SRI International, spoke to a crowd of business owners at the John Cook School of Business about SRI's "Five
Disciplines of Innovation." This is a dynamic approach to applying innovation to business that includes identifying a need, determining value, recruiting champions and organizational alignment.
SRI International, a Silicon Valley-based company, is one of the world's leading independent research and technology development organizations.
The Institute of Private Business is being developed to assist the growth and vitality of family and other closely held businesses through training, networking and academic research. Through IPB, member companies will have access annually to interactive seminars, educational forums, peer groups, newsletters, research studies and other Saint Louis University resources.
On Thursday, June 23, Michael Lebowitz, founder and CEO of Big Spaceship, will come to the University for the final installment of the IPB Spring Seminar Series. Lebowitz will speak about "Innovation From Within: Empowering a Culture of Creativity," beginning at 7:30 a.m. in John and Lucy Cook Hall. Big Spaceship is a digital creative agency in Brooklyn, N.Y., whose innovative culture has been profiled by the New York Times and Harvard Business Review.
The IPB Seminar Series is open to the general business community and all events are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. A limited number of complimentary reservations are available to SLU faculty, staff and students. To RSVP, visit ecenter.slu.edu. For information or to join the IPB program as a partner or member, contact Jeanne Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 977-3850.