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July 13 - Innovation Summer, Part 2: Innovation Beyond Your Four Walls

8:30 a.m. - noon | Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH

Part 1 of COE’s “Innovation Summer” series on June 16 looks at best practices for product development inside your organization’s four walls. In July, we’re stepping outside:

Part 2 of our three-part series, set for Wednesday, July 13, expands beyond internal R&D boundaries with a keynote from a top leader at one of the world’s biggest consumer products businesses: Johnson & Johnson. Meri Stevens (pictured, right), J&J’s vice president of supply chain strategy and deployment, in her keynote will share how the maker of Tylenol, Listerine, and countless other products is collaborating upstream and downstream to fuel radical, breakthrough innovation.

For Johnson & Johnson, even the very “upstream” and “downstream” are changing in an era of unprecedented consumer involvement as products such as 3-D printers extend value creation beyond the company’s borders. Stevens will share how this shift has brought about major cultural change for J&J’s 60,000 supply chain employees as they work to “move the needle” for the Fortune 50 business.

In the second half of this half-day, morning session, a group of TED Talk-like presentations from Fisher College of Business Profs. Aravind Chandrasekaran and John Gray, among others, will examine what the latest research says about collaborative challenges in innovation.


  • 8 a.m.: Check-in / networking / continental breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m.: Keynote: Meri Stevens, Johnson & Johnson
  • 9:45 a.m.: Break
  • 10 a.m.: Rapid-Fire Insights on Collaborative Innovation
  • 11:30 a.m.: Q&A
  • Noon: Program concludes

(Open to COE members only)

Mark your calendar...

The following COE events are scheduled with more details to come, though dates are subject to change. Check back on our events page or look for an e-mail invite closer to the event.

  • Aug. 18 - Innovation Summer Series: Session 3
  • Sept. 16 - Professional Development Seminar
  • Oct. 7 - IT Leadership Network Fall Forum
  • Oct. 21 - Supply Chain Forum
  • Nov. 4 - Women's Leadership Forum
  • Dec. 2 - Professional Development Seminar
  • Feb. 10, 2017 - Professional Development Seminar
  • April 11-13, 2017Leading Through Excellence: COE Summit 2017
  • Sept. 15, 2017 - Professional Development Seminar
  • Nov. 3, 2017 - Professional Development Seminar