Center for Innovation Strategies
About the Center

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Our mission

The Center for Innovation Strategies inspires a growth mindset in organizations and students by

  • Acting as a catalyst and facilitator within the innovation ecosystem;
  • Providing quality instruction and enabling the co-creation and sharing of innovation knowledge, frameworks and tools, and;
  • Advancing innovation research and applied practice.

Defining Innovation
Innovation spans multiple disciplines and departments within companies and industries.
It is the practice of top-line growth and value creation through the development of new products and services, including new branded concepts, patents, and intellectual property.

  • Begins with target consumer’s articulated and unarticulated wants and needs
  • Employs multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Incorporates networked, “open innovation” based partnerships
  • Combines strategic rigor and creative intuition in decision making


Center leadership

  • CIS Team
  • Interns/GAs

    Christina StratiChristina Strati
    Christina Strati is a current third-year student at The Ohio State University pursuing a marketing major, with a psychology minor specializing in biological bases of behavior. She is interested in the psychological aspects of marketing, including consumer behavior. Christina holds the Director of Alumni Engagement position for The American Marketing Association, for which she connects Ohio State alumni to current students via LinkedIn. She also teaches Adobe Spark to a small group of underclassmen through Media, Marketing, and Communications (MMC) Scholars. In addition to these involvements, she annually raises money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital by participating in Buckeyethon. Within CIS, she assists Jenny Heckscher in organizing events, seminars, and workshops with the goal of educating current Ohio State students, staff, and corporate partners about innovation and the entrepreneurial world.  

Contact Us

Paul Reeder  
Executive Director
Center for InnovationStrategies
227 Mason Hall
250 Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210