Center for Innovation Strategies
About the Center



The Center for Innovation Strategies (CIS) 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.



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


Innovate with CIS



The CIS Team

Paul Reeder

Executive Director


Jenny Heckscher 

Director, Innovation Programs, Marketing and Outreach


Jenny Luu 

Innovation Program Manager


Brian Wulff

Program Director

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Paul Reeder  
Executive Director
Center for Innovation Strategies