Center for Innovation Strategies
About the Center

OnRamp Cohort Meeting

Our mission

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.

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

Innovate with CIS

The CIS Team

  • CIS Leadership
  • Talented Student Interns/GAs

    Christina Strati's PhotoChristina Strati
    Christina Strati is a current third-year student at The Ohio State University pursuing a marketing major, with a general psychology minor. She is the President of The American Marketing Association (AMA) at Ohio State. As a Media, Marketing, and Communication Scholar, she is interested in the psychological aspects of marketing, including consumer behavior. 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.  

    Eva Mazzola's PictureEva Mazzola
    Eva Mazzola is a third-year student at The Ohio State University studying finance with a minor in Spanish. The importance of financial freedom and learning about one's personal budgeting drives her interest in the world of finance, investments, and problem solving related to consulting. As an International Affairs Scholar, she enjoys learning about travel and global issues through community involvement. Additionally, being involved within the Ohio State community has been one of her goals with on-campus jobs as a past Office Assistant for residential life helping and connecting with OSU residents and faculty. As a former OnRamp student innovation analyst, she enjoyed collaborating in the CIS program to build customer-focused solutions with evidence based concepts for partnering companies. Currently, Eva continued to work with CIS alongside Onramp coordinator Christan Lampasso, researching project opportunities, focusing on student involvement within the innovation process.

    Justin Webbs' PhotoJustin Webbs
    Justin Webbs is a 2nd year MBA student at The Ohio State University with a focus in finance. At OSU, Justin is involved in the Fisher Graduate Finance Association as well as the Black MBA Association. Prior to returning for his MBA, he worked full time as an Analyst at TravelCenters of America where he was responsible for $250 million in accounts. Upon completion of his first year of the MBA program, Justin spent his summer internship with a local boutique investment bank (Lawrence, Evans & Co.) that focused on health care and technology. Leveraging his past experience, Justin works with Brian Wulff to provide actionable insights for CIS partners developing new therapeutics.

    Justin Inacio's PhotoJustin Inacio
    Justin Inacio is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student at The Ohio State University with a projected graduation in 2022. He is pursuing a degree in biology with a pre-medical specialization, while simultaneously earning a minor in business. Justin has proven leadership abilities demonstrated by his elected position as a member of The Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Leadership Council – he loves being a part of a team and working together to find success. Justin is very passionate about making a positive impact in the world, which is why he is so thrilled to be a part of the CIS team; he is inspired by being surrounded by innovative individuals with a like-minded mindset. Even though his academic career has been science based, he possesses an entrepreneurial mentality in which he can offer a unique insight and perspective. Within CIS, Justin’s goal for the summer is to inform and educate student athletes on innovation processes and opportunities. As an experienced member on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which provides input on Athletic Department policies and programming, he has a great understanding on how to deal with issues that student athletes face.

Contact Us

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