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

    Sarah ElfersSarah Elfers
    Sarah Elfers is currently a fourth year student at The Ohio State University working toward a degree in marketing and nonprofit management. She is interested in pursuing opportunities related to animal health and welfare and fundraising. Sarah holds the position of Vice President of Philanthropy for her sorority and manages various fundraising events throughout the year. In addition to her position at CIS, she also works as a marketing assistant at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center. Sarah is very family oriented and owes her work ethic and values to her parents. Within CIS, Sarah assists Jenny Heckscher in the planning of events, seminars, and workshops for students, staff, and corporate partners to develop their knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Christina StratiChristina Strati
    Christina Strati is a current second-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.  

    MonykMonyk Wecker
    Monyk Wecker is a second-year student in the Master of Business Administration program at Ohio State.  She is interested in transportation solutions, specifically in the automotive sector.  Post-MBA, she would like to pursue opportunities in the mobility segment to help people stay connected.  Monyk is the president of the Fisher Graduate Latino Association, which focuses on networking with Latino leaders to build fellowship among its members and address issues that face the Latino community.  She is also the Vice-President for the Association for Marketing Professionals, where she helps students understand different marketing career opportunities and provide necessary support to enable them to achieve their goals in school and future careers.  At CIS, she will research and benchmark leading innovation managementpractices, among other activities.

Contact Us

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