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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 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, left), 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.

Joining Stevens for this morning session is a trio of Fisher College of Business professors sharing short, TED Talk-like presentations on:

  • Best practices in sharing intellectual property across borders (Prof. Aravind Chandrasekaran, immediate right)
  • Positioning yourself in a supply chain network for effective collaboration (Prof. John Gray, middle)
  • Leveraging collaborative R&D principles in the service sector (Senior Lecturer Steve Lundregan, far right) 


  • 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.: Program concludes

(Open to COE members only)

Aug. 18 - Innovation Summer, Part 3: The Lean Startup

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

Parts 1 and 2 of COE’s “Innovation Summer” series examined best practices for product and process development inside your organization’s four walls and throughout the value stream. In August, we're tackling the earliest stages of the process:

“Innovation Summer” concludes Thursday, Aug. 18, by exploring principles of the “lean startup” with a presentation from Buckeye football greats Bobby Carpenter (pictured, immediate right) and Anthony Schlegel (pictured, far right). Both Carpenter and Schlegel, Fisher College of Business MBA graduates who played for the Buckeyes and went on to be drafted in the NFL, founded The Difference USA LLC, which makes and markets a portable striking machine. Schlegel, who invented The Difference, will share along with Carpenter his journey to bring the product to life and the lasting lessons the team has learned about the process of innovation.

Schlegel formed The Difference USA, LLC after completing his MBA from Fisher College of Business and resigning from his post as the associate director of football sport performance for Ohio State football. Son of a high school and college football coach, Schlegel started his college career at the U.S. Air Force Academy before transferring to Ohio State. Upon graduation, he was selected with the 76th overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft to the New York Jets. He played with the Cincinnati Bengals and the UFL’s Florida Tuskers before retiring in 2010. He served as an assistant strength coach under coaches Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer.  

Co-founder Carpenter served as a linebacker for the Buckeyes from 2002-05. As a Buckeye, he was a National Champion, two-times Big Ten Champion and selected to the 3rd Team AP All-America Team. In 2005, Carpenter starred with his teammates Anthony Schlegel and A.J. Hawk to form what many have considered the greatest linebacker trio in college football history. Upon his graduation in 2006 with a degree in economics, he was selected 18th in the NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys. After four seasons with the Cowboys and three more spread across the Dolphins, Lions and Patriots, Carpenter retired from the NFL and began his pursuit of an MBA from Fisher College of Business, where he graduated last year. 

Registration for this event opens July 13.

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.

  • 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