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CEC Meeting Archive

Some Recent Events

We are zeroed in on specifically addressing the topics of concern to our members, such as how to:

  • Establish innovation as credible business function within your company
  • Manage Project and portfolio governance and metrics
  • Engage leadership, the c-suite and business unit leaders
  • Collaborate with startups, VCs and others entities
  • Create, and manage, innovation labs, incubators and accelerators
  • Most effectively balance your innovation teams connection to the broader company while still maintaining independence
  • Commercialize, and scale, a promising idea

Archive of Events

ONLINE / ZOOM — March 22-23, 2021

CEC – Virtual Spring

Thank you to all of the attendees of our spring Corporate Entrepreneur Community meeting. 

The corporate ecosystem continues to evolve:  New technologies, a dispersed workforce, accelerated disruption and the new demands of a post-covid world.

It has brightened the spotlight on corporate innovators as they and their teams are tasked with building the new-new:  New products, platforms, businesses and new ways of working.

So our focus for this meeting was how we are doing just that.  How we, as innovation leaders, are building the new so that our companies are as relevant in the future as they’ve been since their founding.  Which goes back to 1792 in the case of member ALM Brand.  (Fun fact – Vanguard is the youngest CEC member company, 46 years old, founded in 1975).

This meeting proved to be particularly valuable as we exchanged ideas and shared our experiences around the real work we are doing.  The sessions were engaging and explored important topics directly relevant to our roles today.

As a reminder, a few of our members have participated in Steve’s podcast, You’ve Been Disrupted.  The most recent episodes featuring Marvin Gross from HP and Jean Vernor from Munich Re have been added and can be found here:  You’ve Been Disrupted. 

CEC Fall Meeting 2020
CEC Fall Meeting 2020

ONLINE / ZOOM — October 26-27, 2020

CEC – Virtual

Thank you to all of the attendees of our fall Corporate Entrepreneur Community meeting. The expectations of corporate innovation are changing. As leaders we’re expected to adapt our accelerators, incubators, labs and studios to meet the new needs of an uncertain world. And we’re doing just that. A special thank you to Mark McIntosh and the team at Vanguard, Marvin Gross from HP and our friends from P&G Ventures: Paul, Carl, Julie, Halley and Sabrina. Thank you for all of your work preparing for our meeting, and for candidly sharing the work you’re doing to “future proof” your innovation programs. But most importantly, thank you to each of our members for your contributions to our discussions and for your continued support of the Corporate Entrepreneur Community.CEC Fall Meeting 2020

CEC Fall Meeting 2020
CEC Fall Meeting 2020

ONLINE / ZOOM — August 3-5, 2020

Munich RE – Virtual

While our in-person, member hosted events are always special, by all accounts our virtual meeting was a huge success.  A special thank you goes to Jean, John and the entire team at Munich RE for all of their planning, and for candidly sharing their work building an innovation program across Munich RE.  From our guest speakers, to the inside view of the Munich RE Incubator 2.0 — all of our collaborative discussions covered important topics and gave us all the opportunity to learn from each other.  

Wilmington, DE — March 10-12, 2020

DuPont – Delaware

A special thank you to Tyler Ames and the entire team at DuPont. The dialogue and camaraderie, including the deep dives we covered, were truly exceptional. These trusted and caring interactions are what makes the CEC unique. As we work through these challenging times, the value of our community has never been more apparent. It has been tremendously rewarding for the CEC team to see our members support each other as we navigate through new unchartered territory.

Copenhagen, Denmark — September 12-13, 2019

ALM Brand – Copenhagen

A special thank you to Kristian and the entire team at ALM. Brand.  Your willingness to share the work you are doing, the successes, the challenges, how you are deploying an intricate digital transformation touching multiple business units throughout ALM is what makes our community a unique, valuable learning tool for our members.

New York, New York — July 23-25, 2019

Moody’s – New York

Thank you to everyone who joined us in New York City.

It was a fantastic couple of days helping each other work through the challenges of leading innovation in our large complex organizations.

Lima, Peru — April 23-24, 2019

Intercorp – Peru

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Lima. And a very special thank you to our hosts at Intercorp, La Victoria Lab and all of the portfolio companies who were so gracious in sharing with us their experiences and offering us a window into their work.

Berlin, Germany — February 12-13, 2019

CEC Meeting – Berlin

We had a fantastic couple of days getting to know our new European Chapter members, learning about their companies, and the successes and challenges of leading innovation in large complex organizations. The first official meeting will be hosted by Unilever in London this spring.

Las vegas, NV — November 15, 2018

CEC Meeting – Las Vegas

Coinciding with Eric’s annual Lean Startup Conference, this meeting focused on updates and accomplishments of our members, planning for 2019, and deep dive open Q&A with Eric. Key take-away – Eric’s insights on the importance of, and best practices to, build cross-functional teams to accelerate innovation. We were also pleased to welcome new member – DuPont and learn about their innovation journey.

Pittsburgh, PA — October 9-10, 2018

Tech Trek

In partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, TechTrek was a unique CEC opportunity to learn about some new technologies and their role in disrupting alost every industry. We learned about Blockchain and cryptocurrencies, AI, robotics, and autonomous vehicles from the experts who created them. And from some of the companies that are part of the burgeoning innovation ecosystem in Pittsburgh.

Philadelphia, PA — August 8-9, 2018

Vanguard Innovation Studio

Our meeting in Philadelphia at Vanguard’s new Innovation Studio was focused on creating a culture of innovation at a large, complex company in a highly regulated industry. Our discussions focused on how to build an innovation studio, from location to staffing, and how to manage its relationship with the broader company to create revenue generating products and services.

Cincinatti, OH — APril 11-12, 2018

P&G Global HQ

A rare and unique opportunity to learn about P&G, its history and how it is relentlessly fine-tuning its innovation processes, governance and culture. We heard from senior P&G leaders from different business functions about their relationship to the innovation teams and how they support innovation initiatives, across multiple business units and geographies. Our meeting was hosted at their Clay Street Innovation Studio and in P&G’s historic Boardroom.

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