Building a Culture of Innovation

Leaders play a critical role in creating the right culture and the right environment for innovation to flourish. To grow more predictably and survive in today’s digitally disruptive economy, we need to build a culture of innovation. Innovation reduces costs, improves quality, improves team motivation and retention, and delivers more value. Innovation is critical to maintain and grow market presence and requires an agile approach, with in-flight adjustments that keep the program on track with changing conditions.
Leadership Forum provides an excellent opportunity to mid-level and senior leaders with tangible information and insights that can be applied to the company’s organizations, making them more effective at delivering value. Come and join us to learn the latest concepts, strategies and experiences on innovation from other Chicagoland leaders.
Don't miss this engaging opportunity to meet with fellow project management leaders and gather industry knowledge and inspiration from each other. This is an excellent platform to hear experiences from innovative leaders and learn how they dealt with their unique situation. Networking with peers helps build relationships and get feedback & ideas, learn new concepts and practical tactics which allowed them to drive change more effectively.


  • Sharpen Your Saw: Return with new ideas and approaches to make you more effective.
  • Meet Experts and Influencers: Make a connection, share business ideas, find your next mentor.
  • Networking: Meet peers and senior leaders with similar challenges, socialize and form new relationships.
  • Develop Greater Focus: Relearn classic techniques with a fresh new perspective.
  • Break Free from Your Comfort Zone: Step outside of your normal routine and learn about greater opportunities.
  • Building a Culture of Innovation: Gain insights and tips to build a culture of innovation within your organization or project team.


Keynote Speakers


Scott Ambler
Vice President,Chief Scientist of Disciplined Agile at Project Management Institute

Session 1: June 16

Scott is the Vice President, Chief Scientist of Disciplined Agile at Project Management Institute. Scott leads the evolution of the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit and is an international keynote speaker. Scott is the (co)-creator of the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit as well as the Agile Modeling (AM) and Agile Data (AD) methodologies. He is the (co-)author of several books, including Choose Your WoW!, An Executive’s Guide to the Disciplined Agile Framework, Refactoring Databases, Agile Modeling, Agile Database Techniques, and The Object Primer 3rd Edition. Scott blogs regularly at and and he can be contacted via



Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler

Session 2: June 30

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler is the first female CEO of 1871, now the Number 1 ranked university affiliated -tech incubator in the world  
Previous to 1871, Betsy was the Chief Innovation Officer at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, responsible for portfolio innovation as well as integrating technology into the Kellogg educational experience. From 2011 through September 2015, she served as associate dean of degree programs and dean of students. Prior to Kellogg, she served as a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office where she led the firm’s Life Insurance Operations and Technology practice and co-led its Financial Institutions Operations and Technology practice. Ziegler holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and received a B.A. in economics from The Ohio State University, where she graduated with distinction. She is a member of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry Boards of Directors and an advisor and investor in many young technology companies.  


Raj Ramesh
Chief AI Officer, DataFoundry AI

Session 3: July 14

Raj Ramesh has more than two decades of experience in the fields of software engineering, artificial intelligence/machine learning, business architecture, and enterprise design. He has architected multi-million-dollar digital transformation. While helping companies integrating AI technologies in their transformation, he often faced the reality of considering employees perspectives and how their jobs will change with the introduction of such technology.
His desire to help the employees in the equation resulted in this book, which discusses a general set of tools and modeling methodologies that people can use to understand their own environments and adapt quickly.
Dr. Ramesh, who holds a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence, is a prolific author and speaker. He creates easy to understand videos on the topics of artificial intelligence and architecture, which can be found on YouTube at .BackToTop