Mendoza College of Business

Creating Transformative Leaders With Deep Innovation Expertise.

Available dates

Jun 15—Sep 18, 2020
10 daysModules info
Notre Dame, Indiana, United States
USD 16692
USD 1669 per day


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About the course

If you’re a leader tasked with driving innovation in your organization, you need a deep, thorough grounding in its principles, processes, and tools. We created our Certified Innovation Mentor Program—and its core process, which we call the Unifying Innovation Methodology™—to cut through the clutter of information in the marketplace and provide a single, rigorous certification standard of competency for innovation practitioners like you.

You’ll become a Certified Innovation Mentor (iMentor) by completing our comprehensive program, which will equip you for the challenges of embedding a process and culture of innovation in your organization. You’ll learn to apply a disciplined approach to your innovation efforts while engaging in creative, agile thinking. You’ll learn to frame, structure, drive, and scale innovation—and accelerate critical initiatives expertly. And you’ll complete hands-on innovation projects designed to make a big impact on your organization and the world.


  • Two week-long in-person sessions
  • Pre-work and one intersession for virtual learning and on-the-job assignments
  • Two major projects—one team and one individual

Program Duration: 6 months

Certification Requirements

All participants in this program receive a certificate of completion.

Participants also have the opportunity to become a Certified Innovation Mentor by meeting a more rigorous set of requirements. Certification identifies you as a committed and knowledgeable leader of innovation efforts, with skills that apply to a broad range of initiatives and industries. Requirements include:

  • Participation in all in-person and virtual sessions
  • Participation in a cohort team project
  • Submission of an individual project that will benefit your own company
  • Passing grade on a comprehensive exam
  • Contribution of one thought leadership article to an innovation-related publication


The Certified Innovation Mentor Program is designed to create dynamic, confident leaders with the know-how to drive innovation in an existing enterprise. Our experienced faculty of innovators will teach you to make a business case for innovation, to apply innovation processes and tools effectively in the workplace, to embed innovation into the fabric of your organization—and, most important, to mentor others in bold new directions.

You’ll learn our Unifying Innovation Methodology, which takes fragmented theories on innovation and melds them into a single proven approach you can apply in any situation. You’ll also learn:

  • How to define innovation
  • How to build effective innovation teams
  • Why innovation often fails
  • What tools work best to foster creativity
  • What ethical rules apply to innovation
  • How to pitch great ideas and get them off the ground
  • How to overcome barriers and create a sustainable culture of change

You’ll also have a unique opportunity that other programs don’t offer: the chance to make a profound impact by applying your skills to a team project that benefits a mission-driven organization. That’s in addition to the individual project you’ll design to drive immediate change in your own company..

Who should attend

Professionals spearheading organizational change, developing new product or service lines, or looking to foster an environment more conducive to agile, strategic thinking. We welcome participants from a wide range of industries and organizational sizes.

Trust the experts

Nancy Tennant

Nancy Tennant is the chief innovation officer and vice president for Margin Realization for Whirlpool Corporation, reporting to the chairman and CEO. In this capacity, she is responsible for creating and implementing enterprise strategies that facilitate innovation, leveraged learning, competiti...


Donna Porter

Donna is an accomplished organizational development professional with more than 25 years of global experience in the fields of learning and talent development as well as strategic change management. During her 16 year tenure at Whirlpool, Donna successfully completed Innovation Mentor training, l...


Sue Mosby

Sue is the founder and CEO of Infinium, an innovation consultancy that helps senior leaders embrace innovation, define their strategic direction, create new products and services, and embed innovation competency into their organizations. Sue has helped companies across a wide spectrum of industri...


Philip A. Newbold

Phil is the former CEO of Beacon Health System and a respected innovation leader in the health care industry. Under his direction, Memorial Hospital and Health System of South Bend became a model for the healthy communities movement—and one of the first hospitals to invest 10% of annual excess re...


Moisés Noreña

Moisés Noreña is a renowned innovation expert practitioner, mentor, teacher, speaker, writer, networker, and pioneer in management innovation. As a though leader in the space, Moises’ perspectives have appeared in leading publications like Businessweek, Forbes and FastCompany. Moises was the winn...


Peter A. Zapf

Peter Zapf is a design planner focused on helping organizations realize what is next for their stakeholders through a values-driven design process. As Design Planning Lead at Fogpilot, a Chicago-based consultancy, he facilitates strategic planning, brand design, and creative problem solving works...


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