Mendoza College of Business

Innovation Action Boot Camp

Available dates

May 4—8, 2020
5 days
Notre Dame, Indiana, United States
USD 8132
USD 1626 per day


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About the course

Empowering your people with knowledge and skills. If you want to differentiate your business and drive growth, you must innovate—there’s no other path to success. But how do you foster innovation across an entire company? How do you give individuals and teams the language and process skills they need to think creatively and make sustainable leaps forward—no matter what their current roles?

This challenge of implementing a culture of innovation is very real, and it’s exactly why we created our intensive five-day program called Innovation Action Boot Camp. Designed for mid-level leaders and project teams, this program teaches the fundamentals of the innovation process and our Unifying Innovation Methodology™, supports you as you accelerate existing initiatives, and provides a common language and set of tools that can be used throughout your organization to spark innovation. Each participant returns to work with a personal action plan for success.


  • Five days (Monday through Friday) on the Notre Dame campus for open enrollment
  • Location and duration TBD for customized programming
  • Experiential learning format includes individual and team work online and in the classroom


Innovation Action Boot Camp teaches the basics of our core approach to generating innovations—which we call the Unifying Innovation Methodology™—along with guidance on how to set the stage for success, embed innovation into your culture, and lead it across the enterprise. We’ll also equip your organization’s teams with one powerful and simple innovation tool for each phase of generating innovations that we call the Minimal Viable Option.

Each team will learn how to . . .

  • Create a working definition of innovation
  • Link innovation strategies to your company’s overall business goals
  • Identify barriers to innovation and create action plans to address them
  • Frame and drive innovation through smart storytelling
  • Build a robust support network for innovation

Each participant will get . . .

  • Direct experience solving problems using lean and fast innovation tools
  • Personalized feedback on his or her own innovation style
  • Feedback on a 90-day action plan that can be implemented immediately upon return to work

Participants will benefit from the deep experience of our faculty of innovation practitioners, who hail from some of the world’s leading companies and consultancies.

Who should attend

Open Enrollment: Project teams of 2–5 people or individual mid-level leaders who need a clear understanding of the innovation process and their roles in supporting an innovation culture.

Custom Design: An organizational team that needs a tangible set of skills and a concrete action plan to drive innovation. Each Boot Camp session is tailored from the core curriculum for team members from a single organization.

We welcome organizations of all sizes from a wide range of industries in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

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...


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...


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...


David Crosswhite

David Crosswhite is a 25-year veteran and pioneer in the field of new venture development and building innovation capability within Fortune 500 organizations. David’s work addresses issues that range from innovation strategy to new product and pipeline development to new business models. It inclu...


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