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2017 Session | Challenging the Status Quo

Sometimes, to make impactful changes you need to challenge the status quo – whether it’s in your industry, your career or your life. Yet many leaders chronically reject creative solutions and often embrace the familiar, even as they profess commitment to innovation. Could people love but also hate creative ideas? Could the mindset we use to evaluate ideas turn this love or hate on or off—in an instant? Do experts struggle even more than novices with this bias? And even more startling, could the “best practices” that organizations employ to manage innovation activate this bias, and inadvertently, kill innovation? Drawing on Wharton professor Jennifer Mueller’s expertise along with a panel of pioneers from the frontlines, we will address the tough questions; learn best practices to self-disrupt your current mindset and recognize creative opportunity; and explore how to overcome other peoples’ sticky preference for the status quo. Attendees will leave armed with strategies for introducing and maintaining a culture of change and feel confident to challenge the status quo.

Thought Leader: Whitney Johnson, expert on disruptive innovation, recognized as one of Thinkers50 leading business thinkers in the world & author, Disrupt Yourself

  Lisa Considine, VP, human resources, global endoscopy, Boston Scientific
  Michelle Cullypresident and CEO, Xpressman Trucking & Courier, Inc.

Emcee: Angela McClure, chief experience officer, Fresenius Medical Care North America