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 MNOVATION 3.0 FEB 16, 2017 AT THE Brave New Workshop

The new MNovation Seminar Series is a unique opportunity for professionals at all levels to spark innovative thinking and behaviors by participating in interactive sessions with some of Minnesota’s top innovators in a full-day session at the Brave New Workshop’s Experimental Thinking Centre (ETC).

Attendees will learn and practice five behaviors proven to spark innovation, and increase the amount of time we spend in a mindset of discovery. This series is the first of its kind, combining the resources of innovation behavioralist, author and trainer John Sweeney and the Brave New Workshop’s Creative Outreach and some of Minnesota’s most innovative people and organizations.



We are inviting leading innovative thinkers and doers from diverse and interesting fields to share their insights with you and help you craft your own innovation fitness plan and journey. Our panelists play in large corporate environments, small companies, social enterprises, academia, government, non-profits, media and arts organizations. We pride ourselves on the divergent points of view present on our panels and look forward to the unexpected connections and moments of brilliance that will inevitably enrich your experience. Confirmed panelists include:

Amelia Franck Meyer, Founder and CEO of ALIA

ALIA provides deep-dive systemic interventions, training, consultation, demonstration projects, and leadership coaching to transform child welfare. Amelia has worked in over half of the states and many countries internationally to promote innovative ideas and to radically re-think child welfare. She is leading a national movement to create a child welfare system across the country where all people – youth and their caregivers – can thrive. Before Alia, Amelia was the CEO of Anu Family Services, a child welfare agency located in 90 counties in Wisconsin and Minnesota. During her 15-year tenure, Anu produced nationally recognized child permanence and placement stability outcomes for children in out-of-home care and was on the leading edge of promoting and measuring wellbeing for youth and the child welfare workforce. Amelia is a 2015 Bush Fellow and Ashoka Fellow among many other recognitions.

Warren Naviasky, Vice President/Director of Senior Housing Marketing and Sales for Life Care Services, an LCS Company

With 24 years of sales and marketing experience, Warren is paving a new path in senior living across the country. He currently oversees marketing and sales activity, as well as talent management initiatives in marketing and sales, for all Life Care Services equity communities, including Plymouth-based Trillium Woods. Warren developed innovative financial plans to provide consumers with choice and flexibility, customizing each senior’s experience to meet their personal needs. Warren inspires and supports his teams to constantly innovate, encouraging them to ask “why not” and “what if,” as well as let go of the fear of failure to fully embrace and benefit from innovation. Warren serves on the board of directors of the Wyndemere in Wheaton, Illinois, and the Baltimore Educational Institute for Teens of Reformed Judaism.

Dr. Vidya Raman-Tangella, Head of UnitedHealthcare’s Innovation Center of Excellence

Vidya and her team design, develop and scale breakthrough innovations that help address unmet health needs through the use of cutting-edge concepts and technology, including mobile apps and integrated health and wellness programs. Vidya is a clinician by training and has more than 20 years of experience in the health care field. Prior to her role at UnitedHealthcare, she held a senior management position at Johnson & Johnson, where she led the design of integrated and tailored health and wellness solutions for employers and health plans. In addition, Vidya helped oversee the company’s start-up organization, providing expertise about strategic partnerships and enterprise integration.

An experienced ‘practical innovator’, Vidya has spoken at numerous health care and technology conferences, including the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Conference (HBA), the Employer Healthcare Congress, and the “Unleashing Innovation Summit.”.  She was recognized as a “Woman Worth Watching” by the Diversity Journal Magazine.

We are adding new panelists every day, stay tuned for an updated line up. To view panelists from previous MNovation events click here.


8:30 AM – 9 AM Registration and light breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Keynote and Warm Up: John Sweeney on the Mindset of Discovery

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Panel Discussion 1

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Panel Discussion 2

12:15 – 12:45 PM Lunch

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Innovation Fitness Sessions: Big Five Workout Breakouts facilitated by BNW instructors

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Panel Discussion 3

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Panel Discussion 4

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Wrap Up/Comedy

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Happy Hour Squared (HH2)
Attendees are invited to take part in fun and relaxing happy hour after a full day of learning! This happy hour will be like no other as we’ll be making sandwiches to be distributed to the hungry by Mr. Law’s MRD 363 Days Food Program.


All MNovation attendees will receive John Sweeney’s groundbreaking new book helps you identify what you need to do in order to become more innovative and less fearful, and assists in creating a regimen that transforms how you act. Whether personally or in a business setting, this text provides a fresh, practical understanding of innovation can revolutionize the way you think about work. | More about THE BOOK!