This isn’t your average conference!
MNovation gathers some of the most innovative minds from across our state for an all day party designed to help you:
Learn from the best – this diverse group of innovators can teach you how to get your mind right, stay the course, and change the world.
Our panelists play in large corporate environments, small companies, social enterprises, academia, government, non-profits, media and arts organizations.
Confirmed innovation wizards are below and we are adding more every day. View a list of past panelists.
8:30 AM – 9 AM Registration and light breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Keynote and Warm Up: John Sweeney and Elena Imaretska on the Mindset of Discovery
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Panel 1: Ready…(your surroundings) with panelists Chaz Sandifer, Valarie Turner, Lisa Steffes, and Jill Wiedemann-West
Communities need innovation and innovation needs communities – but how do you line the two up to help and idea become a reality? This panel features women who are doing just that by inspiring and igniting their communities to get up and get moving, change attitudes on mental health, get their finances in order by using technology and supporting education in a whole new way.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Panel 2: Set…(the tone) with panelists Mike Alcott, Joe Friedrich, Karl Thomas and Eric Schneider
Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum – you need a culture to support the mission, and this panel examines how to create a culture of innovation. From smaller school districts to hospitals to massive scientific conglomerates, these panelists have shifted mindsets to create amazing results.
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Innovation Fitness Sessions: Big Five Workout Breakouts facilitated by BNW Master Facilitators: Bobby Gardner, Caleb McEwen, Jenni Lilledahl, Lauren Anderson, Margi Simmons
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM Panel 3: Go! with panelists Aaron Keller, Esra Kucukciftci, Dakota Crow and Zach Robins
You have the idea, you have community, you have the attitude, now get started! This panel will help you get started, from learning how to get funding to branding your idea to building up your project, business, or goals to maintain and sustain. Learn, grow, and then get out there and do!
4:15 PM – 4:45 PM Personal Innovation Activation Plan and Discussion
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Wrap up
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 The Innovative Mindset, which 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 HERE!