Design & Innovation Roundtable

Bringing together a community for directors and VP-level leaders of design-led innovation across corporate America

For leaders in established organization that want to innovate

The roundtable is free and invite-only leaders who share a passion for design-led innovation, and carry the experiences, victories, and struggles earned from the unique challenges of bringing change to established organizations.

You don't have to
innovate alone

It’s easy to find advice and stories from innovators in start-ups and new high-growth companies, who just accept design-led innovation, customer-centricity, and digital-first as normal.

But it’s hard to find others who understand the particular challenges of teaching an established organization a new way of thinking.

This roundtable is for you, if any of the following resonate:

  • You are a leader in an established organization
  • You are leading a team focusing on innovation, design, or digital, or maybe all three.
  • You have spent years as a practitioner, a change agent, and a mentor.
  • You are leading up and sideways, executing critical work while teaching evangelizing, and sometimes defending a new way of working

About the Roundtable

Founded in 2019 by Jon Berbaum, President at Highland. The Roundtable was a modest coming together of a handful of design and innovation leaders as a peer group. Since then, it has expanded to nearly 100 members across four groups. Some of the reasons members join our roundtable are to:

Share best practices

Our monthly peer-led gatherings are built around sharing and learning with other leaders. We’ll discuss how to improve design processes & innovation, as well as broader topics of becoming better leaders and human beings.

Explore Interests

Through virtual monthly gatherings and a private Slack group, you’ll have the flexibility to explore areas of interest, from research, to design, operations, budgeting, organizational design, team management, and anything else you bring to the table.

Foster Connections

Make valuable connections to other leaders and organizations that can give you support, outside perspective and problem solving, and links to talented people and partners to assist your team.

Expand Horizons

Expose yourself to emergent practice areas, industry domains, and new human-centered design methods to orchestrate more effective outcomes and impact at your organization. Recent topics include systems innovation, foresight/futurism, launching new ventures, etc.

Ready to innovate within your organization?
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