Posted: September 16, 2015

KIN Expedition to Bhutan: The Gross National Happiness Conference
November 1 – 8, 2015 – Bhutan

The Kellogg Innovation Network is hosting an invitation-only delegation to visit Bhutan and attend the Gross National Happiness Conference. "The essence of the philosophy of Gross National Happiness is the peace and happiness of our people and the security and sovereignty of the nation". The KIN will be making a small donation to the GNH and participants will have an opportunity to do some exploring of the region on their own.

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Posted: September 8, 2015

Robert C. Wolcott published in Forbes magazine
September 2, 2015

In the Forbes KelloggVoice series, several Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship faculty, including Carter Cast, David Schonthal, Mohan Sawhney and Robert Wolcott, explore how corporations can learn from startups. In this article, Robert Wolcott discusses success through unrealistic visions.

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Posted: February 28, 2014

KIN Expedition to Israel: Engaging the Start-Up Nation
March 23 – 27, 2014 - Israel

Last year, The Kellogg Innovation Network hosted an invitation-only delegation to visit some of the leading figures of the Israeli entrepreneurial miracle. Delegates heard experienced exciting new technologies and new intellectual and cultural horizons. Delegates included Polly Flinn, SVP at Walmart; Phil Kotler, esteemed professor of International Marketing at Kellogg; Gordon Segal; Founder of Crate & Barrel and Barry Malkin, VP of Apollo Group.
Posted: February 28, 2014

Israel Dealmakers Summit in NYC
March 4 - 5, 2014 - NYC

Join venture capital professionals from GE, Comcast, Shell, Pitango, CA Technologies and others for the Israel Dealmakers Summit 2014, a premier two-day conference that brings together over 1,000+ invitation-only senior executives from around the world to discuss innovation across key growth sectors including Digital Media, Cleantech, Mobile, Internet, Big Data, Semiconductors, Software, Healthcare and Telecom. Robert C. Wolcott, co-founder of the Kellogg Innovation Network will host the first day.

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Posted: January 10, 2013

KIN Catalyst: Real Value from Big Data
April 15-16, 2013

The next KIN Catalyst will be a small, invitation-only event of no more than 40 people for 2 days of working sessions on the emerging field of big data… transcending hype, KIN co-founder Mohan Sawhney will curate the sessions drawing upon the intellectual capital of his center at Kellogg, the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation (CRTI).

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Posted: January 10, 2013

KIN Partner: Israeli Dealmakers Summit
New York City, March 5 – 6, 2013

The KIN has partnered with Landmark Ventures, a premier investment bank operating between the US, Europe and Israel, to bring us the inside track to the Israeli technology community… Start-Up Nation, as the book title goes. We have arranged a special invitation to all KINians to join us for their annual program, the Israel Dealmakers Summit. This is the top Israeli technology community event of the year, typically held in Tel Aviv, but more conveniently located this year in New York. Speakers this year include Israel’s Chief Scientist, Avi Hasson, Jeff Immelt and Beth Comstock of GE, former NY Governor George Pataki, Shari Redstone of Viacom, the leads of BP Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures, partners from Kleiner Perkins, renowned Israeli technology investor Yossi Vardi, and others.

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Posted: November 1, 2012

KIN Partner: Social Innovation Summit
Silicon Valley, CA December 4-5, 2012

The KIN is partnering with the Social Innovation Summit to further deepen our reach into the social innovation space. SIS attracts the very best trend setters in creating positive social change. Convening corporate leaders, non-profits, government representatives in both Palo Alto and New York City. KIN's Executive Director, Robert C. Wolcott will be co-hosting the next Social Innovation Summit in Palo Alto in December. Speakers include: Tony Bates, President of Skype, Barbara Bush, Executive Director, Global Health Corps, Shona Brown, SVP of Google, Gerald Chertavian, Founder of Year Up, Shelly Esque, President of Intel Foundation and many more.

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Posted: August 1, 2012

KIN Fall Dialogue
Chicago, IL October 17-18, 2012

Established companies need constant, significant, even transformative innovation. Start-ups have it. Some of it is world-changing, some of it is silly, and everything in between… but they have it and we at large established organizations need to know how to find it, how to engage, how to build portfolios of options, even how to create environments internally that support and encourage entrepreneurial activity. Unfortunately start-ups and large companies are typically lousy at working together. Let’s explore how we can be better, and what we can learn.

We’ll visit two exciting locations here in Chicago, each vital to the vigorous entrepreneurial ecosystem, one that has finally found its wings here in Chicago. Tribeca Flashpoint Academy (TFA) is the creation of Howard Tullman, a new KINian and one of our most prolific and successful entrepreneurs. TFA trains the next generation in digital media, film, sound, online design, gaming…everything cool that also has powerful practical applications.

1871 is a stunning new incubator space at the venerable Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Founded by venture capitalist and philanthropist JB Pritzker, in partnership with government, universities and the private sector, 1871 really is becoming the epicenter of digital entrepreneurship in the area. They also have stunning views of Chicago. We’ll make some great things happen at this event and look forward to lively discussion and collaboration.
Posted: March 14, 2012

KIN Community: Youth Action International (YAI)
Liberia, West Africa

Youth Action International is a long-term partner of the KIN. YAI features KIN in their latest annual report. In 2009, KIN delegates pledged $50,000 to help open three women’s empowerment centers in post-conflict Liberia and Sierra Leone. These Centers for Women’s Empowerment train women in both vocational training and life skills. The women benefit from YAI’s specially designed empowerment curriculum that includes counseling, workshops on small business enterprise, marketing, adult literacy and month-long apprenticeships. At the end of each program, the women are formed into cooperatives and receive micro-credit loans to start new businesses.
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Posted: January 9, 2011

KIN Dialogue Winter 2011: The Entrepreneurial Milieu
March 7-8, 2011
E&J Gallo Winery

The KIN is pleased to have Carter Cast, President & CEO, Hayneedle, Inc.; Alastair Dorward, CEO, Own Products; Phil Giesler, Director of Innovation, Unilever Corporate Ventures; Gary Griffiths, Co-Founder & CEO, Trapit, Inc.; Christian Prinzell Halvorsen, CEO,, Joe Kennedy, CEO, Pandora; and Ellen Levy, Vice President, Strategic Alliances, LinkedIn speak at the KIN Winter Dialogue.

Most discussions of innovation eventually turn to Silicon Valley. Many attempt to replicate 'the Valley' achieve little success (with a few notable exceptions such as Israel). What makes this environment so compelling and sustainable? Without doubt, the Valley enjoys what we might call an entrepreneurial milieu. Milieu is defined by as "social setting or environment."

For our KIN Winter Dialogue, we will explore not only what large global companies can learn from the entrepreneurs immersed in the Silicon Valley milieu, but what we can learn together about how large corporations, start-ups and venture capitalists can be more effective partners.

The KIN is quite fortunate to be guests of E&J Gallo Winery through our own Kellogg alumna, Stephanie Gallo. Within the wine industry and beyond, E&J Gallo has a reputation for innovation and Napa Valley offers an exceptional neutral terroir to engage with the KIN and our friends from Silicon Valley.

Posted: August 19, 2010

KIN Dialogue Fall 2010: Leveraging ‘Unnatural’ Partnerships for Innovation Success

If we look in the same places, we’re likely to find the same answers. Innovation means exploring in ways that often don’t come naturally. Innovation is about knowing where everything compelling is happening and acting on it at the right time, in the most effective manner—before your competitors.

The KIN Dialogue Fall 2010 is focused on how to build and leverage these partnerships, starting with the Corporate-University relationship. We’ll be joined by some of the country’s top talent in this arena. Delegates will meet venture capitalist and and Kellogg alumnus, John Preston, former long-time director of MIT’s immensely successful commercialization and licensing program. U.S. Congressman, Dick Gephardt, will share the conditions that help America expand vital science and technology capabilities, and support our corporations and entrepreneurs in innovation-led growth. Bret Lewis and Dave Baarman of Fulton Innovation will share their impressive journey creating a global standard consortium for wireless power.

The KIN is pleased to co-host our Fall Dialogue with the office of Alicia Loeffler, Associate Vice President of Innovation & New Ventures for Northwestern University. She has called on her growing network of university commercialization experts to bring us an extraordinary team. We are also thankful for the support of Fulton Innovations and Amway Corporation’s R&D group in making this unique program possible. Serial CEO and entrepreneur Dean DeBiase and design visionary Julie Anixter are creating a powerful program including innovation leaders from Google, GSK and Boeing for October 13. The session will occur in such a way that all participants will leave with specific, relevant insights and ideas for their own objectives. True to the spirit of the KIN, we’ll co-create knowledge and build opportunities along the way.

Posted: April 20, 2010

KIN Global 2010: Kellogg Magazine Covers KIN Global

The Kellogg School of Management interviewed Robert C. Wolcott, Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) and Shaina Morphew ‘10 a member of the KIN Global student leadership team, to find out what makes KIN Global different than other conferences. The article illustrates real action that arose out of the last KIN Global and highlights the importance of cross sector collaboration and looking in non-obvious places to find answers to some of our most intractable global problems. Read the article.

Posted: April 16, 2010

KIN Community: One Acre Fund Wins the Skoll Award

Andrew Youn ‘06 and his organization, One Acre Fund, won the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship which entails a $765,000 grant that he will use to reach more people. Andrew’s mission is to end poverty by empowering small plot farmers in Africa. He offers a ‘market bundle’ solution which provides farmers with farm inputs, training on successful farming and access to markets for their produce. Andrew conceived of the idea for his non-profit while at Kellogg. Read more.

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Posted: January 2, 2010

KIN Dialogue: The KIN Winter Dialogue Hosted by Harrah’s in Las Vegas, February 8-9.

The KIN is pleased to announce an exciting winter dialogue, hosted by Harrah’s Entertainment in Las Vegas. As an expert in world-class customer experience, Harrah’s is the perfect host for this KIN gathering titled: Customer Experience Innovation: B2C, B2B and Beyond

This very special KIN dialogue will be co-hosted by Joe Wheeler, Executive Director of The Service Profit Chain Institute. He will share methodologies and processes for providing exceptional customer service developed in partnership with the Harvard Business School.

We are pleased to welcome both David Norton, CMO and Terry Byrnes, VP of Customer Satisfaction at Harrah’s Entertainment as they provide a behind-the-scenes look at how Harrah’s engineers their customer experience to exceed expectations. A few of the additional leadership experts scheduled for the dialogue include: Graham Weston, Executive Chairman of Rackspace Hosting, setting the service standard for IT hosting; Professor Richard Chase, perception expert from the University of Southern California; and Diane Hessan, CEO of Communispace, who has helped Kraft, Hallmark, Best Buy, Pepsi and many others understand their most important constituents.

Posted: November 12, 2009

KIN Community: Geopolitical Consultant and Author, Thomas Barnett, Writes about the KIN.

One of the world’s most insightful and sought-after geopolitical and military affairs expert, Thomas Barnett, keynoted the KIN Fall Dialogue on November 9, 2009. He shared a sweeping, integrated view of the world today, likely trends and issues in the future and how, in his opinion, the US Government should address these challenges.

Barnett wrote about his experience at KIN on his blog. Read the posting.

Posted: October 9, 2009

KIN Dialogue: The KIN Fall Dialogue to be Held at Kellogg November 9-10.

Kellogg Innovation Network members will be participating in the KIN Fall Dialogue on November 9-10, 2009 on the Kellogg School of Management campus.

The topic for this dialogue "Managing Through Uncertainty. Mastering New Realities." will provide valuable perspectives on how to lead in our increasingly global, interconnected and competitive world.

A few of the leadership experts scheduled for the dialogue include: Jeffrey Scott, MD at Lexis Nexis and former CTO of Thomson Financial; Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett, Senior Managing Director of Enterra Solutions, LLC, and New York Times bestselling author of "The Pentagon’s New Map and Great Powers: America and the World after Bush"; and Dr. Jack Groppel, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute and author of The Corporate Athlete.

Posted: June 1, 2009

KIN Partners: KIN Collaborates with Colombian Companies to Promote Innovation.

As part of the continuing partnership between KIN Global and Colombian government, business and academic leaders, Robert C. Wolcott presented a keynote speech at an annual conference in Bogotá, sponsored by the Private Council for Competitiveness and Colciencias.

The Colombian delegation came to KIN Global 2009 in Chicago to share their learnings in rebuilding their economy through a focus on creating sustainable economies and cities.

As a follow-up, the delegation invited KIN members to participate in the event in Colombia to share how public/private partnerships can foster innovation and entrepreneurship—a keystone to lasting prosperity.

Posted: May 19, 2009

KIN Partners: (RED) joins KIN Global as Vision Partner

KIN Global announced today that (RED), which engages business and consumer power in an effort to help eliminate AIDS in Africa, will be a Vision Partner for KIN Global 2009.

(RED) will be a featured participant in the KIN’s upcoming international summit on “Building Global Prosperity: Innovation and Action” June 1 to 3 at the Kellogg School. In addition, the KIN and (RED) are developing a program of collaborative activities which will include MBA student internships at (RED) in 2010.

“The collaboration with (RED) reflects the goal of the Kellogg School of Management to help us redefine the role of leading business schools in the 21st century, moving beyond a limited notion of success to the more enlightened imperative of significance,” according to Kellogg School Dean Dipak C. Jain.

“We are pleased to join KIN Global and one of the world’s leading business schools to advance the dialogue about new models and new ideas to help build global prosperity,” said Susan Smith Ellis, CEO of (RED). “As a leader in thinking about business innovation, the Kellogg School will be an invaluable resource in meeting some of the world’s most difficult challenges and, we hope, helping us reach our goal of eliminating AIDS in Africa.”

Posted: April 6, 2009

KIN Community: Admiral James G. Stavridis to become the Next Commander of NATO

KIN Global is pleased to announce that Admiral James G. Stavridis, one of the original KIN Global Delegates and a strong partner to the KIN, has recently been nominated to become Commander of NATO, or more formally, "Supreme Allied Commander, European Command." Following confirmation, the Admiral will be the first naval officer to lead NATO. Stavridis heralds a new style of commander, focused on “smart power” over firepower. He is also an advocate for transparency and stronger public/private partnerships with the military.

We are privileged to welcome Admiral Stavridis to the Kellogg School of Management in June. One of the world's most innovative and inspiring senior commanders, the Admiral will help us understand the role of the military in securing peace and nation building—to support the pursuit of global prosperity to which we all aspire.

Posted: March 24, 2009

KIN Lectures: KIN Founder Robert C. Wolcott Delivered Keynote Speech for the World Business Dialogue in Cologne
Innovating Your Life: Applying the art and science of innovation to living a more inspiring, fulfilling and productive life.

Robert C. Wolcott, Founder and Executive Director of KIN Global, was a featured speaker at the 12th Annual World Business Dialogue in Cologne, Germany on April 1-2, 2009.

The theme of this year’s dialogue was: "The Integrated Challenge - China, Resources & Customer Revolution - Linked Drivers Demand Innovation." Professor Wolcott spoke on creating a culture of innovation within a corporation.

Other keynotes include: Franz Fehrenbach, Managing Director of Bosch; Herbert Hainer, CEO Adidas AG; Philipp Schindler, Managing Director Google Northern & Central Europe and Dr. Richard Hausmann President & CEO Siemens Ltd. China.

Later in the month of April, Professor Wolcott delivered a keynote speech at the University Club of New York in New York City. An adaptation of his concluding lecture for each of his MBA and EMBA classes, Professor Wolcott explored the factors that lead to breakthrough insights, and their translation to action. Through compelling and often entertaining insights from both history and our present condition, Wolcott challenges everyone to continually seek renewal through new perspectives, non-obvious connections and a deliberate, enlightened search for personal meaning.

In these troubled economic times, the session is relevant, engaging, unexpected… and perhaps even inspiring.

Posted: February 11, 2009

KIN Global Summit: Cello Maestro, Xavier Phillips to Perform
Music to provide creative spark at summit

On June 2, Xavier Phillips will fly from an engagement in Sao Paulo to join us in Chicago for an exclusive KIN Global 2009 performance. Creative excellence and inspiration are core tenets for game-changing innovation. KIN Global includes artists from across the creative sphere bringing an important dimension to our delegate mix.

Xavier Phillips has performed with a world-class list of orchestras including: Orchestre National de France, Philharmonique de Radio France, Berliner Symphoniker, Houston Symphony, BBC Scottish Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Filarmonica della Scala, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

Under the baton of his mentor, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Xavier Phillips made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovski’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Xavier Phillips plays on a Matteo Gofriller cello dated 1710. The cello was the favorite of Pablo Casals for nearly 30 years.

KIN Global would like to especially thank Dr. Hannjörg Hereth, one of Europe’s leading arts benefactors, for his role in personally sponsoring the performance on behalf of KIN Global.

January 29 - 30, 2009

KIN Dialogue: Innovating During Times of Trouble and Plenty
Defending & extending innovation when it matters most

The current economic situation challenges even the world's best-run companies to maintain the innovation faith. Investments in research and development, new market entry and new business creation are often at risk during difficult economic times. Conversely, when times are good, it can be harder to convince people to change.

Managing innovation requires vigilance and political acumen. KIN participants will discuss how to make a sound business case for preserving innovation infrastructure. The world's most successful innovators with offer their perspective for keeping innovation moving forward to ensure long-term growth.

The KIN Dialogue will be held at the U.S. Military Southern Command on the first day and then the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Miami Branch on the second day.

Posted: January 24, 2009

KIN Community: Building Global Prosperity
Growing prosperity one acre at a time

KIN Global recently completed a video highlighting a Kellogg alum, Andrew Youn, who has found a solution for extreme poverty in rural East Africa. His organization, the One Acre Fund, uses market forces to pull small plot farmers out of extreme poverty.

These 'market forces' include: - Providing farmers with micro-credit
- Collectively purchasing seed & fertilizer to keep the price down
- Education on how to maximize input
- Market access for their produce so farmers receive a fair price.

In just a few years, the One Acre Fund has helped 4,000 farm families in Kenya and Rwanda, grow enough food for themselves and provide funding for their childrens' education, better healthcare and more sturdy homes.

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Posted: January 19, 2009

KIN Global Summit: Building Global Prosperity
Welcoming an esteemed Colombian contingent

An important part of KIN Global is to provide examples of what works. This is why we are pleased to announce that a group of changemakers from Colombia will be delegates at our 2009 Summit. These representatives from government, business and academia will offer a well-rounded view on what it took to reinvent Colombia after decades of terror from the FARC.

Integral to their struggle against terrorism, was Colombia’s focus on building prosperity. The country took a multi-faceted approach to development, focusing not only on economics, but also investing in it’s people and environment. Colombia increased support for science and innovation education, improved public management, provided a safer water supply and improved public transportation to name a few.

People in government, business and academia were instrumental in returning security to Colombia, creating a stable environment that is a precursor to progress and prosperity. At the moment, the crucial relationship between peace and prosperity is being tested in many corners of the world. The Colombian delegation will offer important lessons for how to restore democratic stability and security in the wake of recent terrorist activities.

Colombian Delegates:

Juan Manuel Santos
Minister of Defense
Former Minister of Finance & Commerce
Government of Colombia

Carlos Angulo Galvis
Universidad de los Andes
Bogota, Colombia

Hernando José Gómez
CPC (Private Center for Competitiveness)

Andrés Hoyos
Founder and Chairman
El Malpensante Magazine

Fernando Restrepo
Chairman of the Board
Member of the Board of Directors
Universidad de los Andes

Pablo Restrepo
Founder, Senior Partner & President

Dr. Ricardo Rueda Sáenz
Chief of Reproductive Medicine
Fundación Santa Fé
Scientific Director
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Jorge Londoño Saldarriaga

September 9 – 10, 2008

KIN Dialogue: Optimizing the Marketing and R&D Relationship for Innovation Success

Research people are masters of the possible. Marketing people are masters of the desirable. How do you get R&D and Marketing to speak the same language? It starts by understanding how each group thinks and integrating the two teams early on in the development process.

At this Fall Dialogue, hosted by Herman Miller in Holland, Michigan, Anna Catalano, Former CMO of BP offered practical steps to achieve alignment between R&D and Marketing teams. Dr. Phil Kotler, SC Johnson Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management discussed how to maximize the relationship between the two, connecting a strategic marketing team with R&D to provide early insights into market opportunities, customer priorities, needs definitions and product characteristics. Author and Stevens Institute Professor Gary Lynn shared his insights from over a decade of research into what enables some products to become "blockbusters".

Holding the KIN Dialogue at Herman Miller allowed participants an exclusive preview on how Herman Miller brought to market the Embody chair, the worthy successor to their iconic Aeron chair. It is a case study on how to integrate R&D and Marketing to create innovation at a whole new level, focusing not just on creating a new office chair, but designing within a systemic new branding strategy, “For a better world around you.”

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