Thursday, June 6, 2019 
from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Knoll Inc. Showroom
1330 Avenue of the Americas
Floor 2
New York, NY 10019

6:00pm - Open doors & Networking
6:30pm - Panel
7:30pm - Q&A
8:00pm - 9:00pm - Wrap up & Networking 


Innovation is disruptive. The kind of investment you need to review, build, and rebuild can be monumental depending on the stakeholders involved. If you’re leading innovation you have to change a point of view and there will certainly be resistance.

That said, everyone wants a piece of the innovation pie, from new found startups to corporations who’ve been around for decades. Employers want talent who can do everything and talent are seeking transformational experiences in corporations with incubators and design labs. But what we’re hearing is quite different.

While there are valid companies that truly need innovation and are ready to support it, some companies are not clear on what it is they need and end up under-supporting their investment in innovation. For other companies, the ruse of innovation is becoming a tactic to win over top talent who are put to work on menial initiatives. We’re hearing more and more stories where corporation enterprises that have had years of investment in design and innovation have downsized, diluted or even disbanded these divisions. Design departments are getting smaller to the point where, in some corporations, there are none. Roles in corporations are now more vertically diverse with requirements from big picture vision to still being hands-on with Solidworks skills.

In some companies innovation is now just a plaque on the door of a department and the people have innovation titles but the work they are doing is no longer innovative – it’s just a requisition sent down by engineering or marketing depending on how the corporation is originated.

What does it mean to build an innovation department?
Are companies using innovation as a facade?
Where is innovation truly being invested?
Where is innovation needed most?
Most of all, how is this affecting you and your teams?

Join us as we unpack The Evolution of “Innovation”.

The Speakers

Justin Coble, Senior Strategist of Human Centered Design, Guardian Life

Betsy Goodrich
, VP & Co-Founder, Manta Product Development Inc

Adam Wendel, Director Experience Design & Strategy, McKinsey & Company

Jordan Nollman, Founder, Sprout Studios

Angela Yeh (moderator), Founder and Chief Talent Strategist, Yeh IDeology

About The Location


Located in the same Midtown neighborhood where Hansa and Florence Knoll opened their first showroom in 1938, their New York showroom features a range of workplace planning ideas incorporating contemporary furniture in tandem with textiles and related architectural materials. The space also features classic and new residential furniture designs.

The Knoll New York team maintains relationships with local chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); American Society Of Interior Designers (ASID); Global Association for Corporate Real Estate (CoreNET); International Facility Management Association (IFMA); and International Interior Design Association (IIDA).