Spark 2019: Grit to Great

7:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
(1375 East Ninth Street, 2nd Floor)

Spark 2019 is a half-day leadership symposium on innovation and disruption. Learn to:

  • “Flip” your mindset and look at issues and our community in a whole new light.
  • “Spark” insights and new ideas through this new lens.
  • “Leap” into action and overcome the inertia of uncertainty.
  • “Team” up and collaborate effectively.

Get out of your comfort zone, be curious, and start innovating.

7:30 a.m. Registration & breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome
8:15 a.m. Opening keynote
9:15 a.m. Spark Lab Session 1
10:30 a.m. Spark Lab Session 2
11:45 a.m. Lunch & final Spark Lab

$75 Early registration (through July 31)
$25 Student price


How it works
Each Spark Labs session will feature four concurrent labs (topics below). Attend your lab of choice from each of the two sessions, then join everyone for the final Spark Lab to bring it all together. The Spark Lab sessions will feature facilitated discussions with those who have successfully leveraged these ideas with positive results, as well as interactive components to hone your skills.

  • Spark Lab Topics


    Embrace Failure
    Have the courage to take risks and view failures as steppingstones. Give yourself permission to fail. Own those failures and view them as a series of experiments and keep iterating.

    Adopt a Beginners’ Mindset
    Set aside assumptions to gain new perspectives. Cultivate curiosity, look at the world with a fresh perspective, and flip your thinking from, “I already know about that” to “That is interesting!”

    Stop Planning, Start Acting
    Make the leap from ideas to action. Innovation can be stunted by traditional ways of doing things and getting stuck in the planning loop. Move quickly from design to implementation.

    Collaborate for Innovation
    Build collaboration within teams and across sectors. Build trust across diverse teams and draw on the whole brain of your community, not just from top leadership.


    Create a Culture of Innovation
    Cultivate a creative team that thinks outside the box. Dedicate space to innovation, encourage creative thinking, and build trust across all levels.

    Nurture Empathy
    Gain a deep understanding of others’ viewpoints. Get your ego out of the way. Seek the perspective of those facing the challenge you’re trying to solve and find out why they do what they do.

    Prototype for Innovation
    Launch innovation cycles to learn by doing. Create a culture of prototyping and rapid innovation cycles to gain invaluable data and feedback early in the design process and increase your success rates.

    Reframe Challenges
    Open your mind and recognize learning moments. Step back from obvious solutions, humanize challenges, and alter your point of view to uncover the real issue.