Spark 2019: Grit to Great

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2019
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.

Timeline
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
12:15 p.m. Final Spark Lab

Pricing
$100 General registration
$25 Student price

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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.

Fresh Innovators Awards
In partnership with FreshWater Cleveland, we are presenting the 2019 Fresh Innovators awards at Spark. For this inaugural year, we are proud to honor:

  • Stephanie Buda, The Kids of 216
  • Tom Gill (CEF 2010, CLI 2009), Urban Community School
  • Jacqueline E. Gillon, Black Environmental Leaders
  • Shelly Gracon, GLO Cleveland Inc.
  • Keynote

    Tom Merrill
    Master Facilitator
    ExperiencePoint Inc.

    Relevant, engaging and interactive, Tom Merrill welcomes every audience with a warm style that quickly invites and inspires participants to take action. With a doctoral degree in music and as an active composer and conductor, he finds that his formal training in music offers an unique perspective into creativity, human-centered design, and innovation.

    In Cincinnati, Tom has worked with The Kroger Company, 84.51, Western and Southern Financial, the Castellini Group of Companies, and many local start-ups. In his capacity with ExperiencePoint, Tom has facilitated sessions for the learning and development arms of Microsoft, Cisco Systems, State Farm Insurance, Nationwide Insurance, Watson Scientific, Exelon, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, and numerous other Fortune 500 companies. In the summer of 2018, he was a featured facilitator for supporting Syrian refugees at the C2 conference in Montreal.

    Tom is one of four internal Mater Facilitators for ExperiencePoint. He has a passion for cooking and when he has time, loves to prepare multi-course meals for friends and family. Tom and his wife, Theresa, reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Spark Lab Topics

    SESSION 1

    Have Courage to Embrace Failure

    Sponsored by Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

    Embracing failure is a necessary component of innovation. Learn to view failures as a series of experiments, glean insights from each “experiment,” and rapidly iterate. Discover. Discover how the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland had the courage to take risks and learn from the results through The Innovation Mission – a fellowship program aimed at ending poverty.

    Introduction by:
    Lenora Inez Brown (CLI 2019), Senior Fellow, Cleveland Leadership Center

    Presenters:
    Dennis Beatrice, The Innovation Mission innovation coach
    Hazel Remesch, The Innovation Mission Fellow
    Bill Leamon, The Innovation Mission Fellow

    Adopt a Beginner’s Mindset

    Learn to check your assumptions and to view the world through fresh eyes. Start viewing the familiar through a new lens and shift your mindset from, “I already know about that” to “isn’t that interesting?” Hear how the Lead Safe Coalition – a public-private partnership – stepped back from the way things have traditionally been done and started to look at the lead issue with a new perspective, leading to sweeping changes to regulations and interventions.

    Introduction by:
    Nicholas Aylward (CLI 2018), Director of College and Young Professional Programs, Cleveland Leadership Center

    Presenters:
    Blaine Griffin (LC2 2015, LC 2014), Councilman, Ward 6, City of Cleveland
    Daniel Cohn, Vice President, Strategy, The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation

    Stop Planning, Start Acting

    Innovation is about quickly turning ideas into action and not getting stuck in the planning phase. Tradition (processes and ways of thinking) and waiting for the perfect plan can stifle innovation and creativity. Learn why “leap”ing into action early in the design process leads to more success and hear from MetroHealth on how they embraced these concepts to jumpstart their Transformation project.

    Introduction by:
    Jody Bonhard (CBB 2017), Director of Cleveland Bridge Builders, Cleveland Leadership Center

    Presenter:
    Jane Platten (LC 2010), Chief of Staff, The MetroHealth System

    Collaborate for Innovation

    Collaboration works best when there are people from different backgrounds and perspectives on your team and there is trust across the team. It is important to draw on the “whole brain” of the community (great ideas are everywhere) and include individuals from all levels, from the front lines to top leadership. Learn how to cultivate a collaborative environment and learn how PNC have leveraged cross-sector collaboration to successfully address complex community challenges.

    Introduction by:
    Robert P. Kirschner (CLI 2012), Director of Leadership Cleveland, Cleveland Leadership Center

    Presenters:
    Patrick Pastore (LC 2011), Northern Ohio Regional President, PNC Bank
    Erin Deimling (CBB 2012), Client & Community Relations Director, PNC Foundation
    Brian Williams (LC 2019, CLI 2017), Executive Director, PNC Fairfax Connection

    SESSION 2

    Create a Culture of Innovation

    Creating a culture of innovation requires leadership to think outside of the box, to gain buy-in at all levels, and to build trust along the way. Innovative cultures build creativity into existing processes, encourage creative thinking, and dedicate space to innovation. Learn how Fifth Third Bank, Parker Hannifin Corporation, and The Lubrizol Corporation have used these concepts to create an organization-wide environment that fosters creativity and innovation.

    Introduction by:
    Robert P. Kirschner (CLI 2012), Director of Leadership Cleveland, Cleveland Leadership Center

    Presenters:
    Joseph DiRocco (LC 2015), Regional President Northeast Ohio, Fifth Third Bank
    Craig Maxwell, Corporate Vice President of Technology and Innovation, Parker Hannifin Corporation
    Julie Edgar (LC 2019), Vice President Innovation, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Lubrizol Corporation

    Nurture Empathy

    Embracing empathy is the core component of human-centered design as it leads to a unique perspective and helps you uncover unspoken needs and barriers. You must see things through the eyes of those who face the challenges and understand their perspectives and thought processes. This requires you to put aside your own ego. Explore the concept of empathy – what it is, how you can employ it – and learn skills and techniques that increase your ability to understand and embrace the viewpoint of those you serve.

    Introduction by:
    Jody Bonhard (CBB 2017), Director of Cleveland Bridge Builders, Cleveland Leadership Center

    Presenter:
    Adrianne Crawford Fletcher, PhD, LISW, LCSW, Assistant dean for diversity and inclusion, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

    Prototype for Innovation

    Sponsored by Saint Luke’s Foundation

    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. Help the four Fresh Innovators address issues/advance ideas by prototyping solutions.

    Introduction by:
    Nicholas Aylward (CLI 2018), Director of College and Young Professional Programs, Cleveland Leadership Center

    • Robert McSween, The Kids of 216
    • Tom Gill (CEF 2010, CLI 2009), Urban Community School
    • Jacqueline E. Gillon, Black Environmental Leaders
    • Shelly Gracon, GLO Cleveland Inc.

    Reframe Challenges

    Cultivating creativity requires an open mind. Stepping back from obvious solutions, humanizing challenges, altering your point of view, and asking compelling questions to better understand a situation are instrumental in uncovering the true issue(s). Hear how First Year Cleveland uncovered the root causes of Cuyahoga County’s astronomically high infant mortality rate – one of the highest in the country – and how they are using creative and innovative approaches to address them.

    Introduction by:
    Lenora Inez Brown (CLI 2019), Senior Fellow, Cleveland Leadership Center

    Presenter:
    Katrice Cain (CLI 2016, CEBC 2013), Racial Disparities Program Director, First Year Cleveland

    CLOSING SESSION

    Bringing It All Together

    Leadership is the process of influencing others toward a common vision. Conclude the conference with a thought-provoking and interactive discussion on our collective path forward. Scott Allen will spark dialogue, provide insights, and challenge you to re-think your role as a leader as we explore innovative ways to thrive as a city and a region.

    Presenter:
    Scott Allen, PhD, Standard Products – Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management, Boler College of Business, John Carroll University

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