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February 15, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Beyond The Idea – Creating a Culture of Innovation in Any Organization

This event is part of the 20Fathoms Idea to Execution event series.

This 90 minute interactive workshop is designed as an introduction to creating innovation-ready cultures inside any organization.

The session will be led by Bill Palladino from Krios Consulting, a 20Fathoms member. The information, tools, and techniques provided in the workshop are based on research from two professors at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble. These researchers and best-selling authors of Beyond The Idea and The Other Side of Innovation have worked with companies around the world to find examples of innovation strategies that work and those that have failed. The session will include discussion of an innovation model created from observing organizations that succeed extraordinarily well at executing innovation.

Workshop instructor and consultant Bill Palladino has worked with hundreds of companies, nonprofits, and governments around the globe teaching innovation, change management, and positive psychology in the workplace. He was a partner with Govindarajan and Trimble in creating their innovation parable How Stella Saved the Farm and training workshops of the same name. Several copies of the authors’ books will be given out to lucky participants in the session.

Event format:

This is an in-person event and lunch will be provided. There is no charge to attend.

Space is limited. Please register.

Who should attend:

The workshop is open to the public and suitable for start-ups and long-standing businesses.

  • Start-up entrepreneurs who are looking to understand the role of innovation as part of their new businesses.
  • Existing owners or managers seeking ways to become more innovative without sacrificing their current business strengths.

What you can expect:

Participants will:

  • Learn a new definition of innovation.
  • Understand that every business needs to be innovative in their own way.
  • Learn several case studies of failures and successes at innovation.
  • Walk away with a toolkit for identifying and applying best practices to create a culture of innovation in any organization
  • Be introduced to the innovation work of Dartmouth researchers, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, among others. (Two of their books will be given away as prizes in the workshop.)

About the speaker:

Through his company, Krios Consulting, Bill Palladino has provided facilitation, coaching, and consulting to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, health systems, community groups, and governmental agencies around the world. He has worked extensively in the healthcare field with Kaiser-Permanente, Pfizer, Sun Pharma, Sanofi, the CDC, Genesis Health Systems, and others. Another core of clients comes from school systems around the U.S. and Canada, including Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) in Flint Michigan, the Toronto District School Board, Winnipeg Public Schools, Harvard Schools in Illinois, Knoxville Public Schools in Iowa, and Boone County Schools in Kentucky. Rounding out the client list are business and governmental agencies including Farmer’s Insurance, USAA Insurance, Eaton, Disney, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Grand Traverse County, Honor Bank, TBA Credit Union, and the Traverse Area Human Resources Association (TAHRA.)

Bill also has a partnership arrangement with The International Thought Leader Network, a corporate training service based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Outcomes of this partnership include the development of educational content for best-selling authors, including John Kotter, Chris Trimble, Vijay Govindarajan, Joel Barker, and Shawn Achor. His focus is to bring their academic research and intellectual property to life by creating dynamic workshops and presentations that provide lasting benefits to clients. In the Grand Traverse region, Bill is known for his past roles as economic development director at Networks Northwest, as regional director of the Michigan Small Business Development Centers (SBTDC), and as CEO of Taste the Local Difference. He serves on the board of TCNewTech, a nonprofit that supports building a technology ecosystem in northern Michigan. He also volunteers regularly with Norte and Safe Harbor. When he’s not traveling the world for his clients, Bill lives in Kingsley, Michigan.

Thank you to our lunch sponsor!

About 20Fathoms

20Fathoms is the home of technology and entrepreneurship in Northern Michigan. We catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship through startup incubation services, business workshops, community partnership, and a vibrant coworking space. We also remove barriers and accelerate career growth through tech career training, talent acquisition, and the advancement of regional strategic initiatives.


February 15, 2023
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


10850 E. Traverse Hwy, Ste. 4400
Traverse City, MI 49684 United States
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