Innovation Strategist John Kao to Speak in Indianapolis, Evansville September 17

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Institute for Global Enterprise, part of the Schroeder School of Business at the University of Evansville, will host innovation strategist John Kao in Indianapolis and Evansville on Tuesday, September 17. As part of the Institute Speaker Series, Kao will discuss global competitive innovation for organizations, nations, and individuals.

Kao’s appearance in Indianapolis is presented in partnership with the Rotary Club of Indianapolis. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. local time, and Kao will speak at noon at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 650 N. Meridian St. Each ticket costs $20 and includes lunch. Guests may purchase a maximum of four tickets through the University of Evansville website or calling 812-488-2706, or through the Rotary Club of Indianapolis at or 317-631-3733.

Kao will speak that evening in Evansville at 7:00 p.m. local time at the Victory Theatre, 600 Main St. This event is free and open to the public, with no tickets required. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and seating is first come, first served; however, guests planning to attend the complimentary event in Evansville may pre-register online to receive preferred seating. A confirmation email will be sent the week of the event with instructions for seating. For more information, please contact the Institute for Global Enterprise at 812-488-2455 or

Kao – dubbed “Mr. Creativity” and “a serial innovator” by The Economist – is a leading authority on innovation, organizational transformation, and emerging technologies. Over the past two decades, he has been a trusted advisor to senior leaders of both public and private sector organizations in the development of innovation strategies and capabilities. He has advised the governments of Finland and Singapore on their innovation strategies, as well as leading firms such as Nike, Intel, and BASF. Kao also chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Innovation and the Institute for Large Scale Innovation.

Kao is the author of Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity and Innovation Nation: How America is Losing Its Innovation Edge, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do to Get It Back. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MD from Yale School of Medicine. Kao is also a Tony-nominated producer of film and stage, and spent a summer playing keyboards for Frank Zappa.

The Institute for Global Enterprise wishes to thank Old National Bank for their generous support of this Institute Speaker Series event.

The Institute for Global Enterprise is funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

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