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To Innovate Is To Embrace Change –
Is Your Organisation Ready?

Welcome to the Innovation Leadership Forum

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About the Innovation Leadership Forum

Innovation is firmly on the agenda for most organisations today yet translating intent into reality remains often a major challenge.

Innovation doesn’t just happen.

Just asking for (more) innovation is not enough. In addition to curiosity, creativity and the skills of developing and implementing, innovation requires above all space, space to challenge and question, experiment and explore.

Innovation needs to be understood in context.

In order to be able to improve conditions for innovation we need to start by understanding the organisations’ specific context and starting point. While looking at Best Practice is useful, it is not sufficient. Best Practice needs to be translated into context, and extended to become Leading Practice.

Innovation happens through connecting different bodies of knowledge.

Not much is truly new which is why innovation thrives on diversity and the appreciation of different perspectives and points of view.

Innovation is a never ending journey.

With a context that changes faster than ever before, the best possible solutions of today might be out of date by tomorrow. Only if we build in space to challenge and question whether how and what we do remains relevant and appropriate, we will be able to identify the opportunities that enable us to shape and secure our future.

Dr. Bettina von Stamm created the Innovation Leadership Forum to share and spread her passion for understanding and enabling innovation.

Like to be inspired by innovation-related events, news and other innovation-related activities ? Then you will enjoy our ‘regular irregular’ mailouts!

What we get up to

Bespoke Inspiration

Keynotes at and moderation of corporate events and conferences to inspire, instil a different understanding of innovation, and offer actionable insights


You would like to make your organisation more innovative – but where to start? We offer a variety of tools to support you on your innovation journey.

Learning Experiences

Through bespoke workshops, study tours and other experiential offering we provide relevant and effective input into your corporate learning journey.

What people say about our work …

Recent Engagements

  • We gain great benefit from the Innovation Leadership Forum [Networking Group]. It acts as a trusted network of professional innovators with the added benefit of some academic learning on the subject brought by Bettina. We use it both to learn and share best practice in Innovation and make new connections to accelerate our work in Fundraising Innovation. I’d strongly recommend it as a network for any Innovation team wanting to learn from others in the field.

    Clare CottonVenture Catalyst, Cancer Research UK
  • I just wanted to thank you personally for your presentation yesterday – it was stimulating, challenging and enjoyable – all at the same time!

    Linda GreigDirector of Commercialisation and Business Development, Carnegie College, Scotland
  • When a colleague asked me how to go about finding out about innovation I told him there was only one place to start: Bettina and the Innovation Leadership Forum.

    Mark RichardsonVP Research and Technology at Smith & Nephew Wound Management. United Kingdom
  • In a role where one is never supported by those who are supported by the current state of things, it is so empowering to be encouraged by others who strive to sustain critical change. ILF has become more like a family. We have shared in successes and failures across a great diversity of different business models and cultures, and this has brought us close.

    David OvertonInnovation Manager, Ordnance Survey
  • The Innovation Leadership forum is an excellent networking community for sharing ideas about innovation best practice. Marks and Spencer have found membership highly beneficial, stimulating and importantly enjoyable! The extended network of non competing businesses has been invaluable in helping shape innovation strategy and continues to provide stimulus for challenging the business status quo.

    Simon ColbeckHead of Technology, Marks & Spencer
  • I have been a strong participant of the Innovation Leadership Forum Networking Group and have got so much from the members and from discussions and sharing ideas on innovation with Bettina.

    Eric Hobson, Head of Quality and OrganisationRWE Technology
  • Bettina is an absolute pleasure to work with and has a very approachable style. She provided such clear insight into a project I was handling at the time around instilling Innovation culture into an organisation. I would have no hesitation in recommending her as an expert.

    Alan Mc GiltonBusiness Development Manager, Hibernian Insurance, Ireland
  • Just ……….. great !!!! Thanks again to all of you, for the work, for the professionalism, and for the atmosphere !

    And thanks to the speakers who were outstanding. All feed backs I got are enthusiastic.

    Claude Jeanne DubreuilGeneral Counsel/Corporate Secretar, Astrium
  • I had the pleasure of working with Bettina at the recent ISPIM conference on "Open Innovation" where she gave an excellent keynote address on "The innovative organisation - a question of collaboration".

    I was impressed by Bettina's professionalismand knowledge as well her bubbly personality and I look forward to working with her again soon.

    Iain BitranExecutive Director at ISPIM
  • “Excellent, stretching, easy to listen to. Slides and quotes very informative.” “Good and different.” “Pragmatic and inspirational.” “Some useful concepts to take away." “Very interesting look into innovation. Much more of an educational session." “She appeared to have so much of value to say - I could have cheerfully listened to her for longer and would have valued the experience.”

    Feedback from Senior Executives attending‘Leadership for Innovation’ conference organsied by the British Quality Foundation and the Leadership Trust
  • I so enjoyed reviewing the work and reflecting on your class. You have been a true light for innovation leadership and I am glad to know you.

    Michelle S. RoyalCEO & Founder, Royal Innovation Design Group
  • I was deeply impressed by your appearance during the Advanced Track at the D.school.

    Your lecture was very intense and inspiring, you had a super-competent and strong, yet feminine and friendly apparel and became immediately one of the women that are able to be a role model for me.

    Roberta JordanCreative Business Designer & Project Wizard
  • It's nice to meet you in the workshop. I really enjoy it. One thing want to share with you is that I feel very relax in your lesson that is why I enjoys so much. That inspires me a lot as an educator and a project manager how to make students as well as participants contributes and get involved without any burden in their mind and heart...

    Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness to share everything with us at the same time make it a unique & enjoyable learning experience. It is really impressive!

    Daisy Ng Shuk YinLecturer in Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) / VTC

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If you bring people with open minds together from different industries and functional and educational backgrounds, it is amazing how much you can learn and understand in a short space of time.

Bettina von Stamm, Innovation Leadership Forum

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Do you have any questions or thoughts in the context of innovation then please get in touch!

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