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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With a context that changes faster than ever before, the best possible solutions of today might be out of date by tomorrow.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 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.

Corporate Education

Through bespoke workshops, keynotes or research projects we offer relevant and effective input into your corporate learning journey.


Recent Engagements

  • 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
  • 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
  • Many thanks for embracing our D.confestival experiment so full-heartedly. You have delivered an incredible performance. We got a lot of excellent feedback for your moderation and chairing of the breakout sessions.

    Professor Claudia NicolaiGeneral Program Manager und Lecturer HPI School of Design Thinking
  • A lot of innovation and best practice reports come across my desk. The only one worth reading is the one written by Bettina!

    Steve WilsonDirector of Innovation, Diageo
  • It has been a pleasure to meet you... I really liked your class and I have appreciated the self-knowledge part of it a lot; the Totem Cards are a very powerful tool :- )

    Nancy MarcosFounder, Umanologa, Mexico
  • Thank you so very much for coming to DePaul today, and for delivering such informative and intellectually stimulating presentations to our faculty and students. I already received e-mails and calls from some of the people who attended the luncheon about how much they enjoyed your talk. After you left my class, the students also expressed their appreciation about how much they enjoyed the discussion and all they learned.

    I am very grateful to you for your willingness to speak to our groups. It is thrilling to have the opportunity to meet and learn from an outstanding innovation leader. Thank you for contributing to our knowledge by sharing your insights and research experience.

    Lisa GundryProfessor of Management, DePaul University, Chicago
  • "None of us are short of information sent our way, but Innovation News strikes the right balance of breadth and depth. I like its mix of learning events, gatherings, leading-edge innovation practice, relevant research,  provocation and support. It's a great resource if you're curious about how the world is changing and who's changing it."

    Rob SheffieldDirector, Bluegreen Learning

Members – Past & Present

Interested in becoming a member?

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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

We'd love to hear from you

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

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