We invite you to join us on Friday, October 1st for The Practical Innovator, a half-day, virtual executive education program featuring senior faculty from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management who teach innovation, along with business leaders who are experienced in innovation.
We are pleased to offer our Chicago Innovation mailing list a discounted price of $500 to attend this program. Your virtual classmates will be Chicago's leading innovators who will come together to learn and discuss innovation best practices and strategies.


Tom Kuczmarski, Co-founder, Chicago Innovation
Luke Tanen, Executive Director, Chicago Innovation
Professor Tom Kuczmarski | President Kuczmarski Innovation; Co-founder, Chicago Innovation
Thomas D. Kuczmarski, president of Kuczmarski Innovation, is a nationally recognized expert in the innovation of new products and services. Over the course of his career he has helped hundreds of clients, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations, learn to systematically unlock the value of innovation. The author of eight books and many articles, he has also taught product and service innovation at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management for over 40 years.
Professor Mohan Sawhney | McCormick Foundation Chair of Technology; Clinical Professor of Marketing; Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation | Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management
Mohan Sawhney, named by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the 25 Most Influential People in e-Business, is a globally recognized thought leader in strategic marketing and the digital world. He has authored five books, published research in leading international journals, and won multiple awards for teaching and research. He advises and speaks to Global 2000 firms and governments worldwide.
Professor James Conley | Clinical Professor of Technology, Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management
James Conley serves on the faculty of both the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. He is a faculty contributor in the Kellogg Center for Research in Technology & Innovation and serves as a Faculty Fellow at the Segal Design Institute. His research investigates the strategic use of intangible assets and intellectual properties to build and sustain competitive advantage.
Angelo Bufalino | Shareholder | Vedder Price
Angelo Bufalino is a Shareholder at Vedder Price. He counsels clients in patent, trademark and copyright matters, and has appeared in U.S. federal district and appellate court litigation, in inter partes proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Angelo received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Tope Sadiku | Global Head of Digital Employee Experience, Kraft Heinz
With an eclectic background in finance, economics, psychology and technology, Tope has partnered with multiple Fortune 500 companies, integrating her academic knowledge and practical experience to drive profitability in a more responsible conscientious manner. She has worked with Kraft Heinz for the past four years and has recently relocated from London to Chicago. Currently serving as their Global Head of Employee Digital Experience, Tope’s focus is to increase employee productivity and creativity with the use of Technology. She would describe herself as incurably curious and enjoys learning from the most abstract places. Tope is a keen fitness fanatic, starting each day with an hour of high intensity exercise. She believes this is the key to her focus, determination and resilience.
Lily Yeung | Director of Corporate Development at Molex, LLC and Vice President of Molex Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Molex
Blending expertise in finance, research and analysis, and emerging technologies, Lily now serves on the frontline, fostering innovation at Molex and within the electronics industry. She is responsible for promoting the entrepreneurial ecosystem by working directly with forward-thinking startups, incubators, angel groups, venture capital firms and corporate venture capital groups. By making strategic equity investments in promising early stage companies, Molex Ventures nurtures startups with the greatest potential to make a positive impact on industries and society.
John Higginson | Chief Technology Officer, Groupon
John Higginson has served as Groupon’s Chief Technology Officer since January 2020. John oversees the company’s global engineering and product organization and is responsible for Groupon’s technical and product strategies to deliver the best possible experience for consumers and merchants. In addition, John manages the company’s infrastructure and information security functions. John is also actively involved in the Chicago tech community supporting D&I organizations for women and minorities and serving as a mentor for early-stage companies. Prior to Groupon, he served as CTO for Enova International, a publicly-traded,
Chicago-based FinTech company. Before Enova, John ran technology at Wheels, Inc., FTD and Applied Systems.
Greg Hedges | Managing Director, Protiviti
Greg Hedges is a founding Managing Director of Protiviti, the leading global risk consultancy with thousands of professionals in 72 offices in 21 countries. He helps CEOs and board members explore and understand the challenges and opportunities they face with emerging technologies. Greg then works to devise strategies on how technology and analytics might improve business operations. He has more than 35 years' experience helping clients deploy these solutions in secure ways.