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Innovating With Purpose
Innovating With Purpose
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." – Albert Einstein

In business, innovation potential is everywhere. Some companies use a deliberate path to innovation, and their strategies are usually "top-down" and unambiguous. In contrast, others adopt more non-linear strategies, unstructured and emergent approaches, often "bottom-up" and flexible. But should these approaches be mutually exclusive? Or is there a way to create an equilibrium between linear or non-linear innovation? Could we facilitate a top-down approach to innovation by ensuring that bottom-up ideas submitted by the employees are strategically aligned? And where do we start?

Let's find out!

We've invited Jennifer Downey, Director of Innovation at Turner Construction Company -as she plays a key role in guiding overall strategy and leading the efforts on the company's Innovation Summit and Innovation Challenge programs- to share more about nurturing bottom-up innovation while also aligning employees' ideas with the overall business goals.

We'll talk about:
-What is the Innovation Challenge program
-How to define the areas of opportunity with Problem Framing
-How to change mindsets and collaborate better with Design Sprints

Join us for a fireside chat with Jennifer Downey on October 26th at 6:00 PM CET to gain new insights and practical tips on optimizing deliberate innovation and concurrently identify, test, and develop emergent innovation.
Design Sprint Training & Facilitation.
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Jennifer Downey
Director Innovation @Turner Construction
As director of innovation, Jennifer brings a love of innovation and passion for improvement to Turner. Jennifer plays a key role in guiding overall strategy and leads efforts on the company’s Innovation Summit and Innovation Challenge programs, and the further development of initiatives stemming from innovation management. This includes leading cross-functional teams to pioneer transformative advancements that could shape the future of the industry, reinvent how we work, and improve people’s lives. Jennifer also focuses on the research and potential applications of emerging trends in the construction industry. Jennifer comes from an architectural background of practice in Virginia and New York. She holds an architectural license in the State of New York and is a LEED AP with a Building Design & Construction specialty. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, reading, and spending time with her family including her eight-year-old twins.