The third annual Innovation Officer Retreat brings together a diverse group of global innovation executives and is facilitated by recognized speakers and thought leaders.

Join us at The Ritz-Carlton on Coconut Grove in Miami, Florida on February 19th–21st, 2016 and engage in guided knowledge-sharing, hands-on working sessions and networking as we explore the challenges that trouble innovation leaders.

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Event Overview

Our interactive sessions were designed to promote knowledge-sharing between executives, shine a light on leading practices, and leave participants with actionable insights to pursue. The retreat acts as a “personal innovation board”—offering counseling, best practice research and collaboration. Attendees engaged in:  

Hours of networking opportunities with hand-selected senior-level executives

Guided knowledge sharing and challenge swaps with other top executives

Hands-on working sessions led by top facilitators with deep industry knowledge from varied perspectives

Not your typical presentation-centric event; no talking heads, no death-by-PowerPoint

Fun, delicious and engaging meals and activities outside of the work room

Agenda: Engage & Network

Innovation Under Siege: Funding and Delivering Innovation in a Challenging Financial Environment

Thursday, Feb 18 2016

Evening Welcome Reception

Friday, Feb 19 2016

Conference 8am–5pm
Evening Activity & Dinner 6pm–9pm
Welcome & Formal Introductions
Session 1: Planning for Internal and External Innovation
Gene Slowinski, Ph.D.
Session 2: Exploring Business Model Innovation
Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassman

Saturday, Feb 20 2016

Conference 8am–5pm
Evening Activity & Dinner 6pm–9pm
Welcome & Formal Introductions
Session 3: Funding and Prioritizing Innovation
Bill Poston
Session 4: Hot Topic Discussion

Sunday, Feb 21 2016

Morning Wrap-up and Breakfast

Speaker Bios

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann

University of St. Gallen, Institute of Technology Management

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann is professor of Technology and Innovation Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and managing director of the Institute of Technology Management. He has published 12 books and more than 250 highly cited articles in leading journals.  His research focuses on the core question, how to lead innovation in order to gain competitive advantage. 

Bill Poston

Founding Partner

Bill is a founding partner of Kalypso and brings over 25 years of professional and management consulting experience to our clients. He runs operations and business development for the firm while leading a Portfolio and Pipeline Management practice and serving clients in technology-driven industries.

Gene Slowinski, Ph.D.

Director, Open Innovation Research
Rutgers University

Gene Slowinski is the Director of Strategic Alliance and Open Innovation Research at the Graduate School of Management, Rutgers University and Managing Partner of the Alliance Management Group, a consulting firm devoted to the formation and management of strategic alliances. For the last 25 years Dr. Slowinski has consulted and conducted research on the formation and management of strategic alliances, joint development agreements and marketing alliances.

Who's Attending

An intimate group of senior executives who are directly accountable for innovation results within their organizations. To keep the event intimate and impactful, delegate attendance at the Innovation Officer Retreat is limited to qualified titles and by invitation only. Spouses welcome.


The conference participation fee of USD $6,000 includes the costs of all conference sessions, hotel, meals and social events organized for you and your guest as part of the conference agenda and conference documentation for you. Fee does not include travel costs.

Kalypso’s Elite Facilitation Team

Cumulatively, these innovation specialists offer over 150 years of experience helping business leaders transform their organizations to deliver innovation results.










Advisory Board

Cumulatively, these innovation specialists offer over 200 years of experience helping business leaders transform their organizations to deliver innovation results.

Stephan Altmann


Cor Bosselaar


Valerio Nannini


Phil Perkins

Bush Brothers & Company

Mauro Piloni

Whirlpool R&D

Michael Scharff

Scharff Advisors, Inc.

Paul Siracusa

Church & Dwight

Jos Sluys

Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE)

Jon Wilson



2014 Event

On April 11, 2014 Kalypso held its inaugural Innovation Officer Retreat. The weekend-long hands-on workshop was held in Miami and filled with a diverse set of innovation executives collaborating, sharing, and working through the tough challenges they face every day.

It was an honor to advise the executives that are accountable for delivering innovation results within many leading organizations. From these leaders we have heard their desire for an intimate event that broke away from the traditional model of presentation-based executive summits.

Download the key takeaways from the inaugural event.

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