Short Circuit: How to Innovate an Unfair Advantage

Setting yourself up to stand out

What is an innovation short circuit?

Innovation SHORT CIRCUITS, delivered by industry experts and influencers, are topic-based conversation sessions that help students gain expertise in innovation mindset, skills and practices.

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Short Circuit: How to Innovate an Unfair Advantage

February 12, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored by:

ISU Creativity Innovators — an interdisciplinary corps from theatre, design, music, and the arts — and ISU Student Innovation Center

  • Lance LaDuke, Serial Innovator, Carnegie Mellon; Teaching Professor, Music Entrepreneurship


Who is Lance LaDuke?

Lance LaDuke is an internationally known educator, writer, speaker and performer. He has performed with some of the finest ensembles in the country, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Brass Band of Battle Creek and the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has taught and/or given masterclasses at world renown universities and conservatories, including Juilliard, the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Tatui Conservatory in Brazil. He has appeared on over thirty recordings, has produced ten others and has toured extensively throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia, performing in over 25 countries and all 50 states. His performances have been seen and heard on countless television and radio programs and Lance has appeared onstage with such legendary artists as Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Morton Gould, Morgan Freeman, and Frederick Fennell .Lance is the Assistant Teaching Professor in Euphonium and Music Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University. He serves as Coordinator of Special and Creative Projects, director of the Tartan Tuba Band and co-creator of the Exploded Ensemble, an experimental electro-acoustic ensemble. Lance is a former member of international touring quintet Boston Brass, the United States Air Force Band in Washington DC and the River City Brass Band, the only full-time professional brass band in the country.


  • What the experience of creativity and arts teachings us as innovators, influencers and professional contributors
  • Why “impatience” is a key component for innovation
  • How to set yourself up for success by diversifying your experiences and skillset
  • How to build a self and global inventory to strategically position yourself as UNIQUE in competition with others
  • Why excellence in technical execution of your skill set is not enough to advance your academic and professional ambitions


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