Innovation Circuit Series

Innovation Circuit Series


Innovation Circuits, delivered by industry experts and influencers, are immersive topically linked sessions that give students an opportunity to gain expertise, innovate, and contribute meaningfully. Innovation Circuits trainings may be one-off, hour long conversations, or they may be a series of trainings over the course of the school year. These sessions help students gain expertise in innovation mindset, skills, and practices.

Upcoming Circuits

Innovator Readiness “Hardest Skills” Circuits

The Innovator Readiness “Hardest Skills” Circuit introduces you to those professional practices skills that create better collaboration, personal insight, and awareness for how to practice in a work environment. Students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to sign up for more immersive sessions.

Emotional Intelligence Training

with Alison DePenning, University Extension

October 21, 5:30-6:30 via Zoom

Emotional intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way. So why is EQ-i important? It’s all about self-awareness and self-management. Research shows that people with a higher EQ-i find more success in their work and personal lives. These are individuals who “pick up” on the emotions of others and use that awareness to better manage their interactions with others, resulting in more positive outcomes.​ ​In this session, you will begin to understand what emotions you are feeling and why, manage your responses to them, recognize what emotions others are feeling, and respond to them effectively.

Navigating Differences

with Gayle Coon, University Extension

October 28, 5:30-6:30 via Zoom

The Navigating Difference session is designed to help ISU students understand what to consider when working with diverse audiences.  Become more aware of your own personal and organizational cultures and examine how your personal and organizational cultures affect your ability to work across difference in both negative and positive ways. Build skills to increase your competencies as you work with others who are different from you.

Solving Global Problems

with David Slump

November 4, 5:30-7:00 via Zoom

Cyclones Engaging in Innovation at Boeing

October 14, 5-6 p.m. via Zoom

Register here

Join the virtual conversation with ISU alumni and Boeing employees. Featuring  Kristin Crawford and Matt England on the topic of intrapraneurship and innovation within Boeing.


Innovation and Invention in Performing Arts with Lance LaDuke and Conn-Selmer

November 11, 6:00-7:00 via Zoom

Internationally known as an educator, performer and creator, Lance LaDuke currently teaches at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lance was a member of Boston Brass, the US Air Force Band in Washington DC, the River City Brass and the Brass Band of Battle Creek. Additionally, he has played in over 25 countries, in all 50 states, and with some of the finest organizations in the world, such as the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. His book, “Music Practice Coach,” is available as a free PDF download through Lance is an Educational Ambassador for Jupiter Band Instruments and is the host of the Modern Musicking Podcast and co-host (with Andrew Hitz) of The Brass Junkies Podcast. Co-sponsored by Department of Music and Theatre

Conn-Selmer is the leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments for student, amateur, and professional use. With a tradition of innovation and superior musical performance, brands such as Vincent Bach, C.G. Conn, King, Holton, Selmer, Armstrong, Leblanc, Ludwig, Musser, and Scherl & Roth have earned a legacy of respect unparalleled by any other builders.

Innovation 101: How to use the Student Innovation Center

4 – 5 p.m., Second Tuesday of the month

This is what you have been waiting for!  In celebration of ISU’s official dedication of the Student Innovation Center (SICTR) on September 30th, our team will launch a 6-session introductory training series featuring our labs, tools, technicians.  Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are invited to attend this virtual (zoom) circuit that will give you an overview of what’s available and how to get involved with our new Student Innovation Center and programs.

Hosted by SICTR Team
DATE 2nd Tuesdays of the Month 4:00-5:00 p.m. PRESENTER
14-Sept SICTR overview – what’s inside and how it works. Meet the staff. James Oliver, Director
12-Oct Electronics, 3D Printing and Textiles Shop Wade Warman & Dayon Royster
9-Nov Boeing Advanced Fabrication and Assembly Shop Mark Hjeltness & Josh Delarm
8-Feb Heavy Metal Shop & Composite Fabrication Mark Hjeltness & Josh Delarm
8-Mar Digital Media Shop & Modeling and Visualization Lab TBD

Innovation Circuits

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Have questions about our online Innovation Programs?

Contact Karen Kerns

Entrepreneur in Residence President’s Initiative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation