What is an Innovation Jam?

Innovation Jam is an action-based, two-day experience aimed at delivering innovative solutions to a Fortune 500 company. You will learn and apply leadership and teamwork skills as well as tools that drive innovation and creativity within a team setting. You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively, think creatively, design strategically, and present your solutions. Past experiences have included work for Amazon and Morgan Stanley.

Leadership Skills You'll Practice

FACILITATING INNOVATION

Your team's success depends on its ability to generate breakthrough ideas. Following a design thinking process, you will learn to start with a user-centered approach and progress through stages of inspiration, ideation, and implementation.

LEADING HIGH-PERFORMING TEAMS

You will lead your team toward a shared vision. You'll set clear goals; clarify values; define roles and responsibilities; leverage diversity; empower all team members; and design processes for coordination, communication, conflict, and decision-making.

BUILDING HIGH-QUALITY CONNECTIONS

You will practice in an environment where stakes are high and timelines aggressive. Your ability to influence the outcome will depend on your ability to form relationships built on a foundation of trust, mutual positive regard, and active engagement.

How to Participate

Innovation Jam is a required part of the Orientation curriculum for Weekend MBA students, and an optional program for Evening MBAs. As an incoming part-time MBA, you will receive information via email from your program office beforehand.

Innovation Jam 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM, Ross School of Business
Saturday, May 6, 2017: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Ross School of Business

Our business partner will be announced on Friday, May 5, along with all of the details of the program.

For questions about Innovation Jam, contact us at rossleaders@umich.edu.

1. Weekend MBA students are required to attend as part of their Orientation. Evening MBA students can optionally attend; look for an email from your program office with details of how to sign up.

2. Come prepared. Be sure to complete any assigned pre-work you may receive via email before the event.

3. Arrive at Ross ready to have fun and innovate!