Faculty Bio

  • Faculty Info
  • Name:
    Mr. Mitch Ditkoff
  • Mr. Mitch Ditkoff is the co-founder and President of Idea Champions, a highly acclaimed management consulting and training company, headquartered in Woodstock, NY. He specializes in helping forward thinking organizations go beyond business as usual, originate breakthrough products and services, and establish dynamic, sustainable cultures of innovation. Educated at Lafayette College and Brown University, Mr. Ditkoff has worked with a wide variety of Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies who have realized the need to do something different in order to succeed in today`s rapidly changing marketplace. At the heart of his work lies the fundamental belief that a company`s most important capital asset is the collective brain power, creativity and commitment of its work force and that this asset can be significantly leveraged when people are provided with the appropriate setting, systems, tools and techniques to think (and act) out of the box. He has been an adjunct faculty member for several esteemed leadership development programs, including GE`s Crotonville Management Development Center, Duke Corporate Education, Fuqua School of Business, University of New Mexico`s Anderson School of Management, and Bell Atlantic`s Marketing Institute. In addition to his consulting work, Mr. Ditkoff is also an accomplished keynote speaker and large group workshop facilitator. In 2010, he was acknowledged as one of the "40 Hottest Business Speakers on the Association Circuit" in Association Meetings magazine. In 2010, he was voted as the #1 innovation blogger in the world. His widely read blog, The Heart of Innovation, is a daily destination for a global audience of movers and shakers. Additionally, he is the author of the award-winning book, Awake at the Wheel: Getting Your Great Idea Rolling (in an uphill world) and the innovation-sparking card deck and online app, Free the Genie.

  • This Year's Seminars:
    Ingenious Leadership:
    Fostering a Climate of Innovation
    with Mr. Mitch Ditkoff
        Innovation is “in” these days. The word is on the lips of every CEO, CFO, CIO, and anyone else with a three-letter acronym after their name. As a result, many organizations are launching all kinds of "innovation initiatives" -- hoping to stir the creative soup and differentiate themselves from...
    Creating the Innovation Mindset:
    Using Storytelling to Spark Creativity and Increase Engagement
    with Mr. Mitch Ditkoff
        All business leaders worth their low-salt lunch, regardless of their industry, will agree on one thing – that innovation a key driver of their company’s success. What they don’t agree on is how to ensure that innovation actually happens. After 27 years of providing innovation services to some...