Innovation Workshop: Powered by Creativity

John Huston & Mark Kaufmann | 10:00 – 03:00


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Innovation is not an accident.  In fact we believe it is not something you do.  It is an outcome not an input.  In this session participants will experience 7 aspects of a framework that will help you produce innovations.

  • Creativity
  • Ambiguity
  • Curiosity
  • Inspiration
  • Pattern-Ization
  • Experience
  • Intuition

We believe innovation doesn’t just happen.  The practices that lead to innovation can be learned and developed.  This interactive hands-on session will allow attendees to experience and begin to master each of these techniques and leave with practical and powerful steps to redefine your future.


John Huston is an experienced IT leader, generalist and agilist with over 20 years experience in the field. His passion for learning and coaching has led him to a variety of leadership roles, including Application Development, Enterprise Architecture, Quality, and Operations /Infrastructure. He has led the effort to deploy agile methods at the enterprise and team level. Since joining Pillar, John has turned his passion to the human development aspects of agile teams and is currently responsible for Talent Learning and Development within the organization.

Mary Kaufmann, Chief learning Officer for Pillar Technology, brings structure and advancement to Pillar’s commitment to employee engagement and knowledge transformation. Prior to joining Pillar, she spent five years serving as Assistant Professor at Muskingum University teaching in a an innovative masters program integrating learning in both business and technology. She holds a BS in Computer Science and Business, and two masters degrees; an MBA and a Master of Divinity. She has over 25 years professional experience leading teams, implementing new technology, leading strategic design and management development. She is passionate about applying creativity in learning to transform how teams work together and drive innovative results.  Mary lives on a farm in Dresden, Ohio with her husband, Brad, and children, Emily (19) and William (16).