Show up as an Innovation Advocate and change the culture of your workplace

Silicon Valley Innovation Institute

Turning Vision into Value

Silicon Valley Innovation Institute

Invite your friends and colleagues and join us for the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute’s Innovation Society 2008-09 Series

Next “First Wednesday” Innovation Society Meeting:
September 3, 2008
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Theme: Showing Up as an Innovation Advocate


Leslie Janoe, Sue Lebeck and Howard Lieberman
of the Silicon Valley Innovation Society

After a busy summer, we bring our attention to the heart of what the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute is all about: Innovation Advocacy.

What is Innovation Advocacy? Some companies actually create a role called “Innovation Advocate,” usually for a senior manager. Generally, it is that person’s responsibility to manage or coordinate an innovation process, make sure innovation strategies are proceeding as planned, and address any resistance to innovation that may occur during the process; in other words, keep innovation on track.

However, Innovation Advocates can be one or more employees at any level, but they must be influencers in their workplace. Innovation Advocates are the curators of a creative culture in an organization. Ideally, initial innovation advocacy by at least one key influencer will encourage others to step forward as Innovation Advocates, regardless of their job titles or departments.

SVII staff will be presenting the case for Innovation Advocacy, discussing historical activities relating to it, and intended future Innovation Society treatment of this very important subject. A slot will be added to the regular programs (see below) to exchange Innovation Advocacy stories and strategies and offer support to participants to become stronger Innovation Advocates in their workplaces or other settings.

“The one truly unbounded renewable resource is human creativity, the master resource. When it is manifest as innovation, we all step forward together.”
—Howard Lieberman, CEO, SVII

New Program Schedule:

6:00 Networking and Dinner
7:30 Feature Presentation
8:30 Showing Up as an Innovation Advocate—bring your stories, strategies, questions and ask other participants for support as an Innovation Advocate in your organization.
9:30 Closing

Event fee – $30. Pay at the meeting or use PayPal:

Drinks are available on a no-host basis.


Bay Cafe, Bayshore Ballroom
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Driving Directions: Take Embarcadero East, past Ming’s, turn left into the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course. From the parking lot, walk up the wide path toward the golf course buildings; the restaurant will be on the right.
Restaurant phone: 650-856-0999

Please be sure to RSVP at
Need to reach us at the last minute? Call 415-307-0645.

Future Programs

August 24th:

Tour and Tasting at Byington Winery

Join us for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon at the Byington Winery in Los Gatos. Complementary tour and tasting begins at 1:00pm, followed by a dessert potluck. RSVP to for more details.

October 1:

Social Innovation: CSR in Action, featuring Rossella Derickson and Krista Henley, Corporate Wisdom

November 5th:

A Look Inside the Semantic Web, featuring Nova Spivak, RadarNetworks

Keep watching here for updated announcements!

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