The Program

Innovation Jam is an action-based, two-day experience aimed at delivering innovative solutions to a Fortune 100 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.

Get Involved

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

“Innovation Jam is a great way to kick off the WMBA experience! Like the ambiguous situations commonly faced at work, Innovation Jam is designed put you in a scenario where you and your team must deliberately decide what ideas to pursue and how to focus your limited resources.”

Emma Barrasso, MBA ‘19

Program Type

Action-Based Learning

Key Dates

May 4-5, 2018

Time Commitment

2 days

Participant Requirements

Part-Time MBA student
Required for Weekend MBA and optional for Evening MBA


Skills You’ll Learn

Solving Problems Creatively
You’ll work alongside a Fortune 100 company to develop ideas that will help it evolve and grow. To do so, you’ll need to get beyond a surface understanding of problems to the heart of the matter, while challenging others to more clearly see solutions and possibilities.

Driving Results
You will experience firsthand what it takes to create exceptional value for shareholders, stakeholders, and society. You and your team will be at the forefront of solving a real-world problem by finding a shared mission, achieving energizing goals under pressure, and pitching your ideas.

Leading Change and Innovation
Your team’s success will depend on its ability to generate breakthrough ideas. You’ll be encouraged to offer novel ideas and perspectives, show courage to take risks, and enable others to do so to do the same.

Leading Others
You will do all of this with others and have the opportunity to practice a breadth of team leadership skills. From articulating direction and coordinating to empowering and inspiring, you’ll develop skills to lead from any position in an organization.



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