Innovation Fast Track: From Vision to Delivery

20211213 Paris Gems


In person



5 days, 6-8 hours per day




Early Bird Pricing - Save 15% with code FA22EE15 when you register by September 19!


Next Start Date

Oct 17, 2022

The ability to innovate and re-invent in a smart and efficient way continues to elude most organizations despite significant investments of time and resources. Parsons’ user-centric, holistic approach to design-led leadership can help organizations learn to apply fresh thinking in addressing challenges.

Program Overview

Whether you are looking to fast-track ideas or advance your career, this program provides you with the tools you need to break away from the competition. It is not a curriculum you will find in a book; it is expertise that can be gained only from a diverse community of academics and industry leaders with real-world experience in innovation in a range of industries. Learn from Parsons, the #1-ranked design school in the United States, how to harness the power of design to create innovation.

In dynamic hands-on sessions, you cultivate a skill set consisting of equal parts strategy, design, and change management. This program provides you with a space in which to explore the key challenges facing your organization and equips you with tangible skills and the creative confidence to find sustainable solutions to complex problems. With these tools in hand, you’ll innovate, inspire teams, and effect transformative change.

What You Will Learn

Strategic Design

Apply user-centered design strategies to anticipate opportunities and practice carrying out transformative initiatives.

Amplified Outcomes

Navigate organizational silos, structure competitive analyses, assess opportunities, identify use cases and minimum viable products (MVPs), and develop rapid business cases to maximize growth.

Advanced Storytelling

Hone skills in storytelling, evangelism, and presentation to articulate and advocate for a vision and secure funding.

Operationalizing Innovation

Define your roadmap by aligning requirements and resources to speed your innovative concept to market.

Program Topics

Identify Your Next Opportunity Areas
Unit 1

Innovation Design and Opportunity Fast Tracking

Unit 2

Clarifying and De-Risking Your Offering

Unit 3

Foresight and Options Generation

Unit 4
Beyond Slide Design: Craft Your Transformation Story
Unit 5

Designing the Innovation Decision and Ecosystem of Scale and Transformation


  • Parsons industry-recognized leaders and subject-matter experts
  • Proprietary tools and insider insights from industry
  • Peer discussions and exercises
  • Proprietary real-world case studies
  • Capstone project
  • Exclusive network-building opportunities
  • Experiential learning options
  • Certificate of Completion

Upcoming Program Dates

Dates Format Day and Time Cost

Oct 17–21, 2022

In person

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
(including breaks)


Register with code FA22EE15 by September 19 to receive the 15% early bird discount.

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Who Is This Program For?

The program is designed for mid- to senior-level managers, department heads, and entrepreneurs interested in furthering their capacity to leverage uncertainty to deliver purposeful innovation. If you are looking to advance as a leader by learning to come at challenges differently, celebrate creativity, and act in the face of change, this program will provide you with a distinct competitive edge.


Our programs are developed and taught by a diverse community of academics and industry leaders with hands-on, real-world experience in a range of industries.

Program Lead

Aalto Univerisity

Mariana Amatullo, PhD

Vice Provost for Global Executive Education & Online Strategic Initiatives, The New School

Mariana Amatullo is a practitioner-scholar who leads Parsons open-enrollment and custom executive education programs, long-form Executive Master’s programs, and bespoke programs for corporate partners. She also advances strategy for and delivery of online degree and certificate programs.

Program Co-lead

Jen van der Meer

Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management, Parsons School of Design; Co-Director, Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative, The New School; Founder, Reason Street

Jen van der Meer is a business model designer who joined The New School’s full-time faculty in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design in 2015. In addition to teaching, she co-directs the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative, a university-wide program aimed at cultivating the development of entrepreneurial skills, growth mindsets, and inclusive design approaches to actualize innovation in the world. Van der Meer practices her craft at Reason Street, a strategic design consultancy that leads clients through business model transformations toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations.

Why Parsons?

Parsons Executive Education operates at the intersection of design and the global socioeconomic trends transforming our organizations and communities. Our programs are designed for industry leaders and entrepreneurs who have the courage to engage in high-impact learning, come at challenges differently, celebrate creativity, and act in the face of continuous change.

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