Game Changers’ Podcasts



Game Changers podcasts features conversations with leading innovators drawn from a wide range of fields and experience. We’ll be learning first-hand about how innovations get started, how they’re achieved, and what makes them special. We’ll also be looking at issues that cut across industries and geographies, like women in innovation or innovation in cities.

Game Changers are interviewed by Mark Rennella.

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Monday,  December 3

IXL Innovation Olympics: Democratizing Innovation So People Can Easily And Rapidly Work Together

“The Innovation Olympics can be a transformative program for participants. Many students who have completed the Innovation Olympics say that it’s better than any other academic course or program they have ever taken.”


Monday,  November 12

Global Learning: Innovating with Diverse Teams to Create New Knowledge

Stephanie Doscher is Director of Florida International University’s Global Learning for Global Citizenship initiative. FIU provides multiple global learning experiences to every one of its 38,000+ undergraduates, preparing them for leadership in the world’s diverse, interconnected local and global communities. Dr. Doscher has shared her experiences and insights in a recent book, Making Global Learning Universal. This book provides frameworks that can help educators at other institutions to adapt the great vision of global learning to the realities – the strengths, weaknesses and resource constraints – of their particular college or university.


Monday,  September 10

Sustaining Innovation with “Cross-Talk”

In our last podcast, Dr. Nada shared her insights about trends in integrative medicine. This week, we’re focusing on her own business, Sage Tonic, specifically on her strategies for creating long term economic sustainability of her enterprise. We’ll also learn how she uses “cross-talk” to help generate ideas and energy when she needs to innovate. We’re starting off the podcast with some Q&A from listeners about integrative medicine.


Thursday,  August 23

Personalized Medicine Trend: It’s Not Just Sophisticated Use of Genetic Research

“It’s only been … more recently in Western medicine that you hear about that mind-body connection. But we now know that the two are inseparable. Various systems in the body do cross-communicate and you can’t treat a particular condition in isolation of the rest of the body.” Dr. Nada Milosavljevic is an entrepreneur, innovator, author and faculty member at Harvard Medical School. (Click here for a detailed biography.)


Friday,  August 17

Learning How To Pivot

In part 2 of Game Changers podcast with Charles D. McConnell , we move from understanding the need for innovation in the energy industry to focusing more on how to get that innovation done. This is a tall order of business that requires focusing resources from distinct sources: industry and academia. While each needs the other to remain vibrant, their methods, outlooks and goals have historically been distinct.


Wednesday, July 18

“Moving Towards the Digital Oil Field of the Future”: a conversation with former Assistant Secretary of Energy, Charles McConnell

Charles D. McConnell is Executive Director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative. In Part 1 of our conversation, McConnell addresses topics like the fundamentals of true energy sustainability and the key innovations that will impact energy markets. A 35-year veteran of the energy industry, McConnell joined Rice in August 2013 after serving two years as the Assistant Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).


Tuesday, June 5

Don’t fall in love with your first idea for a business plan; be prepared to iterate

“Social enterprise combines the financial discipline of market capitalism with the passion and compasion to create a more fair and just world.” Andres Escobar is co-founder of IMPCT Coffee, which he describes as “the world’s first impact trade specialty coffee company.” IMPCT’s mission is to transform low income and urban slum communities through education.


Monday, May 14

Innovate or Die? It’s true! … Recent Lessons from the US Oil and Gas Industry

How can companies use innovation to survive in a traditional industry going through massive upheaval? Ask Dr. Dana Wells, President of Dana Wells & Associates, an intellectual capital management advisory and consulting firm that uses proprietary innovation frameworks to align business models, people, & tools to growth strategies


Monday, April 2

Everything Can Be Deconstructed and Reconstructed

At the age of 22, Audrey Cheng founded the Moringa School, a ground-breaking programming school located in Nairobi. Moringa aims to give young Kenyans good jobs in the country’s growing tech sector. Although this accomplishment came at a young age, Audrey’s experience in developing an innovation mindset started all the way back to childhood. Her success combines a restless curiosity with the understanding that ambitious projects require focus to be completed.


Monday, March 12

Beyond Luck: Persistence and the Successful Woman Innovator

Alice Chung, Senior Manager at Genentech, looks back at some of the highlights of her career as an innovator and lessons she learned about innovation. She also discusses the assets women bring to innovation efforts as well as some of the challenges they face when participating in innovation projects. Although women make up an important part of the potential “diversity of thought” that an organization needs to be successful, social norms and habits often lag far behind best practices in innovation.


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