A Sherpa’s Guide to Innovation

A Sherpa’s Guide to Innovation

The Innovation Engine at Atrium Health

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E101: Nora Herting on the Power of Pictures for Visual Leadership

Ben & Jay welcome in a new year with Nora Herting, CEO and co-founder of ImageThink, world's leading visual strategy firm.  Nora is author of "Draw Your Big Idea" and a frequent keynote speaker.  Hear Nora share her insights on:Founding a firm that uses the tools of graphic facilitation, visual theory and design thinkingThe neuroscience behind the effectiveness of visual techniquesHow organizations can solve problems and develop strategy using visual techniquesHow your team can bring visual techniques into your work today in simple waysNora's podcast Ask the Experts!See Nora's photography hereAll Things Twitter:ImageThinkA Sherpa's Guide to InnovationBen TingeyJay GerhartSupport the show (
January 12, 2022

E100: A Sherpa Centennial Celebration!

Ben & Jay reflect upon and celebrate 100 episodes of A Sherpa's Guide to Innovation.  We look back, look forward, and express our appreciation for our guests and listeners.  Ann Somers Hogg drops in to say hello and talk about her new role at the Clayton Christensen Institute.  Read Ann Somers' latest blog post here:  All Things Twitter:Christensen InstituteAnn Somers HoggA Sherpa's Guide to InnovationBen TingeyJay GerhartSupport the show (
December 14, 2021

E99: Paul Puopolo – Leading Everyday Innovators at DFW Airport

Ben & Jay have a deep-dive on building corporate innovation from the ground up with Paul Puopolo, Executive Vice President of Innovation at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Following a career as a naval aviator, Paul built and led innovation teams at Humana, Highmark and MetLife.  Paul has outstanding insights on not only building an innovation function from scratch with a well-defined, discipline process, but also on fostering an innovation culture that reaches every employee at DFW.View Paul's excellent February 2020 talk at Skookum (now Method) hereAll Things Twitter:A Sherpa's Guide to Innovation Ben TingeyJay GerhartSupport the show (
November 3, 2021

E98: Dr. Bon Ku – Leading The Avengers of Health Care

Ben & Jay are joined by Dr. Bon Ku, Director of Jefferson Health Design Lab in Philadelphia.  Dr. Ku is well-known on a number of fronts - a practicing emergency medicine physician; a leader in teaching design to medical students and physicians; a co-author of Health Design Thinking; host of Design Lab podcast; and from his prominent role in TNT's Chasing the Cure.Hear Bon talk about the amazing work he and his team do to help the most vulnerable communities in Philadelphia, how Design Lab is like a small restaurant, and his other creative projects.See and hear more Bon Ku:Dr. Ku at Mayo Transform 2017Dr. Ku on Masters of Scale Rapid ResponseDr. Ku on InstagramAll Things Twitter:Bon KuDesign Lab PodcastA Sherpa's Guide to InnovationBen TingeyJay GerhartSupport the show (
October 13, 2021

E97: Abrea Armstrong – How an Innovation District Creates Space for a Community’s Potential

Ben & Jay return from a short break to talk with a rising star - Abrea Armstrong, Senior Marketing & Communications Coordinator for the Innovation Quarter.  The iQ is an innovation district in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, bringing together forward-thinking companies in the areas of research, business and education in biomedical science, information technology, clinical services and advanced materials.  Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist has led the development of the Innovation Quarter in partnership with city, county and state government, local businesses, developers and community members,Hear Abrea talk about the origins of iQ, what brought her there, and how iQ has an impact on the community.  In addition, hear about her own business, 91-2-Infinity, which provides a full suite of marketing services and digital strategy from an inclusion-perspective.  A storyteller, a poet, an entrepreneur, a connector, a journalist - you will quickly appreciate Abrea's passion and creativity.LinkedIn:Abrea ArmstrongInnovation QuarterAbrea on InstagramThe Sherpas on Twitter:A Sherpa's Guide to InnovationBen TingeyJay GerhartSupport the show (
September 22, 2021

E96: Concordia's Matt Swift on Convening for Collaborative Change

An episode 20 years in the making! For our 96th episode, Ben welcomes long-time friend Matthew Swift, co-founder and CEO of Concordia, to discuss how he innovates in the world of public affairs.  Concordia is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to actively fostering, elevating, and sustaining cross-sector partnerships for social impact, including hosting the annual Concordia Summit. Matt described Concordia as "A forum discussing the world not as one person sees it but as a broader collective sees it, with no bias towards political party or political movement, and no bias for public sector or private sector."Learn how the idea for Concordia started at a student auction at Georgetown University, and how the Concordia Annual Summit began as a small event with 100 people (mostly friends and family, Matt admits) to now hosting nearly 4000 attendees with  representatives from 90 countries and 17 sitting heads of state.Additionally, Matt shares his insights on how to convene leaders to drive change, as well as:Counsel for healthcare innovators about how to approach public/private partnershipsThe experience design of a Concordia Summit eventWhy the response to Covid-19 is perhaps the greatest public/private partnership in historyOn Twitter:@[email protected]@[email protected] the show (
July 14, 2021

About A Sherpa's Guide to Innovation

Are you looking to better understand and apply innovation theories, methods and tools? Do you need to think about your business or industry in a different way? Join the Sherpas as they conduct spirited conversations and tell compelling stories to guide you along your innovation expedition. Get your gear ready! Business Model Innovation, Human-Centered Design and Strategic Partnerships
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Jay Gerhart

Jay Gerhart

A passionate driver of consumer strategy and innovation for Atrium Health. As part of the Innovation Engine, he employs methods such Design Thinking, Jobs to Be Done and Business Model Innovation in product and service development. Recently trained at Second City Chicago and Charlotte Comedy Theatre in improvisation, he brings “Yes, And” and a next level of teamwork to transformational projects. During his 20 years with Atrium Health, he has led many of the system’s most significant corporate strategy, planning and development initiatives, including Levine Children’s Hospital and Levine Cancer Institute.
Ben Tingey

Ben Tingey

Benjamin Tingey is an Innovation Manager with the Atrium Health Innovation Engine. In this role he champions the voice of the patient, designing care experiences and business models that nail their Job to Be Done, and curates the voices of the Innovation Engine and other innovation thought leaders by hosting the "A Sherpa’s Guide to Innovation" podcast. Benjamin learned to speak Spanish fluently as a 19-year old serving the Hispanic immigrant community in South Carolina. Before joining the Innovation Engine, his prior career experience included Spanish language instruction, social entrepreneurship, healthcare startups, and hospital system corporate strategy. Benjamin’s love of American history and literature influenced his preference for schools named after famous Americans, receiving his undergraduate degree in American Studies from Brigham Young University and a graduate degree in Healthcare Administration from George Washington University.

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Creating Healthcare IT with Cliff Illig, Co-founder of Cerner Corporation This episode is hosted by Day Zero Advisory Council Member Donald Trigg, Former President, Cerner Corporation.