33rd Annual Conference

March 8-12, 2021


Jazz: 100 Years of Innovation Through Disruption and Inclusion

75-minute Workshops

Day 3

Session Code: AW2-A
When: March 10, 2021
Level: Intermediate
Track: Innovation & Transformation
Presenters: Kjirsten Mickesh, Finley Engineering  |  Jeff Perry, Jazz Innovation


What you might not think of first, when you hear the word jazz, is innovation. That is, unless you are a jazz musician. In fact, when you examine the world of jazz you will find a culture and a model that has been, and remains, a hot-bed of innovation. Some of the greatest jazz innovation has been created as a result of disruption. This culture of innovation is possible because working with and learning from people of diverse cultures is a core value. This trait — this culture — of borrowing from virtually any other kind of music has led individual jazz musicians to not only accept diversity, not only embrace it, but to proactively seek it out.

Join us to hear how six principles of the jazz culture have impacted practicing musicians and their ability to create, and how applying these principles in your own organization can foster innovation and transformation. As a bonus, you’ll also be treated to some live jazz music.

Learning Outcomes

• Learn key principles from the culture of jazz to create opportunities for inclusion and innovation
• Understand how to create and leverage disruption as an opportunity for creativity and innovation
• Identify how to apply elements of jazz culture to foster inclusion and innovation in your workplace

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