Innovation Ecosystem: Grassroots, Sunshine, and Sustainability

Wednesday, October 27 | 1:15PM–2:00PM ET
Viewing Location: Online
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Presentation/Panel Session
This session will be recorded for later viewing
Come learn about a new model for creating an innovation ecosystem within a large system of higher education (30 community and technical colleges, seven universities). This proven model seeds, sustains, and spreads small, local successes and provides opportunities for multiple campuses to collaborate on large endeavors. It also uses intensive professional development, crowd-sourcing, and connections for big, bold work like equity and inclusion to find its place in the sun. Special emphasis will be given to the role of technology and technology leaders.


  • Robbie Burnett

    Director for Innovation and Collaboration, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Stephen Kelly

    Innovation Program Director, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Kim Lynch

    Sr. System Director for Educational Development and Technologies, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Philip Thorson

    Vice President for Technology Strategy & CIO, St. Cloud State University