Innovation and Strategy

November 2–3, 2016 $2,600
March 8–9, 2017 $2,700
June 26–27, 2017 $2,700
September 18–19, 2017 $2,700

Today's top companies succeed by making innovation a habit. Apple, Amazon, Groupon, Uber, and other industry leaders continue to build breakthroughs—strategies that reshape markets, deliver greater value at a lower cost, redefine channels, and force incumbents to scramble. 

In this two-day program, you’ll examine the frameworks that market-leading companies use to build innovation into their business approach. Through real-world examples, you’ll learn how to develop winning strategies and strengthen your organization’s capacity to drive innovation. Individual and group exercises provide hands-on opportunities to apply new approaches to your organization’s unique strategy challenges.

Program Benefits

  • Build innovation into the strategy development process
  • Design innovative, go-to-market strategies that fuel growth
  • Create more value and secure a competitive advantage 
  • Identify and exploit new markets that are uncontested
  • Apply creative strategies to market your business offerings

Topics Covered

  • Exploring the habits of today’s “new innovators”
  • Bringing diverse talent together to spark new ideas
  • Fostering innovative strategies, eliminating obstacles, and managing risk
  • Ensuring that innovation remains a strategic priority
  • Driving innovation across the organization
  • Hiring and partnering for successful innovation
  • Measuring success in achieving innovation goals

Who Should Enroll

This program is appropriate for decision makers from any industry who want to improve their organization’s capacity to formulate and implement innovative strategies. It is equally suited for professionals from established companies who want to develop new revenue sources or from startups launching new offerings. While no specific training is required, participants should have a basic understanding of marketing and financial principles.

Program Information

Program Dates

November 2–3, 2016
Instructor: Phil Swisher
March 8–9, 2017
Instructor: Phil Swisher
June 26–27, 2017
Instructor: Phil Swisher
September 18–19, 2017
Instructor: Phil Swisher

Class Times

Programs run from 9 am to 5 pm

Program Fee

General registration (2016): $2,600
General registration (2017): $2,700


Division of Continuing Education classrooms, One Brattle Square


Phil Swisher is the founder and CEO of Trevian Wealth Management, one of 12 experts who advise the Governor of Massachusetts on innovation, and a mentor for Techstars.
Previously, he was the global head of innovation and a senior vice president at Brown Brothers Harriman. Swisher also led a startup financed by the Kraft Group that focused on commodities trading and risk management, and worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in New York. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.