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All others and Non-Member: $399
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Download the 2017 Fall Flyer

The world around us is changing – fast. Consultants and organizations alike must develop the skills to adapt to this new environment or face becoming obsolete or irrelevant. Change management is no longer something you implement, It is something you live. It becomes essential to how you operate.

Don’t know what design thinking is? Think it is only for creating new gadgets and toys? Check out the Stanford's and IDEO’s perspectives on design thinking as a way to make our organizations, communities, and the world better.

This is your chance to get an exclusive inside look at the organizations developing the future of our field. This one-of-a-kind event brings together a University (ODU), an ISPI Advocate (U.S. Coast Guard), and a local ISPI Chapter (Hampton Roads) to deliver a unique research based learning and networking experience.

See Design Thinking In Action:


Before the conference is even kicked off, attendees will have the opportunity to attend one of several "pre-conference field trips" to learn and observe how organizations are applying performance improvement principles and practices to drive innovation and transformation.

Practice what you've Learned!


After the field trips conclude, Symposium attendees will have three options to tailor their professional development and networking experience.

  • Organizational Teams: Form a team from your organization, or partner with a client and send a group to the Innovation Symposium to work on a real-time problem or opportunity you are currently exploring in your workplace or with a customer. You will learn core principles and techniques of Design Thinking and will be afforded time, space, and mentoring to use your new knowledge and skills onsite at the symposium.
  • Community Service Teams: Several local non-profit and small businesses will participate in the symposium as part of ISPI’s Community Service Program. If you would like to collaborate on a real-time issue for one of these community organizations, we will partner you with like-minded attendees to provide pro bono consulting while simultaneously developing your Design Thinking skills.
  • Professional Development Sessions: If you are not participating in a team, do not fret. Similar to a traditional conference, the two days will also be filled with numerous sessions focused on topics such as Design Thinking, performance improvement, learning and development, change management, leadership, and technology. Anyone attending will find something new, interesting, and engaging to take back to their workplace and immediately begin using.


We have kept the cost down to encourage maximum participation and full engagement of our attendees. The gracious donation by ODU to allow us to use their new state of the art facilities is a huge contributor to the low cost of the symposium. While we will not have all the food and beverage amenities typically seen at large conference, our central location at ODU affords many nearby lodging, dining, and entertainment options.

Who: Anyone and everyone interested in making their community, organization, team, and/or self better
What: ISPI 2017 Fall Innovation Symposium
When: October 6-8, 2017
Where: Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
Why: Network with others, learn with others, be better with others
Cost: Hotel Discount


"I do want to share why I find that Design Thinking is so relevant to HPT and ISPI. As I was learning about HPT, I was attracted in how powerful of a systematic and systemic approach it was in identifying a gap and closing it (with a nod given to “finding opportunities” in addition to closing gaps). Design Thinking incorporates a forward-looking HPT-like systemic approach baked in from the start in developing an endeavor. When you dig into it, the ISPI "RSVP" standards overlay perfectly with Design Thinking."

Bill Piersol, Hampton Roads Chapter



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