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Innovation for Everyone: Harnessing Natural Creative Cycles to Empower Work and Life
Thursday, March 17, 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT
Category: Education

Innovation is a word that gets connected with high-tech, cutting edge advancements. In reality, innovation is a fundamental human process, providing the pathway to manifest creativity in the physical world. Innovation follows very predictable cyclical patterns. Understanding these patterns can help you leverage your own innovative power in your work and life, and can also help you give yourself grace when you feel like you aren't moving forward (spoiler alert: you probably still are!)

In this session we'll talk about the phases of the innovation spiral and how you can both identify and use those phases. We'll also talk about innovation arcs, sometimes called "the vortex," and how understanding where you are at in the arc can help you focus on what's next.


Amy Simpkins
Chief Executive Officer
muGrid Analytics

Amy has an engineer’s brain and a poet’s heart. Her life’s work has been centered around the integration of seemingly unrelated things and the subsequent solution of wickedly hard problems. Ms. Simpkins is a speaker, author, and thought leader in innovation. She facilitates massive leaps forward, helping individuals and organizations birth big ideas into reality so they can change the world with their unique magic. She believes that innovation is for everyone and holds the key to both personal fulfillment and lasting global change. She has been helping innovators implement their ideas since 2013 and is the author of Spiral: A Catalyst for Innovation and Expansion. She hosts the Power Flow Podcast, amplifying the voices and ideas of female, nonbinary, and BIPOC experts in and adjacent to the clean energy sector. Ms. Simpkins is also CEO of the renewable energy startup muGrid Analytics. muGrid solves problems at the edge of energy technology and economics using math and modeling, and is dedicated to creating a sustainable energy future for the planet, one project at a time. As a young, female executive in the tech/entrepreneurship world, she puts her theories about disruptive innovation and bringing your whole self to work into practice every single day. Previously, Ms. Simpkins designed, integrated, and operated spacecraft at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. During her 10-year tenure as an aspiring Spacecraft Systems Architect, she contributed to diverse programs such as Juno, Stardust-NExT, Orion, and Space Radar, and worked in dynamic idea incubation groups for advanced aerospace innovation. Ms. Simpkins holds an SB in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MS in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California. She is a messy chef, a world traveler, a taekwondo green belt, a homeschooling mom of three, and a tough cookie in the Colorado backcountry.

Ticket Prices
$35 Members
$50 Non-members


CEUs Available: 1, 3 Client and Business Development

Note: Only SMPS Colorado Members may register at member pricing. Participants will receive Zoom meeting details in the registration email. Prices will increase $5 after March 13. If you are a member of another SMPS Chapter, are experiencing job insecurity or work for firms strictly limiting marketing expenditures, please email the admin for the free registration code.