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ACE Program: Innovation for Improving the Way We Work

  • April 15, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Online


  • ACE Members registration
  • This option is for a Prospective ACE member or someone that would just like to attend a particular meeting as a Guest. All are welcome!
  • Institute for Family Owned Business members

ACE has partnered with the Portland Regional Chamber
for a 3-part series called:

Innovation Conversations: Strategies & Success Stories to Inspire. 

Innovation for Improving the Way We Work with Renee Kelly from the University of Maine

Innovation Engineering is a disciplined, systems-thinking approach to the innovation process. While often associated with developing new products or services, it is just as useful for improving systems and processes in an organization. Renee Kelly, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development at the University of Maine, will share ways to use Innovation Engineering to create ideas to implement organization-wide strategies or even to improve personal work systems.

Audience Takeaways:

     Strategies for framing the opportunity or problem to be addressed

     How to problem solve and create ideas

     How to use an innovation mindset to validate solutions

About Our Speaker

Renee Kelly is Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development for the University of Maine. She develops strategic partnerships with national, state, regional, and local organizations to improve Maine’s economy. In addition, she leads UMaine’s innovation and commercialization programs, including the MIRTA Accelerator and I-Corps site program, Foster Center for Innovation, the Innovate for Maine Fellowship program, and business incubation programs offered at facilities throughout Maine.

Ms. Kelly also leads UMaine’s efforts in the Innovation Engineering Institute, a collaboration to commercialize its Innovation Engineering curriculum with education institutions worldwide, and consults with businesses and organizations to help them innovate new products, services, processes, and initiatives. She is involved with efforts at UMaine and around the state to increase the number of quality internships that help students form a stronger connection to the state of Maine.

Connect with Renee on LinkedIn.

The Facts...


This meeting will be held virtually and is free. Meeting registration will be handled by the Portland Regional Chamber. Please click here to register.

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