Innovate from Where You Are: Supporting, Celebrating, and Connecting Innovators


Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 11:45a.m. – 12:30p.m. CT | W178a, Level 1

Session Type: Breakout Session

Delivery Format: Interactive Presentation

Three years ago California State University determined that constant demand for operations, services, and projects was driving out innovation. By creating a small central program to support, celebrate, and connect innovators, CSU improved its culture of innovation. Join us to explore strategies that can help any institution be more innovative.


  • Understand how one university successfully promoted an improved culture of innovation
  • Learn specific tactics that can be applied at your institution to promote innovation
  • Reflect on how these tactics can be applied to develop an innovation program at your institution


Michael Berman Headshot

Michael Berman

Chief Innovation Officer and Deputy CIO, California State University, Office of the Chancellor

Mihaela Popescu headshot

Mihaela Popescu

Professor of Media Studies, California State University, San Bernardino

Berhanu Tadesse headshot

Berhanu Tadesse

Associate VP for IT/Infrastructure Services, California State University, Fullerton

Max Tsai headshot

Max Tsai

Coordinator of Digital Transformation and Innovation Architect, California State University, Fresno

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