Jeanne Liedtka Recognized at Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards


Thinkers50, a biennial ranking of global business thinkers, recognized two University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professors as finalists for Distinguished Achievement Awards at a ceremony on 13 November in London. Thinkers50 celebrates the thinkers behind powerful business and management ideas.

Jeanne Liedtka, Darden's United Technologies Corporation Professor of Business Administration was recognized on shortlists of the world's most influential thinkers.

Democratizing Innovation

Liedtka was a finalist for the Innovation Award, which recognizes the thinker who has contributed the most to the understanding of innovation over the last two years.

Liedtka is the author of the recently published book Designing for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector. She has also co-authored other books, including Designing for Growth: A Design Toolkit for Managers and Solving Problems With Design Thinking: Ten Stories of What Works.

A teacher of corporate strategy and a pioneer in the area of design thinking, Liedtka gave a quickfire, eight-minute talk on the subject at the daylong Thinkers50 event, which examined the key management issues of today.

Design thinking is a problem-solving toolkit used to generate ideas and conversations across differences that lead to practical solutions. "It's teachable and scalable and enables us to democratize innovation," said Liedtka.

Taken from article by Julie Daum published in the Darden report, 17 November 2017

Museum Leadership Program
21 - 26 October 2018

About MLP

Presented in association with Museums Galleries Australia, the Museum Leadership Program is an intensive, residential program for high-level museum and gallery professionals. An outstanding international faculty provides participants with the multiple tools now required in leadership roles. The program runs every three years in Sydney.


"Across a week of intense thinking, learning and immersion, the Museum Leadership Program provided a multitude of insights large and small. I dug the well and definitely struck water and, as hoped, reignited the passion for museums as the place to be." Alumni reflect on their MLP experiences.

Who Should Apply

The Museum Leadership Program targets high-level museum and gallery professionals. As class activities are frequently based on applying new tools and techniques to personal experience, you should have several years of challenging work experience in museums or galleries and be in a position to influence change.

Places on the Museum Leadership Program are limited and selection is competitive.

Some state-based bursaries will be available from Arts Tasmania, Arts South Australia and Creative Victoria. Other bursary support is being sourced. Successful Western Australian participants may consider applying to Culture and Arts (WA) for assistance. Successful Queensland participants may consider applying to Arts Queensland funding programs.


Applications for the 2018 Museum Leadership Program are now open.

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Applications close Friday 23 March 2018.

MLP is an ongoing partnership with Museums Galleries Australia