Leading Human-Powered Innovation


No matter the question, it seems the answer is increased automation, improved artificial intelligence, or the highest of high-tech solutions… but you want to be a leader of humans in a tech-driven world.

Here’s the truth – unless humans imagine, create, design, perfect, and adopt the tech solutions you need, you aren’t going anywhere. Innovation can be more than a buzzword on a glossy brochure, but it requires self-aware leaders who can build collaborative teams of critical and creative thinkers.

The Certificate in Leading Human-Powered Innovation is the credential that demonstrates your ability to lead thoughtful teams to create impact by finding the problems that matter most, creating novel solutions, navigating complex bureaucracies, and unleashing innovation to change your world.

Certificate holders will be able to:

  • Lead small teams to develop creative solutions to tough problems
  • Foster trusting collaboration to enable team members to bring their personal experiences, unique skills, and whole selves to problem solving
  • Improve and lead others to improve personal and collective critical thinking skills
  • Foster a creative environment and lead small-group creative sessions to generate possible solutions to vexing problems
  • Lead the adoption of novel technologies to improve, rather than replace, uniquely human skills
  • Create human-centered innovation strategies

Signups are limited for this small-group, hands-on, interactive program.

In-person registration fee includes 4 nights lodging at Hotel Madison and 2 meals provided per day.

Workshop Plan

Leading Human-Powered Innovation

Certificate Program

M-Th, June 14-17, 2021

Lakeview Hall
James Madison University
298 Port Republic Road
Harrisonburg, VA

  • Limited to 30 seats
  • In-person registration fee includes 4 nights lodging at Hotel Madison and 2 meals per day.


Parking will be available to unregistered campus visitors in the parking lot directly outside of Lakeview Hall (L Lot). No passes are required. Regular enforcement will continue in other parking lots, and guests may receive parking citations if parked in restricted lots.

All regulations for JMU students, faculty and staff remain in effect. Students attending the event are required to park in appropriate student parking lots with a JMU parking permit. The closest student parking is available in the R2 parking lot, across the street from Lakeview Hall, near Starbucks. JMU faculty and staff with purple tags may park in L Lot, directly outside of Lakeview Hall.

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