Public training opportunity to 'establish fundamentals and avoid pitfalls'

Gregg Fraley, a Three Oaks, Michigan, based innovation consultant and trainer, will speak during the presentataion "Establishing Innovation Fundamentals and Avoiding Pitfalls."


PORTAGE, Ind. — The Society of Innovators at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is hosting a public innovation educational seminar from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, at its headquarters located at 6100 Southport Road, Portage.

“Establishing Fundamentals and Avoiding Pitfalls” features innovation expert and author Gregg Fraley of Gregg Fraley Innovation (GFi); La Porte-based innovation practitioner, Earl Miller of Hiler Industries/Accurate Castings; and Sheila Matias, executive director of the Society of Innovators at PNW.

The goal of the event is to introduce innovation concepts to organizations looking to improve. It will focus on how to get initiatives started and how to avoid common pitfalls and mistakes that impede project success. The speakers provide three different perspectives on innovation: theory of the “how to” from Gregg Fraley, real world case studies by local manufacturer Earl Miller, and the role of innovative leadership from Sheila Matias.

“This is an intensive short training program for those seeking to innovate and grow. Innovation doesn’t just happen. You have to create projects and execute to see results. Leaders need to learn the basics, then step up and make it happen,” said Jason Williams, assistant director of the Society of Innovators.

Area manufacturers, process improvement and quality leaders, and entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend. The content is suitable for those starting out, but provides advanced content as well for seasoned innovation professionals. Attendees can expect the following:

• Fundamental and advanced training content for innovators

• A neutral ground to network and exchange ideas

• Connections with other innovation-minded leaders

• Ability to distinguish innovation from continuous improvement and quality programs

• The opportunity to equip yourself and your organization with applicable skills and concepts to innovate and grow

The event is limited to 25 participants and there is a $25 fee for registration. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

Those wishing to attend may call Jason Williams at (317) 966-3588, or register online at:

About the organizers:


• The Society of Innovators at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) aims to contribute to economic and community development throughout the region as the champion of innovation in Northwest Indiana. For more information about the Society of Innovators, visit

• Purdue University Northwest is a student-centered university that values academic excellence, supports growth and celebrates diversity. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education. For more information about PNW, visit

• GFi is a consultancy that focuses on innovation training, project facilitation, and innovation culture building. Based in Southwest Michigan, his clients include Sanofi, Accurate Castings, W.R. Grace, Bosch, and many others. Gregg Fraley is the author of Jack’s Notebook, a business novel about creative process. Visit:, or call 773-251-8567.

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