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Universal Mind Named Certified Professional Innovator Partner

Universal Mind, a digital consulting and services firm that works with companies to optimize their digital value delivery, has partnered with Innovatrium as a Certified Professional Innovator (CPI) partner. CPI is a program that is certified by the University of Michigan.

Universal Mind will work with Dr. Jeff DeGraff, clinical professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, whose insights are sought after by NPR, PBS, Bloomberg Business Week, Fortune, the Wall Street Journal and more. Work in the partnership will support multiple elements of the CPI model including training within the Executive and Individual framework innovation models and the development and launch of a software platform to support the framework.

“Universal Mind has found a true partner in the University of Michigan and with Dr. DeGraff,” said Brett Cortese, Universal Mind president and CEO. “Creative and critical thinking are two core approaches to all that we do. This partnership will reinforce both organizations’ abilities to provide world class innovative training and offerings around experience and experimentation, solution development and selection.”

The CPI program, through its customized and scalable online component combined with a rapid and intense action-learning program, is designed to develop highly practiced innovation leaders at various levels of any organization. Embedding an innovative mindset and instilling the skill and knowledge base required to manage innovation-focused projects, people, ventures and solutions is the ultimate goal of the CPI program.

“The partnership with Universal Mind promises to be an exciting one,” said Dr. DeGraff. “With their reputation and background as technology innovators, the CPI program can only continue to flourish with their involvement. Creativity drives innovation and Universal Mind has proven themselves to be a very creative organization.”

Dr. DeGraff has consulted with hundreds of the world’s most prominent firms, including American Airlines, Coca-Cola, Microsoft and General Electric. He has also developed a broad array of widely used creativity and innovation methodologies and tools, such as these 14 videos, as well as on-the-ground training sessions. This course will help attendees do everything from selecting and assessing high-potential innovation leaders within their organizations, developing an innovation strategy and sharing and communicating endeavors and findings with other workshop participants.

“Universal Mind is particularly proud of this new relationship as it aligns with our organizational values of being creators of connections that redefine futures who believe in profound partnerships and who are deeply committed to delivering solutions that can help organizations reach their ideal business state,” Cortese added.

About Universal Mind

Universal Mind is an independent, digital consulting and services firm focused on enhancing human experiences and solving problems through technology. Founded in 2003, the company has more than 100 strategists, designers, developers, delivery managers, and agilists located in four offices across the U.S. and Canada, all who understand that true experience design and creation — and the resulting business value — happens at the intersection of PEOPLE, BUSINESS and TECHNOLOGY. For more information visit www.universalmind.com.

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