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Neal Thornberry
LI Program Manager
Center for Executive Education

Professor Neal Thornberry, the Faculty Director for Innovation Initiatives at the Center for Executive Education at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is also a Professor Emeritus at Babson College in Massachusetts, and is the Founder and CEO of IMSTRAT LLC an Innovation consulting and executive education firm. . He is also a visiting lecturer at Duke University, The University of North Carolina, Northwestern, Dartmouth, Ashridge Management College (UK), HEC (France), and Tsinghua University (China) and the Darden School.

His current work at NPS involves the design and delivery of the Leading Innovation program for admirals and senior SES officials. This week long course helps Navy executive leaders create both a strategy and an architecture for leading innovation within their respective communities. As part of this course participants are taken on a field trip to Silicon Valley to meet with innovation leaders from the private sector including such companies as Google, VMware, Tesla Motors, Bloom Energy, Linkedin, Splunk, and Cisco. This course also provides a “shark tank” experience where admirals have to present their innovation strategies to a panel of known innovators who provide feedback and coaching to participants to help them further develop and hone their innovation strategies.

Dr. Thornberry is also involved in the Navy Senior Leaders course at NPS where he teaches innovation to Navy officers. He also does innovation talks for the Coast Guard, Homeland Security, and other Navy communities interested in increasing their IQ (Innovation Quotient).

Dr. Thornberry holds a doctorate in Organizational Psychology and specializes in the areas of Innovation, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Organizational Transformation. His previous book, “Lead Like an Entrepreneur: Keeping the Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive in the Corporation” (McGraw-Hill, 2007), reflects over a decade’s experience helping organizations grow though the application of innovative thinking and entrepreneurial orientation. His new book “Innovation Judo: Disarming Roadblocks & Blockheads on the Path to Creativity” (Evolve Publishing, 2014) helps leaders and innovators overcome the barriers they often face in ushering in the new. (