Professor, University of Michigan
Jeff DeGraff is both a seasoned, world-renowned advisor to Fortune 500 companies and a professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Jeff shares his simultaneously creative and pragmatic approach to making innovation happen with top-shelf clients and colleagues who have dubbed him the Dean of Innovation. Jeff has written many books, including Creativity at Work, Leading Innovation, Innovation You, and, most recently, Making Stone Soup. He’s also written dozens of articles for Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, and Salon, to name a few. He provides business commentary on his NPR program and writes a syndicated weekly column in Inc., Wired, LinkedInfluencers, Huffington Post, and Fortune with three million readers a month. His methods have gained such a following that he created the Innovatrium, a cutting-edge, collaborative innovation institute in the heart of the University of Michigan’s campus. Tireless, eager, and always looking for the next big thing, Jeff is a living tribute to his own fundamental principle: there is no end point in innovation. He can’t wait to see what’s next.