Mitchell  Ditkoff

Mitchell Ditkoff

Mitch is the President and Co-Founder of Idea Champions. He is a former adjunct faculty member at GE's Crotonville Management Center and Duke Corporate GE. His new bestselling book in 2016 is Storytelling at Work: How Moments of Truth Reveal the Real Business of Life. Mitch is considered one of the world's best speakers on fostering a culture of innovation.

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President and co-founder of Idea Champions, Mitch Ditkoff is a consultant specializing in creative thinking, innovation, team development, leadership, and the power of storytelling in the workplace. Since 1987, he has been facilitating workshops and meetings for "just about every industry on planet earth." He's the creative guru who has helped AT&T, GE, Chubb, Merck, A&E Television, General Mills, AtlantiCare, and many other organizations take their innovation capacity to the next level.

For four years on a row, he's been voted a Top 5 Speaker in the field of innovation and creativity and was voted the #1 innovation blogger in the world in 2010 and 2011. His widely read blog The Heart of Innovation gives people advice and techniques on how to generate powerful ideas to grow their business, solve problems in new ways, and foster a sustainable culture of innovation. Mitch's work can also be seen frequently in The Huffington Post and his 2008 book, Awake at the Wheel: Getting Your Great Idea Rolling (in an uphill world) won a silver medal in the Axiom Business Book Award contest.

In addition to his writing and speaking, Mitch has been an adjunct faculty member at leadership development programs at schools such as GE's Crotonville Management Center, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke Corporate Education, and the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management.

Additionally, Mitch is the author of the newly published business book STORYTELLING AT WORK: How Moments of Truth on the Job Reveal the Real Business of Life. If you are interested in storytelling - especially why storytelling is such a powerful tool for organizations to increase employee engagement and foster a dynamic culture of innovation, you have come to the right place.

    "Mitch Ditkoff's keynote presentation was both entertaining and informative. Over 1,030 Merck employees attended and rated the session a 4.8 out of 5.0. In just two hours, Mitch not only got participants out of the box, he also helped us understand what it takes to establish a sustainable culture of innovation."

    -- Jim Aubele, Associate Director of Organizational Learning, Merck

    "Mitch Ditkoff's innovation keynote at our 2014 Developer's Conference was an energetic and engaging opening to our event. Thanks to the pre-work Mitch did with us, his themes were perfectly synchronized with the objectives of the conference increase innovative problem-solving and increase global knowledge sharing. Mitch's comments got our people thinking and prepared to tackle the interactive objectives of the meeting. After Mitch, it was 'Game on!'"

    -Andy Billings, VP, Profitable Creativity, Electronic Arts

    "Mitch Ditkoff's culture of innovation keynote at our annual conference was informative, inspiring, and entertaining. I know that keeping 128 executives, managers, engineers and manufacturing people engaged for five hours is a challenging task, but you pulled it off extremely well."

    -Gordon Thomas, VP, Hydrosystems