NAPERVILLE -- Innovation expert and consultant Tom Kuczmarski will lead an exploration into how personal risk-taking, creativity and flexibility can influence business success at “Creating a Culture of Innovation” on  Nov. 8.
The event, hosted bu the DuPage Children's Museum, will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., at North Central College in Naperville. Business and community leaders to invited to attend.
Kuczmarski, a nationally recognized expert in the innovation of new products and services and co-founder of the Chicago Innovation Awards, will discuss the necessary steps for businesses to create a culture of innovation. Following his presentation, he will moderate a panel of innovators and an audience question and answer session.
“I applaud DuPage Children's Museum’s mission – to stimulate the young mind through self-directed, open-ended play,” said Kuczmarski. “The Chicago region has become a global center for innovation and I’m looking forward to facilitating a dialogue with business and community leaders in DuPage County.”
Kuczmarski is senior partner and president of Kuczmarski & Associates and the author of six books and many articles. He has taught product and service innovation at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management for 31 years and is the co-founder and co-chair of the Chicago Innovation Awards.  
“Quality early learning experiences for young children have a direct impact on the level of success they will experience later in life, so it is a natural extension for DuPage Children's Museum to present this discussion,” said Susan Broad, DuPage Children's Museum President and CEO.
Innovators participating in the panel discussion include Dan Brown, president and founder, Loggerhead Tools; Bob Dutzi, vice president and general manager, Illinois Tool Works; Richard Faron, president, Museum Explorer; Sam Immordino, Jr., program manager, Performance Surfaces and Materials Analysis Laboratories, USG Corporate Innovation Center; Brian Krause, vice president, Global Marketing and Communications, Molex Incorporated; and Maria Wynne, CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.
DuPage Children's Museum is presenting this event in cooperation with Choose DuPage. Business sponsors for the event include Association for Manufacturing Excellence; Chicago Innovation Awards; Crowe Horwath, LLP; Excel Displays & Packaging; Magnetrol International; Mesirow Financial; Molex; and Navistar, Inc.
 Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. To learn more and to register, visit www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org/innovation.