Mitch Ditkoff is the co-founder and President of Idea Champions, a highly acclaimed management consulting and training company, headquartered in Woodstock, NY. He specializes in helping forward thinking organizations go beyond business as usual, originate breakthrough products and services, and establish dynamic, sustainable cultures of innovation.
Educated at Lafayette College and Brown University, Mitch has worked with a wide variety of Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies who have realized the need to do something different in order to succeed in today's rapidly changing marketplace. These clients include: GE, Merck, Allianz, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, NBC Universal, Goodyear, A&E Television Networks, General Mills, MTV Networks, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and a host of others.
Mitch has been an adjunct faculty member for several esteemed leadership development programs, including GE’s Crotonville Management Development Center, Duke Corporate Education, Fuqua School of Business, University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management, and Bell Atlantic’s Marketing Institute.
At the heart of his work lies the fundamental belief that a company's most important capital asset is the collective brain power, creativity and commitment of its work force and that this asset can be significantly leveraged when people are provided with the appropriate setting, systems, tools and techniques to think (and act) out of the box.
Prior to his work with Idea Champions, Mitch was a principal in Ki Learning Systems and a Senior Consultant with the Inner Game Corporation — both organizational development firms dedicated to catalyzing superior performance in the workplace.
In addition to his consulting work, Mitch is also an accomplished keynote speaker and large group workshop facilitator. During the past 18 months, he has delivered a wide variety of keynote and workshops to a wide variety of forward thinking organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, Merck, Mitre, Chubb Insurance, Intertek, EXL, Dover Corporation, AtlantiCare, Reckitt Benckiser, Graceworks, Inpex, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and IdaVation.
In 2010, he was voted as the #1 innovation blogger in the world. His widely read blog, The Heart of Innovation, is a daily destination for a global audience of movers and shakers. Additionally, Mitch is the author of the award-winning book, Awake at the Wheel: Getting Your Great Idea Rolling (in an uphill world) and the innovation-sparking card deck and online app, Free the Genie. Mitch was also acknowledged as one of the "40 Hottest Business Speakers on the Association Circuit" in Association Meetings Magazine.
Mitch is thrilled to announce that he is opening the virtual doors of his newest venture: the Online Innovation University! His one-hour webinars are engaging, refreshing, inspiring, and interactive. And they will make an immediate difference in your work life as we provide the tools you need to increase creative thinking and innovation for yourself and your company.
Mitch lives in Woodstock, New York, with his wife, Evelyne, and their two teenage children, Jesse and Mimi.