Archive for March, 2012

NPDP Certification Training Preview

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Take a look at our video previewing our NPDP Certification Training by clicking the image below!

Click the image above to learn more about our NPDP Certification Training!


Univ of Chicago IRT: Kraft’s upsurge in innovation performance

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The University of Chicago Innovation Roundtable is pleased to announce that Barry Calpino, Vice President of Breakthrough Innovation at Kraft will present on March 20th at the Gleacher Center Downtown Chicago.  He will tell the story of Kraft Foods North America’s recent major upsurge in innovation performance.  He will discuss how Kraft’s leadership made it a key area of strategic emphasis and the story behind how they have recently risen to top-tier level of innovation performance in the CPG industry – capped off by the recent launch of over 70 new products in early 2012.  He will also share lessons learned from the journey and some general thoughts on innovation from spending over 18 years in CPG Innovation.

Barry oversees the Global Innovation Center of Excellence for Kraft.   Amongst his Center of Excellence roles, Barry oversees the Corporate Breakthrough Innovation group and is on the Kraft North America Leadership team, leading Innovation across the KNA teams.

Barry has been at Kraft since 2009.  He has over 18 years of CPG Brand Marketing experience,   with 13 of those years spent mostly or entirely focused on leading Innovation.  Leading CPG companies he has worked for in Innovation include SC Johnson, Kellogg’s and Wrigley, where he led Gum and Candy innovation for North America prior to coming to Kraft.

Barry has an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Marquette and his MBA from Kellogg-Northwestern.   Barry is originally from Chicago and resides there today, where he is married with 3 kids.


The University of Chicago: Gleacher Center, Room 100

450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive

Chicago, IL


Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Registration: 6:00-6:30 PM

Presentation and Q&A  6:30-7:45 PM

Midway Club: 7:45-9:00 PM

Cost: Free (Food and drinks are not served)



Mary Drotar



The University of Chicago Innovation Roundtable LinkedIn Group The Innovation Roundtable group on LinkedIn is a networking tool that is open to anyone with an interest in the development and commercialization of new products and services.  We established this group to encourage connections between our members to discuss concepts, tools and best practices for innovation.  In addition, we would like to use it as an informal ‘membership directory’ for IRT members who have LinkedIn profiles.

We think the development of a membership directory of this type can be useful for networking, and for finding subject matter experts, and we encourage anyone on our mailing list to enroll via the website links below:

Innovation Roundtable Group on LinkedIn

Group Owner:


Join the IRT email list

If you are interested in joining our mailing list, please use the following