MIILA: Leading Innovative Solutions

Welcome to MSM Inclusive and Innovation Leadership Academy (MIILA): Leading Innovative Solutions, an eight-week development program for both emerging and seasoned leaders.

Innovation begins with an idea and ideas have the potential to transform the future. This development series explores the fundamentals of innovation and Design Thinking, while empowering employees with the tools to both lead and implement innovative ideas.

Module 1: Program Overview
Module 2: Leading Innovation the MSM Way
Module 3: Transferring Ideas into Innovation
Module 4: Ideation and Business Cases
Module 5: Prototyping and Testing
Module 6: Develop and Manage Implementation Plan
Module 7: Draft and Finalize Presentation
Module 8: Project Presentation and Closeout

Target Audience

Designed for emerging and seasoned leaders who have been accepted into MIILA and have successfully completed the inclusive excellence portion of the program.

Learning Objectives

Having completed this development series, participants will be able to: 

  • Employ leadership practices and behaviors to foster a culture of innovation within their teams and organizations. 
  • Adapt their leadership practices to different stages of the innovation process, from idea generation to implementation and scaling. 
  • Recognize the value of innovation and the role it plays in driving organizational growth, impact, and sustainability.  
  • Apply innovation methodology (Design Thinking) to generate, implement, and scale innovative solutions. 
  • Recognize the importance of challenging and cultivating new mental models, embracing risk taking, and experimenting to continuously adapt and generate innovative solutions. 
  • Manage the effective implementation of innovative solutions, using methods for measuring and evaluating progress and impact. 
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Morehouse Inclusive and Innovation Leadership Academy: Leading Innovative Solutions development series is designed, implemented, and facilitated by the Office of Impact and Innovation, the Office of Strategy and Institutional Effectiveness, and the Office of Extended Professional Education at Morehouse School of Medicine. The facilitators are Henry King, PhD, Cassandra Lawrence, MBA, and Denise McGee, CPMP. There are no conflicts of interest to disclose in relation to this workshop. 

Henry King, MBA, PhD

Assistant Vice President of Strategy at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Assistant Vice President of Strategy at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Dr. King is a passionate visionary, strategist, institutional effectiveness and performance improvement professional.  He has more than 25 years of experience expanding private, government, non-profit, and higher education executive leaders, mid-level leaders, and cross-functional teams’ strategic thinking, planning, process improvement or innovation, team building, and leadership capabilities to develop, implement, and manage strategies and other innovative solutions to strengthen their organizational and operational performance to deliver greater value to those whom they serve. He currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Strategy at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. King obtained a Bachelor of Art in Public Affairs Management from Michigan State University, a Master of Business Administration from Baker College, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership from Indiana Institute of Technology.


Cassandra Lawrence, MBA

Project Director, Digital Innovation and Content Strategy at Morehouse School of Medicine


Cassandra Lawrence is a seasoned communications professional with over 15 years of experience in the realm of higher education and academic medicine. Renowned as a proficient writer, strategist, and innovator, Cassandra has dedicated her career to advancing equity and justice within academic and health settings. With a laser-focus on fostering a culture of creativity and inclusion, Cassandra has consistently championed initiatives aimed at breaking down barriers to access and opportunity. She currently serves as the Project Director for Digital Innovation and Content Strategy within the Office of Impact and Innovation at Morehouse School of Medicine where she spearheads the implementation of innovative programs aimed at nurturing professional development and intrapreneurship among employees. Cassandra obtained both a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations/Communications and Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. 


Denise McGee

Director of Accreditation at Morehouse School of Medicine

Denise McGee is a highly skilled Training & Development Executive with more than 15 years of experience across multiple education, training and medical mastery programs, including creating organizational plans, overseeing day-to-day activities, improving performance, developing organizational culture, supervising staff, reporting on revenue, and directing departmental strategy. Exceedingly proficient in delivering programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of administration, and overseeing timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals. Denise has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Spelman College, a certificate in Project Management from Georgia State University, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Georgia State University. 

The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM,) in accordance with ACCME guidelines, requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. Full disclosure of speaker relationships will be made at this activity.


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Participants in the MSM Inclusive and Innovation Leadership Academy are automatically enrolled in the Leading Innovation Development series. 

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