Inmar and Wake Forest Innovation Quarter leadership recently spoke to members of the City of Arts and Innovation Winston-Salem Intern Experience (CAIIE). David Mounts, Chairman and CEO, Inmar, and Eric Tomlinson, D.Sc., Ph.D., Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s chief innovation officer and the president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, conducted the “Masters of Innovation” program.
The program was held at Inmar’s new headquarters and Team Support Center, 635 Vine Street, Winston-Salem. Following the Masters of Innovation program, the group took a short walk to Flywheel, the city’s new co-working innovation space. During the mixer, interns had the opportunity to network and mingle with area executives in attendance. The Masters of Innovation program is just one of many enrichment experiences planned for interns at Winston-Salem businesses this summer. Twenty businesses from across Winston-Salem came together for the first time this year to form CAIIE to enhance the intern experience at their respective companies. The CAIIE provides opportunities for the interns to network, attend community events, collaborate on service projects and learn about business during their stay. More than 175 students from universities across the U.S. are a part of this year’s program. Mounts and Tomlinson spoke with the interns about environments that foster innovation, as well as provide examples of innovation and current disruptive trends that will influence innovation. Central to their message was that not all innovation is the result of “genius,” but rather a constructive dissatisfaction with the current state and an ability to listen carefully to identify needs. They also discussed where Winston-Salem falls in the pantheon of innovation. “We are very pleased to be working with area businesses to provide a rich experience for all of our Winston-Salem interns,” said Mounts. “It is exciting to watch the interaction among the students and to showcase all of the opportunities available to live, work and play in Winston-Salem.” Tomlinson added, “Tremendous innovation is occurring at Innovation Quarter and businesses across our city. The intern experience is far more constructive and fulfilling when they are provided the opportunity to become immersed in the area’s businesses, arts, and social and community events in addition to their work as an intern.”