Thomas D. Kuczmarski is a co-founder of the Chicago Innovation Awards, which celebrates, educates and connects Chicago innovators through year-round programming and its annual awards gala in October. In 2013, the Awards expanded to include a new venture, The Innovators Connection, designed to create business connections among the region’s innovators, large and small.
“What’s happened in recent years with the advent of 1871 and incubators and the mindset of large corporations also changing so now they see the power of connecting with small startups, inventors, organizations and entrepreneurs, Chicago is truly becoming a home of innovation,” he told Blue Sky.
As president and founder of Kuczmarski Innovation, he works with businesses of all sizes. He teaches product and service innovation at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is the author of six books on innovation and leadership.
Before founding Kuczmarski Innovation, he was a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton.
He earned an MBA from Columbia University’s Columbia Business School and holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he was named an International Fellow of the University. He received a B.A. in French from the College of the Holy Cross.
He lives in Chicago with his wife, Susan. They have three sons.