As the Emmy award-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons, the longest-running American scripted primetime television series in history, Joel Cohen has been a key part of the show's success. Since its debut on December 17, 1989, The Simpsons has broadcast more than 600 episodes, and was named by Time as “The greatest TV show of the 20th century.” It has won dozens of awards, including 31 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards, and a Peabody Award.
A graduate of the University of Alberta (B.Sc.) and York University (M.B.A.), Joel found success in the corporate world before making a completely illogical career move into comedy writing. Joel's experience as both a “creative” and a “suit” has not only left him with a puzzling resume, it also gives him a unique perspective to discuss innovation and its place in business.
In addition to writing for several movies, TV and online projects, Joel is also the author of the new book “How to Lose a Marathon: A Starter's Guide to Finishing in 26.2 Chapters.” This hilariously chronicles Joel Cohen's step-by-step journey from being a couch potato to being whatever type of potato can finish a marathon.
In his fascinating and wonderfully humorous presentations, he provides vibrant stories and key lessons to the show's sustained creative process, group dynamics, and culture of innovation.