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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.

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The Simpsons: There’s no “I” in “Innovation” (oh wait, there’s actually two of them) – Lessons in innovation from the most successful show in TV history.

Joel Cohen

Joel Cohen is an absolutely hilarious, deadpan, quick-on-his feet speaker – perfect for any group that needs to enhance their innovation culture, but who prefer to laugh a little (okay, a lot) while learning how. Armed with inspired anecdotes and clips, he takes you into the fabled writer’s room at “The Simpsons” to draw the links—and there are many—between maintaining a hit show and running a successful company. He asks, and then brilliantly answers, questions essential to the success of any industry. How do you manage group dynamics to get the best from your talent? How do you find, evaluate, implement, and even discard, new ideas? How do you chart a renewable path to innovation? And how do you overcome creative log jams? (Note: for actual, literal logjams, Cohen recommends a chainsaw…or even better, hiring a guy with a chainsaw).

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