Robert Wolcott

Robert Wolcott, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Clareo Partners LLC, a corporate strategy and innovation management consultancy specializing in new business creation and growth ( Subsidiary Clareo Capital owns equity in companies in social enterprise and luxury markets. Clareo’s headquarters, Clareo Studio, created in partnership with Herman Miller, Inc., serves as a collaboration space for special events, corporate off-sites and performances dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship, social awareness and general inspiration. He is also the Founder & Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) and a member of the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He teaches corporate innovation and entrepreneurship for Kellogg in Evanston, Miami and Hong Kong (with HKUST). Formerly Visiting Professor at the Keio Business School (Tokyo, Japan). Advisor to NORDEN, the Nordic Innovation Center, Nordic Council of Ministers, Oslo, Norway, and a member of the Global Technology Council of Kraft Foods, Inc. His new book, with Dr. Michael Lippitz, Grow From Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation (McGraw-Hill) launched in October, 2009. Wolcott’s work has appeared in MIT Sloan Management Review, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Business Week, The Financial Times (UK/ European Edition) and the New York Times. He is a frequent speaker at events worldwide. Wolcott received a BA, European and Chinese History; and an MS and Ph.D., Industrial Engineering & Management Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He and his wife, Ada Yung, have a young daughter, Jolie, and reside in Chicago, Illinois.

Where were you born ?
How long in Chicago:
Since 1977
Professor of Innovation & co-founder of Clareo Partners, a strategy consultancy
Favorite Restaurant:
Le Bouchon. I take people there from literally all over the world. Jean-Claude is the classic French restaurateur and his staff is professional and welcoming. It is the closest we have to Paris in the region.
Best Ethnic Food:
Depends… Chicago has something great from almost every ethnic cuisine
Best Italian:
Merlot on Maple or Tocco. The Italian couple that owns Merlot on Maple and Bruno Abate at Tocco are all 100% authentic, passionate and committed to your experience. They’re what Restaurateurs are meant to be.
Best place for a romantic date:
Wherever my wife, Ada Yung, and I are!
Best Sunday brunch:
Takashi for the homemade Japanese noodles. Ada, Jolie and I make the trip every Sunday I’m in town. They are equal to anything in Tokyo.
Best place for a power business meeting:
Unexpected places that match the interests of the people you’re with. Why go to the same places as everyone else?
All-around favorite spot in Chicago:
Bucktown/Wicker Park… and our offices in the West Loop, known as Clareo Studio, at 913 W. Van Buren. ;-)
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Elysian, all the way! I travel all the time, all over the world, and The Elysian ranks with any hotel, anywhere.
Best Aspect of Chicago:
Chicago continues to live Daniel Burnham’s maxim: “Make no little plans”… and the people are great.
Best Steakhouse:
No idea… lots of great ones (and I’m a seafood vegetarian)
Best Sushi:
Ai Sushi. Hemi-san, the lead chef, is the real deal. I refer to him as “Hemi-sensei,” “sensi” being an honorific term usually reserved for professors and other teachers.
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