Innovation and Creativity

Innovation & Creativity is among the ten Core Competencies you develop in CLA that employers and alumni tell us matter most.

When you harness the very engines upon which the world turns, you’ll be empowered to embrace alternative solutions, and create new from old.


Innovation & Creativity generates new, varied and unique ideas, and making connections between previously unrelated ideas.

Those competent in Innovation & Creativity:

  • Challenge existing paradigms and propose alternatives without being constrained by established approaches or anticipated responses of others
  • Employ their knowledge, skills, abilities, and sense of originality
  • Have a willingness to take risks and overcome internal struggle to expose one's creative self in order to bring forward new work or ideas

CLA Alumni Explain Innovation & Creativity