Teresa Jurgens-Kowal

Teresa Jurgens-Kowal

Teresa Jurgens-Kowal is passionate about innovation. She is a writer, speaker, coach, and trainer. Teresa founded Global NP Solutions in 2009 to help individuals and organizations learn, adopt, transform, and sustain innovation. She enjoys helping people reach their highest levels of success with innovation. Teresa’s consulting clients include a full spectrum of large industry corporations to entrepreneurs seeking to launch new products and to improve innovation system effectiveness. She frequently presents keynotes and breakouts locally and nationally on her favorite topics of innovation, design thinking, and product development.

Teresa is the co-editor of the PDMA Body of Knowledge (2020) and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified Professional Engineering Manager (CPEM), and New Product Development Professional (NPDP). In 2021, she released The Innovation ANSWER Book 2nd edition, a comprehensive guide to building innovation leadership. The companion The Innovation QUESTION Book was published in 2022 and will soon be available in Spanish. Teresa has also published chapters on innovation with the Virtual Team Model (2018), Leveraging Constraints for Innovation and on Quality Management Systems in the Engineering Management Handbook (2022), among other publications.

Prior to founding Global NP Solutions, Teresa worked in process development and as an internal innovation expert at ExxonMobil Chemical Company. She has degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington (PhD) and University of Idaho (BS), and an MBA from West Texas A&M University. Teresa lives in Southeast Texas and enjoys bicycling and scrapbooking in her leisure time.


Building Innovation Leaders

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Managing Change

. by Teresa Jurgens-Kowal

Change brings a dichotomy of emotions: we are either excited for, or absolutely dread, change. Learn to handle change better and manage positive change as a leader within your organization.

Book Review: Open Innovation

. by Teresa Jurgens-Kowal

Open innovation may be the latest buzzword, but it's value to chemical engineers goes well beyond a shiny new expression to toss about. Check out this review of one of the latest books dedicated to the subject.

Lessons on Leading Change

. by Teresa Jurgens-Kowal

What type of leader are you, and what are your strongest abilities? Learning to lead means understanding where your strengths as a leader lie so you can also learn to manage your weaknesses.

What Strategy Means to Engineers

. by Teresa Jurgens-Kowal

Many chemical engineers are engaged in tactical implementation rather than strategic project development. However, understanding the firm’s strategy can help improve project selection, team organization, and profitability at a company.