Cisco Systems and Kimberly-Clark Invest in Leadership Development with Groundbreaking Innovation Learning Experience

    Cisco Systems and Kimberly-Clark Invest in Leadership Development with
                Groundbreaking Innovation Learning Experience

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 16, 2013

Innovator's Accelerator®, developed by Apollo Group in conjunction with elite
academic and technology partners, addresses innovation gap in business today

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Apollo Group, Inc.
today announced that more than a dozen companies, including Cisco Systems,
Inc. and Kimberly-Clark have signed on to accelerate innovation within their
organizations with its Innovator's Accelerator® leadership development

Innovation is critical in an increasingly competitive global marketplace, and
regularly identified by CEOs as the top priority for their company. Since
launching earlier this year, hundreds of business leaders have participated in
the Innovator's Accelerator® learning experience, representing companies
across a broad range of industries including consumer products, entertainment,
financial services, healthcare, hospitality, information technology,
manufacturing, retail and telecom.

Innovator's Accelerator is a six-week online experience led by the world's
leading experts on business innovation: Clayton Christensen of Harvard
Business School, Jeff Dyer of Brigham Young University's Marriott School of
Management and Hal Gregersen of INSEAD. The three, who also co-authored "The
Innovator's DNA" and consult with businesses around the world on disruptive
innovation, bring together research and tools that help business leaders
transform into innovators, ready to be the catalyst for change in their

"Accelerating the pace and impact of innovation is a number one priority in
our organization, as finding ways to foster key skills across the enterprise
can be difficult," said Sarah Freiburger, vice president of research and
engineering, Kimberly-Clark. "Innovator's Accelerator provides a unique
virtual learning environment where our teams can develop and apply key
innovation skills that drive disruptive and fresh thinking."

The revolutionary online learning experience, co-designed with award-winning
firm IDEO™, differentiates itself from traditional online offerings by
surfacing dynamic content in a highly engaging, game-like environment that
maps to how people work and learn today. Innovator's Accelerator's modular
content can be consumed on any device through a simple web browser. Self-paced
lesson plans coupled with virtual team learning and interaction helps emerging
leaders build innovation skills quickly in parallel with their day job, while
providing organizations with transparent talent development.

"In developing Innovator's Accelerator, we worked with the market leaders in
both innovation and design to ensure we were providing a learning experience
that engages and teaches busy business executives how to better innovate,"
said George Lichter, head of innovation programming for Apollo Lightspeed, a
business unit of Apollo Group. "In just six weeks, a company can help change
the way its employees think and bring ideas to life."

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About Apollo Group

Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL) is one of the world's largest private
education providers and has been in the education business since 1973. Through
its subsidiaries: University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, Institute for
Professional Development and College for Financial Planning, Apollo Group.
Inc. offers innovative and distinctive educational programs and services,
online and on-campus, at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels. These
educational programs and services are offered throughout the United States and
in Latin America and Europe, as well as online throughout the world. For more
information about Apollo Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL
or visit the Company's website at

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