Category: Innovation

How to Be Allies Without Fear | 2019 Workplace Summit Session

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Research has shown that diverse teams drive innovation and bottom line success. Yet greater workplace diversity also presents the immense challenge of finding common ground across differences. This powerful and interactive workshop will explore how we can move forward together. Offering actionable strategies you can immediately implement on your own and with your team, it will show how to be an effective ally, improve communication, manage conflict, and build inclusive cultures where employees feel respected and valued.

Featuring:
W. Brad Johnson, Ph.D, clinical psychologist, professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law, United States Naval Academy, faculty associate, Johns Hopkins University and co-author, Athena Rising
David Smith, Ph.D, associate professor of Sociology in the Department of National Security Affairs, United States Naval War College, former Navy pilot and co-author, Athena Rising

Emcee: Dave Kim, executive director, global inclusion & diversity, Gilead Sciences @gileadsciences

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Building Trust & Navigating the Workplace After #MeToo | 2019 Workplace Summit Session

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The #MeToo movement has led us to a watershed moment. Cultural norms and workplace policies are evolving. And new questions and realities are starting to surface. A recent study by LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey showed that twice as many male managers now feel uncomfortable working alone with, socializing with, and mentoring women. This is a pivotal moment for gender partnership. Come hear this forward-looking conversation about how to dispel fear, build trust, and develop workplace cultures that work for everyone.

Thought Leader:
Rachel Thomas, president, Lean In Foundation @leaninorg
Panelists:
Amy E. Gallo, author, HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict @amyegallo
W. Brad Johnson, Ph.D, clinical psychologist, professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law, United States Naval Academy, faculty associate, Johns Hopkins University and co-author, Athena Rising
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, executive director, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University @lorinmackenzie
Emcee:
Ashraf Hebela, head, analytics & sales operations, Silicon Valley Bank @svb_financial

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Seize the Opportunity to Drive Gender Diversity in Tech

Erin PlattsBy Erin Platts, Head of Relationship Banking in Europe, Silicon Valley Bank

While we’ve come some way in narrowing the gender gap in the tech world, Silicon Valley Bank’s latest survey on the subject, the Women in Technology Leadership 2019 report, got me thinking about how to capitalize on the positive momentum we’re seeing.

After all, those of us in the tech ecosystem use that very mindset every day to fuel innovation. So here are five challenges the study brought to light and the opportunities I think they can provide to leaders looking to improve gender parity: Read More

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2019 Session | The Future of Work: Thriving in the Gig Economy

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The rise of the gig economy has brought new complexity–and opportunities–to the world of work. Many people are finding that short term contracts can develop their skill sets, build their professional networks, position them for a career pivot, and give them freedom to work how and when they want. But being your own boss isn’t for the faint of heart. This panel discussion is for those who are interested in learning how flexible work can accelerate their career, are considering contract-type work within their current company, or manage businesses that could benefit from this resource. Read More

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2019 Session | Think Like a Founder: Your Questions on Entrepreneurship Answered

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People of all different backgrounds should have the opportunity to participate in, shape, and successfully found companies that can change the world. But Silicon Valley can be a tough place for women. The challenges are well known, but tried and true advice on creating opportunities and overcoming obstacles can be harder to find. If  you work in tech, are an entrepreneur, or are trying to move your big idea forward, come learn from some powerful women about what it takes to succeed in the Valley. They will share their tips on developing an entrepreneurial mindset, skillset, and toolset that can be applied to your startup or organization of all kinds. Read More

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2019 Session | Pioneering Equity & Diversity in Your Organization

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Are you waiting for diversity gaps to be addressed in your organization? It’s time to create the changes you want to see. Each of us, regardless of positional power, has a role to play in affecting organizational change. Join this conversation for a fresh perspective on driving diversity, including practical strategies to tackle structural bias individually and organizationally. Sharing best practices and lessons learned from their first-hand experiences, this panel of experts will examine what works, what doesn’t, and what each of us can do right now to create systems in which all people can thrive. Read More

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2019 Session | Influence: Leadership That Changes Minds

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The ability to influence others is a fundamental leadership skill. But how skilled are we at this role? It turns out that many of our instincts―from relying on facts and figures to shape opinions, to insisting others are wrong or attempting to exert control―are ineffective because they are incompatible with how the human mind operates. Neurologist Tari Sharot shares how to avoid these pitfalls, and how an attempt to change beliefs and actions is only successful when it is well-matched with the core elements that govern the human brain. She reveals the critical role of emotions in influence, the weakness of data, and the power of curiosity. Relying on the latest research in neuroscience, behavioral economics, and psychology, this workshop provides fascinating insight into the complex power of influence in the workplace and beyond. Read More

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Cut the Complexity—and Do More Valuable Work

Lisa BodellMeetings, overflowing email inboxes, procedures and policies are all adding complexity to our jobs, hurting our productivity and, most importantly, blocking us from doing the work that has meaning to us.

“Typically, we’re not [even] doing our best thinking at work because we’re so busy doing stuff,” says Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of futurethink and author of Why Simple Wins.

Here are five ways Bodell suggests simplifying work: Read More

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Don’t Miss Out on Good Ideas: 4 Tips for Open Communication

Portrait of Laura Izurieta

By Laura Izurieta, Chief Risk Officer, Silicon Valley Bank

Here’s a thought: When we talk about inclusion and diversity in the workplace, shouldn’t we also talk about diversity in communication styles?

I’m a vocal supporter of diversity in terms of surrounding myself with people of different  backgrounds and with varied experiences and demographics. But sometimes the inclusion part gets undervalued. What good is having a diverse team if you don’t create an environment that is conducive to sharing points of view? You’ve not only missed the point, you’re missing out on good ideas. Read More

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Holiday Survival Tips from Simple Habit’s Founder

Yunha Kim meditating in a white roomA Stanford B school dropout, Yunha Kim is on her second startup—and like most things that meet a real need, it’s genius. Called Simple Habit, the app is a “Spotify” for meditation, meaning it’s a platform for different experts to share their bite-size meditations and audio therapy sessions.

Kim had her Eureka moment after turning to meditation apps to cope with the stress of running her first company. “I got pretty tired of hearing the same voice over and over again,” she recalls. “It occurred to me that to listen to a new singer, I don’t go to another app. I go to a platform like Spotify, where I can find new artists as well as my favorites.”

Flash forward less than three years, and Kim has a huge hit on her hands. “Simple Habit has helped more than 2.8 million people relieve stress and anxiety, with an average of 30,000 new users joining the platform every week,” she says. What’s more, she just closed $10 million in her series A, after raising $2.8 million from seed investors.

Her advice for newbie entrepreneurs? “Taking care of yourself is critical,” Kim says. “When you’re building a business from scratch, you are the number one resource you have. You will work long days, and stress is inevitable, so it’s important to take a little time each day to step away, breathe and reset.”

Here, Kim’s four tips—and her Simple Habit audio recommendations—for surviving the holidays: Read More

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