Category Archives: Innovation

Startup Savvy: How to Raise Cash on Kickstarter

Ten years ago, Kathy Strahs had at least one thing in common with Oprah Winfrey: Strahs’ panini press, a Christmas present from her sister, was one of her favorite things, too. Home with a new baby, Strahs got busy in the kitchen and started blogging about her recipes for the appliance. “I really enjoyed the creative process and would stay up late and work through the night,” recalls the former … [ more ]

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Secrets to Being a Great Idea Person

Have you ever been in a brainstorming meeting that wasn’t a waste of time? Chances are no if the goal was to hit upon something truly original and innovative. “Often in a business setting, people are using best practices in brainstorming, and that’s a large part of the problem,” says Jennifer Mueller, associate professor of management at the University of San Diego School of Business and author of Creative Change: How We … [ more ]

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How Women Can Get Ahead in Technology

What’s really holding women back in technology? You may have read about the “pipeline problem”—girls don’t study science, technology, engineering or math in equal numbers to boys—but that’s a red herring, says Gina Helfrich, founder and organizer of Feminist Hack ATX. “The biggest obstacle, in my opinion, is poor retention numbers,” Helfrich says. “Research shows that more than half of women in technology leave the field by mid-career.”

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EXPERT EXCHANGE | Gender Partnership: Engaging Men As Advocates to Pioneer Gender Equity

Click Play below to listen to this session from the 2017 conference. By engaging men in advocating for more equal workplaces, we’re creating better leaders, stronger businesses, more fulfilling lives for both women and men as well as establishing a business imperative required at all levels from all managers. The stats are staggering, in terms of where women stand in the workplace even after all this time, and will need an … [ more ]

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EXPERT EXCHANGE | Innovative Leaders Forging New Pathways

Click Play below to listen to this session from the 2017 conference. At the heart of the Valley’s culture is disruption, regardless of gender, age or ethnicity. Join this dynamic panel to hear unique perspectives on forging new pathways, disrupting the norm, whether in business, in life or in the world. You’ll take away insights and inspiration for challenging stereotypes, taking risks and making the seemingly impossible a reality. Moderator: … [ more ]

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Unconscious Bias: Addressing the Gap in Yourself and Your Company

Click Play below to listen to this session from the 2017 conference. The stats are staggering and while we have taken steps in the right direction, progress remains slow. Impacting real change will require a top down and bottom up approach. The most effective leaders navigate highly diverse teams, being aware of any unconscious bias – all with an eye toward equity and profitability. Using real-world examples from workplaces who … [ more ]

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Connectional Intelligence: Today’s Secret to Getting Things Done

Click Play below to listen to this session from the 2017 conference. In today’s hyper-competitive world, smarts, passion and luck aren’t enough. Strategist Erica Dhawan argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence (CxQ). Virtually anyone can maximize his or her potential, and achieve breakthrough performance, by developing this crucial ability. In this session Erica will share with you how to use Connectional Intelligence to … [ more ]

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Podcast | Tap the Hidden Forces That Influence People

Click Play below to listen. Wharton professor and top-rated 2014 conference speaker Jonah Berger is back to share his business and social science research that will help us to learn the subtle, invisible influences behind our choices as individuals. By understanding how social influence works, we can decide when to resist and when to embrace it—and how we can use this knowledge to make better-informed decisions and exercise more control over our own behavior. Podcast: … [ more ]

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Podcast | Increase Your Productivity with the Secret Power of Visual Note Taking

Can you really draw your way to success? Heather Willems, co-founder of ImageThink and co-author of Draw Your Big Idea will prove you can in this 30-minute talk where she explains the secret power of visuals for achieving your goals in the workplace. Willems offers techniques to harness your creativity and master success using nothing more than your basic drawing skills. Learn how to clarify complex ideas, spark creativity, solve … [ more ]

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Diversity of Thought Results in Higher Performing Teams

By Lisa Guess, VP of Systems Engineering, Juniper Networks “That person just isn’t a good cultural fit…”   Have you ever heard this phrase when a panel interviews a candidate for a job? Or worse yet, have you ever uttered this phrase yourself? While cultural fit can be an important factor, too often it is used as a way to avoid hiring someone who thinks differently than the group. Yet … [ more ]

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