Category: Innovation

EXPERT EXCHANGE | Innovative Leaders Forging New Pathways

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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:

Claire Lee, managing director, Silicon Valley Bank

Speakers:

Shuly Galili, founding partner, UpWest Labs
Elizabeth Gore, Dell entrepreneur in residence, Dell
Laura Kennedy, VP Corporate Development, Techstars
Les Matthews, senior vice president, digital partnerships

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Unconscious Bias: Addressing the Gap in Yourself and Your Company

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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 are making strides, this interactive discussion will explore what leaders at all levels can do to contribute to the overall movement including: Read More

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Connectional Intelligence: Today’s Secret to Getting Things Done

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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 enlist supporters, accelerate innovation, develop strategies, and sustain solutions to big problems. Read More

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Podcast | Tap the Hidden Forces That Influence People

Jonah BergerClick 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. Read More

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

Heather WillemsCan 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 problems and propel your productivity to the next level—all from picking up a pen.

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Diversity of Thought Results in Higher Performing Teams

Lisa GuessBy 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 when we choose only those we are most comfortable with, we end up with extremely homogeneous teams where everyone thinks the same way. The team doesn’t challenge popular assumptions and devolves to “groupthink,” where the desire for consensus and conformity results in inferior decision-making and outcomes.   Read More

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Free Teleclass | Tap the Hidden Forces That Influence People

Jonah BergerTap the Hidden Forces That Influence People
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
10:00-10:30am Pacific

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Junk Gypsy Jolie Sikes’ Advice for Entrepreneurial Free Spirits

Jolie SikesWhat do you do when you realize that the corporate life just isn’t your jam? When you’re Jolie Sikes or her big sister Amie, co-founders with their mom of Junk Gypsy, you hit the road, hightailing it out of Houston and Austin, respectively—and keep driving for 15 years.

Of course, they weren’t aimlessly roaming Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. They were scouring flea markets and roadsides for discarded treasures that they could fix up and resell. “It was Mom’s idea and her $2,000 stash for the slot machines that we used at first,” says Sikes. “She said, ‘Let’s just go to Canton [where there’s a giant four-day flea market every month] with open minds and figure out what we can do.’” Read More

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

Heather WillemsCan 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 problems and propel your productivity to the next level—all from picking up a pen.

Download the companion PDF and then click Play below to listen.
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Free Teleclass | Increase Your Productivity with the Secret Power of Visual Note Taking

Heather WillemsIncrease Your Productivity with the Secret Power of Visual Note Taking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
10:00-10:30am Pacific

Eventbrite - Increase Your Productivity with the Secret Power of Visual Note Taking (Free Teleclass with Heather Willems)

Download the companion PDF to follow along and practice with Heather.
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