28 Jan January 29, 2018 – Innovation Guru Kumar Mehta, Non-Obvious Curator Rohit Bhargava and Culture Andrew Conrad
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Dr. Kumar Mehta – Principal & Founder of Bridges Insight and Author of The Innovation Biome: A Sustained Business Environment Where Innovation Thrives
Dr. Kumar Mehta is an expert in innovation science and is dedicated to providing knowledge to help accelerate the rate of innovation across the globe. Kumar has been studying innovation since before it became a buzzword, basing his 1990 dissertation on how groundbreaking ideas and technologies spread. Since then, he has used his knowledge to create conditions for innovation throughout his tenure in a large corporation and in building out imaginative and forward-thinking companies. He has been the CEO of a successful enterprise that employs over 1,200 people worldwide. Kumar has also spent over thirteen years at Microsoft honing his skills in innovation, data analytics, research, and business strategy. He frequently speaks around the world on these topics. Kumar also serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California. Kumar is passionate about education and serves on the board for the Committee for Children, a global nonprofit dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development.
Rohit Bhargava – Founder and Chief Trend Curator of the Non-Obvious Company and Author of Non-Obvious 2018 Edition: How To Predict Trends And Win The Future (Non-Obvious Series)
Rohit Bhargava is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, marketing professor and trends curator. He is the founder of the Non-Obvious Company and previously spent over 15 years leading digital and marketing strategy for global brands at two respected marketing agencies, Leo Burnett and Ogilvy. Rohit is widely considered one of the most entertaining and original keynote speakers on business trends and marketing in the world. He has been invited to deliver sell-out keynotes and workshops to change the way teams and leaders think at the World Bank, NASA, Intel, LinkedIn, MetLife, Under Armour, Univision, Disney and hundreds more. He has been quoted as a marketing and business expert by the Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, and NPR. He also writes a monthly column for GQ magazine, teaches a popular course on marketing and storytelling and also his personal blog has been named one of the top 25 marketing blogs in the world by AdAge magazine. Rohit dedicated his career to helping brands and leaders win by embracing their humanity and personality, learning to see what others miss, and predict the future.
Andrew Conrad – Director Of Training at Alta Impact
Andrew Conrad started and led a web design and photography business, worked in international sales management, and lived in Mexico working with a nonprofit over the last 10 years. He has worked with leaders and professionals of all kinds and managed a global team in two countries to grow sustainable initiatives. Andrew has a passion for serving others and growing individuals and teams through leadership development, team culture and joyful engagement. As a lifelong apprentice who has had the opportunity to learn from many mistakes, Andrew seeks to help others grow from the lessons he learned without having to experience similar hardship. Andrew’s mission is to build into others to help them get out their own way through self-melioration and practice otherness to become their ideal selves. He works to helps individuals discover significance in tandem with success and become multiplying leaders within their communities and organizations.