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futurist and keynote speaker Nancy Giordano at AAPN

Nancy Giordano Explores the Future and “Leadering” at Apparel Industry Conference

AAPN’s annual meeting featured impressive keynote speakers, including strategic futurist Nancy Giordano, and provided lots of opportunities for networking and developing business relationships in the apparel supply chain. Continue reading

tech leadering - Nancy Giordano leading business speaker

Tech future demands “Leadering”

One of the world’s leading futurists, Nancy Giordano, argues for a new kind of leadership, writes Arthur Goldstruck

It is somewhat reassuring to learn that Nancy Giordano has 43,000 unopened emails on her computer. As a global “brand futurist”, she is in demand to lead transformation strategies at major corporations, and present her framework for visionary leadership at conferences and events. She is also a mother of three and a part-time lecturer at Singularity University in Silicon Valley.

If someone operating at the cutting edge of technology has such a cluttered inbox, the rest of us can be forgiven for not keeping up. However, she reassures us, she is on top of the important correspondence. Speaking at VeeamOn, a conference hosted by data backup and management company Veeam in Miami, Florida, she makes the case for “audacious leadering” as the key to being on top of the rapid technological change that the coming years will bring. Continue reading

Michelle Lee - Director of USPTO

8 Remarkable Things About Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee joined the league of female pioneers as the first female director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  But who is Michelle Lee? Here are eight things you may not know about the USPTO’s fearless former leader:

  1. Lee was also the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. Part of her responsibilities while serving with the Department of Commerce was to advise the president on domestic and international intellectual property matters.
  2. Lee greatly influenced the Silicon Valley USPTO. In 2012, Lee served as the first director of the Silicon Valley USPTO. Before that, she served on the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee, advising the USPTO on patent policies.
  3. Lee was an IP power house in the Silicon Valley. Lee was named the Best Bay Area IP Lawyer and one of the Top 100 most influential women in the Silicon Valley by the San Francisco Business Times and the San Jose Business Journal.
  4. Lee has also served as deputy general counsel for Google. Lee served as the company’s first Head of Patents and Patent Strategy. During her time at Google, Lee built Google’s patent portfolio from only a few patents to over 10,000!
  5. She has plenty of experience being a leader. Before Google, Lee was a partner at Fenwick & West, where she represented leading high-tech firms such as Cisco Systems, Logitech, Apple, and Sun Microsystems.
  6. Lee is well versed in electrical engineering and computer science with degrees from MIT. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Lee worked as a computer scientist at Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
  7. Lee grew up in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Lee grew up in Saratoga, California, and after going away for college, she returned to the Bay Area to earn her law degree from Stanford University.
  8. She has a surprising skill. Fun fact: Lee trained for 16 years as a classical ballet dancer.

Michelle Lee is now one of the most exciting business speakers that we have seen in years. Learn more at www.nextupspeakers.com/michelle-lee.com.

Rebecca Costa Speaker on Big Data

Rebecca Costa Wows Leaders at Data Conference.

Speaking at a big data conference, Rebecca Costa advised business leaders to get used to the idea of “predapting” (preparing to adapt ) to changing technologies and economic conditions. Information is flooding over us in unprecedented volumes, speed and diversity. We have to adapt to change before the change takes place. “We can’t wait to adapt, because if you can’t get our ahead of it …  the train will have left the station.”

Costa also talked about predictive analytics as one of the most powerful tools that organizations can invest in.  We are in an era when we can accurately predict outcomes, which will radically change how we lead. Continue reading