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Project Connect presents

Raising Your Innovation IQ

Nurturing your company culture amidst uncertainty

Wednesday 30 September

9.00am – 10.00am

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Innovation is occurring across multiple industries globally, and while product and process innovation is critical to business success, the winners in the near future will be the leaders that are also embracing innovation in a critical – yet often overlooked – area: leveraging the talent of their team and nurturing an innovation-focused culture.

In this keynote, Leena will share her four-part Innovation Expansion Framework that will give you a step-by-step approach to cultivating creative thinking. Whether you have (or are part of) a small team, head up a business unit, or lead an entire workforce, this talk – backed up by great stories, compelling data, lesser known case studies, and actionable takeaways – will give you the "how-to" to go forth and make innovation a priority.

Leena Patel is the founder of Sandbox2Boardroom.com, and a leading expert on helping leaders worldwide drive innovation from creative ideation through to strategic execution. Her strategies have helped organizations win new business, increase market share, and drive bottom line revenue up by as much as 40% within twelve months by implementing a single idea.

Speaker
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    Leena Patel
    Founder, Sandbox2Boardroom

Dr Anita Sands
Global technology and business leader

Dr. Anita Sands is a global technology and business leader, public speaker and advocate for the advancement of women. She currently serves on the board of three Silicon Valley public companies - Symantec Corporation, Service Now, and Pure Storage, and is a board director at private companies, ThoughtWorks and AppBus. She is also an active advisory board member at Docusign, Accompany and Box.

Anita earned both her Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics and bachelor's degree in Physics & Applied Math from Queen's University Belfast, and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Prior to her latest career pivot into technology, Anita spent a decade in the financial services sector, specialising in enterprise transformation and technology led innovation. She was the youngest ever Senior Vice President at the Royal Bank of Canada where she served as the Head of Innovation and Process Design. At the age of 33, she was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, and subsequently as Head of Change Leadership, for UBS Wealth Management Americas, responsible for technology, operations and corporate services.

Anita has been honoured on many occasions for her contribution to technology leadership and the advancement of women. She holds a diploma in piano from the London School of Music, and has travelled to all seven continents, including an expedition to Antarctica. Anita is a former all-Ireland public speaking champion and a frequent commentator on digital transformation and women’s leadership.

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Dr Anita Sands 1
Global technology and business leader

Dr. Anita Sands is a global technology and business leader, public speaker and advocate for the advancement of women. She currently serves on the board of three Silicon Valley public companies - Symantec Corporation, Service Now, and Pure Storage, and is a board director at private companies, ThoughtWorks and AppBus. She is also an active advisory board member at Docusign, Accompany and Box.

Anita earned both her Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics and bachelor's degree in Physics & Applied Math from Queen's University Belfast, and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Prior to her latest career pivot into technology, Anita spent a decade in the financial services sector, specialising in enterprise transformation and technology led innovation. She was the youngest ever Senior Vice President at the Royal Bank of Canada where she served as the Head of Innovation and Process Design. At the age of 33, she was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, and subsequently as Head of Change Leadership, for UBS Wealth Management Americas, responsible for technology, operations and corporate services.

Anita has been honoured on many occasions for her contribution to technology leadership and the advancement of women. She holds a diploma in piano from the London School of Music, and has travelled to all seven continents, including an expedition to Antarctica. Anita is a former all-Ireland public speaking champion and a frequent commentator on digital transformation and women’s leadership.

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Dr Anita Sands 2
Global technology and business leader

Dr. Anita Sands is a global technology and business leader, public speaker and advocate for the advancement of women. She currently serves on the board of three Silicon Valley public companies - Symantec Corporation, Service Now, and Pure Storage, and is a board director at private companies, ThoughtWorks and AppBus. She is also an active advisory board member at Docusign, Accompany and Box.

Anita earned both her Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics and bachelor's degree in Physics & Applied Math from Queen's University Belfast, and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Prior to her latest career pivot into technology, Anita spent a decade in the financial services sector, specialising in enterprise transformation and technology led innovation. She was the youngest ever Senior Vice President at the Royal Bank of Canada where she served as the Head of Innovation and Process Design. At the age of 33, she was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, and subsequently as Head of Change Leadership, for UBS Wealth Management Americas, responsible for technology, operations and corporate services.

Anita has been honoured on many occasions for her contribution to technology leadership and the advancement of women. She holds a diploma in piano from the London School of Music, and has travelled to all seven continents, including an expedition to Antarctica. Anita is a former all-Ireland public speaking champion and a frequent commentator on digital transformation and women’s leadership.

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