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22. How Disruptive Innovation & Proprietary Technology are the Future of Work | SCOTT HARPER, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dialexa
This week we spend time with Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dialexa, Scott Harper.
Scott Harper is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dialexa, a technology consulting firm founded on the belief that every industry would be won with technology. Dialexa works with category winning companies to deliver exceptional client experiences, new digital products, and proprietary technology that delivers competitive advantage. Clients include world-class brands such as Boston Consulting Group, Toyota, Topgolf, Unisys, Genentech, and Audi.
Under Scott’s leadership, Dialexa has received numerous awards such as: Inc Magazine’s Best Workplaces, Dallas Business Journal’s Best Places to Work, and Entrepreneur.com as one of the top entrepreneurial companies in America for several years in a row. Additionally, Dialexa has been recognized by Forrester many times for such accolades as being ranked as a leading Digital Experience Service Provider.
Scott has also personally received many honors and awards including the Ernst & Young EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award, D CEO Dallas 500 award, and the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award.
Along with running Dialexa, Scott is a founder and former Chairman of Vinli, a founder and board member of Rosy Wellness, and was a founder and board member of Robin Technologies - all companies born out of Dialexa’s incubator, Dialexa Labs. He also serves on the board of the Lone Star Chapter of YPO as membership chair, is an Operating Partner with Alturus Capital, and serves on the SMU Computer Science Department Advisory Board.
Scott has a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a Biomedical Specialization from Southern Methodist University. He resides in Dallas with his wife, Lyndsey, and their three children, Scarlett, Camille, and Clifton.
21. How fundraising & communities in need are impacted during times of global crisis | CARYL STERN Humanitarian, Author, Child Advocate, Activist, and Non-profit Executive.
Doug Foulkes and Claire Haidar meet with Caryl Stern and discuss how our duty to leave a better world behind for children while continuing to manage fundraising during a time of global crisis.
Caryl Stern has dedicated her career to helping others through education, compassion, advocacy and rolling up her sleeves. She shares her perspective on creating access and opportunities to people in need and how her belief that those who are closest to the problems are the closest to the solutions helps drive progress forward.
20. Remote work collaboration & how to set work-life boundaries | LEA A. ELLERMEIER Serial Entrepreneur, CEO, Author, Visual Artist, & Explorer
A candid conversation with Lea A. Ellermeier covering everything from how she approaches entrepreneurship, hiring the right people, the value of being in the office & the future of work.
LEA A. ELLERMEIER
SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR, CEO, AUTHOR, VISUAL ARTIST, EXPLORER
Lea has spent her +25-year career in start-up and small tech companies focused on bringing disruptive technologies to software and healthcare markets.
She is also a painter and a writer. Her memoir, Finding the Exit, is the story of overcoming a tragic beginning and finding success in the hyper-competitive world of technology start-ups. It captures the feelings of economic vulnerability that stalk women of disadvantaged backgrounds as they become executives and leaders.
In 2003 she co-founded Lingualcare, a medtech company that made customized orthodontic braces that go behind the teeth.
Lingualcare won the prestigious Dallas 100 Entrepreneur Award in 2007 for being one of the fastest growing, most dynamic companies in Dallas. In October 2007, 3M Company acquired Lingualcare. After selling Lingualcare, Lea co-founded Natural Dental Implants AG, REPLICATE Dental Technologies PLC and 2C Dental Technologies Inc.
A native of Nebraska, Lea received her B.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso and an M.B.A. from the Thunderbird,
School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. She is currently the CEO of 2C MedTech and resides in Dallas, Texas and Berlin, Germany.
19. Innovation technology & academics | Julie Lenzer, the Chief Innovation Officer of the University of Maryland discusses the impact of academic research in tech development
Julie Lenzer, Doug Foulkes & Claire Haidar discuss the intersections of technology, academics, and the intricacies of protectable IP and technology transfers.
Julie Lenzer has held every role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem – from successful entrepreneur, policy advisor, funder, ecosystem builder and investor. She is currently the Chief Innovation Officer at the University of Maryland. In this role, she is charged with fostering and deploying innovation to drive greater economic and social impact from faculty, students, and alumni endeavors. Her portfolio includes UM Ventures which is the tech transfer office, the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Maryland International Incubator (MI2), TechPort (an incubator in rural Maryland), the Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center (MAVRIC), as well as university engagement with the Discovery District (UMD’s research park).
Prior to joining the university, she was the Director of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) within the U.S. Department of Commerce and Special Assistant to the Secretary for innovation policy. While there, she created the Regional Innovation Strategies grant program (now called Build to Scale). As of 2018, that program helped create over 8,000 jobs and raise just over $1B in capital to support startups.
18. Selwyn Rayzor discusses being a capitalist with a socialist agenda and how the 2020 election will impact the future of work.
Selwyn discusses the impacts the 2020 election will have on companies companies with a shift left, towards more environmentally focused initiatives, healthcare changes, and parental leave policies.
Selwyn Rayzor is President of the Rayzor Company, a real estate and investment company, and is on the Board of Directors of Suderman & Young Towing as well as G&H Towing, harbor towing companies in the Gulf of Mexico. She is also a member of the Westpark TIRZ (Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone) Board with the city of Denton, Texas. Before returning home to Texas, Rayzor was a Managing Director within the investment banking division of the ABN Amro Bank in London. Prior to her time in London, she was a mortgage derivative trader in New York.
Rayzor’s passion for helping underprivileged women and children was deepened after traveling with UNICEF USA to Uganda and Nepal. She is the founding Board Chair of the North Texas Board of UNICEF USA and serves on the National Development Board of UNICEF USA. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas as well as board chair for talkSTEM. Rayzor is a proud graduate of Duke University, and now serves on the Duke Alumni Association Advisory Committee as an alumni interviewer and on the Duke University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative Advisory Board. She is a founding member of the Duke UNICEF Innovation Accelerator. She has chaired fundraising events for UNICEF, Family Gateway, Texas Women's Foundation, Annie’s List, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, the Lamplighter School and the Greenhill School.
Rayzor lives in Dallas with her husband Rich and children, Jack and Adair.
17. Alex Shootman, CEO of Workfront discusses the weariness of the workplace and how to survive working remotely during Covid19.
Alex Shootman shares the important lessons that cycling and the highs and lows of raising children have taught him about work.