Visionaries are defined as having extraordinary foresight and imagination. Those who can see what isn't there. They can imagine the unimaginable and they have the grit to make it happen. Business Visionaries are the change-agents embracing new opportunities to drive outsized results. From the C-Suite to the up-and-coming disruptors, they are blazing new paths, discovering inventive solutions and powering the future. Join us each week as we speak with these Visionaries: the entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders driving transformative change across business and society.
The Netflix of Corporate Learning – Circus Street Co-Founder Jonny Townsend
What is corporate upskilling was binge worthy? Circus Street is an on-line school that teaches companies and their employees to do business in our modernizing world. How do you make learning approachable in a world of continues change. Since 2011 Circus Street has upskilled over 600,000 enterprise employees (like Coca-Cola, Lego, Kraft Heinz) in over 150 Countries. purely for enterprise clients like Coca-Cola, Lego and Kraft Heinz. Learn why technology is like water, why upskilling is table stakes and the role of innovation as we improve ourselves.
During this conversation, recorded at our latest event, What's Next Now: Health & Wellness we speak with three Healthcare Startup Founders about the challenges, opportunities and innovations reshaping the future of Health Tech. Hear from: Philip Fung, Founder & CEO of Kit.com, at-home medical exams, delivered; Shailja Dixit, CEO of Curio Digital Therapeutics, tailor-made cognitive behavioral therapy programs for women across the cycle of life; and Vasu Nadella, Co-Founder & CEO at Vital Bio, an ecosystem of devices, software & people designed to help all of us live healthier.
From Proof of Concept to Patient Care
During this conversation, recorded at our latest event, What’s Next Now: Health & Wellness we sit down with Dov Shamir, PhD, Head of Elementa Labs, Mount Sinai Innovation Partners & Tracy Dooley, MD, Partner at Avestria VC to discuss the role of collaboration in the commercialization of health & bio tech innovation. Dov leads the Mount Sinai Health Systems newly established Elementa Labs, an incubator program powered by the health systems commercialization office, Mount Sinai Innovation Partners. The incubator helps strategically position external healthcare and biotechnology startup companies for the next stage in their development. Tracy Dooley is a Partner at Avestria Ventures where she invests in early stage medtech, healthtech, and life science companies with female founders and focused on women’s health. Prior to joining Avestria, Tracy was a digital health & innovation consultant for clients including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Novartis, and early-stage startups. Before that she served as Head of Global Operations at Novartis Diagnostics/Grifols.
Collaboration Acceleration – GM Ventures Head of Open Innovation and Principal Ted Graham
Ted Graham is a Principal with GM Ventures (the venture arm of General Motors) and the Head of Open Innovation. He partners with startups, incubators/accelerators, VCs and academia to accomplish GM’s vision of zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion. GM Ventures is focused on key technologies that can be implemented in GM’s vehicles, manufacturing facilities and operating businesses. They have made 54 investments with 22 exits and 24 still active startups – those are stats any VC would drool over. He is also the author of The Uber Of Everything and a frequent speaker about disruptive innovation and the power of partnering between large and small companies. We talk about open innovation, the power of collaboration between industry leaders and startups and the path to electrification and autonomy.
Future of Health – Vitamin Shoppe CEO Sharon Leite
Sharon Leite, CEO of The Vitamin Shoppe, talks health & wellness trends, the evolution of retail and the role of innovation in the transformation of the company which is the leading specialty health-and-wellness retailer. The Vitamin Shoppe offers the largest assortment of vitamin, supplement, and sports nutrition products at retail in the U.S.Prior to joining The Vitamin Shoppe, Sharon was the North American President of Godiva Chocolatier, President of Sally Beauty, U.S. and Canada, and EVP of Pier 1. Sharon has been voted one of the Top Women in Retail, serves on the Board of the National Retail Federation, and earlier this year starred in the most recent season of CBS’s hit reality show Undercover Boss.
Sustainability Innovation – AB InBev’s Andre Fourie and LanzaTech’s Freya Burton
For this episode of the podcast, we feature a panel discussion with AB InBev's Global VP of Sustainability Andre Fourie & LanzaTech's Chief Sustainability Officer Freya Burton about how companies and industry leaders can collaborate to push climate-positive actions; and the role of innovation in solving recurring sustainability issues. AB InBev's portfolio comprises over 500 beer brands and includes global brands Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, and numerous multi-country brands. LanzaTech is a market-leading innovator in carbon capture & transformation. They have invented a technology that turns pollution into valuable raw material commodities, recycling a "liability" into practical and sustainable new products. This conversation took place at our most recent event, What's Next Now: Sustainability – An Innovator's Guide to Climate Action.
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