Dr. Simone Ahuja announced as Chamber Annual Meeting keynote speaker
At the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's 2020 Annual Meeting, innovation and diversity--and how the two combine to help organizations stay relevant--will be the focus of the recently announced keynote speaker, Dr. Simone Ahuja. Ahuja, an innovation expert, best-selling author and business school advisor, is pioneering the idea of "intrapreneurship" and teaching organizations how to act more like fast and frugal startups, to drive sustainable innovation. Attendees of this online event will be able to hear Ahuja's presentation of "Beyond Lip Service to Impact: Diversity and Inclusion as a Catalyst for Innovation" on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ahuja is the founder of Blood Orange, a global innovation and strategy firm headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is co-author of the international bestseller, Jugaad Innovation, called “the most comprehensive book yet on the subject” of frugal innovation by The Economist. Her latest book, Disrupt-It-Yourself (HarperCollins Leadership), shares a clear set of tools and a practical playbook that helps organizations drive sustainable innovation by supporting “intrapreneurship” and acting more like fast and frugal startups.
In her presentation, Ahuja will illustrate that by increasing the diversity of their teams and creating space for diverse voices to be heard, business leaders can dramatically increase their innovation output. Ahuja will share stories from her research that clearly demonstrate why diverse teams create more “out of the box” ideas and drive nearly 20% higher revenue. She also will share best practices of inclusion including how to build a culture healthy conflict and creating the psychological safety for diverse teams that is fundamental to successful innovation and business growth.
The 2020 Annual Meeting will also highlight the accomplishments of 2020 and the goals of 2021. Sean Trauschke, OG&E, will be installed as the 2021 Chamber Chair and current Chair Percy Kirk, Cox Communications, will be honored for his service.
Tickets are $25 for Chamber members and $40 for nonmembers.