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How should boards deal with the deafening roar of competitive innovation? How much real conversation about keeping up, or staying ahead, of competitors goes on in the boardroom?
Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture North America, boldly stated, "Innovation is the new competitive advantage." But strengthening oversight of strategy execution and risk management, in light of these disruptive forces, are top improvement priorities for boards in 2019, according to NACD's Public Company Governance Survey. So how do boards determine if management is achieving critical innovation?
What board skills are required in today's high growth innovating economy? Economist Thomas Friedman states, "Do you know what my favorite renewable fuel is? An ecosystem for innovation." Without a strong innovation focus, is a board fulfilling its fiduciary responsibilities? Is your company headed for road kill status?
Come learn and unlock the secrets to innovation, and understand the requirements for building and supporting board and company focus toward driving competitive differentiators.
How to make innovation a priority in the boardroom
Understand the board success factors to building and executing innovation results
How to measure and differentiate a company's innovation activities compared to current and future competitors'
What are leading practices and board processes to drive and prioritize innovation
How highly innovative boards and companies continue to innovate
Required skill sets of a board member focused on innovation and competitive advantage
Managing Director, Kochar Consulting
Yuvi Kochar is a Management Consultant helping enterprises leverage data and digital technologies in innovative ways to drive business outcomes. He works effectively in a broad range of industries and has a track record of successfully designing and delivering large and complex digital transformation programs.
Till recently, Yuvi was responsible for the Data-centric Digital Transformation Strategy at GameStop, the largest video game retailer in the world. Yuvi developed the Enterprise Data Strategy and Roadmap and designed several new product lines to support the digital transformation of the core business of the company.
Prior to joining GameStop, as the SVP of Technology and Operations at CAQH (a healthcare technology company), Yuvi led the development of solutions and services to streamline the business of healthcare. He designed a cloud-first architecture and developed the first product using the framework. Yuvi also established a Data Science COE and developed bots using ML / AI techniques to measure and improve Provider Data quality.
He has held a variety of IT leadership positions during his career, from his recent Chief Technology Officer position with Graham Holdings, formerly the Washington Post Co for over 12 years to the CTO with Brassring, the leading recruitment automation SAAS product used by a number of Global 1000 companies. He started his career as a programmer and evolved into executive and operational roles.
Yuvi is the President of the Washington Area CTO Roundtable, a vibrant group of 260+ CTOs. The Roundtable meets regularly to review and discuss emerging technologies.
April is a Managing Director at Hercules Capital with more than 20 years of venture banking experience.
Prior to joining Hercules, April served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, US for MMVF, a Toronto-based venture debt fund.
Prior to that, April served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Mid-Atlantic Technology and Life Sciences division with Comerica Bank.
Earlier in her career, she was Executive Director of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, and Senior Fellow for Regional Economic Development at George Mason University’s Institute for Public Policy.
April has received numerous honors for her involvement in the tech community, including Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Northern Virginia Technology Association and Women in Technology. She has been named to the Washingtonian’s list of 100 most powerful women as well as a Tech Titan. She is a cofounder of Mindshare, the region’s CEO Roundtable for first-time technology CEOs and currently serves on the NASDAQ de-listing panel. She is an officer or director of several non-profit organizations including the Goodwill Excel Adult Charter School and Five Talents International.
April holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Saint Louis University and a B.A. and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from The George Washington University.