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How can you thrive in an environment where the average tenure of a S&P 500 company has shrunk from 33 years in 1965 to a projected 14 years by 2025?
How do you identify and capitalize on the technologies & trends that are redefining markets?
How can you turn today's disruption into an advantage?
How can you efficiently gain knowledge & context about today’s business landscape?
How can teams accelerate innovation with new tools, techniques and talent?
I was previously Director of Product Lifecycle at Pearson, A FTSE100 global education company. I co-designed and helped implement Pearson's Product Lifecycle which is an innovation framework that won Best Innovation Program 2015 at the Corporate Entrepreneur Awards in New York.
I hold a PhD in Psychology and an MBA. I have written two books: The Corporate Startup and The Lean Product Lifecycle. I am also a regular contributor at Forbes Magazine.
I have worked as a consultant, trainer and speaker for several companies including Unilever, American Express, Airbus, Tetrapak, Copenhagen Fintech, Pearson Vue, Rabobank, Standard Bank, The British Museum, The World Bank, General Electric and Whirlpool.
In my previous life, I spent 12 years as an academic at the University of Kent, where I am now Honorary Senior Lecturer. I have also been a Research Fellow at Stanford University and a Research Assistant at Harvard University.
Co-created X Media Lab – one of the world’s most forward looking and distinguished digital media and entrepreneurship programs, holding over 70 events in 22 cities and 14 countries across the globe, including: the US, the UK, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, India, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and featuring some of the world’s most cutting edge screen professionals, biggest brands and media stars. Nominated by Advance Australia as one of the “Leading 50 Women for the Future”, and by the Australian Government as one of the “Global 50 – Australia Unlimited – Global Achievers”. The recipient of the 5th China Creative Industries Award for "International Contribution" to China's creative sector. An advisor to start-ups, University media and arts faculties, and regularly invited guest and judge to emerging media arts events around the world. My oral history is one of five recorded by the National Film and Sound Archive in recognition of my contribution to the development of the interact
My work has taken me around the globe and whether living in Hong Kong, Silicon Valley, or Nebraska the keys to success have remained the same: passion, people, and the power of a big idea.
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