Innovate@UCLA is a dynamic community of innovators, made up of top drivers in SoCal’s tech space, world-renowned educators and impact driven students at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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CIOs are being called to evolve into leaders of marketing, innovation, and overall business velocity. Focusing on business systems and ERP is no longer enough. Join Innovate@UCLA in
CIOs are being called to evolve into leaders of marketing, innovation, and overall business velocity. Focusing on business systems and ERP is no longer enough. Join Innovate@UCLA in an interactive audience session as we reflect on how successful CIOs have evolved their roles to drive success for their companies and themselves. We will explore what the CIO role has been, what it is evolving to, and where the shortfalls are – and how successful leaders are addressing those shortfalls.
Our moderator and panelists are:
Karl Mehu, GM, Slalom Los Angeles
Theresa Miller, CIO, Lionsgate
Tammy Choy, CIO, The Aerospace Corporation
Thomas Phelps, CIO, Laserfiche
(Thursday) 1:00 pm - 12:00 pm
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower The powerful
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower
The powerful words of one of America’s great leaders underpins the most difficult role of the CIO. Acquiring buy-in from key stakeholders is a challenge all leaders face. The ability to translate the transformative ideas we have dreamed up, into realizable opportunities, is what is progressing innovation forward.
Join Innovate@UCLA for an engaging thought leadership session featuring Lucy Avetisyan, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer of UCLA, Michael Bacharach, Associate Vice President of Technology Solutions at Contact Centers at Humana, and Kevin Gray, Chief Information Officer of the City of Burbank.
The panel will explore ways CIO’s can attain buy-in for their projects and initiatives, by examining use cases such as City of Burbank’s SAFe transformation project, Fox’s cloud transformation program, and more.
Our moderator and panelists are:
Erika Nolting Young
Global Senior Manager, Slalom Strategy
CIO, City of Burbank
Associate Vice Chancellor & CIO, UCLA
Associate VP Technology Solutions, Humana
(Thursday) 1:00 pm - 12:00 pm
This is a hybrid event (on campus and streamed live) Heather Caruso will engage you in a conversation on the future
This is a hybrid event (on campus and streamed live)
Heather Caruso will engage you in a conversation on the future of leadership. What changes are coming? Will organizational designs be different/ more matrixed in the future? What communication skills are needed to bridge different cultures or roles? How can leaders foster effective collaboration, especially for cross-functional and multicultural teams? What does it take to ensure that you provide your team with the right opportunities to grow, inspire and work together?
Heather Caruso joined UCLA Anderson in 2018 as assistant dean for equity, diversity and inclusion. A scholar and researcher of organizational behavior, she teaches in the Management and Organizations and Behavioral Decision Making areas.
Caruso’s passion for facilitating collaborative success runs deep in her life and work. “My formal interests in organizational and social psychology developed when I was an undergraduate at Stanford doing cross-cultural negotiation research with Jared Curhan and Lee Ross,” she says. These interests deepened during her years as an engineer and executive in a multinational Silicon Valley startup. “I was fascinated with the real-world experiences stemming from differences in cultural identity. Interpersonal problems could derail even the most talented individual performers, and effective collaboration skills could not only prevent such problems, but raise individual contributions to new heights.”
Layering rigorous academic training on top of practical experience, Caruso grounds her interests in the areas of: effective collaboration (especially for cross-functional and multicultural teams); skilled improvisation in leadership; management of identity, power and influence; and strategies for optimal choice, judgment and decision making. She focused on these topics in over a decade of teaching, research administration and scholarship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and has moved to UCLA Anderson to enrich and expand her work.
“Propelled by our outstanding research in these areas, we are connecting to pioneers and pathbreakers, building bridges between research and practice to best accelerate innovation in the digital age.”
Caruso stays connected to the everyday priorities and challenges of the workplace by consulting for private- and public-sector organization leaders across the globe, as well as by teaching classes in leadership, team dynamics and power and influence. In addition, Caruso partnered with Chicago’s Second City to co-found the Second Science Project, which offers skill-building leadership workshops at the intersection of robust behavioral research and professional improvisational practice.
Caruso is a strong proponent of lifelong learning for management excellence, and encourages students to make the most of their professors’ knowledge, not only while they are pursuing their degrees, but also throughout their careers. “As a preeminent public university, UCLA has a a distinctive opportunity to advance equity, diversity and inclusion,” she says. “It is an honor to help UCLA Anderson seize that opportunity by creating the kind of challenging and rewarding educational climate that can benefit leaders from every walk of life.”
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(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In a hyper-accelerated digital transformation era across all industries, technology professionals can no longer operate in a silo and focus on solving the opportunities/ problems that have been
In a hyper-accelerated digital transformation era across all industries, technology professionals can no longer operate in a silo and focus on solving the opportunities/ problems that have been handed over to them by their business partners. Technology being a key enabler of transformations today, they have to scale up on critical business skills to be an effective partner to functional leaders across the organization. This session will address following questions:
- What are those critical business skills tech professionals will have to scale up on?
- At which level(s) within the organization these business skills are needed?
- What are the next steps and challenges do we foresee in getting our workforce trained in these business skills?
Our speaker is:
Abhisek Rath is a technology leader who works at the forefront of new initiatives to enable companies to meet evolving customer needs and business model changes. His hallmark of success is being an effective translator and his ability to combine a strategic mindset with excellence in execution to deliver measurable benefits to the business. Abhisek began his career in quality assurance management with Wipro Technologies. He was assigned to the Sony Pictures account in 2005 and joined Sony as a Project Manager in 2009. Since then, he was progressed rapidly through the Information Technology organization, taking on some of the company’s most complex technology challenges.
Today, as a Vice President, he heads up the marketing technology portfolio of global applications. His team’s focus is on identifying and executing on opportunities to build more robust and scalable solutions, enable highly efficient business operations and deliver highest level of customer satisfaction.
Abhisek is committed to developing and mentoring the next generation of technology and product management leaders. He is passionate about inspiring his teams to perform at the highest level and pursue opportunities for continuing professional and personal development. He has served as a mentor with STEM Advantage and the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program, and currently President of Sony Pictures Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG) for DESI and sits on the supplier diversity subcommittee of Sony Pictures Action Initiative.
Abhisek earned his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and Master of Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani (India). He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, daughter, and son.
(Thursday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm