Road ahead: Essential Business Skills for Successful Tech Professionals

september, 2021

16sep12:00 pm1:00 pmRoad ahead: Essential Business Skills for Successful Tech ProfessionalsInnovate@UCLA 2021 Virtual Series #8

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In a hyper-accelerated digital era, to succeed today, technology professionals can no longer operate in silos. Across industries, focusing only on solving the problems that have been handed over by business partners is solving just one piece of the puzzle. With technology being a key enabler of transformation, employees have to scale up on critical business skills to be effective partners to functional leaders across their organization. This interactive session will address following questions:

  • What critical business skills do tech professionals need to scale their business?
  • At which levels within an organization are these business skills needed? 
  • What strategies are needed to implement business skills training programs within an organization?
  • What challenges do we foresee in training our workforce?

Featured Speaker:

Abhisek Rath

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.


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