On Monday and Wednesday, your day will kick-off with a general session featuring a variety of highly respected speakers.
Steve W. Berglund
Steve Berglund has served as president and chief executive officer of Trimble since March 1999. Prior to joining Trimble, Mr. Berglund was president of Spectra Precision, a group within Spectra Physics AB. Mr. Berglund's business experience includes a variety of senior leadership positions with Spectra Physics, manufacturing and planning roles at Varian Associates, and began his career as a process engineer at Eastman Kodak. He attended the University of Oslo and the University of Minnesota where he received a B.S. in chemical engineering. Mr. Berglund received his M.B.A. from the University of Rochester. Mr. Berglund is a member of the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and a member of the board of trustees of World Educational Services.
Harnessing Innovation: Turning Raw Ideas Into Powerful Results
As a five-time successful tech entrepreneur and investor in dozens of startups, Josh Linkner has seen thousands of companies loaded with creative buzz and big ideas. How is it that some harness their imagination to create game-changing drivers of growth and innovation while others miss the mark? The answer: the best companies have a systematic process to focus their team’s creativity into practical outputs – something Linkner discovered by founding and building companies that collectively sold for over $200 million. As a professional-level jazz guitarist, Linkner blends the improvisational qualities of a jazz ensemble with bleeding-edge business savvy to bring a completely fresh perspective on unleashing creativity in the organization. His inspiring presentation delivers practical tools that can be used immediately to increase creative output and deliver bottom-line results. You’ll learn to:
- Use specific techniques to harness your most powerful ideas
- Apply creativity on a daily basis across all business activities and roles
- Break free from the three biggest blockers of creativity
- Apply best practices from the world’s most innovative companies
- Avoid the five biggest creativity killers
- Master the three most powerful brainstorming techniques that you’ve never even heard of
- Build a culture that celebrates fresh thinking and embraces new ideas
Sarah Robb O’Hagan
Get Out of Line: Step Up, Stand Out, & Succeed.
When Sarah Robb O’Hagan was starting out as a marketing associate with the Virgin Group, her CMO abruptly left, creating a vacuum in the department. After identifying a lack of leadership, Sarah drafted a 30-page marketing proposal, slipped it under the company President’s door, and immediately got promoted. Sarah’s career has taught her innumerable lessons about succeeding in life and business, but the most important is this: You don’t get promoted for just showing up and doing your job – you have to get out of line to deliver more for the team and stand out.
With this speech, Sarah will outline why giving is receiving, how problem solving is the single most important thing you can do to get ahead, why you need to take risks and "crash more"—using failure to fuel personal growth—and how to amplify your unique strengths to create growth runways.