The Secrets of Innovation Culture Executive Program
This 5 day executive program is about how to build innovation culture within an organization. It gives you a unique opportunity to immerse into the startup ecosystem in the Silicon Valley and learn directly from innovation leaders the key ingredients of their corporate culture. Participants will learn about how successful companies are innovating and their talent management best practices.
Note that final agenda, final list of participating companies, speakers, and activities is subject to change and will be finalized closer to the date of the event.
- 5-day immersion
- Runs every quarter
Since 2012, Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) has been empowering senior-level executive leaders from around the world to uncover business growth opportunities behind the threats of disruptive technologies.
Innovation In The Idea Economy
Learn about the ongoing industry transformations triggered by emerging technologies and new business models. Discover the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem driving a good portion of this fundamental change. Topics addressed:
- The Fourth Industrial Revolution and industry disruption
- The future of industries
- The future of workforce
The Concept of Innovation
Understand the concept of disruptive innovation and the role of startups in creating new markets. See how fast startups innovate through ideation, prototyping, agile cycles, and minimum viable products.
Values and Culture of Innovative Companies
Experience the power of a clear company purpose and a strong set of values. Discover how your entire company can become more purpose driven, values oriented and philanthropical. Learn directly from Silicon Valley Insiders:
- How startups define their guiding principles
- How large technology leaders maintain innovation spirit
Hear inspiring stories from leaders in Silicon Valley. Think big and think differently. Discover how your company can become more entrepreneurial, performance driven and lean. Find out about:
- Innovation as a process
- The company of the future
Flex: Innovation in Automation and Manufacturing
Jabil: Empowering Brands Who Empower The World
Nvidia: Shaping Auto Manufacturing And Self-Driving Cars With AI
eBay: Creating a Better Form of Commerce
Intel: World's Largest PC Microprocessors Manufacturer
HP: We Create Technology
Affirm: Revolutionizing Point-Of-Sale Financing and eCommerce
Stanford University: Finding Solutions to Big Challenges
Empowering Digital Transformation
Customer Centric Approach
See how startups work closely with the customers to address their needs. Discover how your company can become more customer focussed, and your employees more empowered and self-steering. Get immersed in and discuss:
- Corporate culture of unicorns
- Diversity – is it a metric or a way of thinking?
Learn how to create space for people to experiment, without losing control. See how to make employees empowered and self-steering. Discover common patterns in enablement of employees to generate ideas and try new things. See how office environment can feel like home and feel the effect of a positive working environment on the effectiveness of people. Visit Silicon Valley companies and witness:
- Innovation as everyone’s responsibility
- The best places to work
Agility and Speed
See how startups are able to execute with limited resources. Get a feel of the unique dynamics between pitching for funding and bootstrapping to reduce costs. Discover how your company can become more adaptive and agile. Find out about:
- Agile development best practices
- Decision-making frameworks
Lean organizational structure, autonomy for teams and individuals, and quick decision-making are some of the elements used. Take a deep dive:
- Teams and individuals autonomy
- Focusing on people
IBM: A Constant State of Innovation
Cisco: Changing the Way We Work, Live, Play, and Learn
GAP: Optimistic American Style
Amazon: Striving to be Earth's Most Customer-Centric Company
Oracle: Leading-edge Capabilities in Software, Platforms, and Infrastructure
Zappos: A Service Company that Happens to Sell Shoes
Future of Workforce
Discover the key trends such as sharing economy, skills marketplace, freelancing, and what is important for Millennials & Gen Z generation. Learn:
- How to attract and retain millennials
- Who is creating value
Talent Management Best Practices
Get familiar with different ways of recruiting, evaluating, developing and promoting top talent. Learn about the latest tools and technologies enabling HR departments to truly support employees instead of simply explaining and enforcing company policies. Discover how your employees and teams can become more collaborative, truthful and willing to learn. Get best practices of:
- Recruiting, evaluating, developing and promoting top talent
- Transforming the corporate culture
Andrew LeeBusiness Development & Developer Relations at Airbnb
Andrew is focused on growth and product partnerships; his work includes strategy and partnership planning, MOU, term sheet & contract negotiation, and deal operationalization. Andrew says he is attracted to companies which use technology to improve the human condition, serve the underserved, democratize access, and/or facilitate connection.
Denis KrupennikovEngineering Manager at Google
As an Information Technology Director, Denis specializes in bringing order to chaos making services faster, structured, efficient, and talking to the business in their language.
Eric BooneDirector, Industrial IoT at Jabil
Erik is responsible for leading, generating and executing Industrial IoT related R&D programs for Jabil's Energy and Industrial sector. From VAVE to complete end-to-end solutions, Jabil's Industrial Connected Solutions team provides world class R&D services; accelerating development times for our global OEM customers.
Omar ValleStartup Business Development at Amazon Web Services
Omar Valle is a Startup Business Development at Amazon Web Services. Omar started his career as a hardware entrepreneur at UC Berkeley where he received a Technology Transfer grant to work with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in developing prototypes.
Zoe HarteSVP, Head of Human Resources and Talent Innovation at Upwork
Zoe Harte is SVP, Head of Human Resources and Talent Innovation at Upwork. Areas of focus and passion include: transforming cultures; bringing core values to life; executive coaching; creating inclusive organizations at all levels; compensation leveling and framework development; managing global teams; organizational development and design
Shaloo GargGlobal Innovation and Startup Ecosystem at Oracle
Within Oracle Shaloo is focused on early stage market disruptors driving end to end business efficiency. Core focus areas include Cloud stack, IoT, next generation Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Big Data, areas of pervasive Analytics and other emerging technologies across all verticals.
Shelby ClarkFounder at Turo
Shelby is a social entrepreneur who is intrigued by the power of connecting people online to positively impact the offline world. Shelby has been called a pioneer in “Collaborative Consumption” or the “Sharing Economy.” As an independent consultant and speaker, Shelby aims to spread these ideas to organizations around the world.
Kelly KimSenior Partner Engagement Manager, Asia at Netflix.
Kelly Kim is Senior Partner Engagement Manager, Asia at Netflix. She has been primarily focused on product management, market analysis, partnership management and pre-sales.
Sara HallCommercialization Lead at Waze
Sara is an online marketing professional with wide experience on the client, agency and publisher sides of the business, specializing in media planning and buying, inventory bundling, new technology project management, marketing campaign development and customer care/CRM strategy.
Andrey KunovCEO at Silicon Valley Innovation Center
Andrey Kunov, Ph.D., is founder and CEO of the Silicon Valley Innovation Center. He is a frequent speaker at technology and innovation events in the US and globally on the topics of disruptive innovations, highlighting the value of disruptive technologies, and the unique role of Silicon Valley in creating breakthrough technology advancements.
What the recent attendees had to say
“Thank you so much for an excellent program and successful immersion experience with SVIC. We were pleasantly surprised with what we were able to achieve and what we are going to achieve. The program was very well structured, and the choice of organizations from Silicon Valley was very well thought through. Thank you.”
Nelson Gasparian, Commercial Director
Bexs Banco de Câmbio, Brazil
“Thank you for the fantastic experience! That was an amazing and inspiring program. I’m a different person since last week. Thank you for the impact you made.”
Henno Janmaat, Creative Engine
Inspiring People, Netherlands
“Many thanks for the great week. I enjoyed my visit to Silicon Valley. It was very inspiring. SVIC put a great program together. Thank you for making our visit a memorable event! I look forward to keeping in touch!”
Enrique Aznar, Group Chief Values & Culture Transformation Officer
More tour details
Gain a broader perspective about technology trends re-shaping multiple industries.
|Where we'll be|
The journey will kick off in San Mateo, in Silicon Valley Innovation Center’s office. We’ll tour offices of innovative Silicon Valley companies. Transportation and guide services are provided.
|What you'll do|
Visit companies typically not open to the public and interact in-person with innovation leaders.
Get exclusive advice from visionaries and innovators who have made substantial breakthroughs in their industry.
|What you'll learn|
Understand the difference between disruptive and incremental innovation, and how to give space for people to experiment, without losing control. Learn the key attributes of innovation culture such as guiding principles, company purpose, and key corporate values.
Learn how to create space for people to experiment, make employees empowered and self-steering. Discover the key trends such as sharing economy, skills marketplace, freelancing, and what is important for Millennials & Gen Z generation.
Get familiar with different ways of recruiting, evaluating, developing and promoting top talent.