Game Changers’ Podcasts


Each Game Changers podcasts will feature a conversation about great innovations and great innovators with the goal of finding out how those innovations got started, how they were achieved, and what made them special. We’ll also be looking at issues that cut across industries and geographies, like women in innovation or innovation in cities.

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Monday, May 14

Innovate or Die? It’s true! … Recent Lessons from the US Oil and Gas Industry

How can companies use innovation to survive in a traditional industry going through massive upheaval? Ask Dr. Dana Wells, President of Dana Wells & Associates, an intellectual capital management advisory and consulting firm that uses proprietary innovation frameworks to align business models, people, & tools to growth strategies

For the last 8 years, Dana has been working with the oil and gas industry. With many traditional energy companies going bankrupt in the wake of recent massive price fluctuations, the organizations that survived generally shifted from being product-centric to being customer-centric. Dana discusses how innovation and collaboration in many domains helped these companies to make this shift.

Dr. Dana Wells was interviewed by Mark Rennella.


Monday, April 2

Everything Can Be Deconstructed and Reconstructed

At the age of 22, Audrey Cheng founded the Moringa School, a ground-breaking programming school located in Nairobi. Moringa aims to give young Kenyans good jobs in the country’s growing tech sector. Although this accomplishment came at a young age, Audrey’s experience in developing an innovation mindset started all the way back to childhood. Her success combines a restless curiosity with the understanding that ambitious projects require focus to be completed.

Audrey Cheng was interviewed by Mark Rennella.


Monday, March 12

Beyond Luck: Persistence and the Successful Woman Innovator

Alice Chung, Senior Manager at Genentech, looks back at some of the highlights of her career as an innovator and lessons she learned about innovation. She also discusses the assets women bring to innovation efforts as well as some of the challenges they face when participating in innovation projects. Although women make up an important part of the potential “diversity of thought” that an organization needs to be successful, social norms and habits often lag far behind best practices in innovation.

Alice Chung was interviewed by Mark Rennella.


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