ignITE Speaker Series

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Accelerate Okanagan is proud to announce their very own new speaker series ignITE: Inspire. Transform. Educate. as a part of the educational cornerstone in our offerings for our Members, Companies, Entrepreneurs, Businesses and the Community at large.

The ignITE Speaker Series is targeted at companies from across the Valley, with the underlying purpose of inspiring our community through thought provoking talks given by world renowned authors and visionaries. Kind of like having our own little TEDx, but more often. And if you attended TEDx Kelowna, you know the experience: incredibly inspiring topics, relevant to entrepreneurship, leadership and change.

They will kick it all off with an interactive SKYPE presentation by the very inspiring, Geoffrey Moore, the best selling author of books such as, Crossing the Chasm as well as Escape Velocity: Free Your Company’s Future from the Pull of the PastGeoffrey is also a Silicon Valley based high technology consultant and venture partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures. Geoffrey will discuss how to overcome the pull of the past and reorient your organization to meet a new era of competition. The world’s leading high-tech business strategist, Moore connects the dots between bold strategies and effective execution, with an action plan that elucidates the link between senior executives and every other branch of a company.

We will then shift focus to Douglas Rushkoff, author of Program or Be Programmed: 10 Commands for a Digital Age. World-renowned media theorist and counterculture figure Douglas is the originator of ideas such as “viral media,” “social currency” and “screenagers.” He has been at the forefront of digital society from its beginning, correctly predicting the rise of the net, the dotcom boom and bust, as well as the current financial crisis. He is a familiar voice on NPR, face on PBS, and writer in publications from Discover Magazine to the New York Times. Douglas will raise the question: ”Do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it?” – a wide reaching thought to both those creating technologies for people and for those using them everyday.

And then to top it all off, we’ll all get happy with a talk from Jonathan Wolske, Culture Evangelist at the Zappos Insights Inc..

Scaling the Startup Culture – Keeping Happiness as a focus through growth

Start-ups are known to be a little different from established brands. In many cases, the culture of a startup is one of adventure, passion and happiness, with everyone working as hard as they can to make the most out of the new opportunity. As a company grows, the pressure to crack the whip and ‘get real’ can really build up. As companies become successful, they tend to become more ‘corporate’, too. Imagine keeping the fun (and a little weird) culture of a startup going as you continue to grow! Company culture is what you make it, and you can make it THE place to work and have a passionate, dedicated and HAPPY team.

Where: Rotary Centre for the Arts, Mary Irwin Theater, Kelowna
With: Yes Bear and City of Sparks
When: Friday, July 27th – 12:30 PM—2:00 PM
How Much: Members $15 / Non-Members $20
For: Everyone (spaces limited to 250)

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