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Deborah Perry Piscione

Deborah Perry Piscione is a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, national bestselling author, media commentator, and public speaker.

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Deborah Perry Piscione is a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, national bestselling author, media commentator and public speaker. She is a Principal at Vorto Consulting and specializes in innovation process and talent development. Perry Piscione is the architect of the new innovation methodology, Improvisational Innovation, which engages all of the organization’s talent in bottoms up innovationShe is the co-founder and CEO of Desha Productions, Inc., a multimedia company that owns and operates Alley to the Valley™ and BettyConfidential, and co-founder of Chump Genius, an educational gaming company for kids.

Perry Piscione is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World (Palgrave Macmillan, St. Martin’s Press) and co-author of Unfinished Business: The 10 Most Important Issues Women Face Today(Perigee, Penguin Putnam), The Risk Factor: Why Every Organization Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters and the Occasional Spectacular Failure (St. Martin’s Press) and The People Equation: Why Innovation Is People, Not Products (Berrett-Koehler Publishers).  Prior to moving to Silicon Valley, Perry Piscione resided in Washington, DC where she served as a staffer in the US Congress and The White House, as a media commentator for CNN, MSNBC and FOX News, and as a guest lecturer at American University.


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The Risk Factor: Why Every Organization Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters & the Occasional Spectacular Failure

It’s no coincidence that our most revered business icons are also the boldest risk-takers, such as Richard Branson and Steve Jobs. Yet in today’s stock market-driven economy, businesses are playing it safe – focused only on short-term gains, rather than long-term value creation, resulting in a stagnant business culture which generates entirely forgettable results in a world that demands significant solutions. In this poignant presentation, Deborah discusses how to get back into the business of risk-taking. In her latest book, The Risk Factor: Why Every Organization Needs Big Bets, Bold Charactersand the Occasional Spectacular Failure, Deborah Perry Piscione explores this panned leadership behavior, and outlines how companies must support risk-taking – across the board.

Bold Leadership: Corporate Courage

Leadership is about courage. The courage to chance failing as the price for succeeding big. The courage to ignite the passions of your workforce and being open to great ideas from anyone at any time. It is about doing what is right, and seizing the moment when the iron is hot. So, why is this so hard? Because in all of the books and speeches about leadership, what has been neglected is how to master the art of risk-taking. In this exciting presentation, Piscione shows how risk can become an incredibly powerful tool in the leader’s tool belt.

Growing a Culture of How: The Philosophy of Risk – Down to a Science

Corporate culture is the single greatest competitive differentiator, and is crucial to an organization’s long-term success. Company culture is not just about what you do, but how you do it. Yet, every company culture is different, with its own hierarchies, preferred communications methods, sources of inspiration and energy, and unfortunately, its own series of speed bumps that slow down change and hamper risk-taking. Yet, more has been learned than ever before about creating and adapting cultures that are fast, agile, collaborative and highly creative. An expert on corporate culture, Deborah shares her original cultural philosophy and methodology on how companies should operate to best achieve an innovation culture and the blueprint of A Culture of How.

Extending HR’s Reach: Another Resource for Re-Invention

HR has been seen by a majority of executives as the part of the organization that limits opportunities for innovation. In her extensive research, Deborah has identified the reasons for this negative perspective. More importantly, she reveals the incredible – and often-overlooked – opportunities for HR to reach out, reinvent, and become a partner in strategy, innovation and progress. Piscione then goes on to explain why HR is in the best position to do so – as it is the only part of the organization that touches every other part of the organization. She explores the big ideas that not only keeps HR relevant, but to be a driver for innovation and talent processes that will maximize the success of the entire organization.

Two Words that Will Set the Stage for Innovation: “Yes, and…”

In this presentation, Piscione discusses a methodology in innovation called, “Improvisational Innovation,” which democratizes the ability for anyone at any level to create and experiment. Improvisational innovation offers a formal process by which anyone can submit ideas, be taken seriously, and be protected in the process. She explores how to allow good ideas to bubble up from anyone at any time, and solve the age-old leadership dilemma of, “How do I know if someone in our company has a brilliant idea that will either generate new revenue or save the company money?” She answers this dilemma by describing how to create a culture of “Yes, and…” – a well-known improv technique, capable of radically changing the fortunes of any company.

Cultivating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: The Secret to Silicon Valley’s Staggering Growth

Why do governments around the world continuously send delegations to Silicon Valley to try to discover its secrets? In a time of economic downturn, what can Silicon Valley teach the rest of the world about entrepreneurialism and innovation? The secret is in the synergy that creates an entrepreneurial ecosystem. In this keynote, speaker Deborah Perry Piscione explains how different parts of the ecosystem come together as an interconnected web, such as the collaborative dynamics between private and public sectors, and the interplay between higher education and the business community. She also illustrates the commercialization of know-how, the open attitude toward immigrants, and all other factors that attract the creative class, and boost the quality of life.

All In: The Great Power Shift of Women

Men have defined the rules of business for centuries, taking advantage of their strengths.  Women need to tip the rules in their favor, highlighting the skills that they not only do better than men, but will greatly improve how people and organizations get things done. From her experiences running the renowned national women’s networking program Alley to the Valley, Deborah Perry Piscione has an unparalleled understanding of what enables women to become great leaders and at the end of the day, accomplish what she ultimately wants to accomplish.  Even with the rapid rise of women in great leadership roles, the playing field is still pitched away from women.  Deborah not only talks about the skills and networks you need to develop, but more importantly the collective risks that women need to take to showcase the strengths of women leaders and improve organizational cultures and productivity.  She addresses enduring myths that permeate the minds of decision-makers, and provides clear-cut solutions that will have you on your feet.  Deborah believes that the onus in on women to stop talking, stop focusing on the negative statistics of women in the workplace, stop trying to adapt to male cultures and for once and for all, craft a coordinated effort to change the rules of the game.

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