Developing Globally-Minded Business Leaders to Shape a Better World
Speaker Dr. Vijay Govindarajan, Coxe Distinguished Professor at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth, and New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author. His presentation centered around “Reverse Innovation” which demonstrates that innovations will no longer move the globe in one direction, from developed nations to developing ones, but now also flow in reverse.
Mr. Hernan Mendez, CEO of Juan Valdez Café, gave a presentation about the story behind the Juan Valdez character, the positioning achieved as an advertising icon, the evolution of becoming a premium coffee brand, and the strategic challenges the company now faces in achieving differentiation and growth in a global context. Mr. Mendez emphasized that the Juan Valdez brand is highly focused on “creating well being” for the coffee growers, for their customers and for their employees.
Tim McConnel, Director of Engineering at 3D Robotics talked about the flying technological revolution and about San Diego being the perfect location for the New Drone City in the USA.
Michael Reddington, Vice President of Executive Education, Wicklander-Zulawski and Associates, gave a presentation on The Disciplined Listening Method: Leveraging Truth to Create Strategic Business Advantages.
From Stone Brewing’s humble yet self-assured beginnings in 1996 to its modern global expansion, the San Diego-based brewery has grown while remaining rooted in the philosophies of the artisanal entrepreneur. In this discussion by Stone CEO and co-founder Greg Koch, we explore the processes of running a business built on passion and quality mixed with a rebellious spirit.
iPai works with Western companies who are interested in selling their products to Chinese consumers through iPai’s auction platform, and provides these companies with comprehensive market research. Mr. Gibson will discuss lessons learned after launching a new business model in China, and insight gained in marketing and attracting new clients over the past three years.
In this presentation, Michael J. Dunne, author, entrepreneur, speaker and resident of China for 15 years, will reveal the coming trends in the Chinese automotive industry and the role that Chinese companies (and government) intends to play. He will do so by tracing the history of Chinese automotive companies from ponderous state enterprises to highly agile private firms, and he will reveal what this means for business in California.
The conundrum of running a profitable business and supporting new ideas that don’t (yet) make money is something that Melanie and Clark grapple with constantly at IDEO. The challenge can be best summed up by Kanye West: “I care about innovating. I don’t care about capitalizing off of something that we’ve seen or heard a thousand times. I’m not a capitalist in that way. I’m an innovator. That’s my job….Innovation almost gets too much credit in a way. The money is in the repetition.” Innovation costs. Repetition earns. Clark Scheffy and Melanie Bell-Mayeda, Managing Directors of Studio Hatch at IDEO have been tasked with simultaneously running a core piece of the IDEO design business, as well as supporting the emergence of new businesses or offers for IDEO, and ultimately investing in them towards clear failure or market success. This presentation will give you insight into IDEO and how innovation really happens at the storied design and innovation consultancy.
For nearly 40 years, TaylorMade has been the industry’s leading innovator, driving a technology revolution that has advanced the game forward and helped consumers around the globe play better golf. TaylorMade experienced years of tremendous global growth, dominant market shares and growing revenues, en route to becoming the biggest and most profitable golf company in history. In what has long been considered a “no-growth” industry, TaylorMade achieved unprecedented growth, rocketing from $300M to over $1.7 billion in sales in less than a decade. But, like many industry leaders, TaylorMade has also battled through challenges. In recent years, TaylorMade has faced increased competition, endured a depressed marketplace, and seen a dramatic decline in both size and brand perception. In early 2015 a new team was assembled with the challenge of turning the company around. Today, TaylorMade is mobilizing for a return to its innovation core and industry leadership position—driven to once again advance the game of golf forward for the next 40 years.
Steve Watts, Founder and Co-Owner & Angela Watts, Co-Owner, Slyde Handboards Company owners and husband and wife team, Steve and Angela Watts, will share the story of Slyde Handboards, which they developed from a small California start-up to a million-dollar enterprise. Steve Watts identified a niche market that had yet to exist, and with Angela, brought the business idea to ABC’s Shark Tank, where they secured funding from Mark Cuban and Ashton Kutcher. The founders will discuss the impact of securing mentors and advisors, the difficulty of starting a business as an immigrant to the United States, and the importance of never losing sight of your passion.