Innovation in America and Around the World
Conversations about the evolution of innovation in other parts of the nation and world.
Russ Conser, Head of Game Changer Program, Shell Vivek Wadhwa, Visiting Scholar, UC-Berkeley and Columnist, Washington Post and BusinessWeek Eric Young, Co-founder & General Partner, Canaan Partners Curt Carlson, CEO, SRI (moderator).
As the finale event of its 25 Anniversary Celebration year, Churchill Club proudly presents Igniting Innovation & Mastering Change: A Day-long Conversation in Three Acts, a series of discussions presenting new perspectives and examining opportunities for advancing information locally, nationally, and around the world. Speakers and audience members will engage in discussions and focus on takeaways and insights throughout the day in three segments: 1) Here: Innovation in Silicon Valley; 2) There: Innovation in America and Around the World; 3) …& Then: Inventing the Future
Churchill Club is Silicon Valley’s premier business and technology forum. The 25 year old, 7,000 member, nonprofit organization has built a reputation for dynamic, in-the-news programs featuring Silicon Valley CEOs, up-and-coming executives and national leaders. Members of the Churchill Club represent a range of industries, companies, and expertise. Individual and corporate members include influential leaders from Silicon Valley’s top companies, managers of both technical and non-technical groups, entrepreneurs, and executives from the service sector.
Dr. Curtis Carlson is President and Chief Executive Officer of SRI International.
Russ Conser is Head of Game Changer Program at Shell.
Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University; Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University.
Wadhwa oversees the academic programs at Singularity University, which educates a select group of leaders about the exponentially growing technologies that are soon going to change our world. These advances—in fields such as robotics, A.I., computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials—are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security.
In his roles at Stanford, Duke, and Emory universities, Wadhwa lectures in class on subjects such as entrepreneurship and public policy, helps prepare students for the real world, and leads groundbreaking research projects. He is an advisor to several governments; mentors entrepreneurs; and is a regular columnist for The Washington Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism magazine. Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies.
In Feb 2012, the U.S. Government awarded Wadhwa distinguished recognition an "Outstanding American by Choice" — for his "commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans."
Eric Young is Co-founder & General Partner at Canaan Partners.
Vivek Wadhwa, a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and columnist for the Washington Post and BusinessWeek, argues that women are ignored by venture capitalists, and criticizes Silicon Valley for primarily seeking "boys from Stanford."