The Strategic Execution Conference to Showcase How World’s Leading Organizations are Linking Innovation and Strategy to Execution

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More than 30 keynote speakers and presenters will discuss how they are linking innovation and strategy to successful – and sometimes failed – execution. Few organizations struggle to generate innovative ideas, but almost all organizations struggle to successfully implement those ideas – whether incremental improvements or entirely new products or services.

Presenters from Oracle, Cisco, Nationwide, Intel, SAS, NetApp, the U.S. Marines and many others will discuss the real-life challenges and successes they are experiencing as they work to transform innovative ideas into strategies for successful execution. The full program is available at:

“The Strategic Execution Conference: Linking Strategy to Execution through Innovative Techniques” will take place April 24 and 25, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, 1333 Bayshore Dr., Burlingame, CA. The conference is being brought to you by IPS Learning and the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD). It will bring together executives, leaders and senior managers from major high-tech and innovative organizations worldwide.

More than 25 presentations across 5 tracks will focus on real-life, lessons learned around how organizations innovate, manage change and drive continuous improvement in order to grow. Presentation highlights include:

  •     Alfredo Zangara, Business Architect, Intel, will present “Tribal Knowledge, Hunter-Gatherers and the Quest for Operational Alignment.” Tribal Knowledge refers to the idea that the collective knowledge of the organization is contained within the context and boundaries of the various “tribes” that make up the organization, and that the full complement of knowledge contained within one tribe is not systematically shared. To adapt, an informal network of Analytical Hunter-Gatherers has emerged. A driving force underlying this construct is a shared desire to achieve a state of collaborative engagement, where people can exercise their talents in creative, productive, and coherent ways – the Quest for Operational Alignment.
  •     Dick Faris, Senior Vice President, Oracle’s Primavera Global Business Unit, will present “Managing Innovation with Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM).” In order to foster innovation or execute against an innovative idea, it is often required that an organization stop executing another project in order to have the resources to execute the new idea. Organizations are often so focused on efficiency that they do not leave room for new, innovate ideas. Fostering a culture of innovation requires a process for making decisions and managing resources so that new, innovative ideas don't have to be dependent on stopping others.
  •     Gustav Toppenberg, PMP, ITIL, Senior Manager IT Strategy & Portfolio Management, Cisco, will present “Architecture-led Planning – Connecting Strategy & Execution at Cisco IT.” The presentation will focus on how successful project and program execution has been complemented with upfront, architecture-led planning and portfolio management linking architectures and strategies to the execution of portfolio projects and programs as they transform, renovate, improve or sustain Cisco in support of its core priorities.

In addition to the breakout sessions, there will be six general sessions featuring:

  •     Ram Charan, acclaimed business advisor, speaker and author
  •     Darcy Winslow, Nike’s former sustainability innovator
  •     Sonny Singh, Senior Vice President, Oracle
  •     Guru Vasudeva, Senior Vice President & Enterprise CTO, Nationwide
  •     Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford University
  •     Bob Sutton, Professor of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

For more information, including the full agenda with presentation descriptions, or to register to attend, please visit: or call +1.855.465.8089.

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Editor’s Note: To attend or to arrange to speak with a presenter prior to, or at the conference, please contact Phil Lanides at PLanides(at)newventurecom(dot)com or call Phil at +1.408.439.3245.

About IPS Learning
IPS Learning offers an unparalleled educational experience that combines the academic excellence of the Stanford Center for Professional Development’s (SCPD) Stanford Advanced Project Management (SAPM) program with real-life applications that inspire forward-thinking leaders to transform the way they think, lead and execute. IPS teaches people and organizations to achieve better results through tighter strategic alignment, stronger team engagement and exacting execution, resulting in growth through smart innovation and change. For more information visit

About the Stanford Center for Professional Development
The Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) connects working professionals worldwide to the research and teaching of Stanford University faculty in the School of Engineering and related academic departments. Qualified individuals may study for master of science degrees on a part-time basis, pursue graduate and professional certificates, take individual graduate and professional courses, participate in workshops, view free online seminars and more. Courses are delivered online, on the Stanford campus in the heart of Silicon Valley, and at the work site. For more information visit:

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