What business topics or issues are most challenging to you right now?

Health and Wellness Industry

Health and Wellness has been a significant buzz word for close to a decade, with reports that it will soon exceed a trillion dollars and become an "industry" onto itself. Yet, in the last 10 years, health and wellness seems to be very siloed and fragmented with major players "staying in their own lanes". At best, the world has only seen very incremental innovation in health and wellness products/services, rather than the disruptive business models that the world has seen in other industries, represented by Apple, Amazon and others. How do we apply principles from the companies who are true innovators to create more meaningful businesses of scale in health and wellness?

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Innovation Process

What online tools are the best practices for gathering innovation ideas from a large team (e.g., 4000+ member), assigning those ideas to SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) to determine if they should be implemented, and then implementing them? What is the best practice for designing a process that does not die under its own weight?

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What do you most need to learn to be an even more effective leader?

Motivating others

Creating a climate in which people want to do their best; motivating many kinds of direct reports and team or project members; assessing each person’s hot button and use it to get the best out of him/her; pushing tasks and decisions down; empowering others; inviting input from each person and sharing ownership and visibility

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What societal challenges could be improved by the Wharton alumni network?

Building the Wharton entrepreneurial brand

Entrepreneurship is back in vogue. Almost 10% of the WG '11 class decided to start their own company after Wharton. Although Wharton has a strong legacy and track record in entrepreneurship, it is not something that we publicize well and the resources for Wharton entrepreneurs are not in place as efficiently and they should. We need to find ways to help alumni entrepreneurs connect, promote our companies, provide resources and mentoring to alumni and student entrepreneurs, etc, in order to continue to build our brand and help our alumni that decide to venture on their own.

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Design Thinking - Huh?

A current media trend in the business press is to tout "design thinking." Best I can tell, that refers to "all good things that are done by creative people who don't wear suits," including observational market research, creative product concept generation, and visual thinking. It would be great to have some thoughtful presentation on design thinking in business and in what ways that label is useful in describing effective practices.

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