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Ayelet Baron  

Author & Former Chief Strategy Officer at Cisco Canada

Ayelet Baron is a visionary author, speaker, coach, workshop facilitator, and former tech executive committed to making a transformational impact on business.

After undergoing a personal transformation, she realized the magnitude of how much the corporate world had lost its way, and, more importantly, she saw hope for how to make things better. She discovered that the new mindset needed for 21st century leadership has its roots in ancient wisdom traditions, especially around the themes of integration and a genuinely holistic perspective.

In 2015, Ayelet served as an adjunct leadership team member as an Innovator in Residence in Roche/Genentech's Strategic Innovation Product Development organization. She climbed the corporate ladder for more than a decade at Cisco Systems, where she was the Chief Strategy Officer for Cisco Canada.

Her leadership helped propel Canada from the sixth to the second largest revenue generating country for Cisco at nearly $2B. She served on the Emerging Markets and IT executive leadership teams at Cisco, where she led pioneering programs for the company. Ayelet was also a Cisco Leadership Fellow with Nethope, where she collaborated with over 20 of the largest global Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

Ayelet is uniquely and powerfully poised to guide corporations on a profoundly significant journey that touches all of us in this century and beyond: our journey to corporate sanity.

Speech Topics


Tapping into Real Innovation in Radical Times

Albert Einstein put it brilliantly: “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” We live in interesting times where how we work, whom we partner with and our ability to create new products and service offerings is changing. While many organizations still use 20th century management practices, others are achieving dramatic results by redefining their business. Research shows that organizations that embed innovation in their culture are more likely to have breakthrough solutions, especially when they ask critical questions to address their challenges. How do you experiment? How do you incubate ideas? How do you fail? What level of risk are you willing to take? How are decisions made? Don’t get paralyzed by the degree of change. Get energized. Learn how to create market opportunities and break away from traditional competitors. In this keynote, Ayelet Baron shows how to unlock real innovation and describes the 21st century leadership practices that pave the way for a prosperous future.

Future of Work: How to Build Thriving 21st Century Organizations

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