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THINK TANKS

“Re-Invention or Extinction – CHOOSE”

Corporate Innovation Think Tank

The vast majority of leaders are looking in the rear-view mirror to determine their path FORWARD. In today’s brave new world, enterprises are Goliath, with tech startups playing the part of David. These Davids have paradigm shifting ideas, and no industries are safe from their onslaught of innovation.

In days past, this threat was small and manageable – a handful of Davids. TODAY? You have a million hungry Davids piling up at the gate, with a bull’s eye on your back, and next year you’ll have two million, each with a new idea and a new technology that threatens to slice off a piece of your pie. The writing is on the wall, and the demise of big brands who have been unable to adapt to this new environment has already begun.

To survive and avoid extinction, enterprises must adopt an entirely new methodology and business approach, NOW. Time is running out, and the threat is imminent. Learn how to think like startups, or be rendered extinct by them.

  • Company employees
  • Company managers
  • Company executives
  • Think Like A Startup is a 1 hour “think tank” style workshop facilitated for large enterprises, in rooms with anywhere between 25 – 500+ employees
  • The room is broken up into small 5-10 person groups (depending on size of overall session), with a leader selected for each group
  • The manufactured environment is designed with time constraints, unexpected changes to group dynamics, and it forces participants to quickly identify, categorize, prioritize and crowd-source identification of problems and solutions as a team
  • Participants identify and align on the THREE most impactful, measurable solutions the company could implement to deal with the top challenge that they identified the company is facing in creating an “innovation culture”
  • To make the solutions “measurable,” the answers each group leader gives are publicly challenged, until they are left with tangible structures that THEY articulated, which the company can literally implement TOMORROW, not just general “good ideas”
  • While we are working on real, tangible challenges the company is facing, and the solutions to those challenges in real-time, the real focus in the background is on the process we are using TO work through these issues and identify tangible next action steps, with velocity
  • This process is one that the company can use going forward in small or large group settings to identify unique business challenges, and source actionable business solutions, within hours
  • All of this happens in as little as 1 hour

“Eliminate the Founder Funding Disparity”

Capital Innovation Think Tank

Since the stat first came out in 2010, it has been consistently trumpeted that founders of color receive less than 1% of venture backed investment capital. If you are familiar with diversity and inclusion efforts in technology, chances are that you’ve been to dozens of panels over the years, discussing all the many speculations for why this problem exists, from every angle.

We believe that it’s time to stop simply discussing what we all know is the problem, and start charging ourselves with the responsibility to come up with tangible, actionable solutions, regardless of whether or not any outside support presents itself. The #CapitalThinkTank takes a hard line – SO WHAT, we’re not getting VC dollars. Now what are WE going to do to create access to capital for founders of color anyway.

  • Investors
  • Entrepreneurs (early stage and seasoned)
  • Non-traditional capital seeker
  • Someone with game changing ideas on leveraging capital resources
  • Think Like A Startup is a 1 hour “think tank” style workshop facilitated for impact organizations, in rooms with anywhere between 25 – 100+ attendees
  • The room is broken up into small 5-10 person groups (depending on size of overall session), with a leader selected for each group
  • The manufactured environment is designed with time constraints, unexpected changes to group dynamics, and it forces participants to quickly identify, categorize, prioritize and crowd-source identification of problems and solutions as a team
  • Participants identify and align on the THREE most impactful, measurable solutions that could be implemented right away to deal with the top challenge that they identified that founders of color are facing in that city, with regard to accessing capital
  • To make the solutions “measurable,” the answers each group leader gives are publicly challenged, until they are left with tangible structures that THEY articulated, which the leaders in attendance can literally implement TOMORROW, not just general “good ideas”
  • While we are working on real, tangible challenges that Founders of color are facing, and the solutions to those challenges in real-time, the real focus in the background is on the process we are using TO work through these issues and identify tangible next action steps, with velocity
  • This process is one that the attendees can take back to their own organizations and communities, and use going forward in small or large group settings to identify unique challenges, and source actionable solutions, within hours
  • All of this happens in as little as 1 hour

“Association Relevance & Member Engagement”

Association Relevance Think Tank

The pace of life is NOW. Our world frantically revolves around buzz words, tweets, posts, and shares. Our time and attention is dominated by limitless invitations, offers, and requests, vying for our time and attention. In a world where offers for limitless amounts of information and access are literally at our fingertips, associations that have thrived for generations are, many for the first time truly having to ask themselves a few honest questions. “Are we still relevant?” “Why?” “How long before we’re not?”

These are tough, humbling questions to ask, but they ARE the questions to ask. The most important word in an association executive’s vocabulary right now is relevance, and a close second is member engagement. So how does an association uproot years of deeply entrenched organizational habits, to turn the titanic into a nimble speedboat? By learning how to think like a startup, and learn how to leverage its people and resources in incredible new ways. Welcome to your 2nd act.

  • Association executives
  • Staff
  • Members
  • Community partners
  • Funders
  • Think Like A Startup is a 1 hour “think tank” style workshop facilitated for associations, in rooms with anywhere between 25 – 500+ attendees
  • The room is broken up into small 5-10 person groups (depending on size of overall session), with a leader selected for each group
  • The manufactured environment is designed with time constraints, unexpected changes to group dynamics, and it forces participants to quickly identify, categorize, prioritize and crowd-source identification of problems and solutions as a team
  • Participants identify and align on the THREE most impactful, measurable solutions that could be implemented to deal with the top challenge that they identified the association must surmount in order to stay relevant and keep members engaged
  • To make the solutions “measurable,” the answers each group leader gives are publicly challenged, until they are left with tangible structures that THEY articulated, which the association can literally implement TOMORROW, not just general “good ideas”
  • While we are working on real, tangible challenges the association is facing, and the solutions to those challenges in real-time, the real focus in the background is on the process we are using TO work through these issues and identify tangible next action steps, with velocity
  • This process is one that the association can use going forward in small or large group settings to identify unique business challenges, and source actionable solutions, within hours
  • All of this happens in as little as 1 hour

“HBCUs At Risk”

HBCU Relevance & Financial Solvency Think Tank

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) all around the nation are facing critical issues with respect to relevance and financial solvency that are threatening their ability to keep their doors open. For generations of achievers in communities of color, HBCUs have played a critical role in laying a foundation for their personal and professional success, as well as that of their parents, and their grandparents before them.

This #ThinkLikeAStartup Think Tank pays homage to this rich legacy. #HBCUsAtRisk focuses on keeping the tradition of our HBCUs around for generations to come, by crowd-sourcing the top challenges and actionable solutions for keeping HBCUs relevant and financially solvent, directly from the minds and mouths of the people in the community who are committed to doing just that, and are uniquely positioned to carry out the task at hand.

  • Current students enrolled in a registered HBCU
  • Alumni of a registered HBCU
  • Faculty & staff members of a registered HBCU
  • Civic leaders who understand and appreciate the role and importance of HBCUs in the Black community
  • Community members who are HBCU supporters, and seek to contribute to the rich legacy and tradition of HBCUs being present in their city
  • Think Like A Startup is a 1 hour “think tank” style workshop facilitated for HBCUs, in rooms with anywhere between 25 – 100+ attendees
  • The room is broken up into small 5-10 person groups (depending on size of overall session), with a leader selected for each group
  • The manufactured environment is designed with time constraints, unexpected changes to group dynamics, and it forces participants to quickly identify, categorize, prioritize and crowd-source identification of problems and solutions as a team
  • Participants identify and align on the THREE most impactful, measurable solutions that could be implemented to deal with the top challenge that they identified the HBCU must surmount in order to stay relevant and keep the institution financially solvent
  • To make the solutions “measurable,” the answers each group leader gives are publicly challenged, until they are left with tangible structures that THEY articulated, which the HBCU can literally implement TOMORROW, not just general “good ideas”
  • While we are working on real, tangible challenges the HBCU is facing, and the solutions to those challenges in real-time, the real focus in the background is on the process we are using TO work through these issues and identify tangible next action steps, with velocity
  • This process is one that the company can use going forward in small or large group settings to identify unique business challenges, and source actionable solutions, within hours
  • All of this happens in as little as 1 hour

TLAS TRAINING

“Own Your Narrative”

Define. Test. Monitor. Assess. Shape the Narrative.

Think Like A Start-Up is a 1 hour “think tank” style workshop facilitated for large enterprises. In rooms with anywhere between 25 -500+ employees, TLAS uses an interactive format that seamlessly transitions between small 5-10 person timed group brainstorming sessions to full room crowd-sourcing of the ideation and deliberation process, with all employees involved. The proprietary TLAS think tank creates an environment where every employee in the room collaborates to identify, from their own mouths, the top challenge the company is facing that is in the way of it achieving its primary goal(s), and what actionable, measurable solutions the company could implement tomorrow to conquer that challenge.

  • The room is broken up into small 5-10 person groups (depending on size of overall session), with a leader selected for each group
  • The manufactured environment is designed with time constraints, unexpected changes to group dynamics, and it forces participants to quickly identify, categorize, prioritize and crowd-source identification of problems and solutions as a team
  • Participants identify and align on the THREE most impactful, measurable solutions the company could implement to deal with the top challenge that they identified the company is facing in creating an “innovation culture”
  • To make the solutions “measurable,” the answers each group leader gives are publicly challenged, until they are left with tangible structures that THEY articulated, which the company can literally implement TOMORROW, not just general “good ideas”
  • The room is broken up into small 5-10 person groups (depending on size of overall session), with a leader selected for each group
  • The manufactured environment is designed with time constraints, unexpected changes to group dynamics, and it forces participants to quickly identify, categorize, prioritize and crowd-source identification of problems and solutions as a team
  • Participants identify and align on the THREE most impactful, measurable solutions the company could implement to deal with the top challenge that they identified the company is facing in creating an “innovation culture”
  • To make the solutions “measurable,” the answers each group leader gives are publicly challenged, until they are left with tangible structures that THEY articulated, which the company can literally implement TOMORROW, not just general “good ideas”
  • While we are working on real, tangible challenges the company is facing, and the solutions to those challenges in real-time, the real focus in the background is on the process we are using TO work through these things and identify tangible next action steps, at light speed
  • This process is one that the company can use going forward in small or large group settings to identify unique business challenges, and source actionable business solutions, within hours
  • All of this happens in as little as 1 hour

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