Don Center For Innovative Technology and Decision Sciences: The Future of Work and the Workplace
Join a panel of experts for an in-depth understanding of the dynamics that are transforming work and the workplace, the nature of work and the workplace to help align talent management with strategy.
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This event is sponsored by the Elizabeth and Allen Don Center for Innovative Technology and Decision Sciences.
- C. Evan Smith, Metamorphosis Management Group, LLC
- Ali Mohammed, Chief Technology Officer, Broadridge
- Heather Myers, Founder and CEO, Spark No. 9 LLC
The speaker session will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
About the Speakers
C. Evan Smith
Organizations change when their leaders do: when each leader chooses a growth-learning mindset, models curiosity and accountability, and builds capabilities to learn and lead by example.
Evan runs a leader-behavioral change firm (Metamorphosis Management Group). His work with colleagues and clients helps leaders and their organizations grapple successfully with significant demands for learning and growth. In addition to his own independent clients he works with partners in change and transformation like Kotter Inc. and Box of Crayons – bringing intentional, practical habit change and a structured data-based approach to help leaders shift their patterns, create more engagement, and have more impact. As a consultant – He’s worked with leaders across F500 companies, private firms (including startups), government and nonprofits. As an operating leader/ fractional executive – he’s run quality, talent and systems functions within multiple organizations.
He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Organization and Management; Bachelors degrees in Engineering and Liberal Arts from Penn State; and lives in Providence, RI.
Heather Myers is the founder of Spark No. 9, a next-gen market research firm that uses advertising campaigns to validate new product concepts, pivots, and brand positioning prior to launch. With the Spark team, Heather has developed a methodology that helps companies answer questions like “What product should we build?” and “What target market is most productive?” before they invest.
Heather’s passion is using design and data science to answer difficult strategic questions, especially those about product-market fit and finding first customers.
The Spark approach reaches people in real-life settings and tracks actual behavior—clicks on ads, signups on landing pages, and so on—to validate direction. The result: working models for customer acquisition, ready to scale.
Heather is a strategic advisor to Sightworthy, a video creation platform for brands; The Luupe, a marketplace for custom images; Pluralytics, an AI-powered platform that customizes language to audience; and GOLD, an online comedy platform. She is also the president of the Harvard Business School Women’s Association of New York.
Prior to founding Spark, Heather led corporate strategy and development for Scholastic, a $2B leader in K-12 educational technology and children’s book publishing and distribution. Before joining Scholastic, Heather managed the $12 billion merger of Polygram and Universal and created a digital music division for the Universal Music Group; she also led strategy and business development efforts for Universal Studios’ television, motion picture, theme park, and music businesses. She holds a BA in English from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ali Z Mohammed
- Chief Technology Officer Broadridge Financial Solutions a global Fintech leader
- Trustee Long Island Power Authority
- South Asian Advisory Council Member – Nassau County District Attorney’s Office
- Member – Nassau County Police Commissioner’s Community Council
- Recognized by the Government of India in 2021 with Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Award.
Ali Mohammed is a fintech executive with experience in leading and specializing in digital transformation centered on client experience and operational excellence. In his current role as the chief technology officer at Broadridge, Ali runs technology as a business focused on organization transformation, technology modernization, digital transformation, and cloud adoption.
Ali is a proven senior technology leader in top tier financial services firms. He most recently served as global head of customer experience & product Management at JP Morgan. At JPM, Ali led his global technology organization through the cultural and technology transformation required to build and support their migration to the private cloud.
Ali also brings a wealth of financial services industry expertise gained through senior IT leadership positions previously held at Bridgewater Associates, Goldman Sachs, and Citigroup., which required strategic vision and leadership across infrastructure, application development, and support management.
Ali is also very focused on developing women leadership in technology in Corporate America. Ali graduated from Osmania University with a Degree in Bachelor of Engineering & completed his executive management education from the Wharton School of business at UPenn.