Monthly Archives: November 2012

Mentors in Your Life

As leaders, we appreciate the mentors, leaders and role models upon whose shoulders we stand. We should carefully consider the support and guidance we are consciously and unconsciously providing for those who come after us.

On October 24th I was in Tel Aviv at the David Intercontinental attending an EMC conference when Efrat Segal Mesika came up to me with a big smile on her face.  Remembering our last meeting was at EMC’s Women In Technology leadership breakfast at EMC World over 3 years ago I was excited about the opportunity to catch up and find out about her life.

Calvin Smith and Sheryl Chamberlain

Calvin Smith and Sheryl Chamberlain

I often take moments out of life to connect with people and don’t always realize the impact of those chance meetings.  This one, totally unexpected brought to mind the impact we have on each other’s lives and the opportunity we have to guide others.

When I met Efrat she felt trapped by her engineering role and wanted to find a way to grow into a new career using existing skills.  Understanding the power of her vision I could see opportunities outside of her comfort zone but easily in her reach.  What is now amazing to me is Efrat’s fearless commitment to her future and the value of hearing from a mentor that she could grow and achieve her vision.

Join me as we catch up to Efrat and learn about mentors in her life and her new role as Director Business Development at CliniWorks.

Efrat Segal Mesika – Mentors In Your Life

Adapting Innovation to Create Tangible Results

While some would think innovation is tangible sometimes it is simply about adaptation; It is through adaptation that we can realize tangible results. There could be no better example of this than Dr. Orna Berry currently EMC Corporate Vice President and GM for Israel COE. Orna was the first Chief Scientist Israel; Being first is her hallmark. While there are many firsts, Chief Scientist of Israel has had a powerful impact on her, her community and most of all on her country, Israel. Israel’s water resources and other natural resources being as limited as they are, the utilization of innovative technologies gathered from a knowledge based society becomes necessary and  critical in order to harbor and maximize those resources as efficiently as possible. At the junction of this society is the collaboration between government, university and industry. Orna understanding the opportunity quickly and once again the first (in Israel) to focus on this community sometimes referred to as the “Golden Triangle of Innovation”.  This union helps ensure the continued realization of the value of of innovation, entrepreneurship, high-risk production development, and international collaboration.

She clearly understands goods created intellectually need to be exported because the local Israeli market is very small, and regional trade doesn’t exist. She also believes that Israel is not just a startup nation, it’s a “restart nation“.  This is due, largely, to the cultural heritage of Israel, which requires that people learn how to read situations differently, and think of things in a different context. This has been a part of Israeli culture for many generations, since The Diaspora.

Dr. Orna Berry opens EMC’s 6th Annual Innovation Conference in Israel

Join me as we catch up to Dr. Orna Berry at EMC Forum – Israel:

Dr. Orna Berry EMC Forum Israel

A little more about Dr. Orna Berry

Dr. Orna Berry is a recognized entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in Israeli science, technology and venture capital.  Known for her efforts to promote excellence, entrepreneurship and innovation in Israeli society Dr. Berry has held a wide range of positions with significant social and public impact throughout her career.  One of the hall marks of Orna’s career was her 4 year tenure as Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Industry and Trade in the Israeli government where she managed an annual budget of a ½ Billion dollars.  Having served as the Chairperson of the Israeli Venture Capital Funds Association she continues to follow her passion and is currently the Chairperson of the Israel Australia Chamber of Commerce.

Catalysts of Innovation

Catalysts of innovation, sometimes referred to as mavericks suited in an entrepreneurial spirit, gather in many communities.  Some of them solve old problems with new perspectives, while others look at today’s technology break throughs and consider alternative implementations.

In October I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Israel meeting thought leaders and innovators and captured their perspectives.  One, Yanki Margalit Chairman & CEO of Aladdin Knowledge Systems Ltd, was the keynote speaker at EMC’s Annual Innovation Conference.  He took us on a journey as he explored sustainability in a global economy. The question he raises asks us to think long and hard about what magic (i.e. technology) will be needed to ensure a global population of 7 Billion people can live with the same level of comfort, food, and life style that we enjoy today.

Yanki Margalit Speaking at EMC’s 6th Annual Innovation Conference

As he states, “We haven’t seen nothing yet” when we consider today’s innovations around computing and artificial intelligence, genomics, brain research, nanotech, sustainable and clean energy, robotics space exploration and social connectivity.  He asks us to think to the future and consider these possibilities: I could have my own DNA lab, I could sequence my own genome (become a cat), I could generate my electricity, I could build my own lunar spaceship robot, and perhaps I could even print my own money. Join me by going to this video link as we learn more about these “possibilities”.

Yanki Margalit Keynote at EMC Innovation Conference

Yanki Margalit Keynote at EMC Innovation Conference – Part 2

Yanki Margalit Keynote at EMC Innovation Conference – Part 3