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A culture of innovation: Maybe they’re just born with it?

Join us for an inspirational evening
at the New Museum in New York

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New Museum

Is a culture of innovation something you can create or are organizations simply born with it? This controversial question is one many executives are grappling with as they face losing market share to more agile and innovative competitors.

Join us at the New Museum in New York on Wednesday, January 27th at 6.00pm and hear a panel of senior executives, from large corporates to smaller organizations, share their game-changing experiences on how they have created an innovative culture.

At PA, innovation is at the heart of everything we do. We have been delivering world-class innovation for much of our 70-year history, from a world first in medical injectors to saving the lives of thousands of babies each year through our work with Monica Healthcare.

Speaker profiles

Hear from a series of influential speakers on the evening and be inspired by their original and inventive approaches to innovation in their industry.

Raymond Pawlicki

Raymond Pawlicki, former CIO of Novartis and Biogen and Board Director at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer, Pfizer’s VP of Worldwide Innovation

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson, founder of HICCup and its Wellville Accelerator

Aneesh Kumar

Aneesh Kumar, Cignas VP, Enterprise Product Solutions

Venk Varadan

Venk Varadan, co-founder and CEO of Nanowear

Reggie Hall

Reggie Hall, Head of Finance & Strategy, Nanowear

Raymond Pawlicki 
Ray Pawlicki chairs the IT sub-committee for the UMASS Healthcare Board, is a Board Director for Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and is on the advisory board of several healthcare IT startups including Eight Spokes, Enginolgi, RockStep and Mobiquity. Ray joined the healthcare industry as CIO of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, then Global CIO for Novartis Pharmaceuticals AG, before moving to Biogen as CIO and member of their Executive Committee.

Wendy Mayer
Wendy Mayer is Vice President, Worldwide Innovation for Pfizer, responsible for driving ideas and fresh thinking across the organization through the identification of transformative and disruptive innovation platforms, and through the development of capabilities and a culture that will support continued innovation. Most of her tenure at Pfizer has been within the Market Analytics organization, developing insights and recommendations for global business strategy. Wendy is also a member of Pfizer’s Women’s Leadership Network.

Esther Dyson
Esther is the founder of HICCup and its Wellville Accelerator, a nonprofit dedicated to the production of health (rather than just the treatment of illness). She is also an active angel investor, concentrating on emerging markets and technologies, new space and health. A former board member of PA Consulting, she also sits on the boards of health companies 23andMe and Voxiva, and is an investor in CuresUnited, Omada, PatientsLikeMe and others. 

Aneesh Kumar
Aneesh Kumar is Vice President, Enterprise Product Solutions at Cigna, where he drives product development and product management strategies across the company’s businesses throughout the world. Immediately before taking this role, he worked as a Managing Director in Aetna’s Corporate Strategy team, leading enterprise-wide strategic initiatives related to delivery system transformation, ACOs, and new technology solutions.

Venk Varadan
Venk Varadan is Co-founder and CEO of Nanowear. Venk spent over seven years in Technology Investment Banking, focusing exclusively on venture-backed software and communications technology. Preceding his Wall Street career, Venk worked in sales and marketing for three years at Eli Lilly and Sanofi-Aventis pharmaceuticals.

Reggie Hall
Reggie Hall is Head of Finance & Strategy at Nanowear, joining Nanowear following his graduation from UCLA Anderson School of Management, where his studies focused on finance, strategy and business development for growth and venture/private equity-backed companies. Prior to business school, Reggie spent 5 years in TMT investment banking providing M&A and capital markets advisory services to early-stage, growth and Fortune 500 technology companies.

PA's latest research: Innovation as unusual

Is innovation in your organization broken? Our latest research, which surveys 750 senior business and government executives across 15 countries, reveals many organizations are wasting their best ideas. We found that 47% of senior executives describe their innovation activity as a ‘costly failure’ and 50% have seen a brilliant idea fail for avoidable reasons. Our research raises a number of vital questions for leaders responsible for delivering innovation.

Download the report

We Make the Difference

At PA we don’t just believe in making a difference. We believe in making the difference. 

We define success as achieving exceptional results that have a lasting impact on businesses, communities and individuals worldwide. This principle has remained the cornerstone of our ethos since 1943 – and it continues to underpin everything we do.

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Find out how we make the difference and see some examples of innovation in practice by reading some recent client stories.

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Contact us

To find out more about our recent Innovation report, contact the authors below: 

Chris Steel

Chris Steel
PA healthcare expert

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Please note this event is suitable for senior professionals with the following job titles: Head of, Director, CxO or equivalent, and places are offered on a first-come first-served basis.

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