This is a session at Innov8rs Austin, 4-5 December 2019

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Building Bridges Between Islands of Innovation

As large companies take an increased interest in Lean Startup principles, they can sometimes counter-intuitively reinforce the silos they sought to tear down. In our organization alone, we’ve identified more than 20 individual innovation teams. Members of these teams are often hired externally and lack a sense of organizational context because their teams work small, isolating themselves from the corporate immune system as a survival mechanism. However, this means that in many cases, members of these teams don’t know the others exist.

In this talk, we’ll explore how Intrapreneurs@Allstate, a volunteer-run enterprise-wide employee resource group, has embraced a role as the connective tissue that helps bring innovators on these far-flung and isolated teams together to share their lessons learned, creative techniques, and sometimes just to empathize with the struggles they each face.

Jack Redding

Vice President of Intrapreneurs at Allstate

Emmy Swift

Sustainability Consultant at Allstate

Jack Redding
Jack Redding is the Vice President of Intrapreneurs@Allstate (I@A). He merges a love of technology innovation with a pragmatic problem-solving attitude to help enable the “dreamers who do” in bringing their dreams to life. In his “day job,” he is a Technical Delivery Lead at Allstate Corporation, where he drives personal computer and collaboration technology strategy and execution.
He is passionate about giving back through his roles with several local non-profits and is currently working to found a Chicago chapter of the Circle of Young Intrapreneurs, a fast-growing movement designed to empower social intrapreneurship to help corporations do well by doing good. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Emmy Swift
Emmy both loves the world and is on a mission to change it. She studied entrepreneurship, botany and sustainability at UW Madison. After graduation, Emmy joined the Leadership Development Program at Allstate Insurance merging her passion for sustainability and business. While at Allstate, Emmy met a group of like-minded folks in I@A, people trying to change the world starting in our own backyard. Drawn to their collaborative group dynamic and bootstrap approach, Emmy was right at home. Professionally, Emmy is now a sustainability consultant in the Real Estate Department at Allstate Insurance, a role that she wrote herself. She excels in fast-paced, mission-driven environments where she can build thriving ecosystems and create efficiency. Luckily, that’s just what she’s there to do. She hopes to one day to try her hand at Landscape Architecture, give a TED Talk, renovate a tiny home, and be invited to dinner parties at the homes of her heroes. Whatever she does, she hopes to leave the world better than she found it, and improve the wellbeing of people, in regard to their health, wealth, and happiness.