Frontier Tech Event: Innovation Management

Learn how to manage creative teams, lead innovation

Innovation happens organically in creative environments and keeps corporations competitive. However, economic constraints, workload, employee relations, conflict, deadlines, pressure from investors and clients, change and inequalities challenge organizations to maintain a creative work environment and to innovate.

In this expert panel, we discussed the management practices that Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area leaders use to implement and maintain creativity in their teams and organizations, and how they navigate the constantly changing challenges that arise from new technologies and new generations of consumers.


Photos From the Event

Dr. Frederick Wehrle gives the welcome speech

Capgemini Applied Innovation Exchange's Joe Boggio addresses the crowd


Amazon Web Services' Sandy Carter presents to the crowd

The panel included Joe Boggio, Sandy Carter, Diego Dugatkin and Michael Spiegelman


The panel included Joe Boggio, Sandy Carter, Diego Dugatkin and Michael Spiegelman, with Darek Defreece (left) moderating.


Pictured from left: Diego Dugatkin, Sandy Carter, Michael Spiegelman, event coordinator Nadege Thorez-Oparin, Joe Boggio, Darek DeFreece and Dr. Frederick Wehrle


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Joe Boggio

Vice President at Capgemini Applied Innovation Exchange

Joe Boggio leads Capgemini’s Flagship Applied Innovation Exchange (AIE). Prior to Capgemini, Joe was the Director of Innovation at Microsoft where he worked with the firm's largest clients to advance new innovations to market, develop software to manage innovation processes and pioneered new models for innovation-based partnerships. Prior to his tenure in the innovation field, Joe held senior sales leadership roles at Microsoft, Oracle and IBM. He has a B.S. in Engineering from Michigan State University and is currently a student in the Stagen Integral Leadership Program.

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Sandy Carter

Vice President of Public Sector Partners and Programs at Amazon Web Services

Sandy Carter's VP role require her to drive growth in the public sector internationally, as well as in the United States. She previously built an enterprise workload team as the Vice President of Windows and Enterprise Workloads at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where she focused on helping companies innovate by using their current technology and assets with migration and modernization through containers and serverless. She is the author of Extreme Innovation: Three Superpowers for Purpose and Profit, built on her research with Carnegie Mellon. Her awards include:

  • Lifetime Achievement Winner, Excellence in Cloud Achievement for 2019
  • AI Innovator of the Year nominee in 2019
  • Top 10 AI Influencers for 2019
  • Top 10 Cloud Computing Influencers
  • Top 39 Engineers by Business Insider 2018
  • Top 50 AI influencer by Onalytica 2018
  • Top 10 Future of Work Influencer in 2018
  • Top 10 Women in Technology by CNN

Sandy is the Chairman of the Board of Girls in Tech, and an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley. She was honored two times with the AIT United Nations Member of the Year Award for helping developing countries with technology. She is an adviser to startups in AI, IoT and AR/VR.


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Diego Dugatkin

Vice President of Product Management at Adobe

Dr. Dugatkin started his technical career in applied physics, working with chemical lasers while teaching and mentoring high-school and undergraduate college students. While learning and teaching science and engineering, Diego simultaneously acted as an entrepreneur, starting his first company at age 19. Since then, he has held leadership positions in product development and innovation, market strategy and team leadership for several successful, high-tech startup companies, including Ixia (acquired by Keysight), FastSoft (acquired by Akamai), Aspera (acquired by IBM), Conviva, Switchfly (taken over by PE Golub Capital) and Adobe. Diego has developed several patents on modeling and generation of network traffic, and has also held doctoral research and engineering positions at Caltech and Schlumberger. He holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires, and an M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Diego enjoys playing music, wood-working, skiing, and playing and coaching tennis and soccer with his kids.

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Michael Spiegelman

Vice President, Global Product Innovation at Netflix

In his current role, Michael Spiegelman and his team are responsible for acquiring new subscribers in 190 countries through product features and programmatic marketing channels. He originally joined Netflix in 2010 as Director of Product Innovation and led product strategy for the streaming website and tablet experiences. Before joining Netflix, Michael was at Yahoo!, where he was Senior Director of Entertainment & Lifestyle Products, responsible for the music, movies, TV, celebrity, video and lifestyles websites around the world. Prior to that, he was Senior Director and General Manager of Yahoo! Music, running product development, label relations and editorial for the company's music business, including personalized radio, music videos and artist information. He started at Yahoo! in 2003 as a product manager in the music division, where he helped launch the Yahoo! Music Unlimited subscription service. Previously, Michael was co-founder and principal at Web Paradox, an independent web design and development consultancy, where he developed and maintained client relationships with companies such as Verizon, AT&T and the U.S. Marine Corps. Before that, he was a Senior Strategy Consultant at iXL, an early Internet consulting firm, where he helped large companies and startups formulate digital strategies.


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Darek DeFreece

Managing Director at UC Berkeley New Academic Ventures

Darek DeFreece focuses on revenue generation, business innovation, venture capital, partnerships and strategy for the UC Berkeley campus. He has been an attorney and capital markets executive for more than 20 years at various global financial and investment management firms. Darek has served on the boards of numerous educational and nonprofit organizations, including as a regent of the University of California, president of the Cal Alumni Association, trustee to the UC Berkeley Foundation and a member of the finance committee for the Trevor Project, a national nonprofit focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. He is also a trustee of the Redwood Day School in Oakland, Calif. Darek and his partner, Alan, live in Oakland with their twins, Jacob and Riley.

Welcome Speech

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Dr. Frederick Wehrle

Assistant Dean for Academic Design and Innovation at UC Berkeley Extension

Dr. Wehrle is a researcher who is specialized in innate human behavior and an expert in academic innovation and design. At UC Berkeley Extension, he is developing fully integrated, trans-disciplinary study programs that allow students and lifelong learners to acquire the specific skill set they need to succeed in their careers. With his team, Frederick brings together world-leading researchers from Berkeley and industry experts from Silicon Valley who work and teach at the forefront of academic innovation. In his prior positions, he has founded the Center for Global Engagement of Planeta Education and Universities France, he directed accreditation and international relations at Groupe EDC and served as Academic Director at Groupe IGS. He founded the Eye-Tracking Lab of ICD International Business School and has lectured at UC Berkeley, Grupo Planeta, Groupe EDC, Groupe IGS, University of Paris 1, Toulouse Business School, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Groupe IAM.

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Host: Capgemini

A global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation, Capgemini is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. Building on its strong 50-year heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services—from strategy to operations. Capgemini is driven by the conviction that the business value of technology comes from and through people. It is a multicultural company of more than 200,000 team members in more than 40 countries. The group reported 2018 global revenues of EUR 13.2 billion.


Thursday, November 7

  • 6:30 pm: Registration and networking
  • 7 pm: Welcome speeches
  • 7:10 pm: Keynote speech
  • 7:30 pm: Panel discussion
  • 8:30 pm: Q&A
  • 8:45 pm: Networking reception
  • 9:15 pm: Closing

Capgemini Applied Innovation Exchange
425 Brannan St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Cost: $15

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