Speaker Bio

Michelle Bazargan

Michelle Bazargan

Sr Director, Advisory
Michelle Bazargan is a Sr. Director Strategy and Innovation in Gartner's Research and Advisory group.. She is fueled by the mindset that purpose-driven businesses are particularly well-positioned to tackle the world's biggest problems. She inspires leaders and organizations to see the art of the possible by introducing the latest market trends and business innovations.

She believes that although we are the most technology advanced era, we are at a major infection point. Many of our operating models, leadership styles, mindsets and metrics date back to the industrial revolution set-up for efficiency and command and control. This is the root cause behind the talent shortages and low employee creativity and engagement. The collective is more conscious and aware of what we want out of our lives and living! This shift has a major impact to organizations, the way we create, run our business models, workforce and so much more.

We have now completely shifted to an "outward in" collective creation versus "inward" us and them business mindset. People are more aware and looking for organizations that are authentic and walk the talk around innovation, diversity, sustainability, and provide equitable opportunities with no location bias. They desire to work for human centric leaders that care and create inclusive innovative work environments.

Collaboration through shared intelligence and diversity of thoughts are what drives creativity and competitive edge. This is accomplished by the combination of ecosystems and product innovation methods, which is what it takes to bring breakthrough ideas to life.

Her continuing dedication to shaping the future of business stems from her diverse leadership and technology background spanning startups and complex enterprise organizations. More importantly, she is a huge advocate for continuous learning and inquisitive curiosity.
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Tuesday, 22 November, 2022 / 09:00 AM - 09:45 AM GMT
Keynote: Collective Unhiding: Diversity of Thought Is Critical for Business Innovation and Talent Retention

When people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives come together, their unique thoughts pave a path for innovation, which drives business differentiation, talent engagement and retention. Diversity is a business innovation enabler versus a compliance necessity that successful organizations are leveraging as a competitive differentiator.

Tuesday, 22 November, 2022 / 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM GMT
Senior Leadership Circle Exclusive: Ask the Expert: Diversity of Thought as a Critical Enabler of Talent Retention and Innovation

When people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives come together, their unique thoughts bring new ideas to solve organizational challenges. In a recent Gartner survey, the key theme behind the “great resignation” was that over 50% of employees desire to contribute to meaningful work that drives change. I&O leaders are invited to pose questions regarding diversity, equity and inclusivity, and how diversity of thought in particular leads to better talent retention and innovation.

Join us to hear from Gartner experts and thought leaders.