Michelle Bazargan is a Sr. Director Strategy and Innovation in Gartner's CIO Research group. Ms. Bazargan works with organizations to advise on best practices and practical recommendations in strategy and innovation across talent management, process and ecosystem operating models, technology tools, leadership, culture and diversity and inclusion. Leveraging her extensive expertise in startups, product strategy and development, she focuses on human-centered innovation, shared intelligence ecosystems, courageous open mindset leadership
Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Bazargan had a unique and diverse leadership background spanning startups and complex enterprise organizations, which include: Building innovation excellence practice, programs and ecosystems; developing innovation labs and environment to collaborate imagine and create innovation; driving re-investments into strategic business innovation, product strategy, development and marketing; corporate incubation and venture; diversity and inclusion; open innovation and ecosystems; innovation boot camps, fairs, shark tanks and hackathons; leading Office of CIO, and running IT as Business.
Her baseline of struggle and possibilities is different, as she escaped a revolutionary war and came to the U.S. with $500 and unable to speak a word of English. The experience built a foundation of resiliency, reinvention and purpose to help others face fears, adversity and believe in their strengths.
Passion fueled her to create a technology business from the ground up with a successful exit. She is obsessed with inspiring people to keep it real and believe in themselves, and speaks at events like Tedx on The Value of Human Connections. What lights her up is contributing to Children's Shark Tanks Innovation programs, running innovation bootcamps for schools and universities, advocating for diversity and STEM and sharing perspective on Forbes Council, Huff Post, and other platforms.
Sr.Director Global Strategy & Product Engineering
Product Strategy and Innovation Consultant to Executive Team
JM Family - SE Toyota
Business Strategy and Technology Leadership - R&D,Innovation Labs, Office of CIO
Digital Marketing Strategy and Execution
CIO Leadership of Innovation, Disruptive Trends and Emerging Practices
Industry Product Planning
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Executive Leadership: Digital Business Transformation
B.S., in Marketing
Scrum Alliance - Certified Scrum Master (CSM)
Scrum Alliance - Certified Product Owner (CPO)
Project Management Institute (PMI)
Consciousness and Psychology Certifications
1Drive business change through open innovation engines that generate continuous idea and incubation loops
2Shift investments & value from managing commodity lights on activities, to high value new horizon business innovation
3Create strong innovation ecosystems, labs, experiences and partnerships with customers, employees, & partners
4Right time customer marketing and sales engagement strategy leveraging AI, ML and Data Analytics
5Leverage actionable Diversity, Inclusion and Equality beyond pretty marketing and check boxes to drive and enable business innovation