Ellen Petry Leanse

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Chief People Officer
Lucidworks

Author, Stanford instructor, and digital pioneer Ellen Petry Leanse has spent 35 years as an innovator at Apple and Google, as an entrepreneur, and advising dozens of Silicon Valley leaders. An alum of early Apple, she served on the Macintosh launch team and led the company’s groundbreaking 1985 debut as an online innovator. Her work since then has spanned entrepreneurship, investing, and leadership coaching – experiences she combines with deep knowledge of neuroscience, design, and wisdom practices. In her popular Stanford class, Ellen guides companies and individuals to “think different” about innovation, impact, and using business as a canvas for positive change. She’s been featured on CNN and the Today Show, and in Time Magazine, Vogue, Forbes, Inc., and Entrepreneur. Her bestselling book The Happiness Hack shares brain-aware paths to focus, connection, and life satisfaction. She frequently speaks on design, equality, neuroscience, and the future of innovation.

Ellen Petry Leanse is speaking at the following session/s

Brain Break: Refreshing Your Native Code

Sessions - Networking | 12:25PM - 12:35PM |

Tech innovation inspires us, charging our minds with ideas. Yet our current standard of “inspiration” is very different from those experienced by early humans. As the gap between “the world our brains took shape in” and “the world we live in now” continues to grow, our excitement can also elevate burnout, stress, or feelings of overwhelm. But good news: there’s a go-to way to take a break that honors our early roots AND who we are today. This short session will share insights on how our most basic cognitive functions provide a key to improving focus, objectivity, and mood as we navigate modern life. Drop in to see for yourself and learn a way you can refresh and recharge your mindset…starting now.

Intended Audience
Anyone who wants a way to slow down, recharge their thinking, and feel more satisfaction – and who wants a reliable way to do that "on demand." Big promise, right?Attendee Takeaway
Attendees will feel the effects of a short reflection exercise, returning to whatever's next with a slight "reset" that will leave them more focused and relaxed. Better yet, they'll have a way to easily activate this reset whenever they wish.

Attendee Takeaway
Attendees will feel the benefits of a short reflection exercise, returning to whatever's next with a slight "reset" that will leave them more focused and relaxed. Better yet, they'll have a way to easily activate this reset whenever they wish.

Balancing AI and Human Intelligence: The Power of Complementary Intelligences

Networking | 10:35AM - 10:45AM |

Artificial Intelligence promises a future of rational, data-centric, highly accurate action and decision support. Yet AI is only one form of intelligence – one that many say mimics the functions of the brain’s linear processes. What is possible when we enhance that intelligence with our own “HI” – our most human, integrated intelligence – by activating a fuller array of cognitive processes as we partner with AI? Citing neuroscience, Design Thinking, and anecdotes about Einstein’s brain, this short session will propose ways to think beyond AI in ways that – so far, at least – only our human intelligence allows.

Intended Audience
Anyone interested in design, ethics, the potential and current limitations of AI – or who wants to take a moment to “Think Different.”

Attendee Takeaway
Attendees will increase understanding of their own intelligence as an enhancement to AI. They'll also learn about two essential thought modalities, how Einstein's unusual brain may have guided his genius, and what AI "needs" from Human Intelligence to do its best work.