CEO & Founder, Ingenuity, San Francisco, USA
Why you should listen
Driven by the belief that everyone must think like an entrepreneur, Amy Wilkinson has written the global bestseller “The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs”
A Stanford Graduate School of Business lecturer, she embarked on a project of distilling from over 200 interviews, one of the largest datasets for a book of its kind, what it takes to become successful in the face of a rapidly changing economy. Amongst her high-profile interviewees were the founders of eBay, Tesla Motors, Spanx, and Airbnb.
Her research in Stanford coupled with her hands-on experience as a strategist at McKinsey & Company and banker at JP Morgan have become the impetus for Ingenuity, a consulting firm she founded with a focus on the convergence of talent and technology to increase human productivity.
Entrepreneurial intelligence is a key competency that can be accelerated and the ability to create and scale breakout businesses is not captive to startup founders. For Amy, even employees or those without entrepreneurial experience can turn mere inklings into profitable businesses if they learn how to harness the skills common to serial and successful entrepreneurs.
Hear Amy speak at the WORLDWEBFORUM about her valuable advice for all those who want to make their dreams of innovation a reality.
About Ingenuity Corp
Ingenuity is an entrepreneurship advisory firm for leaders who create the future. Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Ingenuity partners with companies to empower them to capture opportunity at startup-like speed.
The need to rapidly innovate is becoming ever more paramount. Successful businesses rise to this challenge by constructing agile workforces that unleash their greatest asset – their people – to attack complex problems with entrepreneurial skill.
The company has constructed a multi-faceted set of talent and technology tools that deliver meaningful results.
Amy Wilkinson is CEO and founder of Ingenuity, Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business and author of “The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs”. She advises executives and emerging leaders around the world on how to master the skills that underlie entrepreneurial success.
Wilkinson’s career spans leadership roles at McKinsey & Company, J.P. Morgan and as founder of Alegre, a foreign-based export company. She has also served in the White House as a senior policy advisor to the United States Trade Representative and a White House Fellow.
Fascinated by how leaders must reinvent their approaches to excel in an entrepreneurial age, Wilkinson interviewed 200 of today’s top entrepreneurs including the founders of Airbnb, LinkedIn, eBay, PayPal, Yelp, Dropbox, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Chipotle, Under Armour, Spanx, Jetblue, and Revolution Foods to distill what it takes to go from start-up to scale in our rapidly changing economy.
She conducted this work while a senior fellow at Harvard University and public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The Ewing Marian Kauffman Foundation awarded Wilkinson a grant for her groundbreaking research on high growth entrepreneurs. Wilkinson has been a keynote speaker for corporations, institutes, and universities around the world.
Recent speaking events include the World Economic Forum at Davos, Consumer Electronics Show, NASSCOM (India’s Leadership Forum), Microsoft, IBM, TD Ameritrade, National Governor’s Association, and Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
She is an expert for The Wall Street Journal. Wilkinson and her work have been featured by CNN, Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV & Radio, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Fortune, Forbes, Inc. TIME, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Wilkinson earned BA, MA, and MBA degrees from Stanford University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Eisenhower Fellow.