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REdEfining innovation

It’s time to redefine innovation.
It’s not just about technology and cutting-edge ideas, it’s about being human.
It’s about leveraging existing things in new ways to make an impact on ourselves and the world around us.

Innovation starts with igniting oneself, influencing each other, and impacting the world.

ignite

Innovation starts by igniting our true selves and strengthening our self-awareness.

influence

Innovation happens through authentic relationships and community, fueled by empathy and collaboration.

impact

By being resilient and adaptable, we can design our own stories and make our mark on the world.

We start with “why”, but we make things happen with the “who”.

about the author

Saleema Vellani is an award-winning serial entrepreneur that helps organizations become future-ready by adopting an innovative mindset and co-creating scalable innovation strategies. She is an international development economist, an author, a global keynote speaker, and a recognized authority on inclusive innovation.

Saleema is the Co-Founder and COO of Innovazing, an education firm that helps organizations think like a startup through facilitating design thinking sprints and workshops to solve complex problems while practicing21st-century skills. She is also the Adjunct Professor of Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and an advisor to several impact-focused organizations, such as SXSW Pitch, Wonder Women Tech, Net Impact, Startup Africa, PCDNetwork, and the World Bank Group Youth-2-Youth Community.

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quotes from interviewees

"A person's marketability is dependent on a combination of who they are personally, their skills, relationships, experiences and their ability to learn new things".

allison wright

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, E-SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, INC.
MANAGER, ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, VERIZON

"Dissatisfaction with the status quo is essential to influence and create change."

anand dass

DIRECTOR, PLATFORM PARTNERSHIPS,
WORKPLACE BY FACEBOOK

"The future of work is to be able to learn, unlearn, and keep learning."

angie wilen

DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC
TRANSFORMATION AT FREDDIE MAC

"The best ideas are in the minds of people who are too underserved to action those things properly."

bayo adelaja

CHIEF DO-ER AT DO IT NOW NOW

"How do we diagnose a problem? by recognizing one. by being open to the fact that there is a problem."

bob mosher

CEO/ CHIEF LEARNING EVANGELIST
AT APPLY SYNERGIES

"Storytelling is such an important skillset. everyone should be practicing that right now."

janet roller

INNOVATION DIRECTOR AT MARRIOT

"If innovation was a cocktail, it would be a mix of values and lessons learned along the way infused with a good dose of courage and the willingness to be vulnerable."

valentina nesci

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MANAGER
AND CAREER COACH AT GOOGLE

our team

SALEEMA VELLANI
(Author)

AVNER LANDES
(Editor)

CATALINA CÔTAMO
(Designer)

SARA GOLISH
(Cover Artist)

SHANE YEAGER
(Videographer)

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latest articles, interviews + podcasts

Saleema Vellani, Multilingual Social Entrepreneur On Grit and Empathy[Podcast]

Hilary got to chat with Saleema Villani, a social entrepreneur and polyglot. She was really struck by Saleema’s unique perspective on entrepreneurship...

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CHANGEMAKERS POWERHOUSE LISBON[Video]

Along with three incredible female professionals, Saleema Vellani presented a TED—style talk at the Diamond Jubilee Alliances Conference in Dallas, Texas in September 2018....

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WORLD BANK GROUP YOUTH SUMMIT RECAP[Video]

Along with three incredible female professionals, Saleema Vellani presented a TED—style talk at the Diamond Jubilee Alliances Conference in Dallas, Texas in September 2018....

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upcoming events

FEB

8

Ismaili Women’s Leadership Conference

Ismaili Professionals Network

Orlando, FL

FEB

9

IEC2020 Leadership Summit Social Impact: Aligning Inclusion With Growth

International Economic Development Council

Tampa, FL

MAR

5

Raise Her Voice

Ellevate Network

Tyson's Corner, VA

MAR

12-18

SXSW

SXSW

Austin, TX

MAR

27

Women of Hopkins Leadership Conference

Johns Hopkins University

Washington D.C.

MAR

29

TEDx TAMU

TEDx

College Station, TX

APR

15

ACMP Change Makers Book Club

Association of Change Management Professionals

Washington, DC

JUN

3

Inventure Innovation Unbound

Inventure

Calgary, Canada