It has been an absolute pleasure to have been a partner and host for Innovative Pasadena’s Connect Week 2016 from October 17 - 21. Connect Week is a series of independently organized seminars, workshops, and social events across Pasadena. Last year, Cross Campus was the host of many events throughout the week including programs such as TechSparks: Pitchfest & Entrepreneur Mixer, Women Who Own LA Tech Media, and Why You Can’t Innovate Without Design. This year we hosted 11 events throughout Connect Week and were thrilled to see strong attendance again this year.
Innovate Pasadena has been a staple in the Pasadena community since its inception, with the shared goal of creating a lively business and cultural community. It is run by local business leaders, entrepreneurs, city government officials, scientists, designers and educators to provide world-class educational events, professional meetups & other various forms of programming in the Pasadena area.
We hope you were able to see some of these outstanding events, but if you were not able to make it out - here’s some of the best events from last week.
The digital agency, The1stMovement, took us through a Google Venture-inspired “Design Sprint” process, how to minimize these risks, and design a better product for speed to market in just 5 days.
Kelly Watson, Managing Director of Orange Grove Consulting and an expert on Women’s Leadership, presented targeted strategies to recruit, retain and promote women in technology. Following the presentation, Kelly also moderated a panel discussion with three women currently working in tech that represent different stages in a career on the unique challenges they each face. Attendees left with strategies to help their company or themselves reap the benefit of increasing the number of women in positions throughout an organization.
Check out this great article about the event from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune written by Kevin Smith.
Utilizing the techniques and exercises of improv can dramatically strengthen your ability to communicate clearly and dynamically, collaborate more efficiently, and increase your creativity. Lizzy Wallace, Founder of Pitch Polish, taught us to accelerate our confidence, spontaneity, leadership qualities, and much more with an introduction to improv skills. This workshop is ideal for entrepreneurs, startup teams, or anyone who wants to increase their confidence, networking skills, or sales goals.
Sponsored by the ArtCenter, and led by the founding partners of Interactivism, one of LA’s leading UX design companies, with offices in Old Town Pasadena. Erik Wingren and Petra Wennberg Cesario shared their user-centric design process and persuaded attendees that integrating UX into the Agile product development process from the outset reduces costs and lowers risk.
Branding While Broke inspired and equipped leaders to build authentic brands. These workshops are interactive sessions that provide relevant information and practical tools in the following areas: Establishing your Mindset, Defining your brand, Designing your brand, Utilizing Resources, The Power of Partnership, and Launching. Its mission is to eliminate the barriers preventing people from pursuing their passion.
Pasadena Angels investor Taylor Adams and Chris Graham of Noname Ventures presented a forum on growth hacking with Pasadena Angels funded company CEOs of Nailsnaps & Chai Energy. Angel Anderson and Cole Hershkowitz.
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