Day 2 Keynote: Safi Bahcall

Safi Bahcall Bio

Safi is a second-generation physicist (the son of two astrophysicists), a biotech entrepreneur, and former public-company CEO.

He received his BA summa cum laude from Harvard and his PhD in physics from Stanford, where he worked with Lenny Susskind in particle physics (the science of the small) and the Nobel laureate Bob Laughlin in condensed matter physics (the science of the many). He was a Miller Fellow in physics at UC Berkeley (the school of the many).

After working for three years as a consultant for McKinsey, Safi co-founded a biotechnology company developing new drugs for cancer. He led its IPO and served as its CEO for 13 years.

In 2008, he was named E&Y New England Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors (PCAST) on the future of national research.

Loonshots, Safi’s first book, has been translated into 18 languages; recommended by Bill Gates, three Nobel laureates, Adam Grant, Malcolm Gladwell, and Tim Ferriss; and selected as a best business book of the year by Amazon, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Forbes, Inc., Newsweek, Strategy + Business, Tech Crunch, and the Washington Post. It was the #1 most recommended book of the year in Bloomberg’s annual survey of CEOs and entrepreneurs.

Safi advises CEOs and leadership teams on strategy and innovation, and has delivered keynote presentations at industry conferences, investor events, leadership retreats, medical meetings, and leading academic institutions around the world (more here). He lives with his wife, two children, and roughly 37 Gerald + Piggie books in Cambridge, MA.

The 21st Century Association CXO

Date: Friday, December 10
8:15 AM – 9:00 AM
Location: Summit Ballroom D-E

Description: Associations rarely fail to innovate due to a lack of ideas. Creating an innovation lab and applying lean and agile methods are commonplace. Associations most frequently fail in adoption: in bridging the divide between artists and soldiers. Learn three initiatives — changes to structure rather than culture — that the 21st-century association CXO can introduce to solve this problem.

Key takeaways:

Fixing measurement: how using a carefully designed innovation matrix can help align your Board, executive team, and employees, as well as encourage intelligent risk-taking.

Fixing balance: how a specialist group of program champions, with the right reporting structure and skillset, can reduce politics and resolve problems in the middle layers, freeing the leadership team to lead rather than referee.

Nurturing experiments: why business plan competitions and focus groups kill innovation, and what you should do instead.

Don’t miss this amazing keynote speaker!