Excellence & Innovation Acceleration: Unleashing the Power of Great People and Organizations

  • 11 Jan 2022
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Via Zoom or In Person at Norris Conference Center, 618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78216


APPROVED for 1.0 Professional Development Credit (PDC) through SHRM and

APPROVED for 1.0 Business Recertification Credit through HRCI


Excellence & Innovation Acceleration: Unleashing the Power of Great People and Organizations

Program Description

In a disrupted world, how do you build a culture and practices where extraordinary innovation becomes ordinary? An organization that consistently delivers exponential leaders, growth, optimizations, and value creation. The key ingredients to innovation acceleration are not what you see portrayed most often in the media. Great, enduring organizations know what it really takes to create and, most importantly, scale innovation during market disruptions. We will explore how to blend disciplined innovation methods with elements of venture capitalism, crowdsourcing, and collaborative leadership to deliver rapid and sustainable business improvements and innovations in any industry.

Learning Objectives: 

  • How a Fortune 100 company identified, prioritized and successfully executed more than 2,000 innovations yielding over $1 billion in additional earnings within 18 months
  • How its market value increased 18-fold by engaging all employees and implementing idea meritocracy systems for business excellence and innovation execution
  • How a 100-year, complex project organization transformed its business on the face of technological disruptions to win multiple global excellence and innovation awards, and be ranked the #1 US company for leaders and leadership development
  • How the most innovative organizations in the world build and systematically execute innovation portfolios properly weighed for long term business sustainability and value creation


José Pires 

José Pires serves as Excellence & Innovation (E&I) executive leader and advisor for cross-industry organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 50, where he oversees the global identification, prioritization and execution of high value business improvements and innovations for the companies, business partners, and customers in multiple markets.

Pires has held Excellence & Innovation and Business Transformation leadership positions across multiple industries, including electronics (Sony), semiconductor (Cymer-ASML), food (Nestlé), energy / water / telecommunications infrastructure (Black & Veatch), and oil & gas / energy (Andeavor Marathon Petroleum). Throughout his career, Pires developed and refined E&I as an award-winning program to accelerate innovation, leadership development, strategy execution, and value creation globally.

Pires is an advisory board leader and keynote speaker for organizations and global conferences on

innovation, operational excellence, leadership development, strategy execution, culture, business and digital transformation, customer experience, exponential technologies, and growth acceleration.

He is an executive Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt who holds a Bachelor in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas and a Master in Business Administration focused in Investment Banking and

Entrepreneurship from the University of San Diego.

Meeting 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

SAHRMA Member registration - $30
Non-Member registration $40
SAHRMA Student $10

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