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Deborah Perry Piscione

Bestselling Innovation Author and Entrepreneur

 Deborah Perry Piscione Biography

Our most revered business icons of the last few decades are bold risk-takers who succeeded, such as Sir Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Steve Jobs. Yet, in today’s stock market-driven economy, companies are playing it safe, with too many leaders focused on short-term gains, and not enough on value creation. Our political leaders won’t make a move without polling their most important constituents. Corporate leaders will follow the wishes of their biggest stakeholders, favoring safe incremental improvements over bold, game-changing strategies. The result is a static business culture that generates forgettable results – even as the world demands big solutions.

So, how do we get back in the risk-taking game? By breaking a few eggs.

In The Risk Factor: Why Every Company Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters and the Occasional Spectacular Failure, Deborah Perry Piscione takes the most comprehensive look at this crucial, undervalued leadership behavior, and outlines how leaders must pivot to support risk-taking across the organization, rather than mitigating it. Exploring the heroes of risk, and the role risk-taking and failure-tolerance play in their successes, Piscione makes a compelling case for bold idea creation and decision making practices in leadership, corporate culture, talent development, smart work, sales and marketing, innovation and intellectual property, and crisis management. Drawing on case studies from a wide range of now-famous giants (Amazon, Netflix) and successful start-ups (Tesla, salesforce), she distills lessons for both new entrepreneurs and established companies whose longtime risk aversion has cost them more than they realize.

Deborah Perry Piscione is the author of The New York Times best-seller Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World and the co-author of Unfinished Business: The Ten Most Important Issues Women Face Today. Secrets of Silicon Valley has been called a "must read for anyone who wants to learn from Silicon Valley's success."

Piscione is a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur in digital and traditional media who fell into entrepreneurship after a cross-country move from halls of power in Washington, DC. She built three companies in six years: BettyConfidential, a leader in the content and ecommerce space; Alley to the Valley, a network of the world's most influential women; and Chump Genius, an educational gaming company for kids. Piscione spent 18 years as a policy staffer in the US Congress and the White House and as an on-air commentator.

Deborah Perry Piscione has won numerous awards, including the Silicon Valley Woman Business Owner of the Year in 2009, a Gracie Allen Award and a distinguished award from The White House Project. As an expert on Silicon Valley, its management and creating entrepreneurial ecosystems, Piscione shares Silicon Valley secrets with governments, businesses and organizations around the world, suggesting ways other entities can achieve a similar alchemy.

Topics
  • Bold Leadership

    Leadership is about courage. The courage to chance failing as the price for succeeding big. The courage to ignite the passions of your workforce and being open to great ideas from anyone at any time. It is about doing what is right, and seizing the moment when the iron is hot. So, why is this so hard? Because in all of the books and speeches about leadership, what has been neglected is how to master the art of risk-taking. In this exciting presentation, Deborah Perry Piscione shows how risk can become an incredibly powerful tool in the leader’s tool belt:

  • Building a Culture of How

    Corporate culture is the single greatest competitive differentiator, and is crucial to an organization’s long term success. Company culture is not just about what you do, but how you do it. Yet, every company culture is different, with its own hierarchies, preferred communications methods, sources of inspiration and energy, and unfortunately, its own series of speed bumps and gates that slow down change and hamper risk-taking. Yet, more has been learned than ever before about creating and adapting cultures that are fast, agile, collaborative and highly creative. An expert on corporate culture, Deborah shares her original cultural methodology on how companies should operate to best achieve an innovation culture and the blueprint of A Culture of How.

  • Pressing the HR Re-Set Button

    HR has been seen by a majority of company executives as the part of the organization that limits opportunities for innovation. Why? In her extensive research, Deobrah has identified the reasons for this negative perspective. More importantly, she shares the incredible opportunity for HR to hit the reset button to reinvent and be a partner in strategy, innovation and progress. HR is in the best position to do so, as it is the only part of the organization that touches every other part of the organization. She explores the big ideas that not only keeps HR relevant, but to be a driver for innovation and talent processes that will maximize the success of the entire organization.

  • Two Words That Will Change Innovation

    Not every company will be at the fore front of disruptive innovation. To many, the exercise feels a bit like herding cats. For this reason, Deborah has worked with several of the most innovative companies in the world to develop an original methodology in innovation called, “Improvisational Innovation,” which democratizes the ability for anyone at any level to create and experiment. Improvisational innovation offers a formal process by which anyone can submit ideas, be taken seriously and be protected in the process. It provides an opportunity for new revenue streams as well as processes that advance greater efficiencies. Deborah helps you understand how to help you shift to more effective innovation processes in your organization and teams.

  • Creating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

    Why do governments around the world continuously send delegations to Silicon Valley to try to discover its secrets? In a time of economic downturn, what can Silicon Valley teach the rest of the world about entrepreneurialism and innovation? The secret is in the synergy that creates an entrepreneurial ecosystem. In this keynote, speaker Deborah Perry Piscione explains how different parts of the ecosystem come together as an interconnected web: the innovative approaches to business and finance, the collaborative ventures between private and public sectors, the interplay between higher education and the business community, the networks, the commercialization know-how, the open attitude toward immigrants, and all the other extras that attract the creative class and boost the quality of life. But then there's also that elusive spark: the quality of entrepreneurialism that is the region's signature asset
    • its sport, religion, and identity. As Piscione explains, there are six characteristics that all Silicon Valley entrepreneurs radiate: passion, authenticity, love of ideas, appetite for risk, trustworthiness, and resilience. With the spirit of entrepreneurialism at the heart of the ecosystem, you create a distinct and extraordinary culture in which business is conducted not as cutthroat competition but as open inquiry and collaboration that nurture ideas, talent, products, and human potential. Piscione's presentation captures the best of Silicon Valley so that others may create similar ecosystems and share in its success.

Books

The People Equation: Why Innovation Is People, Not Products

Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World

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 Deborah Perry Piscione Biography

Our most revered business icons of the last few decades are bold risk-takers who succeeded, such as Sir Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Steve Jobs. Yet, in today’s stock market-driven economy, companies are playing it safe, with too many leaders focused on short-term gains, and not enough on value creation. Our political leaders won’t make a move without polling their most important constituents. Corporate leaders will follow the wishes of their biggest stakeholders, favoring safe incremental improvements over bold, game-changing strategies. The result is a static business culture that generates forgettable results – even as the world demands big solutions.

So, how do we get back in the risk-taking game? By breaking a few eggs.

In The Risk Factor: Why Every Company Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters and the Occasional Spectacular Failure, Deborah Perry Piscione takes the most comprehensive look at this crucial, undervalued leadership behavior, and outlines how leaders must pivot to support risk-taking across the organization, rather than mitigating it. Exploring the heroes of risk, and the role risk-taking and failure-tolerance play in their successes, Piscione makes a compelling case for bold idea creation and decision making practices in leadership, corporate culture, talent development, smart work, sales and marketing, innovation and intellectual property, and crisis management. Drawing on case studies from a wide range of now-famous giants (Amazon, Netflix) and successful start-ups (Tesla, salesforce), she distills lessons for both new entrepreneurs and established companies whose longtime risk aversion has cost them more than they realize.

Deborah Perry Piscione is the author of The New York Times best-seller Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World and the co-author of Unfinished Business: The Ten Most Important Issues Women Face Today. Secrets of Silicon Valley has been called a "must read for anyone who wants to learn from Silicon Valley's success."

Piscione is a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur in digital and traditional media who fell into entrepreneurship after a cross-country move from halls of power in Washington, DC. She built three companies in six years: BettyConfidential, a leader in the content and ecommerce space; Alley to the Valley, a network of the world's most influential women; and Chump Genius, an educational gaming company for kids. Piscione spent 18 years as a policy staffer in the US Congress and the White House and as an on-air commentator.

Deborah Perry Piscione has won numerous awards, including the Silicon Valley Woman Business Owner of the Year in 2009, a Gracie Allen Award and a distinguished award from The White House Project. As an expert on Silicon Valley, its management and creating entrepreneurial ecosystems, Piscione shares Silicon Valley secrets with governments, businesses and organizations around the world, suggesting ways other entities can achieve a similar alchemy.

  • Bold Leadership

    Leadership is about courage. The courage to chance failing as the price for succeeding big. The courage to ignite the passions of your workforce and being open to great ideas from anyone at any time. It is about doing what is right, and seizing the moment when the iron is hot. So, why is this so hard? Because in all of the books and speeches about leadership, what has been neglected is how to master the art of risk-taking. In this exciting presentation, Deborah Perry Piscione shows how risk can become an incredibly powerful tool in the leader’s tool belt:

  • Building a Culture of How

    Corporate culture is the single greatest competitive differentiator, and is crucial to an organization’s long term success. Company culture is not just about what you do, but how you do it. Yet, every company culture is different, with its own hierarchies, preferred communications methods, sources of inspiration and energy, and unfortunately, its own series of speed bumps and gates that slow down change and hamper risk-taking. Yet, more has been learned than ever before about creating and adapting cultures that are fast, agile, collaborative and highly creative. An expert on corporate culture, Deborah shares her original cultural methodology on how companies should operate to best achieve an innovation culture and the blueprint of A Culture of How.

  • Pressing the HR Re-Set Button

    HR has been seen by a majority of company executives as the part of the organization that limits opportunities for innovation. Why? In her extensive research, Deobrah has identified the reasons for this negative perspective. More importantly, she shares the incredible opportunity for HR to hit the reset button to reinvent and be a partner in strategy, innovation and progress. HR is in the best position to do so, as it is the only part of the organization that touches every other part of the organization. She explores the big ideas that not only keeps HR relevant, but to be a driver for innovation and talent processes that will maximize the success of the entire organization.

  • Two Words That Will Change Innovation

    Not every company will be at the fore front of disruptive innovation. To many, the exercise feels a bit like herding cats. For this reason, Deborah has worked with several of the most innovative companies in the world to develop an original methodology in innovation called, “Improvisational Innovation,” which democratizes the ability for anyone at any level to create and experiment. Improvisational innovation offers a formal process by which anyone can submit ideas, be taken seriously and be protected in the process. It provides an opportunity for new revenue streams as well as processes that advance greater efficiencies. Deborah helps you understand how to help you shift to more effective innovation processes in your organization and teams.

  • Creating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

    Why do governments around the world continuously send delegations to Silicon Valley to try to discover its secrets? In a time of economic downturn, what can Silicon Valley teach the rest of the world about entrepreneurialism and innovation? The secret is in the synergy that creates an entrepreneurial ecosystem. In this keynote, speaker Deborah Perry Piscione explains how different parts of the ecosystem come together as an interconnected web: the innovative approaches to business and finance, the collaborative ventures between private and public sectors, the interplay between higher education and the business community, the networks, the commercialization know-how, the open attitude toward immigrants, and all the other extras that attract the creative class and boost the quality of life. But then there's also that elusive spark: the quality of entrepreneurialism that is the region's signature asset
    • its sport, religion, and identity. As Piscione explains, there are six characteristics that all Silicon Valley entrepreneurs radiate: passion, authenticity, love of ideas, appetite for risk, trustworthiness, and resilience. With the spirit of entrepreneurialism at the heart of the ecosystem, you create a distinct and extraordinary culture in which business is conducted not as cutthroat competition but as open inquiry and collaboration that nurture ideas, talent, products, and human potential. Piscione's presentation captures the best of Silicon Valley so that others may create similar ecosystems and share in its success.

The People Equation: Why Innovation Is People, Not Products

Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World

People who viewed this profile also viewed:

What people are saying about us

See More Testimonials »

Why All American Speakers?

All American Speakers is among the largest full-service talent booking agencies in the world.

See how our approach to booking talent is unique and why more than 96% of our clients recommend us.

ALL AMERICAN ADVANTAGE »
Booking Agency-related Disclaimer

Fee Information: Booking Fees to hire speakers and celebrities are determined based on a number factors and often change without notice. Fee Ranges listed on this website are intended to serve only as a guideline. For the most current celebrity fees or to check availability, please contact a booking agent.

Please Note: All American Speakers Bureau acts only as an entertainment broker/producer for corporate functions, private engagements and special events. All American Speakers Bureau does not claim or represent itself as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Deborah Perry Piscione or any artists or celebrities on this website.

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials and endorsements.

Profiles listed on this website are provided as a resource to our clients, which are meeting and event planners and other buyers of talent in order to provide them with the widest variety and selection of available talent. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read about the All American Speakers Bureau Advantage.

Due to the volume of emails and calls we receive, we can no longer respond to inquiries related to any of the following:

  • Schedules of upcoming public appearances
  • Contact info for artists or requests to forward messages.
  • Artist's TV, stage or film projects or representation
  • Media requests for print, radio or TV interviews.
  • Any inquiry not related to hiring talent for paid engagements

Related Tags: Find top-rated keynote speakers, corporate entertainers and famous personalities like Deborah Perry Piscione. Find information on booking Deborah Perry Piscione for appearances, speaking engagements and endorsements. Your source for booking agency and speaker bureau contact info, as well as how to contact a celebrity talent booking agent that can book Deborah Perry Piscione, list of similar top-rated speakers for hire, what is the cost to book a top 10 motivational speaker, musician, comedian or famous athlete like Deborah Perry Piscione.

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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