Importance of Stakeholder Engagement for the First Steps of Internal Innovation

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Jamie Qiu

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In Conversation With Ezra Zimbler, an Intrapreneur at LinkedIn The first step of any journey is often the hardest, and it’s not so different for new and innovative initiatives within larger organisations. How do you get the support of the right stakeholders—whether seniors or peers—from the right parts of the organisation, from the get-go? Tune in to our conversation with Ezra Zimbler, Senior Talent Insights Consultant and Co-founder of TransformHER at LinkedIn, as he shares his experience about how to bring on-side peer and senior support for new initiatives from the beginning. In this conversation we will be discussing: - Different intrapreneurial initiatives and what it takes to lead each one of them — From small to large scale and from incremental to radical innovation. - How to get leadership approval and support to move forward. - How to bring other intrapreneurial minded individuals into your initiative. - Tips and key considerations when exploring a new project idea. Our guest speaker, Ezra Zimbler, is passionate about helping forward-thinking marketing, sales and HR teams implement world-class data into their operations via Talent Insights within LinkedIn, as well as about diversity, inclusion, and belonging in tech as a co-founder of TransformHER. TransformHER is the premier conference for professional women of colour in technology. The conference is structured to help attendees build stronger relationships and leverage resources to advance their careers. Hosted by Jamie Qiu, enterprise innovation strategist and Founder of Studio Zao, a London-based innovation and intrapreneurial talent development studio. They partner with the world’s leading organisations to drive growth and resilience through intrapreneurship. Find out more at
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