March 30 - April 2, 2022

Innovation is essential to survive in today’s rapidly evolving environment, whether it’s in the way we fuel the world, create new business ventures or how we lead organizational transformation.

Join us at the TCU Neeley School of Business to explore innovation from a broad range of viewpoints and learn not only how to plan for the future of business, but to lead it.


Innovation Week Overview

TCU Global Energy Symposium - Wednesday, March 30

Without doubt, the global energy transition will impact the world’s economic, financial, political and environmental landscape for decades to come. Join us to hear from scholars, energy analysts, industry leaders and policy makers to explore the multi-faceted challenges of this energy transition, and discuss the role the U.S. will play in this global shift.

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Innovation Summit - Friday, April 1

We are living in a time of overwhelming change. This new reality requires new paradigms of leadership for organizations and individuals alike. Join our expert scholars and practitioners to explore what is changing in our world, why it matters, and what you can do to capitalize on the opportunities ahead.


Values and Ventures® Competition - Friday, April 1 - Saturday, April 2

We invite undergraduate students from around the world to pitch ideas for conscious capitalism ventures that make a profit while also solving a problem. Since 2010, this internationally recognized case competition has awarded more than $750,000 in cash prizes and $1.25M in sponsor support to launch 186 companies. Join us to watch student teams make their best pitch!

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Innovation Summit: Programming Highlight

Innovation Summit – Friday, April 1, 2022

1:00-2:30 p.m. Opening Keynote
The Future of Now: Moving Forward in a Period of Accelerated Change
Speaker: Elatia Abate
Consultant, nationally recognized speaker, and a Forbes leading female futurist
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Session I: Driving Innovation within Your Organization
Leadership in the Age of Continuous Transformation
Speaker: Michael Sherrod
William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence
TCU Neeley School of Business

Session II: Driving Innovations in Talent and Leadership
Leading Change and Transformation in Orgranizational Talent
Speaker: T. Brad Harris, PhD
Associate Professor of Management and Academic Director, BNSF Neeley Leadership Program
TCU Neeley School of Business

Opening Keynote

The Future of Now: Moving Forward in a Period of Accelerated Change
Speaker: Elatia Abate

How we work, live, and are is changing faster than any other time in history. Exponential technological transformation, including the expansion of the metaverse, is exploding across all industry sectors. Increasingly democratized access to information and education are shifting competitive dynamics in the global marketplace. Previously unthinkable shifts in the workforce due to robotization of jobs, the gig economy, and fallout from the pandemic is turning the definitions of work and career upside-down. In this dynamic opening keynote presentation that weaves together big ideas and tactical, actionable strategies, we will:

  • Explore the market-shaping paradigm shifts that are impacting the global landscape and what these mean for the futures of business and work.
  • Examine underlying assumptions that currently drive the economy and what opportunities might be available if those ideas are questioned.
  • Learn new approaches to strategic thinking, such as the distinction between incremental and non-linear strategy, to help shape current and future plans.
  • Practice embracing disruption and uncertainty using innovative problem-solving methodologies.

Participants will walk out the door with:

  • Tools to help your organization become as agile as the increasingly disrupted market.
  • Strategic frameworks and guiding principles to help you and your colleagues ask better questions about the challenges and opportunities available to you.
  • An invigorated sense of possibility and purpose.


Concurrent Session I: Driving Innovation Within Your Organization

Leadership in the Age of Continuous Transformation
Speaker: Michael Sherrod

This session discusses the numerous and often unexpected sources of disruption, and the overwhelming levels of change that require new paradigms for leadership, organizations and leading change. Discussing examples of how disruptive, accelerated change affects specific industries, Michael Sherrod will provide insights and strategies for leaders and companies as they strive to build and the adaptive organizations of the future. During this thought-provoking and interactive session, you will:

  • Explore a variety of avenues that leaders and organizations use to anticipate and lead through disruption, creatively develop new ways to add value for their customers, and evolve their business models.
  • Discuss the successful approaches and supporting mechanisms needed to fund, nurture and scale innovation and new ventures.
  • Explore cases studies in business and digital transformation focusing on critical success factors, key challenges, typical barriers and the leadership approaches needed to successfully lead through them.


Concurrent Session II: Driving Innovations in Talent and Leadership

Leading Change and Transformation in Organizational Talent
Speaker: T. Brad Harris, PhD

The fields of human resources and talent management are in a period of seismic change due in part to the confluence of “The Great Resignation,” the rise of non-traditional career paths, ever-shifting social expectations in the employment relationship, and unprecedented business challenges (e.g., the COVID-19 pandemic, global supply chains, and even international conflict). Whether you are an individual trying to navigate a career or a leader trying to adapt and steer your organization’s collective talent, the context is overwhelming. In this session, award-winning teacher and researcher Dr. Brad Harris, will lead a moderated, interactive discussion with a panel of renowned human resources leaders:

  • Katharyne Gabriel, Global Head, HR at Coca-Cola
  • Roderick Hooker, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, GM Financial
  • Jamie Thorpe, Head of People, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

The session will enable you to:

  • Learn the strategies that individuals can use to build a thriving career in today’s environment.
  • Understand how organizations and leaders can successfully attract, develop and utilize talent.
  • Explore the trends that will shape the future of work in the years to come.
Elatia Abate   

Elatia Abate

Creator, The Future of Now

Ms. Abate is a Forbes leading female futurist and keynote speaker. She helps companies and their leaders make sense of the chaos and uncertainty that are disrupting our world and transform them into tangible strategies and results. She consults for and advises organizations like PricewaterhouseCoopers, UniGroup, Verizon, University of Arizona, and University of Cincinnati.

She is a globally recognized keynote speaker on the topics of the future of work and resilience, sharing her message for audiences of tens and auditoriums of thousands for organizations including, SEI, NY Life, VRBO, Deloitte, Belcorp, and SHRM, among many others. She has a TEDx talk entitled, “Pioneering the Future of Work.”

In a former life she served as Global Director, Talent Acquisition with Anheuser-Busch InBev and Vice President of Human Resources at Dow Jones & Company.

She has been featured in work with Trevor Noah and was the only woman to contribute to the Tony Robbins 2020 Business Resiliency Expert series, alongside greats like Jay Abraham.

She is an instructor in the Continuing Studies Departments of Stanford University and The University of Chicago. She received her BA and MBA from the University of Chicago.

Michael Sherrod

Michael Sherrod

William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence
TCU Neeley School of Business

Mr. Sherrod began his entrepreneurial career by launching a magazine publishing company immediately upon completion of his graduate degree. Throughout his career, he has founded or co-founded 18 companies, including Black Dove Media,, AOL Local and Additionally, he has served in senior management roles and started new companies inside CapCities/ABC, AMR Information Services, AOL,, and The Anschutz Companies. He served as the first Publisher of The Texas Tribune, a non-profit, non-partisan media site covering Texas government, politics, and public policy and is a founding board member.

He is an active entrepreneur with diverse business interests and serves as board member, investor and advisor to a number of online organizations around the world. Mr. Sherrod is an author and frequent speaker on entrepreneurial, cultural and media issues.

He holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and an MBA from the Neeley School of Business at TCU.

Brad Harris

T. Brad Harris

Associate Professor of Management and Academic Director, BNSF Neeley Leadership Program
TCU Neeley School of Business

Dr. Harris’ research and teaching interests include team dynamics, leadership, and HR systems in rapidly growing organizations. His research has been published in the field’s top academic journals and featured in leading popular press outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Harvard Business Review, NBC’s The Today Show,, and Fast Company.

He has co-written two popular press books on organizational leadership, titled Scaling for Success: People Priorities for High-Growth Organizations (Columbia Business School Press, 2021) and 3D Team Leadership: A New Approach for Complex Teams (Stanford Press, 2017).

In addition to his role at TCU, Dr. Harris is a founding partner of People Leader Accelerator, serves as a Senior Advisor at Series B Consulting, and maintains an academic appointment with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Katharyne Gabriel

Katharyne Gabriel

Global Head, HR
The Coca-Cola Company

Ms. Gabriel leads HR strategies to support 3,000 of The Coca Cola Company colleagues around the world in order to deliver support for the company’s growth ambitions. Joining the organization in 2021, she has been part of leading the global transformation organization design, operating model optimization and talent strategies.

She started her career at The Home Depot growing across a number of teams in the organization including Mergers and Acquisitions, Employee Relations, Supply Chain, Operations, Home Services and as Chief of Staff to the CHRO. She then joined YUM! Brands as Director HR United Kingdom and Ireland. She supported the KFC brand comprising of over 800 restaurants and 25,000 team members. After returning from London, she supported the Global Marketing and Americas hotel organizations at IHG Hotels and Resorts comprising of 500 global colleagues and 2,000 corporate colleagues, 4,000 franchise hotels and 250 company managed hotels across Canada, United States and Mexico/Latin America.

She holds a BA and MBA from the University of Florida.

Roderick Hooker

Rod Hooker

AVP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
GM Financial

Mr. Hooker’s career expands across several industries including healthcare, higher education and auto finance. His areas of emphasis include business relations, talent acquisition, university relations, and diversity & inclusion. In his current role as the AVP of Diversity and Inclusion at GM Financial, Rod pursues diversity, advocates for equity and cultivates inclusion by supporting DE&I programs in the U.S. and Canada. A lifelong learner, Rod is dedicated to helping others recognize their potential through mentorship and service.

This impactful forum is brought to our valued alumni, supporters and friends as part of the TCU Neeley School's commitment to thought leadership and innovation.


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