GeekWire Summit speakers, clockwise from top left, Jessie Woolley-Wilson, Tom Douglas, Doug Baldwin, Mark Okerstrom, Ana Marie Cauce, and Dave Limp. (GeekWire Photos / Dan DeLong)
Day two of the 2019 GeekWire Summit in Seattle felt like an endless string of inspiring quotes from leaders in education, the restaurant business, big tech, sports and more.
Wisdom around diversity and empathy bookended comments about the state of American politics, the future of smart devices, and whether a vegan hamburger can come with bacon and cheese.
Here’s a sampling of what we heard:
Panel: Leadership: How to Build Impactful Organizations
Leadership panelists, from left: Ana Mari Cauce, president, University of Washington; Jessie Woolley-Wilson, president & CEO, DreamBox Learning; Marilyn Strickland, president and CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong)“In life most of us will have a lot of opportunities that come our way and you have to have the courage, because they’ll always work out, to say yes.” — Ana Marie Cauce, University of Washington president.
“The difference between me and someone who doesn’t have as much who might look like me is great shepherding and parenting and access to create opportunity, educational opportunity or career opportunity and if we don’t fix the access to opportunity then I think our democracy is going to be negatively impacted.” — Jessie Woolley Wilson, president and CEO of DreamBox Learning.
“Until you have a shift in point of view from managing diversity to leveraging diversity you’re going to be in a deficit framework.” — Woolley-Wilson.
“I tell my staff, come at me hard. I want to know everything that’s wrong with this idea. It really is important to have those viewpoints. Benevolent friction. Be soft on people but hard on ideas. You can’t have a truly excellent environment when there is homogeneity.” — Cauce.
“It’s not the diverse candidate’s responsibility to enlighten the majority. We have to go out of our way to understand the other … if you look around your organizations and all you see is you, then you need to do more to get proximate to something that doesn’t look like you.” — Woolley-Wilson.
“We have to make sure that Seattle isn’t a place where only techies with a certain profit thrive.” — Woolley-Wilson.
“The world is big and public, not small and private.” — Cauce.
“We don’t know what industries are going to exist in the future, let alone what jobs. … What we do know …read more