Howard Richard Lieberman

Innovation Collaboration Specialist



Howard Lieberman founded the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute, SVII a California 501c(3) not-for-profit corporation in 2005 to bridge decision makers and innovators.

Collaboration between these two extremely important groups dramatically impact the ability for industry, government and academia to execute on greatly desired and badly needed changes.  Decision makers committed to innovation have many other responsibilities, which limit their time availability to turn vision into value even when they possess all of the skills. Innovators can also require significant attention in order to realize their insights. Execution requires collaboration which can elude strong-minded creative professionals, each focused upon priorities which may not be shared.

SVII has presented so far over a hundred public programs mostly in Silicon Valley, in the form of provocative roundtable discussions centered around innovation initiatives to help bridge innovators, innovation advocates and decision makers to help them understand each other. Mr. Lieberman has been present for the vast majority, often playing the roles of moderator and designer.

As SVII Chairman for over a decade, Howard Lieberman also contributes to many other organizations' innovation activities outside of Silicon Valley from Washington to Hong Kong and mainland China, and spanning industry, government, industry and professional organizations including designing the Innovation Institute curriculum for the the IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. As the leading professional association for the advancement of technology, and with more than 400,000 members in more than 160 countries, IEEE is the world's largest technical professional society and largest group of professional innovators.

As a topic, innovation has been a priority for leaders for some time. Experience shows it is harder to accomplish than talk about and it is not possible without strong collaboration. There can be large differences between innovation scholars and innovation veterans. Mr. Lieberman began teaching innovation management fifteen years ago after twenty years as an innovator, and long before innovation was fashionable or popular. Fortunately, innovation like everything else, does get easier with experience, and SVII has been showing the way longer than most.

February 24, 2016 Next Program:

Co-presented with the Association for Strategic Planning – Northern California Chapter, at SAP in Palo Alto

Strategic Innovation: Possible or Impossible


Dan Rasky      Director and Co-founder of the Space Portal at the NASA Research Park

Paul Masson   Managing Director and co-founder Strategic Alliances Resources Network, LLC

Reid Bierly      Senior Director of Sales and Planning at Equinix, Inc.

Moderator       Howard Lieberman, founder Silicon Valley Innovation Institute

An innovation strategy is a key factor in the success of most organizations. It is an articulated strategy for something that is brand new with the goal being to create a lot more opportunity and value for the organization and its network of partners.

Given that organizations need to change quickly and often long-term plans do not get implemented, some say that defining, creating and implementing a strategic innovation plan is difficult if not impossible. There is a legitimate debate about the feasibility of strategic innovation:  some view innovation as too fluid to guide with strategy, others cite examples of past long term investments that have had a strategic impact while some say the cost of capital makes such long term strategic innovation impossible. If our futures depend on good plans, how do you plan for innovation with a strategic impact given continuous change?

What you will learn and take away from this session:

¬ Contrast three views of the viability of Strategic Innovation.

¬ Hear examples of what has worked and most importantly, what has not worked for strategic innovation.

¬ Have your strategic innovation questions answered by a panel of experts.

SAP Executive Briefing Center   Bldg 1, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA Silicon Valley 

Doors Open: 6 PM

Program: 7 to 8:30 PM

Tickets at the Door: $45

Online Preregistration: $35

Students Pre-registration  $25


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