OK, so you missed the first IEEE-USA Future Leaders Forum. Perhaps you had good reason… Your Aunt Geraldine was celebrating her 80th birthday and, despite missing her first 79 parties, you just couldn’t miss this one.
So, what exactly did you miss that late July weekend in New Orleans? How about Google Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist Dr. Vinton Cerf? It’s not too often you can hear from one of the original creators of the Internet. You also missed a Mississippi River dinner cruise, dinner at Mardi Gras World, and a Darcy Malone and the Tangle concert.
The forum’s enthusiastic speakers covered six major themes: inspire, solve, empower, adapt, lead and connect.
Cerf captured and held the attention of about 285 attendees, mostly IEEE student members and Young Professionals. He pointed out it takes more than game-changing design to make a technology successful.
“My engineers sometimes ask, ‘How can I be effective?’” Cerf said. “The answer is, ‘Learn how to sell.’ Sales are about getting your ideas in other people’s heads. … And lest you disparage marketing and sales, remember that if they are not successful, you won’t get paid.” Continue Reading >>