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Posted by Grant McLaughlin  on October 28, 2014

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation (CFI) Transform Conference. Booz Allen Hamilton’s Initiating Change workshop focused on initiating organizational change in the healthcare industry and I was one of three speakers who came together to share our personal stories.  I focused my remarks on cultural challenges, and how to deliver improved results and modify behavior change depending on each organization’s unique culture. 

Participants reflected on the stories presented and identified ways to collectively bring together ideas and insights around a particular topic area with their own stories and experiences using the Booz Allen Design Thinking methodology.  Each group had self-selected topic areas of interest to them and worked with a facilitator to identify pain points and ideate around opportunities to bring change to light for their area. 

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Posted by Kat Faley  on October 14, 2014

This past weekend marked the first-ever—and certainly not the last— Women’s Edition of Startup Weekend D.C. The event, born out of collaboration between Startup Weekend D.C., Booz Allen Hamilton and 1776, aimed to counterbalance the underrepresentation of women in technology and entrepreneurship. The result was an electrifying, 54-hour experiential learning opportunity for nearly 100 participants—90 percent women and of diverse ethnic and professional backgrounds—to launch a new venture and pitch it. As part of the weekend’s program, Booz Allen sponsored an impressive panel to provide insights on what it takes to scale a venture at every stage, including addressing issues of diversity and inclusion. Below are some key takeaways for aspiring entrepreneurs—men and women alike—from the weekend. 

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Posted by Angela Zutavern  on October 10, 2014

At Booz Allen, we recognize that there’s no such thing as going it alone in innovation. We serve our clients through a global innovation ecosystem that is energized by a wide range of partners, including entrepreneurs and startups. That’s why we were so excited to sponsor and extensively participate in the recent  Startup Weekend DC, a three-day event  in which entrepreneurs learned how to launch a venture, and then pitch their ideas. 

Nearly 30 Booz Allen staffers helped plan the event and served as mentors to participants. In addition, Vice President Julie McPherson kicked off the event, Vice President Aimee George-Leary was one of the judges, and I had the opportunity to serve on a panel distinguished members of the technology and startup community: David Guttman, CEO of CityScan; Ann Marie Isleib, Regional Vice President Platform at Salesforce.com; Susan Tynan, founder and CEO of Framebridge, Inc., and moderator Allyson Burns, Senior Vice President of Case Foundation and Revolution LLC. The panel focused on strategies for overcoming the challenges of scaling a venture at every stage, from startup to large company. 

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Posted by Jarid Cottrell  on October 09, 2014

Developers, cloud enthusiasts, and supporters of open source descended on Mahwah, New Jersey, this week for RedHat’s first ManageIQ Design Summit.

As a founding partner and ardent supporter of the ManageIQ community, it’s been exciting for our Booz Allen team to watch it grow since its launch earlier this year. And the Summit marked the first time that we, as a community, were able to come together to share best practices, lessons learned and practical applications for the platform. Participants were able to follow two tracks at the event, Design and Extend, and I was fortunate enough to speak to both on the topic of cloud service broker technologies. Specifically, with the Extend attendees, we covered how to create a fully functional open source cloud broker platform using ManageIQ.  And, with the Design group, we proposed a blueprint of ManageIQ’s future development areas and our roadmap to enhance the overarching cloud broker capabilities. 

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