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Silicon Valley Innovation Mindset - A Prerequisite for a Successful Life in Today's Global World




Intelligence, education, and experience don’t guarantee results. One of the biggest challenges individuals must overcome to achieve success are: 

  1. F ear of Failure.
  2. A version to Planning.
  3. I nstinct for Competition & assuming that their goals are “Impossible”.
  4. L earned Helplessness.

And teams commonly fail due to entirely predictable, and largely avoidable, challenges such as lack of trust, poor communication, unclear goals, and misalignment of priorities between individuals and the team. Obviously, common SENSE is NOT common PRACTICE.

If knowing how to do something was enough we'd all be rich and thin! In fact, there’s a giant chasm between knowing how to do something and doing it. Better technology and smarter people won’t bridge this gap. The biggest challenges we face in working effectively and working together, are attributable to our human nature.

As Stanford University Professor Carol Dweck pointed out, our mindset is as important as our skillset, and strongly influences our ability to achieve success. In Silicon Valley, risks are routine, mistakes are prototypes from which we learn, and failures are “experiments”. Those willing to take necessary risks, learn from “mistakes” and celebrate “failures” as stepping stones to success are able to innovate on demand - predictably and repeatedly. The outcome isn’t always a success, but success is often built on key insights gained from mistakes and a steaming pile of failure!


  • Predictable & Avoidable Causes of Failure
  • Barriers to Innovation - Human, Process, Organizational, External Factors, Global Overcome Common Biases & Cognitive Distortions of Our Human Brains
  • Reframe Failure S.T.O.P!
  • Stop - Think - Organize - Plan Collaboration Beats Competition
  • Identify Our “Gravity” Make “Impossible” → Inevitable Adopt a Silicon Valley Innovation Mindset Cross the Knowing-Doing Gap & Fail for New & More Exciting Reasons!

This highly interactive and engaging workshop will challenge you to confront your instinctive ways of doing things. Through our experiential "learning lab" you will be invited to adopt a more effective mindset, as well as practices, that will dramatically improve your chances of "success" in your work and your life.

Who should attend:



PDU 8: 4-Strategic, 3-Leadership; 1-Technical


About the Speaker

Kimberly Wiefling

Kimberly Wiefling is the President of Wiefling Consulting, co-founder of Silicon Valley Alliances, and author of Scrappy Project Management, a global business leadership consultant, and a force of nature - the good kind! She specializes in global team effectiveness - helping teams achieve what seems impossible but is merely difficult. A scientist by education, Kimberly has an M.S. in physics and a B.S., in chemistry and physics. She earned her certificate in program and project management through UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley, where she then taught program and project management for 6 years. Kimberly's expertise is to make the "impossible" merely difficult, and then inevitable. She has worked with people from over 50 different countries, and she's determined to transform Planet Earth one inspired and engaged at a time! Speaking experience: Hundreds of talks in the US, Japan, Europe, and Asia, including professional associations like PMI Poland, PMI SV, PMI Australia, and Fortune 500/Global 100 companies.

Cancellation and No-Show Policy:

If you have made a reservation and find that you will be unable to attend, please send an email to vpprofdev@pmisfbac.org to cancel your ticket as early as possible. All cancellations are subject to a fee. Cancellations after the event starts are subject to full charge to ensure the Chapter does not incur excessive expenses. 


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Type of category: Virtual Course/Training

Type of activity: Leadership, Technical, Strategic Business Management skills

Date: July 31st, 2021

Hour: 9:00AM to 5:30PM

Registration close date: July 30th, 2021

# of PDUs: 8


Members: $100.00

Non members and Guests: $110.00