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Rootstech 2017 Day 1

February 9, 2017


Today, the first day of RootsTech  was the Innovation Summit, a day devoted to innovators in the IT industry to showcase their latest ideas and plans.  The keynote speakers were leadership expert, Liz Wiseman and  FamilySearch CEO, Steve Rockwood.

The alarm went off in the early hours of the morning, and, very bleary eyed, I climbed out of bed to watch the live stream. I was soon wide awake as I listened to the vibrant Liz Wiseman, president of The Wiseman Group, speak to the audience in such a natural and authentic way, that I was hanging on her every word.

Liz was talking about leadership and causing leadership in others. Her message was very fresh and alive, and included her speaking directly to the audience, and having them speak back. The session was more like a conversation than a lecture and I loved every word of it.

Steve Rockwood spoke about family search and it’s new innovations. One of those new innovations is involving prisoners in indexing. We saw how that task was impacting the lives of prisoners in a positive way.

from Rootstech website:

liz-wiseman-photoLiz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is the President of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. Some of her recent clients include: Apple, Disney, eBay/PayPal, Facebook, GAP, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Roche, Salesforce.com, and Twitter. Liz has been listed on the biennial Thinker50 ranking for 2013 and 2015, and named as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world. She is the author of three best-selling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools. She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and writes for Harvard Business Review and Fortune and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Inc. and Time magazines. She is a frequent guest lecturer at BYU, the Naval Postgraduate School, and Stanford University.

stve-rockwoodSteve Rockwood’s experience, natural business sense, and entrepreneurial spirit have made him the perfect fit for FamilySearch. Serving as President and CEO since October of 2015, Steve has made it his mission to emphasize the emotional side of family history work, make family history exciting for everyone by involving people of all ages, and encourage the sharing and development of new technology to make records, photos, and memories more accessible.

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