From Ancient Wisdom to Techno Ethics: Leading in an Unpredictable Future

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Mind the Bridge
06:00 PM
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How do we lead in an environment driven by rapid technology advances, divisive politics, environmental challenges, economic shifts, and racial, cultural and religious difference?
Join us for a dynamic series of micro-sessions curated from the Ignite Institute Leadership and Innovation Lab's new Certificate of Leadership and Innovation for an Unpredictable Future, designed to prepare ethical, socially responsible and resilient leaders.
This single-evening preview will feature scholars of ancient wisdom, socially-responsive leaders, and experts in Techno Ethics. This blend of leaders is uniquely suited to help mid-career professionals harness our rapidly changing environment as an asset, and to specifically assess how and when to apply a moral conscience to technology.  
Panelists will address how ancient wisdom informs ethics in innovation and hence the leadership needed for these unprecedented times.
6pm - Networking & Snacks6:30pm -
WelcomeMicro-Session #1 - Rooted in Ancient Wisdom, Soaring with Innovation (Dr. Jay Johnson)Micro-Session #2 - Can Robots become Ethical Leaders? (Jonathan Reichental, PhD)Micro-Session #3 - Snakes and Worms: Telling Stories from Yesterday for Today and Tomorrow. (Dr. Susan Abraham)Audience Q&A for PanelInteractive Group Activity: The Moment of Truth: Human CEO vs Robot CEO
8:10 - Wrap-up
8:15-9pm - Networking; opportunity for audience to ask further questions individually of presenters
Presenters include:
Jonathan Reichental, PhD - Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto
For over 25 years, Dr. Jonathan Reichental has been successfully helping organizations leverage the value of information and communications technology to solve business problems, increase effectiveness, and support revenue growth. He has experience in both the private and public sectors. He spent over 15 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in a variety of technology-related roles including leading technology innovation by delivering specific expertise in emerging technologies and the impact of macro trends such as demography on organizational success. 
Dr. Susan Abraham -Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean Pacific School of Religion
Susan, a feminist scholar originally from Mumbai, India, investigates trends in popular culture to study the relationship between spirituality and economics in a secular age. Susan has a wide range of teaching experiences across the country in various types of institutions and has taught courses, for example, in the ways contemporary sporting events resemble ancient religious practices.
Dr. Jay Johnson - Lead Faculty, Ignite Institute
Jay is a Christian theologian who draws on ancient spiritual practices to analyze and envision contemporary social structures for the common good. Jay’s published work deals with the development and sustaining of vibrant communities of social justice and ecological thriving.
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Ignite Institute's Collaboration Partners:
Global Chamber of San Francisco: Our members connect locally and globally to the international business community to capture new opportunities. (
German American Chamber of Commerce (Western United States): Located in San Francisco in direct proximity to Silicon Valley, acts as a link between German and American companies and organizations. (
Light refreshments will be served.


  1. Mind the Bridge 450 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA