Chitra Anand

Award-winning "Intrapreneurship", Communications and Marketing Executive

Chitra Anand

Chitra Anand Anand is at the forefront of an important new movement in the workplace: Intrapreneurship. Intrapreneurs are the people within your organisation who possess an entrepreneurial spirit, driving innovation, creative thinking, and new ideas.

Chitra is an award-winning communications and marketing executive. With over 20 years in the technology industry, she has spent time as the head of Communications for Microsoft Canada, Director of Marketing at TELUS Corporation and Director of Operations at Open Text.

Projects she guided at Microsoft and TELUS have been awarded IABC Gold Quill Awards, Canadian Public Relations Society Awards of Excellence, the Corporate IT Hero award by the Information Technology Association of Canada and the Business for the Arts Awards.

She is a doctoral researcher, innovation and culture change keynote speaker, professor, author, and advisor to high growth companies.

She has keynoted several events, AGMs and conferences where her talks reveal how to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship within organisations, and how to stay on the cutting edge of market trends, technology, and consumer behaviour. Her writing has been featured in the Globe and Mail and the Huffington Post and she teaches several courses at Humber and Sheridan College. Chitra is the author of the new book entitled, The Green House Approach, How to Cultivate Deliberate Innovation in Organisations, which is now available for presale on Amazon (release date February 5, 2019).

Chitra Anand has been named as a “bridge builder” for women in tech by the A-list; a yearly publication that features 50 prominent Indo-Canadians who, through various career and community efforts, have helped foster relations between Canada and India.

Chitra has an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management and is currently pursuing her PhD at Bradford University in the UK.

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  1. Deliberate: How To Foster The Power of Experimentation and Innovation within Your Company

    In this indispensable talk, Chitra Anand uncovers the power of intrapreneurship, explaining why and how it’s important that today’s corporate cultures shift toward intrapreneurship to maintain their relevance in the modern, highly competitive marketplace.

    Chitra shows leaders how they can practice intrapreneurship within their organizations, how they can identify the true agents of change within their companies, and how they can mobilize these agents to act.

    The talk begins with three big, bold ideas that organizations need to re-imagine:

    1. Why and how consensus thinking will limit innovation
    2. The role of curiosity within an organization and how to harness it within yours
    3. First principles theory: how organizations need to shift their mindset toward this to drive real breakthrough thinking

    Chitra provides applied principles on how to take your innovation efforts from “accidental” to intentional within your organization.

    She also draws upon her learnings from interviews from the  worlds top leaders, who include:  the Global CMO of Mastercard, Raja Rajamannar; the Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, Nicholas Thompson; the CEO of  Forbes, Steve Forbes; the CEO of Omers, John Ruffolo; and tech entrepreneur, Michelle Romanow.

  2. Women in Tech: Trends, Realities, Misconceptions and How to Lead

    Chitra Anand has worked in the tech space for over 20 years with some of the worlds most notable organizations. Women who want to study, work in, and lead businesses in science and technology have much to add and should be proactively empowered to do so.

    Only 18 percent of undergraduate computer science degrees and 26 percent of computing jobs are held by women. It’s worse at the top of the corporate world — just 5 percent of leadership positions in the technology industry are held by women.

    A better question might be, how can we collectively work to improve women’s participation in the tech industry at each key stage of their careers?  The problem is far deeper than stats.  They are embedded in our culture, language and unconscious biases that we all hold; both as men and women.  How do we uncover what these are and how do we take those insights to drive real sustained change?  How do we continue to trailblaze knowing these challenges in a hyper competitive market?

  3. The Greenhouse Effect: How Intrapreneurs Are Changing the Face of Innovation

    What is an intrapreneur? An intrapreneur is an entrepreneur within a large, complex organization: a startup within a company. These people spur innovation, creative thinking, and new ideas, driven by passion and genuine love for their work. But how to you identify these people within your company, and encourage their good work? Chitra Anand is a lifelong intrapreneur and top researcher in the field.

    In this talk, she breaks down the traits of an intrapreneur—fearless; agile; “greenhouse” thinkers who sprout and germinate ideas, plans, and execution strategies; and can easily navigate an organization—and how to find and mine talent within your company.

    She explains how to bridge the gap in organizations that are set up against intrapreneurship. And, she provides practical takeaways for your company, focusing on deliberate innovation that rapidly responds to market trends.

    In today’s global market, consumers are more empowered than ever. Intrapreneurs know how to meet consumer demand quickly, and ensure your company doesn’t get left behind.

  4. The Future of Marketing: Trends, Technology, and Consumer Behaviour

    How has technology changed the way we buy? What are the prospects for retail stores? How can we reach increasingly challenging markets?

    In this comprehensive talk, Chitra Anand looks at the future of marketing. The old school methods of print advertising and general campaigns are no longer sustainable. The surge of information and the digital space has given rise to new mediums of communication. We are interacting differently; we are referral-based buyers; we have greater access to information and influencers; and the power has shifted from businesses to consumers.

    What is the impact of this, how do we make sense of it in a meaningful way? What trends can we predict and how will this impact the role of marketers?

    Anand lays it all out and provides hands-on, feasible solutions for this next gen of sales and marketing.

I had the pleasure of hearing Chitra Anand speak on the future of marketing & Intrapreneurship at the 2016 Book Summit. Chitra is a dynamic and passionate speaker who helped us think about our industry in a different kind of way. After her talk, she conducted a workshop where we had an opportunity to apply some of the key insights from the morning; it was very engaging and very useful.
Random House Canada
Chitra Anand is a pleasure to listen to. Her innovative ideas about intrapreneurship are motivational and inspiring. Chitra is a visionary with a focus on transforming not only businesses but one’s self to excel in a world where technology is forever changing. Her passion to see businesses rise to the top, shines through in her presentation, with her knowledge and wisdom leaving you with an impacting message that will encourage you to look for ways to embrace change and strive for success.
Association of Alberta Registry Agents
Chitra is a true advocate for embracing and encouraging intrapreneurship, inspiring people within the workplace to explore their entrepreneurial spirit. Chitra joined us as the keynote speaker for the Centre for Women in Business Spring Finale in June 2015, and shared her outlook on market trends and the power of intrapreneurship with our guests. Being an entrepreneur and intrapreneur myself, I could very well relate to all that was conveyed. Not only did I make a professional connection with Chitra, but was also honoured on a more personal level as Chitra agreed to be my special guest at the 2015 RBC Top 25 Immigrant Awards Ceremony in Toronto. Thank you, Chitra! The celebration would have not been the same without you.
Digital Nova Scotia
I invited Chitra to speak at our Ideas Festival, whose goal was to bring changemakers in our region together to spark new ideas / collisions for our prosperous future. Through her talk, Chitra helped reframe the entrepreneurial mindset by challenging people to think about innovating within existing business.
Ideas Festival
Chitra Anand was a dynamic and impactful keynote speaker. The combination of her expertise in intrapreneurship, her enthusiasm, and her engaging presentation was a perfect finale for our audience of over 850 young professionals.
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

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