The OKR Podcast

Hosted by Deidre Paknad, WorkBoard CEO

The OKR Booster Effect in Distributed Teams: A conversation with Sarah Davis, Director of Portfolio Programs - Data and AI at IBM

Sarah Davis, Director of Portfolio Programs - Data and AI at IBM, discusses how she’s using OKRs to enable a very global organization to do its best work for customers. Sarah talks about having good alignment conversations, transparency for thousands of people in 16 countries, and accelerating organization impact.

About Sarah Davis
Sarah is Director of Portfolio Programs - Data and AI at IBM. After completing her MBA at Barcelona’s IESE Business School, she relocated to Austin, TX, to run the Innovation Labs at IBM Watson. Sarah has held roles of increasing scope in the Artificial Intelligence Product Management organization. Sarah has been working in Enterprise IT Software Implementations since 2004. She also runs her own start-up, has chartered local chapters for global excellence in Business Analysis, and leads Boards of Directors in professional and academic organizations.

About Deidre Paknad
Deidre Paknad has founded and led three tech startups, acquired companies and been acquired, and led a high-growth business as an executive at IBM for several years; this affords her a unique perspective on using both speed and scale to drive growth. In her role as CEO at WorkBoard, she works with senior leadership teams at some of the world’s largest companies to clarify, align, and drive strategic priorities with greater speed and agility. She is a frequent speaker on outcome mindset and tapping into ambition.

Deidre has over a dozen patents and has twice been inducted into the Smithsonian Institution for innovation. Goldman Sachs named her one of the 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs of 2019. Deidre hosts The OKR Podcast, which focuses on accelerating outcomes and fostering an outcomes culture.

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