Seminars & Colloquia

Devin Shackle

Director of Data Science, Advance Auto Parts

"Innovating Inside Large Organizations: Lessons from a Trouble Maker"

Thursday February 28, 2019 06:30 PM
Location: 1231, EB2
(Visitor parking instructions)

This talk is part of the Fidelity Investment Speaker Series



Most large organizations operate from long-standing and well-established business rules. Although top executives may understand that innovation is key to the survival of any entity in the modern economy, the efficiencies, processes, and organizational structures that enable today’s success may very well hinder (intentionally or unintentionally) the implementation of tomorrow’s great new idea. How then, does the engaged employee with an idea make a difference with multiple layers of status quo above them? This talk will focus on lessons and best-practices that I have learned through my career as an innovator within very large organizations. We will explore the factors that affect innovation and build an understanding of the optics surrounding innovation both from the perspective of the innovator as well as the organization.

Short Bio:

Devin Shackle is Director of Data Science for Advance Auto Parts (AAP), a $10B automotive after-market retailer. He earned his ALB in computer science from the Harvard Extension School and his MS in analytics from American University’s Kogod School of Business. Devin helps grow, lead, and develop a team of data scientists tackling a wide variety of business problems from the optimization of current operations to efforts in computer vision and artificial intelligence exploring new ways for AAP to compete as a market-leading retailer. He leads the Knowledge Network, one of nine Team Member Networks that support inclusion and diversity across AAP’s 70,000+ employees. Devin is also involved in mentoring and promoting the broadening of representation and access to computer science, data science, and technology through his engagements with the tech community.

Host: Corporate Relations, CSC

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