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    Tapping into Intrapreneurs

    • May 14, 2020
      6:15 pm - 8:30 pm

    Tapping Into Intrapreneurs as Catalysts for Change

    During a time of uncertainty and great need in organizations, there is a certain type of employee that rises and steps forward ready to roll up their sleeves and get s#!% done. They are problem solvers. They see possibilities where most do not, and they are gritty and resourceful.

    That employee is called an intrapreneur, a term coined by Gifford Pinchot III in the 1970s and can be thought of as corporate entrepreneurs. Most organizations have them, but often they are hidden and untapped.

    Hear about how Allstate tapped into 650 (and growing) of their intrapreneurs through a grassroots employee resource group and how they are helping change the culture and ways of working.

    Learn how to help intrapreneurship thrive to drive greater innovation, engagement and new ways of working at the organizations you work with.

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    About our Presenters

    Maria Odiamar Racho is an Organizational Effectiveness Senior Manager at Allstate Corporation, where she specializes in culture, complex systems/networks, leader effectiveness, and change.  Maria completed an Executive Master of Science degree in Organization Development at Pepperdine University.

    She is also a co-founder of two Employee Resource Groups, the Allstate Asian American Network (3AN), and Intrapreneurs@Allstate (I@A).  Her passion centers around enabling systems to unleash human potential so that they can achieve their purpose and mission.  The intrapreneur, just like the entrepreneur of a small business, is the driving force behind their idea and vision.  When an intrapreneur’s energy is focused on the needs of the business, the collaborative impact and potential can be unstoppable.

    Jack Redding is the Vice President of Intrapreneurs@Allstate (I@A).  He integrates his love of technology innovation with a pragmatic problem-solving attitude to help enable the “dreamers who do” in bringing their dreams to life.  In his “day job,” he is a Technical Lead at Allstate Corporation, where he drives personal computer and collaboration technology strategy and execution, cultivating an expertise in virtual facilitation of large group events.

    He is passionate about giving back through volunteer roles as a leader in his church as well as several local non-profits.  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


    Gifford Pinchot III, the person who coined the term intrapreneur will be joining us for our presentation on Thursday.

    Civil rights organizer, organic dairy farmer, decorative ironworks CEO.  Gifford Pinchot III coined the word intrapreneur and wrote the best-selling book, Intrapreneuring, that launched the intrapreneurship movement. Fortune 100 consultant. Internet security software CEO and later angel capitalist. Co- founder and president of the world’s first graduate school of sustainable business. I have mostly made my living as a speaker, writer, consultant, entrepreneur, change agent, coach, and educator.



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