PRACTITIONER EXCHANGE MEGA SESSION: Fostering a Culture of Innovation at Google

SHRM 2011 Annual Conference
Attend this session and explore Google's three guiding principles for innovation - ubiquity, transparency and agility - and learn how these principles can be relevant to your organization.
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Track: Talent Management

There is no step-by-step handbook for building an organization for innovation, but that doesn’t mean that you need to be left totally in the dark. Over the past decade, Google has embedded innovation into everything we do. By providing our employees access to information and giving them the freedom to move quickly, Google has built a culture that allows and encourages every employee, team and office to be innovative. Google has continued its growth through a series of new product developments, acquisitions, and partnerships. Environmentalism, philanthropy and positive employee relations have been important tenets during the growth of Google. This session will share our three guiding principles for innovation and will show how they can be applicable for your organization.


Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Andy Lorenzen


Shannon Deegan

A native of Montreal, Canada, Shannon is the Director of People Operations - Strategy, M&A and Staffing at Google. He has also served as Google's People Operations head of Global Sales and Business Development.

Shannon joined Google after several years in media and publishing, including as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York City. He has lived in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan, where he led business development efforts in Asia for two of Canada’s largest financial institutions. From 1993 to 1996, Shannon was the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor on Asia to the Canadian Secretary of State. He has also served as a special assistant to former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Prior to his career in public service, Shannon was a professional hockey player with the Los Angeles Kings organization.

Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont, where he received the university’s Most Outstanding Student award. He also holds a Master of Philosophy degree in International Studies from Ireland’s Trinity College, Dublin, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
LVCC N109-112
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