FAST COMPANY: How do you create a culture of innovation?
KIMBERLY DAVIS: But there are subcultures within the culture. And that can be complicated, and people think about that as a negative, and people view that as a negative. I've always viewed that as a positive, because I think those are where you can have pockets of innovation. So you may not change the entire culture, but they're places within the organization that just has a bias for innovation. I think you identify those spots in the organization that have a bias for innovation, you identify those leaders that are willing to take some risk, and you align yourself with those leaders, and you get those leaders to become allies.
How can you create a culture of innovation?
As president of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Ms. Davis is responsible for the firm's philanthropic activities globally. With over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, she has held a wide range of responsibilities in both line and staff functions, including Senior Vice President & Director of Recruiting, Training & Development for Chase Manhattan's Global Banking organization, Latin America Human Resources Executive, and Vice President National Sales Manager, Private Banking. The combination of her academic training and corporate experience has provided her with a unique set of skills that have enabled her to assume a diverse career.
Ms. Davis holds a degree in Economics/Finance from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She has also completed ARC International's Advanced Leadership Program and the Aspen Institute Executive Program.
She is co-founder of Springboard, Partners in Cross-Cultural Leadership, a leadership education and consulting company committed to building strong women (and other diverse) leaders. She was active in developing, designing and implementing a national leadership center in collaboration with Spelman College. Known as Spelman LEADS, the center focuses on unique leadership issues for Women of Color.
Ms. Davis serves on the advisory boards of the University of Virginia/Darden Business School, the London Business School, and is a trustee of the Kenan Institute at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), Jack and Jill of America, and The Links, Inc.