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VOL-10 | ISSUE-01 | 2023
M Bag
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A Quest of
Excellence
Technology Leadership
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years of experience in varied leadership roles in regulated
industries.
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nushree M Bag is a highly experienced
technology executive known for her ability to
effectively manage large-scale technology
operations and drive innovation and efficiency
improvements in both the public and private sectors.
With a strong background in technology
transformation, process management, project
management, and technology roadmaps, Anushree is
recognized as a change evangelist.
In her current role as the Chief Information Officer of
the Indiana Department of Child Services, Anushree
oversees a substantial budget and a sizable workforce.
Her responsibilities include managing technology
operations and promoting innovation within one of
Indiana's largest agencies. She serves as the executive
IT sponsor for two transformative technology programs
aimed at modernizing legacy systems in the child
support and child welfare domains.
Anushree has forged strategic partnerships with
renowned consulting firms and works with cutting-
edge solutions like Salesforce, MuleSoft, Tableau, and
Amazon Web Services, to drive technology-driven
evolution within the Indiana DCS. She places a strong
emphasis on building high-performance teams and
fostering a positive work culture, where both the IT
staff and IT leaders well-versed in cultural
competencies and exhibit positive personality traits.
Anushree believes that building a strong team and
empowering them is essential before building systems
and applications. Her overarching goal is to align her
multifaceted approach to technology leadership with
the agency's mission of effectively serving and
protecting Indiana's children and families.
Prior to her role at DCS, Anushree served as the
Executive Director of Enterprise Risk and Resiliency
Services at the Indiana Office of Technology, where she
played a key role in risk management and cybersecurity.
Her achievements included reducing cybersecurity
risks, responding to federal regulatory audits, and
conducting comprehensive cybersecurity assessments
across the state, highlighting her commitment to data
security and resilience.
Anushree also served as Managing Director at NEXTGN,
offering consultancy services to organizations seeking
performance optimization and guidance through
complex regulatory landscapes. She has hands-on
experience leading Agile software development
projects and has served in advisory roles in cyber-
resiliency. In previous positions, including Head of
Enterprise Risk Management at Midwest ISO and
various leadership roles at NIC, Anushree consistently
demonstrated expertise in risk mitigation, improving
operational efficiencies, and governance and leadership
over large-scale IT project management. Her
accomplishments encompass securing federal grants,
optimizing IT vendor spending, successfully overseeing
audits and system certifications, and implementing
cybersecurity policies.
Anushree is a strong advocate for diversity in
technology transformation initiatives, emphasizing the
importance of multi-faceted diversity. She believes in
fair gender representation, a wide age group, and a
diverse mix of races and
ethnicities within
technology teams.
Anushree is particularly
passionate about
empowering, enabling, and
elevating women in
technology and is dedicated
to integrating non-
traditional tech talent,
including veterans and
previously incarcerated
individuals, into the
workforce.
In her current role and
throughout her career,
Anushree remains committed
to leveraging technology for
the betterment of her
workplace and community.
A Multifaceted Mission
The Indiana Department of
Child Services (DCS) is
dedicated to safeguarding
and nurturing the well-
being of children across the
Hoosier state. What sets
DCS apart is its
multifaceted mission, which
includes not only child
protection but also a strong
emphasis on family
preservation and
reunification. DCS strives to
maintain a delicate balance
between ensuring child
safety and actively working
to strengthen families. By
providing services that
empower parents and
caregivers to overcome
challenges and create a
stable environment for
their children, DCS aims to
break the cycle of abuse
and neglect, ultimately
promoting the best
interests of Indiana's
children and families.
Driving Positive Impact in
Health and Human
Services
As the Chief Information
Officer (CIO) of the Indiana
Department of Child
Services (DCS), Anushree
holds a pivotal role as an
executive leader in IT in the
health and human services
sector within state
government. In this
capacity, she is entrusted
with significant
responsibilities related to
the strategic use of
technology in managing
child support and child
welfare programs. Modern
technologies play an
essential role in enhancing
the efficiency and
effectiveness of these
critical services.
Anushree's role as CIO
extends to harnessing the
power of modern
technologies to drive
operational efficiencies
within DCS. These
technologies offer the
potential to revolutionize
case management
processes, facilitate secure
and seamless information
sharing among relevant
stakeholders, and empower
data-driven decision-
making. Moreover, in the
context of child welfare,
maintaining the highest
standards of data privacy
and security is paramount.
The Most Influen al Women Leaders in Tech, 2023
Anushree's approach
aligns with the belief
that a culture of
innova on and
adaptability is essen al,
especially in a rapidly
changing world where
consumers' needs and
expecta ons are
evolving quickly.
Anushree's expertise in leveraging modern
technologies ensures that sensitive information is
handled with the utmost care and security, aligning
with DCS's commitment to protecting and supporting
vulnerable children and families in Indiana.
As CIO, Anushree's leadership and strategic vision are
instrumental in guiding her team toward achieving
operational excellence while reinforcing DCS's core
mission. By embracing innovative technologies and best
practices, she not only enhances the agency's ability to
fulfill its vital mission but also ensures that it remains at
the forefront of modernization and efficiency within
the health and human services sector. Anushree's
dedication to leveraging technology for the betterment
of Indiana's children and families is a testament to her
commitment to driving positive impact in her role as
CIO.
Ensuring Stability and Security in IT Infrastructure
In the short-term, Anushree's primary objective is to
ensure the stability and security of the existing
technology infrastructure within the Indiana
Department of Child Services (DCS). This involves
optimizing the current systems, enhancing data
accuracy, and improving user experiences for both child
support and child welfare programs. Achieving these
short-term goals requires ongoing maintenance, a
strong focus on cybersecurity measures, and a
commitment to continuous training and skill
development for the IT team. Data analytics is a key
tool in driving data-driven decisions that have a positive
impact on the lives of children and families in Indiana.
The ongoing modernization initiatives in Child Support
and Child Welfare are central to these short-term
objectives.
Looking ahead to the long-term, Anushree envisions
positioning the Indiana DCS as a leader in technological
innovation within the health and human services sector.
The agency aims to be at the forefront of technology
adoption, embracing cloud solutions for scalability and
fostering a culture of innovation within the IT team.
Establishing seamless data interoperability with other
state agencies will also be a critical part of enhancing
the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided by
the Indiana DCS.
Additionally, the agency plans to leverage emerging
technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual
reality to make informed decisions that positively
impact the lives of children and families in Indiana. To
achieve these long-term goals, Anushree emphasizes
adaptability, talent development, and strategic
partnerships. By remaining agile, investing in the
growth and development of IT talent, and actively
seeking collaborations, the Indiana DCS IT team is not
only set to achieve its short-term objectives but also to
establish itself as a trailblazer in using technology to
ensure child safety and serve vulnerable populations in
the community over the long term.
Leading by Example
Staying at the forefront of the ever-evolving tech
landscape is not just a professional commitment for
Anushree; it's an imperative to ensure that the Indiana
Department of Child Services (DCS) remains innovative
and relevant in a rapidly changing market. To achieve
this, Anushree employs a multifaceted approach.
Firstly, continuous learning is a fundamental aspect of
staying updated with the latest trends, emerging
technologies, and best practices. Anushree actively
engages in extensive reading and listening to podcasts,
attends industry conferences, and participates in
professional networks. This commitment to ongoing
education is essential to make informed decisions and
drive innovation within the agency.
Secondly, fostering a culture of innovation within the IT
team is crucial. Anushree encourages the talented team
members to explore novel solutions and ideas that can
enhance technology
enablement for child
support and child welfare
services. Leveraging
technology partners to
implement modern, cutting-
edge solutions is a key part
of this process.
Besides, prioritizing
adaptability ensures that
the technology
infrastructure remains agile
and scalable, capable of
seamlessly integrating new
advancements. In a dynamic
landscape, the goal is not
just to keep pace but to
lead, utilizing technology as
a catalyst to better serve
and protect Indiana's
children and families. This
approach sets a national
example for innovation in
the health and human
services sector.
Anushree's approach aligns
with the belief that a
culture of innovation and
adaptability is essential,
especially in a rapidly
changing world where
consumers' needs and
expectations are evolving
quickly. By embracing
innovation and technology,
the Indiana DCS can
continue to improve its
services, effectively
safeguard children and
families, and stay ahead of
the curve in the health and
human services field.
Staying Ahead of the Tech
Curve
Anushree anticipates
several key challenges on
the horizon for the Indiana
Department of Child
Services (DCS). Addressing
these challenges will be
essential to achieving the
agency's mission
effectively:
Ÿ Data Security and
Privacy: With the
increasing frequency
and sophistication of
cyber threats, ensuring
data security and
privacy remains a top
concern. Anushree and
her team will continue to
invest in robust
cybersecurity measures,
staying proactive in
safeguarding sensitive
information to protect
the children and families
the agency serves.
Ÿ Technological Evolution:
The rapidly evolving
technological landscape
demands agility and
adaptability. To stay
ahead, the DCS will
focus on modernizing its
IT infrastructure,
embracing cloud
solutions, and fostering
a culture of innovation
within the team.
Keeping pace with
technology is crucial to
improving services and
operational efficiency.
Ÿ Interoperability:
Achieving
interoperability with
other state agencies and
organizations is vital for
seamless data exchange
and enhanced services.
Strengthening
partnerships and
adopting standards that
facilitate data sharing
As the Chief Informa on
Officer (CIO) of the
Indiana Department of
Child Services (DCS),
Anushree holds a pivotal
role in the health and
human services sector
within state
government.
Ÿ will be a priority, ensuring that the DCS can work
cohesively with other entities to support the welfare
of children and families.
Ÿ Change Management Complexity: Working with
various stakeholders across Indiana's 92 counties
with diverse needs for change management adds
layers of complexity to implementing, adopting, and
sustaining technology-driven solutions. Anushree
recognizes the importance of addressing these
complexities effectively to ensure the successful
implementation and adoption of technology
initiatives.
By proactively addressing these challenges, Anushree
and her team aim to leverage technology as a force for
positive change, enhancing the welfare and well-being
of children and families throughout Indiana while
maintaining the highest standards of data security and
privacy.
Effective Communication and Collaboration
Fostering a positive work culture and ensuring effective
communication among our IT staff at the Indiana
Department of Child Services (DCS) is integral to its
success. The agency embraces a culture of
collaboration, where all team member's contributions
are valued, and ideas are encouraged to flourish.
The famous Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw
once said, "The single biggest problem in communication is
the illusion that it has taken place." His thoughtful words
highlight the need for clear and effective communica-
tion within a team. It reminds us that simply conveying
information is not enough; true communication
requires understanding and engagement. To emphasize
the important of clear communication and respect
within my team members, we have regular team
meetings and open-door policies that lead to a lot of
walk-ins, ad-hoc huddles, collaborations, and brain-
storming with the intent of problem-solving. The IT
leadership team has an environment where communi-
cation flows freely, ensuring that everyone's voices are
heard and all concerns addressed as promptly as
possible.
Frances Hesselbein, prior CEO of the Girls Scouts had
said, "Culture does not change because we desire to change
it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed;
the culture reflects the realities of people working together
every day."
As the leader of DCS IT, Anushree makes a concerted
effort to stay mindful about the daily actions and
interactions to express how much she values the team.
By leading by example, Anushree sets the tone to build
and sustain a culture of mutual respect that fosters high
performance and collaboration.
Measuring the Impact of Technology
Measuring the success of technology in driving the
overall performance of the Indiana Department of
Child Services (DCS) involves a comprehensive
evaluation of various key factors:
Ÿ Efficiency and Timeliness: The impact of technology
on the efficiency and timeliness of DCS operations is
a crucial metric. This includes assessing how quickly
cases are processed, response times to inquiries,
and the overall speed of administrative tasks.
Improvements in these areas can lead to better
outcomes for children and families.
Ÿ Data Accuracy and Reliability: Technology should
enhance the accuracy and reliability of data within
the DCS. Measurement involves evaluating the
consistency and correctness of data stored in
systems. Accurate data is essential for informed
decision-making and program evaluation.
Ÿ User Satisfaction: The satisfaction of DCS staff,
partners, and users of the technology is an
important measure. High levels of user satisfaction
indicate that the technology meets their needs,
enhances their productivity, and supports their roles
effectively.
Ÿ Client Outcomes: Ultimately, the success of
technology should be reflected in improved
outcomes for children and families. Metrics include
assessing child safety, family stability, timely service
delivery, and overall well-being. Positive impacts on
these outcomes demonstrate the effectiveness of
technology-driven initiatives.
Ÿ Compliance and Security: Ensuring compliance with
data privacy and security regulations, as well as
adherence to industry standards, is a critical
measure. Evaluating the robustness of security
measures and the organization's ability to protect
sensitive information is essential.
Ÿ Cost Efficiency: Measuring the cost-effectiveness of
technology implementations is also vital. It involves
evaluating the return on investment (ROI) and cost
savings achieved through technology-driven
efficiencies and optimizations.
Ÿ Innovation and Adaptability: Assessing the
organization's ability to embrace innovation and
adapt to evolving technological trends is important
for long-term success. This includes evaluating the
adoption of emerging technologies and the
organization's readiness for future challenges.
By regularly monitoring and assessing these key
factors, the Indiana DCS can effectively measure the
impact of technology on its overall performance.
Continuous improvement and optimization of
technology initiatives can lead to better outcomes for
the agency's mission of safeguarding and supporting
vulnerable children and families across the state.
Vision for the Indiana DCS
Anushree's perspective aligns with the philosophy of
tech industry pioneers like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates,
who emphasized the importance of customer-centricity
and actively seeking feedback for continuous
improvement. By prioritizing the voice of its customers,
the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) is
dedicated to delivering technology services that align
with the needs and expectations of its clients, including
children, families, and stakeholders.
The wisdom of Steve Jobs, who urged companies to get
exceptionally close to their customers, resonates with
the Indiana DCS's commitment to understanding and
addressing the unique needs of its clients. By
proactively anticipating and fulfilling those needs
through technology, the agency aims to provide value
well before its clients recognize those needs
themselves.
Similarly, Bill Gates' insight underscores the idea that
even negative feedback can be a valuable source of
learning and growth. By listening to unhappy customers
and leveraging their feedback, the technology team at
Indiana DCS can identify areas for improvement and
use these insights to refine its technology solutions and
services continually.
Ultimately, the Indiana DCS's success in using
technology to serve and protect children and families in
Indiana is measured by its ability to remain responsive
to client feedback, stay adaptable in a changing
environment, and consistently provide high-quality,
client-centered solutions that enhance the well-being
of those it serves.
The Indiana
Department of Child
Services (DCS) is
dedicated to
safeguarding and
nurturing the
well-being of
children across
the Hoosier
state.
nthe
Embracingthe
Fundamentals of Tech
Business Arena
Leadership
he fundamental change in the way we live, work
Tand interact with the world around us is a major
shift caused due to the digital age. Moreover,
businesses operate in a landscape constantly shaped by
technological innovations due to the same. Embracing
the fundamentals of tech leadership has become not
just a competitive advantage but a necessity for
survival. Successful tech leadership in the business
arena involves more than just understanding
technology—it requires a strategic amalgamation of
technical expertise, visionary thinking and effective
management.
This amalgamation propels businesses into the future,
where adaptability and innovation are paramount. The
pace of change in the digital age demands leaders who
can navigate complexities, innovate swiftly and uphold
ethical standards. In this dynamic environment, tech
leadership serves as the guiding light, illuminating the
path toward sustainable growth and excellence.
Let’s delve into the core principles of tech leadership,
examining the essential elements that fuel growth,
innovation and sustainability in today’s fast-paced business
environment!
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Understanding the Fundamentals of Tech Leadership
• : Tech
Bridging Ideas with Implementation
leadership begins with a visionary approach to
technological integration. Leaders need to
envision how technology can transform their
business processes, enhance customer
experiences and create new revenue streams. It’s
about not just adopting the latest technologies but
aligning them with the long-term vision of the
company. Leaders must bridge the gap between
innovative ideas and practical implementation,
ensuring that technological initiatives align with
the overall business objectives.
• : In the digital
Harnessing the Power of Analytics
era, data is the cornerstone of informed decision-
making. Tech leaders must understand the
intricacies of data analytics, employing tools and
techniques to derive meaningful insights from vast
datasets. These insights not only guide strategic
decisions but also offer valuable customer insights,
enabling businesses to tailor their products and
services according to market demands. Data-
driven decision-making is instrumental in
optimizing processes, enhancing customer
satisfaction and gaining a competitive edge.
Elements of Growth
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Elements of Growth in Tech Leadership
• Agile Innovation: The business landscape is
constantly evolving. Tech leaders must foster a
culture of agile innovation within their
organizations. Agility enables businesses to adapt
swiftly to market changes, technological
advancements and customer preferences.
Embracing agile methodologies allows teams to
iterate quickly, respond to feedback and pivot
when necessary. This flexibility is vital for staying
ahead of the curve, ensuring that businesses can
innovate rapidly and efficiently.
• Safeguarding the Digital Fortress: In an era of
data breaches and cyber threats, tech leaders
must prioritize cybersecurity. Safeguarding digital
assets, customer information and intellectual
property is paramount. Leaders need to invest in
robust cybersecurity measures, educate their
teams about potential threats and stay updated
with the latest security technologies. A breach not
only damages the company’s reputation but also
erodes customer trust. Vigilance in cybersecurity
is essential for preserving the integrity of the
business.
Challenges and Strategies for Tech Leaders
• Talent Acquisition and Retention: Acquiring and
retaining top tech talent is a perennial challenge.
Tech leaders must create a stimulating work
environment that fosters innovation and
continuous learning. Offering competitive salaries,
opportunities for skill development and a
supportive corporate culture are key strategies.
Building high-performance teams ensures that the
company can execute its technological initiatives
effectively, driving growth and innovation.
• Navigating the Moral Compass: Tech leaders bear
the responsibility of ethical tech practices. They
must navigate the ethical complexities
surrounding emerging technologies like artificial
intelligence and machine learning. Leaders should
ensure that their technological advancements
align with ethical standards, respecting user
privacy, avoiding biases, and promoting
transparency. Ethical tech practices not only
preserve the company’s reputation but also
contribute to building a more ethical tech industry.
Pioneering the Future of Business Tech
Embracing the fundamentals of tech leadership in the
business arena is not just about mastering the latest
gadgets or software—it’s about fostering a holistic
approach to technology within the organizational
culture. Leaders who adeptly combine the above-
mentioned elements empower their businesses to
thrive in the digital age, driving growth, ensuring
sustainability and pioneering the future of business
tech.
Looking ahead, the future of tech leadership will be
intricately intertwined with emerging technologies like
Quantum Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and
Augmented Reality. Leaders must prepare for a tech-
infused future where these innovations will reshape
industries.
Additionally, the ethical implications of artificial
intelligence, biotechnology and big data will become
even more profound. Tech leaders will play a crucial
role in navigating these complexities, ensuring that
their organizations harness the benefits of technology
while upholding ethical standards. The leaders who
successfully steer their businesses through these
challenges will be the architects of a future where
technology and humanity coalesce for unprecedented
innovation and progress.
Approaches
New Leadership
Innovations through
Driving
Oct 2023 | 20 | womenworldmagazine.com
he contemporary business landscape offers new
Tapproaches that reflect the realities of the digital
age and therefore traditional leadership
paradigms are evolving. The accelerating pace of
technological advancements, coupled with dynamic
market demands, necessitates a novel approach to
leadership. The essence of this transformation lies in an
integrated perspective, where leadership is not just
about hierarchical authority but about fostering
collaboration, embracing diversity and driving
innovations.
This approach is grounded—not a singular and top-
down directive but a collaborative, inclusive and
innovative endeavor. In this paradigm, leadership is not
solely about wielding authority—it is about fostering a
culture of collaboration where every voice matters,
irrespective of the hierarchical rung one occupies.
The essence of this transformation lies in recognizing
that the collective intelligence of a diverse and inclusive
workforce far surpasses the wisdom of any single
individual. It's about tearing down the silos that
traditionally separated departments and roles, allowing
ideas to flow freely, unencumbered by rigid structures.
Integrated leadership acknowledges the unique
strengths, perspectives and experiences that each team
member brings to the table.
Let’s delve into the nuances of driving innovations through
new leadership approaches, exploring the integrated
perspective that stands as the bedrock of progressive and
forward-thinking organizations!
Understanding Integrated Leadership
• Unleashing Collective Creativity: Traditional
leadership often revolves around top-down
decision-making. Integrated leadership, on the
other hand, thrives on collaboration. Leaders who
embrace a collaborative approach encourage open
communication, diverse viewpoints and shared
ownership. By fostering an environment where
team members feel valued and heard,
collaborative leaders tap into collective creativity,
leading to innovative solutions to complex
challenges.
Integrated Perspective
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• Catalysts for Innovation: An integrated
perspective on leadership recognizes the value of
diversity and inclusion. Diverse teams bring a
multitude of perspectives, experiences and ideas
to the table. Inclusive leaders nurture a culture
where every voice is heard and every background
is respected. Such an environment fosters
innovation by promoting a broad range of ideas
and encouraging out-of-the-box thinking, which is
often the breeding ground for groundbreaking
innovations.
Driving Innovations through Integrated Leadership
• From Ideas to Innovations: Integrated leadership
empowers employees to be creative contributors
rather than mere executors of tasks. Leaders who
encourage experimentation, reward initiative and
provide a safe space for failure create an
atmosphere where employees are motivated to
think creatively. This freedom to explore leads to
the birth of novel ideas, some of which can
transform into groundbreaking innovations,
driving the organization forward.
• Embracing Failure as a Stepping Stone:
Innovations are often intertwined with risks.
Integrated leadership encourages a learning
culture where failures are seen as valuable
learning experiences. Leaders who are open to
taking calculated risks and view setbacks as
opportunities for growth create an environment
where innovation can flourish. This approach
enables teams to learn from failures, iterate on
ideas and ultimately drive successful innovations.
Challenges and Strategies for Integrated Leadership
• Guiding Teams Through Transitions: Integrated
leadership often involves leading teams through
significant organizational changes. Change can be
met with resistance and uncertainty. Leaders need
to effectively communicate the vision, provide
transparent information and empathetically
address concerns. By guiding teams through
transitions, integrated leaders can harness the
collective energy of their workforce toward
driving innovative changes seamlessly.
• Building a Culture of Trust: Trust is the
cornerstone of an integrated leadership approach.
Leaders must build trust within their teams by
being transparent, demonstrating competence and
honoring commitments. In a trusting environment,
employees are more likely to share their ideas,
take risks and collaborate effectively. Trust acts as
a catalyst for collaborative innovation, fostering an
atmosphere where innovations can emerge
organically from within the team.
Forging a Path to Tomorrow’s Innovations
Integrated leadership approaches are not just a
buzzword—they are the guiding principles shaping the
future of organizations. The integration of the elements
forms a holistic perspective, where innovation becomes
a natural outcome of a progressive and inclusive work
culture.
Looking forward, the future of integrated leadership
will be shaped by the nurturing of innovators from
diverse backgrounds. Educational institutions and
businesses alike will focus on instilling creative
thinking, problem-solving skills and emotional
intelligence in the leaders of tomorrow. Moreover,
technology will continue to play a pivotal role, offering
tools and platforms that facilitate collaborative
innovation across geographical boundaries.
In this tech-driven future, leaders will need to adapt
their approaches, leveraging emerging technologies
such as artificial intelligence and data analytics to make
informed decisions. Moreover, the integration of ethical
considerations into innovation processes will become
paramount, ensuring that innovations align with
societal values and contribute positively to the global
community. As businesses navigate this future
landscape, integrated leadership will stand as the
guiding light, driving innovations that not only meet
market demands but also inspire positive change in the
world.
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The Most Influential Women Leaders In Tech, 2023

  • 1. W O R L D M A G A Z I N E VOL-10 | ISSUE-01 | 2023 M Bag Anushree A Quest of Excellence Technology Leadership Being an Evangelist in TheMost Influen al Leaders in Tech, 2023 Women Women Anushree is a strong advocate for diversity in technology transforma on ini a ves, emphasizing the importance of mul -faceted diversity.
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  • 5. One of the most crucial leadership traits that sets great leaders apart from average ones is the capacity to inspire. While there are many excellent managers, there are very few excellent leaders who have the ability to bring life, passion, and connection to their actions and behaviors. Along with a crystal-clear vision, mission, and dedication to integrity that directs them in everything they do to improve the world. Those who are inspirational leaders lead with a strong sense of purpose and obligation to effect positive change. They know exactly what their values are and don't give in when under pressure to do something that would require sacrificing those values. They might not always become well-liked for this, but in order to grow and scale the progress eventually, these adept personalities understand the essential aspects that are focused on cultivating an environment that makes their employees feel comfortable coming and talking to them. Inspiring leaders behave honorably because they are aware that their employees are constantly watching and that every action counts. They adhere to their values and incorporate them into everything they do as a result. Moreover, risk-taking ability is an essential part of leadership. Rosa Parks, Henry Ford, and Elon Musk are a few leaders who have made a difference in this world by taking courageous risks. Successful teams inspire inspirational leaders to be dedicated to and motivated by their work. They foster an environment where people can come together to share their experiences, knowledge, opinions, and ideas resulting in disruption and innovation. Accepting collaboration encourages people to step outside of their comfort zones and learn from one another while achieving great things. Employees then become more self- assured and eager to take on more responsibility. Embracing the journey of such resolute leadership charismas, WomenWorldMagazine features the enthralling stories of the astute personas of the industry in its latest edition, “The Most Influential Women Leaders in Tech, 2023.” Flip through the pages and embrace the odyssey of exploring the distinct approaches to cultivating wisdom driven by passion and innovation. Have a Delightful Read! TheTraits and Determination Abhishek Joshi
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  • 9. DBrief Company Name Featured Person Alexandra is a passionate expert for Space Hardware Development and Manufacturing, she is leading the Business Unit Mechanical Satellite Solutions at Beyond Gravity. Anushree is a high-impact transformational leader with over 20 years of experience in varied leadership roles in regulated industries. Donnica is a results-driven executive experienced in cultivating organization, media and agency partnerships. Jenifer provides strategic direction to the company with direct accountability for the overall delivery of client and strategic partner SLAs and management of day-to-day operations. Jennifer is helping entrepreneurs overcome the challenges of international business by providing trade knowledge and expertise while also connecting them to the resources they need. Beyond Gravity beyondgravity.com Indiana Department of Child Services in.gov/dcs/ Philip Morris International pmi.com Avo Solutions, Inc avosolutions.com Export Development Canada linktr.ee/exportdevcanada Alexandra Isele Vice President Satellite Solutions Anushree Bag Chief Information Officer Donnica Hawes-Saunders Senior Manager Jenifer (Dillon) Namestka CEO | Principal Consultant Jennifer Cooke Director of Inclusive Trade
  • 10. Anushree M Bag Chief Informa on Officer, Indiana Department of Child Services
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  • 12. A nushree M Bag is a highly experienced technology executive known for her ability to effectively manage large-scale technology operations and drive innovation and efficiency improvements in both the public and private sectors. With a strong background in technology transformation, process management, project management, and technology roadmaps, Anushree is recognized as a change evangelist. In her current role as the Chief Information Officer of the Indiana Department of Child Services, Anushree oversees a substantial budget and a sizable workforce. Her responsibilities include managing technology operations and promoting innovation within one of Indiana's largest agencies. She serves as the executive IT sponsor for two transformative technology programs aimed at modernizing legacy systems in the child support and child welfare domains. Anushree has forged strategic partnerships with renowned consulting firms and works with cutting- edge solutions like Salesforce, MuleSoft, Tableau, and Amazon Web Services, to drive technology-driven evolution within the Indiana DCS. She places a strong emphasis on building high-performance teams and fostering a positive work culture, where both the IT staff and IT leaders well-versed in cultural competencies and exhibit positive personality traits. Anushree believes that building a strong team and empowering them is essential before building systems and applications. Her overarching goal is to align her multifaceted approach to technology leadership with the agency's mission of effectively serving and protecting Indiana's children and families. Prior to her role at DCS, Anushree served as the Executive Director of Enterprise Risk and Resiliency Services at the Indiana Office of Technology, where she played a key role in risk management and cybersecurity. Her achievements included reducing cybersecurity risks, responding to federal regulatory audits, and conducting comprehensive cybersecurity assessments across the state, highlighting her commitment to data security and resilience. Anushree also served as Managing Director at NEXTGN, offering consultancy services to organizations seeking performance optimization and guidance through complex regulatory landscapes. She has hands-on experience leading Agile software development projects and has served in advisory roles in cyber- resiliency. In previous positions, including Head of Enterprise Risk Management at Midwest ISO and various leadership roles at NIC, Anushree consistently demonstrated expertise in risk mitigation, improving operational efficiencies, and governance and leadership over large-scale IT project management. Her accomplishments encompass securing federal grants, optimizing IT vendor spending, successfully overseeing audits and system certifications, and implementing cybersecurity policies. Anushree is a strong advocate for diversity in technology transformation initiatives, emphasizing the importance of multi-faceted diversity. She believes in fair gender representation, a wide age group, and a
  • 13. diverse mix of races and ethnicities within technology teams. Anushree is particularly passionate about empowering, enabling, and elevating women in technology and is dedicated to integrating non- traditional tech talent, including veterans and previously incarcerated individuals, into the workforce. In her current role and throughout her career, Anushree remains committed to leveraging technology for the betterment of her workplace and community. A Multifaceted Mission The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) is dedicated to safeguarding and nurturing the well- being of children across the Hoosier state. What sets DCS apart is its multifaceted mission, which includes not only child protection but also a strong emphasis on family preservation and reunification. DCS strives to maintain a delicate balance between ensuring child safety and actively working to strengthen families. By providing services that empower parents and caregivers to overcome challenges and create a stable environment for their children, DCS aims to break the cycle of abuse and neglect, ultimately promoting the best interests of Indiana's children and families. Driving Positive Impact in Health and Human Services As the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), Anushree holds a pivotal role as an executive leader in IT in the health and human services sector within state government. In this capacity, she is entrusted with significant responsibilities related to the strategic use of technology in managing child support and child welfare programs. Modern technologies play an essential role in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of these critical services. Anushree's role as CIO extends to harnessing the power of modern technologies to drive operational efficiencies within DCS. These technologies offer the potential to revolutionize case management processes, facilitate secure and seamless information sharing among relevant stakeholders, and empower data-driven decision- making. Moreover, in the context of child welfare, maintaining the highest standards of data privacy and security is paramount. The Most Influen al Women Leaders in Tech, 2023 Anushree's approach aligns with the belief that a culture of innova on and adaptability is essen al, especially in a rapidly changing world where consumers' needs and expecta ons are evolving quickly.
  • 14. Anushree's expertise in leveraging modern technologies ensures that sensitive information is handled with the utmost care and security, aligning with DCS's commitment to protecting and supporting vulnerable children and families in Indiana. As CIO, Anushree's leadership and strategic vision are instrumental in guiding her team toward achieving operational excellence while reinforcing DCS's core mission. By embracing innovative technologies and best practices, she not only enhances the agency's ability to fulfill its vital mission but also ensures that it remains at the forefront of modernization and efficiency within the health and human services sector. Anushree's dedication to leveraging technology for the betterment of Indiana's children and families is a testament to her commitment to driving positive impact in her role as CIO. Ensuring Stability and Security in IT Infrastructure In the short-term, Anushree's primary objective is to ensure the stability and security of the existing technology infrastructure within the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). This involves optimizing the current systems, enhancing data accuracy, and improving user experiences for both child support and child welfare programs. Achieving these short-term goals requires ongoing maintenance, a strong focus on cybersecurity measures, and a commitment to continuous training and skill development for the IT team. Data analytics is a key tool in driving data-driven decisions that have a positive impact on the lives of children and families in Indiana. The ongoing modernization initiatives in Child Support and Child Welfare are central to these short-term objectives. Looking ahead to the long-term, Anushree envisions positioning the Indiana DCS as a leader in technological innovation within the health and human services sector. The agency aims to be at the forefront of technology adoption, embracing cloud solutions for scalability and fostering a culture of innovation within the IT team. Establishing seamless data interoperability with other state agencies will also be a critical part of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided by the Indiana DCS. Additionally, the agency plans to leverage emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality to make informed decisions that positively impact the lives of children and families in Indiana. To achieve these long-term goals, Anushree emphasizes adaptability, talent development, and strategic partnerships. By remaining agile, investing in the growth and development of IT talent, and actively seeking collaborations, the Indiana DCS IT team is not only set to achieve its short-term objectives but also to establish itself as a trailblazer in using technology to ensure child safety and serve vulnerable populations in the community over the long term. Leading by Example Staying at the forefront of the ever-evolving tech landscape is not just a professional commitment for Anushree; it's an imperative to ensure that the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) remains innovative and relevant in a rapidly changing market. To achieve this, Anushree employs a multifaceted approach. Firstly, continuous learning is a fundamental aspect of staying updated with the latest trends, emerging technologies, and best practices. Anushree actively engages in extensive reading and listening to podcasts, attends industry conferences, and participates in professional networks. This commitment to ongoing education is essential to make informed decisions and drive innovation within the agency. Secondly, fostering a culture of innovation within the IT team is crucial. Anushree encourages the talented team members to explore novel solutions and ideas that can
  • 15. enhance technology enablement for child support and child welfare services. Leveraging technology partners to implement modern, cutting- edge solutions is a key part of this process. Besides, prioritizing adaptability ensures that the technology infrastructure remains agile and scalable, capable of seamlessly integrating new advancements. In a dynamic landscape, the goal is not just to keep pace but to lead, utilizing technology as a catalyst to better serve and protect Indiana's children and families. This approach sets a national example for innovation in the health and human services sector. Anushree's approach aligns with the belief that a culture of innovation and adaptability is essential, especially in a rapidly changing world where consumers' needs and expectations are evolving quickly. By embracing innovation and technology, the Indiana DCS can continue to improve its services, effectively safeguard children and families, and stay ahead of the curve in the health and human services field. Staying Ahead of the Tech Curve Anushree anticipates several key challenges on the horizon for the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). Addressing these challenges will be essential to achieving the agency's mission effectively: Ÿ Data Security and Privacy: With the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyber threats, ensuring data security and privacy remains a top concern. Anushree and her team will continue to invest in robust cybersecurity measures, staying proactive in safeguarding sensitive information to protect the children and families the agency serves. Ÿ Technological Evolution: The rapidly evolving technological landscape demands agility and adaptability. To stay ahead, the DCS will focus on modernizing its IT infrastructure, embracing cloud solutions, and fostering a culture of innovation within the team. Keeping pace with technology is crucial to improving services and operational efficiency. Ÿ Interoperability: Achieving interoperability with other state agencies and organizations is vital for seamless data exchange and enhanced services. Strengthening partnerships and adopting standards that facilitate data sharing As the Chief Informa on Officer (CIO) of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), Anushree holds a pivotal role in the health and human services sector within state government.
  • 16. Ÿ will be a priority, ensuring that the DCS can work cohesively with other entities to support the welfare of children and families. Ÿ Change Management Complexity: Working with various stakeholders across Indiana's 92 counties with diverse needs for change management adds layers of complexity to implementing, adopting, and sustaining technology-driven solutions. Anushree recognizes the importance of addressing these complexities effectively to ensure the successful implementation and adoption of technology initiatives. By proactively addressing these challenges, Anushree and her team aim to leverage technology as a force for positive change, enhancing the welfare and well-being of children and families throughout Indiana while maintaining the highest standards of data security and privacy. Effective Communication and Collaboration Fostering a positive work culture and ensuring effective communication among our IT staff at the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) is integral to its success. The agency embraces a culture of collaboration, where all team member's contributions are valued, and ideas are encouraged to flourish. The famous Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw once said, "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." His thoughtful words highlight the need for clear and effective communica- tion within a team. It reminds us that simply conveying information is not enough; true communication requires understanding and engagement. To emphasize the important of clear communication and respect within my team members, we have regular team meetings and open-door policies that lead to a lot of walk-ins, ad-hoc huddles, collaborations, and brain- storming with the intent of problem-solving. The IT leadership team has an environment where communi- cation flows freely, ensuring that everyone's voices are heard and all concerns addressed as promptly as possible. Frances Hesselbein, prior CEO of the Girls Scouts had said, "Culture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed; the culture reflects the realities of people working together every day." As the leader of DCS IT, Anushree makes a concerted effort to stay mindful about the daily actions and interactions to express how much she values the team. By leading by example, Anushree sets the tone to build and sustain a culture of mutual respect that fosters high performance and collaboration. Measuring the Impact of Technology Measuring the success of technology in driving the overall performance of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) involves a comprehensive evaluation of various key factors: Ÿ Efficiency and Timeliness: The impact of technology on the efficiency and timeliness of DCS operations is a crucial metric. This includes assessing how quickly cases are processed, response times to inquiries, and the overall speed of administrative tasks. Improvements in these areas can lead to better outcomes for children and families. Ÿ Data Accuracy and Reliability: Technology should enhance the accuracy and reliability of data within the DCS. Measurement involves evaluating the consistency and correctness of data stored in systems. Accurate data is essential for informed decision-making and program evaluation. Ÿ User Satisfaction: The satisfaction of DCS staff, partners, and users of the technology is an important measure. High levels of user satisfaction indicate that the technology meets their needs, enhances their productivity, and supports their roles effectively. Ÿ Client Outcomes: Ultimately, the success of technology should be reflected in improved outcomes for children and families. Metrics include assessing child safety, family stability, timely service delivery, and overall well-being. Positive impacts on these outcomes demonstrate the effectiveness of technology-driven initiatives. Ÿ Compliance and Security: Ensuring compliance with data privacy and security regulations, as well as adherence to industry standards, is a critical measure. Evaluating the robustness of security measures and the organization's ability to protect sensitive information is essential. Ÿ Cost Efficiency: Measuring the cost-effectiveness of technology implementations is also vital. It involves evaluating the return on investment (ROI) and cost savings achieved through technology-driven efficiencies and optimizations.
  • 17. Ÿ Innovation and Adaptability: Assessing the organization's ability to embrace innovation and adapt to evolving technological trends is important for long-term success. This includes evaluating the adoption of emerging technologies and the organization's readiness for future challenges. By regularly monitoring and assessing these key factors, the Indiana DCS can effectively measure the impact of technology on its overall performance. Continuous improvement and optimization of technology initiatives can lead to better outcomes for the agency's mission of safeguarding and supporting vulnerable children and families across the state. Vision for the Indiana DCS Anushree's perspective aligns with the philosophy of tech industry pioneers like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, who emphasized the importance of customer-centricity and actively seeking feedback for continuous improvement. By prioritizing the voice of its customers, the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) is dedicated to delivering technology services that align with the needs and expectations of its clients, including children, families, and stakeholders. The wisdom of Steve Jobs, who urged companies to get exceptionally close to their customers, resonates with the Indiana DCS's commitment to understanding and addressing the unique needs of its clients. By proactively anticipating and fulfilling those needs through technology, the agency aims to provide value well before its clients recognize those needs themselves. Similarly, Bill Gates' insight underscores the idea that even negative feedback can be a valuable source of learning and growth. By listening to unhappy customers and leveraging their feedback, the technology team at Indiana DCS can identify areas for improvement and use these insights to refine its technology solutions and services continually. Ultimately, the Indiana DCS's success in using technology to serve and protect children and families in Indiana is measured by its ability to remain responsive to client feedback, stay adaptable in a changing environment, and consistently provide high-quality, client-centered solutions that enhance the well-being of those it serves. The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) is dedicated to safeguarding and nurturing the well-being of children across the Hoosier state.
  • 18. nthe Embracingthe Fundamentals of Tech Business Arena Leadership he fundamental change in the way we live, work Tand interact with the world around us is a major shift caused due to the digital age. Moreover, businesses operate in a landscape constantly shaped by technological innovations due to the same. Embracing the fundamentals of tech leadership has become not just a competitive advantage but a necessity for survival. Successful tech leadership in the business arena involves more than just understanding technology—it requires a strategic amalgamation of technical expertise, visionary thinking and effective management. This amalgamation propels businesses into the future, where adaptability and innovation are paramount. The pace of change in the digital age demands leaders who can navigate complexities, innovate swiftly and uphold ethical standards. In this dynamic environment, tech leadership serves as the guiding light, illuminating the path toward sustainable growth and excellence. Let’s delve into the core principles of tech leadership, examining the essential elements that fuel growth, innovation and sustainability in today’s fast-paced business environment! Oct 2023 | 16 | womenworldmagazine.com Understanding the Fundamentals of Tech Leadership • : Tech Bridging Ideas with Implementation leadership begins with a visionary approach to technological integration. Leaders need to envision how technology can transform their business processes, enhance customer experiences and create new revenue streams. It’s about not just adopting the latest technologies but aligning them with the long-term vision of the company. Leaders must bridge the gap between innovative ideas and practical implementation, ensuring that technological initiatives align with the overall business objectives. • : In the digital Harnessing the Power of Analytics era, data is the cornerstone of informed decision- making. Tech leaders must understand the intricacies of data analytics, employing tools and techniques to derive meaningful insights from vast datasets. These insights not only guide strategic decisions but also offer valuable customer insights, enabling businesses to tailor their products and services according to market demands. Data- driven decision-making is instrumental in optimizing processes, enhancing customer satisfaction and gaining a competitive edge.
  • 19. Elements of Growth Oct 2023 | 17 | womenworldmagazine.com Elements of Growth in Tech Leadership • Agile Innovation: The business landscape is constantly evolving. Tech leaders must foster a culture of agile innovation within their organizations. Agility enables businesses to adapt swiftly to market changes, technological advancements and customer preferences. Embracing agile methodologies allows teams to iterate quickly, respond to feedback and pivot when necessary. This flexibility is vital for staying ahead of the curve, ensuring that businesses can innovate rapidly and efficiently. • Safeguarding the Digital Fortress: In an era of data breaches and cyber threats, tech leaders must prioritize cybersecurity. Safeguarding digital assets, customer information and intellectual property is paramount. Leaders need to invest in robust cybersecurity measures, educate their teams about potential threats and stay updated with the latest security technologies. A breach not only damages the company’s reputation but also erodes customer trust. Vigilance in cybersecurity is essential for preserving the integrity of the business. Challenges and Strategies for Tech Leaders • Talent Acquisition and Retention: Acquiring and retaining top tech talent is a perennial challenge. Tech leaders must create a stimulating work environment that fosters innovation and continuous learning. Offering competitive salaries, opportunities for skill development and a supportive corporate culture are key strategies. Building high-performance teams ensures that the company can execute its technological initiatives effectively, driving growth and innovation. • Navigating the Moral Compass: Tech leaders bear the responsibility of ethical tech practices. They must navigate the ethical complexities surrounding emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning. Leaders should ensure that their technological advancements align with ethical standards, respecting user privacy, avoiding biases, and promoting transparency. Ethical tech practices not only preserve the company’s reputation but also contribute to building a more ethical tech industry. Pioneering the Future of Business Tech Embracing the fundamentals of tech leadership in the business arena is not just about mastering the latest gadgets or software—it’s about fostering a holistic approach to technology within the organizational culture. Leaders who adeptly combine the above- mentioned elements empower their businesses to thrive in the digital age, driving growth, ensuring sustainability and pioneering the future of business tech. Looking ahead, the future of tech leadership will be intricately intertwined with emerging technologies like Quantum Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality. Leaders must prepare for a tech- infused future where these innovations will reshape industries. Additionally, the ethical implications of artificial intelligence, biotechnology and big data will become even more profound. Tech leaders will play a crucial role in navigating these complexities, ensuring that their organizations harness the benefits of technology while upholding ethical standards. The leaders who successfully steer their businesses through these challenges will be the architects of a future where technology and humanity coalesce for unprecedented innovation and progress.
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  • 23. he contemporary business landscape offers new Tapproaches that reflect the realities of the digital age and therefore traditional leadership paradigms are evolving. The accelerating pace of technological advancements, coupled with dynamic market demands, necessitates a novel approach to leadership. The essence of this transformation lies in an integrated perspective, where leadership is not just about hierarchical authority but about fostering collaboration, embracing diversity and driving innovations. This approach is grounded—not a singular and top- down directive but a collaborative, inclusive and innovative endeavor. In this paradigm, leadership is not solely about wielding authority—it is about fostering a culture of collaboration where every voice matters, irrespective of the hierarchical rung one occupies. The essence of this transformation lies in recognizing that the collective intelligence of a diverse and inclusive workforce far surpasses the wisdom of any single individual. It's about tearing down the silos that traditionally separated departments and roles, allowing ideas to flow freely, unencumbered by rigid structures. Integrated leadership acknowledges the unique strengths, perspectives and experiences that each team member brings to the table. Let’s delve into the nuances of driving innovations through new leadership approaches, exploring the integrated perspective that stands as the bedrock of progressive and forward-thinking organizations! Understanding Integrated Leadership • Unleashing Collective Creativity: Traditional leadership often revolves around top-down decision-making. Integrated leadership, on the other hand, thrives on collaboration. Leaders who embrace a collaborative approach encourage open communication, diverse viewpoints and shared ownership. By fostering an environment where team members feel valued and heard, collaborative leaders tap into collective creativity, leading to innovative solutions to complex challenges. Integrated Perspective Oct 2023 | 21 | womenworldmagazine.com
  • 24. • Catalysts for Innovation: An integrated perspective on leadership recognizes the value of diversity and inclusion. Diverse teams bring a multitude of perspectives, experiences and ideas to the table. Inclusive leaders nurture a culture where every voice is heard and every background is respected. Such an environment fosters innovation by promoting a broad range of ideas and encouraging out-of-the-box thinking, which is often the breeding ground for groundbreaking innovations. Driving Innovations through Integrated Leadership • From Ideas to Innovations: Integrated leadership empowers employees to be creative contributors rather than mere executors of tasks. Leaders who encourage experimentation, reward initiative and provide a safe space for failure create an atmosphere where employees are motivated to think creatively. This freedom to explore leads to the birth of novel ideas, some of which can transform into groundbreaking innovations, driving the organization forward. • Embracing Failure as a Stepping Stone: Innovations are often intertwined with risks. Integrated leadership encourages a learning culture where failures are seen as valuable learning experiences. Leaders who are open to taking calculated risks and view setbacks as opportunities for growth create an environment where innovation can flourish. This approach enables teams to learn from failures, iterate on ideas and ultimately drive successful innovations. Challenges and Strategies for Integrated Leadership • Guiding Teams Through Transitions: Integrated leadership often involves leading teams through significant organizational changes. Change can be met with resistance and uncertainty. Leaders need to effectively communicate the vision, provide transparent information and empathetically address concerns. By guiding teams through transitions, integrated leaders can harness the collective energy of their workforce toward driving innovative changes seamlessly. • Building a Culture of Trust: Trust is the cornerstone of an integrated leadership approach. Leaders must build trust within their teams by being transparent, demonstrating competence and honoring commitments. In a trusting environment, employees are more likely to share their ideas, take risks and collaborate effectively. Trust acts as a catalyst for collaborative innovation, fostering an atmosphere where innovations can emerge organically from within the team. Forging a Path to Tomorrow’s Innovations Integrated leadership approaches are not just a buzzword—they are the guiding principles shaping the future of organizations. The integration of the elements forms a holistic perspective, where innovation becomes a natural outcome of a progressive and inclusive work culture. Looking forward, the future of integrated leadership will be shaped by the nurturing of innovators from diverse backgrounds. Educational institutions and businesses alike will focus on instilling creative thinking, problem-solving skills and emotional intelligence in the leaders of tomorrow. Moreover, technology will continue to play a pivotal role, offering tools and platforms that facilitate collaborative innovation across geographical boundaries. In this tech-driven future, leaders will need to adapt their approaches, leveraging emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and data analytics to make informed decisions. Moreover, the integration of ethical considerations into innovation processes will become paramount, ensuring that innovations align with societal values and contribute positively to the global community. As businesses navigate this future landscape, integrated leadership will stand as the guiding light, driving innovations that not only meet market demands but also inspire positive change in the world. Oct 2023 | 22 | womenworldmagazine.com
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