Innovation (1)
  • Publish Date: Posted 8 months ago
  • Author:by Dena Hyett

Driving Innovation & Growth: Navigating Challenges in a Downturn Economy

​In the face of ongoing economic challenges and fluctuations, such as the aftermath of the COVID pandemic, alongside high inflation and interest rates, a cost-of-living crisis and the turmoil in Ukraine and other external factors, businesses need to think differently to survive and thrive. Our Driving Innovation & Growth in a Downturn Economy event, held on June 22nd, took place at the exquisite Studio located in the 1901 Wine Lounge, within the Andaz London Liverpool Street Hotel.Dan Fiehn (Carrot Connect), a long-time friend of Gerrard White Consulting and an insurance tech leader and strategist, who was listed on the CIO Hot 100 in 2022, joined us as a speaker, along with Steve Songaila , a self-proclaimed fast-talking business leader and transformational change expert. Both speakers brought extensive knowledge and expertise to the event.We were delighted to extend a warm welcome to CTO, CIO and tech leaders from a wide spectrum of businesses and industries who were able to take respite from the heat of the Summer in London in the cooling air-conditioned space at the venue.Dan initiated the proceedings by delving into why innovation is crucial for businesses, especially during a downturn economy. He emphasized the importance of fostering a culture of innovation and leveraging emerging technologies to unlock new avenues of growth, establish a competitive advantage, and adapt to market needs. By sharing his personal experiences as a CIO, Dan provided practical strategies to the audience.Following Dan, Steve delivered an empowering session on the Power of You, demonstrating how to maximize personal branding to elevate one's profile and create a competitive edge. He discussed the ten key elements of a strong personal brand, including competency, clarity, credibility, confidence, and consistency.Both Dan and Steve captivated the audience with their engaging and insightful presentations, receiving positive feedback from the attendees.With the formal proceedings concluded, the Gerrard White team, along with Dan and Steve, invited the attendees to join them for drinks and delicious canapes, creating an opportunity to engage with senior tech leaders and discuss their current challenges and market perspectives.Post-event feedback from an attendee described it as the best event they had attended in a long time, with another praising the event's informative and enjoyable nature and the actionable takeaways they gained. Such testimonials are a testament to the presenters, the Gerrard White team, and the considerable time, energy, and planning invested in organizing these events.We extend our gratitude to the Andaz London Liverpool Street for providing the perfect venue, as well as to all the guests who took time out of their day to join us. Special thanks to Dan and Steve for delivering fantastic and highly engaging presentations.We have exciting plans for future events, if you are a current or aspirational tech leader, make sure you follow our Gerrard White Consulting page to ensure you are one of the first to hear about forthcoming events.Gerrard White is a specialist Technology, Legal and Insurance recruiter, working with clients across the UK, the US and Canada to provide transformational talent solutions.Download Whitepaper: Driving Innovation & Growth in a Downturn Economy (2).pdfSize: 10 MB​

Share this Article
Back to Blogs

​In the face of ongoing economic challenges and fluctuations, such as the aftermath of the COVID pandemic, alongside high inflation and interest rates, a cost-of-living crisis and the turmoil in Ukraine and other external factors, businesses need to think differently to survive and thrive.

Our Driving Innovation & Growth in a Downturn Economy event, held on June 22nd, took place at the exquisite Studio located in the 1901 Wine Lounge, within the Andaz London Liverpool Street Hotel.

Dan Fiehn (Carrot Connect), a long-time friend of Gerrard White Consulting and an insurance tech leader and strategist, who was listed on the CIO Hot 100 in 2022, joined us as a speaker, along with Steve Songaila , a self-proclaimed fast-talking business leader and transformational change expert. Both speakers brought extensive knowledge and expertise to the event.

We were delighted to extend a warm welcome to CTO, CIO and tech leaders from a wide spectrum of businesses and industries who were able to take respite from the heat of the Summer in London in the cooling air-conditioned space at the venue.

Dan initiated the proceedings by delving into why innovation is crucial for businesses, especially during a downturn economy. He emphasized the importance of fostering a culture of innovation and leveraging emerging technologies to unlock new avenues of growth, establish a competitive advantage, and adapt to market needs. By sharing his personal experiences as a CIO, Dan provided practical strategies to the audience.

Following Dan, Steve delivered an empowering session on the Power of You, demonstrating how to maximize personal branding to elevate one's profile and create a competitive edge. He discussed the ten key elements of a strong personal brand, including competency, clarity, credibility, confidence, and consistency.

Both Dan and Steve captivated the audience with their engaging and insightful presentations, receiving positive feedback from the attendees.

With the formal proceedings concluded, the Gerrard White team, along with Dan and Steve, invited the attendees to join them for drinks and delicious canapes, creating an opportunity to engage with senior tech leaders and discuss their current challenges and market perspectives.

Post-event feedback from an attendee described it as the best event they had attended in a long time, with another praising the event's informative and enjoyable nature and the actionable takeaways they gained. Such testimonials are a testament to the presenters, the Gerrard White team, and the considerable time, energy, and planning invested in organizing these events.

We extend our gratitude to the Andaz London Liverpool Street for providing the perfect venue, as well as to all the guests who took time out of their day to join us. Special thanks to Dan and Steve for delivering fantastic and highly engaging presentations.

We have exciting plans for future events, if you are a current or aspirational tech leader, make sure you follow our Gerrard White Consulting page to ensure you are one of the first to hear about forthcoming events.

Gerrard White is a specialist Technology, Legal and Insurance recruiter, working with clients across the UK, the US and Canada to provide transformational talent solutions.

Download Whitepaper:

Latest Blogs

View All Blogs
Ir35 Compliance
Changes to the Off-Payroll Working Rules

​The Off-Payroll Working Rules are currently under consultation to change how HMRC account for taxes already paid by an individual and/or their intermediary when calculating Pay As You Earn liabi...

Insurance Fraud
Technology and Collaboration in Insurance’s fight against fraud

​It’s no secret that Fraud is one of the biggest problems the insurance sector faces, whether it’s committed by individuals opportunistically, or by sophisticated syndicates. In the current economi...

Charity
Announcing our Charity Partnerships for 2024 – Resurgo and The Trussell Trust

​GWV Talent Solutions (Trading as Gerrard White) is proud to announce its partnership with two exceptional charities, Resurgo, and The Trussell Trust, as part of its 2024 Corporate Social Responsib...

Nq Solicitor
Should you consider a role as an NQ Solicitor outside of London?

Are you seeking a role as an NQ Solicitor? Why limit your job search to London Law Firms?Typically, our London division is exceptionally busy recruiting Solicitors into Corporate and Real Estate...

Pas
Revolutionising Insurance: The Crucial Shift to Modern Policy Administration Systems (PAS)

​With an enormous amount of digital transformation happening in the insurance sector at present, one of the most common projects in play is replacing the current PAS (Policy Administration Systems)...

SAP S/4 HANA - Gerrard White's Global Expertise
Unlocking Global Potential with SAP S/4 HANA: Gerrard White's Worldwide Expertise

​In the race towards digital transformation, the shift to SAP S/4 HANA stands as a global imperative, transcending geographical boundaries. At Gerrard White, our expertise extends across the UK, EU...

Houses Of Parliamentr
Autumn Statement 2023: The Off-Payroll Offset

​In a relatively uneventful mini-budget for contractors, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has officially announced the implementation of the IR35 offset, effective from 6th April 2024. While this move was ...

Contracting
Why consider contractors over permanent hires within digital transformation and tech projects?

​With the transformation and wider technology market being incredibly fast paced, not to mention competitive, the wait for the right talent to stay ahead of timescales for key projects can be le...

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Insurance
Artificial Intelligence in the Insurance Industry: A 2023 Overview

​Over the last decade we have witnessed a seismic shift in the way the age-old Insurance sector operates. The game-changer? Artificial Intelligence (AI). In the early 2010s, the insurance industry...

AI In Claims Insurance
​What value can AI add to insurance claims?

The insurance industry has come a long way from traditional paper-based processes and manual claim assessments. With the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI), insurers are now able to stre...

Legal Recruitment Sepcialists
Retained Search vs Contingent Recruitment

​With lots of businesses looking at the recruitment strategy for the rest of 2023 and into 2024, our Legal Recruitment expert at Gerrard White, Cam d’Espagnac takes a look at the difference betwee...

Public Sector Technology
Attracting and Retaining Technology Talent in the Public Sector

​The competition for technology talent in the public sector can be fierce as government organisations often face challenges in attracting and retaining skilled professionals for various reasons su...

Automation in Claims
Automation in Insurance: Revolutionising Claims Processing

​Automation is everywhere, with companies looking to simplify processes, make automated decisions and improve customer journeys. Within insurance, there are opportunities for automation, but clai...