Make Your Own Road in the Lifelong Pursuit of Personal Transformation

Renee Pearson leads many roles as a mom, enterprise executive, and involved community member — and she leaves an indelible mark of excellence no matter what project has her focus. But one of the most remarkable things about Renee is her unerring focus on leading with empathy and curiosity.

In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, Renee visits with co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto about embracing competition and teamwork while also finding fulfillment in professional and non-profit causes. Her quest to striving for balance, continuous learning, and personal transformation make this episode a fascinating and highly relatable conversation about contemporary topics that shape a person’s life.

Episode highlights: 

  • Think in terms of purpose. As a leader, you have to have empathy and exposure to the world and people with different experiences because everyone has a story that you might not initially see. As you grow and become successful, it’s your turn to give back and find opportunities to pay it forward. 
  • Digital transformation: “Digital” involves technology, and “transformation” implies change for good. The word “transformation” is associated with the intent for good or a positive outcome. Digital transformation initiatives must have a goal or vision (i.e., “Do we believe that there is a better state?” “And can we achieve it?”), as well as the right people with aligned priorities and commitment.
  • Data and what you can do with data is a key digital trend. Individuals are producing data all of the time; therefore, access and utilization of data create new revenue streams for companies. Data is also the most significant challenge next to security.
  • When it comes to the speed of innovation, a public company must move very fast to show results. It is critical to understand how to get through minimum viable product or test; break things down to do rapid tests to get it to the next level.
  • Make your own road. Continue to succeed and progress all the time. Always take opportunities, even if you’re not sure where it’s going to go.

Other topics covered in this episode include speed and execution in the consumer goods industry, gender diversity in IT, social transformation, remote workforce changes, and strong alliances and relationships within organizations. Listen to the full episode now.

About Renee Pearson: Renee is an executive with over 20 years of experience leading teams, cultivating change, and executing strategies to achieve business and enterprise goals. She has proven success in creating new products, services, and business models via technology by leveraging a strong background in strategy, innovation, and data and analytics. A transformational leader consistently sought out to define and execute first-of-a-kind practices, teams, and projects enterprise-wide. Converging business strategy and technology, unlocking business growth, leading teams, building relationships, and communicating at varying levels and disciplines in an organization are core strengths. 

Renee Pearson has been recognized in the industry as a recipient of the 2016 Atlanta Technology Professional of the Year and the CIO Digital Edge Award (2015). 

Building meaningful relationships and giving back to the community is also a passion, with leadership and board positions on the following boards/organizations:

  • Inspiredu Board Member
  • Girls Scouts of America troop co-leader (for my wonderful daughter) 
  • 2018 – 2020 President of Atlanta Technology Professionals (ATP)
  • 2017 – 2019 Secretary and chair of Long Range Planning for Technology Association of Georgia – Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed)
  • 2017 – 2018 Georgia Tech’s Center for the Application & Development of the Internet of Things Board
  • 2016 – 2018 Customer Advisory Board – Spigit (an idea and innovation management company)