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Judy Estrin

Author, Closing the Innovation Gap

Judy Estrin is a networking technology pioneer and Silicon Valley leader. Since 1981, she has co-founded eight technology companies and served as the CTO of Cisco Systems. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors of KQED. Currently as CEO of JLABS, LLC, she is an advisor and speaker in the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation.  She served as a member of the boards of directors of The Walt Disney Company from 1998 until 2014, FedEx Corporation from 1989 until 2010, Sun Microsystems from 1995 through 2003 and Rockwell Corporation from 1994 through 1998.

Estrin is the author of the book, Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in a Global Economy (McGraw-Hill; September, 2008). The book explores key concepts of innovation and challenges business, education and national leaders to work together to reignite the sustainable innovation essential for future growth.

What is JLABS?

After a career focused on building companies in the technology industry, JLABS is my "work lab" through which I am involved in a variety of activities. I currently write, speak and advise in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation as it applies to organizations, national policy and education.

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