In a world where every company wants to know how to either become or acquire a “unicorn,” Kumar is a refreshing voice offering a realistic yet challenging approach to the organizational problem of keeping pace with daily responsibilities while aiming to implement a truly innovative company culture and deliver revolutionary products. Kumar discusses innovation and looks at why organizations and individuals so often tune out the natural curiosity that leads to breakthrough ideas. She shares the three keys to innovative thought and the lessons on making an impact that she learned while working for two of the more disruptive companies of the past decade.
Prior to joining Warby Parker, Kumar was Senior Counsel at Google, where she was a commercial and product attorney on areas ranging from Google X to advertising technology to YouTube. In addition to working on Google’s acquisition of YouTube, she also curated the @Google speaker series, bringing Googlers around the globe face-to-face with some of today’s most prominent thinkers. Insightful, witty, and playful on stage, Kumar sheds light on the “secret sauce” behind revolutionary corporations like Google. She discusses relating to the 21st century consumer, building a business model that resonates with shareholders and consumers alike, becoming comfortable with treading a new path at work or in life, and rethinking staid corporate cultures and processes.
In addition to her legal expertise, Kumar is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business Administration, where she teaches Law of Innovation, a graduate seminar which follows an original syllabus of her own design. The course reviews practical legal knowledge for technology entrepreneurs, corporate social responsibility, and venture capital and IP monetization strategies. Kumar is also an advisor to several tech companies and non-profit organizations including IDEO.org and Organize.org.
A Board member of Edible Schoolyard NY and Grow NYC and former General Counsel of Acumen and leader of strategic planning at the Robin Hood Foundation, Kumar earned her BA in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and her JD from the Boston University School of Law.
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