Future-focused strategy energizes the next generation of changemakers through the bold investment and expansion of Intrapreneurship Academy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2021
DENVER – The Cable Center announced today their strategic shift to a more expanded, dynamic, and innovation-focused organization. The Cable Center’s thoughtful activation of their new five-year business plan, which includes a bold expansion of their Intrapreneurship Academy (IA), is their first step in bolstering their role and brand in the evolving connectivity ecosystem.
With its 40th anniversary in 2025, The Cable Center’s five-year plan takes the organization from champions of the cable industry to activators of the industry’s future agile and innovative leaders. The first activities supporting The Cable Center’s pivot is its expansion of its thriving Intrapreneurship Academy.
A Future-Focused Shift for The Cable Center
For the past year, working under the sponsorship of The Cable Center Board of Directors, The Cable Center team alongside 34 industry leaders and experts in their fields, tackled all facets of business planning from brand to finance to program development. Now, with a clear path forward, The Cable Center is focused on implementation, investing in expert-led program development and thought leadership that will create measurable value for our partner organizations. A natural connector, The Cable Center will continue to host compelling conferences, thought-provoking panel discussions, and engaging events including the Cable Hall of Fame, and will maintain its strong link with academia.
“Through this detailed work, we know affinity for The Cable Center runs deep among cable veterans and there is continued desire to modernize and advance our industry innovation story,” says Jana Henthorn, president and chief executive officer of The Cable Center. “We take our responsibility to uphold and preserve our industry’s legacy seriously. By drawing on our depth of knowledge around the achievements of the original entrepreneurs, we enable and inspire a new generation of connectivity industry innovators.”
Michael Willner, president and chief executive officer of Penthera Partners and chairman of The Cable Center’s Board of Directors, says, “On behalf of the Board, I wholeheartedly endorse that our organization is on the right track. I’m enthusiastic about our future and the impact we’ll be able to create to mark a new day for The Cable Center. The entire Board is rallied around what’s next.”
The Intrapreneurship Academy Investment and Relaunch
According to a 2020 McKinsey Survey of corporate executives, the COVID-19 crisis presents an opportunity that few feel equipped to pursue: 85% are concerned that the crisis will have a lasting impact on their customers’ needs, and yet, only 21% have the expertise, resources, and commitment to pursue new growth successfully. This is where The Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy comes in.
At the direction of the new five-year strategic plan, The Cable Center is deeply investing in its Intrapreneurship Academy, relaunching its brand, its website, and expanding its course offerings to serve the need for industry organizations to build agile, innovative, value-driving leaders. The Cable Center will also provide a vibrant community for resource and idea sharing; publish primary thought leadership on intrapreneurship, agility, and CX; and continue to engage industry innovators as course speakers and mentors to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders.
“The connectivity industry is ever-expanding. As our industry evolves, so does The Cable Center,” says Chris Lammers, chief operating officer of CableLabs and member for The Cable Center Board of Directors Executive Committee. “They are making the right choices to keep pace with change and to develop our greatest source of innovation – our people.”
Through Intrapreneurship Academy’s applied learning curricula, expertise, and insights, partner companies can invest in their bold thinkers from any discipline or department to help them grow, thrive, and create value throughout their organization. Amy Blair, senior vice president and chief people officer at Liberty Global, and member of The Cable Center Board of Directors helped shape the organization’s five-year strategic plan. Liberty Global champions its high potential talent and has invested in their participation in Intrapreneurship Acadrmy since its inception in 2017. “We have seen firsthand the extraordinary benefits of Intrapreneurship Academy for our participants and how the approach complements what we do at Liberty Global,” says Blair. “Our people have honed their skills to think more innovatively and to contribute in new ways. We are excited to continue our partnership.”
Formerly known as one stand-alone course, Intrapreneurship Academy now includes two intensive content-rich courses underneath its brand umbrella, and with more on the horizon. 164 leaders have graduated from the flagship course Driving Intrapreneurship (formerly known as Intrapreneurship Academy) which offers an extraordinary deep dive into the principles of intrapreneurship to enable high performers to drive innovation and accelerate business from within an organization. Launching in the spring of 2021, Leading With Agility is a high-engagement course designed for both seasoned and emerging leaders to develop the necessary skills to thrive in an environment characterized by unplanned change and unexpected opportunity. Their premier CX course is also scheduled to launch in late 2021.
For more information or to reserve spots at Intrapreneurship Academy, visit their new website: www.intrapreneurshipacademy.org
About The Cable Center
The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit serving the connectivity industry that advances future innovation by helping organizations develop connectivity innovators from within. Through our Intrapreneurship Academy, we enable companies to drive business growth by channeling the entrepreneurial drive of their greatest source of inspiration – their people. Our programs, expertise, and opportunity instill the leadership of our industry’s original innovators to empower a new generation of bold thinkers. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is also the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry’s progress; and the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources. Visit www.syndeoinstitute.org for more information.
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