Chris Wasden, EdD


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Dr. Chris Wasden is the Executive Director of the Sorenson Center for Discovery & Innovation at the University of Utah, and author of the book Tension – The Energy of Innovation, which outlines his approach to innovating technologies and business models. His mission is to enable organizations, leaders, and audiences to regain their creative genius by creating and harnessing the powerful tensions necessary to ignite innovation.

Dr. Wasden helps leaders across multiple industries create more innovative cultures by encouraging them to ride the Innovation Lifecycle and build innovation into the DNA of their organizations. Through effecting all innovation phases—discover, incubate, accelerate and scale—businesses can program innovation into the DNA of their organizations.

Previously, Dr. Wasden was a Managing Director at PwC and the Global Healthcare Innovation Leader. As a global PwC thought leader, he focused on the role Social, Mobile, Analytic and Cloud (SMAC) digital technologies play in transforming health and wellbeing. Dr. Wasden has written and published over sixty articles and reports on the topic, and he speaks at dozens of events each year on how to improve your innovation capabilities and capacities.

His experience has led him to advise leading companies such as MetLife, SWIFT, AT&T, Telefonica, Vodafone, Swisscom, Sharp, HCSC, Nokia, RIM, Roche Diagnostics, Eisai Pharmaceuticals, Genentech and Partners Healthcare on how digital innovations can create new markets and opportunities. Dr. Wasden is a named inventor on 11 issued patents and has been a leader in 10 different startups where he developed many of his ideas around the Innovation Lifecycle and how fast, frequent, frugal and failure accelerates innovation.

Dr. Wasden has a doctorate in human and organizational learning from George Washington University in Washington, DC, an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School, and bachelor degrees in accounting (BS) and Asian studies (BA) from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

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