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Anjali Kumar

Former Google Executive and Former Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker

  • Shares takeaways learned over almost a decade with two of today’s most innovative companies
  • Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University
  • Co-creator and host of the forthcoming podcast "Unsearchable"

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InnovationCorporate Social Responsibility RetailBusiness StrategyDisruptionBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsFemale Speakers

Anjali Kumar is a Brooklyn born, first generation Indian American author, advisor, attorney, and “idea acupuncturist”. She is currently the Chief People Officer and General Counsel at Cheddar, a post cable network led by Jon Steinberg (the former president of Buzzfeed and CEO of Daily Mail US.) Prior to joining Cheddar, Anjali was the Founding General Counsel and Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand offering designer eyewear at affordable prices while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. Prior to joining Warby Parker, Anjali was Senior Counsel at Google where she was a commercial and product attorney on areas ranging from Google X to YouTube. Anjali curated and hosted the @Google Speaker Series on campus in New York City, bringing Googlers from around the globe face-to-face with today’s most prominent and innovative thought leaders including Anthony Bourdain, Marcus Samuelsson, Garance Doré, Questlove, and Jacques Pépin. From this speaker series, Anjali hosted a YouTube interview series “Lunchtime at Google”.

Anjali is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University. She serves as an advisor to prominent technology companies, luxury fashion brands, consumer products, and non-profit organizations including Malala Fund, IDEO.org, Cadre, Metripol, Blinkbuggy and Organize.org.

Anjali’s lectures often deal with questions around innovation:  Why is innovation not the answer? How can you live in the questions you can’t answer? How can social impact pro-grams improve your business? As an “idea acupuncturist”, Anjali brings a spiritual approach to the business world. She doesn’t give black or white answers to businesses or problems, she looks at a set of issues and works on pressure points using different interventions to help keep the energy flowing in an idea or business.

Anjali’s first book, Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search for Something to Believe In, humorously chronicles her attempts to answer questions she can’t Google an answer to, for her six year old daughter.

Anjali earned her BA in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and a JD from Boston University School of Law. She is on the Board of Directors of GloScience Professional, Amplifier Foundation, Edible Schoolyard NY, and GrowNYC.

Anjali lives in New York City and Hudson, NY, with her husband, Atul, and daughter, Zia

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