How every company can innovate like Accenture

Accenture managing director of Innovation shares how innovation happens in three steps that any entrepreneur can follow. 1: Acknowledging why the status quo is not sustainable. 2: Look at what is out there and what you can create. 3: Start. Try small tests and iterate until you find a new solution that provides value

Iliana Oris Valiente has been on the phone since 6 am the day of our interview, either talking with her team or connecting with clients in different time zones around the globe. Running both Accenture’s Canadian blockchain innovation group and leading the Accenture Canada Innovation Hub keeps her busy, but her work is far more human-focused than her titles may suggest.

#movethedial sat down with the innovation leader to learn more about her career so far, how Accenture solves problems for clients and industry, and asked her advice on how entrepreneurs of all sizes can approach problem-solving in the 21st century.

Iliana Oris Valiente (Source: #movethedial)
Iliana Oris Valiente (Source: #movethedial)

Growing up and finding blockchain

Born in Russia, Oris Valiente had a global upbringing, living in Cuba, Denmark, and now Canada. Growing up, she spent most of her time learning about the world around her.

“I spent a lot of time reading,” she said. “From Greek mythology to cookbooks to math textbooks. If I wasn’t reading, I was probably talking to people and asking questions.”

With varied interests and a global stage to grow on, she continued her education in a more formal setting. After moving to Canada in the late 1990s, she graduated from the University of Ottawa and started her career as a Chartered Accountant (CA). After that, she moved into financial analysis, never staying in one role for too long and always seeking out new challenges like working in tax and financial audits. “I got to ask lots of questions to understand what was keeping CFOs up at night.”

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