UPS’s David Lee works to create platforms that make it easier for people to turn fuzzy ideas into concrete solutions.

Why you should listen

David Lee is the Vice President of Innovation and the Strategic Enterprise Fund for UPS. In that role, he develops programs that make it easier for smart, creative people to get together and explore ideas.  It's clear that great ideas can come from anywhere. His responsibility to help people turn their ideas into tangible, pragmatic solutions.  His team coordinates communities, programs, and contests that give people permission to chase down problems that they are personally inspired to address.  He is constantly amazed at what happens when thoughtful, passionate people are given room to run.

Lee's career has been filled with interesting opportunities to break down new barriers for large corporations.  He has been involved in the launch of dozens of new products, services and businesses within the framework of corporate processes and expectations. Some of those efforts flourished while others failed. Because of those lessons, he looks to create pathways which result in rapid impact and "good failures" whenever possible.

Prior to joining UPS, he led innovation at SunTrust Bank. Lee started his career at Bank of America, where he worked in advanced technology and asset management. There he helped to launch retirement services and a strategic venture capital group. He studied economics at the University of Virginia and went to business school at the University of Chicago.

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