Deidre Paknad: Innovating with Grit and Heart

Facing the Wind

May 10 2022 • 45 mins

Deidre Paknad is the Co-founder and CEO of Workboard, Inc. She has founded and led three tech startups, acquired companies and been acquired, and led a high-growth business as an executive at IBM for several years. Deidre has over a dozen patents and has twice been inducted into the Smithsonian Institution for innovation. Goldman Sachs named her one of the 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs of 2019. In this episode, Deidre and I talk about how tragedy shaped her life and work, her biggest challenge with grit (it might surprise you), what she learns from sports, and how taking care of your people has been the same and different over the last few years.