Brenda Carmichael - Lions Den 2024

Announcing the Third Lion of the Lions Den 2024, Brenda Carmichael from Verizon

Lions don’t concern themselves with the opinions of sheep…

As part of The Innovators 2024, ROCCO introduces within the Genesis event an innovation showcase session where companies can present ideas /products or solutions. An important part of this is the Lion’s Den.

Lion’s Den

A Vendor/MNO pitches an innovative idea / product / solution which could help the Roaming, Messaging, Interconnect and Fraud & Security industry to generate revenues or save costs, become more efficient or offer more quality solutions to end subscribers. They will present to a panel of Lions who give live feedback to them in-front of the Genesis audience.

Brenda Carmichael

Brenda Carmichael is an esteemed figure in the realm of telecommunications, bringing with her a wealth of experience and expertise garnered over a distinguished career. As the Senior Director of International Roaming, Commercial Negotiation & Business Development at Verizon, Brenda stands as a beacon of excellence in the industry, shaping and driving forward the company’s strategies in navigating the complexities of international telecommunications.

Brenda’s role at Verizon has been characterized by her unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation. Brenda is a visionary leader who understands the importance of fostering collaboration and driving meaningful change within the industry. As a firm advocate for industry progress, she actively engages with key stakeholders and industry bodies, contributing her expertise to shape the future landscape of telecommunications.

Brenda’s dedication to excellence has not gone unnoticed, with her contributions being recognized on numerous occasions. Her strategic leadership and innovative approach to international roaming have earned her accolades within the industry, reinforcing her reputation as a trailblazer in her field.

Brenda embodies a profound commitment to diversity and inclusion, passionately advocating for equal opportunities and a culture of belonging in every workplace she touches.

As a Lion, Brenda stands as an authentic and respected leader inspiring others through her unwavering dedication to excellence, innovation, and inclusivity. Her legacy leaves an enduring imprint on the industry, reflecting the fearless spirit of the Lion as she fearlessly paves the way for progress and positive change.

How Lion’s Den works

  • Companies/ Individuals pitch their idea to the Lions, showing with a maximum of 7 slides the full solution, its name, cost, use, time to market, etc
  • The Lions will listen with an open mind to each idea which is being pitched to them.
  • The Lions will ask direct questions, and debate among themselves the pros and cons of the idea and whether they like the idea.
  • They will give honest feedback/constructive criticism stating why they approve or disapprove of the business idea/solution and provide a final opinion.
  • Lions are intimidating, and not always nice, you don’t know how they will react, but they will ultimately provide good advice

The Lions (all people from MNOs) will rate their innovations, and the audience at Genesis will also have a chance to rate the idea. Both ratings will configure the final ranking of The Innovators 2024 Report.

Find out more about The Innovators here.