Isa Watson

CEO Founder, Squad

Research chemist, data scientist, Wall Street, now software entrepreneur. Determined.

Isa has a background in chemistry and pharmacology and an MIT Sloan MBA with a focus on finance and economics. Her corporate career started at Pfizer where she was a chemist and data scientist before moving to JP Morgan Chase where she was responsible for their digital product strategy for small business. She took the leap into the world of entrepreneurship when she founded Squad by Envested in 2015. She has never had a cup of coffee and has played classical piano for 25 years.

Making Workplaces Work for Humans

Whilst VP, Digital Product & Strategy for Small Business at JP Morgan, Isa observed that the bank branches that were most profitable were ones with the most engaged people.

She saw an opportunity to help companies understand how to do this better but it was a huge career pivot that saw her leave corporate life to go it alone and pursue this. She will talk about some of the ways that companies can provide a better environment for humans to work. She will also share how she came to realize that in her startup, she had to bring her ‘best self’ to the business every day – no one else in the business has more impact on the morale and well-being of the team than the CEO. She will share some of the strategies and tactics she has employed to help her bring her, ‘best self’ to work as a leader every day despite the common stresses and strains of being a startup CEO.