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The innovation Catalyst, Leading with Empathy

Ashanti MWendo is the newly appointed Chief Product Officer at Avante Garde Virtual Reality. In a world plagued by lackluster customer satisfaction and outdated technology, Ashanti faces the daunting challenge of reviving the company’s once-popular fantasy vacation VR product, riddled with motion sickness complaints.

As the future of Avante Garde teeters on the brink of extinction amidst the impending metaverse revolution, Ashanti’s unwavering determination and visionary leadership are put to the ultimate test. Join her on an ambitious quest to not only revitalize the underperforming VR product, but to also ignite a culture of innovation within the company.

In a world where change is inevitable, Ashanti’s gripping journey is a true testament to the human spirit’s boundless potential to overcome adversity. Through her passionate pursuit of empowerment and entrepreneurship, Ashanti unlocks the untapped potential of her team, paving the way for a brighter, more innovative future in the ever-evolving world of virtual reality.

Immerse yourself in this captivating narrative of perseverance and triumph, and discover the power of embracing change, fostering creativity, and inspiring individuals to achieve extraordinary feats. Ashanti’s journey is a must-read for anyone seeking to make a lasting impact on the building a customer-centric culture.

About the Author(s)
Dr. Dave Cornelius

Dr. Dave Cornelius is the founder of the 5 Saturdays program and leads the group’s Leadership Council. In addition to being a published author and speaker, Dave is an experienced IT and business professional and a globally recognized lean and agile catalyst who empowers others to achieve their very best. He specializes in coaching, training, and leading co-located and distributed teams to deliver quality innovations from concept to cash. Dr. Dave held leadership roles where he helped transform IT into a partner with other groups within an organization. Dave holds a doctorate in management (IS/IT emphasis), a master’s degree in business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science. His professional certifications include public speaking (Toastmasters DTM), product management (PMC II), project management (PMP), agility practices (PMI-ACP, CSP, SPC), IT service management (ITIL v3), and process optimization (SSBB). Learn more about Dave by visiting or on LinkedIn at You also can follow Dave on Twitter @DrCorneliusInfo. Learn more about our on-demand Agile and Design Thinking courses at

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