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Simon J. Anderson

Founder of Venture Foresight, Futurist, Award-winning Author and Global Speaker on Trends & Technology.

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Simon J. Anderson is an Applied Foresight speaker and consultant. He helps leaders and organizations be more future resilient - and has shared his compelling message with thousands of senior executives and other leaders in a variety of industries from coast to coast in the United States, as well as internationally. In 2013, he founded Venture Foresight, a company dedicated to helping leaders recognize opportunities in emerging technologies and trends. The world is changing faster than ever, and every industry is being transformed. Find out how Simon can help you spot the opportunities created by all this change before they become challenges.

Simon co-authored the 2014 Bellwether Award winning book Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow with fellow global futurist Jack Uldrich. With two new chapters and hundreds of updates, the 2015 “Updated & Expanded” edition broadens the focus to include new industries, insights, and advancements. Watch for Simon's upcoming book to be released Fall, 2019 - in progress with the working title Outrunning Automation: How to Create Value in a Fast-Changing World.  This too will be a must-read!

As a key member of the international organization Communities of the Future, Simon works to promote and facilitate “future’s thinking’ in communities around the world. His work as a futurist also informed his roles as an advisor to several technology startups and a multinational educational non-profit organization.

Having traveled to more than 25 countries, Simon brings a global perspective to his work, which has been featured in numerous publications including the World Future Society’s monthly newsletter, “The Futurist” and the Austrian management magazine the “Hernsteiner.”

Simon and his wife Helena Cruz Sanchez live in Minneapolis, MN.

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Dr. Barry Asmus

Speaker on economic trends and award winning author of Crossroads: The Great American Experiment.

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If you're looking for indicators for the quality of a speaker, how does being invited to speak at the re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty sound? This is exactly what happened to Dr. Barry Asmus; it's just one of the many prestigious events to which he's been invited in the course of his more than 25 years of speaking experience.

Dr. Asmus is Senior Economist at the National Center for Policy Analysis, so he doesn't just speak on policy; he implements it, both at home and worldwide. He has given testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee on income tax and was invited to speak to Western European leaders at a privatizing Social Security conference. In his travels around the world he has spoken to government leaders at the highest level in places as diverse as Romania, Albania, China and Peru. He uses these opportunities to spread his key message of a free market, low tax, protected property rights and free trade.

Dr. Asmus has published nine books, including Crossroads: The Great American Experiment that received an HL Mencken Award nomination. He has also received the Freedom Foundation Award at Valley Forge for Private Enterprise Education. When teaching as a Professor of Economics he was twice voted University Professor of the Year.

Featured regularly in prestigious media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, Dr. Asmus has also co-hosted a syndicated radio show, “Perspectives on the Economy." USA Today stated that he is one of the five most requested speakers in the United States.

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Thomas Barnett

Chief Analyst of Wikistrat, Speaks on Geopolitics and Globalization

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Thomas P.M. Barnett has worked in US national security circles since the end of the Cold War, starting first with the Department of Navy's premier think tank, the Center for Naval Analyses. From there he moved to serve as a senior researcher and professor at the Naval War College in Newport RI , where he became a top assistant to Vice Admiral Arthur Cebrowksi - the father of network-centric warfare. After 9/11, Barnett served in Cebrowski's Office of Force Transformation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Assistant for Strategic Futures. He developed a famous PowerPoint brief on the subject of globalization and international security, which later morphed into a New York Times-bestselling book, The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century (2004).

Since leaving government service in 2005, Dr. Barnett has amassed a number of duties in the private sector including acting as Chief Analyst for the online strategic community and massively multi-player online consultancy Wikistrat Ltd and running his own consultancy, Barnett Consulting LLP. An award-winning professor, Dr. Barnett has written for Esquire, Wired, National Review, and the Washington Post, and has been interviewed by Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, The Economist, Time, BBC World Service, CBS, CNBC, PBS, CSpan, CNN, Fox News and numerous foreign media. He also writes his own blog (Thomas P.M. Barnett's Globlogization) and a weekly column for World Politics Review (The New Rules).

Barnett completed his Pentagon's New Map trilogy with the volumes, Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating (2005), and Great Powers: America and the World After Bush (2009). Dr. Barnett holds a PhD in political science from Harvard University . He is based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and travels the world giving speeches and conducting his strategy work with both private- and- public sector enterprises.

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Lisa Bodell

Globally Recognized Futurist and Expert on Simplification and Innovation

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FutureThink CEO Lisa Bodell ranks among the Top 50 Speakers Worldwide and is the best-selling author of Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins. She’s a global leader on simplification, productivity and innovation, whose keynotes leave audiences inspired to change and arms them with radically simple tools to get to the work that matters. 

Bodell brings a compelling perspective to the sought-after topics of simplification and innovation to over 100,000 people each year. A thought leader and serial entrepreneur, her transformational message has inspired executives at top-ranked organizations such as Google, Cisco, Citigroup, and the U.S. Navy War College.  

Based on her best-selling books, Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins, Lisa provides a provocative yet practical approach that enables organizations and individuals to eradicate the unnecessary complexity and time-sucks that hold them back from more meaningful work, and allow simplicity to become their new operating system.

Bodell has contributed her expertise to a wide variety of media. She is a monthly contributor to Forbes and has frequently appeared in other media including: Fast Company, WIRED, The New York Times, Inc., Bloomberg Businessweek, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, FOX News, and CNN. She has also been featured in many major books such as Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question, Adam Grant’s Originals, and After Shock, the upcoming 50-year celebration based on futurist Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock. 

Bodell has taught innovation at both American University and Fordham University, and has a TED talk on the topic. She has served on the board of advisors of several organizations, including the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum, the United States National Security Agency, the Association of Professional Futurists, and the Novartis board of Diversity & Inclusion

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Daniel Burrus

Futurist Expert and Speaker on Business Strategy, Technology, Innovations & Their Impact

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Daniel Burrus is considered one of the world's leading futurists on global trends and innovation. The New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus in the highest demand as a speaker.

Burrus has delivered over 2,800 keynote speeches worldwide, and is a strategic advisor to executives from Fortune 500 companies, helping them to develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact. His client list includes companies such as Microsoft, GE, American Express, Google, Toshiba, Procter & Gamble, Honda and IBM.

He is the author of seven books, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller Flash Foresight, as well as the international best-seller Technotrends. His latest book, The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Disruption and Change Into Opportunity and Advantage (2017), is an Amazon #1 Hot New Release for Business.

Burrus is also a featured writer with millions of monthly readers on the topics of innovation, change and the future for CNBC, Huffington Post, and Wired Magazine to name a few.

He has been the featured subject of several PBS television specials and has appeared on programs such as CNN, Fox Business, and Bloomberg - and is quoted in a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Fortune and Forbes.

Burrus is an innovative entrepreneur who has founded six businesses, four of which were national leaders in the United States in the first year. He is the CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients profit from technological, social and business forces that are converging to create enormous, untapped opportunities.

His accurate predictions date back to the early 1980s where he became the first and only futurist to accurately identify the twenty technologies that would become the driving force of business and economic change for decades to come. Since then, he has continued to establish a worldwide reputation for his exceptional record of predicting the future of technology driven change and its direct impact on the business world.

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Andrew Busch

Renowned Political Economist, Author, Keynote Speaker

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Andrew Busch was the first Chief Market Intelligence Officer (CMIO) for the U.S. government at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). As CMIO, he was charged with improving and enhancing the government’s understanding of the markets. Andy provided briefings to White House, US House and US Senate staffers on a wide range of issues including the economy, stock market direction, interest rates and China's influence on the global commodity markets.

Mr. Busch created and directed a new research group, Market Intelligence Branch (MIB), for the agency. As CMIO, his job was to provide objective research on the financial markets to the CFTC, SEC, US Treasury and Federal Reserve. Energy, agriculture, interest rates and technology (Bitcoin, blockchain, AI) were some of the areas of research covered by the team. Each week, he led the agency on a market and economic roundtable discussion with the staffs of the White House, the US Treasury, the SEC, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Federal Reserve Board.

Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Busch was CEO and founder of a boutique financial markets and policy research firm, Bering Productions, Inc (BPI). Before BPI, he was the Global Currency and Public Policy Strategist for Bank of Montreal (BMO) in Chicago. He is author of the book World Event Trading covering large crises like infectious disease outbreaks and their impact on the markets.

After a career of 35+ years, he brings his perspective, insights and energy for fighting for the last piece of dinner to as many people and organizations as possible. Andy breaks down the economy, politics and technology to simplify the complexity and ensure that everyone can understand how they impact business and lives. As a member of a large family and a husband/father of his own large family - Andy knows the importance of seeing through difficult, chaotic times towards the opportunities the future holds.

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Dr. James Canton

Renowned Global Futurist, Social Scientist, Keynote Speaker on Business Trends

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Dr. James Canton is a leading global futurist, social scientist, keynote presenter, author, and visionary business advisor. For over 30 years, he has been insightfully predicting the key trends that have shaped our world. He is a leading authority on future trends with an emphasis on harnessing innovation. Dr. Canton has advised three White House Administrations and global business leaders.

He is the author of Future Smart: Managing the Game-Changing Trends that will Transform your World, The Extreme Future: The Top Trends that will Reshape the World in the 21st Century and TechnoFutures: How Leading-Edge Innovations will Transform Business in the 21st Century.

Dr. Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government on future trends. He advises the Global Fortune 1000 on trends in technology, innovation, financial services, health care, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change and globalization. From a broad range of industries, clients include: IBM, BP, Intel, Philips, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Boeing, FedEx, and Proctor & Gamble.

Dr. Canton has served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Research in Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management, the MIT Media Lab Advisory Board in Europe, Motorola’s Visionary Advisory Board and the International Advisory Council, Economic Development Board, State of Singapore. He has been an advisor to the National Science Foundation.

Recognized as “one of the top presenters in the 21st century” by Successful Meetings Magazine, Dr. Canton is a highly sought-after keynote presenter. He has spoken to thousands of organizations on five continents. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes.

A frequent guest of the media, Dr. Canton is a commentator on CNN. He was named "the Digital Guru” by CNN and “Dr. Future” by Yahoo. Dr. Canton’s media coverage has included CNBC, Fox, PBS, ABC, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Report, The New York Times, US News and World Report, CEO, CIO and CFO Magazines. His Huffington Post blog and Twitter feed is followed by a global audience.

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Jim Carroll

Global Futurist, Keynote Speaker and Expert on Trends & Innovation

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Jim Carroll is recognized as the world’s leading futurist, trends and innovation expert, with a massive global blue chip client list. For more than 25 years, Jim has shared his insight with
more than 2 million people in attendance at his events.

Jim’s global client list is extensive and covers virtually every industry sector, including the World Bank, Volvo, NASA, the PGA of America, the Walt Disney Organization, the World Government Summit in Dubai, the Swiss Innovation Forum, the Wall Street Journal, National Australia Bank, WorldSkills, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, DuPont, The GAP, the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Godiva, SAP, Pfizer, Mercedes Benz, and hundreds more.

This client list gives him a front row seat to the high velocity change that is occurring as disruption comes to take hold of every industry and every organization. With that insight, and the customized research that he undertakes for every engagement, he helps to transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes!

In 2020, Jim has been busy providing his insight from a state of the art virtual broadcast studio, which features high end video production, multiple camera angles, multimedia special effects, online interaction, audience polling, panel discussions and more. His investment in leading technology has allowed him to deliver his effective online leadership insight in an interactive broadcast style that redefines the state of the possible, with an opportunity for attention grabbing online content, and engaging interactivity.

Jim is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on: our post-pandemic economy; economic recovery strategies; the future of the workplace; new business and governance opportunities in the era of International upheaval; rapid business model change and industry transformation; business model disruption and the acceleration of market change; global economic trends; and the necessity for fast paced innovation. He is an authority recognized for his deep insight into the cutting edge trends of our time including autonomous vehicle technology, 3D printing, virtual reality, alternative energy generation and storage technologies, the transition to electric battery vehicle technology, genomic medicine, CRISPR and healthcare virtualization, advanced robotics and artificial intelligence, blockchain and virtual cash, machine learning and robotics, crowd-thinking and next generation R&D.

Jim’s insight has been covered in the UK Telegraph, Dubai’s Capital Magazine, South Africa’s The Star, and AP News, among hundreds more. BusinessWeek named Jim Carroll as one of four leading sources for insight on innovation and creativity. He was also a featured expert on the prime time CNBC series, The Business of Innovation.

Jim Carroll is an author, with numerous books including Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast; Surviving the Information Age; The Future Belongs To Those Who Are Fast; Ready, Set, Done;
and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation.

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Virtual Events can:

  1. Reach a wider audience
  2. Offer a great experience at a much lower cost
  3. Create long term impact with recorded elements that allow for content to be watched over a period of time
  4. Have an increased impact over time, as viewers re-watch, discuss and connect over social media and other channels

And, most importantly: offer the ability for inspiring and impactful presentations to connect in a one-on-one way, directly to the attendee.

WHO is your audience?

Who are your virtual event attendees? Are they across a specific group within your organization, or are you serving clients across a wide range of levels? Determining who you are speaking to will help you determine a format for your event that will captivate your audience.

WHAT is your key message?

Are you focusing on change? Innovation? Leadership?

Creating a single focus or mission will allow you to hone in on the type of speaker(s) you need to engage your audience and help event producers to format the event into a dynamic program that balances inspiration with information and audience interaction.

WHAT type of event suits your audience?

  • Virtual Conference
  • Webinar
  • Hybrid Event

Virtual event technology has come a long way over the last few months, offering a huge range of different options from pre-recorded webinars, to multi-day virtual conferences, to hybrid events with some attendees in the audience while the event is live streamed.

OUR ADVICE

COMBINATION of live and pre-recorded elements will allow your virtual event to run smoothly and stay on time.

Many of our clients are also opting for multi-day virtual conferences with shorter segments spaced over a few days.

This allows some flexibility for attendees in different time zones and accommodates different teleworking situations for attendees, allowing them to tune in when it is convenient.

WHERE? It’s all about Tech.

Virtual meeting technology has exploded over the last few months as teleworking became the norm.

Consider your needs:

  • Interactive elements like breakout rooms, polls & Q&A
  • Seamless blend of live & pre-recorded elements
  • Ability to replay segments
  • Live tech support

If you plan for rain, it’s likely the sun will shine…

Tech isn’t perfect so don’t forget to test, rehearse and have a back up plan ready to go for your virtual event.

Pro Tip: Think of a virtual presentation like a podcast. Viewers can view the content multiple times and refer back to it.

  WHEN? A Date… or Dates?

As we have all noticed, our attention spans for meeting in real life versus meeting online are a lot longer.

When deciding on a date, consider spreading your virtual event out over a few days, with a variety of speakers, interactive elements and information.

The benefits of a multi-day format:

  • Viewers watch content fresh for a short period every day
  • Allows attendees in different time zones to stay on top of the content
  • Attendees can review & re-engage with content

Virtual Event Checklist:

Is your event?

  • Interactive?
  • Informative?
  • Able to be rewatched?

WHY? Pandemic 2020

Just because you are online instead of in person, it doesn’t mean you are missing out on connection.

Using the technology that we have become so accustomed to over the last few months, our keynote speakers have the ability to connect to your viewers one-on-one, in a way that was impossible in live events.

FIND YOUR WHY…

What do you want the audience to leave thinking at the end of the presentation?

Apply this question to all the presentations and segments in your event to create a cohesive, impactful virtual event.

  HOW? Virtual Event Checklist

To wrap it all up

  • TECH: Find the right tech platform & don’t forget to test drive before your event
  • AGENDA: Use a mix of live and pre-recorded segments, mixed with interactive elements, to ensure a smooth flow of events & audience engagement
  • ANTICIPATION: Build up your event with emails, teasers and sneak peeks into what content will be offered
  • NETWORKING: Create and encourage online chat functions, an event specific hashtag or even a dedicated event page to allow attendees to network virtually. Maximize the networking opportunities offered by your tech platform.
  • EXTEND YOUR IMPACT: A dedicated social media page is a great place for attendees to connect after an event to discuss ideas and implement some of the learnings from the event.

Offer a password protected, limited time recording of keynote presentations to continue the conversation long after the virtual event has ended.

Continue the conversation with post-event touch points like emails or questions based on the key presentations.

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Cheryl Cran

Author and Speaker on Leadership & Future of Change in the Workplace

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Cheryl Cran is the Founder of NextMapping™/NextMapping.com, and CEO of parent company Synthesis at Work Inc. She is author of nine books on the ultimate leadership skills needed to be future of work ready - and is recognized as the #1 Future of Work influencer by Onalytica.

Her books include the 2nd edition of "NextMapping - Anticipate, Navigate & Create The Future of Work" - with companion workbook. Other titles include “The Art of Change Leadership - Driving Transformation In a Fast-Paced World” (Wiley 2015), “101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work” (2010).

Cheryl’s future of work thought leadership has been featured in publications such as Huff Post, Forbes, IABC Magazine, Law Magazine, Metro New York, Entrepreneur Magazine, Readers Digest, CBS Online, NBC Online, Fox Online and more.

For over two decades Cheryl has built a reputation for delivering extraordinary value to clients that include AT&T, Bell Mobility, Omnitel, Gartner, British Telcomm, Manulife - as well as mid-sized companies and entrepreneurs in industries that include technology, health, agriculture, finance, insurance and more.

NextMapping™ was developed as a proprietary business solution brand that encompasses all of Cheryl’s work and research on the future of work - and the leadership needed to navigate change in the workplace. It’s time to not just hear about the future but to use NextMapping™ to get there! Technology in the workplace must be used to prepare for the future with a focus on how technology can enhance outcomes for people.

The common theme of all of Cheryl’s life’s work is a ‘people first’ and digital second approach to create a more human future - helping companies to build the leadership capacity needed to ‘change the world through business.’

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Thomas Frey

Renowned Futurist & Innovation Speaker

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Over the past decade, Futurist Thomas Frey has built an enormous following around the world based on his ability to develop accurate visions of the future - and describe the opportunities ahead. Having started seventeen businesses himself and assisting on the development of hundreds more - the understanding he brings to his audiences is a rare blend of reality-based thinking coupled with a clear-headed visualization of the world ahead. Predicting the future has little value without understanding the driving forces behind the trends, subtle nuances that can be leveraged - and implications for both the people directly affected in the industry as well as others farther down the technological food chain.

Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer - where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer. He is also a past member of the Triple Nine Society (High I.Q. society over 99.9 percentile). As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Thomas continually pushes the envelope of understanding - creating fascinating images of the world to come. His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies - including NASA, Disney, IBM, Federal Reserve Bank, TED, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Visa, Frito-Lay, Toshiba, Dow Chemical, KPMG, Siemens, Rockwell, Wired Magazine, Caterpillar, PepsiCo, Deloitte & Touche, Hunter Douglas, Amgen, Capital One, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Korean Broadcast System, Bell Canada, American Chemical Society, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.

Thomas has been featured in thousands of articles for both national and international publications including New York Times, Huffington Post, Fast Company, World Economic Forum - and many more.

Thomas pushes far beyond the limits of conventional wisdom, often talking about extreme futures - and building intriguing “what if” scenarios as a tool for discussing far reaching implications. His presentations not only stretch the imagination but also challenge current thinking.

Tom’s thought-provoking dialog and intense delivery enables audience members to grasp new possibilities and concepts - while comprehending the salient touch points he presents. New ideas have a way of infusing audiences with energy - and Thomas has the uncanny ability of touching on the most poignant trends, invigorating everyone who attends.

His long anticipated book, Epiphany Z: 8 Radical Visions for Transforming Your Future is captivating the attention of a whole new generation of forward thinking business leaders. Epiphany Z is a dynamic approach to envisioning, comprehending - and ultimately thriving in the radically different futures emerging around us at the speed of light. Frey’s unparalleled ability to detect emerging trends from the smallest of clues gives him an edge on other futurists.

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Dr. George Friedman

Author of The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century and Speaker on International Affairs

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Dr. George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster, international affairs strategist and best-selling author. As Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, an online publication dedicated to forecasting the course of global events, Friedman combines his passion for writing and publishing for his readers world wide who follow international affairs.

Prior to founding Geopolitical Futures, Friedman guided the intellectual vision of Stratfor, the geopolitical intelligence publishing and consulting firm he founded in 1996.

In 2019, he was appointed as Senior Advisor to the Gallup organization - to help make sense of the geopolitical forces shaping U.S. and global economic and political policy.

Friedman is the author of numerous New York Times best-selling books. His book, Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe (2015), predicts the borderlands where centuries old tensions are re-emerging and will spark new conflicts. The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century (2009), predicts the geopolitical changes shaping the 21st century and was published in over 20 languages. The prescience of Friedman’s geopolitical predictions keep this book alive as they continue to unfold in many countries. Friedman’s The Next Decade: Where We've Been and Where We're Going (2011), was also a best-seller. His other books on warfare and intelligence have included America's Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge. Dr. Friedman's latest book: The Storm Before the Calm: America's Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond – was  released in February-2020 (Doubleday).

A very popular keynote speaker on the future of international geopolitics, Friedman is in high demand at numerous conferences and industry-specific events. He has briefed for many major military and government organizations - and is frequently invited to speak internationally.

Friedman appears regularly as an expert on international affairs and intelligence on major television and radio networks - and is frequently quoted in leading American and international news publications.

Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University.  He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Nancy Giordano

Futurist, Corporate Strategist & Speaker

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Nancy Giordano is described as endlessly optimistic, who is an innovative strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. Recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and evolving a portfolio of $50 billion worth of major global brands. Executives love her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the shifts ahead and to guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions.

Nancy started a formidable career at several of the most influential ad agencies in NY, Chicago, and LA. For more than fifteen years she has been the Founder/CEO of Play Big Inc., a strategic inspiration company, applying her broad understanding of the intense cultural and technological shifts we’re facing.

Her extensive knowledge of the drivers shaping our future (and driving business) have guided transformation projects with The Coca Cola Company, Brinker International, Sprint, Nestle, Acumen, Energizer, Mercedes Benz and many other Fortune 500 companies. Her work has made her one of the fastest rising women speakers in the world, both as a keynote speaker and at C-level strategy exchanges, in wide range of industries including technology, entertainment, travel, food, retail, consumer products, homebuilding, talent, B2B services, and much more.

Her current work is diving more deeply into the intersections of tech, business and society. Two recent examples include her work to frame the internal culture and talent infrastructure for a leading artificial intelligence company, and the producing of Gigaom Change, a Leader's Summit diving into the seven most disruptive technologies for enterprise. She has been ranked as one of the World’s Top Female Futurists (research by Ross Dawson) and was voted 7th Woman of Influence on the Future of Leadership list (Women Speakers Association). She was the first global TEDx licensee and currently leads a youth-led team to produce one of the globe’s largest TEDx events for teens, hosting nearly 1000 annually.

Her vibrant presentations are about answers to your toughest questions. She meticulously crafts her talks based on the specific needs of your audience, spending time with you in advance to pinpoint the critical issues. If you are looking for a high-energy futurist who thinks like a strategist and acts like a creative marketer, she may be the perfect speaker for your next event.

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Garry Golden

Academically Trained Futurist and Speaker on Emerging Trends

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Garry Golden is a professionally trained futurist who writes, speaks, and consults about issues that will shape society and business in the 21st century. His uncanny sense of what will hit—and what won’t—can be seen in futurethink’s research and heard in his international keynotes and corporate leadership seminars. His insights on how to align talent development to coming industry and market transitions have been shared with and implemented by such organizations as the McGraw-Hill Companies, Goodyear, S&P, and Reliant Energy.

Garry serves as Adjunct Lecturer on the Future of Energy and Environment for the University of Houston. He has consulted on projects as diverse as the future of utilities; transportation and supply chains; food safety and health; financial services; and sustainable retail packaging. He is the co-author of the inspiring book Designing Your Future, and author of the upcoming book titled The Age of Adaptive Experiences.

Garry attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his Futures Studies degree from the University of Houston. He is a past board member of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) as well as an aspiring collector of street art (which will likely be huge in the year 2040.) If left to his own devices at a museum gift shop, odds are a micro-machine or geological piece will be finding itself a future home.

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Ian Goldin

Former VP of World Bank, Speaks on Future Trends, Globalization & Innovation

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Professor Ian Goldin was the Founding Director of the Oxford Martin School from September 2006 to September 2016. He is currently Oxford University Professor of Globalization and Development and the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change. He is a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Martin School and a Professorial Fellow at the University’s Balliol College.

During his decade as Director, the School established 45 programs of research, bringing together more than 500 academics from across Oxford, from over 100 disciplines - and becoming the world’s leading centre for interdisciplinary research into critical global challenges.

Professor Goldin initiated and was Vice-Chair of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, which brought together 19 international leaders from government, business, academia, media and civil society - to address the growing short-term preoccupations of modern politics and business, and identify ways of overcoming today’s gridlock in key international negotiations. The Commission’s report, Now for the Long Term - was published in October 2013.

From 2003 to 2006 he was Vice President of the World Bank, and prior to that the Bank’s Director of Development Policy (2001-2003). He served on the Bank’s senior management team and led the Bank’s collaboration with the United Nations and other partners - as well as with key countries. As Director of Development Policy, he played a pivotal role in the research and strategy agenda of the Bank.

From 1996 to 2001 he was Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa - and served as an advisor to President Nelson Mandela. He succeeded in transforming the Bank to become the leading agent of development in the 14 countries of Southern Africa. During this period, Goldin served on several Government committees and Boards, and was Finance Director for South Africa’s Olympic Bid.

Previously, Goldin was Principal Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, and Program Director at the OECD Development Centre in Paris - where he directed the Programs on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development.

He has a BA (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics - and an MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Ian has served as a non-executive director on the boards of a number of leading businesses, including Old Mutual, Implenia AG, Metropolitan Life, and CDC Plc. His board positions include being the lead independent director - and chairing investment, credit, risk, audit, strategy, remuneration, social responsibility and ethics committees. Ian has advised over 50 governments and 100 leading global businesses. His non-profit activities include being the Chair of the CORE-econ.org initiative to reform global economics - and serving as a trustee of Comic Relief and other charities.

Goldin has received wide recognition for his contributions to development and research, including having been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He has published over 50 articles and 20 books, including Globalization for Development: Meeting New Challenges (Oxford University Press, 2012), Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future (Princeton University Press, 2011), Divided Nations: Why Global Governance is Failing and What We Can Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2013), The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What To Do About It (Princeton University Press, 2014) and an edited volume, Is the Planet Full?  (Oxford University Press, 2014). His latest books are The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2016) and  Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance (Bloomsbury and St Martin’s Press, 2016).

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William Higham

Consumer Futurist, Author, Speaker and Founder, Next Big Thing

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Will Higham is a global authority on innovation and strategy. Will predicts how future customers are going to behave, and recommends the best strategies clients should use to reach them.

He’s the man who championed Strictly Come Dancing to the BBC, warned the drinks industry about the New Sobriety, and saw arrival of the Wellbeing Consumer a mile off.

His engaging and inspiring talks leave audiences excited to face the future: armed with new, smarter ways to handle tomorrow’s consumers; and an arsenal of opportunities for innovation-led growth. His keynote talks have inspired thousands globally: from conferences organized by the Financial Times and Harvard Business Review to corporate events for Walt Disney, Barclaycard and Primark.

Will runs strategic consultancy Next Big Thing, helping clients from Amazon to HSBC understand what their customers (and employees) will think, do, expect, demand and buy in future.

He wrote the first practical handbook for trend strategists: The Next Big Thing: Spotting and Forecasting Consumer Trends For Profit (Kogan Page, 2009), which has since been translated into five languages.

He’s been interviewed across media: BBC to Bloomberg TV, Fast Company to The Times. He presented a TV show for CNBC, and written for The Economist, Advertising Age and Huffington Post.

He’s taken part in academic programs like Cambridge University’s Open Innovation Forum and been a judge on panels such as WARC Innovation Awards and this year’s IoD Innovation Awards.

Will made his name in the Music industry. Working at Sony, Virgin and Universal, he marketed artists from Michael Jackson to The Rolling Stones. His fascination with music fans led him to the Research industry, as a consumer trends consultant for brands from Levis to BT; and later as managing director of research company OnePoll, whose clients include Kelloggs and Findus.

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David Houle

Leading Futurist and Author of The Shift Age

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David Houle is a
futurist, thinker and keynote speaker. He has always been slightly ahead of the curve. Houle is consistently ranked as one of the top futurists and futurist keynote speakers on the circuit. He has keynoted numerous conferences across the country and internationally. In the last three years he has delivered keynotes on 6 continents and 12 countries. He is regularly invited to speak at corporate management retreats. Houle won a Speaker of the Year award from Vistage International, the leading organization of CEOs in the world. He is often called the CEO's futurist having spoken to or advised 2,000+ CEOs and business owners in the past four years.

Houle spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He has worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News. He helped to create television series on A&E for his client Bill Kurtis, (Investigative Reports and American Justice), introducing single- subject documentaries and legal programming to prime time before those programming concepts became common place. Both series were award winning and ran for more than 10 years.

Houle has won a number of awards. He won two Emmys as co-executive Producer for a nationally syndicated children's program, Energy Express. He won the prestigious George Foster Peabody award and the Heartland award for Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream and was nominated for an Academy Award.

He writes the highly regarded futurist blog, evolutionshift, with the tag line A Future Look At Today, and he publishes the free Shift Age Newsletter. In February 2010 Houle became a featured contributor on Oprah.com.

He has been speaking about the future for 7 years and his influential first book The Shift Age was published in 2008. His second book, Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education, written with Jeff Cobb was published in March 2011. The New Health Age: the Future of Health Care in America, co-authored with Jonathan Fleece, was published by Sourcebooks in January 2012. and became a #1 best seller on Amazon in the categories of Medicine and Future of Health Care. His latest book, Entering the Shift Age, was published in January of 2013. It is also a #1 Amazon best seller in the category of Business Planning and Forecasting.

Houle is Futurist in Residence and Faculty member at the Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida.

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Ignite Your Innovation

The Top Ten Keynote Speakers on Innovation

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10 Most Requested Speakers on Innovation

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Innovation is the catalyst for growth, profit, and sustainability for any business so it is no wonder that it is one of the most requested speaking topics from just about every industry. Here are our highest rated Speakers on Innovation:

scott anthony innovation speaker - Sweeney Speakers ListingsScott Anthony | Innovation Strategist

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andy boynton innovation speaker - Sweeney Speakers ListingsAndy Boynton | Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, Speaker on Innovation and Leadership

Andy Boynton’s presentations take his audiences from conceptualization to implementation when it comes to innovative ideas and putting them into practice. He leaves audiences with openness to new and exciting views that may lead to the visionary ideas your organization needs.

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Lisa Bodell Innovation Speaker - Sweeney Speakers ListingsLisa Bodell | CEO of Futurethink and Best-selling author of Kill the Company

Often innovation is associated with a complicated and overly challenging process, however, innovation expert Lisa Bodell argues that this need not be the case. Lisa’s keynotes demonstrate that the complex processes that organizations have developed over the years actually hinder innovation and block original thought.

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james canton management speaker - Sweeney Speakers ListingsDr. James Canton | Global Futurist and Visionary Business Advisor

Dr. James Canton instills in his audiences that innovation cannot wait for the future, but rather innovation comes through the anticipation of the future and the actions of the present. His keynotes outline potential disruptions to your organization and attendees will leave with a better understanding of what is coming and how to take full advantage of these rapid industry changes.

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whitney johnson innovation speaker - Sweeney Speakers ListingsWhitney Johnson | Co-founder of the Investment Firm Disruptive Innovation Fund

Whitney Johnson will inspire audiences with her call for personal disruption as a means to create an organization-wide innovative culture. She motivates attendees to actually do the things they would only dare to dream. Whitney Johnson is a true influencer and innovator and will teach your audiences how to do the same.

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kaihan krippendorff strategy speaker - Sweeney Speakers ListingsKaihan Krippendorff | Strategy and Innovation Expert & Founder of Outthinker

Kaihan Krippendorff is committed to helping organizations and individuals thrive in today’s era of fast-paced disruptive technological change. Kaihan is known for his ability to turn difficult concepts into easy-to-understand ideas that drive meaningful outcomes and actions. He is an internationally recognized thought-leader, battle-tested consultant, and sought-after keynote speaker on the topics of business strategy, growth, transformation and innovation.

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1411767736 2 steve blank entrepreneurshit calling 300x200 - Sweeney Speakers ListingsSteve Blank | Thought Leader on Startups and Innovation, Expert on Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank has led one heck of an interesting life. He’s had 3 careers: First, in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years during the Vietnam War. Next, as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur in 8 start-ups in 2 decades (with 4 IPOs). Currently as an academic, teaching at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, and NYU. Steve, the Father of Modern Entrepreneurship, has changed how startups are built; how entrepreneurship is taught worldwide; how science is commercialized in the U.S., and how companies and the government innovate.

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polly labarre innovation speaker - Sweeney Speakers ListingsPolly LaBarre | Author, Speaker, and Entrepreneur

Understanding that many organizations have been working since their inception to maintain and protect the foundational practices on which it was built, Polly LaBarre pushes audiences to break the status quo in order to achieve exceptional performance. Her keynotes highlight the importance of adaptability – or risk paralysis. Polly’s presentations are truly inspiring as she encourages attendees to be relentlessly creative, excited, and inventive.

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josh linkner innovation speaker - Sweeney Speakers ListingsJosh Linkner | Bestselling Author on Creativity, Innovation, and Leadership

You’ve come up with a spectacularly creative idea for your organization – so the hard part’s over, right? Unfortunately it’s not. Turning raw, unpolished (albeit great) ideas into a reality can be very challenging. Josh Linkner’s keynotes provide practical tools and methodologies to turn those big ideas into big results and big profits. Oh, and he’s an excellent jazz guitarist too!

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mike walsh technology speaker - Sweeney Speakers ListingsMike Walsh | Best-selling author of FUTURETAINMENT, Speaker on Technology and Innovation

So often companies survive on one big idea or major breakthrough, however, in contemporary business those who thrive are continuously creating and cultivating those big ideas and breakthroughs. Mike Walsh helps organizations create strategic priorities in order to prepare for the future of business today.

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Christina Kerley

Innovation Keynoter, Futurist, Strategist, and Professor

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Christina Kerley -- known simply as “CK” -- pushes Fortune 500's ahead of the curve through the 10+ tech dominating the next 10 years. An innovative tech forerunner for 20+ years, CK takes on the big topics, like: The Tech Megatrends; Future-Proof; The Human-Robot Revolution; Business In The AI Age; Hi-Tech Health; Next-Gen Marketing; and The Reskilling Revolution.

CK connects with diverse generations -- from Boomers to Zoomers -- and guides a wide range of professionals working in IT, marketing, sales, HR, R&D, supply chain, and leadership.

Through her next-level content, edu-taining style, and razor-sharp insights, CK electrifies audiences while navigating executives through scores of digital revolutions. Praised for her boundless energy, humor, and inspiration, she has wowed crowds at Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Amazon, TEDx, E*TRADE, The United Nations, Bissell, Best Buy, Cisco, Prudential, and The Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation.

A top-rated member of faculty at Rutgers Business School for Executive Education, she has guest lectured at Stanford, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, and USF.

Along with work for commercial industries -- across tech, consumer, healthcare, insurance, and financial -- she’s also addressed state governments in IL, MN, MO, NY, TX, VA, and WI.

A passionate advocate for closing the opportunity divide, her pro bono program, aptly named impaCKt!, gives a leading edge to under-served groups.

Constantly reinventing her business -- and herself -- CK is always on-trend, ahead of the curve, and in pursuit of the next BIG thing. She is based in New York City.

Get Ahead. Get Inspired. Get CK!

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Ian Khan

Technology Futurist and Sought-after Speaker on IoT, AI & Blockchain

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Ian Khan is a Forbes contributor and featured technology futurist on CNN, and is a highly sought after emerging technology expert. A three times TEDx speaker & author, Ian has impacted over 5,000 organizations in his 20-year career - to help organizations understand emerging technology and the steps they can take to create limitless value.

An advocate of emerging technologies, Ian helps organizations gain a competitive advantage in today’s era of disruption and rapid change. His core speaking topics include technology trends, industry future outlook and the role of the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain in shaping our future.

Ian is also the author of over 8 books. Some of these include Cloud Wars, The Internet of Things (IoT) A Concise Introduction, The Internet of Things & the Future of Innovation, Make Me Like You, 21 Steps, Get Ahead and 7 Axioms of Value Creation - The Essentials of Thriving in Today's Era of Disruption.

A highly sought after expert, Ian has dedicated the last 20 years evangelizing technologies such as Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and emerging tech. Through his career, Ian has worked with Information Technology startups, SAP EBS Partner Companies and key Microsoft partner ecosystem providers. Through his two decades of working in the industry he also gained a complete understanding of where organizations face maximum challenge as his roles included Sales, Business Development, Management, to managing global marketing teams.

Ian is also an active speaker and spends more than 200 days per year on the road speaking at industry conferences. He is also a frequent contributor to industry publications and his work has appeared in McGraw Hill Education, Huffington Post, & Techvibes.

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Tom Koulopoulos

Chairman and Founder of Delphi Group, Author and Speaker on Innovation & The Future

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Tom Koulopoulos is chairman of the Boston-based global futures think tank Delphi Group, which was named one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine. Tom is also the author of eleven books, a frequent business commentator on MSNBC, a columnist for Inc.com, an adjunct professor at Boston University Graduate School of Management, an Executive in Residence at Bentley University, the past Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Business Innovation, and past Executive Director of the Dell Innovation Lab.

Geoff James of CBS Interactive Media called Tom “one of the truly deep thinkers in the arena of technology and culture.” Forbes.com called Tom a Business Visionary with “an incisive view of world trade…”

Mr. Koulopoulos’ eleven books include his most recent Reimagining Healthcare: How the Smartsourcing Revolution Will Drive the Future of Healthcare and Refocus It on What Matters Most, the PatientRevealing the Invisible; The Gen Z Effect; and Cloud Surfing.

Tom Peters called his writing “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.” And, according to the late Peter Drucker, Tom’s writing “makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.”

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Kaihan Krippendorff

Futurist, Strategy and Innovation Expert & Founder of Outthinker

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Kaihan Krippendorff  is committed to helping organizations and individuals thrive in today’s era of fast-paced disruptive technological change. Kaihan is known for his ability to turn difficult concepts into easy-to-understand ideas that drive meaningful outcomes and actions. He is an internationally recognized thought-leader, battle-tested consultant, futurist and sought-after keynote speaker on the topics of business strategy, growth, transformation and innovation.

Kaihan began his career as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company before founding the growth strategy and innovation consulting firm Outthinker. Growth strategies and innovations created through Outthinker have energized countless organizations, teams, and individuals all while generating over $2.5B in revenue for many of the world’s most recognizable Fortune 500 companies.

An accomplished author, Kaihan has written four books on business strategy, growth, and transformation, most recently Outthink the Competition (John Wiley & Sons). For his forthcoming book, Driving Innovation from Within: A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs (Columbia University Press, Oct 2019), Kaihan deeply researched and interviewed more than 150 internal innovators and leaders in nearly every conceivable industry.

Kaihan is a member of the prestigious Thinkers50 Class of 2019 Radar group – a “dream team of researchers, advisers, entrepreneurs, and organizational leaders” to follow and hear from in 2019. A noteworthy mention is that Kaihan has been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2019 distinguished achievement award in the “INNOVATION” category for his work on growth and transformation through employee-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. The shortlist is comprised of the “Top 8 Innovation Experts in the World”, and the T50 Innovation award (which will be awarded this November at the Thinkers50 2019 Awards Gala in London) recognizes the thinker who has contributed the most to the understanding of innovation in every sphere over the past two years.

Kaihan founded The Outthinker Network – an invitation-only group of high-level strategists and innovators for large $1B+ organizations. Quarterly roundtables are a unique opportunity for senior executives to take part in an intimate, candid, and forward-looking conversation with a network of peer professionals and the world’s most sought-after disruptive thinkers.

Regularly featured in key business media outlets, including BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Time, Fox Business, Fast Company, PBS, and Bloomberg Radio – Kaihan is an advisory board member for a blockchain-powered transportation platform, an international food processing/exporting company, and a B-corporation focused on sustainable products and lifestyle.

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Michelle Lee

Leading Technologist, Lawyer, Executive, Futurist, and First Woman to Lead the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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The Honorable Michelle K. Lee was the first female to lead the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); was an executive at Google; and was a computer scientist at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and HP’s Research Lab, Michelle Lee has constantly been in the forefront of the newest innovations that are disrupting our industries and driving spectacular growth in the world.

It started early on, growing up around the huge wave of Silicon Valley companies that were revolutionizing our world, inspiring her to build her own hand-held radio as a child. Her love of technology led her to simultaneously earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the MIT. She later earned her law degree at Stanford University’s School of Law because she wanted to work on the most cutting-edge legal and policy issues facing high-tech companies.

Lee’s career is as remarkable as it is diverse. She is an MIT-trained computer scientist where she wrote her thesis on artificial intelligence, and an attorney and former law partner at Fenwick & West, Deputy General Counsel and Head of Patents and Patent Strategy for Google, co-founder of the Chief IP Counsels (ChIPs), the first woman Under Secretary of Commerce, and Director of the USPTO in our country’s 200+ year history.

Her focus on creating an environment that assures inventors and innovators the chance to grow and prosper, leading her into government service as Director of the USPTO’s Silicon Valley satellite office. In 2015 she was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and took the helm of USPTO’s 10,000-employee organization. During her tenure, she led a 13,000 person agency with a $3.4 billion annual budget. She modernized the 225 year-old agency, streamlining the review processes and creating the maximum economic benefit for American inventors and businesses.

Michelle Lee is a remarkable speaker who offers unique perspectives resulting from her experiences in the trenches of innovation at the MIT AI and HP Research Labs, at Google during its rise from small company to global powerhouse, and as the head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where she witnessed first-hand inventions from across the globe. Her presentations not only journey thru the newest and most advance technologies, but also examine the business opportunities and regulations that will be key to our future. There is nobody else who has her unique experience at the highest levels as a scientist, business woman, attorney and government executive, and there is no presentation that is as effective at providing a complete picture for business leaders.

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Gerd Leonhard

Keynote Speaker, Futurist & Humanist, Author, CEO The Futures Agency, Film-Maker

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Gerd Leonhard’s passions are the future of humanity, culture, society - and business in the face of exponential technological progress. In his keynotes, talks, presentations, and seminars, Gerd addresses topics such as digital ethics (the ethics of technology), artificial intelligence (AI), the future of work and jobs, rebooting education, the digital transformation of business and society, the future of politics - and many more issues focussing on the next 5-10 years.

In a world dominated by technology, data and algorithms, robots and intelligent machines - what will it mean to be human? Are humans and machines really destined to ‘converge’? What do we need to do, today - to make sure that human happiness and collective flourishing remain the most important objectives? Is our current economic system suitable for a future where technology is virtually unlimited?

Gerd’s latest best-selling book is Technology vs. Humanity - now available in 10+ languages. He is also a film-maker, to view his videos - please visit Vimeo and Youtube.

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Manuel Lima

Data visualization Strategist & Futurist

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A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and nominated by Creativity magazine as “one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009,” Manuel Lima is the founder of VisualComplexity.com, Design Lead at Google, and a regular teacher of data visualization at Parsons School of Design.

Manuel is a leading voice on information visualization and has spoken at numerous conferences, universities, and festivals around the world, including TED, Lift, OFFF, Eyeo, Ars Electronica, IxDA Interaction, Harvard, MIT, the Royal College of Art, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, ENSAD Paris, the University of Amsterdam, and MediaLab-Prado Madrid. He has also been featured in various magazines and newspapers, such as Wired, the New York Times, Science, Nature, Businessweek, Creative Review, Fast Company, Forbes, Grafik, SEED, étapes, and El País.

His first book Visual Complexity: Mapping patterns of information has been translated into French, Chinese, and Japanese. His latest The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge, published in April 2014 by Princeton Architectural Press, covers over 800 years of human culture through the lens of the tree figure, from its entrenched roots in religious medieval exegesis to its contemporary, secular digital themes.

With more than twelve years of experience designing digital products, Manuel has worked for Codecademy, Microsoft, Nokia, R/GA, and Kontrapunkt. He holds a BFA in Industrial Design and a MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design. During the course of his MFA program, Manuel worked for Siemens Corporate Research Center, the American Museum of Moving Image, and Parsons Institute for Information Mapping in research projects for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 

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Greg Lindsay

Speaker and Author on the Future of Travel, Technology, and Urban Development

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Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is the director of applied research at NewCities and director of strategy at its mobility offshoot CoMotion. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, McKinsey Quarterly, Inc., The Atlantic, Quartz, The New Republic, Politico, The Economist Group, The World Economic Forum, The Nikkei Asian Review, European Management Journal, World Policy Journal, Next City, Time, Wired, New York, Slate, Marie Claire Italia, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Departures. He was previously a contributing writer for Fortune and Fast Company, and an editor-at-large for Advertising Age.

Greg speaks frequently about globalization, innovation, and the future of cities - most recently at Sandia National Laboratories, the U.K. Treasury, the OECD, Harvard Business School, the MIT Media Lab, Deloitte, and McKinsey. His work with Studio Gang Architects on the future of suburbia was displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2012. His work has also been displayed at the 15th and 16th Venice Architecture Biennales, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, and Habitat III. He sits on the board of Aerial Futures, and is guest curator of the 2018 and 2019 editions of reSITE.

He’s been cited as an expert on the future of travel, technology and urbanism by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, USA Today, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. He’s a partner at FutureMap, a geo-strategic advisory firm based in Singapore, and has advised Intel, Samsung, Starbucks, Audi, Chrysler, Hyundai, Tishman Speyer, British Land, André Balazs Properties, Emaar, and Expo 2020, among many other organizations. He was the inaugural urbanist-in-residence at URBAN-X — BMW MINI’s urban tech accelerator.

Greg is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson). He lives in Montréal with his wife Sophie Donelson and their two children.

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Viktor Mayer-Schonberger

Oxford Professor & Speaker on Governance of Information and Cyber Security

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Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute of Oxford University and co-author of the international best-sellers Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data, and Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. He is among our leading thinkers on trends, and the current and future ways that Big Data, Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence are changing the face of everything from product development and scientific discovery, to human learning and health care, transportation, retail, finance and marketing.

An internationally acclaimed and sought-after keynote speaker, Mayer-Schönberger has addressed a wide spectrum of audiences, from high-level corporate board retreats to large audience conventions, including such companies as IBM, SAP, Microsoft, Roche, Oracle, Haier and Huawei, professional organizations such as the ITU, the IAPP, and the AACC.

With a media presence that straddles the international print media, such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Guardian, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, El Pais, or Le Monde, international broadcast media such as CNN, BCC, PBS or CCTV, and online media such as Ars Technica, Daily Kos, and Wired, Mayer-Schönberger brings special recognition to events where he speaks.

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Jacob Morgan

4x Best-selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Futurist, and Co-founder of The Future of Work University

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Jacob Morgan is a trained futurist and one of the world’s leading authorities on the leadership, employee experience - and the future of work. He speaks in front of tens of thousands of people each year and his content is seen over a million times a year.

After graduating with honours in business management economics and psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz, Jacob was excited to join the corporate world. At his first job he was told that he’d be travelling the country, meeting with executives and entrepreneurs - and doing all sorts of exciting work. A few months in, he was stuck doing data entry, cold calling - and PowerPoint presentations. One day the CEO came out of his nice corner office, handed Jacob a $10 bill and said “I’m late for a meeting, go grab me a cup of coffee - and get something for yourself as well.” That was the last corporate job he ever had.

Jacob is the best-selling author of four books: The Future Leader (2020), The Employee Experience Advantage (2017), The Future of Work (2014), and The Collaborative Organization (2012). He speaks at over 50 conferences a year including TED Academy - which is one of the largest TED events in the world. In addition, Jacob provides advisory and thought leadership services to various organizations around the world.

Jacob created “The Future If” a global community of business leaders, authors and futurists - who explore what our future can look like IF certain technologies, ideas, approaches and trends actually happen. The community looks at everything from AI and automation to leadership and management practices to augmented reality and virtual reality, the 4th industrial revolution - and everything in between.

His work has been endorsed by the CEOs of: Unilever, Cisco, MasterCard, Nestle, Best Buy, SAP, KPMG, T-Mobile, Schneider Electric - and many others.

In addition, Jacob hosts The Future of Work Podcast - a weekly show where he speaks with senior executives, authors, and business leaders about how the world of work is changing. His Youtube channel explores the latest concepts and ideas around the future of work - with inspiring and educational 2-3 minute videos.

He has also contributed to - and been cited in publications such as Cosmopolitan, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, Glamour, the MIT Sloan Management Review, USA Today - and The Harvard Business Review.

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