Nancy Giordano is a strategic futurist, guest lecturer at Singularity University, and a 10-year TEDx curator in Austin. Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a 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. With the growing conviction of what will (and needs to) shift, executives value her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the terrain ahead and guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions.
With a career at three of the top global advertising agencies and as the founder of her own strategic inspiration company, Play Big Inc., Nancy has a rich history of advising and learning with some of the top companies in the world, including Nestle, Brinker International, The Coca Cola Company, Sprint, and Acumen. In 2015 she took a leap to help shape a company of the future: artificial intelligence start-up, Lucid, and later went on to build a leadership summit designed to encourage C-suite execs to explore seven of the most disruptive emergent technologies for business.
A 10-year TEDx curator (and world’s first licensee), Nancy is a Singularity University guest lecturer, frequent panelist at South by Southwest, creator of the first Career Fair For The Future event for college + high school students, and remains an active strategist. For the past two years, she has been on the board of retail trade association GMDC, on the advisory council of both Retail Tomorrow and Future Frontiers, co-designed + produced a fintech conference to strengthen community banking, and is helping champion two brands poised to weave a more human, distributed internet: Holochain + Holo hosting. In addition, Nancy has joined Austin artificial services company, KUNGFU.AI, to advance the organizational structures and new mindsets necessary to harness the significant technology innovations coming our way… and ensure a safe and thriving future for us all.
The Case for Audacious Leadering
Society is transforming and advancing technologies are rapidly reinventing the ways we work, live and connect. And reshaping ways we lead. Instead of predictably replicating the success of the past, leaders must now embrace and navigate these new opportunities, the need for constant innovation and the demands of an increasingly dynamic environment. Being open to radical new solutions requires radically new ways of thinking, “leadering”, and being.
Navigating the Big Shift
Society is transforming. Exponential advances in connectivity and technology, precarious economic, political and social structures, and an emerging desire for community and connection are causing old economy models to quickly shift to a completely different set of new economy expectations and needs. How does one navigate change in such a dynamic and complex environment?
How Exponential Technologies are Changing… Everything
Machine Learning. Robotics. Whole new ways to look at and build realities. Some predict these exponential technologies will cause work, industry, and society to change more in the next 10 years than in over 100+. Why? How are the rules of success radically changing? What are some of the most pressing issues and new yardsticks shaping our behaviors and choices? And what do we need to learn to better navigate, create and thrive?
On the Future of Work + Working
Whether we have more jobs or less is a debate only time will settle, but there is no doubt 100% of jobs will be reskilled. How we work and Why is being recalibrated, and society overall will take a radical shift as we head into what has been described as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. How can we build the new capacities necessary? How will new tools shape new behaviors and drive new expectations? Which old practices to manage risk are now putting us at risk? And how will we measure we are doing it right?
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