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Inspiring Speaker Nancy Giordano on adapting to AI

Preparing Your Internal Culture for AI

The Importance Of AI Readiness

by Nancy Giordano

Few things have dominated business mindshare as significantly as the topics of culture and AI. One has become an informal barometer of how happy and engaged employees are, while the other promises to change nearly everything we know about operating a business. How companies handle the intersection of the two — preparing your culture for AI — will inevitably determine how successfully organizations will thrive (or not) in the coming AI revolution. Continue reading

Curing Cancer - Vivek Wadhwa

Curing Cancer…and Helping Others

By Vivek Wadhwa

My friends have been asking why my writing has ceased. Frankly, with the devastating loss of my wife, I no longer have the motivation or ability to write. It has been very difficult adjusting to life without my soulmate; you never realize how much your partner means to you until you lose him or her. I encourage all of you to cherish what you have and make the most of every moment, because life is unpredictable.

The only thing I have been able to focus on in the past few months is research on how to defeat cancer and help others in need. I feel obliged to do all I can to prevent others from suffering as Tavinder did, it is the only thing that gives me purpose. In helping other cancer patients, I have learnt a lot more about how devastating cancer can be and how antiquated, corrupt, and screwed up our medical system is. Many cancers—and other diseases— for which we currently have no adequate treatment may soon be curable; medicine is reaching a tipping point thanks to advancing and converging technologies. I outlined some of the advances in this lecture. Continue reading

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Becoming Iconic: “The Red Rubber Ball Guy”

by Jamie Mustard, excerpted from his new book THE ICONIST: The Art and Science of Standing Out.

Here is a beautiful example of someone rose from humble circumstances to become known for Block concepts that have become more recognizable than their names.

Kevin Carroll was abandoned by his parents at six years old as a result of poverty and addiction. Today in his fifties, having lived a remarkable life, a singular concept has come to define Kevin’s astonishing career: a red rubber ball, the kind of red rubber ball we all played with on elementary school playgrounds. Continue reading

Speaker Jamie Mustard on Blocks

Toy Blocks Are The Key To Standing Out

by Jamie Mustard (from The Iconist: The Art and Science of Standing Out)

Whether we had a good childhood or a bad childhood, most of us would agree that there was a kind of simplicity to our existence back then. As we get older, life seems to get more and more complicated. Taxes, jobs, girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, husbands, bosses, car payments, mortgages, deadlines, house repairs, car repairs, insurance, credit cards, checking accounts, work computers, home computers, social networks…..

In childhood, we don’t have to deal with so much, well, stuff. As children, we were easily transfixed by any unduly large object that crossed our paths. Through personal and professional experience, time and time again, I have observed that adults tend to respond the same way, even as our society throws more complicated things at us. Interestingly, we still—often subconsciously—gravitate toward simpler objects and situations. This is true for large objects, and it is true for any big, massive thing. Whether it is a massive thing like the Grand Canyon or a hulking piece of heavy construction equipment, people tend to be transfixed by anything that is exceedingly large in relation to the environment around it. Continue reading

Becoming a Great Speaker, by Vivek Wadhwa

How to Go From Being a Disaster to a Great Speaker

by Vivek Wadhwa

These days, I revel in the applause my son Tarun gets when he goes on stage. However, it was not always like this. When I saw him forget his lines and freeze up on the podium at the Economist Ideas Economy Information Summit eight years ago, my heart literally sank. I wanted to rush up and give him a big hug and say “it’s okay son, it wasn’t a big deal, don’t worry about it”. Tarun had worked day and night to be prepared for his first big talk. He memorized every word of a 12-minute long presentation. And then he forgot his lines.

I will never forget the anguish on his face.

Tarun did manage to muddle his way through the talk. The moderator also came to his rescue—knowing that any 23-year old would have difficulty speaking to an audience of 400 business executives and academics at one of the most prestigious conferences in the world. Continue reading

Change - Keynote Speaker Jeff Leitner

Why Most Change Initiatives Fail. And What to Do About It

“Write down a change you would like to make in an organization that you are currently with…or  change in the marketplace. Any kind. It can be a big change, it could be a small change – strategic, tactical, something you want people to start doing, something you want people to stop doing,” says Jeff Leitner as he looks around a room filled with CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, and other C-Suite executives at this year’s InterimExecs’ RED Team meeting. He continues “You’re change is absolutely, almost certainly going to fail. It’s not your fault. It has nothing to do with your particular genius – has nothing to do with your insights. Changes fail. They almost always fail.” Continue reading

Future of Food by Keynote Speaker Nancy Giordano

The (Optimistic) Future Of Food

by Nancy Giordano

“Well, that was an encouraging day!” Rosa, a brain augmentation engineer reflects. She takes a few intentional deep breaths, then steps away from her desk, grabs the bag Kush, her robotic assistant packed earlier, and jumps into her waiting autonomous-driving vehicle for the 40 min ride into Portland. She is so looking forward to dinner with her sister. While there are many ways to connect virtually with one another these days, nothing beats sitting around a table having a meal together, and this weekly ritual is one she tries hard not to miss. Her mother has told them both so many stories about the Good People dinners her friend Raman started twenty something years ago — how these gatherings nourished her inside and out, and ultimately fed many of the huge food innovations that fuel her daughters now. 
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Joel Cohen delivering a hilarious keynote speech

Joel Cohen’s keynote provides insight (and tons of humor) into the success of The Simpsons

by Mike Humphrey

Over a wonderfully fresh shrimp, avocado and arugula salad at a trendy Philly restaurant, Joel Cohen describes the concept of the “puke draft”.  No, it had nothing to do with his lunch.  He shares how ideas are most often half-baked and incomplete at their genesis. So, members of his team at The Simpsons will often create a “puke draft”, which takes their rough idea and shares it for improvement and revision from the other talented writers on the show.  Through this process, many of these ideas develop into full episodes for the most successful prime time show in the history of television. Continue reading

Nancy Giordano talks about the Big Shift for Business Leaders

What Is The Role Of Business In A Shifting Society?

What Is The Role Of Business In A Shifting Society? 

by Nancy Giordano

Back in the 1790’s, the Industrial Revolution was underway. Artisans making one product gave way to mechanization with companies making multiple products. In the 1830’s, US railroad companies became the first truly modern management organizations. Those early superhighways lowered the cost of moving goods and information, and by the 1920’s, a new type of professionally managed corporation owned by retail investors and run by powerful executives, replaced the early founder-led firms. Management suddenly became a career. Focus on rapid expansion, mass production and meeting increasing mass demand created sprawling conglomerates with giant interdependencies and unprecedented levels of complexity. Along the way we didn’t stop to measure the cost of it all… Continue reading

If Change Is Always the Answer, What Are the Questions?

Technology Seeks Society’s Forgiveness, Not Permission

By Vivek Wadhwa

A key difference between today’s and past transformations is that technological evolution has become much faster than the existing regulatory, legal, and political framework’s ability to assimilate and respond to it. It’s a Moore’s Law world; we just live in it. Continue reading

Speaker Jamie Mustard on Attention

Why Standing Out is So Important

If we do not grab the attention of others immediately, we could lose them forever.

 By Jamie Mustard

There is no doubt that technology has made our lives easier, but it has also made our lives harder in invisible ways. Technology-induced change has created an explosion of content and choice—a deluge of products, services, and voices in constant competition for our attention. In our always-on, internet-connected world, wave after wave of information bombards our senses and dilutes our individual voices. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we’re drowning in a sea of white noise. Continue reading

futurist and keynote speaker Nancy Giordano at AAPN

Nancy Giordano Explores the Future and “Leadering” at Apparel Industry Conference

AAPN’s annual meeting featured impressive keynote speakers, including strategic futurist Nancy Giordano, and provided lots of opportunities for networking and developing business relationships in the apparel supply chain. Continue reading

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Tech future demands “Leadering”

One of the world’s leading futurists, Nancy Giordano, argues for a new kind of leadership, writes Arthur Goldstruck

It is somewhat reassuring to learn that Nancy Giordano has 43,000 unopened emails on her computer. As a global “brand futurist”, she is in demand to lead transformation strategies at major corporations, and present her framework for visionary leadership at conferences and events. She is also a mother of three and a part-time lecturer at Singularity University in Silicon Valley.

If someone operating at the cutting edge of technology has such a cluttered inbox, the rest of us can be forgiven for not keeping up. However, she reassures us, she is on top of the important correspondence. Speaking at VeeamOn, a conference hosted by data backup and management company Veeam in Miami, Florida, she makes the case for “audacious leadering” as the key to being on top of the rapid technological change that the coming years will bring. Continue reading

Unlimited Leadership - Inspiring Speaker Lance Secretan

Unlimited Leadership: Stop Hindering, Start Unleashing

by Lance Secretan

UNLIMITED: un·lim·it·ed, adjective – not limited or restricted in terms of number, quantity, or extent.  (example: “the range of possible ideas was unlimited”)

  • Synonyms: inexhaustible, limitless, illimitable, boundless, immense, vast, great, extensive, immeasurable, incalculable, unfailing, infinite, endless, never-ending, bottomless, measureless
  • Antonyms: limited, finite

This definition, when applied to leadership, sounds like the type of place where we want to work. Places where we pursue dreams, not mission statements.  Places where we are inspired, not managed. Places where we care about each other, not tear each other down.  Where great ideas grow, where customers feel loved, and where we wear our company pride on our sleeves.  A place, in other words, where we are inspired and high performance is the new normal. Continue reading

John Sculley interview with Vivek Wadhwa

John Sculley, who turned around Pepsi and Apple, has a new cause

The 80-year-old executive is now trying to solve the problems of America’s health-care system — and inspiring students to help change the world

by Vivek Wadhwa

As a marketing manager, John Sculley developed the so-called Pepsi Challenge, which enabled the company to gain market share from Coca-Cola. In the 1980s, Sculley ran Apple — and had a famous run-in with Steve Jobs. Continue reading

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Women in business talk failures, successes and advice

As part of the SuiteWorld 2019 dedicated Women in Business track, a host of women with backgrounds in the business world shared their advice for women in a male-dominated environment

Deborah Perry Piscione, CEO of network Alley to the Valley, said she saw a significant difference in the way women behaved towards each other when she moved to a different part of the US.

After moving from Washington where she worked in government to Silicon Valley, she found the women had a different attitude, seeking to help each other as opposed to climb over each other to reach the top. Continue reading

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10 Habits That All Strong Businesswomen Practice

by Deborah Perry Piscione

Now more than ever, women are poised to rule in the professional world and beyond.

In technology, Moore’s Law is the idea that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every year, while the costs are halved. Similarly, the trajectory of women’s influence in work, politics and culture is moving at an exponential pace, and changes are occuring in a fraction of the time it took to advance previous gender parity initiatives. Continue reading

Speaker Vivek Wadhwa on Next Space Race

The Next Space Race Won’t Have Just One Winner

by Vivek Wadhwa

Until January 3, 2019, no human being had ever set eyes on the “dark side” of the moon — the side always facing away from the Earth. It was a mystery. But no longer. China’s National Space Administration successfully landed a lunar lander, Chang’e-4, at South Pole-Aitken, the moon’s largest and deepest basin. Its lunar rover Yutu-2 is sending home dozens of pictures so that we can see the soil, rocks, and craters for ourselves. Seeds it took on the journey also germinated (before freezing to death), making this the first time any biological matter from Earth has been cultivated on the Moon. Continue reading

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Workplace Technology is as Addictive as a Casino’s Slot Machine — and Makes Us Less Productive

by Vivek Wadhwa, appearing in MarketWatch

Many of us are addicted to social media. Whether it be Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter, the technologies’ creators have found ways to keep us coming back for more. Google design ethicist Tristan Harris has called the smartphone a “slot machine in our pocket”: one carrying a litany of addictive applications and fostering harmful behaviors.

Now, that same slot machine is becoming entrenched at work. And it is making our lives more disconnected, more disjointed, less productive, and less satisfying. Continue reading

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Motivational Leadership vs. Inspirational Leadership

by Lance Secretan

MOTIVATION is based on fear…..INSPIRATION is based on love.

MOTIVATION is based on a need for each other…..INSPIRATION is based on love for each other.

MOTIVATION is driven by the social self…..INSPIRATION is energized by the essential self.

MOTIVATION is based on me, on serving my needs…..INSPIRATION is based on you, on serving your needs.

MOTIVATION is a “push”…..INSPIRATION is a “pull”.

MOTIVATION is an idea you go after…..INSPIRATION is an idea that goes after you.

MOTIVATION is lighting a fire under someone…..INSPIRATION is lighting a fire within someone. Continue reading

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Why Women Still Get So Few Keynote Speeches

I first published this article in 2015, and there was a universal outpouring of agreement and support for promoting more women into keynote slots. In fact, for conference held in the second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018, there was nearly a doubling of the number of women keynotes. But that still leaves only 2.2 out of every 10 keynotes being women for corporate events and industry association conferences. Continue reading

Complexity by Futurist and speaker Nancy Giordano

Bring It On! Complexity, Simplicity, and Power of “Flow”

by Nancy Giordano  (8 minute read)

Welcome to the age of increasing complexity, volatility, interdependence, diversity, ambiguity, flux and more. Bring it on…

Affected by many conflicting yet interdependent factors that demand constant adaptation and speed of response, organizations of all sizes are being required to deal with what are now very complex decision making environments.  Companies are being challenged by unexpected competitors, attacked by cyber-criminals, and talked about by unpredictable customers constantly.  Are most structures set up to deal with such a barrage? Continue reading

Business Speaker Robert Safian on Flux Leadership

The Risks and Opportunities of Flux

By Robert Safian  (3 minute read)

Once upon a time, the most successful business models were conceived to exploit clear gaps in established, stable commercial markets. Why take a risk in new, undeveloped areas when existing ones were rich with opportunity?

But something happened on the way to the corporate future: Startup enterprises began unlocking value at extraordinary levels, and established systems were shaken by disruption. Technological and social transformations set in motion a different kind of economy — an innovation economy — defined by constant and accelerating change. Continue reading

Keynote Speaker Rebecca Costa on Predictive Analytics

Predictive Analytics: The End of Risk?

by Rebecca Costa

What is risk? What compels most of us to avoid it while others run straight into the fire? Is risk a necessary component of progress? And more importantly, can risk ever really be eliminated? If so, how?

In the insurance industry, risk is all about math. Premiums are based on complicated actuarial tables, the cost of medical care, survival rates, the demographics and mix of participants, and so on. Similarly, in times of war, military leaders also rely on statistical analysis to assess risk. Continue reading

Keynote Speaker Vivek Wadhwa on our Jobelss Future

Love of Learning is the Key to Success in the Jobless Future

By Vivek Wadhwa for The Washington Post

Not long ago, schoolchildren chose what they wanted to be when they grew up, and later selected the best college they could gain admission to, spent years gaining proficiency in their fields, and joined a company that had a need for their skills. Careers lasted lifetimes.

Now, by my estimates, the half-life of a career is about 10 years. I expect that it will decrease, within a decade, to five years. Advancing technologies will cause so much disruption to almost every industry that entire professions will disappear. Continue reading

Thought-leader Robert Safian Offers Alabama Nonprofits Advice on a Changing World

By Michael Tomberlin for Alabama NewsCenter

It’s easy to see why anyone could have trepidation when it comes to dealing with today’s speed of change.  Keynote speaker Robert Safian said the chaos is neither good nor bad, but it is real and must be acknowledged and dealt with.  “The world is changing. It’s changing at a pace that we haven’t seen before, and we’re not really trained for it, and we have to retrain ourselves to be able to make the most of it,” Safian told Alabama NewsCenter. “The opportunities with all of this change are spectacular, but you have to open yourself up to those ideas.”

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Why Trump and Twitter Are Birds of a Feather

by Vivek Wadhwa

In the 1930s, psychologist B.F. Skinner put rats in boxes and taught them to push levers to receive a food pellet. They pushed the levers only when hungry, though. To get the rats to press the lever repeatedly, even when they did not need food, he gave them a pellet only some of the time, a concept now known as intermittent variable rewards. Casinos have used this same technique for decades to keep us pouring money into slot machines. And now the technology industry is using it to keep us checking our smartphones for emails, for new followers on Twitter, or for more “likes” on photographs we posted on Facebook.

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Innovation Lesson: Embrace the Quirky

by Deborah Perry Piscione

One of my colleagues in Silicon Valley shared an experience with a programmer who wanted to work on a project. The programmer was quirky in the extreme; he wouldn’t look the project lead in the eye and spent most of his time staring intently at his own shoes. The interview was awkward, with the programmer talking at length about his video game play, while responses on work topics were monosyllabic.

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Interview with Strategic Futurist Nancy Giordano

Interview by Mike Parker

“We’re at the front-end of a giant technological wave, which doesn’t just change our processes, but will change the whole nature of work for huge factions of society.”

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